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***NEW FOR 2016***

On all of our tours, we now offer a free chauffeur service to and from the airport in a luxury Limousine!

Also, we are currently offering a free upgrade for entry in to the departure lounge on departure

Escorted Coach Tour

Atlanta • Charleston • Savannah • St Augustine • Tallahassee • Pensacola • Mobile • New Orleans • Baton Rouge • Natchez • Memphis • Nashville • Chattanooga

Day 1: Atlanta

Upon arrival in Atlanta transfer independently to your hotel and meet up with your Tour Director. Overnight: Crowne Plaza Midtown (2 nights)

Day 2: Atlanta

This morning, enjoy a city tour of Atlanta and learn about one of its most famous residents, Margaret Mitchell, author of the book “Gone with the Wind”.  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.

 Day 3: Atlanta – Augusta – Charleston

 Leave Atlanta today and head west to Augusta, home to the prestigious Masters Golf Tournament. In the afternoon, arrive in historic Charleston. You will have time to stroll down the cobblestone walkways and admire the historic mansions. Overnight: Holiday Inn Charleston – Mt. Pleasant (2 nights)

Day 4: Charleston

Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and then spend the afternoon at leisure. Take some time to walk the streets of Charleston’s meticulously preserved historic district or you may wish to participate in an optional excursion to historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks.

 Day 5: Charleston – Savannah

 Leave Charleston and make a stop on Port Royal Island to see charming Beaufort. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop to a number of Hollywood films, including “Forrest Gump”. Continue to Savannah, a city built around tree-shaded squares lined by beautifully preserved homes. Explore the restored waterfront, where historic cotton warehouses now house speciality shops and restaurants. Overnight: Comfort Inn Savannah

Day 6: Savannah – St Augustine - Tallahassee

Travel south along the coast into Florida. Stop in the charming city of St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers. It is the oldest continuously occupied European established city & port within the continental U.S. In the evening arrive in Florida’s state Capital, Tallahassee.  Overnight: Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee

Day 7: Tallahassee – Pensacola – New Orleans

Travel along the Florida panhandle through Pensacola and Mobile in Alabama before arriving in New Orleans in the evening.  Enjoy free time to explore on your own, sample Creole and Cajun cuisine, marvel at the architecture and of course, tap your toes to the music. Overnight: Sheraton New Orleans (2 nights)

Day 8: New Orleans

Day at leisure in New Orleans. Perhaps take an optional tour to visit Oak Alley Plantation or explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets.

Day 9: New Orleans – Baton Rouge – Natchez

 This morning, travel to the capital of Louisiana, Baton Rouge for a short city tour before continuing via the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, an exceptionally scenic route, to Natchez, the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River. Here you’ll see fine examples of superbly preserved Antebellum homes. Overnight: Vue Hotel & Restaurant

Day 10: Natchez – Mississippi River Valley – Memphis

Today you’ll head to Memphis, ‘home of the blues’ and the famous ‘Sun Records’ recording studios.  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 and historic Front Street. You may also be tempted by an optional visit to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s beloved mansion. Overnight: Sleep Inn Memphis

Day 11: Memphis - Nashville

Continue today to Nashville, known as the capital of country music. Explore downtown and its famous honky tonk clubs. Overnight: Clarion Nashville Downtown

Day 12: Nashville – Chattanooga – Atlanta

Leave Nashville and travel to Chattanooga, home to the famous Choo Choo before returning to Atlanta where your tour ends. Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in arranging individual transfers to Atlanta International Airport.

Southern USA

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Tour Details

Prices From: £1914.00

Prices Include

• 11 nights’ accommodation in standard category hotels as specified on a room only basis

• Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach as specified

• Services of a qualified English-speaking guide throughout

• Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excl. ‘optional’ items)

DEPARTURES FLYING FROM: durham Tees Valley,Newcastle or Leeds/Bradford

TOUR STYLE: Escorted Coach

GROUP SIZE: 56 max



Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.


• Charming cities and towns of Charleston, Savannah, Beaufort and Tallahassee

• Strolling around the French Quarter in New Orleans

• Admiring Antebellum homes in Natchez

• Enjoying the 2 great music cities of Memphis and Nashville

12 day Gone with the Wind

Optional Pre/Post Stay

Add-on nights are available in Atlanta. Please call for details.

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