The Southern Belle
Atlanta-Augusta-Charleston-Antebellum Lantation, Savannah-St Augustine,Tallahassee-Pensacola-Gulf of Mexico,-New Orleans
9days/8nights, Atlanta/New Orleans
2019 depart Sat: May 04, 25. Jun 08. Aug 31. Sep 14, 28.
Child rates for children 07-12 years on request.
day 01 Atlanta Arrival
Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia. During the Civil War, Atlanta was one of the most important Southern Cities as it provided munitions 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 center. Transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.
day 02 Atlanta
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Atlanta and learn about one of its most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell. In 1936, Mitchell published the book “Gone with the Wind”. It depicted the life of the daughter of a plantation owner and follows her life through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The story takes place in Atlanta and south of Atlanta in a small town named Jonesboro. This morning, you will visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation which was the inspiration for Tara. 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.
day 03 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. You will have time to stroll down the cobblestone walkways and admire the fine architecture. In the evening, you may want to enjoy a romantic carriage ride or a sunset cruise. (optional)
day 04 Charleston
Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and spend the afternoon at leisure. 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. 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”.
day 05 Charleston–Antebellum Lantation-Savannah
Today, your road leads you further south to Savannah. En route stop on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop to a number of Hollywood movies, including “Forrest Gump”. After lunch continue on to 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 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. Many of them are very well preserved and some remain open to the public. You will enjoy a historical guided tour (included) 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.
day 06 Savannah-St. Augustine-Tallahassee
Leave Savannah with its Antebellum homes and head on, driving south along the coast of Georgia. The cities you will pass are as rich with history as they are full of charm. In the afternoon you will enter the Sunshine State of Florida. Enjoy a stop in the charming city of St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. It is the oldest continuously occupied European established city & port within the continental U.S. In the evening arrive in Florida’s state Capital, Tallahassee. Tallahassee is one of the nations smaller and quieter capitals with oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.
day 07 Tallahassee-Pensacola-Gulf Of Mexico-New Orleans
Continue on to Pensacola, one of Florida’s most important vacation destinations. Pensacola was founded in 1599 by Spanish colonists who created here the first European settlement. Today, the area is known for its miles of Gulf shoreline, many of which are preserved as state and federal parks. Tourists come to enjoy the white sand beaches and to participate in activities such as scuba diving and fishing. Next stop is Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1702, Mobile rapidly became one of the most important ports along the Gulf Coast. In the evening arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana’s most prominent port city. People from all over the world have been arriving in New Orleans since the Sieur de Bienville laid out the city’s streets in 1718. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, the architecture, and, of course, the music.
day 08 New Orleans
The day is yours to immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities. Your 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 09 New Orleans Departure
Your Tour Escort will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to New Orleans International Airport.
Inclusions: twin share, welcome reception, tour director, deluxe coach, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation, Atlanta, Charleston and Savannah.
Hotels: Atlanta-Holiday Inn Express Atlanta Downtown, Charleston-Hotel Indigo, Savannah-Comfort Suites Historic, Tallahassee-Courtyard by Marriott, New Orleans-Hiklton New Orleans Riverside (or similar).
Notes: All bookings are made only on English spoken tour departures. However some tours may be modified to multilingual (2 languages) at short notice. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.
Optional excursions: visit a plantation in the Charleston area, steamboat dinner jazz cruise on the Mississippi, swamp tour and jazz brunch in New Orleans, “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination en route.
Optional excursions need to be arranged with the tour director at the start of the tour.