The Old South & Florida

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the South on this wondrous holiday through the heart of Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. This southern U.S. tour starts with three nights in New Orleans and ends with one night in Orlando. In between, you’ll stay two nights in Memphis, Nashville, and Savannah, and one night each in Natchez, and Atlanta. You’ll also spend time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s capital; Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo; and St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive New Orleans

Welcome to New Orleans! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Hotel: Sheraton New Orleans, 3 nights

Day 2: New Orleans

The morning is dedicated to the sights and sounds of this Old –  World city with a guided tour. First, visit the French Quarter, including St. Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square. Next, learn about the city’s unique burial customs at an aboveground cemetery, followed by a leisurely drive down historic St. Charles Avenue to enjoy its stately mansions and clanging streetcars. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 3: New Orleans

A day to explore at your own pace. Stroll through the centuriesold French Quarter or take a carriage ride while listening to tales of voodoo queens and pirates. History enthusiasts can roam through sprawling Victorian mansions and celebrated museums, catching a glimpse of life the way it used to be in the Old South. Tonight, you might like to experience the city’s beauty and romance on a 2 – hour cruise from the heart of the French Quarter.

Day 4: New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez

Drive through the heart of Cajun Country to Baton Rouge for an orientation tour that features the Governor’s Mansion and the State Capitol. Next, on to elegant Natchez, a thriving port in the golden years of the cotton trade. Visit a gracious Pre – Civil War Home featuring fine collections of period furniture and paintings. In the evening, relax and perhaps sip a refreshing mint julep on our optional dinner.

Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites

Day 5: Natchez – Memphis

Drive through rural Mississippi to Memphis. On arrival, acquaint yourself with the town during an included orientation tour.

Hotel: Springhill Suites Memphis Downtown, 2 nights

Day 6: Memphis – Visit To Graceland

A trip to Memphis would not be complete without visiting Graceland, the palatial home of “The King,” Elvis Presley. Our guided audio tour focuses on the memorial garden and the opulent 4574 square metre (15,000 – square – foot) mansion. Afterward, if you haven’t done so already, get a taste of Memphis with some authentic southern barbecue or visit the National Civil Rights Museum. This evening, you may want to visit Beale Street and explore more of the melting pot that is of delta blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, R & B, and gospel.

Day 7: Memphis – Nashville

This morning, leave the “Home of the Blues” as you head for Nashville, the “Capital of Country Music.” Afternoon arrival in Nashville. This evening, you have reserved seating for an unforgettable show at the world – famous Grand Ole Opry, a mecca for country musicians since 1925.

Hotel: The Inn at Opryland, 2 nights

Day 8: Nashville

Its association with country music has made the name “Nashville” world famous, but it’s not just music fans who will find this charming Southern city a delight. Start your day with a visit to RCA Studio B, one of the country’s most revered, and Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio. Afterward, sightseeing with a local guide includes the recording studios of Music Row, the State Capitol, and Bicentennial State Park. Then, visit the Country Music Hall Of Fame with its glittering costumes, rare instruments, and Elvis Presley’s “solid – gold” Cadillac.

Day 9: Nashville – Chattanooga – Atlanta

First stop today is Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Then, enter the “Peach State” of Georgia and journey to its fast – growing metropolis, Atlanta, home of 1996 summer Olympics. Enjoy an orientation tour, followed by a short visit to the grave and eternal flame dedicated to preserving the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Hotel: Quality Suites Buckhead Village

Day 10: Atlanta – Savannah

Head south through rich, rolling farmland to the historic seaport of Savannah for a 2 – night stay. On this afternoon’s Trolley Tour, you will see attractions like the City Market, Forsyth Park, Mercer House, Madison Square (where General Sherman concluded his “March to the Sea”), Colonial Park Cemetery, and the world – famous River Street. The evening is free to explore this charming city on your own.

Hotel: Best Western Savannah Historic District, 2 nights

Day 11: Savannah

A day at leisure. Shop on cobblestoned River Street or stroll among the many squares surrounded by elegant homes and gardens. Don’t miss the impressive Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum to learn about Savannah’s important role in maritime history.

Day 12: Savannah – St. Augustine – Orlando

Travel into the “Sunshine State” of Florida, stopping first at St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. You will see the Government House and the Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Marcos, on your orientation tour. Then, drive to magical Orlando.

