About the tour: Gone with the Wind – America's Historic South

Taking inspiration straight from the pages of the classic novel, Gone with the Wind, this escorted tour takes in the very best of America’s Deep South. With sprawling plantations, antebellum architecture and stories of the Civil War, every turn on this impressive tour will read like an impressive story book, packed full of history, culture and that world-famous southern charm. Atlanta offers a fascinating look into the places that inspired its most celebrated resident, and Gone With the Wind' author, Margaret Mitchell. From the Road to Tara museum to the Stately Oaks Plantation, you’ll step into the world of Scarlett O’Hara and trace her steps of survival through the tragic history of the South. The American Civil War was fought mostly on southern soil, and cities such as Augusta and Charleston offer a historical masterclass from the origins of the war to incredible pre-war architecture. Visit the stunning city of Savannah, spared from destruction by warfare. Moving on, our tour heads to the Deep South and the musically renowned cities of New Orleans, Nashville and Elvis Presley’s Memphis. This exciting tour is a real southern spectacular.

Tour Includes


  • 11 Nights Hotel
  • Return Flights to Atlanta
  • Airport Transfers in the USA
  • Hotel Porterage (1 bag per person)
  • Escorted in USA by a Tour Manager

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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.
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    Fly into Atlanta and transfer to your hotel for a two night stay.

    During the Civil War, Atlanta was one of the most important Southern Cities as it provided war materials 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 hub.

    This morning we will enjoy a guided 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 life through the Civil War and Reconstruction. The story takes place in Atlanta and a small town, just south of the city named Jonesboro.

    This afternoon, we will 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

    • Sightseeing Tour of Atlanta
    • Stately Oaks & Road to Tara Museum

    Today, we leave Atlanta and head east to Augusta. Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia and is home to The Masters golf tournament and several fine historic sites.

    In the afternoon, we will arrive in historic Charleston, the largest and oldest city in South Carolina where we will be based for two nights. It was Charleston harbour that saw the first full battle of the Civil Ware break out, after a heavy 34-hour bombardment, the harbour was surrendered.

    The city is known for its well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants and mannerly people, and you will have time to explore the city for yourself. Enjoy a stroll down the cobblestone walkways or admire the fine architecture including the fine pastel antebellum houses.

    In the evening, you may want to enjoy a romantic carriage ride or an optional sunset cruise.

    Augusta
    Augusta

    Included Highlights

    • Charleston
    • Augusta
    This morning, enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and then spend 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 an 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 and TV Series, among them the popular miniseries, "North and South".

    Charleston
    Charleston Guided Sightseeing Tour

    Included Highlights

    • Charleston Guided Sightseeing Tour

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Boone Hall Plantation
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.
    Today, our road leads you 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, 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 and 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 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. We will stay in Savannah for one night.

    Savannah
    Savannah

    Included Highlights

    • Savannah Guided Historical Tour
    • Beaufort
    We leave Savannah and drive 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 we 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. With miles of pristine beaches, rich history and its tranquil settings, it’s easy to fall in love with St. Augustine.

    In the evening arrive in Florida's state Capital, Tallahassee where we will stay overnight. Tallahassee is one of the nation’s smaller and quieter capitals with oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.

    St. Augustine
    St. Augustine

    Included Highlights

    • St. Augustine
    • Tallahassee
    This morning we travel along Florida's panhandle to Pensacola, one of Florida's most important vacation destinations.

    Pensacola was founded in 1599 and the area is known for its miles of Gulf shoreline, many of 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 for a two night stay, a city immersed in Creole culture. 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.

    Experience this melting pot aboard our optional Riverboat Dinner Cruise and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band.

    Perdido Beach in Pensacola
    Pensacola

    Included Highlights

    • Pensacola

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • New Orleans Riverboat Dinner Cruise
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.
    The day is yours to explore the charm and excitement of one of America's most unique cities.

    Take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans. You can start the day with a visit to a working plantation on our optional excursion.

    Or, you can choose to explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets. With plenty on offer in New Orleans, from the National WW2 Museum to visiting the grand St. Louis Cathedral the home of Mardi Gras celebrations will certainly start a carnival in your heart.

    Jackson Square
    New Orleans

    Included Highlights

    • New Orleans
    This morning, we will travel to the capitol of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and conduct a brief city tour.

    From there, we will travel via the historic Natchez Trace Parkway to Natchez for a one night stay.

    The parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and years of Native American and European history.

    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. In the afternoon, we will visit one of the homes and learn about the wealth of these 19th century millionaires.

    Natchez Trace Parkway
    Natchez

    Included Highlights

    • Baton Rouge City Tour
    • Natchez
    Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis, home of 'Sun Records'. As a large river port, Memphis was one of the most important links in the cotton trade before the Civil War.

    The city 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, known as Cotton Row in the days when cotton traders and merchants conducted business here.

    And, of course, no visit to Memphis would be complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley. Join us on an optional excursion and get up-close-and-personal to ‘the King’ and fully immerse yourself in Elvis’ life and career. We will stay at the Guest House at Graceland for one night.

    Memphis Skyline
    Memphis City Tour

    Included Highlights

    • Memphis City Tour

    Optional Excursions

    Our optional excursions are a great addition to enhance your holiday experience and are highly recommended.
    • Elvis Presley's Graceland
    The optional excursions will be available to book during your tour.
    Prices are per person and are subject to change. Payment will be in Euros (cash payments) or sterling (via card payments). Card payments are available on Luxuria and Silver Service only.
    Today we will continue on to Nashville, known as the capital of country music, where we will stay for one night.

    The city earned its title with the very 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 music.

    The city is also host the Country Music Hall of Fame, the world’s largest popular music museum making it a worthy holder for the title of ‘Music City’.

    But the city isn’t all about music, you can also admire a fantastic representation of ancient Greek architecture. Nashville is also home to world’s only full scale reproduction of the Ancient Parthenon in Nashville’s Centennial Park, and inside you will find an art museum housing an impressive 42ft statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom.

    Nashville
    Nashville

    Included Highlights

    • Nashville
    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. You will transfer to Atlanta International Airport for your overnight return flight to the U.K.

    Chattanooga
    Chattanooga

    Included Highlights

    • Chattanooga

    Morning arrival in U.K.


    Single Room Supplement from £599.00 (13 days).

    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.

    Throughout your holiday, you will stay at the hotels detailed below, or similar.

    You will spend 2 nights in Atlanta at the Holiday Inn Express Downtown and 2 nights at the Holiday Inn Charleston. In Savannah, you will spend one night at the Clarion Hotel and one night at the Courtyard By Marriott in Tallahassee. Moving on to New Orleans, you will stay for 2 nights at the Staybridge Suites French Quarter, then one night at The Vue hotel, Natchez, one night at the Guest House at Graceland and one night at the Clarion Hotel Nashville Downtown.

    All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard and have a restaurant or bar on site or nearby.

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

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