Luray Cavern – Great Smoky Mountain
Dixie Stampede Show – Lost Sea – Ruby Falls
Rock City – CNN Center – Stone Mountain
Air Boat – French Quarter
Tour: Nov 04 – Nov 12, 2022 From:
$2,595 $2,525 + Tax
(Special: Autumn Yellow Leaves Season)
Offer expires May 31, 2022
$125 off for the 3rd person staying with 2 adults
Inclusive of domestic airfares
Chasing autumn leaves isn’t the only way to immerse in the brilliant colors of fall. The Deep South has them too – but differently. Hardwood trees in the north might produce glorious colors at just the moment you travel. Deep South states serve up landscapes every fall in colors both Crayola primary and luscious southern hues. Some are edible!
Where is the Deep South of the USA?
The Deep South of the USA is usually defined as covering the following states: Georgia, ALabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Why Should You Visit the Deep South of the USA?
The Deep South is a fascinating part of the USA, a land with its own culture and history. The people are known for their friendliness, the food is legendary (so are the portion sizes!), and there is a huge amount of history here to learn about, from the native peoples through to the American Civil War and civil rights movement. There are lovely old towns, stunning wilderness areas, sumptuous plantation homes, spooky old cemeteries and fun events – like the world famous Mardi Gras parades. And what better way to experience all of this than by taking “the Deep South“ tour with AV Travel.
AV Travel Tour Leader, one of our experienced, bi-lingual staff will greet you at the airport. Depart for the state of Virginia.
Arrive Virginia morning. Sightseeing tour to the Capitol Hill, which is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. This is the place where the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives meet for more than two centuries. Continues to visit the White House. Visit Eden center, is a Vietnamese American strip mall located near the crossroads of Seven Corners in the city of Falls Church, Virginia. (D)
Depart to visit Luray Caverns, originally called Luray Cave, is the largest & most popular caverns in the Eastern America, discovery in 1878. Continue to see the Natural Bridge. Home of mother-nature’s enormous and breathtaking rock bridge of Rockbridge County, Natural Bridge sits in the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley flanked by the Blue Ridge Mountains. For years, Natural Bridge was a mountain retreat, drawing visitors from all over to view the awe-inspiring nature-sculpted arch that soars high above Cedar Creek. Once among our nation’s most visited natural wonders and known as One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the Modern World, the Bridge inspired the Monacan Indians to worship it, young George Washington to survey it, Thomas Jefferson to purchase it, and famous artists to paint and illustrate it. (B/D)
Drive across the state of Tennessee to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border, is among the oldest mountains in the world, formed 200-300 million years ago with elevations in the park ranging from 875 to 6,643 feet.
In the evening, enjoy a dinner with the Country Music & Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Show involving live animals, dramatic lighting effects, incredible sounds, and exciting pyrotechnics. (B/D)
This morning begins with the Lost Sea adventure in touring the caverns and underground lake. You will learn about the caverns’ exciting history, including how the cave was once used by the Cherokee Indians and how the Confederate soldiers mined the cave for saltpeter for the production of gunpowder. They will also explain the fascinating geological development of the immense cavern rooms and rare formations. At the bottom of the cave, you will have a boat ride on The Lost Sea, America’s LArgest Underground LAke. The lake covering more than 4 acres, is recognized by the U.S. Department of the interior as a Registered National Natural Landmark.
Continue to visit Ruby Falls, one of the most popular travel destinations in the southeast, a 145-foot high underground waterfall in a limestone cave at Lookout Mountain. Located atop Lookout Mountain, Ruby Falls is one of the most spectacular underground falls in the USA. Walk underground for 45 minutes in the rock crevasses through the limestone formations. Rock City is a true marvel of nature featuring massive ancient rock formations, gardens with over 400 native plant species, and breathtaking “See 7 States” panoramic views. Take an unforgettable journey along the Enchanted Trail where each step reveals natural beauty and wonders along the woodland path. Witness a 1000 ton rock above shape like an umbrella over you. (B/D)
Experience the “Behind-the-Scenes Tour“ at the world headquarters of CNN. Enjoy a 50-minute walking tour through the halls of CNN Center & get an inside look at how a live broadcast is produced and sent to viewers all over the world. From the historic first newscast to the now living legacy, learn how CNN became the worldwide leader in news. Spend your time interacting with multiple exhibits, learning about the storied history of the iconic beverage brand
& sampling beverages from around the world. Continue to visit the Stone Mountain. Enjoy the Swiss cable car drive up to more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. From the top, experience amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 50 miles away. (B/D)
Heading south, our road trip takes us to Alabama’s state capital – Montgomery. We will enjoy visiting the museum found in the Alabama Department of Archives and History, which took us through a whole history of the state, from the native people through to the civil war, civil rights movement and on to modern-day ALabama. Just opposite this is the First White House of the Confederacy, also worth a visit, which was where the President of the Confederate States was based during the period of time that Montgomery was the capital city of these states in early 1861.
Time to head for the coast now, and the last stop in Alabama – Mobile, we’ll notice that famous style of French architecture that the old quarter of New Orleans is famed for, this is because Mobile was the original capital of French Louisiana. It was subsequently colonised by the British and then the Spanish, before joining the United States in 1813.
From Mobile, it’s time to leave ALabama and head west, into Mississippi. Biloxi is a Mississippi city on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s known for its casinos. Biloxi Lighthouse stands next to Biloxi Beach on the Mississippi Sound. The Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum offers exhibits on boatbuilding and seafood-processing. (B/D)
Last stop on our tour across the Deep South of the USA is New Orleans, is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. Enjoy your drive over the LAke Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest continuous bridge passing over water, the waters of New Orleans’s LAke Pontchartrain to be exact. The bridge is so long that for 8 of its 24 miles, you can’t see land in any direction.
Taking the Airboat Adventures ride in the swamp tour. It’s like taking a step back in time & seeing Louisiana the way it was before the hustle & bustle of modern life. Enjoy bayous abundant with wildlife and exotic plant life. Trained navigators escort you into the murky waters of Louisiana swamps where you will come face to face with the beauty and beasts of nature. (B/D)
Morning begin the city tour in New Orleans with the visit to French Quarter, the oldest neighborhood in the city that is home to a number of historic buildings constructed in the late 18th century. Travel by glorious mansions sitting along Esplanade Avenue on your way to City Park where you can visit the Morning Call Cafe for strong coffee and scrumptious beignets.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Los Angeles. (B)