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The Southern Belle

8 Nights Tour from £1,479 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 truly historic cities such as St Augustine founded in the 16 century. 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

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. You’ll then stop in Mobile, Alabama, which was founded in 1702 and rapidly became one of the most important ports along the Gulf Coast. 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.

  • Return scheduled transatlantic flights
  • Dedicated Tour Director
  • Deluxe air-conditioned Motorcoach Transportation throughout the tour
  • Hotel accommodation as per hotels listed above (or similar standard)
  • 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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