The American SouthReference WW62561
Experience the history of the American South, with this 14-night fully escorted tour. See highlights including the boyhood home of Martin Luther King, the beautifully preserved historic buildings of Savannah & Charleston, before moving onto the site of the birth of the American Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery. Head west to the Big Easy - New Orleans, before arriving in Nashville - America's Music City.
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Fly this morning to Atlanta. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel where will you will meet your Tour Director. Overnight in Atlanta.
This morning, enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Atlanta, including a visit to the boyhood home of Martin Luther King. You will also learn about another of Atlanta’s most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the historical novel that became a masterpiece of American cinema, “Gone with the Wind.” In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. Overnight in Atlanta.
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 late afternoon, you will arrive in Charleston one of the most historic cities of the south. For evening activities, you may wish to consult your Tour Director for the possibilities. Overnight in Charleston.
In the morning, enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston Walk the streets of Charleston’s preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. In the afternoon, you may wish to participate in an optional excursion to historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks. En route to Savannah, route stops on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second-oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been a backdrop for many shows and films, including “Forrest Gump.” Overnight in Savannah.
Today, enjoy the charm of 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. 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. Overnight in Savannah.
Set course west across the state of Georgia and into the heart of the Deep South, Alabama. Upon arrival in Montgomery, Alabama’s capital city and a central backdrop of the American Civil Rights Movement, visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. Learn about the Montgomery Bus Boycott inspired by Parks, which ignited the Civil Rights movement and changed American history. You may also wish to visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. led the Boycott with his powerful sermons. Overnight in Montgomery.
Depart Montgomery this morning to discover 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. Experience another historic site of the Civil Rights Trail, the Brown Chapel AME Church before heading south through Mississippi to New Orleans, a city immersed in Creole culture. Overnight in New Orleans.
The day is yours to explore the charm and excitement of one of America's most unique cities and for you to take in the French flavour & grandeur of New Orleans. May we suggest starting the day with a visit to a working plantation (optional). Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought-iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets. Overnight in New Orleans.
This morning, we will travel to the capitol of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and conduct a brief city tour. From there, we will travel via the historic Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez. Natchez is the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River. Before the Civil War, wealthy plantation owners from Louisiana built magnificent Antebellum homes here because the area was considered safer from flooding. Overnight in Natchez.
Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis, home of 'Sun Records'. Memphis is also known as the "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. Of course, no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley (optional). Overnight in Memphis.
Continue on to Nashville, known as the capital of country music. The city earned its title with the very 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 the 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 music. Overnight in Nashville.
Begin your day in this dynamic and thriving cultural and state capital of Tennessee 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 many recording studios around town. Perhaps enjoy dinner and a show in the evening as an optional excursion. Overnight in Nashville.
Leaving Music City, we head to Chattanooga, home to the famous Choo Choo and which has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. In the afternoon, our trails lead us back to Atlanta where you may want to check our one of the sites you were not able to experience at the start of the tour like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, CNN Center. Overnight in Atlanta.
Morning at your leisure before departure. Your Tour Director will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to Atlanta International Airport or with sightseeing recommendation for the day should you want to enjoy this great city further.