Map of Georgia History Trail to Nashville		 including United States Of America

Take a deep dive into American history on the way to Nashville.

This seven-day Atlanta to Nashville tour takes you deep into the heart of America’s past for an indepth look at how it shaped today's movement for human rights. Immerse yourself in the history and culture of famous cities where you’ll dig deeper to learn more about the mansions of Savannah, land which once housed vast cotton plantations, the refined elegance of Charleston and the toe-tapping tunes of Nashville, the heartland of country and western music. If you want to do more than just see the sights, this immersive historic tour is calling your name.


Start
Atlanta, United States
Finish
Nashville, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSKX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Wander the historic streets of Savannah trying the local food on a walking tour which blends the city’s history with some of its most delicious eats.

  • Learn about Charleston's rich and complex past with a local storyteller and guide and uncover the ‘lost stories’ of Charleston's rich history.

  • Enjoy a curated experience at the Atlanta History Centre which connects past struggles to today’s movements for human rights.

  • Taste the real Tennessee during a whiskey distillery tour, followed by a finger-lickin' Nashville hot chicken dinner.

  • Take a guided tour of Bonaventure Cemetery where you'll hear stories of the fascinating people interred here among the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss.

Is this trip right for you?

  • The South gets mighty steamy in the summertime. Pack appropriately, drink plenty of water and you might even grow to love it. September through to November is hurricane season, so if you’re travelling over this period you should pack a rain jacket and waterproof shoes.

  • You're in the Deep South of the USA, so expect a lot of (delicious) fried food and barbecue. Vegetarians and Vegans may have fewer options, as a lot of southern cuisine is meat-based.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.
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Welcome to Atlanta! At 10am there’ll be a group meeting where you’ll get to meet your leader and get an overview of the next couple of days. After the meeting, it’s time to immerse yourself in 33 acres of historic houses, gardens and award-winning exhibitions with a specialist guide at the Atlanta History Center where you’ll explore the past like never before. The center is part of a global network of historic sites and museums that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. Next, head to the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site where you’ll learn more about where Martin Luther King was born and where he lived and worked, as well as his legacy as a leader.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Atlanta - Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
  • Atlanta - Atlanta History Centre – Curated private tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Mornin' sunshine! Hit the road bright and early and make the five-hour journey to Savannah. In 1946, Lady Astor referred to Savannah as 'a beautiful lady with a dirty face', in reference to the crumbling, faded majesty of the city's 18th- and 19th-century mansions. Due to plenty of restoration work, Savannah's face may no longer be dirty, but she's still a city of contradictions with hidden delights to explore. On arrival, you’ll join an expert guide for a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery, widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Take in its Southern gothic glory as you learn more about this famous spot that has inspired everyone from poets to nature lovers and filmmakers. After the tour, you may like to check out Savannah’s antebellum mansions, towering oak trees and colonial buildings on a stroll around town. In the evening, perhaps head out on a ghost tour of old Savannah or seek out spirits of a different kind at one of the city’s many lively bars.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Savannah - Bonaventure Cemetery tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is 5 hours.
Take it easy this morning before meeting up at 11am for a three-hour walking tour which blends the city’s history with some of its best and most delicious eats. This fascinating food tour visits spots like a not-so-ordinary pub, an award-winning honey store, and a traditional British pie shop highlighting dishes consumed by some of Savannah’s earliest settlers. This afternoon is all yours, so make the most of it! You could join a walking tour to learn more about the town’s slave and cotton trade, immerse yourself in its underrepresented history or jump on a Hop-On Hop-Off trolley tour around town.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Savannah – Walking Food tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Leave Savannah in the rear-view mirror and drive two hours to Charleston. On arrival, you might like to grab some lunch before joining a Black History walking tour with an expert guide who is an educator, historian and writer. Discover the ‘lost stories’ of Charleston's rich history as you stroll around town and immerse yourself in its complex past. If time permits, you could continue your exploration with a ferry trip to Fort Sumter to see where the Civil War started or join a food tour and check out the local drinking and dining scene.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Charleston – Black History walking tour with a local guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is 2 hours.
Bid farewell to Charleston and sit back and relax on the five-hour drive through the Blue Ridge Mountains to the charming town of Asheville. Home to the country’s best breweries and some of North Carolina’s finest barbecue, Asheville also boasts an incredible folk music scene. Arriving in the mid-afternoon, you’ll join your leader for a guided walking tour of the downtown area which is packed with galleries and artist studios. Tonight, you may like to check out one of the town's boutique brew houses or join your group for a good ol’ fashioned BBQ dinner at Buxton Hall, a popular local hangout.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Asheville - Leader-led walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Today’s total driving time is 5 hours.
Make the scenic drive to Nashville, arriving in the country music capital in the late morning. On arrival, you’ll be introduced to this famous toe tapping town during an orientation tour with your leader. Then take some free time for lunch and to explore on your own. Perhaps check out the Country Music Hall of Fame or search for the perfect pair of cowboy boots on Broadway. In the late afternoon come together again to taste world-famous Tennessee whiskeys and moonshine on a distillery tour, followed by a true-blue Nashville hot chicken dinner. This Tennessee twist on fried chicken originated right here in Nashville during the Great Depression and has been a local favorite ever since. Order it extra spicy for a real kick, but don't worry, you can turn down the heat if you're not feeling the burn.
Included Activities
  • Nashville – Leader led walking tour
  • Nashville - Distillery Tours & Tennessee Hot Chicken Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is 4.5 hours.
There are no activities planned for today but as there's so much to do in Nashville, we recommend you stay a couple of extra days to make the most of the city. If you do wish to spend extra time in Nashville, we'll be happy to help you book additional accommodation (subject to availability).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights)

Included activities

  • Atlanta - Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
  • Atlanta - Atlanta History Centre – Curated private tour
  • Savannah - Bonaventure Cemetery tour
  • Savannah – Walking Food tour
  • Charleston – Black History walking tour with a local guide
  • Asheville - Leader-led walking tour
  • Nashville – Leader led walking tour
  • Nashville - Distillery Tours & Tennessee Hot Chicken Dinner

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

FIRST DAY: Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 10am. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
LAST DAY: Check out from the hotel is 10am.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
COVID: Please ensure you have checked local state information regarding COVID-19 restrictions and regulations before you travel.

Essential trip information

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