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Dive into the Deep South with a music-themed tour

 

There are plenty of countries around the world that are inextricably linked with the music they produced: Jamaica and reggae, Italy and opera, Brazil and samba, to name just a few. But there is surely nowhere on earth that has given rise to as many world-conquering genres, platinum-selling artists and iconic record labels as America’s Deep South.

 

The music of the South is as complex as its history, bound up in the story of slavery and the Civil War. Influences range from the rhythms of Africa to the folk styles of the British Isles, and the mixing of cultures and musical traditions has produced a huge variety of genres, including jazz, blues, country, bluegrass and soul. 

 

There is a well-worn tourist trail for musical pilgrims touring the Deep South, visiting famous sites such as Elvis’s home at Graceland and the French Quarter of New Orleans, but the standard whistlestop itineraries often only scratch the surface. The Deep South is far more than just a musical museum, and remains at the forefront of innovation and experimentation, with new genres continuing to cross-pollinate at a dizzying rate. Here are four of the most exciting tours showcasing the music of the Deep South…

 

  1. Intrepid & Lonely Planet - Big Apple to Big Easy

Lonely Planet has just unveiled a new partnership with Intrepid, curating a range of tours with a focus on authentic local experiences and sustainable travel. This 9-day tour takes you from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the boisterous bars of New Orleans via Nashville and Memphis. Nashville is the city that gave the world Johnny Cash and Willy Nelson, synonymous with country music and toe-tapping, banjo-plucking honky-tonk bars. While in Memphis you’ll have free time to explore, and though most people head straight for Graceland or Sun Studios, we recommend a visit to the fantastic Stax Museum of American Soul, where you can learn more about the label that brought the world stars including Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor and Isaac Hayes. 

 

  1. Newmarket Holidays - Texas, Presley’s Memphis & New Orleans

This two-week tour from Newmarket Holidays ticks off all the classics, including New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis, but it also takes you into sleepy Alabama and the little city of Muscle Shoals on the Tennessee River. It was here that the famous ‘Muscle Shoals Sound’ developed at studios such as Rick Halls’ Fame Studios, which helped to launch the careers of Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, and the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and the Rolling Stones all laid down tracks.

 

  1. Cosmos - The Old South & Florida

This fantastic 13-day tour combines the lively streets of New Orleans and Nashville with the faded elegance of Savannah and Natchez, as well as an overnight stay in Atlanta, Georgia. Not many southern tours stop in Atlanta for the night, but it’s another city with an impressive musical heritage, known as a centre for the gospel scene. Cosmos have teamed up with Classic FM and Good Housekeeping magazine for a very special departure on 20th May 2020, which features exclusive excursions and will be accompanied by Good Housekeeping’s travel editor, David Wickers.

 

  1. G Adventures - Deep South to DC: Music, Eats and Culture

Forget what you thought you knew about music in the Deep South; there is so much more going on than just Elvis and Johnny Cash, and this tour gives you plenty of free time to immerse yourself in the local scenes. Highlights include two nights in Atlanta, a crucible of the hip-hop and R&B scene that has given the world superstars including Usher, Outkast, TLC, Toni Braxton and CeeLo Green. The Deep South is also the birthplace of genres including neo-soul, crunk and trap, while New Orleans has a thriving metal scene and Nashville is the current home of rock band The Black Keys. 



This article is just a snapshot of the incredible musical diversity on offer in the Deep South. Alternative options include tours visiting bohemian Austin, Texas, home to more than 100 live music venues, while others swing south through Florida to Miami, where house and techno fans flock every March for the Winter Music Conference. Whether you’re a rock ‘n’ roller, a honky-tonker, a hip-hopper or a hands-in-the-air raver, you’re sure to find a Deep South tour at a tempo that suits you.

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15 Nights

Vegas & California - National Parks & Highway 1 Adventure

Wrap your arms around the biggest trees in the world in Sequoia National Park

Starts:Las Vegas
Ends:Los Angeles
Group Size:1- 13
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£2879pp excluding flights £192 per night
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7 Nights

Thailand Journey

Experience Delve into the wonders of northern Thailand on a trip packed with unforgettable.

Starts:Bangkok
Ends:Bangkok
Group Size:10- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£1199pp excluding flights £171 per night
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9 Nights

Cuba Highlights on Foot + Beach Extension

On this walking tour of Western Cuba we experience local hospitality whilst staying in guesthouses and hiking through some of Cuba's best natural tropical reserves.

Starts:Havana
Ends:Playa Jibacoa
Group Size:4- 16
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Explore!

