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The American South

13 Nights from €2,099 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Enjoy the history of the south on this wonderful tour of the southern states of Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Tennessee. Discover the charm of Charleston and Savannah, soak up the atmosphere in New Orleans, and enjoy the infamous sights and sounds of Memphis and Nashville.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a city tour of Atlanta, who's most famous residents include Martin Luther King and Margaret Mitchell - the author of "Gone with the Wind"
  • Explore the cobblestone lanes and fine architecture of Charleston
  • Historic guided tour of Savannah, learning about the fascinating Antebellum residences
  • Experience the charming music city of New Orleans
  • Visit the "Home of the Blues" - Memphis, and perhaps choose an optional visit to Graceland
  • Enjoy time in the capital of Country & Western music - Nashville

Itinerary Overview

2019 Gone With the Wind - 11 night escorted tour begins & ends Atlanta: 2 nights Atlanta; 2 nights Charleston; 1 night Savannah; 1 night Tallahassee; 2 nights New Orleans; 1 night Natchez; 1 night Memphis; 1 night Nashville

2020 The American South - 13 night escorted tour begins & ends Atlanta: 2 nights Atlanta; 1 night Charleston; 2 nights Savannah; 1 night Montgomery; 2 nights New Orleans; 1 night Natchez; 1 night Memphis; 2 nights Nashville; 1 night Atlanta

Details

This is the 11 night 2019 itinerary

Day 1

Atlanta

Arrive in Atlanta and make your way independently to the hotel to check in and relax.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Day 2

Atlanta

This morning, enjoy a city tour of Atlanta and learn about one of its most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell who wrote “Gone with the Wind”. Depicting the life of the spoiled daughter of a plantation owner, following her life through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the story takes place in Atlanta and its surrounds. Visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation which was the inspiration for Tara. You will have the opportunity to see memorabilia from the movie including costumes worn by the stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Day 3

Atlanta - Augusta - Charleston

Depart Atlanta and head west to Augusta, the second oldest city in Georgia and home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament. In the afternoon, continue to the historic city of Charleston. Stroll along the cobblestone walkways and admire the fine architecture.

Hotel: Indigo Hotel

Day 4

Charleston

Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and the spend the afternoon at leisure. Take time to explore the streets of Charleston’s meticulously preserved historic district. Earthquakes, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and hurricanes all took their toll on this beautiful city, yet it stands out as the historical gem of the South. You may wish to participate in an optional excursion to historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks. This impressive property has appeared in numerous movies, among them “North and South”.

Hotel: Indigo Hotel

Day 5

Charleston – Antebellum Plantation - Savannah

Today head south to Savannah, pausing en route on Port Royal Island to see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop to a number of Hollywood movies, including “Forrest Gump”. After lunch continue on to Savannah, once the world’s largest cotton port. Numerous buildings around the tree-shaded squares are hundreds of years old, many of them are well preserved with some open to the public. You will enjoy a historical guided tour to learn more about the fascinating history of the Antebellum residences. The old cotton warehouses that line the river are now converted into interesting shops and charming restaurants. This evening you can take an optional excursion, a River Cruise and Dinner.

Hotel: Comfort Suites Historic District

Day 6

Savannah - St. Augustine – Tallahassee

Leave Savannah and drive south along the coast of Georgia, passing through towns rich with history. In the afternoon you will enter the Sunshine State of Florida, stopping at the charming city of St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. It is the oldest continuously occupied European established city & port within the continental U.S. In the evening arrive in Florida’s state Capital, Tallahassee. Tallahassee is one of the nations smaller and quieter capitals with oak lined streets and gentle hills surrounding the city.

Hotel: Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee

Day 7

Tallahassee – Pensacola – Gulf of Mexico – New Orleans

Travel along Florida’s panhandle to the popular holiday resort of Pensacola, founded in 1599. In the evening arrive in New Orleans, a city immersed in Creole culture, with a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, architecture and of course, the music. Experience this melting pot aboard a Riverboat Dinner Cruise (optional) and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band.
 

Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Day 8

New Orleans

A day at leisure to explore the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities and for you to take in the French flavour and fun of New Orleans. May we suggest starting the day with a visit to a working plantation (optional), or explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets.

Hotel: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Day 9

New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez

This morning, you will travel to the capital city of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and enjoy a short city tour. From there travel via hwy.61 to Natchez. Natchez is the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River, and the afternoon, visit one of the homes and learn about the wealth of the 19th century millionaires.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express

Day 10

Natchez – Mississippi River Valley - Memphis

Drive to Memphis, “home of the blues.” A brief city tour will take you to the city’s liveliest street, Beale Street, where the blues and other types of music are played nightly in almost a dozen clubs. Travel along historic Front Street, known as Cotton Row in the days when cotton traders and merchants conducted business here. Perhaps choose an optional excursion to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.

