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14 Day Historic Deep South USA

14 Day Historic Deep South USA

This tour is fully escorted by a dedicated tour leader or local guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Escorted Type
Fully Escorted

This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.

Pace
Moderate Pace
These tours allow you to experience the destination at unsurpassed value. You'll travel with between 40-50 other guests depending on your selected tour*. Enjoy features such as a wide range of included sightseeing, comfortable accommodation and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
*Note: group size may exceed this. Please refer to the important information section of the Fine Print to view maximum group size for your selected tour. 
Group Size
Group Tour - Classic

Take advantage of our 7 day cooling-off period. 

Cooling Off Period
7 Days

✓ Incredible sightseeing including Stately Oaks Plantation, noteworthy Martin Luther King historic sites in Atlanta and Memphis, trolley tour of downtown Savannah, historic civil rights landmarks in Montgomery and Selma Alabama, go Honky Tonkin in Nashville, city tours in Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis and Baton Rouge, and visit Beaufort, Charleston and New Orleans
✓ 13 nights in quality 3 and 4 star accommodation
✓ Includes 6 Breakfasts
✓ Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
✓ Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
✓ In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

✈ Needing international airfares to accompany your Inspiring Vacation? You will be able to access our flight portal after securing your package to add international airfares to your booking.

What we love about this tour

Travel with the experts for a carefully curated, value-packed discovery of the world's most iconic destinations. Our tours are bursting with must-see sights, rich experiences and quality inclusions, all at an unbeatable price. Bucket list dreams are ticked off on these all-encompassing journeys.

Itinerary

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Atlanta Downtown or Similar

Welcome to the vibrant city of Atlanta! During the Civil War, Atlanta served as a crucial hub for the Confederacy, providing essential war materials and a strategic stronghold. After the war, Atlanta rose from the ashes, demonstrating its resilience and emerging as one of the South's most dynamic metropolises. Upon arrival, make your own way to your hotel where you will meet with your tour director and fellow travellers.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Hotel
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Atlanta Downtown or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

This morning, dive into the heart of Atlanta with a comprehensive city tour that will unveil the remarkable life of Martin Luther King Jr, visiting his childhood home and immersing yourself in the profound legacy he left behind. Discover the story of another Atlanta icon, Margaret Mitchell, the author of the timeless novel "Gone with the Wind," which was immortalised on the silver screen. 

Visit the Road to Tara Museum and the enchanting Stately Oaks Plantation, the very inspiration for the novel's iconic plantation setting. Explore memorabilia from the film, including costumes donned by the legendary stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh. As the day draws to a close, gather with your fellow travellers for a warm welcome reception.

Hotel
Cambria Hotel Charleston Riverview or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Bid farewell to Atlanta and embark westward towards the charming city of Augusta. As the second oldest city in the state, Augusta exudes an air of rich history and tradition. It is also home to the renowned Masters Tournament, an annual golfing event that attracts enthusiasts from around the world. Upon reaching Augusta, immerse yourself in the atmosphere and discover its unique blend of old-world charm and modern attractions. In the late afternoon, continue your journey to Charleston, South Carolina, a city steeped in history and brimming with Southern charm. For evening activity suggestions, consult your Tour Director for a curated selection of activities to enhance your Charleston experience.

Hotel
Best Western Savannah Historic District or Similar

This morning, join a guided walking tour through the city's meticulously preserved historic district. As you walk the streets lined with picturesque antebellum architecture, you will discover how Charleston has weathered the storms of time, including natural disasters and the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Witness the city's resilience and its preservation of its architectural heritage. In the afternoon, consider venturing on to Boone Hall Plantation (optional tour), a historic landmark renowned for its awe-inspiring Avenue of Oaks. This iconic double row of majestic live oak trees, gracefully draped in Spanish moss, has served as a picturesque backdrop for numerous American films, including "North and South."

Hotel
Best Western Savannah Historic District or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Today explore the city of Savannah, once the world's premier cotton port. In an era when cotton reigned supreme, Savannah held sway over the global cotton market, orchestrating trade through its bustling Cotton Exchange. Founded by James Oglethorpe, this meticulously planned city boasts a distinctive layout centred around a network of verdant squares. While the Civil War wreaked havoc on much of Georgia, Savannah miraculously escaped destruction, preserving its architectural treasures. Today, the city's tree-lined squares, adorned with centuries-old structures, provide the captivating backdrop for the renowned novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."

