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.

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Terms & Conditions

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.

  • Devour finger lickin’ good BBQ, house-smoked meats and southern-inspired sides with a sip (or two) of whiskey in Nashville.

  • Visit a plantation that is known for being ethical in sharing the history of all that lived and worked there.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • 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

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. Wrap up the day with a welcome dinner – the perfect chance to get to know your group better.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Atlanta - Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site
  • Atlanta - Atlanta History Centre – Curated private tour
Meals Included
  • Dinner
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. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day. In the evening, perhaps head out on a ghost tour of old Savannah, then maybe seek out spirits of a different kind at one of the city’s many local haunts.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
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 underreprented 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 local guide. 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 drive to the McLeod Plantation and Historic Site where everyone’s stories are given their due. Here you can learn about the daily lives of those who were free – and the people who were not - and those who worked here before and after slavery. Tracing the struggle for freedom at this site provides a deeper insight into American history as a whole. From here, it’s a 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 be given an orientation tour by your leader to help you get your bearings. Tonight, you may like to join your group for a good ol’ fashioned BBQ dinner at Buxton Hall.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • James Island - McLeod Plantation and Historic Site guided 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 after lunch. On arrival, you’ll be introduced to this famous toe tapping town with an orientation tour. Get your bearings and then enjoy a free afternoon exploring this famous town. You might like to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, explore the Tennessee State Museum, or drop into a distillery for a tasting or two. Tonight we’ll regroup for a final finger lickin’ good dinner on a barbecue, beer and bourbon foodie adventure with an expert guide. Think house-smoked meats, southern-inspired spirits, traditional southern sides and frosty seasonal beers – the perfect way to toast the end of your trip!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Nashville - BBQ and Whiskey dinner
  • Nashville – Leader led walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's driving time is approximately 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, 2 dinners

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 – Walking Food tour
  • Charleston – Black History walking tour with a local guide
  • James Island - McLeod Plantation and Historic Site guided tour
  • Nashville - BBQ and Whiskey dinner
  • Nashville – Leader led walking tour

Dates & availability

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Important notes

All travellers on Intrepid trips (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers on Intrepid trips, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Read details here.

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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