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Bourbon, Bluegrass, Elvis & Blues

Bourbon, Bluegrass, Elvis & Blues

Bourbon, Bluegrass, Elvis & Blues

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Embark on a Southern Adventure: Bourbon, Bluegrass, Elvis & Blues

Day 1: Covington

Begin your journey in Covington, Kentucky, where the Ohio River offers a picturesque backdrop to the skyline of Cincinnati. Explore the quaint streets lined with historic buildings and vibrant murals, showcasing the city's rich cultural heritage. Take a leisurely stroll along the riverfront promenade, where the gentle breeze carries the echoes of riverboat whistles from days gone by. As the sun sets, dine in one of Covington's charming eateries, indulging in Southern delicacies and local bourbon specialties.

Day 2: Covington

Explore the historic streets of Covington, where tales of bootlegging and vibrant riverfront life intertwine. Visit the Roebling Suspension Bridge, a marvel of engineering that connects Covington to Cincinnati, offering breathtaking views of the Ohio River below. Immerse yourself in the city's artistic scene, with galleries and studios showcasing the works of local artists. In the evening, savour a Kentucky bourbon tasting experience, sampling the finest spirits crafted in the Bluegrass State.

Day 3: Covington to Lexington

Travel southward to Lexington, known as the esteemed Horse Capital of the World. Along the way, stop at the Ark Encounter, a modern interpretation of Noah's Ark, where biblical stories come to life in a captivating manner. Upon arrival in Lexington, delve into the city's equestrian heritage with a visit to the Kentucky Horse Park, home to majestic thoroughbreds and captivating exhibits. In the evening, dine at a traditional Kentucky bourbon distillery, savouring the flavours of aged whiskey paired with delectable Southern cuisine.

Day 4: Lexington to Louisville

Continue your journey westward to Louisville, home to the legendary Kentucky Derby. Explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of this historic city, from the cobblestone streets of Old Louisville to the bustling waterfront of the Ohio River. Visit Churchill Downs, where the thundering hooves of champion racehorses echo through the grandstands during the annual Derby. Dive into Louisville's rich cultural scene with visits to the Muhammad Ali Centre and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. In the evening, embark on a guided tour of Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail, sampling handcrafted cocktails in the city's finest whiskey bars.

Day 5: Louisville to Owensboro

Venture to Owensboro, the heart of Kentucky Bluegrass Music, where the sounds of Bill Monroe still echo through the streets. Explore the International Bluegrass Music Museum, celebrating the genre's rich history and legendary performers. Indulge in a mouthwatering barbecue feast at the iconic Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, a local favourite since 1963. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll along the scenic riverfront, admiring the tranquil beauty of the Ohio River.

Day 6: Owensboro to Paducah

Follow the majestic Ohio River to Paducah, a UNESCO Creative City, where vibrant quilting traditions come to life. Explore the National Quilt Museum, showcasing intricate works of art created by talented quilters from around the world. Wander through the historic Lower Town Arts District, home to charming galleries, boutiques, and cafes. Learn about Paducah's rich musical heritage at the Hotel Metropolitan, a historic landmark where legendary blues artists once performed. In the evening, savour a delicious Southern meal at one of Paducah's acclaimed restaurants, featuring farm-to-table cuisine and locally sourced ingredients.

Day 7: Paducah to Memphis

Continue your adventure along the Mississippi River to the soulful city of Memphis. Explore the vibrant streets of Beale Street, where the sounds of blues and soul music fill the air. Visit Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, where music legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded their iconic hits. Immerse yourself in the rich history of civil rights at the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the historic Lorraine Motel. In the evening, dine at a local barbecue joint, savouring mouth-watering ribs and pulled pork alongside live music performances.

Day 8: More Memphis…

Explore further the cultural tapestry of Memphis, from the vibrant arts scene of the South Main Arts District to the eclectic shops and eateries of Cooper-Young. Visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, honouring the legacy of legendary artists like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes. End the day with a sunset cocktail cruise along the Mississippi River, taking in panoramic views of the city skyline.

Day 9: Even more Memphis…

Delve deeper into the soulful essence of Memphis, from the historic landmarks of Beale Street to the scenic beauty of Shelby Farms Park. Visit the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, celebrating the city's musical heritage and iconic performers. Explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of South Memphis, home to the iconic Soulsville USA district and the historic Royal Studios.

Day 10: Memphis to Cleveland

Trace the historic Highway 61 through the Mississippi Delta to Cleveland, Mississippi, where the spirit of the blues still lingers in the air. Explore the Grammy Museum Mississippi, showcasing the history and impact of American music through interactive exhibits and multimedia displays. Visit Dockery Farms, considered the birthplace of the blues, and learn about the influential musicians who shaped the genre.

Day 11: Cleveland to Jackson

Continue your journey through the heart of Mississippi to Jackson, where the stories of civil rights heroes come to life. Explore the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, documenting the struggle for equality and justice in the Deep South. Visit the historic sites of the Freedom Trail, including the Medgar Evers Home Museum and the Mississippi State Capitol. In the evening, dine at a local restaurant, savouring classic Southern dishes with a modern twist.

Day 12: Jackson to Natchez

Follow the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez, the jewel of the Mississippi River. Explore the historic streets lined with antebellum mansions, reflecting the city's rich architectural heritage. Visit the iconic Longwood Mansion, a stunning octagonal house frozen in time since the Civil War. Enjoy panoramic views of the Mississippi River from the bluffs of Natchez-Under-the-Hill, a historic district filled with charming cafes and lively bars.

Day 13-14: Natchez to New Orleans

Conclude your adventure in the vibrant city of New Orleans, where the spirit of the South dances through the streets. Spend two memorable nights immersing yourself in the city's unique culture and cuisine, from jazz-filled nights in the French Quarter to Creole cooking classes in the Garden District. Explore historic landmarks like Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral, then indulge in a culinary journey through the city's renowned restaurants and cafes. As your Southern adventure comes to an end, reflect on the memories made and the stories shared along the way.

  • Guests: 2 Adults
  • Duration: 14 Nights
  • Board: Room Only | Bed & Breakfast
  • Departing: Selected UK Airports
  • Offer Date: 18th January 2025


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