Hotel
Courtyard Montgomery or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Embark on your journey across Georgia, venturing into the heart of the Deep South. Your destination is Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama and a pivotal stage in the American Civil Rights Movement. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the profound legacy of Rosa Parks, a courageous woman who ignited a spark that transformed the nation. Visit the Rosa Parks Library and Museum, a sanctuary dedicated to her life and the unwavering spirit of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Delve into the inspiring story of how Parks' refusal to surrender her seat on a city bus sparked a movement that would forever alter the course of American history. As you explore the museum's exhibits and artefacts, gain a deeper understanding of the courage, resilience, and unwavering determination that fueled the Civil Rights Movement.
You may wish to also visit the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr., once delivered powerful sermons that galvanised the movement. As you stand within the hallowed halls of this historic church, imagine the electrifying atmosphere that filled the air as King's words echoed through the pews, igniting the hearts and minds of those gathered.

Hotel
Hilton New Orleans Riverside or Similar

Depart Montgomery this morning en route to Selma, Alabama, another pivotal city in the Civil Rights Movement. Upon arrival, stand in reverence at the Edmund Pettis Bridge, the symbolic starting point of the historic March from Selma to Montgomery. Contemplate the events of Bloody Sunday, where peaceful protestors were met with violence in a stark display of the struggle for equality. Immerse yourself in the profound legacy of this momentous occasion, paying homage to the courage and resilience of those who dared to challenge injustice.

Continue your exploration of Selma's Civil Rights heritage at the Brown Chapel AME Church, a sanctuary that stood as a beacon of hope during the movement. As you step into this historic landmark, envision the countless meetings, prayers, and acts of defiance that took place within its walls, fueling the fight for equal rights.

Venture southward through Mississippi, en route to the vibrant city of New Orleans. Immerse yourself in the city's rich Creole culture, a captivating blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African, and Anglo-Saxon influences. This harmonious fusion is evident in the city's tantalising cuisine, its captivating architecture, and the soulful melodies of its music. Embrace the spirit of New Orleans aboard an enchanting Riverboat Dinner Cruise (optional tour). As you glide along the serene waters, savour the flavours of Creole cuisine amidst the backdrop of the city's iconic landmarks. Let the lively rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band transport you to a realm of pure joy and celebration.

Hotel
Hilton New Orleans Riverside or Similar

Surrender to the allure of New Orleans at your own pace today. Immerse yourself in the French Quarter, the heart and soul of New Orleans. Stroll along the charming streets, adorned with a captivating blend of French, Spanish, and Caribbean influences.

Consider embarking on an excursion to a working plantation (optional tour), where you can delve into the history of the region and gain a deeper understanding of the South's agricultural roots. Witness the intricate processes involved in cultivating and processing crops, and explore the preserved structures that provide a glimpse into the lives of those who once worked on these plantations.

Explore New Orleans' culinary scene and indulge in the city's iconic dishes, such as gumbo, jambalaya, and beignets. As the day draws to a close, immerse yourself in the sounds of New Orleans with the rhythms of jazz, blues, and zydeco. 

Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Natchez or Similar

Today, continue your journey to Baton Rouge, Louisiana's vibrant capital city. Here you'll embark on a brief city tour, discovering its blend of modern attractions and historical landmarks. Next, embark on a scenic drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway, a 444-mile byway that invites you to step back in time and explore the region's captivating Native American and European heritage. 

Upon arrival in Natchez, prepare to be transported to the grandeur of the antebellum era. Visit one of the city's magnificent antebellum homes and delve into a world of opulence and extravagance. Explore these lavish residences, adorned with intricate architectural details and furnishings, and gain a deeper understanding of the lives of the 19th-century millionaires who once called them home.

Hotel
Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown or Similar
Meals
Breakfast

Depart from Natchez towards Memphis, Tennessee, the birthplace of rock and roll and a city synonymous with the blues. As a major river port, Memphis played a pivotal role in the cotton trade before the Civil War, and its rich musical heritage has earned it the title of "home of the blues."

Upon arrival, embark on a brief city tour that will introduce you to Memphis' vibrant energy and iconic landmarks. Immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of Beale Street, the epicentre of Memphis' music scene. Stroll along this legendary street and let the sounds of blues, jazz, and rock and roll wash over you as you explore its bustling clubs and live music venues. Venture along historic Front Street, once known as Cotton Row, where cotton traders and merchants once conducted their affairs. 

No visit to Memphis would be complete without a pilgrimage to Graceland (optional tour), the opulent mansion that once belonged to the legendary Elvis Presley. Step into the world of the King of Rock and Roll and explore the carefully preserved artefacts, exhibits, and memorabilia that bring to life his extraordinary life and career.