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£1409pp excluding flights £157 per night
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11 Nights

Vietnam Family Adventure

Exploration of this charming, historical centre and its French provincial influences Hue — The country's former imperial capital Halong Bay.

Starts:Hanoi
Ends:Ho Chi Minh City
Group Size:10- 20
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£1049pp excluding flights £95 per night
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9 Nights

Premium Uzbekistan

Journey back to the days of the Great Silk Road on a 10-day Premium adventure through Uzbekistan

Starts:Tashkent
Ends:Tashkent
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1510pp excluding flights £168 per night
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3 Nights

USA Road Trip- Highway 1 and San Fran Sun

Embark on a hike through the dramatic scenery in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Starts:Los Angeles
Ends:San Francisco
Group Size:1- 13
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£511pp excluding flights £170 per night
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5 Nights

Yellowstone and Grand Teton Adventure

Embark on a 6-day discovery of some of the most iconic natural landmarks in all the USA

Starts:Jackson
Ends:Jackson
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2930pp excluding flights £586 per night
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6 Nights

One Week in Argentina and Brazil

This trip is a rollercoaster: short but action packed. Try the world's best steak in Buenos Aires, marvel at Iguazu falls from two angles

Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Rio de Janeiro
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1315pp excluding flights £219 per night
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6 Nights

Northern Morocco: Blue Cities & Bohemian Vibes

Explore colourful souks. Indulge in tanjia and harira soup Casablanca and Marrakech.

Starts:Casablanca
Ends:Marrakech
Group Size:10- 14
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£343pp excluding flights £57 per night
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14 Nights

Treasures of Taiwan

Explore the cities of Taipei and Tainan, where ancient and modern sit side by side, and lose yourself in the natural beauty of Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park.

Starts:UK
Ends:UK
Group Size:8- 28
Operator:Wendy Wu

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£4590
£4190pp including flights £299 per night
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7 Nights

Europe Christmas Markets: Munich to Budapest

Indulge the senses by exploring the best of Central Europe’s festive market scene

Starts:Munich
Ends:Budapest
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1425pp excluding flights £204 per night
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7 Nights

Premium Vietnam

Spend eight days in Vietnam discovering the highlights and traditions of this colourful country

Starts:Hanoi
Ends:Ho Chi Minh City
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1275pp excluding flights £182 per night
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6 Nights

Moroccan Desert Adventure: River Canyons & Camels

Explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Meknes and Fez and continue our journey to the mountain.

Starts:Marrakech
Ends:Marrakech
Group Size:10- 14
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£359pp excluding flights £60 per night
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2 Nights

Classic Buenos Aires Mini Adventure

Discover Buenos Aires, Patagonia and the best of Argentina. Adventure Life's Argentina experts will help you design the perfect trip for your needs..

Starts:Buenos Aires
Ends:Buenos Aires
Difficulty:1 - Easy
Operator:G Adventures

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£254pp excluding flights £127 per night
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12 Nights

Morocco: Markets & Mountains

Embark on an immersive heart of Morocco, Wander the charming Meknes medina, discover the high plains market of Midelt.

Starts:Casablanca
Ends:Marrakech
Group Size:10- 14
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£583pp excluding flights £49 per night
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20 Nights

Indonesia Adventure: Java & Bali

Experience the exhilarating side of one of the world’s most spectacular islands as you hike, bike and raft your way around Bali.

Starts:Jakarta
Ends:Gili Trawangan
Group Size:10- 18
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£1529pp excluding flights £76 per night
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14 Nights

Premium Morocco Explorer with Essaouira

Whether you’re stargazing in the Sahara, breaking bread with the locals or exploring fabled ruins, Morocco is filled to the brim with soul-stirring moments

Starts:Casablanca
Ends:Marrakech
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2250pp excluding flights £161 per night
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7 Nights

Explore Jordan

Discover the rugged beauty, delicious food and rich heritage of Jordan.

Starts:Amman
Ends:Amman
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£1444pp excluding flights £206 per night
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13 Nights

The Deep South

From Nashville to New Orleans, from Johnny Cash to Elvis - whatever your musical tastes, this tour will not disappoint

Starts:United Kingdom
Ends:United Kingdom
Group Size:15- 35
Difficulty:Classic Touring
Operator:Travelsphere

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£3299
£3049pp including flights £235 per night
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6 Nights

Christmas in Central Europe, Vienna to Berlin

Walk the historic squares and quaint little side streets of Salzburg Old town.

Starts:Vienna
Ends:Berlin
Group Size:1- 18
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£1149pp excluding flights £192 per night
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