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13 Day Tour from New Orleans to Orlando

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Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South on this wondrous vacation through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This southern U.S. tour starts with three nights in New Orleans and ends with one night in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, and Atlanta. You’ll also spend time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo; and St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.

Music fans will be delighted by the included visits to Graceland, the lavish home of Elvis Presley; Studio B, Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio; the Country Music Hall of Fame, with its rare instruments and glittering costumes; and the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, where you’ll have reserved seating for an unforgettable show. History buffs will enjoy visiting not only St. Augustine, but also the Old World city of New Orleans, with its clanging streetcars, stately mansions, and French Quarter. You’ll visit a pre-Civil War home in Natchez, which features fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In Atlanta, you’ll stop at the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. A trolley tour in Savannah highlights many attractions of this historic seaport, including Madison Square, designed in the 1830s.

On this southern U.S. tour, you’ll also enjoy seeing the countryside between cities. You’ll drive through the heart of Cajun Country from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and through rural Mississippi from Natchez to Memphis. Between Chattanooga and Atlanta, you’ll drive through Chattanooga National Forest.
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 Tour Highlights

NEW ORLEANS
Sightseeing with Local Guide
BATON ROUGE
Orientation tour
NATCHEZ
Visit Pre Civil War Home
MEMPHIS
Orientation tour; guided audio tour of Graceland
NASHVILLE
Reserved seating at Grand Ole Opry; tour RCA Studio B; Sightseeing with Local Guide; visit Country Music Hall of Fame
ATLANTA
Orientation tour
SAVANNAH
Guided trolley tour
ST. AUGUSTINE
Orientation tour

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

3 breakfasts, 3 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 NEW ORLEANS

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 NEW ORLEANS

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old-World city with a guided tour. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 NEW ORLEANS

A day to explore at your own pace. Stroll through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city’s beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter.

Day 4 NEW ORLEANS–BATON ROUGE–NATCHEZ

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep on our optional dinner.

Day 5 NATCHEZ–MEMPHIS

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 MEMPHIS–VISIT TO GRACELAND

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot mansion. Afterward, if you haven’t done so already, get a taste of Memphis with some authentic southern barbecue or visit the National Civil Rights Museum. This evening, you may want to visit Beale Street and explore more of the melting pot that is of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R & B, and gospel.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 MEMPHIS–NASHVILLE

This morning, leave the “Home of the Blues” as you head for Nashville, the “Capital of Country Music.” Afternoon arrival in Nashville. This evening, you have reserved seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 NASHVILLE

Its association with country music has made the name “Nashville” world famous, but it’s not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to RCA STUDIO B, one of the country’s most revered, and Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio. Afterward, sightseeing with a local guide includes the recording studios of Music Row, the State Capitol, and Bicentennial State Park. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid-gold” Cadillac.

Day 9 NASHVILLE–CHATTANOOGA–ATLANTA

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the “Peach State” of Georgia and journey to its fast-growing metropolis, Atlanta, home of 1996 summer Olympics. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Day 10 ATLANTA–SAVANNAH

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon’s TROLLEY TOUR, you will see attractions like the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his “March to the Sea”), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. The evening is free to explore this charming city on your own.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 SAVANNAH

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don’t miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah’s important role in maritime history.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 12 SAVANNAH–ST. AUGUSTINE–ORLANDO

Travel into the “Sunshine State” of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to magical Orlando.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 13 ORLANDO

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

CLINTON DUNN

Escorting tours for more than 20

After graduating from Fordham University, I lived in New York City until I inherited a small inn that my grandmother had owned in my hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. I became immersed in restoring and running it, but after working 24 hour days for 10 years, I was ready for a change. I told a friend I wanted a job where I could travel. He said, "You should do what my ex-wife is doing. She's a Tour Director." That began my wonderful new career over 20 years ago.

Tour Director - CLINTON DUNN

 Accommodations

New Orleans
Natchez
Memphis
Nashville
Atlanta
Savannah
Orlando

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 CAD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 CAD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


New Orleans
Natchez
Memphis
Nashville
Savannah

New Orleans

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch

Experience a leisurely jazz brunch at the historic The Court of Two Sisters Restaurant located in the heart of the French Quarter.

Price Range: $$

Plantation Tours

Plantation Tours

South Louisiana is known for its beautiful antebellum architecture and there are plenty of plantation homes that are within an hours drive from New Orleans. The architecture and beauty of these homes alone is impressive and the stories that go with them are even better. You will learn about the incredible history and culture through a visit to a plantation home.

Price Range: $$

Jazz Dinner Cruise on the MIghty Mississippi

Jazz Dinner Cruise on the MIghty Mississippi

Savor the beauty and romance of the New Orleans skyline aboard the authentic Steamboat NATCHEZ-New Orleans only authentic Steamboat!

Price Range: $$$

Natchez

Dinner and Tour at an Historic Antebellum Home

Dinner and Tour at an Historic Antebellum Home

Experience stepping back in time at Glenfield Plantation, a cottage home, Circa 1787-1845. You'll be welcomed by the owner, then enjoy dinner plus a Historic home tour that will surely be a highlight of your visit to Natchez.

Price Range: $$

Memphis

Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street

Sun Studio and Dinner on Beale Street

Step back in time when you enter the famous Sun Studio. After your tour of Sun Studio enjoy dinner at a local restaurant on famous Beale Street which offers authentic Southern delicacies and Memphis BBQ.

Price Range: $$

Nashville

Nashville Music & Brew

Nashville Music & Brew

Visit two of Nashville's musical highlights to learn about percusion drums and guitars, then off to a Moonshine experience for local brew, a light meal and entertainment.

Price Range: $$

Savannah

Savannah Theatre

Savannah Theatre

The two-hour musicals at the Savannah Theatre will have you smiling, laughing, and singing along.

Price Range: $$

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