Piedmont Park Atlanta

12 day escorted tour itinerary

Gone with the Wind Tour

A taste of the Deep South

Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana and mighty Mississippi are united by a haunting history but they're probably most famous now for their lively music, delicious Deep South cooking and charming southern hospitality. One of our most popular escorted tours, ‘Gone with the Wind’ is the perfect introduction to this fascinating region. Start your 12 day adventure in Atlanta where you will meet your tour guide and the rest of your party before heading out to beautiful South Carolina coast and the enchanting city of Charleston, where you can explore the historic district or perhaps take a horse drawn carriage ride. As you continue down the coast to the beautiful city of Savannah your guide will share some of the city’s fascinating antebellum history. Travel along the Gulf Coast through Pensacola and Mobile to Louisiana’s vibrant party city, New Orleans. Enjoy a change of pace as you explore lively Bourbon Street and the historic French Quarter. Your journey then weaves along the picturesque Natchez Trace Parkway, keep an eye out for the abundant wildlife that call this green way home before reaching the next music city on your itinerary, Memphis. You’ll have time here to explore Elvis’ former home Graceland or Sun Studios where he recorded his first record before spending an entertaining evening down Beale Street. Next up is Country music capital Nashville where you’ll be able to sample some live music and perhaps even learn to two step before heading back to Atlanta where you’re Deep South adventure comes full circle.

2018 Tour Departures

Multi lingual departures
5th, 19th May 2018
2nd June 2018
1st, 15th, 29th September 2018

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Road to Tara museum
  • Stately Oaks Plantation
  • Historic Charleston
  • Natchez Antebellum home
  • Memphis City tour
  • Nashville honky tonks

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
12 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights
  • 11 nights hotel accommodation
  • Service of an ATI Tour Director
  • Road to Tara Museum tour
  • Atlanta city tour
  • Charleston guided walking tour
  • Savannah Trolley tour
  • Antebellum home tour
  • Memphis city tour
  • Deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Baggage porterage
  • Meals included as stated.
Not included
  • Optional exucrsions
  • Gratuities

Itinerary Breakdown

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 Tour Director.

In the 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 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 morning, 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 travellers.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Express Downtown or similar

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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Indigo or similar

Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and spend the afternoon 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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Indigo or similar

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 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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Comfort Suites Historic or similar

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 nation’s smaller and quieter capitals with oak lined streets and soft hills surrounding the city.

Points of Interest

  • Florida State Capitol

Overnight Accommodation

  • Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee or similar

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, 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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside or similar

The day is yours to explore the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities and for you to take in the French flavour and grandeur of New Orleans. Explore the French Quarter with its trademark wrought iron balconies overlooking the narrow cobblestone streets.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside or similar

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

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hotel Vue or similar

Leave Natchez and drive on to Memphis, home of ‘Sun Records’. As a large river port, it was one of the most important links in the cotton trade before the Civil War. Memphis 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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Guest House at Graceland or similar

Continue on to Nashville, known as the capital of country music. 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.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Inn at Opryland

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, your trails lead you back to Atlanta where your tour comes to an end. Transfer to Atlanta airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in Atlanta.

Points of Interest

  • Atlanta

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Martin Luther King Memorial
    • Margaret Mitchell House
    • Road to Tara Museum
    • Stately Oaks Plantation
    • Buckhead shopping
  • Charleston

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit Augusta
    • Guided walking tour of Charleston
    • Horse drawn carriages
    • Boone Hall Plantation
    • Rainbow Row
  • Savannah

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Travel to Beaufort, filming location for Forrest Gump
    • Trolley tour of Savannah
    • Forsyth Park
    • Savannah Historic District
    • Lafayette Square
  • Tallahassee

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Charming St. Augustine
    • Florida State Capitol
    • Knott House Museum
    • National Blues Trail
    • Museum of Florida History
  • New Orleans

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Creole and Cajun cuisine
    • Lively Bourbon Street
    • Historic French Quarter
    • Open air French Market
    • Beautiful Garden District
  • Natchez

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Stop in state capital Baton Rouge
    • Picturesque Natchez Trace Parkway
    • Antebellum home tour
    • Natchez National Historical Park
    • Historic Jefferson College
  • Memphis

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Memphis city tour
    • Elvis' former home Graceland
    • Sun Studios
    • Beale Street Entertainment district
    • Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
  • Nashville

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Downtown Honky-tonks
    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Country Music Hall of Fame
    • RCA Studio B
    • Ryman Auditorium