9 Day The Southern Belle
9 Day The Southern Belle
Discover a number of influential towns and cities that house a rich history seen in the very architecture and landmarks strewn across the land as well as a number of locations used for television and cinema purposes in the perfect fact meets fiction tour of the Deep South.
Tour highlights
  • Visit Jonesboro, the town renowned for being the setting of “Gone with the Wind”.
  • Take an optional romantic sunset cruise or carriage ride in Charleston.
  • See the city of Savannah, whose backdrop has featured in a number of Hollywood movies.
  • Relax among the oak lined streets of the peaceful city of Tallahassee.
  • Discover the sights, sounds and tastes of the cultural city of New Orleans.
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Day 1: Arrive in Atlanta
Arrive in Atlanta and make your way to your hotel where you will meet with your tour director.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown, or similar
Day 2: Atlanta
Explore the city of Atlanta today and learn all about famous resident Margaret Mitchell, publisher of the book “Gone with the Wind”. Spend the morning visiting the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks Plantation in Jonesboro, which served as the inspiration for Tara. You will have the opportunity to see memorabilia and props from the movie including costumes worn by the stars Vivien Leigh and Clarke Gable. Enjoy a welcome reception in the evening to meet and greet your fellow travellers.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown, or similar
Day 3: Atlanta - Augusta - Charleston
Head west today for Augusta, the second oldest city in Georgia, and home to the esteemed Masters Golf Tournament. Walk the cobblestone streets and paths lined with intricate architecture before spending the evening as you please, perhaps aboard an optional romantic sunset cruise or carriage ride.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn Charleston, or similar
Day 4: Charleston
Today you will get to wander around the preserved historic district of Charleston on a locally guided tour. Spend the afternoon at leisure, uncovering the relentless area which has survived a number of wars and natural disasters yet still stands proud as a gem of the south. Take an optional excursion to Boone Hall Plantation to see its renowned Avenue of Oaks which has appeared in several movies.
  • Standard: Holiday Inn Charleston, or similar
Day 5: Charleston – Savannah
Continue your way south to Savannah today, stopping at Port Royal Island to see the city of Beaufort along the way. The impressive architecture of the city has often frequented Hollywood movies, including “Forrest Gump”. Proceed after lunch to Savannah, a once great cotton kingdom, filled with preserved century old buildings which you will see on a guided tour of the intriguing Antebellum residences. The shops and restaurants that line the river were once cotton warehouses, which gives the area a distinct flair.
  • Standard: Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District, or similar
Day 6: Savannah - St. Augustine – Tallahassee
Leave the intricate designs of Savannah’s homes behind for the southern coast of Georgia. Pass by richly historical cities before entering Florida State, stopping in the quaint city of St. Augustine, the oldest, continuously occupied European established port and city in the continental United States. You will arrive in the evening at the state capital, Tallahassee, a charming and peaceful capital with gentle hills that border the city.
  • Standard: Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee, or similar
Day 7: Tallahassee - Pensacola - Mobile - New Orleans
Continue on to the important vacation destination of Pensacola, known for its vast Gulf shoreline. Scuba diving and fishing are two favourite pastimes of tourists in these parts, lapping up the relaxation of the atmosphere along the pristine beaches. Afterwards, head on to Mobile, an important port along the Gulf Coast founded in 1702. New Orleans is your final destination on your tour, a city that boasts a beautiful combination of French, Caribbean, Spanish African and Anglo-Saxon influences found within the local architecture, food, and music.
  • Standard: The Blake Hotel, or similar
Day 8: New Orleans
Indulge in the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans as you traverse the city alone. The morning offers an optional tour to a renowned Louisiana Plantation and jazz brunch in the Quarter. Window shop along the gallery lined Royal Street, or relax and take in the Creole culture from cafe du Monde. Stroll alongside the Mississippi River or ride the St. Charles street car through the Garden District, an area known for its intricate architecture.
  • Standard: The Blake Hotel, or similar
Day 9: Depart New Orleans
Your tour ends as you transfer to New Orleans airport for your return flight home.
All content and services, including overnight hotels and number of nights, are subject to change and may vary from the inclusions as shown in the itinerary. Specified hotels/content/services are therefore not guaranteed, however we and our suppliers undertake to ensure that any alternatives provided will always be of a similar standard or content/service type.
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  • Sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary.
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  • Visit a plantation in the Charleston area
  • Steamboat dinner jazz cruise on the Mississippi
  • Swamp tour and jazz brunch in New Orleans
  • All-American Picnic at a surprise destination en route
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