Deep South Discovery Escorted Tour

8 Nights

Atlanta, GA

The 9-day/8-night Deep South Discovery Tour starts with a trek through the fascinating nooks and crannies of Atlanta, Georgia, a city that once burned to the ground as depicted in “Gone with the Wind.” You’ll drop in on Tara itself or at least its inspiration, Stately Oaks Plantation, where the Tara Museum has plenty of rare memorabilia and memories from the classic film. You’ll head west to Augusta and then Charleston, South Carolina where history awaits in its charming cobblestone and treelined streets, most famous of them all, the Avenue of the Oaks.
Don’t settle down just yet as you go deeper south into Beaufort, South Carolina to marvel at its well-preserved Antebellum architecture that was featured in favourite flicks like “Forrest Gump.” You’ll soon reach your port of entry to the heart of cotton country in spectacular Savannah. Then be sure to put on some shades and suntan lotion as you enter Florida, including its oldest and most westerly destinations- St. Augustine and Pensacola. You’ll wrap up your Southern Belle tour in one-of-a-kind New Orleans to savour spicy flavours in food, music, and history. 

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Highlights

  • Tour the South’s most famous cities like Atlanta, Charleston, and Savannah with its rich histories and unique personalities.
  • Go “Gone with the Wind”-style with sites that inspired the movie or served as one of its rich backdrops.
  • Enjoy a romantic carriage ride or walk on the picturesque cobblestone walkways of August, Georgia with its unforgettable architecture and textured Southern charm.
  • Walk through beautiful and history-rich Charleston, long considered the South’s historic jewel with well-known locations like Boone Hall Plantation and its iconic Avenue of Oaks.
  • Visit South Carolina’s second oldest city, Beaufort, with its awe-inspiring Antebellum architecture that can be easily recognized worldwide thanks to its well-remembered appearances in movies like “Forrest Gump.”
  • Take in the historic splendour of shining Savannah with its unique, treelined city squares and many historical houses of the Antebellum era.
  • Tour Florida’s oldest city of St. Augustine with its exhilarating Old-World charm combined with luxurious, modern amenities.
  • Take a flavourful bite of New Orleans with its rich history and exciting backdrop of street cars, magnificent mansions, and leisurely sips of coffee and bites of beignets.
  • Day 1 - ATLANTA
  • Day 2 - ATLANTA
  • Day 3 - ATLANTA - AUGUSTA - CHARLESTON
  • Day 4 - CHARLESTON - BEAUFORT - SAVANNAH
  • Day 5 - SAVANNAH
  • Day 6 - SAVANNAH - MONTGOMERY
  • Day 7 - MONTGOMERY - SELMA - NEW ORLEANS
  • Day 8 - NEW ORLEANS
  • Day 9 - NEW ORLEANS
  • Additional Information

Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia. During the Civil War, Atlanta was one of the most important Southern Cities as it provided war materials to the South. In 1864, General Sherman marched into Atlanta and burned the entire city. The city recovered from its losses and today is one of the most dynamic in the South, boasting a successful cultural and business hub. Transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Downtown. This Downtown Atlanta hotel is conveniently located near I-75 / I-85, 3 blocks from the MARTA Peachtree Center Station, and a short drive from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).

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.” Visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation, which was the inspiration for plantation in the film. You will have the opportunity to see memorabilia from the movie including costumes worn by the stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers.

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta Downtown

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Downtown. This Downtown Atlanta hotel is conveniently located near I-75 / I-85, 3 blocks from the MARTA Peachtree Center Station, and a short drive from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).

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 and charming cities of the South. For evening activities, you may wish to consult your Tour Director for the possibilities.

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview

Property Location With a stay at Holiday Inn Riverview in Charleston (West Ashley), you'll be convenient to Charleston City Marina and College of Charleston. This hotel is within close proximity of Medical University of South Carolina and The Citadel.

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. 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. In the afternoon, you may wish to participate in an optional excursion to historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks. The property has appeared in numerous American movies, among them “North and South”. En route to Savannah, route 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.”

Meals Included: Bf

Comfort Suites Historic District

Property Location With a stay at Comfort Suites Historic District in Savannah (Historic Downtown), you'll be minutes from Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and First African Baptist Church. This hotel is within close proximity of Franklin Square and Chatham County Courthouse.

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. Founder James Oglethorpe laid out the famed city squares. 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; providing the setting for the popular novel “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Meals Included: Bf

Comfort Suites Historic District

Property Location With a stay at Comfort Suites Historic District in Savannah (Historic Downtown), you'll be minutes from Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and First African Baptist Church. This hotel is within close proximity of Franklin Square and Chatham County Courthouse.

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.

Meals Included: Bf

Comfort Inn & Suites Montgomery East Carmichael Rd

An indoor pool, a 24-hour fitness centre and a spa tub are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour business centre, coffee/tea in a common area and a meeting room.

Depart Montgomery this morning to discover Selma, Alabama, another centerpiece 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. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, architecture and of course, the music. Experience this melting pot aboard a Riverboat Dinner Cruise (optional) and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band.

Meals Included: Ro

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Explore the best of New Orleans from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in the heart of downtown. Unwind in a comfortable guest room that offers WiFi, a 37-inch flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator and work desk. Upgrade to a View room for amazing views of the Mississippi River or French Quarter. Choose an executive room to enjoy Executive Lounge access with complimentary breakfast, evening appetizers, complimentary in-room WiFi, and complimentary access to the Health Club by Hilton fitness facility.

The day is yours to immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities and for you to take in the French flavor & 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.

Meals Included: Ro

Hilton New Orleans Riverside

Explore the best of New Orleans from the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in the heart of downtown. Unwind in a comfortable guest room that offers WiFi, a 37-inch flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator and work desk. Upgrade to a View room for amazing views of the Mississippi River or French Quarter. Choose an executive room to enjoy Executive Lounge access with complimentary breakfast, evening appetizers, complimentary in-room WiFi, and complimentary access to the Health Club by Hilton fitness facility.

Your Tour Director will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to New Orleans International Airport. We hope you have had a memorable journey through America’s Deep South!

Meals Included: Ro

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3 complimentary breakfasts*
  • Welcome Reception and meet your fellow travelers
  • Visit Stately Oaks Plantation and museum, the inspiration for “Tara” from Gone with the Wind
  • Sight-seeing tour of Atlanta including MLK’s boyhood home and visitors’ center
  • Tour historic Charleston and see the iconic piazzas of the beautiful homes
  • Travel to Beaufort, the filming site of the movie Forest Gump
  • Trolley Tour the historic downtown district of Savannah
  • Experience historic landmarks of the CivilRights Trail in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama
  • See New Orleans, home to jazz and beignets

EXPERIENCE MORE ( OPTIONALS )

  • Tour and explore Boone Hall Plantation
  • Take a riverboat dinner cruise of Savannah
  • Traditional Steamboat Jazz Cruise on the Mississippi River
  • Swamp tour and jazz brunch in New Orleans