Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Immersion in America’s Deep South (17 days)

American Excursionist

Atlanta, GA, United States To Atlanta, GA, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Nov 2018


Day 1
Atlanta, GA United States
The St. Regis Atlanta None


Pick up your rental car and make your way to your hotel to check in and get settled.

Day 2
Nashville, TN United States
The Hermitage Hotel Nashville Breakfast


Drive to the home of American country music for a private, backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium. Follow in the footsteps of Hank Williams and leave through the back door to sneak into a Honky-Tonk and meet a famous singer/songwriter for a drink.

Day 3
Nashville, TN United States
The Hermitage Hotel Nashville Breakfast


Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and famous Studio B, where iconic recordings of Elvis and Johnny Cash were created. Enjoy Nashville Hot Chicken before heading off to the famous Grand Ole Opry. Stand backstage in a VIP experience and see the nation’s longest running radio show.

Day 4
Memphis, TN United States
The Peabody Memphis Breakfast


Drive to the home of Elvis and soul music. Go behind the scenes at Sun Studio and have the opportunity to stand in the same room where Elvis and Johnny Cash once recorded!

Day 5
Memphis, TN United States
The Peabody Memphis Breakfast


Visit to the Civil Rights Museum, the infamous site of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Then take a VIP tour of the home of the King, Graceland.

Day 6
Natchez, MS United States
Monmouth Historic Inn Breakfast


Drive the famous blues trail through Mississippi, stopping at the BB King Museum, dedicated to the great musician’s life. Then enjoy the afternoon at your 19th-century antebellum mansion set in 26 acres of manicured gardens filled with blooming magnolias, roses and azaleas.

Day 7
New Orleans, LA United States
Windsor Court Hotel Breakfast, Snack


On the way to “the Big Easy” stop at a historic plantation to learn about the history of slave life in America and the civil war. Then celebrate New Orleans’ great cocktail tradition with a cocktail class with a top mixologist in a historic French Quarter bar.

Day 8
New Orleans, LA United States
Windsor Court Hotel Breakfast, Snack


Head on a privately-guided food and drink tour through the French Quarter, sampling some of the tasty dishes that truly make New Orleans. Then an expert musicologist will take you on a walking tour through the birthplace of jazz and have a private meet-and-greet with a famous jazz musician.

Day 9
Mobile, AL United States
Santa Rosa Beach, FL United States
WaterColor Inn Breakfast


Drive across the moody Gulf of Mexico coast, stopping in Mobile, Alabama for lunch, before arriving on your pristine white sand beach of Santa Rosa, Florida in the afternoon for a sunset swim.

Day 10
Sea Island, GA United States
Sea Island - The Cloister Breakfast


Continue your drive through the Florida Panhandle, arriving in Sea Island, an exclusive and secluded island resort amidst the beauty of the barrier islands. At dusk, embark on a privately-led tour to explore sea turtle nests and the Georgia dunes.

Day 11
Sea Island, GA United States
Sea Island - The Cloister Breakfast

SEA ISLAND, GEORGIATake a naturalist-led hobie cat sailing tour to discover the area’s wildlife. The afternoon is at your own leisure at the hotel to enjoy tennis lessons, award winning golf courses, and of course, the incredible beaches.

Day 12
Savannah, GA United States
Bluffton, SC United States
Montage Palmetto Bluff Breakfast


Drive to Savannah and take a historical walking tour of the only city spared by General Sherman during the Civil War. Continue to Palmetto Bluff, a sprawling estate that blends southern history and natural beauty: rivers, misty marshes, and old oaks draped with Spanish moss.

Day 13
Bluffton, SC United States
Montage Palmetto Bluff Breakfast, Lunch


Embark on an ecological tour of the bluffs and marshes that make this area one of the most stunning preserves in the low country. Then have a hands-on demonstration on some of the classic techniques of Southern cooking.
Day 14
Charleston, SC United States
Belmond Charleston Place Breakfast


Continue on to one of the most charming cities in the South. Experience Charleston’s distinctive architecture, gardens and culture with the rare opportunity to go inside the private houses of some of America’s most beautiful residences, dating back to the 18th century.

Day 15
Charleston, SC United States
Belmond Charleston Place Breakfast


Accompanied by an expert guide, visit the Citadel Military Academy and the site of a key battle of the Civil War. In the afternoon visit some of Charleston’s famous gardens.

Day 16
Atlanta, GA United States
The St. Regis Atlanta Breakfast


Drive to Atlanta for the final leg of your journey. In the afternoon visit the Martin Luther King birthplace and learn about the American civil rights movement. Enjoy a final southern dinner in Atlanta’s lively shopping and entertainment district.

Day 17
Atlanta, GA United States
None Breakfast


At the designated time make your way to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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Starting and ending in Atlanta, Georgia, explore all the highlights of the American South by self-drive including visits to Tennessee, New Orleans, South Carolina, Georgia and Sea Island. Chat with a country music songwriter, learn about the American Civil Rights movement from a local activist that lived it, see the places that made an Elvis a star, learn to make your own southern cocktail, and experience the natural beauty of the low country of South Carolina.

About Us

American Excursionist is a luxury DMC for the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii) and the Caribbean offering unique hotel and tour packages. With dedicated staff and excellent rates at luxury accommodations across the region, we differentiate ourselves through our access to unique experiences, experts and guides. Examples include access to museums after hours, tickets to VIP events & parties and meeting unique personalities. We also provide end-to-end client support, including VIP transportation, foreign-language concierge support, exotic car rental, and chartering private jets and yachts.

Insider Tip

We have negotiated the most competitive rates with top 5-star and boutique accommodations which we pass on to you.

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Jazz and Historical Tour

By: Michelle Cantu

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

We took two private tours: one for the historical aspect and one for history of jazz. Both were amazing and would do them again. We were fortunate to have Tyler as a guide and he was top notch. I can’t say enough positive about him: intelligent, personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a private car as well and would recommend that as well.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas
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Washington DC

By: GG

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Absolutely was a treat for us four women...our driver, Cesar was soooo nice to us and helpful in everything we asked of him...He was very knowledgeable about the city and sights...always punctual when picking us up...he was a real gentleman...I will recommend him to any of my friends traveling to that area....thank you very much for making our trip very special...
Travel Advisor:  Dondrea Sullivan
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LA food tour

By: Chip

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The LA downtown food tour was superb! Sally with Sixtastes was a great guide! We got excellent food from different cultures while learning about downtown's history. Definitely will do again!
Travel Advisor:  Bowden Sarrett
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