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The Southern Belle

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  • Date: September
  • Destination: United States
  • Duration: 8 nights
  • Price: 2499
Destination Southern States of US
From Dublin, Cork or Shannon
Date May, June & September 2018
Duration 8 Nights
Price €2,499 pp
Flight Details To Be Confirmed
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Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to The Southern Belle

Southern Belles like Scarlett O’Hara have been immortalised in books and movies and now you can tour the very cities where these sirens were created or lived. The delights and famous hospitality of the Southern United States beckon on this captivating journey.

Itinerary

DAY 01: Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta, Georgia. During the Civil War, Atlanta was one of the most important Southern Cities as it provided munitions 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 02: 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 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 travelers.

DAY 03: 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 and enjoy a guided walking tour of this city by the sea. 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. (optional)

Day 04: Charleston

Enjoy a locally guided tour of Charleston and spend the afternoon at leisure. Walk the streets of Charleston’s preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. Natural disasters, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War all took their toll on this beautiful city, yet it stands out as a historic 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 05: 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 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 06: 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 areas 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.

Day 07: Tallahassee – Pensacola – Gulf of Mexico –New Orleans

Continue on to Pensacola, one of Florida’s most important vacation destinations. Pensacola was founded in 1599 by Spanish colonists who created here the first European settlement. Today, the area is known for its miles of Gulf shoreline, many of which are preserved as state and federal parks. Tourists come to enjoy the white sand beaches and to participate in activities such as scuba diving and fishing. 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, Louisiana’s most prominent port city. People from all over the world have been arriving in New Orleans since the Sieur de Bienville laid out the city’s streets in 1718. The city today is a unique blend of Spanish, French, Caribbean, African and Anglo-Saxon influences. This is obvious in the food, the architecture, and, of course, the music.

Day 08: New Orleans

The day is yours to immerse yourself in the charm and excitement of one of America’s most unique cities. Your ATI 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 09: New Orleans

Your ATI Tour Director will be available to assist you in arranging individual transfers to New Orleans International Airport for your flight home to Dublin.

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Price Inclusions

  • Flight Dublin, Cork or Shannon to Atlanta
  • Transfers on luxury coaches throughout
  • 8 nights accommodation, staying in centrally located hotels
  • Room only basis
  • Tours each day, outlined in the itinerary
  • Daily Excursions
  • Flight New Orleans to Dublin, Cork or Shannon (indirect)
  • Services of guide and local representatives
  • One 20kg check in bag per person
  • Taxes and charges

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Single room supplement €550
  • Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 10% per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit or charge card
  • Optional Insurance available (call for details)
  • Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price

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Accommodation details

Atlanta: Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown or similar – 2 Nights

Charleston: Holiday Inn Mount Pleasant or similar – 2 Nights

Savannah: Best Western Historic District or similar – 1 Night

Tallahassee: Courtyard by Marriott Tallahassee or similar – 1 Night

New Orleans: Holiday Inn Superdome or similar – 2 Nights

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
05 May 2018 €2,499
19 May 2018 €2,499
02 June 2018 €2,499
01 September 2018 €2,499
15 September 2018 €2,499
29 September 2018 €2,499

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