Bindlestiff Tours

Deep South and Delta Blues

Experience the unique culture and binge-worthy history that gave birth to the blues, jazz, country and rock 'n' roll.

Tour Description:

These days, American music has a lot of thanks to pay Nashville – it is consumed with music on every corner. In the south, things will move a bit slower as you pass the time by drinking a sweet tea, colling your tongue with a mint julep, and absorb the sights and sounds of Music Row in 3 historically significant American cities: Nashville, Memphis, and New Orleans. Take it all in by visiting the heritage properties of Natchez and Houmas House, and savor authentic Southern hospitality cuisine on your Deep South holiday as you float down the Mississippi on an included river boat cruise.

Important Information:

Guaranteed departures!
Guests must be 16 years and above to participate

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from $3399 twin share

from $4899 Solo private room


 

Highlights:

  • Visit Houmas House Plantation and Gardens Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise
  • Two nights in Memphis plus Elvis’ Graceland Mansion and Beale Street nightlife
  • Three nights in New Orleans and Bourbon Street’s colorful music scene
  • Two nights in Nashville – the country music capital Cajun culture and cuisine
  • Take the Mississippi River Road from Natchez
  • Sell your soul at the legendary ‘Crossroads’

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Atlanta
Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia for the beginning of your Deep South USA tour. The day allows for you to roam around and explore on your own before an evening welcome meeting at 6pm in your hotel. Exploring on your own is highly recommended and if you want a bite of Southern cuisine, stop by Empire State South – a true taste of culture.
Included: Hotel
Meals: Meals paid locally
Day 2 – Birmingham
Today we head west into Alabama to the state’s largest city – Birmingham. This city, in particular, was the primary site of the Civil Rights Movement where Dr Martin Luther King Jr. began his campaign of civil disobedience. There is no other place to make a visit to the Civil Rights Institute for an excellent introduction to the region’s volatile history before setting off on your journey through the South.
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Civil Rights Institute US$15
Meals: Breakfast included (other meals paid locally)
Day 3-5 – New Orleans
After covering a lot of ground, we are welcomed to the cultural melting pot of the Deep South – New Orleans. This mysterious place, otherwise known as the ‘Big Easy’, is an eclectic mix of European, Creole and Cajun culture that is manifested in every aspect of the architecture, cuisine and musical scene. You will take in the sights and sounds of Bourbon Street, relax in the Garden District and absorb the ambiance of the French Quarter. Founded by French traders in 1718, layer upon layer of this city has a dense amount of history. With all of its many attractions combined, it is no wonder why this city is one of the most visited cities in all of the USA.Step back in time to when life was a lot slower.
Enjoy an included Mississippi riverboat dinner cruise, dine on a delectable local cuisine buffet that is directly influenced by the many of cultures that together make up Louisiana. Enjoy a visit to Jean Lafitte Nature Preserve for a guided walk around the swamp boardwalks. Your evenings in New Orleans will be easily spent as there is so much to do! Without a doubt, it is essential to enjoy as much of the many live music performances that take place nightly in the vibrant city. This includes the famous Preservation Hall, where top-drawer jazz musicians play every evening to a small audience in an intimate space – we recommend you be prepared to queue!
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Jazz clubs US$10-$20 | Preservation Hall US$15-$20 | Scandalous Cocktail tour US$25 | Mardi Gras World US$20 | Voodoo & Graveyard tour US$20-$40 | Alligator swamp tour US$23-$40
Meals: Breakfast (x3) and 1 dinner included
Day 6 – Houmas House Plantation and Gardens – Natche
zOn your visit to the Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, this antebellum estate was completed in 1828 and with 38 lush acres of gardens, ponds and a majestic live oak alley. From there, you will follow the river road north to the very first established settlement on the Mississippi River. The original capital of the Mississippi Territory was named Natchez. It was at the heart of the slave trade and is the birthplace of the Mississippi riverboat. A self-guided walking tour through the streets of Natchez’ historic district is essential on this day with over 50 antebellum homes and historic churches. Also worthy of a visit is the ‘Under the Hill’ area made famous by Mark Twain, or explore one of the most interesting cemeteries in the South.
Included: Historic property included
Optional Activities: Antebellum mansions US$12-$25 | Elvis Birthplace Museum US$12