Hotel: Crown Plaza Memphis Downtown

Day 11

Memphis – Nashville

Today you will continue to the capital of Country and Western music, Nashville. The city earned its title with the first airing of the WSM Barn Dance radio program, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry. The newly renovated Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, once home of the Grand Ole Opry, the studios near Music Row, and Opryland itself attest to Nashville’s reputation as the most important city in Country and Western music. If you would like to visit Studio B and the Country Music Hall of Fame, then this can be booked through your Tour Manager.

Hotel: Inn at Opryland

Day 12

Nashville – Chattanooga – Atlanta

Leaving Music City, head to Chattanooga, home to the famous Choo Choo, which has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. In the afternoon, return to Atlanta. The tour will end at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown at about 6pm, and you can either opt to stay an additional night here or transfer independently to the airport for your return flight back home.

 

This is the 13 night 2020 itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Atlanta

Fly to Atlanta and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.

Day 2

Atlanta

Beginning your holiday with a city tour of Atlanta, including the childhood home of Martin Luther King. You will also learn about another famous resident Margaret Mitchell, writer of Gone with the Wind. Visit the Stately Oaks Plantation, inspiration for the plantation in the film, and the “Road to Tara” museum, where you will be able to see memorabilia from the film including the costumes worn by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. This evening enjoy a welcome reception.

Day 3

Atlanta – Augusta – Charleston

Leave Atlanta this morning and journey west to Augusta, the second oldest city in Georgia and home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament. Later in the afternoon you will arrive into the charming and historic town of Charleston.

Day 4

Charleston – Antebellum Plantation – Savannah

This morning, enjoy a locally guided walking tour of Charleston, through the beautifully preserved historic district. In the afternoon there is an optional tour of Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks. Then travel to Savannah, visiting en route Port Royal Island and Beaufort South Carolina’s second oldest city. It’s beautiful Antebellum architecture has been backdrop for many films including Forrest Gump.

Day 5

Savannah

You have a full day to enjoy the charms of Savannah, once the worlds largest cotton port, when cotton was King. Savannah was spared the ravages of the Civil War and you will be able to stroll the buildings around the tree-shaded squares, dating back hundreds of years.

Day 6

Savannah – Montgomery

Travel west into the heart of the Deep South and the state of Alabama. You’ll arrive in Montgomery, the state capital and central to the American Civil Rights Movement. Visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum and learn all about the Montgomery Bus Boycott. You may also want to visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.

Day 7

Montgomery – Selma – New Orleans

Head to Selma Alabama, another town central to the Civil Rights Movement. Here you will visit the Edmund Pettis Bridge where the historic march from Selma to Montgomery begin and where the brutal evens of Bloody Sunday took place. Then continue south through Mississippi to New Orleans. This city is a unique blend of French, Spanish, Caribbean and African cultures, which you will discover through the food, the music and the architecture. You could choose an optional Riverboat Dinner Cruise to enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band this evening.

Day 8

New Orleans

A full day at leisure to experience the charms of New Orleans. There is an optional excursion to a working plantation. Or simply stroll the French Quarter, admiring the lovely buildings with wrought iron balconies and soaking up the atmosphere.

Day 9

New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez

This morning travel to the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge and enjoy a city tour. Continue onto Natchez, the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River, a stunning town filled with Antebellum Mansions. In the afternoon you will visit one of these mansions and learn about the life and wealth of its original owners.

Day 10

Natchez – Mississippi River Valley - Memphis

Drive through the Mississippi Valley to the iconic city of Memphis, known as the Home of the Blues. A brief city tour will take you to the city’s liveliest street Beale Street and historic Front Street. There is an optional visit to Elvis Presley’s Graceland or you could choose to visit the fascinating Civil Rights Museum, built around the Lorraine Motel, site of the assassination of Martin Luther King.

Day 11

Memphis – Nashville

Move onto another great music city – Nashville – known as the capital of country music. Here you can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and RCA Studio B (optional)

Day 12

Nashville

Enjoy a city tour this morning taking in all the sights. This evening you can choose a dinner and a live show as an optional excursion.

Day 13

Nashville – Chattanooga – Atlanta

Head to Chattanooga home to the famous Choo Choo, a city which has undergone award-winning redevelopment of its riverfront and downtown. You will then return to Atlanta and can complete your holiday with some last minute shopping or a visit to one of Atlanta’s attractions such as the World of Coca Cola or the CNN Center.

Day 14

Depart Atlanta

Today you will transfer independently to the airport for your flight home.

 

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Professional Tour Director Service
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or standard)
  • Porterage of one bag per person

Optional Excursions

Approximate per person prices (subject to change)

Visit Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, Charleston - $29
Savannah River Cruise and Dinner, Savannah - $75
New Orleans Evening Cruise with Dinner, New Orleans - $75
New Orleans Swamp Tour and Jazz Brunch, New Orleans - $85
Jazz Brunch    New Orleans - $69
Glenfield Plantation Dinner, Natchez - $42
Graceland Tour, Memphis - $37
Elvis Experience (Graceland tour, car/airplane visitor center/museum) Memphis - $59
Country Hall of Fame and RCA Sutdio B, Nashville - $39

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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