Rundreise: 9 dagers program
|Day 1 -- Atlanta|
|Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia. 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. Transfer independently
to your hotel where you will meet your ATI Tour Director.
|Day 2 -- Atlanta|
|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 spoiled
daughter of a plantation owner and follows her life through the Civil War and Reconstruction.
The story takes place in Atlanta and south of Atlanta in a small town named Jonesboro.
This afternoon, you 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 travelers
|Day 3 -- Atlanta - Augusta - Charleston|
|Leave Atlanta today and head west to
Augusta. Augusta is the second oldest city in Georgia and is home to the prestigious
Masters golf tournament. In the afternoon, we will arrive in historic Charleston.
You will have time to stroll down the cobblestone walkways and admire the fine architecture.
In the evening, you may want to enjoy a romantic carriage ride or a sunset cruise
|Day 4 -- Charleston|
|This morning, enjoy a locally guided
tour of Charleston. The afternoon is at leisure. Take some time to walk the streets
of Charleston's meticulously preserved historic district, the best protected in
the nation. Earthquakes, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and hurricanes all took
their toll on this beautiful city, yet it stands out as the historical 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".
|Day 5 -- Charleston - Antebellum Plantation - Savannah|
|Today, your road leads you further south
to Savannah. En route 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. 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 walking tour (included) 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.
|Day 6 -- Savannah - St. Augustine - Tallahassee|
|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 capitols
and visitors are charmed to find oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the
|Day 7 -- Tallahassee - Pensacola - Gulf of Mexico - New Orleans|
|Continue on 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,
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 a Riverboat Dinner Cruise
(optional) and enjoy the rhythms of a Dixieland jazz band.
|Day 8 -- New Orleans|
|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 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 while away the day 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.
|Day 9 -- New Orleans|
|Your ATI Tour Director will be available
to assist you in arranging individual transfers to New Orleans International Airport.
We hope you have had a memorable journey on our Southern Belle tour!