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    Atlanta is a city of gleaming skyscrapers, the home of Coca Cola and a shopping Mecca to equal New York! Nashville is home not only to country music but also to a much broader spectrum of music for everyone. New Orleans is a strange mixture of Jazz, Creole and Cajun food.  Memphis is a city of music with the famous Beale Street of entertainment with its bars where budding musicians play.

Rhythms of The South

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Atlanta is a city of gleaming skyscrapers, the home of Coca Cola and a shopping Mecca to equal New York! Nashville is home not only to country music but also to a much broader spectrum of music for everyone. New Orleans is a strange mixture of Jazz, Creole and Cajun food.  Memphis is a city of music with the famous Beale Street of entertainment with its bars where budding musicians play.

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Rhythms of the South

Welcome to America’s South – an old world of sophistication with a modern touch, a land of warmth and romance, of food, music and much more.

Day 1 – UK to Atlanta

Day 4 – Atlanta to Chattanooga

Day 5 – Chattanooga to Nashville

Day 8 – Nashville to Memphis

Day 10 – Memphis to Greenwood

Day 11 – Greenwood to Vicksburg

Day 12 – Vicksburg to Natchez

Day 14 – Natchez to New Orleans

Day 17 – New Orleans to UK or Delta Queen.

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Day 1 – UK to Atlanta

Fly to Atlanta. Visit the Coca Cola Museum, CNN News, the Martin Luther King Museum and shop!

Three nights Atlanta

 

Day 4 – Atlanta to Chattanooga

Drive through Red Top Mountain State Park to the river side town of Chattanooga, made famous by Glen Miller’s Chattanooga Choo Choo.

One night Chattanooga

 

Day 5 – Chattanooga to Nashville

Drive to Nashville home to the famous Grand Ole Opry where the radio regularly transmits live music to the 52 States. Visit one of the many honky-tonk bars where budding musicians try to make their names.

Three nights Nashville

 

Day 8 – Nashville to Memphis

Drive to Memphis where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others recorded at the Sun Studios. For Elvis fans, a visit to Graceland is a ‘must do’. Visit the famous Peabody Hotel where the ducks parade twice a day.

Two nights Memphis

 

Day 10 – Memphis to Greenwood

Drive South through Mississippi to Greenwood. Stop off en route at the Delta Blues Museum at Clarksdale.

One night Greenwood

 

Day 11 – Greenwood to Vicksburg

Discover rural Mississippi, which will lead you to Vicksburg. Visit the vast Military Park or the Old Court House Museum.

One night Vicksburg

 

Day 12 – Vicksburg to Natchez

Take the Natchez Trace Parkway to the delightful little town of Natchez where you will see sprawling plantations, majestic townhouses, colourful gardens and riverboats that float along the Mississippi.

Two nights Natchez

 

Day 14 – Natchez to New Orleans

Continue to New Orleans – famous for riverboats, jazz and Creole cuisine. Take a stroll through the French Quarter.  Ride the famed streetcars and because the city is below sea level, no visit is complete without the cemetery tour!

Three nights New Orleans

 

Day 17 – New Orleans to UK or Delta Queen.

Delta Queen Steam Boat Company

The famous steamboats of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company offer some of the finest cruises along the Mississippi on the unique paddle steamers that ply the waterways of the USA.

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

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Dine your way round the USA from Dirt Dog to Muffaletta…

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When it comes to dining in the United States they sure know and love their food. Each state has it own specialties and a great way to explore America is through its food.

Austin, Texas

We might like to stoke up a barbecue on the weekend, but in Texas they live and die by the practice. Mesquite smoked meats and tenderising rubs are common obsessions.  For excellent brisket, head to the Dallas Farmers Market. Also good are the pork links, pulled pork, beef ribs and collard greens. Basically everything! Also in Austin you can find Franklin’s Barbecue. This is a very popular eat house especially with the locals who arrive as early as 5am on weekends, and is well worth the wait for mouth-watering food.

Picture courtesy of Shelby Sorrel

Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is best known for its glitzy casinos and sequin-spangled shows. But past the casinos, slot machines and neon glare of the Strip you can also enjoy an amazing food scene that is full of inventive, innovative cuisine. The city is full of every kind of food with something to please everyone. If you are an indecisive eater, then visit Café Hollywood and try the High Roller Sampler. This includes tasters of the restaurant’s most popular appetizers: chicken tenders coated in Cap’n Crunch, shrimp tempura, buffalo wings, and barbecue tostadas.  Another favourite is the Housedog at Dirt Dog.  You will know Dirt Dog is open when you see the huge line of hungry people stretching around the block. Here you will find a bacon-wrapped hot dog covered in cream cheese, cheddar, roasted green chilles, thousand island dressing, grilled peppers, and onions.

