DIXIE SWING

SELF-DRIVE

14 DAYS / 13 NIGHTS

Orlando | Savannah | Charleston | Atlanta | Great Smoky Mountain NP | Nashville
Memphis | Natchez | New Orleans

This program allows you to discover the natural beauty of Alaska’s southeast. Arrive in the big city of Anchorage and travel through Chugach State Park to charming Seward. An unforgettable journey through the Gulf of Alaska will propel you toward Denali National Park. From here we journey to “The Golden Heart of Alaska”, Fairbanks.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • 13-night accommodation

 

Not included

International and domestic airfare · Car rental · Tolls · Parking fees · National Park admission · Meals · Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides · Beverages · Optional excursions

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DAY 1 ORLANDO

Arrive at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and proceed to your hotel. Welcome to the Theme Park capital of the world! Enjoy an evening at Disney Springs, with over 170 shopping, dining and entertainment facilities, everyone will find something fun to do.

Accommodation: Orlando for 2 nights

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DAY 2 ORLANDO

Welcome to the Theme Park capital of the world! Today you can create your own itinerary from the numerous attractions this city has to offer.

Admissions are NOT included in the program and can be purchased directly at the parks.

Epcot® – Epcot® is a showplace for the achievements of man, a tribute to innovation and imagination, and a fellowship of international culture. Epcot consists of Future World and World Showcase. Future World features attractions such as Spaceship Earth, where you will experience a journey from the beginning of time to the electronic age. Ride Test Track, a high-speed thriller that mimics actual vehicle testing conditions, sending you through breathtaking twists and turns. Explore all of Future World where innovation and invention entertain. World Showcase offers the cultures of 11 nations. The architecture and landscape change as you move from one country to the next. Taste the cuisine, shop and be entertained by distinctly different cultures. End the evening by watching Illuminations, a nighttime kaleidoscope of music and light.

Universal Studios® Florida – You’re the star at Universal Studios where you can ride the movies. Check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter® and visit Gringotts at Diagon Alley® or take a ride on the Hogwarts Express. Join the agents from “Men in Black Alien Attack” and zap aliens as you chase them through the streets of New York. Plunge into darkness on Revenge of the Mummy® a psychological thrill ride that combines special effects and speed. See Shrek 4-D an original 3-D film, with an added dimension where you will see, hear, and feel the action right from your seat. Fly with E.T. on a star-bound bike as you help him save his home planet. You’ll find something that appeal to kids of all ages at the place where you become part of the movies!

SeaWorld® Orlando – SeaWorld Orlando is a premiere marine adventure park. It features thrilling rides and amazing shows where the animals are the stars. Your feet will dangle on Kraken, the only floorless rollercoaster in Orlando. Meet Shamu, the famous killer whale in the sensational show One Ocean and learn more about these amazing marine mammals during the 30-minute educational presentation Ocean Discovery. See polar bears and beluga whales on the Wild Arctic ride. Get ready for the ultimate adventure on Journey to Atlantis! Travel on water and high-speed rails through special effects and a 60 foot drop! Check out the current spectacle at the Sea lion and Otter Stadium, where Clyde and Seamore will be into some mischief. Make sure to include a stop at the dolphin nursery, where you can see new dolphin mothers and their calves. Experience the magic of marine life and the splendor of what lies beyond the ocean’s door

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DAY 3 ORLANDO · ST-AUGUSTINE · SAVANNAH

Depart Orlando today and drive toward St. Augustine. Historic St. Augustine is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Here, the blend of Spanish, English and American cultures come alive. Among the many points of interest is the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a fortress which served as the city’s outer defenses. It is the oldest remaining European fortification in the continental United States. Continue on to Savannah for an overnight stay. Southern hospitality is alive and well in charming Savannah. The Historic District has twenty-two squares and cobblestone streets that will take you back in time. Explore the city by trolley and learn its fascinating past. Each piece of lovely Victorian architecture has a story, some sad and mysterious. Other sights to visit are the Telfair Museum of Art, Forsyth Park and Factor’s Walk. For delicious southern cooking, visit the restored Waterfront area which is lined with shops and restaurants.