Hotel
The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel or Similar

Continue your journey to Nashville, Tennessee, the undisputed capital of country music, a title earned through its rich musical heritage and the iconic Grand Ole Opry radio program. Upon arrival, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this music-loving city.
Venture into the legendary Ryman Auditorium, a historic venue that once served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry, and imagine the countless legends who have graced its stage. Let the echoes of their timeless performances resonate within you as you explore the auditorium's grand halls.
Stroll through the heart of Music Row, Nashville's bustling centre of music production and publishing. As you walk along the streets lined with recording studios, feel the creative energy in the air and imagine the countless musical masterpieces that have been born within these walls.

Hotel
The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel or Similar

Begin your day with a morning city tour, discovering the city's iconic landmarks and hidden gems. As you explore the streets lined with recording studios and music venues, you might stumble upon a rising star whose melodies will soon grace the charts.

Ask your tour leader for evening suggestions. Consider exploring the heart of Nashville's vibrant entertainment scene or indulge in a delectable dinner and let the soulful sounds of live country music fill the air.

Hotel
Doubletree by Hilton Atlanta Airport or Similar

En route back to Atlanta you will make a stop at Chattanooga, Tennessee. Discover the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo, a former train station transformed into a charming hotel and entertainment complex. Step into the grand lobby, adorned with vintage railway memorabilia, and imagine the bustling days when trains filled the station with their rhythmic clatter.

Stroll along the revitalised riverfront, where picturesque walkways and waterfront parks offer a tranquil escape from the city's hustle and bustle. Enjoy the serene views of the Tennessee River and relish the transformation of this once industrial area into a vibrant hub of recreation and leisure.

In the afternoon, you’ll return to Atlanta, Georgia, the dynamic capital city where the tour began. Upon arrival, take the opportunity to revisit any of the iconic attractions you may have missed during the first day, such as the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, or CNN Center, before retiring to your hotel.

Meals
Breakfast

Today marks the end of your magnificent and unforgettable tour through America's South. We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your cultural and historic tour. At the appropriate time please make your way to the airport for your onward journey.

Airport transfers are not included. Our transfer portal offers the option to book your airport transfers for an easier arrival experience (additional charges apply). Access to this portal will be available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed.

Inclusions

  • Incredible sightseeing including Stately Oaks Plantation, noteworthy Martin Luther King historic sites in Atlanta and Memphis, trolley tour of downtown Savannah, historic civil rights landmarks in Montgomery and Selma Alabama, go Honky Tonkin in Nashville, city tours in Atlanta, Nashville, Memphis and Baton Rouge, and visit Beaufort, Charleston and New 
  • 13 nights in quality 3 and 4 star 
  • Includes 6 Breakfasts
  • Fully escorted by a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Comfortable, dedicated transportation throughout
  • In-depth sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

  • Atlanta - Childhood home of Martin Luther King
  • Atlanta - Visit to Stately Oaks Plantation, inspiration for historical masterpiece “Gone with the Wind”
  • Charleston - Explore the preserved Historic District of Charleston
  • Savannah - Experience antebellum architecture surrounding tree-shaded squares
  • Montgomery - Learn about the American Civil Rights Movement by visiting the Rosa Parks Library and Museum
  • Selma - Visit the Edmund Pettis Bridge, the commencement place of the historic march from Selma to Mongomery and where the brutal events of Bloody Sunday took place
  • New Orleans - Explore the beautiful French Quarter, home to jazz, gumbo and beignets
  • Natchez - Visit the oldest european settlement on the Mississippi and explore a 19th century antebellum mansion
  • Memphis - Experience blues at the famous Beale Street where the famous style of music is played in almost a dozen clubs
  • Nashville - Home to country music and the Grand Ole Opry

Fine Print

Secure your trip with a $99.00 deposit per person.

Once we receive your deposit, we will send you an invoice with your remaining balance and payment options.

Instalment Schedule:

  1. At the time of booking pay a $99.00 deposit per person.
  2. Pay a 1st installment of $389.00 per person within 28 days.
  3. Pay a 2nd installment of $777.00 per person within 90 days.
  4. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

This is a land only package.

This package does not include international airfares. If you would like to add airfares to your booking our flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub. The flight portal will allow you to search for all available airfares to your destination. The function works like most general flight search engines allowing you to select your preferred airline, book different cabin classes (eg. Business class) and view flight durations and transit times to your destination. 

The flight portal will be available via your Traveller Hub once the following criteria has been met:

  • Your booking is confirmed
  • Your departure date is within 11 months
  • You  have completed your passenger detail form

Visit our Flight Hub for more information on terms and conditions, amending your flights and information on luggage allowances. 

