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The Southern Belle Escorted Tour

Atlanta * Charleston * Savannah * Tallahassee * New Orleans

A 9-day escorted tour starting in the capital of Georgia, Atlanta, then onto the architecture of Charleston and Savannah and the resorts of Northern Florida, ending in the bayou city of New Orleans.

2018 - 9 days from £2,135 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK – Atlanta

Your tour begins with a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Atlanta with United Airlines. 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.

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, the story takes place in Atlanta and south of Atlanta in a small town called Jonesboro. You will visit the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

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 cobblestones walkways and admire the fine architecture arriving into Charleston late afternoon.

Overnights (2): Holiday Inn Charleston - 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 preserved historic districts, the best protected in the nation. You may wish to participate in an optional excursion to historic Boone Hill Plantation with its Avenue of Oaks.  The property has appeared in several movies including North and South.

Day 05 - Charleston - Antebellum Plantation – Savannah

Today your road leads you further south to Savannah. En route stop on Port Royal Island and see Beafort, South Carolinas second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop of many Hollywood movies including Forest Gump. After lunch continue to Savannah, once the world’s largest cotton port.  You will enjoy a guided tour to learn 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 local and tourists alike.

Overnight (1): Clarion Hotel - Savannah.

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 and port with the continental United States. In the evening arrive in Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee, the city is one of the nation’s smallest capitals with oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.

Overnight (1): Courtyard by Marriott - Tallahassee

Day 07 - Tallahassee - Pensacola - Gulf of Mexico - New Orleans

Continue onto Pensacola, one of Florida’s most important holiday destinations. 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 become one of the most important ports along the Gulf Coast. In the evening arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana’s most prominent port city. 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.

Overnights (2): Staybridge Suites French Quarter - New Orleans

Day 08 - New Orleans

The days is yours to explore New Orleans. Your tour director will assist you with planning your 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 French Quarter. Enjoy window shopping along Royal Streets Art Galleries. Take a stroll along the Mississippi River or ride the St Charles Street Car through the Garden District.

Day 09 - New Orleans – UK

Your tour director can assist you this morning with arranging your independent transfer to New Orleans airport to check in for your United Airlines flights back to the UK. Alternatively, we can arrange to add extra nights to your stay in the city.

Day 10 - Arrive UK

 

 Departure Dates 

2018

 Twin Share   Single Traveller 
May 05, 19 £2,135 £2,512
June 02 £2,135 £2,512
September 01, 15, 19  £2,135 £2,512
 
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Tour Price Includes:

  • Schedule flights with United Airlines from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and the Air Passenger Duty
  • 8 nights Accommodation
  • Visit Jonesboro, the official Gone with the Wind town
  • Comprehensive city tour of Atlanta
  • Guided walking tour of Charleston
  • Travel to Beaufort
  • Trolley tour of Savannah
  • Porterage
  • Air Conditioned tour coach
  • Tour Guide

Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Gratuities
  • Airport Transfers


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