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  • Alabama

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    Sweet home Alabama really does live up to it's name.

    • Talladega National Forest

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    • State Capitol, Montgomery

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    • Gulf Shores, Alabama

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    • Live Blues Music - Birmingham, Alabama

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    • US Space & Rocket Centre

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    • Muscle Shoals Sound Studio

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    • Street Art in Birmingham

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    • Talladega Speedway

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    • Dr Martin Luther King Home, Montgomery

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    • Gulf Coast Fishing

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    • Mardi Gras - Mobile, Alabama

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    • Orange Beach

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    • USS Alabama, Mobile

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    • Downtown Huntsville

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    • Coastal Arts Studio

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    • Civil Rights Memorial Centre

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    • To Kill A Mockingbird, Monroeville

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    • BBQ & Blues, Alabama

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    • Alabama Mansion Home

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    Alabama is the epitome of the friendly, easy going, laid back lifestyle long associated with the Deep South. From the lush green forests and mountains in the north to the sun drenched beaches on the Gulf Coast, you will find a land of cotton, Civil War Battlefields, Civil Rights history, oak trees draped in Spanish moss and bayous brimming with crawfish. The geography of Alabama varies dramatically from North to South starting in the mountainous north and moving through the cotton fields of central Alabama down to the sugary white sand beaches in the south. This varying geography provides awe-inspiring scenery of lakes, mountains, canyons and caves offering a diverse range of outdoor activities like golf, hiking, biking, horse-riding and fishing.

    Alabama's Music & Festivals

    Alabama has a great musical heritage and is the birthplace and influence of some of the true greats such as WC Handy, Nat King Cole and Hank Williams. The Shoals region in the north western corner of the state, on the banks of the Tennessee River, is the home of Alabama music. Here you can tour music studios where international superstars like Aretha Franklin, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Rolling Stones came to record in the 1960s and 70s. This musical heritage is celebrated across the state with a number of annual festivals. Mobile is recognised as having America’s first Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 and the celebration is bigger than ever today. During Mardi Gras season, the streets of downtown Mobile are filled with the sights and sounds of live marching bands and colourful floats.

    Rich in History

    Alabama is a state rich in history and is probably best known for its key role in two of the most momentous events in US history, the American Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. In 1861, Southern politicians gathered at the State Capitol in Montgomery and formed the Confederate States of America with Montgomery as its first Capital. The telegram that started the Civil War was sent from here. Three years later in 1864, Mobile Bay in the south of the state was also the scene of an important naval struggle when the outnumbered Confederate fleet surrendered. Alabama was also under the World’s spotlight from 1955 to 1968 when the Civil Rights Movement gathered pace under the leadership of Dr Martin Luther King. Museums, bridges, churches and historic sites chronicle key episodes of this movement throughout the State. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, the Rosa Parks Museum and Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute are just some of the must-see museums and landmarks.

    Golfing in Alabama

    Alabama offers some of the very best golfing available in the US, with championship standard courses dotted throughout the state. From the fast greens around the sand dunes of the Gulf Coast, to the doglegged fairways surround by dogwoods and magnolias in the north, Alabama makes the perfect golfing destination.

    The unique ‘Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’ offering 468 holes of championship golf on 11 sites has been voted ‘Number One Golf Value in America’ by Golf Digest. Three of its golf courses have also been ranked as Number 1, 2 and 38 of the top 50 public golf courses in the U.S. by Golf World Readers. Many of these sites also now offer 5 star luxury resorts and spas.

    Golf in Alabama is not just restricted to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail however. See our 5 'best of the rest' golf courses throughout Alabama below:

    • Craft Farms, Gulf Shores: Enjoy 36 holes on two courses, Cotton Creek and Cypress Bend. They are the only two courses designed by Arnold Palmer in
      the state.
    • FarmLinks at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga: This family farm golf resort and its 7,444-yard, Hurdzan Fry-designed course, chosen by Golfweek as the state’s No. 1 all-access golf course, is often used by the golf industry to test new products.
    • TimberCreek Golf Club, Daphne: Carved from a forest of dogwoods, magnolias and pines, this 27-hole course designed by Earl Stone is known for its rolling fairways and elevation changes.
    • Joe Wheeler State Park Golf Course, Florence: Earl Stone designed this 18-holer that rolls across gentle hills, sidles up to a river and passes through a wildlife sanctuary.
    • Ol' Colony Golf Course, Tuscaloosa: Test your golf mettle on this Jerry Pate-designed municipal course. Water throughout adds to the challenge—and fun.
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    • Top Tip 1

      If you enjoy golf then the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is a must in Alabama with 468 holes at 11 different locations. In total, it's 100 miles of golfing bliss!

    • Top Tip 2

      For the best BBQ ribs you'll ever taste, look out for one of the eight Dreamland Bar-B-Que Ribs restaurants throughout the states of Alabama.

    • Top Tip 3

      Mobile is not only recognized as celebrating the first known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (yes, even before New Orleans), but also as home to "America's Family Mardi Gras".

