USA (Georgia State, South Carolina, Savannah)

This 10-day tour will take you on a journey to the 'Deep South' taking in the states of Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Louisiana.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Atlanta where you will be transferred to your hotel. Here you will be met by the Tour Director.

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 centre.


Day 2 Atlanta

This morning, enjoy a 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. In 1936, Mitchell published the book “Gone with the Wind”. It depicted the life of the daughter of a plantation owner, and follows her story through the Civil War and reconstruction. The novel is based in Atlanta and Jonesboro, a small town to the south.

We will then 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 travellers.


Day 3 Atlanta - Augusta - Charleston

Today, we leave Atlanta 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.


Day 4 Charleston - Beufort - Savannah

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 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 - Montgomery
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 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.

Day 9
Transfer to New Orleans International Airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 10
Arrival in the UK.

Accommodation

You will stay at hotels such as:


* Holiday Inn Express Downtown, Atlanta

* Holiday Inn Riverview, Charleston

* Comfort Suites Historic, Savannah

* Comfort Inn & Suites Montgomery East, Montgomery

* Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans


Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.

All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard.

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Leger Holidays - Terms & Conditions

Room supplements may apply - Insurance is not included - Please give us a call for further information and pricing queries.

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