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Holiday type River cruises
Country United States
Travel type Fly
Price range From £1599
Travel partner Newmarket Holidays
Duration 12 nights
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Deep south rhythms, New Orleans and Mexico cruise

A journey through America's southern musical heartland

See New Orleans, the cradle of the blues and Dixieland jazz; Memphis, birthplace of the 'King'; and Nashville, the capital of Country Music. Afterwards, round off your trip with a six-day cruise across the Gulf of Mexico to the sun-blessed resorts of Progreso and Cozumel aboard the 'Carnival Elation'.


  • Five nights full-board inside cabin accommodation aboard Carnival Cruises 'Carnival Elation'
  • Two full days in Mexico
  • Return scheduled flights from selected airports
  • Seven nights room-only accommodation in a series of good standard hotels
  • Free time in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans
  • Visits to Tupelo and Chattanooga
  • A touring itinerary as described
  • The services of a Newmarket tour manager
  • Government taxes and service charges

Not included

  • Single rooms are available for a supplement

    The American arrivals process
    Most British Citizens travelling to the USA do not need a visa but must register online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure. A charge of $14US applies. We will send you the details, along with your tickets, about two weeks prior to travel. Any persons who have a criminal record or have ever been arrested, even if not charged, cannot use this process and must apply for a visa
Day one

Fly to Atlanta, and transfer to your overnight hotel in Chattanooga.

Day two

After a brief tour of Chattanooga, continue your journey to Nashville, for a one-night stay in the world capital of country music. While here you may like to join our optional excursion to the Opry Mills retail mall.

Day three

Today's optional excursion introduces you to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the legendary Studio B, the starting point for more popular hits than any other recording studio in the USA. Later we'll head to Memphis. Soak up the atmosphere of this musically blessed city, and perhaps dine on famous Beale Street.

Day four

Today's optional full day Memphis Sounds excursion will include a visit to legendary Sun Studio, the recording birthplace of legends such as Elvis Presley and BB King, and the most famous southern 'mansion' of all, 'Graceland'.

Day five

Today you'll head through the Mississippi Delta of the fabled bluesmen to Tupelo. Here you might wish to visit the tiny house that was Elvis's birthplace before we continue to the New Orleans for a two-night stay. Experience a great introduction to this city on our optional evening excursion a New Orleans by night with jazz tour.

Day six

This morning's optional guided city tour introduces the 'Big Easy'. Time-warped, iron-balconied buildings of the French Quarter, centred on Jackson Square. This afternoon, join our optional Bayou and Alligators excursion for a glimpse of the city's surrounding country and wildlife. In the evening, head back to the 'Quarter', and immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the place which gave the world jazz music a century ago, and where the legacy of Louis Armstrong and 'King' Oliver lives on in bars, clubs and even on street corners. Our optional excursion aboard the Steamboat 'Natchez' offers the chance to cruise down the Mississippi as the renowned 'Dukes of Dixieland' play.

Day seven

Today we join 'Carnival Elation' for our five night cruise to Mexico. Settle in, explore the ship's facilities and perhaps think about upgrading yourself to an outside cabin - the difference is small for a fabulous ocean view.

Day eight

Relax by the pool, the spa or maybe just the bar on our day at sea.

Day nine

Our first port of call is Progreso in Yucatan, Mexico. Join a local excursion to see how history was shaped by the Mayan people or perhaps relax on the golf course.

Day 10

Today we spend a full day in the popular Mexican resort of Cozumel. Locally booked activities include sightseeing tours as well as diving and a submarine tour.

Day 11

Another day spent at sea as we return across the Gulf to the US.

Day 12

This morning we return to New Orleans and transfer to Biloxi on the Gulf coast for a final overnight stay.

Day 13

Head back to Atlanta to check in for your flight home.

Day 14

Arrive back in the UK after an overnight flight.

Deep South Touring Hotels

You will be staying in a series of well-located hotels, all of which will be of at least European three-star standard

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