Accommodation: Savannah for 1 night

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

GHOSTS & GRAVESTONES SAVANNAH (SAV-GHOS):

Climb aboard the Trolley of the Doomed as we journey back in time and explore the mystery and intrigue that surround the many well-known sights and historical places in Savannah. We’ll take a fascinating look at some of the city’s most haunted sights, exposing the stories that center upon our most famous and infamous residents. Our Gravedigger Guides will thrill and delight you with their spooky and humorous accounts of the supernatural – and perhaps you’ll experience an encounter with one of Savannah’s lost…

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DAY 4 SAVANNAH · CHARLESTON

Depart Savannah and drive toward another southern gem, Charleston. Along the way visit Beaufort. This little town claims nearly a hundred antebellum and pre-Revolutionary houses. Drive through the residential district and visit the pretty waterfront shopping area. Arrive in Charleston for an overnight stay. A fantastic way to see the city is by a horse-drawn carriage. See the Old South in the architecture and gardens of the many historic homes and buildings. Visit Downtown’s shopping district of King Street. See Civil War Memorials at the Battery,
a garden that boasts live oaks and palmettos. Venture slightly outside the city and visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Tour the house and learn about life on the plantation. The gardens offer extensive varieties of camellias and azaleas.

Accommodation: Charleston for 1 night

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DAY 5 CHARLESTON · ATLANTA

Today you will leave Charleston and drive to Georgia, “The Peach State.” While it is the state capital, Atlanta still welcomes visitors with southern hospitality. It is a bustling big city with the past and present colliding. Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Sweet Auburn District. Here you will find The King Center and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Exhibits tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement. Visit other Atlanta neighborhoods like the quaint Midtown and luxurious Buckhead, both are filled with interesting shops and restaurants. The Roswell Historic district has a visitor center and several antebellum homes that can be toured. Taste past and present Coca-Cola products at The World of Coca-Cola Museum. Enjoy a movie experience and taste brands from around the world. Just east of the city lies Stone Mountain. This is the world’s largest exposed granite monolith with a relief carving of Confederate heroes, surrounded by attractions and recreation in a natural environment.

Accommodation: Atlanta for 1 night

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DAY 6 ATLANTA · CHEROKEE RES. · GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NP · GATLINBURG NP

Depart Atlanta today and head to the more rural side of Tennessee through the Cherokee Reservation. In 1838, 14,000 Cherokee were rounded up by federal troops and marched to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears. Approximately one thousand escaped. The residents of Cherokee are their descendants. Visit the Museum of the Cherokee which is devoted to 10,000 years of Native American history, the museum details, among other things, the Trail of Tears tragedy. Visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which always offers interesting sights. They are among the oldest mountains in the world and a center of diversity for plant and wildlife. Keep watch for black bear, white-tailed deer, raccoons, coyote, and the plentiful salamander. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you travel into Gatlinburg for an overnight stay. For a bird’s eye view of the scenery, ride the sky lift to the top of Crockett Mountain. Close by you will find several attractions, ranging from shopping in the outlet malls to the famous Dollywood. Dolly Parton owns this entertainment park offering music and shows. Pigeon Forge is a short drive away for more entertainment options.

Accommodation: Gatlinburg for 1 night

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DAY 7 GATLINBURG · NASHVILLE

Depart Gatlinburg this morning and drive toward Nashville, better known as Music City, USA. Nashville is the heart and soul of country music. Take the time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It presents a vast collection to illustrate the story of country music told through two centuries. Enjoy historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits, and state-of-the-art design. Also visit Historic RCA Studio B, “The Home of 1,000 Hits.” Get an up-close look at what was once the second home of music legends Elvis Presley, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton and many more. Over 35,000 songs were recorded here. For a slightly different side of Nashville, see the Parthenon, the world’s only full-scale reproduction of the famous Greek temple. Nashville’s Parthenon stands in Centennial Park and features both the city’s art museum and Athena Parthenos. At almost 42 feet in height, Athena Parthenos is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world. This evening considers a dinner cruise on a paddlewheel riverboat or a dinner theatre experience, both offering exceptional entertainment and cuisine.

Accommodation: Nashville for 1 night

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DAY 8 NASHVILLE · MEMPHIS

Leave country music behind and travel to Memphis, home of the blues. Your first stop must be Graceland, Elvis Presley’s 14-acre estate. Visit the “Birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll” at Sun Studios. Enjoy a fascinating tour and listen to audio presentations of some of the earliest recordings made there. After that, visit the original studio itself, the exact same room where the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded their first tracks. City sightseeing tours are offered by paddleboat, carriage, and motor coach. Stroll down historic Beale Street where blues has been playing for more than half a century. This historic entertainment mecca has something for everyone, whether you want to listen to music or sample southern barbecue.

