Experience the best of southern hospitality and charm on the Deep South Discovery escorted tour, a 9 day journey through Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and New Orleans.
Fly into Atlanta and begin your escorted tour holiday in the city synonymous with the American Civil War. Enjoy a tour of the city and learn about one of its most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell, author of “Gone with the Wind”, the famous book which depicts life in Atlanta during the Civil War. Visit the Tara Road museum which celebrates the authors life and also showcases some of the memorabilia and costumes worn by the movies stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
Continue south westerly through the historic city of Charleston to the city of Savannah, once the world’s largest cotton port. When cotton was king, Savannah controlled the prices of the world cotton market. 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.
Leave Georgia behind and enter Florida, The Sunshine State. Visit Tallahassee and Pensacola, nestled along the Gulf shoreline and enjoy white sandy beaches and activities such as scuba diving and fishing. From here enter New Orleans and immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities for the last couple of days of your escorted tour holiday.
Tour Highlights Included
- Visit Stately Oaks Plantation and museum, the inspiration for “Tara” from Gone with the Wind
- Sight-seeing tour of Atlanta including Martin Luther Kings 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 Civil Rights Trail in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama
- See New Orleans, home to jazz and beignets
Arrive in Atlanta
Atlanta - Augusta - Charleston
Charleston – Antebellum Plantation - Savannah
Savannah - Montgomerey
Montgomery –Selma – New Orleans
Day 1 Arrive in Atlanta
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 ATI Tour Director.
Day 2 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.” Visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation, which was the inspiration for plantation in the fim. 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 travellers.
Day 3 Atlanta - Augusta - Charleston
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
Day 4 Charleston – Antebellum Plantation - Savannah
Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and spend the afternoon at leisure. Take some time to walk the streets of Charleston’s meticulously preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. Natural disasters, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and hurricanes all took their toll on this beautiful city, yet it stands out as the historical gem of the South. 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 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.”
Day 5 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. 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.”
Day 6 Savannah - Montgomerey
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.
Day 7 Montgomery –Selma – New Orleans
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.
Day 8 New Orleans
The day is yours to immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities. Your ATI Tour Director will assist you with planning the day’s activities. 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.
Day 9 New Orleans
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 on our Southern Belle tour!