Think music, think food, think history, think the Deep SouthThere are perhaps few areas of the US that are so entwined with American culture
Evoking images of long avenues lined with moss-draped oak trees, pristine paddle steamers on the mighty Mississippi and sleepy Louisiana bayou, American Deep South holidays will transport you back to another time.
There’s much to love about the Deep South. Whether you’re eating fresh oysters in an Alabama food shack or sipping a cool drink on a shady veranda in New Orleans, visitors will find the simple pleasures irresistible. With a diverse culture and history to explore, you’ll find yourself immersed in a fascinating and charming way of life.
Activities and entertainment
Ride through one of the endless cypress swamps in Louisiana on an exhilarating airboat, while you listen to tales of alligators, exotic birds and the native inhabitants of the steamy marshes. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the decadent streets of Charleston, or take a tour of one of the many fascinating plantation houses and sugar cane fields, conjuring up the conflicts of a long past era.
Experience a nighttime walk through the French Quarter in New Orleans, passing spooky sites linked with voodoo, vampires and witchcraft, before dancing the night away at one of the many jazz and blues venues.
Music-lovers from around the world pay homage to the King of Rock and Roll at Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley in Memphis. While you’re there, don’t miss the Sun Studios, which recorded the music of iconic artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, and is regarded as the birthplace of rock and roll.
No trip would be complete without visiting Nashville, the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a fabulous tribute to the stars and music of the genre, and gives a sense of how country music is the beating heart of the region.
When the sun goes down, the choice of dining is as varied as the culture and people in the Deep South. With an intriguing combination of Cajun and Creole, expect the best barbecued brisket, fried chicken and gumbo you’ve ever tasted. With rich sauces and deep flavours, Southern cuisine is always exciting and different. Enjoy boudin, a Cajun rice and pork sausage, or etouffee, a shellfish and rice dish.
For liquid refreshment, the options are just as diverse, and the venues can range from resplendent cocktail lounges to rustic roadside shacks. On the other hand, visit a zydeco joint, where you can enjoy a drink while tapping your feet along to the sounds of the blues.
Tailor-made with the very best in accommodation, Azure’s Deep South USA tours are bound to leave you wishing to return again and again. If you want to find out more about our indulgent holiday packages, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by phone or live chat today. Our experienced team are on hand to provide you with further information and to help you create the perfect itinerary to suit your needs.
where to stay
Our specialists are experts at putting together complex holidays and can help you to tailor-make your perfect trip. Below is a selection of the hotels we love in the region, but it is by no means exhaustive, so do please give us a call on 01244 322770 and we can help you to create the trip of your dreams, complete with the hotels and experiences that are perfect for you.
A stylish boutique property in the beating heart of Tennessee’s capital city, the Thompson Nashville is a must for anyone who wants to explore this musical region of the USA. Vanderbilt University is situated here, but what this rapidly growing town is really famous for is country and western music.
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We have been using Azure to arrange our holidays for over 12 years. Every year usually twice a year, sometimes more, we rely on the experienced team at Chester to provide expert information on our chosen destinations. Be it a return to our established favorites in Barbados and Dubai or a new and exiting destination chosen from Azures brochure it is always handled in a friendly and competent manner. The small details are not missed such as do we need late check out or early arrival, which can make such a difference after sometimes long hours travelling. For us using Azure takes the uncertainty out of booking holidays.
We have been booking our holidays through Azure for 10 years and we can thoroughly recommend them. The Azure team arrange amazing holidays, well chosen destinations and hotels with a tailored itinerary that runs like clockwork with so many wonderful extras, it really takes the time and stress out of planning. When the weather has disrupted our journeys, their 24 hour service has provided us with 5* rescues! Nothing is too much trouble for Azure staff and the same goes for all the staff we have met on our Azure holidays which really are out of this world. We continue to recommend your company and all your wonderful team and look forward to our next holiday with you.
Well we are back in the UK after an amazing trip for a very special birthday and must thank Azure in Chester and Jayne O'Gorman for organising everything after we won the auction bid for this trip with SeaDream Yacht Club at Valerie's Summer Ball last year! We had the trip of a lifetime, met amazing people, visited fabulous places and befriended the superb crew aboard SeaDream I. We couldn't fault a single thing onboard - just amazing and hope we can meet the crew again at some future date! I even cried when i had to leave! Well done Azure and Jayne O'Gorman.
My first experience with Azure was when they came to my rescue when my family and I were stranded abroad on holiday without accommodation, their professionalism and ability to make things happen at very very short notice was second to none. They were very knowledgeable and were able to utilise their many relationships within the industry to get things resolved for me within an hour. I can't praise them enough for rescuing my family's holiday and making it a truly memorable time. Since then the team always do their best to make my holidays the best they can possibly be based on their own vast travel knowledge and experiences. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them and wouldn't use anyone else for luxurious travel.
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