Day 13: Depart Orlando

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore the “Sunshine State” further.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 11, 18$3,149.00$4,535.00
April: 01, 15$3,149.00$4,535.00
May: 06, 13, 20$3,149.00$4,535.00
June: 03, 10, 17, 24$3,149.00$4,535.00
July: 15$3,149.00$4,535.00
August: 19, 26$3,149.00$4,535.00
September: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30$3,149.00$4,535.00
October: 07$3,149.00$4,535.00
November: 04$3,149.00$4,535.00

Meals: 6 breakfasts
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Southern Charms

Experience the beautiful scenery, rich history, and vibrant cultures of the South on this southern U.S. tour that begins and ends in Atlanta with overnights also in Charleston and Savannah. Also enjoy time in St. Simons Island, with its unspoiled beauty and beaches, laid – back lifestyle, and charming communities.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive in Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta and the Peach State! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming Southern adventure!

Hotel: Atlanta Buckhead, 2 nights

Day 2: Atlanta

Morning sightseeing includes Centennial Olympic Park, the historic Fox Theatre, and the Buckhead neighbourhood, often referred to as the “Beverly Hills of the South.” A visit is also made to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, where you’ll learn more about the man and his legacy. During your free time this afternoon, you may wish to visit the Georgia Aquarium or the World of Coca – Cola. Dinner this evening is at Pittypat’s Porch, serving traditional Southern food since the 1960s.

Day 3: Atlanta – Columbia – Charleston

Depart Atlanta and head east across Georgia and South Carolina. Stop in Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, rich with history and warm southern hospitality. After an orientation tour, enjoy free time to explore the charms of this warm community and see the stunning granite State House. Later, continue to Charleston, home to cobblestone streets, antebellum mansions, and low – country cuisine. This evening is free to explore on your own. You may wish to stroll the historic district, sample fresh seafood, or learn about Charleston’s colourful past on a ghost tour. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for dining this evening.

Hotel: Renaissance Charleston Historic District, 2 nights

Day 4: Charleston

Start the day with an orientation tour of Charleston before visiting America’s most photographed plantation, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Tour the mansion with its beautiful gardens, and also the slave cabins there. Next, a special Gullah Luncheon, where you’ll enjoy a private performance highlighting the rich history of the Gullah people and their culture. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to shop for a favourite souvenir at historic City Market, where more than 50 artisans are on – site daily; take a relaxing and scenic cruise of Charleston Harbor; or try one of Charleston’s favourite dishes, such as She – crab Soup or Carolina Gold Rice.

Day 5: Charleston – Beaufort – Savannah

Depart Charleston for picturesque Beaufort, a town that has conserved much of its pre – revolutionary character. Enjoy a guided tour of the town by Horse – Drawn Carriage through narrow, oak – lined streets past the former homes of wealthy cotton growers. This afternoon, make your way to romantic Savannah, America’s first planned city. Upon arrival, visit the American Prohibition Museum, where there’s time to explore the various exhibits, interact with costumed guides, and enjoy a classic cocktail in the Speakeasy.

Hotel: Embassy Suites Historic Savannah, 3 nights

Day 6: Savannah

This morning, enjoy a Trolley Tour led by a Local Guide who will entertain you with stories of the city’s colourful characters and past. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore more of this beautiful city. We recommend strolling through Forsyth Park, spending time at the Telfair Museum of Art, window shopping on Broughton Street, or touring the Mercer Williams House Museum – made famous in the book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional shopping, sightseeing, and dining.

Day 7: Savannah – Excursion to Jekyll Island & St. Simons Island

Today, visit Jekyll Island for a guided Trolley Tour of the Club Historic District. A cluster of 19th – century mansions, this “club” was formed by some of America’s most prominent families. Your tour includes a visit to one of the most elaborate winter mansions, such as the Rockefellers’ Indian Mound. After the tour, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell lunch at the Jekyll Island Club. Built in 1887, the Jekyll Island Club was the winter home of the Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Morgan families. Enjoy the atmosphere and superior service of this famous and historic location. The, visit nearby St. Simons Island, home to beautiful beaches and charming communities. Return to Savannah, where your evening is at leisure.

Day 8: Savannah – Depart Atlanta

This morning, travel back to Atlanta for your homebound flight. The tour ends at the Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Please schedule flights after 4 pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10, 24$3,359.00Price on Application
May: 01, 22$3,359.00Price on Application
June: 05$3,339.00Price on Application
September: 04, 18$3,339.00Price on Application
October: 02, 16$3,359.00Price on Application
October: 30$3,339.00Price on Application
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunch 1 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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