 

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Provincetown, Massachusetts

Provincetown is located at the tip of Cape Cod and is a ‘must’ when visiting the Cape. Here you will not beat the fresh seafood with plenty of seafood shacks to serve you your favorite lobster roll, or fresh oysters, clams, scallops and crab.

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

New Orleans

One of New Orleans most famous ‘must try’ dishes is Crawfish étouffée (pronounced eh-too-fey) which comes from the French word “to smother.” This dish resembles a very thick stew, seasoned to perfection full of delicious, plump crawfish (or shrimp) served with rice. It’s a unique taste you won’t soon forget! Also a ‘must try’ is the Muffaletta, a sandwich that is never just a sandwich. This is all about the meat but with the olive salad dressing and the bread being important too. The Muffaletta is full of cured Italian meats, such as ham and salami topped with Provolone cheese. The olive dressing sports chopped green and black olives with onions and olive oil and spices, and the bread is a round sesame-seed roll like a bagel that can be big enough for sharing. Why not try it in one of the many restaurants in New Orleans, with plenty to choose from.

 

San Francisco, California

San Francisco is often hailed to be the best food town of the United States. The regional produce is grown on surrounding small farms, resulting in lots of fresh, clean flavours, with most ingredients locally reared and sustainably sourced. Most restaurants tend to be casual – even some of the Michelin-starred eateries.  San Francisco loves its’ bread and pastries, so take a visit to the old-school donut shop, Bob’s which is open 24hrs. The donuts are great, but the apple fritters are perfectly crisp-soft and laced with plenty of cinnamon. The other ‘must try’ food that comes to mind is a clam chowder (Fisherman’s Wharf) which was an East Coast invention, but in a world famous sourdough bread bowl that makes it that much better.  Chinatown is another must see place with lots of dining options, and the best way get the most out of your time here is to book a walking tour which will take you to all the tea shops, dim sum restaurants and back alleys.

Old Fisherman’s Wharf – Credit Visit California Carol Highsmith

Daiquiri Season launches in September!

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If you have booked to travel through New Orleans this September you will not be able to miss the fantastic and fun Daiquiri Festival.  cocktail-clip-art-9czMyRbcE

The New Orleans Daiquiri Festival was founded in 2011 as a two-day summer festival celebrating the daiquiri while also honouring the unique drinking culture and history of the city.  September was the month chosen as it was thought with the warm temperatures this would give cool relief and encourage people to visit the local bars and restaurants. 

For the month of September bartenders throughout New Orleans will be offering their own version of the unique Frozen Daiquiri at bars and restaurants with special tasting events.  We love a good cocktail here in Britain and what a great way to discover the history of the city and get to taste some of their local signature ingredients.  Here you can enjoy the 24hr licensing laws and join The New Orleans original cocktail tour which is a themed walking tour that visits the French Quarter’s best bars.  This tour lasts approx 2.5 hours and is fun and informative learning all about the history and drinking culture, whilst sampling some of the city’s original cocktails.

For more information please contact us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

On Board the American Queen Steamboat

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This Steamboat is a genuine paddle wheeler that sails the American mid west river system throughout the year, heading south during the winter. Some of the places it visits are; Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chattanooga, St. Paul, St Louise, Memphis and New Orleans. Cruising on this steamboat must be one of the American “must do” trips. Their food has won a Best on Board award confirming their saying that “the food alone is worth the trip”.

The boat and the furniture reflect the hey day of the paddle steamer era, taking you back in time but still keeping the advantages of our own age.

So if you are thinking of exploring the south or mid USA, why not think about booking a few days or a week aboard this iconic vessel. As you would expect, the entertainment reflects the region – jazz, blues, six piece orchestra and lectures covering the culture and history of the journey and vessel. They also include beer and wine with your dinner!

A piece of American history on the go and it is a great way to relax and keep moving.
To learn more about the American Queen Steamboat or to incorporate it into your bespoke tailor made holiday please give us a call on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture Copyright American Queen Steamboat Company

Picture Copyright American Queen Steamboat Company

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