    • Top Tip 4

      There are over 347 species of birds on Dauphin Island. See if you can spot them all!

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      The Antebellum home is one of the iconic images of the Deep South. There are over 100 historic Antebellum homes throughout Alabama.

    • Top Tip 6

      Birmingham's Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is home to one of the largest collections of vintage motorcycles and vehicles in the world.

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  • Sweet Home Alabama

    Begins in Huntsville, Alabama and ends in Pensacola, Florida

    13 Days / 12 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book 
    • The First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery

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    • State Capital, Montgomery

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    • Antebellum Home, Alabama

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    • To Kill A Mockingbird, Monroeville

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    • Talladega National Forest

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    • US Space & Rocket Centre, Huntsville

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    • Gulf Shores, Alabama

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    • Historic Fort Morgan

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    • Birmingham, Alabama

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    • USS Alabama, Mobile

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    Day 1

    Arrive Huntsville

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Huntsville. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Westin Huntsville

    Day 02 Day 03

    Huntsville

    The next two days are free to explore Huntsville and its surrounding areas. Nicknamed 'Rocket City', Huntsville is also home to the US Space and Rocket Centre. Take some time to wander around the Rocket Park and marvel at the machines that took man into space. We also recommend a visit to the beautiful Huntsville Botanical Gardens, or tour the Twickenham Historic District, which is home to the largest concentration of the iconic antebellum homes in Alabama.

    Hotel: Westin Huntsville

    61Mi/97Km

    Day 04 Day 05

    Florence

    Today, take the short drive to the North West corner of Alabama and the city of Florence. Famous for its music history, the city boasts a number of recording studios, with the most famous two being the FAME Recording Studios, where Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin among many others recorded classic hits and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where the iconic hit 'Sweet Home Alabama' was recorded by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Take some time out from your sightseeing to enjoy lunch at Champy's Famous Fried Chicken, a staple food of the state.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    121Mi/195Km

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    Birmingham

    Journey down through the beautiful Alabama scenery, perhaps taking in a stop at the William B. Bankhead National Forest, as you head toward Birmingham. The state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park. There is also a replica of the Statue of Liberty located within the city!

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

    89Mi/142Km

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    Montgomery

    A short drive today from Birmingham down to the state capital Montgomery. We highly recommend stopping along the way at the Talladega National Forest, to see some of the most beautiful scenery that Alabama offers visitors. Take time out to visit some of Montgomery’s famous historical sites including Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Rosa Parks Library and Museum, Old Alabama Town, the First White House of the Confederacy, and the Civil Rights Memorial and Center. Afterwards, head to The Alley and enjoy a meal and a drink in downtown’s liveliest nightspots or catch a show at the Montgomery Center for the Performing Arts.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    169Mi/271Km

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    Mobile

    Today's drive takes you South West from the state capital Montgomery, to the coastal city of Mobile. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Mobile. Famous as being the birthplace in the US of Mardi Gras, the city hosts one of the biggest and most vibrant Mardi Gras festivals every year. Attractions such as the USS Alabama, Mobile Carnival Museum and Mobile Botanical Gardens are all worth a visit during your stay. On your second day, take the short drive to the Gulf Coast resort of Gulf Shores. Here you can visit attractions such as the Gulf Park Zoo, Alabama State Park and the historic Fort Morgan.

    Hotel: The Battle House Renaissance

    Day 13

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute relaxation before making your way to Pensacola Airport in the afternoon, where you will return your rental car and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2635 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    Simply Southern Music & Golf

    Begins in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Alabama Golf Trail

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South

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    Day 01

    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    Day 02

    New Orleans

    Welcome to the ‘Big Easy’. Today, you have a full day to explore the city. Visit the French Quarter, stroll along the narrow streets, visit the jazz clubs and experience Creole and Cajun cooking at its best. Ride the famed ‘Streetcar named Desire’, walk through the historic garden district or take a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    166Mi/267Km

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    Point Clear

    This morning’s short drive along the coastline brings you into Alabama and the impressive Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa. Spend two nights enjoying the resort's two fabulous golf courses, relaxing in the European-style spa and swimming in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. If you can pull yourself away from the resort there are many attractions close by.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa

    112Mi/180Km

    Day 05

    Destin

    Your journey today takes you along historic Route 10, into the western Florida Panhandle. Skirting along the coast, you may choose to stop in Pensacola before arriving at your beach resort in Destin. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore more of Florida’s breathtaking coastline and small towns.

    Hotel: Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort

    186Mi/299Km

    Day 06

    Montgomery

    Journeying northwest, today you venture back into Alabama. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Montgomery. Whilst in the state capital, perhaps visit the Rosa Parks Museum and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and tour the King Memorial Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his message of hope and brotherhood.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    84Mi/135Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Hoover & Birmingham

    Just a short journey today through the central region of Alabama to the rolling hills and beautiful scenery of Birmingham’s countryside. Sitting in the quaint town of Hoover, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort boasts the third longest golf course in the world. This Robert Trent Jones Course is surrounded by sweeping hills and offers challenging holes. Away from the courses, stimulate your senses at the spa or relax by the signature pool. A visit to the state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park.

