2017 SEASON
Aug 2017 - Nov 2017
2018 SEASON
Mar 2018 - Nov 2018

13 Day The Old South & Florida

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in New Orleans and finishing in Orlando

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Read 19 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 13 Day The Old South & Florida. Explore the Old World city known as New Orleans before driving through the heart of Cajun Country to elegant Natchez, where you can admire a Pre-Civil War home. See the passing rural...read more

Overview

Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 13 Days
From: New Orleans to Orlando
Tour Code: 8290
Visits: USA
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$ 2,524
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day

1

New Orleans

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

New Orleans

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city's unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
3

New Orleans

A full day at leisure. Roam through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city's beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter on New Orleans' only steamboat.
4

New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRE-CIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep as the sun goes down.
5

Natchez - Memphis

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the "Home of the Blues," why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street, immortalised in WC Handy's famous songs? (B)
6

Memphis - Graceland Visit - Nashville

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND/ the palatial home of "The King," Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 1,393-square-metre (15,000-square-foot) mansion. Afterward, the "Capital of Country Music," Nashville.
7

Nashville

Its association with country music has made the name "Nashville" world famous, but it's not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B/ Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country's most important. Afterward, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks, including the Parthenon, the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studios of Music Row. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's "solid-gold" Cadillac. This evening you have reserved premier seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.
8

Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the "Peach State" of Georgia and continue through Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving his legacy.
9

Atlanta - Savannah

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon's TROLLEY TOUR, your tour highlights attractions such as the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his "March to the Sea"), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. This evening is free to explore this charming city on your own. (B)
10

Savannah

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don't miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah's important role in maritime history. (B)
11

Savannah - St Augustine - Orlando

Travel into the "Sunshine State" of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the oldest Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to the magical city of Orlando. (B)
12

Orlando

A full day to relax and explore the many sights in the Orlando area. Your Tour Director will suggest a varied and exciting selection of optional outings, such as Disney's huge entertainment parks, including the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios (formally MGM Studios).
13

Orlando

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Orlando International Airport are included.

Day By Day

1

New Orleans

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
2

New Orleans

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old World city. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city's unique burial customs at an above-ground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
3

New Orleans

A full day at leisure. Stroll through the centuries-old French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city's beauty and romance on a 2-hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter on New Orleans' only steamboat.
4

New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor's Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious PRECIVIL WAR HOME featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep as the sun goes down.
5

Natchez - Memphis

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour. For your first night in the "Home of the Blues," why not visit one of the famous music clubs on Beale Street, immortalised in WC Handy's famous songs? (B)
6

Memphis - Graceland Visit - Nashville

IS-GRACELAND VISIT- NASHVILLE. A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting GRACELAND/ the palatial home of "The King," Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 15,000-square-foot (4572 square metres) mansion. Afterward, the "Capital of Country Music," Nashville.
7

Nashville

Its association with country music has made the name "Nashville" world famous, but it's not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to STUDIO B/ Nashville's oldest surviving recording studio and one of the country's most important. Afterward, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the famous landmarks, including the State Capitol, Bicentennial State Park, and the recording studios of Music Row. Then, visit the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley's "solidgold" Cadillac. This evening, you have reserved seating for an unforgettable show at the world-famous GRAND OLE OPRY, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.
8

Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the "Peach State" of Georgia and continue through Chattahoochee National Forest to the fast-growing metropolis of Atlanta, former home and burial place of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving his legacy.
9

Atlanta - Savannah

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2-night stay. On this afternoon's TROLLEY TOUR, your tour highlights attractions such as the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his "March to the Sea"), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world-famous River Street. This evening is free to explore this charming city on your own. (B)
10

Savannah

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don't miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah's important role in maritime history. (B)
11

Savannah - St Augustine - Orlando

Travel into the "Sunshine State" of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the oldest Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to the magical city of Orlando. (B)
12

Orlando

A full day to relax and explore the many sights in the Orlando area. Your Tour Director will suggest a varied and exciting selection of optional outings, such as Disney's huge entertainment parks, including the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios (formally MGM Studios).
13

