Unique Experience Intrepid | Big Apple to Big Easy

Cut through the heart of the gigantic United States and hit the open road between two of its most iconic cities – New York and New Orleans. Snaking through the jaw-dropping Appalachian Mountains, via the nation's capital, this route encompasses everything from pioneer and political history to the musical legacies of Nashville and Memphis. This overland odyssey has something for everyone, so jump aboard and get ready to explore one of the most fascinating nations on earth.

Theme

Explorer

  • Highlights

    • Enjoy a full day to explore Washington DC. There's lots to see and do in the US capital, and most of it is free. See the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Mall, and feel small next to the statue of Abraham Lincoln
    • Lively New Orleans is a great place to round off your trip. Grab a beignet and discover French, Creole and American influences in the Big Easy's architecture, food, history and music
    • The cities of Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are notorious for their rich music and nightlife scenes. See live performances of blues, jazz, country and rock in celebrated musical venues
    • The flexibility of this trip allows you to do what you want, when you want, without the restrictions of an overly packed itinerary
  • What's Included

    Transport

    Private vehicle

    Accommodation

    Camping (with facilities) (5 nights), Hotel (1 night)

    Included Activities

    • Philadelphia - City highlights stop
    • Shenandoah National Park
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      • Start Date:30 Aug 19
      • End Date:5 Sep 19
      • Price:$1,640
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      • Start Date:1 Sep 19
      • End Date:7 Sep 19
      • Price:$1,432
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      • Book now and receive a discount. Was $1,685. Now only $1,432 for this departure

      • Start Date:8 Sep 19
      • End Date:14 Sep 19
      • Price:$1,248
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      • Book now and receive a discount. Was $1,560. Now only $1,248 for this departure

      • Start Date:26 Apr 20
      • End Date:4 May 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • Start Date:24 May 20
      • End Date:1 Jun 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • Start Date:7 Jun 20
      • End Date:15 Jun 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • Start Date:21 Jun 20
      • End Date:29 Jun 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • End Date:20 Jul 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • Start Date:26 Jul 20
      • End Date:3 Aug 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • End Date:10 Aug 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • End Date:17 Aug 20
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      • Start Date:23 Aug 20
      • End Date:31 Aug 20
      • Price:$2,375
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      • Start Date:6 Sep 20
      • End Date:14 Sep 20
      • Price:$2,375
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  • Itinerary

    Day - 1

    Location: New York (Newark) - Welcome to the USA. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby at 6 pm. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details, food kitty and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive a couple of days earlier to see the sights (recommended), we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Consider doing a one-day sightseeing tour of New York by visiting: urbanadventures.com.

     

    Day - 2

    Location: Washington DC - Today, drive south towards the nation's capital of Washington DC, stopping at Philadelphia on the way for a quick look at some of the highlights of the Old City, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the 'Rocky' steps. After touring around Philly, continue onto DC. The total driving time from New York to Washington DC will take about seven hours.

     

    Day - 3

    Location: Washington DC - Today is a free to explore Washington DC, with the city being easily discovered on foot. To see as much as you can today, it may be an idea to get a map and make a plan. Choose from any of DC’s almost 100 world-class museums – the National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Newseum are just a few. There are also many other small fascinating museums hidden around the city. The city is overflowing with iconic monuments and buildings, so don’t miss the White House, Capitol Building, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, MLK Monument, FDR and Jefferson Memorials. You’ll most likely do a lot of walking today, so maybe reward yourself with a relaxing evening.

     

    Day - 4

    Location: Appalachian Mountains - Journey into the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountains (500 km). Shenandoah National Park is one of the highest and most scenic portions of the Appalachian Mountains. Taking the Skyline Drive along the crest of the mountains, travel through deep woods and past spectacular vistas. Stop to stretch your legs under the impressive oak trees and admire the gorgeous views. Later in the afternoon, drive to your campsite for the night. Total driving today will take around eight hours including stops.

     

    Day - 5

    Location: Nashville - Drive for around six hours further south today to Nashville, Tennessee. Once settled into the campground perhaps visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, which contains the golden Cadillac that once belonged to Elvis. Another point of interest is Music Row, where more than 50 recording studios and approximately 200 music publishing houses are located. The Wildhorse Saloon is a great spot in the evening to experience authentic southern food and live music.

     

    Day - 6

    Location: Memphis - Head west this morning to Memphis, which should take around four hours. Just out of the city you can visit Graceland, Elvis Presley's former home and the site of his tomb. Here you can see the famous jungle room, as well as his cars, private planes and much more. In the evening, consider heading down to check out Beale Street's traditional blues clubs, made famous by legends such as W.C Handy, Howlin' Wolf and B.B. King. For those with an interest in history, there's the National Civil Rights Museum (at the former Lorraine Motel) where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. If you have time, a must-see in Memphis is Sun Studio - the 'Birthplace of Rock'. It boasts the first recordings of legendary performers like Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

     

    Day - 7

    Location: New Orleans - Today make the long drive across the state of Mississippi to New Orleans (the 'Big Easy'), which usually takes around eight hours. The trip finishes on arrival into New Orleans and no accommodation is provided tonight. The arrival time depends on each group, but if you decide to fly out on this day, please don't book a flight before 9pm. This will give you enough time to catch a shuttle from the hotel to the airport and be there two hours before departure. If you are staying in town for the evening, perhaps take a walk down rowdy Bourbon Street or through the former plantation area of the Garden District, or head out for a typical Cajun-style dinner and toast to your adventure. If you do wish to spend extra time in New Orleans we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).

     

    Big Apple to Big Easy
*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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