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Deep South Discovery

8 Nights from £1,789 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the fabled southern hospitality on this gorgeous tour of southern USA. You’ll be living the real Gone with the Wind story, on this journey through Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah. Visit plantation houses and explore historic cities. Then travel onto the fabulous city of New Orleans, a melting pot of culture, be it music, food, art or architecture.

Highlights

  • Spend time in the charming and historic city of Charleston, exploring the historic districts and waterfront park overlooking the harbour
  • Visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation – the inspiration for Gone with the Wind
  • Enjoy a historical guided tour of the Antebellum mansions in Savannah and stroll the beautiful leafy town squares of this captivating city
  • Experience the tastes and sounds of magical New Orleans

Itinerary Overview

2019 Itinerary - The Southern Belle Tour: Atlanta 2 nights; Charleston 2 nights; Savannah 1 night; Tallahassee 1 night; New Orleans 2 nights

2020 Itinerary - The Deep South Discovery Tour: Atlanta 2 nights; Charleston 1 night; Savannah 2 nights; Montgonery 1 night; New Orleans 2 nights

Details

Day 1 Arrive Atlanta

Fly into the capital of Georgia, Atlanta, and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Day 2 Atlanta

During the Civil War, Atlanta was one of the most important cities as it provided munitions to the South but in 1864, General Sherman marched into Atlanta and burned the city down. The city recovered from its losses and today is one of the most dynamic in the South as a successful cultural and business hub. This morning, enjoy a city tour of Atlanta and learn about one of its most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell author of "Gone with the Wind." This morning, you will visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation which was the inspiration for the book. You will have the opportunity to see memorabilia from the movie including costumes worn by the stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

Overnight: Holiday Inn Express Downtown

Day 3 Atlanta – Augusta - Charleston

Leave Atlanta today and head west to Augusta, the second oldest city in Georgia and is home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament. You will have time to stroll down the cobbled streets and admire the fine architecture. In the evening, you may want to enjoy a romantic carriage ride or a sunset cruise (optional).

Overnight: Hotel Indigo

Day 4 Charleston

Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and spend the afternoon at leisure, in this historic gem of the South. Walk the streets of Charleston's preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. You may wish to take an optional excursion to historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks. The property has appeared in numerous movies, among them "North and South".

Overnight: Hotel Indigo

Day 5 Charleston – Antebellum Plantation – Savannah

Today continue further south to Savannah. En route you will stop on Port Royal Island and 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. City Founder James Oglethorpe laid out the city squares and although the Civil War destroyed large parts of Georgia Savannah was spared. Numerous buildings around the tree-shaded squares are hundreds of years old. 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 shops and little restaurants, frequented by locals and tourist alike.

Overnight: Comfort Suites Historic Savannah

Day 6 Savannah – St Augustine - Tallahassee

Depart Savannah and travel south along the coast of Georgia. In the afternoon you will enter the Sunshine State of Florida. Enjoy a stop in the charming city of St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. It is the oldest continuously occupied European established city and 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 soft hills surrounding the city.

Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee

Day 7 Tallahassee – Pensacola – New Orleans

Continue on to Pensacola, one of Florida's most important vacation destinations. Pensacola was founded in 1599 by Spanish colonists who created here the first European settlement. Today, the area is known for its miles of Gulf shoreline, many of which are preserved as state and federal parks. In the evening arrive in New Orleans, a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. You’ll find these influences in the food, the architecture, and, of course, the music.

Overnight: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Day 8 New Orleans

The day is yours to immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America's most unique cities, which your Tour Director can help you plan. 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.

Overnight: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Day 9 Depart New Orleans

Your Tour Director will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to New Orleans International Airport.

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 departure

Independent transfer to the airport for your flight home

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Dedicated Tour Director
  • Deluxe air-conditioned Motorcoach Transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or standard)
  • City tour of Atlanta
  • Guided walking tour of historic Charleston

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