The Sounds of The South self-drive leads you through musical cities, mysterious villages and sun swept destinations. Discover the history of country music in Nashville, learn all about Elvis and Memphis and enjoy a jazz concert. Experience what life was like on the plantations and feel chills run down your spine listening to Spooky storytelling in Savannah and New Orleans. And then there is Atlanta with its Coca Cola museum and the CNN-studios. The Deep South will leave a profound imprint on your soul, There are no two ways about that.
Day 1 - Atlanta
Atlanta is a historically interesting city, which offers any attractions in and around the city. Don't forget to visit Stone Mountain Park, for example, with its 23 hectares of granite rock tribute to President Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, the Coca Cola Museum, and the CNN News Center.
Day 2 - Atlanta > Charleston (488km)
The first shots during the Civil War were fired in Charleston, a city that is today best known for its slow pace and its beautiful architecture. You are surrounded by history, stately 18th century mansions, historic buildings and phenomenal gardens.
Day 3 & 4 - Charleston > Savannah (176km)
Savannah, on the banks of the mighty Savannah River, is a very charming city. This' Pearl of the South "is not shy to a romantic story, especially when it comes to cotton and the civil war. Take a horse and carriage ride through the historic heart of the city where well over 1000 well-preserved buildings remain.
Day 5 - Savannah > Tallahassee (450km)
Today you travel on to the Gulf of Mexico. Your end destination is Tallahassee, the capital of Florida. Hint: make a stop at Wakulla Springs and discover the Florida of yesteryear: a swamp with cypress trees and numerous birds, alligators and clear water sources.
Day 6 - Tallahassee > Fort Walton (273km)
On the programme today are the beautiful white beaches of Florida. Before you arrive at Fort Walton make sure to pause in Seaside and enjoy its charming architecture and enchanting, laid back atmosphere.
Day 7 & 8 - Fort Walton > New Orleans (390km)
Via the Gulf of Mexico coastal road, you reach the state of Mississippi, where the sheer number of casinos in Biloxi may make your head spin. Next on your travel menu are the French Quarter and Bourbon Street with its cast-iron balconies, antique shops, restaurants, bar and nightclubs. You reside here for the next 2 nights. That means plenty of time for a trip by river boat. An offer you just cannot refuse!
Day 9 - New Orleans > Natchez (390km)
You leave New Orleans along the banks of the Mississippi River and River Road Plantations. Follow Scenic Highway 61 via Cajun Country to Natchez. This village on the Mississippi River is famous for its plantation houses, the beautiful pre-Civil War mansions, reminiscent of 'Tara' in the movie 'Gone with The Wind'. Silent witnesses of a time when wealthy cotton farmers spendthrift was legendary. A few of these gracious homes are open to the public. Visit Natchez-Under-the-Hill on the banks of the Mississippi or enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride.
Day 10 & 11 - Natchez > Memphis (496km)
Via part of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway you reach Memphis, home of the blues and birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Take your time and enjoy the atmosphere of the historic Beale Street lined with BBQ restaurants, blues nightclubs and shops. Naturally, a visit to Graceland is an absolute must on your agenda missing. Visiting The King's estate is going on a 'pilgrimage'. Did you know that after the White House, Graceland is the most visited house-museum in the United States.
Day 12 & 13 - Memphis > Nashville (399km)
Nashville is the capital of country music, that is a fact. Today you are here to experience it. Attend a show at the famous Grand Ole Opry, stroll along Music Row dotted with recording studios and enjoy the antebellum architecture.
Day 14 - Nashville > Atlanta (400km)
Last leg of your itineray has come around today and what better way to start than with a brunch in Loveless Café, a legendary café and considered the best restaurant in the area. Next you continue to Atlanta and stop en route to Lynchburg to visit the Jack Daniels distillery.
Day 15 - Atlanta
Hotels & Meals
Mainstream American cuisine is similar to that in other Western countries. Wheat is the primary cereal grain. Traditional American cuisine uses indigenous ingredients, such as turkey, venison, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, squash, and maple syrup, which were consumed by Native Americans and early European settlers.
Slow-cooked pork and beef barbecue, crab cakes, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies are distinctively American foods. Soul food, developed by African slaves, is popular around the South and among many African Americans elsewhere. Syncretic cuisines such as Louisiana Creole, Cajun, and Tex-Mex are regionally important. The confectionery industry in the United States includes The Hershey Company, the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. In addition, Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world. The United States has a vast breakfast cereal industry that includes brands such as Kellogg's and General Mills.
Characteristic dishes such as apple pie, fried chicken, pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs derive from the recipes of various immigrants. French fries, Mexican dishes such as burritos and tacos, and pasta dishes freely adapted from Italian sources are widely consumed. Americans generally prefer coffee to tea. Marketing by U.S. industries is largely responsible for making orange juice and milk ubiquitous breakfast beverages.
The American fast food industry, the world's largest, pioneered the drive-through format in the 1930s. Fast food consumption has sparked health concerns. During the 1980s and 1990s, Americans' caloric intake rose 24%; frequent dining at fast food outlets is associated with what public health officials call the American "obesity epidemic". Highly sweetened soft drinks are widely popular, and sugared beverages account for nine percent of American caloric intake.
Travel documents: All Belgian nationals* (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (biometric) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid at day of entry and during the entire stay. Connections recommends to let common sense prevail and to build in some slack in terms of validity. Often unforeseen circumstances (weather factors, volcanoes, and threats all kinds) are the cause of a mandatory postponed return date. A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car.Please keep this in mind. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.
All passengers who travel to and /or via the U.S. must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure. The ESTA procedure must be requested via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and paid by a personal credit card only.
- Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. They must apply for an electronic travel authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure via the official website link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and pay by a personal credit card only.
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Medical interventions and costs can soon become outrageous in the U.S.A. Reflect before leaving and subscribe a decent travel insurance. Our protections All-in Premier insurance was especially designed specifically for travel to the U.S.A. and provides ample cover for all major calamities (fly-on-time and natural disasters included)!
The United States span 4 time zones:
- Eastern (- 6 h)
- Central (- 7 h)
- Mountain (- 8 h)
- Pacific (- 9 h)
Daylight saving time 2018: In The USA the clock is set forward in the night of Sunday 12 MAR 2017 at 2am. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on Sunday 26 MAR 2017 at 02am. This entails that between 12 and 26 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
Winter time 2018: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on Sunday 29 OCT 2017 at 02am. The USA turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 5 nov at 2am. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.
US Dollar (USD), 1 USD = 0,92 EUR & 10 EUR = 10.83 USD (01/05/2020)
- A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. Inform yourself timely, as from January 15, 2015 your Visa and/or MasterCard credit card (and possibly other types of credit cards) has automatically been set to "not for use in the US, for US car rental agencies and during cruises under the American flag".
- You must then apply for a release of your credit card. This may be done prior to your arrival in the U.S. (in your bank branch or via the telephone number listed on the back of your credit card or by means of a special form available for PC banking) as well as after arrival in the US (through a withdrawal at an ATM. Please note, in this case there will be a transaction fee charged to your account). The same applies to the Maestro function in your bank card.
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- 14 nights accommodation in listed hotels or equivalent
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Your international return flight and car rental, unlisted meals and beverages as well as personal expenses such as fuel, tips, etc
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