UPDATED ITINERARY FOR 2021!
On our Deep South group guided tour you will find great roads, food, and music at every turn. From the Plantations along the Mississippi, to the Country Music Capital of Nashville, you will drop into the Blues History of the Deep South! These roads sing the history of America through its nightclubs, juke joints, speakeasies and honky-tonks, and the mouth-watering BBQ and bourbon will satisfy the biggest of appetites. From Nashville, we head to the Appalachians and drop you at the base of the notorious Tail of the Dragon – 318 turns in only 11 miles! The next few days will be spent exploring the Appalachian back-roads, ending with the 470-mile Blue Ridge Parkway, a dream that will take you to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Make sure you pack your Lust for Life in your suitcase, you’re going to need it!
We also have the option for a shorter trip covering either New Orleans - Nashville or from Nashville to New Orleans. Click here for more info
You will join a group for this fixed itinerary. However we can add additional nights at the start or end of your holiday if you wish.
Days 1 & 2:
New Orleans ( 2 nights)
New Orleans retains much of its French colonial influence and has a lot to explore. This unique American city is famous around the world for its culture, cuisine. On day two we'll pick up our bikes and spend the day exploring one of the Antebellum Plantations and gardens. Let us know if you’d like an extra day or two added on to explore this wonderful city.
Blues Trail to Natchez
We’ll begin our ride today by way of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, at 28 miles it is the longest bridge over water in the world! From there we spend the day riding the backroads of Mississippi, experiencing our first towns along the Blues Trail we’ll be following for a few days. Tonight, we get to explore the great blues town of Natchez, on the Mississippi.
Today we continue to immerse ourselves in the history of the Mississippi blues along the Blues Trail. We’ll also explore parts of the Natchez Trace. Before arriving at our hotel, we’ll take a stop at the “Crossroads” where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil. Tonight, it’s cold drinks and live blues!
Today is all about Memphis! Music lovers around the world know Beale Street, a national historical landmark. Legends such as Louis Armstrong and B.B. King all helped develop the style known as Memphis Blues. One of the city’s most important Rock & Roll icons is Sun Studio. It’s just a short ride today so we’ll have plenty of time to explore this amazing city.
Sweet Home Alabama!
From Memphis we’ll head into Alabama where we’ll have time to explore the famous city of Muscle Shoals. Since the 1960s, the city has been known for music – developing the "Muscle Shoals Sound", as local recording studios (including FAME Studios in the late 1950s and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in 1969) produced hit records that shaped the history of popular music.
Days 7 & 8:
Nashville (2 nights)
Today we head into the southern Appalachian foothills of Tennessee for a beautiful day of riding along the winding and historic Natchez Trace Parkway. We’ll also make a stop at the Jack Daniels Distillery for lunch and a guided tour of this famous site! Tonight, we’ll land in the Country Music Capital of the World – Nashville!
Day 8 will be a free day in music city
Days 9 & 10:
Tail of the Dragon (2 nights)
We'll head towards the Appalachians and the Tail of the Dragon! Because we are staying nearby in the town of Townsend tonight, we’ll be able to ride up the 318 curves in 11 miles to Deals Gap and then turn around and come back down! Let’s just say the last miles of this day will stay with you forever!
Day 10 is a free day to explore the Great Smokey Mountains
Blue Ridge Parkway
Today we begin our journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway! And what a day with endless views out across North Carolina and the perfectly surfaced parkway leading you to one of America’s greatest and most famous roads. Tonight, we will spend in the charming mountain town of Blowing Rock with its boutique shops and brew pubs.
Ride to Roanoke
Our ride along the Blue Ridge continues as we drop into the history and music of the mountain people of this region, exploring such places as the Blue Ridge Music Center and Mabry Mill. We will head into our last state – Virginia – where we spend the night in the historic Hotel Roanoke in the city center.
Our last day on riding on the Blue Ridge will be leisurely with plenty of time to stop and explore. Speeds are slow but the views are spectacular with your biggest issue being the amount of wildlife along the road. We have seen wild pigs and bears on this ride. Your hotel for the night is right on the edge of the parkway in rural Virginia.
Today we head towards the USA capital of Washington D.C. but before we turn our bikes in we will spend the morning cruising along the famous Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Take one look at the end of our Appalachian road and then get ready for an amazing Farewell Dinner in the heart of D.C.
Days 15 & 16:
Last Day & Fly Home
Make the most of your final morning in Washington today. This evening you’ll catch your overnight flight back to the UK.
Please let us know if you’d like another day or two here before you fly home. We can even arrange car or motorbike rental for the extra days.
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