Delight in the best of Western Georgia and Southern Alabama as we steep ourselves in southern culture. Following the Civil Rights Trail, we’ll discover the historical importance of the region and visit the Legacy Museum, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Our journey from Atlanta to Gulf Shores even includes a relaxing two-night stay on the Gulf of Mexico’s white sugar-sand beaches.
- Learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement
- Stay in The Lodge Hotel in Gulf State Park
- Tour the USS Alabama and Callaway Gardens
- Explore Providence Canyon
DAY 1—WELCOME TO GEORGIA!
Upon arrival in Atlanta, settle in at our comfortable hotel and meet our Discovery Director and fellow travelers at this evening’s welcome dinner. D
DAY 2—FREEDOM RIDERS/ARLINGTON HOME AND GARDEN/CIVIL RIGHTS INSTITUTE
After a satisfying breakfast we leave Georgia and travel to Anniston, Alabama. Here we meet with a historian at one of the country’s newest National Monuments to learn about the Freedom Riders fight for equality. Next, we will savor a delicious homemade southern lunch at Arlington Home and Garden. After lunch we will tour this beautiful and historic home that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Next we are transported back to the 1950s at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Tonight we relax in downtown Birmingham at the 100-year-old Tutwiler Hotel, a National Historic Landmark. B, L
DAY 3—SELMA/CAMDEN SHOE SHOPPE/ARTISANS
This morning we meet a local guide for a tour of Selma. See the Brown Chapel AME Church, the George Washington Carver Home, the First Baptist Church, and the Jackson Home where Dr. King stayed when he came to Selma. This afternoon we visit Camden for a delicious southern lunch and to learn about the internationally-acclaimed Gee’s Bend Quilters. After lunch we call on the local Betty Anderson’s Camden Shoe Shoppe Museum and the Black Belt Cultural Center before enjoying a comfortable stay in Mobile. B, L
DAY 4—MARDI GRAS MUSEUM/USS ALABAMA/STORYBOOK CASTLE
Feel the excitement of Mardi Gras in the city that started it all at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Next, we tour USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park which features vintage aircrafts, tanks, the USS Drum submarine, and more. As we head south toward Gulf Shores we will stop at the charming town of Fairhope and its antebellum homes and quaint downtown with plenty of choices for lunch on your own. After lunch, Pagan and Dean Mosher will lead us on a private tour of their home. We’ll be amazed by this storybook castle that was spotlighted on HGTV’s “Extreme Homes”. Tonight unpack for two nights and relax gulf side at The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel. B
DAY 5—GULF STATE PARK/NATURE CRUISE/GULF SHORES
Today a park naturalist will show us the extensive beaches and unique flora and fauna of Gulf State Park. At 6,150 acres, the park is world-renown for its size and diversity of preserved ecosystems. Gulf State Park is also home to two miles of white sugar-sand Gulf of Mexico beaches, which we can enjoy at our resort. After a delightful seaside lunch, take time to roam Gulf Shores’ downtown shops or relax at our pool or beach. Later this afternoon, we embark on a nature cruise along the pristine waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Our vessel will allow us to experience up-close viewing of dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of other marine life. Tonight we enjoy another night on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. B, L
DAY 6—LEGACY MUSEUM/NATIONAL MEMORIAL FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
This morning we depart Gulf Shores as we head back inland to visit Alligator Alley. Here we safely walk on elevated viewing platforms to view over 200 alligators from hatchlings to mature adults. We visit the Legacy Museum which provides the history of slavery in the US. Next we head to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice before spending the night in Montgomery. B, L
DAY 7—TUSKEGEE AIRMEN/LITTLE GRAND CANYON/CARTER HOME TOWN
This morning, travel to Tuskegee to learn about the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the men and women in the Army Air Corps who taught African Americans to fly combat aircraft. Next, we return to Georgia for a visit to Providence Canyon, also known as the ‘Little Grand Canyon’. Here a park naturalist will lead us on a tour around the rim of the canyon. Next, we discover the Plains home of the 39th President of The United States, Jimmy Carter. Our local guide will give us a private tour where we’ll see everything from Jimmy Carter’s Boyhood farm, to the 1976 Jimmy Carter Presidential Campaign Headquarters. Tonight we stay in the small historic town of Americus. B, L
DAY 8—CALLAWAY GARDENS/TRAVEL HOME
After breakfast at the beautifully-restored Windsor hotel, we travel to Pine Mountain to take in the beautiful landscapes and colorful blossoms of Callaway Gardens. An experienced guide will take us through their abundant and colorful gardens. We savor a delightful lunch here and reminisce on our amazing journey through Alabama and Georgia. B, L
Night 1: Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North
Night 2: The Tutwiler Hotel, Birmingham, AL
Night 3: Holiday Inn, Mobile, AL
Nights 4-5: The Lodge at Gulf State Park, A Hilton Hotel, Gulf Shores, AL
Night 6: Drury Inn, Montgomery, AL
Night 7: Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel, Americus, GA
Oct 3-10, 2023
Price Per Person:
Pre/Post Tour Hotel:
Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
Welcome Dinner and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service
Our Welcome Dinner on Day 1 is at our hotel, Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport North, starting at 6:30 pm. We recommend scheduling your flight to arrive by 4:00 pm.
Schedule your flight home to depart the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport any time after 5:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Airport Transportation / Vehicle Parking
Our starting hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to/from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. If you are driving to the starting location, they also offer complimentary parking for the duration of the tour.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will also be on uneven paths. While walking canes are allowed, we are unable to accommodate travelers using other mobility devices, including walkers and wheelchairs.
February/March – high of 55°, low of 45°
October – high of 75°, low of 55°
Alabama – Central
Georgia – Eastern
Each hotel has a hair dryer, iron, ironing boards, swimming pool (excluding the Tutwiler and Best Western Windsor hotel) and Wi-Fi.
A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour, including information sent upon receipt of your reservation.
Dress on tour is casual. Sunglasses, hat, visors, and comfortable walking shoes will add to your enjoyment of this tour.
Travel Protection Available?
Yes, see CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/TravelProtectionPlan.