The American South

Experience the American South
Considered its own distinct place, the American South is defined by its hospitality, cuisine, landscape, music, and history. Comprised of the nation's southernmost states, this region is deeply in tune with the American experience. From Atlanta and Nashville to Charleston and New Orleans, this is a journey through America's unique cultural landscape
14 Days from $3169/person CAD
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Primary Location

Southern USA, United States

Departures

2023 departures: April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, September 9 & September 23

Included:

  • 13-nights accommodation in premium hotels with a private bath and/or shower
  • Services of a professional multilingual Tour Manager throughout
  • Welcome reception and meeting of fellow travelers
  • Visit Stately Oaks Plantation and museum, the inspiration for “Tara” from Gone with the Wind
  • Sightseeing 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 of 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
  • See and visit a lavish Antebellum-styled Mansion in Natchez
  • Sightseeing of Memphis: including the Lorraine Hotel, MLK assassination site, and Beale Street, home of the Blues
  • Tour Nashville and go Honky Tonkin’
  • See the renowned Chatanooga Choo Choo
  • Transportation by a comfortable air-conditioned motor coach equipped with Wi-Fi throughout
  • Hotel, state and local taxes, service charges, and porterage service (limit one piece of checked luggage per person)
  • Information kit

Not Included:

  • Airfare unless specified in the tour itinerary
  • Meals are not included in order to allow for more flexibility
  • Laundry, telephone, optional excursions and other items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Pre and Post Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Everything that is not mentioned in included

Pricing Details

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  • From price is CAD per person, based on double occupancy, and for travel in low season
  • The final price will vary and is also based on the month of travel
  • Prices are subject to change
  • Hotel services in the United States customarily do not include breakfast. If you do not wish to have breakfast at the hotel restaurant (where available), you may frequently find coffee shops and restaurants close by which serve good and inexpensive breakfasts. Some hotels do offer a continental breakfast. Usually, this continental breakfast is basic and contains coffee and pastries. Variations between the different hotels may result in the following also being available, cereal, cheese, fruit, etc
  • Each passenger traveling on an escorted tour is allowed one piece of checked baggage per person due to space limitations. Additional luggage will be charged at $7.00 per person per day (price is subject to change)
  • Due to the nature of this holiday, bags are handled many times, so a durable, reasonably sturdy, and clearly labeled bag is required. The Tour Manager will issue you a special luggage tag which should remain on your customer’s bag at all times to help ensure the bag is delivered to, and retrieved from, the hotel room at each destination
  • All coaches are equipped with air-conditioning and an onboard lavatory. Additionally, coaches may have the following onboard amenities: wi-fi, footrests, luggage nets, movable seats, individually adjustable air conditioning, etc
  • Complimentary breakfast may be offered by a hotel and discontinued at any time with or without notice
  • Child 11 years and under with 2 adults sharing existing bedding with minimum child age is 7 years (child rates are on request)
  • We can not accept bookings on motorcoach tours for children less than seven (7) years of age. For all tours, children and young adults under the age of 21 must be accompanied by and share their room with an adult at least 21 years of age. Some hotels may also require that at least one of the room occupants is 21 years of age or older

Optional Extras:

  • 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
  • Explore Elvis Presley’s magnificent Estate of Graceland
  • Tour Nashville’s Country Hall of Fame and Studio B
  • All optional excursions are subject to change and availability. Optional excursions are to be booked with the Tour Manager
  • Pre and post accommodation

PRIVATE GROUP TRAVEL

All United States escorted tours are available for exclusive groups with a minimum of 10 rooms. Please contact us for dates and prices.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: ATLANTA ARRIVAL

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.

Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta, or similar

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 the 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.

Accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Atlanta Downtown, Atlanta, or similar

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 Master's golf tournament. In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Charleston one of the most historic and charming cities in the South. For evening activities, you may wish to consult your Tour Director for the possibilities.

Accommodation at the Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview, Charleston, or similar

DAY 4: CHARLESTON > 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 the 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, the route stops on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina's second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop for many shows and films, including "Forrest Gump."

Accommodation at the Best Western Savannah, Savannah, or similar

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."

Accommodation at the Best Western Savannah, Savannah, or similar

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.

Accommodation at the Best Western Montgomery I-85 North Hotel, Montgomery, or similar

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.

Accommodation at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, or similar

DAY 8: NEW ORLEANS

The day is yours to explore 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.

Accommodation at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, or similar

DAY 9: NEW ORLEANS > BATON ROUGE > NATCHEZ

This morning, we will travel to the capitol of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and conduct a brief city tour. From there, we will travel via the historic Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez. The parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and years of Native American and European history. Natchez is the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River. Before the Civil War, wealthy plantation owners from Louisiana built magnificent Antebellum homes here because the area was considered safer from flooding. This afternoon, we will visit one of the homes and learn about the wealth of these 19th-century millionaires.

Accommodation at the Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez, Natchez, or similar

DAY 10: NATCHEZ > MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY > MEMPHIS

Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis, home of 'Sun Records'. As a large river port, it was one of the most important links in the cotton trade before the Civil War. Memphis is also known as the "home of the blues." A brief city tour will take you to the city's liveliest street, Beale Street, where the blues and other types of music are played nightly in almost a dozen clubs.

Travel along historic Front Street, known as Cotton Row in the days when cotton traders and merchants conducted business here. Of course, no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley (optional).

Accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown, Memphis, or similar

DAY 11: MEMPHIS > NASHVILLE

Continue on to Nashville, known as the capital of country music. The city earned its title with the very first airing of the WSM Barn Dance radio program, the forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry. The newly renovated Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, once the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the studios near Music Row, and Opryland itself attest to Nashville's reputation as the most important city in country music.

Accommodation at the Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown, Nashville, or similar

DAY 12: NASHVILLE

Begin your day in this dynamic and thriving cultural and state capital of Tennessee with a morning city tour. While exploring the city's landmarks, perhaps you'll discover a new country music classic before they even hit the charts while visiting one of the many recording studios around town. Perhaps enjoy dinner and a show in the evening as an optional excursion.

Accommodation at the Drury Plaza Hotel Nashville Downtown, Nashville, or similar

DAY 13: NASHVILLE > CHATTANOOGA > ATLANTA

Leaving Music City, we head to Chattanooga, home to the famous Choo Choo and which has 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 where you may want to check our one of the sites you were not able to experience at the start of the tour like the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, CNN Center.

Accommodation at the AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway, Atlanta, or similar

DAY 14: ATLANTA DEPARTURE

Morning at your leisure before departure. Your 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. We hope you have had a memorable journey and look forward to you the opportunity to host your next visit to America.


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