Accommodation: Memphis for 1 night

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

GRACELAND MANSION TOUR (MEM-GLMT):

Tour Elvis Presley’s expansive 14-acre estate which includes the Graceland Mansion and grounds. Among the many exhibits are Elvis’ two custom airplanes, the Automobile Museum featuring his famous Pink Cadillac, the Elvis Lives: The King of Pop Culture Exhibit where you can experience how Elvis has influenced pop culture as we know it today and the Hollywood Exhibit for a look at the story of how Elvis transitioned from singer to an on-screen star. As you step inside Graceland Mansion, you will follow in the same steps as Elvis himself on a multimedia iPad tour* narrated by John Stamos, featuring commentary and stories by Elvis and his daughter Lisa Marie. See where Elvis lived, relaxed, and spent time with his friends and family. Graceland tours offer a very personal look inside the home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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DAY 9 NASHVILLE · MEMPHIS

Depart Memphis and drive toward Mississippi into the town of Natchez, the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River. Natchez is known for the preservation of many antebellum homes. Tour Stanton Hall built circa 1857. It is one of the most magnificent palatial residences of antebellum America. The interior contains original furnishings and Natchez antiques. Make sure to taste a local favorite, the pecan. Below the town lies Natchez Under-the-Hill, once a haven for all things inappropriate, is now home to many bars and restaurants. Here you will also find a riverboat casino.

Accommodation: Natchez for 1 night

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DAY 10 NATCHEZ · NEW ORLEANS

This morning departs Natchez for bustling New Orleans, a modern city with a historic soul. The oldest neighborhood in the “Crescent City” is the French Quarter. Established by the French in 1718, the architecture reflects Spanish, French, Creole, and American influences. Around every corner you will find eclectic shops and fine dining. Visit the French Market and find treasures of food, antiques, and crafts. Make sure to sample a beignet, the state doughnut of Louisiana. The center of the French Quarter is Jackson Square. Musicians, artists, mimes, tarot card readers and entertainers set up in front of St Louis Cathedral on the square each day, creating an animated street scene. Enjoy a paddleboat cruise along the Mississippi River. Hear about the city’s colorful history while savoring a cocktail on the deck. At night stroll famous Bourbon Street where the heart of jazz lives in New Orleans. You will likely hear this music in the streets and pouring out of the many nightclubs and bars. If you’re feeling fortunate, you might want to visit the casino and try your luck at Las Vegas style gambling.

Accommodation: New Orleans for 2 nights

Today’s Suggested Optional Experience (at an additional cost)

THE ATCHAFALAYA EXPERIENCE (LFT-ATCH):

Louisiana’s Atchafalaya is North America’s largest river swamp and ranks among the top 10 wilderness areas in the United States. On any given day one can expect to encounter beaver, nutria, otters, mink, deer, squirrels, and other mammals, as well as up to 38 species of birds, including some which are endangered. And of course, alligators!

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DAY 11 NEW ORLEANS

Today, venture out of the city center to the Garden District. This elegant neighborhood is home to lovely southern homes and lined with parks and cafes. Some of the historic homes are available to tour. If you are feeling more adventurous, consider an escapade through the swamps. Many guided swamp and wildlife tours are offered along the bayous. In these mysterious waterways that surround the city, you will get intimate with alligators and other exotic creatures. You never know what you’ll see! For marine animal viewing, visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, one of the top museums of its kind in America. Find 15,000 sea life creatures, representing nearly 600 species. In the evening, learn about voodoo and the city’s haunted past on a walking tour of the French Quarter. Your guide might take you to a cemetery or passed one of the many buildings that make New Orleans “America’s Most Haunted City.

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DAY 12 NEW ORLEANS · TALLAHASSEE

Depart New Orleans and drive to Tallahassee. Along the way, stop in Mobile, Alabama and explore the Battleship Alabama. Take a self-guided tour of the mammoth 680-foot-long ship and then have lunch along the waterfront. Continue to Florida’s state capitol, Tallahassee. Visit the Old Capitol Museum for a dose of Florida History. Enjoy shopping, dining, and outdoor entertainment along Park Avenue.

Accommodation: Tallahassee for 1 night

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DAY 13 TALLAHASSEE · ORLANDO

Allow approximately six hours driving time to reach Orlando and consider doing some last-minute shopping in the many outlets that Orlando offers for your final night there.

Accommodation: Orlando for 1 night

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DAY 14 TALLAHASSEE · ORLANDO

Depart at leisure to Orlando International Airport (MCO).

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