Some of our packages will include airport transfers in either one or both directions when arriving or departing from your destination. To know if transfers are included please view the ‘inclusions’ section of your selected package. If airport transfers are stated, transfers will be included as advised.

If transfers are not included, we also offer the option to book your airport transfers using our online portal. Access to this portal is available through your Traveller Hub once your booking is confirmed. Transfers are readily available and do not need to be booked until your final hotel list has been confirmed. Once you have made a transfer booking, please refer to your confirmation email for all transfer details including a local contact number for the transfer company.

If you book pre and/or post-tour accommodation on your own arrangement, and the tour includes transfers, note that these will be forfeited. The transfers are only provided in line with the tour dates and pre and/or post-tour accommodation purchased through Inspiring Vacations when available.

Visa & Passport

It is the traveller's responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the intended date of return. Visas may be required for your destination. For further visa information, click here.

Fitness Requirements
While the tour itinerary should give you some guidance and overview to the expected requirements, to determine if this tour is right for you we categorise each of our tours in terms of their intensity. These guidelines are to ensure that each tour group is conducted as expected and to ensure the overall satisfaction of all Inspiring Vacations customers.

As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.

This particular tour is categorized as a ”3”

3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.

Tipping 
Tipping in the USA is a complex cultural practice. While not technically mandatory, it's deeply ingrained in the service industry and considered a crucial part of an employee's income. Understanding the tipping etiquette can be confusing for visitors, as it varies depending on the type of service, location, and even the bill amount.

Here is some information to assist you with tipping in the USA.

Tipping in the USA is expected, but not mandatory. Generally 15-20% of the bill (before tax) is considered standard for good service, while higher tips are customary for exceptional service. Some restaurants may automatically add gratuity, so check your bill carefully. 

Tipping your tour leader in the USA is not as common as tipping in restaurants, but it's certainly a kind gesture and a way to show your appreciation for their hard work and guidance throughout your trip. If you had a good experience, USD$5-$10 per person per day is a decent starting point. For exceptional service or longer tours, aim for USD$10-$20 or a lump sum at the end.

Ultimately, tipping your tour leader is a personal decision. If you felt they provided a valuable service and made your trip more enjoyable, a tip is a thoughtful way to express your thanks. Remember, even a small gesture can go a long way in showing your appreciation for their hard work.

While navigating the intricacies of tipping can feel overwhelming at first, understanding the basics will ensure you navigate this cultural practice confidently during your visit to the USA.

Accommodation
The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, but we can’t guarantee your request will be available at all properties.

Single travellers
When booking this tour, solo travellers will be presented with two options:

1 - Single Supplement
By paying an additional $1,513.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price, you guarantee the privacy of your own room throughout the entire trip.

2- Shared Room with a known friend
If travelling together with a friend, you can opt to share your room with him/her and avoid paying a single supplement. 

You and your friend can create a unique booking each. Creating a unique booking, gives each of you the flexibility of making different travel arrangements (such adding extra accommodation, flights, etc), make separate payments and have individual access to our Traveller’s Hub

During the purchase path, you will need to provide your friend’s booking ID (if known) or at a minimum, your friend’s full name.

Triple Share
Not available.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.

Group Size
2 - 55 Persons

Children
Children must be 7 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.

Tour Style
To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels: 

  • Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.

All participants must be in good physical condition to fully engage in this journey. For the safety and welfare of yourself and fellow travellers, if you are feeling unwell prior to departure, we advise staying home and contacting us to arrange alternate plans.

Prior to selecting your trip, carefully review the itinerary to assess your ability to comfortably manage our travel style. Please be aware that if, based on evaluation by our leader or local representative, a participant is deemed unable to safely complete the itinerary, we retain the right to exclude them from all or part of the trip without reimbursement.

It is advisable to consult your physician for current medical travel advisories and any required vaccinations before embarking. We recommend carrying a first aid kit and any necessary medications in their original packaging, as they may not be readily available during travel. For those carrying medication, it's essential to check your government's foreign travel guidelines for local restrictions or regulations.

All optional tours are bookable with your tour director and cannot be booked prior to departure. Tour descriptions can be found in the daily itinerary. Optional tour prices may fluctuate. Prices will be advised by your tour director on tour. All excursions are subject to change and availability.

  • Charleston - Boone Hall Plantation Visit
  • Savannah - Savannah River Boat Dinner
  • New Orleans - New Orleans Jazz Cruise & Dinner
  • New Orleans - New Orleans Swamp Tour
  • Natchez - Glenfield Plantation Dinner
  • Memphis - Elvis the Experience
  • Nashville - Country Music Hall of Fame & Studio B 

  • International airfares
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Departure airport transfer
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary

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