Meals: Breakfast included (other meals paid locally)
Day 7 – Clarksdale
Clarksdale and the Hopson Plantation is on our list next. This is the former home of legendary blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. It is also where they tested the International Harvester automated cotton picker. Your guide will be able to provide you with some history including the system of sharecropping and the evolution of the cotton industry – feel free to ask questions! Clarksdale is also home to the infamous ‘Crossroads’, where a legend stands that blues musician Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Within the town itself, you’ll find the Delta Blues Museum, a literal blues shrine of artifacts and memorabilia, as well as actor Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues Club. Red’s is worthy of a visit for live music – an authentic ‘juke joint’ where you’ll be transported to the real heart of the South!
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Delta Blues Museum US$10 | Ground Zero Blues Club US$8
Meals: 1 breakfast included, other meals paid locally
Day 8-9 – Memphis
Today we cross into Tennessee. Located near the Mississippi River, Memphis has a long and colorful past. Legendary forefathers such as Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, and the late B.B. King are among the greats that put Beale Street on the map – music lovers will love this! A highlight of your stay in Memphis is an exciting included excursion to the home of the great Elvis Presley’s Graceland. Elvis influenced country, blues and rock ‘n’ roll music so this is sure to be a memorable stop on your tour. You will also have the chance to visit Sun Studio, opened in 1950 and is a place where many greats have passed through from Howlin’ Wolf to Johnny Cash. The Gibson guitar factory will completely immerse you in the fascinating musical heritage of this city. Don’t let this trip be all about the music. The National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Hotel is not far away. It is the site where Martin Luther King was assassinated and is worth a visit too.
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Sun Studio US$14 | Gibson guitar factory US$10 | Civil Rights Museum US$19 | Stax Museum of American Soul Music US$12
Meals: Breakfast (x2) included (other meals paid locally)
Day 10-11 – Nashville
As we make our way to the undisputed capital of country music, Nashville, you will start to feel the energy of the city. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the famous Wildhorse Saloon, Nashville offers the perfect opportunity to try some line dancing (select nights only). Broadway is full of intimate live music venues playing a wide variety of rock inspired original music and tons of covers. You might even see the next big star to come out of Nashville!Nashville is also the capital of Tennessee and the state’s second largest city after Memphis. Near the banks of the Cumberland River it was established as a major river port by settlers in 1779. Your time here is free to explore to any place you wish. There is nearly an endless amount of music and entertainment options available (entrance fees may apply). The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest-running radio show and a recommended highlight we highly encourage you to venture to enjoy performances. Located 24 km east of the city, you should book your show before arrival to avoid missing out on popular shows!
Included: Hotel
Optional Activities: Grand Ole Opry US$32-$90 | Ryman Auditorium tour US$20-$30 | Country Music Hall of Fame US$25-$40 | Johnny Cash Museum US$19
Meals: Breakfast (x2) included (other meals paid locally)
Day 12 – Nashville to Atlanta
As we near the end of this tour, we head towards Atlanta where you will have the option of stopping in Lynchburg where the world-famous Jack Daniel’s distillery resides. To pay homage with an optional sampling, take a trip here and try some of the best Whiskey Nashville has to offer. Your Deep South USA tour ends in the modern-day metropolis of Atlanta, known as the New York of the South.This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 6pm. We recommend booking post-tour accommodation if time allows. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm.
Optional Activities: Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Distillery US$17-$22
Meals: Breakfast

 

Included

  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum 5 users at one time)
  • 11 breakfasts and 1 dinner included
  • 10 hotel nights, 1 historic property

 

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Not Included

  • Optional Activities
  • Tour Guide Gratuities
  • Meals except listed above

Testimonials

  • There were total 12 of us in this tour. It was an interesting international combination and we fitted in the van perfectly as we are all in average size. Our tour guide Michael is knowledgeable, friendly and always tried to accommodate our request.

