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Gone with the Wind Escorted Tour

Atlanta * Augusta * Charleston * Savannah * Tallahassee * Mobile * New Orleans * Baton Rouge * Natchez * Memphis * Nashville * Chattanooga 

In 1936 Margaret Mitchell published "Gone with the Wind". On this 12 day escorted tour follow Mitchells' story as well as visiting some of the great Southern State cities.

2018 - 12 days from £2,398 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 01 - UK – Atlanta

Your Southern States escorted holiday begins with Scheduled Virgin Atlantic flights from London Heathrow to Atlanta. Transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your tour director in the lobby from 2-8 pm. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

Overnights (2): Holiday Inn Express Downtown - Atlanta 

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 spoiled 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 afternoon, you will see Margaret Mitchell's apartment and 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.

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. In the afternoon, we will arrive in historic Charleston and enjoy a guided walking tour of this city by the sea. 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 or a sunset cruise.

Overnights (2): Holiday Inn - Charleston 

Day 04 - Charleston 

This morning, enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston. The afternoon is at leisure. Take some time to walk the streets of Charleston's meticulously preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. Earthquakes, 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 several movies, among them "North and South".

Day 05 - Charleston – 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 many 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 walking 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.

Overnight (1): Clarion Hotel - Savannah 

Day 06 - Savannah - (Jacksonville) - 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 state of Florida and pass Jacksonville. In the evening arrive in Florida's state capitol, Tallahassee. Tallahassee is o­ne of the nation’s smaller and quieter capitols and visitors are charmed to find oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.

Overnight (1): Courtyard by Marriott - Tallahassee

Day 07 - Tallahassee - Pensacola - Mobile - New Orleans 

Continue o­n to Pensacola, o­ne of Florida's most important vacation destinations. Pensacola was founded in1599 by Spanish colonists who created here the first European settlement. Today, the area is known for its miles of Gulf shoreline, many which are preserved as state and federal parks. 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 important port city. 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. Ask your tour director about an optional guided Tour through the French Quarter and a Jazz Club visit.

Overnights (2): Staybridge Suites - New Orleans

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 tour taking you to a famous Louisiana Plantation followed by a Jazz Brunch in the Quarter.

Day 09 - New Orleans - Baton Rouge - Natchez 

This morning, we will travel to the capitol of Louisiana and conduct a brief city tour of Baton Rouge. 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. Today's destination, 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.
Overnight (1): Vue Hotel - Natchez

Day 10 - Natchez - Memphis 

Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis. 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, o­nce 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).

Overnight (1): Guesthouse at Graceland - Memphis

Day 11 - Memphis – Nashville

Today you will continue to Nashville, known as the capital of Country and Western music. The city earned its title with the 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 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 and Western music.

Overnight (1): Clarion Nashville Downtown - Nashville

Day 12 - Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta 

Leaving Music City, we head to Chatanooga, 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 our tour comes to an end.
Overnight (1): Holiday Inn Express Downtown - Atlanta 

Day 13 - Atlanta – UK

Time for some last minute shopping before transferring independently to Atlanta Airport to check in for your flight home. 

Day 14 - Arrive UK

 

 Departure Dates

2018 

Single Traveller  Twin Share 
May 05, 19 £2,964 £2,398
June 02 £2,964 £2,398
 September 01, 15, 29  £2,964 £2,398
 
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Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled flights to Atlanta with Virgin Atlantic/Delta Airlines from Heathrow
  • (Flight may be operated by Delta Airlines Aircraft)
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 11 nights Accommodation on tour
  • 1 nights post tour accommodation.
  • Porterage
  • Air Conditioned Motorcoach
  • Tour Guide thoughout
  • Visit Jonesboro, the official "Gone with the Wind Town" Tour both the "Road to Tara" museum and Stately Oaks Plantation, the inspiration for the film.
  • City Tour of Atlanta
  • Guided Walking tour of Charleston
  • Travel to Beaufort, the site of the filming of Forest Gump
  • Tour a famous Antebellum home in Natchez
  • City tour of Memphis including the Lorraine Hotel, site of the Martin Luther King assassination as well as Beale Street, famous for the Blues.

Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Airport Transfers
  • Gratituites


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