Highlights of the Eastern US – Southbound

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Overview

This 22-day trip through the U.S. East Coast is a feast for the senses. Dig into tasty cuisines (think Memphis barbecue, Philly cheesesteaks, and Creole cooking), see charming historic homes and cobblestone streets in Savannah and Charleston, and hear some of the most iconic music styles in the places they were born, whether its blues on Beale Street or line dancing in a Nashville saloon. Your hearts, stomachs, and memories will have never felt fuller.

Itinerary

Day 1: Boston

Arrive at anytime.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this historic Capital city.

Day 2: Boston

Take a guided tour of Boston's Historic Freedom Trail, from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Head to the North End to taste test the best Cannolis before enjoying a free day in the city. Absorb the history and culture of the city, or chow down on traditional New England fare. Opt to take a Havard tour, Duck Boat tour, Kayak on the Charles, set sail on a Harbor Cruise, or set off on a brewery tour. Choose to check out the famous Fenway Park, home to baseball's Boston Red Sox on a tour or for a game if the team is in town.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 3: Boston/Portland

Take the short drive from Boston up the coast to Portland, one of Bon Appetit's Restaurant Cities of the Year. Known for their craft beer, artsy vibe, and fresh seafood, enjoy free time to explore old town, head out on the harbour, or take a brewery tour. For dinner, indulge in a classic New England lobster bake in this coastal city. Then opt to head out for a night on the town with the locals.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Portland/New York City

Leave Maine behind and welcome the Big Apple! Take to the streets and check out the city. Join the CEO for a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, pass by Wall Street, see Lady Liberty from Battery Park, while exploring the streets, sounds and tastes of Manhattan. Enjoy a free night to head up the Rockefeller, check out Times Square, check out the sights from the High Line, or take in a Broadway show.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 5: New York City

Enjoy a full free day (and night) to explore the city that never sleeps. Opt to stroll Central Park, catch a show, visit museums, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, or the 9/11 Memorial.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 6: New York City/Philadelphia

Follow the trail of American history to Philly. Immerse in the local culinary scene with a Philly Cheesesteak Taste Test. Visit Independence National Historical Park and the Liberty Bell and learn about these iconic sites of American history. Visit the famous 'Rocky' steps before enjoying a free evening in the City of Brotherly Love.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Philadelphia/Washington DC

Leave Pennsylvania behind and make our way to the Capital of the United States of America. Enjoy some free time to check out a Smithsonian museum, national monuments, or walk by the White House and the Capitol Building. Re-join the group this evening for an included Monuments by Moonlight tour.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 8: Washington DC

Explore the multitude of Washington DC's museums and memorials with an entire free day. This city boasts a lot of landmarks, so take your time not to miss any must-sees!

Includes: Breakfast

Day 9: Washington DC/Richmond

Travel to Georgetown, one of the oldest districts of Washington, D.C. for some free time in this historic area. Then head to one of the oldest cities in the US, Richmond, the capital of Virginia. Home to the famous quote “Give me liberty or give me death” this city played a large part in the US Civil War. In modern times, the city is undergoing a cultural revolution, centering around food, craft beer and art. Enjoy a free evening to explore.

There is so much to see and do in Washington DC. Head to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to see where the President lives, tour the Capitol Building, explore the Smithsonian Museums, wander the monuments, or take a trolley tour.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 10: Richmond/Charleston

Leave Virginia behind and head to Charleston, South Carolina, full of cobblestone streets and pre-civil war houses. Enjoy a free evening and opt to visit the Charleston City Market or catch sunset at Folly Beach.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 11: Charleston

In the morning, take an included Charleston harbour history tour, see and learn about over 75 points of interest, including Fort Sumter, the location of the first shots of the Civil War. Enjoy the rest the day to explore this southern charmed city. Opt to take a historic house tour, take a food or brewery tour, tour Boone Hall Plantation, lounge on the beach or try stand-up paddleboarding.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 12: Charleston/Savannah

Head to Savannah and arrive in time for lunch. Take a guided historic walking tour of Savannah, tasting some of the regional favourite sweets. In the evening, opt to take a riverboat cruise or stroll through the cobblestone streets in town admiring the architecture and oak trees covered in Spanish moss.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 13: Savannah

Enjoy a free day to explore this Georgia Peach of a town. Opt to check out City Market for local restaurants and art, tour around the Bonaventure Cemetery, visit the maritime museum, or stroll the grounds of a historic plantation.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 14: Savannah/Atlanta

Continue to Atlanta, the capital of Georgia and original home of Coca-Cola. If the Braves are in town, opt to partake in America's Favourite Pastime, with a baseball game.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 15: Atlanta

Take a deep dive into this southern capital city. Options include visiting some of the Martin Luther King Jr sites, a tour of the Coca Cola Factory, or check out the famous graffiti art. Check out some local joints here, like one of the many true American diners from the early 1900s.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 16: Atlanta/Nashville

Continue to Tennessee, stopping in Lynchburg and take a tour of the Jack Daniel's Distillery. Learn about the history of this whiskey and then get to try a flight of their favourites. Head to the Country Music capital of the world. Stroll the streets of Nashville and let the music pull you into one of the many watering holes. Live like a local with some line dancing at a local saloon.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 17: Nashville

Enjoy a free day in Music City, U.S.A.. Opt to visit the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, or try some of the city's famous hot fried chicken. Later, head out for live music and cowboy nightlife in this country music capital.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 18: Nashville/Memphis

Continue through the heart of Tennessee to the land of Rock, Blues and Soul. Dig into an included barbecue dinner at Central BBQ, a Memphis institution. Then catch some live music on Beale Street, where Blues was born.

Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 19: Memphis

Take advantage of a free day in Memphis. Stroll Beale Street, opt to tour Elvis' home, Graceland; check out the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, Sun Studios; or tour the National Civil Rights Museum.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 20: Memphis/New Orleans

Travel through the southern state of Mississippi to the bayous of Louisiana. Head out and enjoy the music, architecture, and culture of this vibrant city. Opt to explore the French Quarter and try some authentic Cajun food for dinner.

Includes: Breakfast

Day 21: New Orleans

Start the morning with beignets at Café du Monde before a enjoying a Creole cooking demonstration for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon to take a bike tour of the city, hop on a steamboat on the Mississippi, take a bayou swamp tour or wander the streets soaking up the music and culture around town. In the evening, opt to join the group to head to Frenchmen Street to take in the jazz music pouring out of the bars and cafes.

Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 22: New Orleans

Depart at anytime.

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

Includes: Breakfast

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