    Do not miss out the Antelope Canyon (optional item), It’s one the best spots in this tour.

    The tour was the best as we had good tour guide and a group of good people! all the places are worth-seeing and itinerary is well arranged. Thanks mike and Bindlestiff Tours!

    5star

    A 3-day national park tour that you CANNOT miss!
  • Bindlestiff Tours was the highlight of our trip to the USA. We took a national parks tour to Zion, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. High quality tour with fabulous hotels- And I found all the hot tubs!
    We never went away hungry from the food choices Khriss made which included the surprise “Home made pie”, the chocolate cookies he provided for us during the long drives were very much appreciated.

    Indeed, our group, to a person, said unsolicited that Khriss was the BEST driver/guide they had ever had and valued his shared knowledge, his expertise, his professional, punctual service, his books, and his patience. They especially remembered his contagious smile, Southern wit, love of John Wayne and the West, and his amazing ability to have all our luggage [those big bags our girls always take] in place at the agreed departure time! Yes, we had a great time and are so appreciative of Khriss, who went above and beyond to see to the needs of everyone in our group. I speak for the group in thanking you all for a wonderful and unique SW experience! THANK YOU!

    5star

    Our small group had a very best trip to the SW US!
  • I recently came back from USA and I felt I had to share my experience with everyone.
    After a lot of research in internet about which Company to use to travel from Vegas and see the Grand Canyon and the highlights around there, I am so happy I finally chose Bindlestiff tours.
    My highlight of the trip was of course the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon, which was breathtaking. I would advise anyone to book the 55 mins flight in advance to avoid disappointment, for a bit more money than the 20 mins flight, you will be able to explore the Canyon best.
    Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable , funny but professional and made the whole group bond. We started as 12 strangers and ended the tour as friends .The fact of being a small group made the interaction with each other very easy .
    I felt this trip met my expectations if not exceeded them. This is a great choice if you don’t have a lot of time to drive freely and you want to see the National Parks highlights around Vegas.
    If you are looking and looking and you are not sure which Company you should go for, don’t think anymore. Choose Bindlestiff tours and it won’t disappoint !

    5star

    I cannot recommend this trip and Company enough
  • I spent 3 of my best days in the US on that tour. Perfectly organized and guided by JD Boyle, it gives the opportunity to visit legendary places and really feel the desert. To see the moon rise and the night fall over Monument Valley and the first sun rays above the same rocks the next morning was a dream come true. Thanks JD, thank you Bindlestiff! I hope to travel again with you some day:)

    5star

    National Parks Mini Explorer
  • Last summer I booked a 3 day trip covering Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Horseshoe bend, Grand Canyon, departing and end at Vegas. After one year, I still think this is the best trip I ever booked from a tour company. I was extremely lucky to have Vern as our guide & lead (also driver), a guy with great personality, also so experienced and professional in organizing everything. We were able to be quite flexible in deciding how long we wanted to stay in each place, which hiking trek to take, etc. I enjoyed every hiking route Vern recommended! I was travelling solo and was a bit concerned if I would be totally comfortable in joining a group tour, but it proved my concern was nonsense. The others in the group were very easy going and we got along well.

    Every park has its own uniqueness and amazing views. I loved every place really. The highlight for me is Monument Valley, apart from the sunrise (we had a great camping spot for watching sunrise!) and the safari tour, the whole place just felt so spiritual (my very personal feeling).

    I never felt rushed or bored during the 3 days. Most of the time I even forgot I was travelling with a tour company, I felt I was just travelling with a group of friends. Arizona and Utah not only have unique nature landscapes but also interesting social and culture characters.

    I would love to highly recommend Bindlestiff to everyone. If I have the chance, I will do another trip with Bindlestiff.

    5star

    Best tour ever, an unforgettable journey