NEW About the tour: Deep South Discovery

Join us as we uncover America's Deep South on this superb 10-day tour. We begin our journey in Georgia where we explore the vast and historic Oaks plantation, discover the inspiration for Tara in Gone with the Wind, and travel to Augusta, the second oldest city in the state. We will also spend time in South Carolina, visiting the historic city of Charleston and Beaufort – the filming site of the world-famous movie Forest Gump. Crossing into the Sunshine State of Florida, we will travel along the Gulf of Mexico to the renowned home of jazz, New Orleans. Full to the brim with spectacular sights, this holiday is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Tour Includes


  • 8 nights hotel
  • Flights to Atlanta and from New Orleans
  • Airport transfers in the USA
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • Fully escorted in the USA by a Tour Director

10 days from £1899 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to Atlanta where you will be transferred to your hotel. Here you will be met by the Tour Director.

    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.

    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 daughter of a plantation owner, and follows her story through the Civil War and reconstruction. The novel is based in Atlanta and Jonesboro, a small town to the south.

    We will then 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.

    In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception which will give you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.

    Atlanta
    Atlanta

    Included Highlights

    • Atlanta
    • Road to Tara Museum & Oaks Plantation

    Today, we leave Atlanta and head west to Augusta. Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia and is home to the prestigious Masters golf tournament.

    In the late afternoon, you will arrive in Charleston, one of the most historic cities of the south.

    For evening activities, you may wish to consult your Tour Director for the possibilities.

    Augusta
    Augusta

    Included Highlights

    • Charleston
    • Augusta

    Today, enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston before spending the afternoon at leisure. 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.

    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 numerous movies, among them “North and South”.

    Charleston
    Charleston

    Included Highlights

    • Charleston

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Boone Hall Plantation
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in local currency (cash payments).

    Today, we travel further south to Savannah. En-route, we stop on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop to a number of Hollywood movies, including “Forrest Gump”.

    After lunch, we 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 its 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 which are very well-preserved and some remain open to the public.

    You will enjoy an included historic old town trolley tour 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.

    Beaufort
    Beaufort, South Carolina

    Included Highlights

    • Antebellum Plantation
    • Savannah
    • Beaufort, South Carolina

    We 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 within the continental U.S.

    In the evening, arrive in Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee. Tallahassee is one of the nations smaller and quieter capitals, with oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.

    Tallahassee
    Tallahassee

    Included Highlights

    • St. Augustine
    • Tallahassee

    We continue on to Pensacola, one of Florida’s most important holiday destinations. Pensacola was founded in 1599 by Spanish colonists, who created the first European settlement here. Today, the area is known for its miles of gulf shoreline, many of which are preserved as state and federal parks. Tourists come to enjoy the white sand beaches and to participate in activities such as scuba diving and fishing.

    Next up is Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1702, Mobile rapidly became one of the most important ports along the Gulf Coast.

    In the evening, we arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana’s most prominent port city. People from all over the world have been arriving in New Orleans since the Sieur de Bienville laid out the city’s streets in 1718. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This can be seen in the food, the architecture, and of course, the music!

    New Orleans
    New Orleans

    Included Highlights

    • New Orleans
    • Pensacola

    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 excursion, taking you to a famous Louisiana Plantation, followed by a jazz brunch in the quarter.

    Enjoy window shopping along Royal Street’s art galleries, or spend the day relaxing and lazily sipping coffee in the Cafe Du Monde. Take a stroll along the Mississippi River or ride the St. Charles street car through the Garden District – an area known for its magnificent architecture.

    Jackson Square
    New Orleans

    Included Highlights

    • New Orleans

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    2020
    • Jazz Brunch
    TBC
    • Visit to a Louisiana Plantation
    TBC
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in local currency (cash payments).

    Transfer to New Orleans International Airport for your overnight flight to the UK.

    Arrival in the UK.



    All rooms have to be requested with our partner, ATI. Once we have confirmed your requirements we will send you a new confirmation invoice. ATI Terms and Conditions do not allow any name changes once your booking is confirmed.

    This tour requires customers to have a certain degree of fitness as it is a very full itinerary.  Wheelchairs must be prior approved by ATI.  This is due to luggage space being at a premium on the coach.  Customers are subject to 1 piece of hold luggage each, additional pieces are subject to approval by ATI and may be charged at a supplement.  Passengers with medical conditions which impair their travels and may require assistance must make these conditions known at the time of booking. Tour Directors are not permitted to personally intervene or assist in medical emergencies, or assist passengers with prior medical conditions. Passengers with physical challenges must always travel with a companion who can assist them. All coaches are equipped with a lavatory. As facilities for properly serving the lavatory are extremely limited outside major metropolitan areas, the on-board lavatory is principally intended for emergency use. Of course, frequent stops are made throughout the day for the customers comfort. You may find that your tour coach does not have seat belts as American Law doesn't require them.

    Please note, due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be aged 21 years or over.  Persons under 21 years of age cannot enter casinos (including those in hotels) alone in the USA and must be accompanied at all times by an adult aged 21 or over.

    IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION

    Travel Authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required prior to travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program, for which an additional charge of approximately $14 per person is made. Log onto the ESTA Web site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and complete an online application in English. The web-based system will prompt you to answer basic biographical and eligibility questions typically requested on a paper I-94W form. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, however, DHS recommends that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel.

    It is your responsibility to ensure you hold the correct passport and visa (if required) to enter the United States of America.  If you are in any doubt please contact the appropriate embassy.

    Travel Insurance from £70.00 (10 days) (includes insurance premium tax, prices per person).

    NEW Deep South Discovery 10 days from £1999pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463

    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay at hotels such as:


    * Holiday Inn Express Downtown, Atlanta

    * Hotel Indigo, Charleston

    * Comfort Suites Historic, Savannah

    * Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee

    * Hilton New Orleans Riverside


    Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.

    All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard.

    Hilton New Orleans Riverside (or similar)

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift

    Your Flights

    Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.

    Flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.

    Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service. Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
    Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
    We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.

    Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.

    For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at reservations@leger.co.uk.

    The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
    This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.
    Flights to Atlanta and returning from New Orleans are available from Heathrow & Manchester.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.

    All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.

    This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.


    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

    Customer Reviews