    Hotel: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

    126Mi/202Km

    Day 09 Day 10

    Florence

    Today it’s on to the northern tip of Alabama and the last of its superb resorts. Set in the Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa has retained the area's beauty in the design of the resort. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail courses which attract players of all levels and skill. Take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/196Km

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    Nashville

    Cross the border into Tennessee, and head toward the home of Country Music. During your stay in Nashville visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River offers the sights of the waterway's historic heritage and is great fun. If you have time for shopping drop by Opry Mills, combining outlet and boutique shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

    215Mi/346Km

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today brings you to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. No one should ever visit Memphis without going to Graceland where the Lisa Marie airplane can also be viewed, or Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Memphis Airport, to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2699 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    The Land Of Music And The Delta Blues

    Begins in and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    12 days / 11 nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Beale Street, Memphis

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Music City

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    • Tupelo Automobile Museum, Tupelo

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    • General Jackson, Nashville

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    • Dunleith Plantation, Natchez

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Illinois Monument, Vicksburg

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    Day 01

    Arrive Memphis

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Memphis. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    130Mi/210Km

    Day 02

    Greenwood

    Today you commence your journey through this amazing region by heading south on historic Highway 61, also known as the Blues Highway. Your first place of interest is Clarksdale in the heart of the Delta, which has a rich musical heritage. Whilst in town make sure to visit Blues Alley, home to the Delta Blues Museum. Next you’ll continue your journey to Indianola for a stop at the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Centre.

    Hotel: The Alluvian

    101Mi/163Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Vicksburg

    This morning we suggest a stop by The Greenwood Blues Heritage Museum and Gallery, home to a vast array of Blues memorabilia. Culinary enthusiasts may also choose to visit the Viking Cookery School to learn how to prepare traditional Southern dishes and delicacies. Next take the scenic drive to Vicksburg, where you will enjoy the next two nights at one of Vicksburg’s antebellum homes. Next morning, why not take a carriage ride, to discover Vicksburg’s many beautiful homes?

    Hotel: Anchuca Historic Mansion

    231Mi/372Km

    Day 05

    Tupelo

    We’ve allowed a full day for you to experience Tupelo, undoubtedly best known as Elvis’ birthplace. Visit the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, where you can tour the home, museum memorial chapel, fountain of life and see the story wall. Make sure to stop by the Tupelo Hardware Store; this timeless gem is where Gladys Presley bought Elvis his first guitar (Elvis wanted a gun, they compromised on guitar and music has never been the same since!).

    Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Tupelo

    88Mi/144Km

    Day 06 Day 07

    Florence

    Your exciting journey continues, and today it’s to the Northern tip of Alabama. Set in the stunning Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals has a beautiful setting which has been reflected in the resort's design. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail golf courses, which attract players of all levels from across the globe. Whilst in Florence, take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/197Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Nashville

    Crossing the border back into Tennessee, today you're heading to the home of country music! There is so much to keep you entertained in this city, but you shouldn’t miss Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River provides an insight into the historic heritage of the waterways and is also great fun! If you have time, drop into Opry Mills Mall, which combines both outlet shopping and boutique options.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville

    213Mi/343Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the rhythm and blues, you end your journey in Memphis. This is yet another exciting city with lots to do, whatever your interests. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, The Mississippi. No visit to Memphis is complete without touring Graceland. See the house, tour the Lisa Marie Airplane and see the artifacts in the museum including many of Elvis’ flamboyant outfits. We also suggest a trip to Sun Studios where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music, and one evening perhaps enjoy a cool drink and some vibrant tunes on Beale Street.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    Day 12

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping before you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1940 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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  • US Space & Rocket Centre Admission

    Huntsville, Alabama

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    • US Space & Rocket Centre Admission

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    General admission to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center includes access to historic Shuttle Park, Rocket Park and all indoor exhibit areas such as the main museum atrium and the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. With each ticket purchase, enjoy daily guided tours of the Saturn V Hall, featured traveling exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, museum simulators and a behind-the-scenes tour of Space Camp. Also includes ticket to one IMAX or National Geographic movie

    Prices

    From £22 per adult and £17 per child.

    Alabama 500 NASCAR Race

    Birmingham, Alabama

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    • Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

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    • Alabama 500 NASCAR

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    • NASCAR Driver

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    • Talladega Superspeedway

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    Experience one of the biggest NASCAR races on the annual calendar at the Alabama 500 at the famous Talladega Superspeedway. See cars flying round the track at speeds of over 200mph, while jostling for position with just millimetres between the cars.

    Departs: October 13th 2017

    Our 3 night package includes:

    • Return scheduled flights to Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
    • 3 nights accommodation at the Westin Birmingham
    • Tickets to the Alabama 500 race at the Talladega Superspeedway
    • Return transportation to the Talladega Superspeedway from the Westin Birmingham
    • Souvenir programme
    • Fanvision Rental 
    Prices

    From £1660 per person, based on two sharing a Standard Room. Upgraded tickets are available on request.