Southern Wonders

11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS

ATLANTA  -  SAVANNAH  -  CHARLESTON  -  BOONE HALL PLANTATION  -  GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS  -  CHATTANOOGA  -  JACK DANIEL’S DISTILLERY  -  NASHVILLE  -  MEMPHIS  - GRACELAND  -  CLARKSDALE  -  NATCHEZ  -  BATON ROUGE  -  LAFAYETTE  -  AVERY ISLAND / TOBASCO  -  NEW ORLEANS - ATLANTA

ATLANTA - SAVANNAH - CHARLESTON - BOONE HALL PLANTATION - GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS - CHATTANOOGA - JACK DANIEL’S DISTILLERY - NASHVILLE - MEMPHIS -GRACELAND - CLARKSDALE - NATCHEZ - BATON ROUGE - LAFAYETTE - AVERY ISLAND / TOBASCO - NEW ORLEANS - ATLANTA

departures 

Saturday Departures 2019

  • Jul 13

  • Sep 7

prices

*per person

SINGLE: 2 992 / DOUBLE: 2 076 / TRIPLE: 1 810 / QUAD: 1 668 / CHILD: 1 160

ITINERARY: 

DAY 1

Atlanta - Savannah (248 m / 399 km)
Board the motor coach and depart for the California coast following the historic “El Camino Real”. Explore Santa Barbara, often referred to as the pearl of the American Riviera and known for its Spanish Colonial Style architecture, lush vegetation and laid-back lifestyle, and briefly visit the Mission. Early afternoon arrival to Paso Robles, once California’s wine lovers’ best kept secret, now the new hotspot for oenophiles and star on the international wine stage.

DAY 2

Savannah - Charleston (107 m / 172 km)
Start the day with a walking tour of the historic district of Savannah to explore its old-world appeal. In early afternoon head north to Charleston, one of the oldest and most hospitable cities in the United States and renowned for its southern charm. The city grew prosperous through the slave and cotton trade until the Civil War erupted on April 12, 1861 in the harbor of Charleston when fire was opened on Fort Sumter. Learn Learn more about its rich history during a city tour upon arrival.

DAY 3

Charleston - Asheville (270 m / 434 km)
Morning visit of Boone Hall Plantation just outside of Charleston. The stately “Avenue of Oaks” leads to the Colonial Revival plantation house, one of the few plantation estates that still has original slave cabins. Afterwards head inland to North Carolina for an afternoon arrival in Asheville, gateway to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

DAY 4

Asheville - Great Smoky Mountains - Chattanooga (225 m / 362 km)
Today, travel along the final few miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation. This reservation is located at the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the United States and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a short stop in Cherokee, take in the scenery of the “Smokies” and cross over into Tennessee at the Newfound Gap at an elevation of 5,048 feet. Continue via Sevierville, the place of birth of Dolly Parton, and Knoxville to Chattanooga, home of the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

DAY 5

Chattanooga - Lynchburg -  Nashville (170 m/ 273 km)
From Chattanooga head northwest to Lynchburg for a visit of the world-famous Jack Daniel’s distillery which oddly enough is located in a dry county. After being introduced into the art of distilling Tennessee whiskey, continue north to the capital of Tennessee, Nashville. As the epicenter of country music, it is often referred to as Music City USA. Take in an orientation tour of this rapidly developing city before arriving at the hotel.

DAY 6

Nashville -  Memphis (215 m / 346 km)
This morning depart for Memphis, known for Mississippi Delta Blues and cotton. A city tour upon arrival will include Beale Street and the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. A trip to Memphis would also not be complete without a visit to Graceland, the opulent mansion of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

DAY 7

Memphis -  Clarksdale - Natchez (215 m / 346 km)
Today, travel south into the Mississippi Delta and stop at Clarksdale which is said to be the original birthplace of blues music. It is here at the crossroads of highways 61 and 49 that Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his amazing guitar talent. In the afternoon, follow Blues Highway 61 to end up in historic Natchez, a bustling port during the heyday of the cotton trade.

DAY 8

Natchez - Baton Rouge - Lafayette (147 m / 236 km)
Continue farther south for a stop in Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana. In the afternoon venture into the heart of Cajun Country as you make your way to Lafayette for a visit to Vermilionville. This living history museum preserves and represents the cultural resources of the Acadian, Native American, and Creole cultures.

DAY 9

Lafayette -  Avery Island - New Orleans (190 m/ 306 km)
First stop this morning will be on Avery Island for a tour of the Tobasco pepper sauce factory. Then continue towards the Mississippi River and follow the River Road in the direction of New Orleans. A visit will be made to one of the ornate plantations along this winding road. Arival into the Big Easy is scheduled for an early afternoon. Here Eurpoean, Caribbean, Native American and African cultures have been blended together to form one of the most colorful and vibrant cities of the United States.

DAY 10

New Orleans
Today is a day of leisure to explore the French Quarter and to take in the many architectural, musical and gastronomical delights New Orleans has to offer. Or why not join an optional jazz brunch or swamp tour?

DAY 11

New Orleans - Atlanta (470 m / 756 km)
On this final day, leave the banks of the Mississippi River and the shores of Lake Pontchartrain behind to journey northwest through the state of Alabama to arrive in Atlanta in the early evening.

Included in this tour:

  •  Accommodation for 10 nights, including taxes and porterage

  •  Air–conditioned motorcoach and guide for the entire tour

  •  Orientation tour of Atlanta, Charleston, Nashville and Memphis

  •  Walking tour of Savannah

  •  Admissions to: Boone Hall Plantation, Jack Daniel’sDistillery, Graceland, Vermilionville, Tobasco factory tour, Oak Alley Plantation, all National Parks

The extras (additional cost):

  • Swamp tour 

  •  Dinner Cruise

  •  Jazz brunch in New Orleans

  • Breakfasts

Departure information the places you’ll enjoy staying:

  • DAY 1: Savannah – Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District

  • DAY 2: Charleston – Holiday Inn Riverview Charleston

  • Day 3: Asheville – Holiday Inn Biltmore East

  • Day 4: Chattanooga – Chattanooga Choo Choo

  • Day 5: Nashville – Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown – Stadium, Quality Inn Nashville Downtown – Stadium or Gaylord Opryland

  • Day 6: Memphis – Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis

  • Day 7: Natchez – Holiday Inn Express & Suites Natchez South

  • Day 8: Lafayette – DoubleTree Lafayette

  • Day 9: New Orleans – Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

  • Day 10: New Orleans – Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome

 

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