Orlando

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Orlando International Airport are included. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the "Sunshine State" further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In New Orleans and Nashville; orientation tours in Atlanta and Baton Rouge, Memphis, and St. Augustine; Savannah Trolley Tour, pre-Civil War home, Graceland, Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and reserved premier seating at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: French Quarter, Mississippi River, Cajun Country, and Chattahoochee National Forest.
  • GUIDES: Local Guides for city sightseeing in New Orleans, Nashville, and Savannah; services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • New Orleans Sheraton New Orleans (SF), Natchez Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez (ST), Memphis Crowne Plaza Memphis (MF), Nashville The Inn at Opryland (MF), Atlanta Holiday Inn Express and Suites Atlanta Buckhead (MF), Savannah Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District (ST), Orlando Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre (F)

Included Meals

  • 4 breakfasts (B).

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In New Orleans and Nashville; orientation tours in Atlanta and Baton Rouge, Memphis, and St. Augustine; Savannah Trolley Tour, pre-Civil War home, Graceland, Studio B, Country Music Hall of Fame, and reserved seating.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: French Quarter, Cajun Country, and Chattahoochee National Forest.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Accommodation

  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior First Class (SF), Superior Tourist Class (ST)
  • New Orleans Sheraton New Orleans (SF), Natchez Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez (ST), Memphis Crowne Plaza Memphis (MF), Nashville The Inn at Opryland (MF), Atlanta Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Buckhead (MF), Savannah Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Downtown/Historic District (ST), Orlando Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista at Vista Centre (F)

Included Meals

  • 4 Breakfasts

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in USA. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (19)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on The Old South & Florida with Cosmos.
Reviewer

Australia
  “Loved parts of the trip”
Trip Date: 28/09/2016
I loved parts of this trip New Orleans was wonderful a highlight, the hotel was super close to everything, comfortable. I'm not really sure why we needed to stay in Natchez? Memphis - great place the accommodation was a bit far from Beale St but walkable. Nashville hotel was ok the Grand ole Opry was fabulous. The Atlanta accommodation was far from anything random place we had to eat in the hotel and really wasn't good . Sadly We had to bypass Savannah due to Hurricane Matthew. Orlando hotel was nice but again really hard pressed to find anything to do around the hotel.
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Julie's Holiday

Australia
  “Loved the Old South and Florida”
Trip Date: 14/09/2016
A trip full of history and music. Accommodation was excellent, not 5 star but clean and very comfortable - included a few breakfasts. The optional tours were great value and very enjoyable. Highlights were New Orleans and the swamp and plantation homes tour. Memphis and Graceland, Nashville and the country music Hall of Fame. Savannah was such a beautiful and historic place, the only disappointing part of this trip was Orlando we found it to be just theme parks which is ok if that's what you want to do. We didn't realise that we would be leaving the tour guide here 3 days before the tour actually finished. Overall a great trip and value for money!
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Australia
  “Americas South”
Trip Date: 31/08/2016
Firstly let us say as usual the bookings Global Journeys did for us was excellent and trouble free, which is what we have become accustomed to. While the 13 day tour is sufficient in length we found the beginning in New Orleans disappointing as aside from a city tour no other tours were included. There were optional tours but as a group our tour guide Brenda left us to our own devices. Which can be off putting for people. Same with Orlando - we had 2 days there with little involvement from tour guide. Along our journey we ventured into Chattanooga only to find out everything was shut which was very disappointing, also numerous occasions wrong information was given. Overall we found the trip pleasant but it would have been greatly enhanced with a more involved tour guide.
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Reviewer

Australia
  “Easy trip through the South.”
Trip Date: 15/06/2016
Very busy trip which means you see and do a lot of interesting things. Loved the Southern hospitality and the optional excursions. Savanna and New Orleans were the highlights.
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Australia
  “A fantastic holiday.”
Trip Date: 04/11/2015
This tour gave a great range of music experiences of jazz, blues, Elvis, country and western. As well it show cased the geography, history and culture of the 5 US states covered. The tour director was fabulous - organised, friendly, caring and fun. I felt safe in the hands of the competent driver as we covered 2400km (1490 miles). A fantastic holiday.
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