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Day 1

Fly from Dublin - Atlanta
Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia. During the Civil War, Atlanta was one of the most important Southern Cities as it provided munitions to the South. In 1864, General Sherman marched into Atlanta and burned the entire city. The city recovered from its losses and today is one of the most dynamic in the South, boasting a successful cultural and business centre. Transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your AmericanTours International tour director in the lobby from 2-8 pm. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

Day 2

Atlanta
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Atlanta and learn about one of its most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell. In 1936, Mitchell published the book “Gone with the Wind”. It depicted the life of the spoiled daughter of a plantation owner and follows her life through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The story takes place in Atlanta and south of Atlanta in a small town named Jonesboro. This afternoon, you will see Margaret Mitchell’s apartment and 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.

Day 3

Atlanta – Augusta – Charleston
Leave Atlanta today and head west to Augusta. Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia and is home to the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament. In the afternoon, we will arrive in historic Charleston and enjoy a guided walking tour of this city by the sea. You will have time to stroll down the cobblestone walkways and admire the fine architecture. In the evening, you may want to enjoy a romantic carriage ride or a sunset cruise.

Day 4

Charleston
This morning enjoy a cruise to Fort Sumter (included) where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. The afternoon is at leisure. Take some time to walk the streets of Charleston’s meticulously preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. 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. The property has appeared in a number of movies, among them “North and South”.

Day 5

Charleston – Savannah
Today, your road leads you further south to Savannah. En route stop on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. It’s 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. When cotton was king, Savannah controlled the prices of the world cotton market at her cotton exchange. Founder James Oglethorpe laid out the city squares. The Civil War destroyed a large portion of Georgia, but Savannah was spared. Numerous buildings around the tree-shaded squares are hundreds of years old. Many of them are very well preserved and some remain open to the public. You will enjoy a historical guided walking tour (included) to learn more about the fascinating history of the Antebellum residences. The old cotton warehouses that line the river are now converted into shops and little restaurants, frequented by locals and tourist alike.

Day 6

Savannah – (Jacksonville) – Talahase
Leave Savannah with its antebellum homes and head on. Driving south along the coast of Georgia, the cities you will pass are as rich with his- tory as they are full of charm. Darien, located on the banks of the Altamaha River, was settled by Scottish Highlanders in 1736. The small city of Brunswick, founded in 1771, was a prosperous lumbershipping centre in the 19th century. Shortly after leaving Brunswick, you will enter the state of Florida and pass Jacksonville. In the evening arrive in Florida’s state capitol, Tallahassee. Tallahassee is one of the nations smaller and quieter capitols and visitors are charmed to find oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.

Day 7

Tallahassee – Pensacola – Mobile –New Orleans
Continue on to Pensacola, one of Florida’s most important vacation destinations. Pensacola was founded in1599 by Spanish colonists who created here the first European settlement. Today, the area is known for its miles of Gulf shoreline, many which are preserved as state and federal parks. Tourists come to enjoy the white sand beaches and to participate in activities such as scuba diving and fishing. Next stop is Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1702, Mobile rapidly became one of the most important ports along the Gulf Coast. In the evening arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana’s most important port city. People from all over the world have been arriving in New Orleans since the Sieur de Bienville laid out the cities streets in 1718. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, architecture and of course, the music. Ask your ATI tour director about an optional guided Tour through the French Quarter and a Jazz Club visit.

Day 8

New Orleans
The day is yours to immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities. Your tour director will assist you with planning the day’s activities. Perhaps start the day with an early morning optional taking you to a famous Louisiana Plantation followed by a Jazz Brunch in the Quarter..Enjoy window shopping along Royal Street’s art galleries, or while away the day lazily sipping coffee in the cafe Du Monde. Take a stroll along the Mississippi River or ride the St. Charles street car through the Garden District, an area known for its magnificent architecture.

Day 9

New Orleans
Your Americantours International Escort will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to New Orleans International Airport. We hope you have had a memorable journey
on our Southern Belle tour!

Day 10

Arrive back in Dublin

What's Included

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights from the Dublin
  • Professional Tour Director Service
  • Deluxe air-conditioned Motorcoach Transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or similar standard)
  • Comprehensive city tour of Atlanta
  • Guided walking tour of historic Charleston


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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