The American SouthReference WW62561
From exquisite architecture and beautifully preserved towns to the origins of the civil rights movement, the American South has staggering contrasts that run deep. With a history that must be told and a story that must be heard, learn them all over 14 nights with our escorted tour of The American South.
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Fly this morning to Atlanta, Georgia and upon arrival, you’ll transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director. You’ll stay overnight in Atlanta.
This morning, enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Atlanta, including a visit to the boyhood home of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. You’ll also learn about another of Atlanta’s most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell, who wrote the 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. You’ll stay overnight in Atlanta.
You’ll leave Atlanta today and head west to Augusta, Georgia. The second oldest city in the state, Augusta is home to the prestigious Masters Golf tournament. In the late afternoon, you’ll arrive in Charleston, South Carolina. This city has a fascinating history and played a pivotal role during the American Civil War. For evening activities, you may wish to consult your Tour Director for a list of the possibilities. You’ll stay overnight in Charleston.
In the morning, enjoy a locally guided tour of beautiful Charleston. Walk along the streets of the city’s preserved historic district which are 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.
Next, you’ll be off to Savannah, Georgia and while on the way you’ll stop off on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second-oldest city. With its impressive Antebellum architecture, it's been the backdrop for many television shows and films. You’ll stay overnight in Savannah.
Today, enjoy the charm of Savannah - once the world’s largest cotton port. When cotton was king, this city controlled the prices of the world cotton market at The Savannah Cotton Exchange. The American Civil War destroyed a large portion of Georgia, but Savannah was thankfully spared. Numerous buildings around the tree-shaded squares are hundreds of years old. You’ll stay overnight in Savannah.
Now you’ll be moving away from the coast, as you head west across the State of Georgia and into the heart of the Deep South as you enter the State of Alabama. Upon your arrival in Montgomery, Alabama’s capital city and a central backdrop of the civil rights movement, visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum.
Learn about the Montgomery bus boycott inspired by Rosa 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 led the boycott with his powerful sermons. You’ll stay overnight in Montgomery.
Departing Montgomery this morning you’ll be heading off to discover Selma, Alabama; another centrepiece of the civil rights movement. Here you will visit the Edmund Pettus Bridge where the historic march from Selma to Montgomery began and where the brutal events of, “Bloody Sunday” took place.
From here, you’ll have the chance to discover another historic site of the Civil Rights Trail. The Brown Chapel AME Church, where preparations for the march were made the fateful day on March 7, 1965. After which, you’ll be heading south through Mississippi to New Orleans, a city immersed in Creole culture. You’ll stay overnight in New Orleans.
The city of Bourbon Street, the Big Easy and the home of Jazz, a day in New Orleans is a day soaked in great music, hot jambalaya and good times around every corner. And with a whole day to yourself in this gem of a city, you can take in all the sights and sounds that this great city affords its guests. You’ll stay overnight in New Orleans.
Leaving from New Orleans, you’ll be travelling through to Baton Rouge, the capital city of the great State of Louisiana. Here you’ll experience a quick tour of this magnificent city so you can take in its stunning architecture and fascinating history.
After this tour you’ll be heading off via the historic, Natchez Trace Parkway as you travel on up towards Natchez, Mississippi; one of the oldest European settlements on the Mississippi River.
Before the Civil War, wealthy plantation owners from Louisiana built magnificent Antebellum homes in Natchez, because the area was considered safer from flooding. You’ll stay overnight in Natchez.
Today, you’ll leave Natchez and drive on over to the home of the blues, Memphis, Tennessee. Here you’ll take a brief tour of the liveliest street in town over on, Beale Street. Along this street, you’re bound to hear the blues being played along with other genres of music too, in almost a dozen clubs.
Travel along the historic Front Street, through the Cotton Row Historic District and of course, no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to the iconic Graceland (optional). You’ll stay overnight in Memphis.
Leaving Memphis today, you’ll be heading over to the capital of country music in the one and the only, Nashville. With: the newly renovated Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville (once the home of the Grand Ole Opry), the stations, studios and labels of Music Row and Opryland itself, all attest to Nashville's reputation as the most important city in country music. You’ll stay overnight in Nashville.
Begin your day in this dynamic and culturally rich state capital of Tennessee with a refreshing morning tour of this fantastic city. While exploring the city’s landmarks, you might even discover a new country music tune well before it even hits the charts, while visiting one of the many recording studios around town. Why not enjoy dinner and a show in the evening as an optional excursion? You’ll stay overnight in Nashville.
Leaving Music City, you’ll head to Chattanooga, home to the famous Choo Choo and which 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, Georgia where you may want to check one of the sites you weren’t able to experience at the start of the tour? There’s the: Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and CNN Center. You’ll stay overnight in Atlanta.
You can spend this morning at your leisure before your departure. The Tour Director will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to Atlanta International Airport or with sightseeing recommendations for the day should you want to enjoy this great city further.