The American South
Duration: 12 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2799pp
Solo traveller price from: £3499pp
Atlanta 2 nights
Charleston 1 night
Savannah 2 nights
Montgomery 1 night
New Orleans 2 nights
Natchez 1 night
Memphis 1 night
Nashville 2 nights
Atlanta 1 night
Day 1: Fly to Atlanta. On arrival make your own way to your hotel, where you meet your tour escort.
Day 2 Atlanta: This morning’s city tour includes a visit to the boyhood home of Martin Luther King. Also learn about another of Atlanta’s most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the historical novel “Gone with the Wind” and visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation. This evening, mingle with fellow travellers at a welcome reception.
Day 3 Atlanta/Charleston: Head west to Augusta, Georgia’s second oldest city and home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament, then continue to Charleston. The evening is free for you to explore or enjoy a leisurely dinner.
Day 4 Charleston/Savannah: This morning’s locally guided tour of Charleston includes a walk in the preserved historic district. Natural disasters, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War all took their toll on this beautiful city, yet it stands out as a historic gem of the South. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks (additional expense). Later, en route to Savannah, stop on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been backdrop for many shows and films, including “Forrest Gump”.
Day 5 Savannah: Enjoy the charm of Savannah, once the world’s largest cotton port. Numerous buildings around the tree-shaded squares are hundreds of years old; providing the setting for the popular novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”.
Day 6 Savannah/Montgomery: Set course west across Georgia to Montgomery, Alabama. Visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum to learn about the Montgomery Bus Boycott inspired by Parks, which ignited the Civil Rights movement and changed American history. You can also visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his powerful sermons.
Day 7 Montgomery/New Orleans: Depart for Selma, Alabama, another centrepiece of the Civil Rights Movement. Visit the Edmund Pettis Bridge where the historic March from Selma to Montgomery began and where the brutal events of Bloody Sunday took place. See also the Brown Chapel AME Church before heading south through Mississippi to New Orleans. The city is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. Experience this melting pot aboard a Riverboat Dinner Cruise (additional expense).
Day 8 New Orleans: Explore the charm and excitement of this wonderful city at leisure. Take a stroll around the atmospheric French Quarter where trademark wrought iron balconies overlook the narrow cobblestone streets and the sounds of jazz are never far away.
Day 9 New Orleans/Natchez: Travel to Baton Rouge for a brief city tour. Continue via the historic Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi. Visit an antebellum home and learn about the wealthy 19th century millionaire owners.
Day 10 Natchez/Memphis: Head to Memphis, a large river port known as the “Home of the Blues”. A brief city tour includes lively Beale Street and later, you may wish to take an optional tour to Graceland (additional expense).
Day 11 Memphis/Nashville: Continue to the Country Music capital of Nashville. Highlights in the city include the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the studios near Music Row.
Day 12 Nashville: Begin with a morning city tour. While exploring the city’s landmarks, perhaps you’ll discover a new country music classic before they even hit the charts while visiting one of the town’s many recording studios.
Day 13 Nashville/Atlanta: Head to Chattanooga, home to the famous “Choo Choo”, and which has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redeveloped riverfront. In the afternoon, head back to Atlanta where you may want to check out one of the sites like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, CNN Center.
Day 14 Atlanta: Your tour concludes with your onward journey.
Departures: Tour departs on specific dates between 18 Apr-10 Oct 20. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 3* hotels.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown for this ATI tour includes international flights to and from Atlanta, services of a tour guide, sightseeing as outlined and 13 nights accommodation.