Highlights of Georgia and Carolinas

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Best time to go: April to June, September to October

9 Nights | from £2,375pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the city buzz in booming Atlanta
  • Opportunity to discover the engrossing histories of the Civil Rights movement
  • Lose yourself in charming Savannah and stroll along the cobbled paths
  • Visit rainbow coloured colonial homes and impressive mansions
  • Scenic eye popping drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Day 1 Atlanta, Georgia
Having checked into the charming Ellis Hotel or fun Loews Atlanta, we recommend visiting Underground Atlanta. Located in the heart of downtown, this six block area was once the city centre. During the 1920s, construction of the concrete "viaducts" elevated the street system one level, giving birth to what is now Underground Atlanta. Today it is bustling with activity and home to a burgeoning scene of lively clubs and restaurants.
Loews Atlanta | Meals: Room Only

Day 2 Atlanta
You'll probably want a full day to explore the delights of Atlanta. Playing a central part in the Civil Rights Movement, it is the birthplace of Dr Martin Luther King so we recommend visiting his home in the Sweet Auburn district and the Ebenezer Baptist Church where three generations of his family preached.. During the afternoon, there is time to appreciate Atlanta's more contemporary side - it's all about breaking news when you visit the headquarters for CNN and take the studio tour to discover all the behind-the-scenes action of this iconic newsroom. One of Atlanta's other popular attractions is The World of Coca-Cola, where the its story is told through fascinating exhibits, a 4D theatre, classic commercials, a fully-functioning bottling station and the chance to taste more than 70 Coca-Cola products from around the world.
Loews Atlanta | Meals: Room Only

Day 3 Atlanta / Savannah
This morning, depart for Georgia's Atlantic coast, better known as the Low Country and check-in to the elegant Mansion on Forsyth Park for the next two nights. Options this afternoon include taking a trolley tour to see some of Savannah's hundreds of restored buildings, such as the home to the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low, and the Mercer-Williams House where the events described in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil played out. It's well worth strolling along River Street this evening and dining on some of the local seafood or enjoying the sweet praline treats for which the atmospheric city is known.
Mansion on Forsyth Park | Meals: Room Only

Day 4 Savannah
Today, be sure to stroll through a few of Savannah's 21 squares, laid out by James Oglethorpe in 1733 and filled with statues, fountains, and lush vegetation. Tour some of the historic homes and learn about Savannah's past, Civil War history and magnificent buildings spanning three centuries worth of architectural styles. For famous Southern cuisine head to Mrs. Wilkes, a boarding house turned family-style diner off Monterey Square. If you get the urge for a spot of shopping, City Market and the Bay Street area are known for their quaint shops and galleries. The oak-shaded Historic District also offers many quaint fine dining restaurants for a cosy dinner.
Mansion on Forsyth Park | Meals: Room Only

Day 5 Savannah / Charleston, South Carolina
Travel through the Low Country to the iconic Belmond Charleston Place, South Carolina. Situated on a peninsula, this 340 year old city oozes with southern charm and history. From its cobblestone streets and rainbow coloured colonial homes to landmarks that pay homage to historic battles, the city has an abundance of fascinating sites. A walking or horse-drawn carriage tour of the historic centre offers the chance to get an overview of some of the important historical attractions such as Fort Sumter, the site upon which the shots initiating the American Civil War were fired. There's a vast selection of restaurants in the city centre as well from fine dining to casual outdoor cafes. Visitors should try 'grits' a favourite southern fare made from ground corn or enjoy a festive dockside oyster roast.
Belmond Charleston Place | Meals: Room Only

Day 6 Charleston
The chance to visit some of the numerous plantations and gardens just outside of Charleston. Moss draped oak trees align the long road into Boone Hall which is still a working plantation. Tour the stately home, original slave cabins and beautiful gardens. At Magnolia Plantation you will find the oldest gardens in America which bloom year-round, as well as the original estate, antebellum cabin, nature train, boat and other attractions depicting this pre-Revolutionary War plantation. Alternatively stay in Charleston and explore some of the city's carefully preserved 18th and 19th century homes which offer a revealing glimpse into the lives of pre-Civil War southern wealth and history of the "Old South".
Belmond Charleston Place | Meals: Room Only

Day 7 Charleston / Asheville, North Carolina
This morning's drive ends in Asheville, North Carolina in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Asheville boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a vibrant downtown, and numerous historic and architectural attractions such as Biltmore, the largest home in the United States. After lunch is a good time to tour the Biltmore Estate's home and gardens and check in at the Inn for the final few nights. Take in a self-guided tour of this 250-room French château, completed in 1895 by George Vanderbilt. The house showcases how people lived and worked in this, America's largest home. Also, explore the acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, designed by the renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Asheville's funky downtown has a vibrant restaurant scene that goes well beyond its Southern cooking and roots and many restaurants also feature live music from jazz to bluegrass.
The Inn at Biltmore | Meals: Room Only

Day 8 Asheville
Scenic drives along the Blue Ridge Parkway never fail to delight while in Asheville and there are a number of enjoyable places to visit. If soft-adventure is of interest, there's more than enough hiking trails, canopy tours or horseback riding options available. At Grandfather Mountain, you can view the native animal habitats, enjoy hiking and if you dare, test your courage on the Mile High Swinging Bridge. Alternatively, travel along old trading paths that the Indians used to cross through to trading posts and villages in the Tennessee and Ohio River valleys. Many plump for a visit to Hot Springs, a haven for healing and relaxation after your outdoor adventures.
The Inn at Biltmore | Meals: Room Only

Day 9 Asheville / Atlanta, Georgia
Before departing, take the morning to catch some of downtown Asheville's attractions, such as the Basilica of St. Lawrence which has the largest free standing elliptical dome in the country or saunter around the city's downtown art galleries which offer custom jewellery, quilts, furniture and gifts to take home. Depart Asheville late morning and enjoy the drive south through rolling hills back to Atlanta for your return flight.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 10 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,375 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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