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USA Rail Holiday - The Cotton States
The Cotton States of the Deep South, remain an area of the USA which is largely undiscovered by international visitors, but this is home to some stunning cities and amazing scenery, this adventure starts in the city of Atlanta and ends in The Big Easy, New Orleans and takes in Birmingham, Alabama. So as they say in Cajun: Laissez les bons temps rouler -Let the good times roll.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Atlanta/home from New Orleans
8 nights hotel accommodation
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Atlanta and Gone with the Wind Museums
Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
New Orleans & The French Quarter
Mississippi Paddle Steamer cruise
Days 1-3 : Arrive Atlanta, Georgia
Arrive Atlanta early evening.
This cosmopolitan city where Margaret Mitchell penned her novel Gone With the Wind, is the capital of the South. A charming blend of Old Southern traditions mixed with 21st century America. Museums depicting early southern history are just steps from shopping malls and award-winning restaurants.
Days 4 : Arrive Birmingham, Alabama
Board the Crescent Amtrak service for late breakfast trip to Birmingham. Enjoy a full day in The Magic City.
Days 5-8 : Arrive New Orleans
Rejoin the Crescent Service direct to New Orleans to arrive early evening.
New Orleans, which is truly like no other city in America. To enjoy this destination you must stay in the heart and soul of the city, the French Quarter, justly famous for its ornate balconies, French architecture and joyous atmosphere.
Jackson Square is the place to sit, sip an espresso and watch the city's eclectic life unfold in front of your eyes. Several of the areas homes are open to the public, or jump on the St Charles Streetcar for a true overall feel for the city and its beautiful neighbourhoods.
No visit is complete without a cruise on an authentic Mississippi Paddle streamer or a peak into one of New Orleans many mysterious Voodoo shops. So, there is more than enough to do by day but do save your energy for the evening when the French Quarter pulsates with live music, dancing and Creole dining under the stars.
Day 9 : Depart New Orleans
LeaveThe Big Easy behind and head home today, or perhaps you may wish to extend your stay and head to Texas for a few days.
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal tour of The Cotton States.
Charlotte was really helpful from start to finish. Very knowledgeable and always easy to approach with new questions and queries. Highly recommended and will definitely be booking with Charlotte again in the future.