Journey Through America's Deep South

Group Tour

13 Days From C$9,091

Overview

Whilst geographic neighbours, the states that make up the ‘Deep South’ have been a cultural enigma to much of the rest of the country since the days of the American Civil War. Stretching from the Atlantic to the west of the Mississippi, the term was first used to describe those states that were most dependent on plantations and slavery during the early years of the newly founded republic.

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

12 x Breakfasts
6 x Lunches
3 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

A combination of buses throughout the tour.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

Contributions to carbon offset & tree planting projects for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

10 nights x Premium

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Low

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-5hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

MODERATE/HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-6 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 4-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Journey Through America's Deep South
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DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Our journey begins in the historic city of Charleston, founded in 1670 on the western bank of the Ashley River.

Francis Marion Hotel or similar

DAY 2: CHARLESTON

DAY 2: CHARLESTON

Our discovery of the ‘Deep South’ begins this morning, with a historic walking tour of Charleston’s cultural centre. Rich in historical characters and unique architecture, the city was once a major slave trading port and a tour of the Aiken-Rhett House provides an opportunity to learn more about life in antebellum Charleston. This afternoon we then take a walk through Charleston’s lost black heritage, in the company of a local professor of history whose own family stories date back to the Civil War.

Francis Marion Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: CHARLESTON - SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

DAY 3: CHARLESTON - SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Crossing into neighbouring Georgia this morning our journey south continues with a visit to the city of Savannah, where a walking tour through its hidden history provides a unique insight into the dark days of slavery and cotton production. We then pay a visit to the Owens-Thomas House and its Slave Quarters. Built in the 1800s, this historic house, which is also home to one of the earliest intact urban slave quarters in the South, illustrates vividly the sharp contrasts between the powerful and the enslaved.

DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: SAVANNAH

DAY 4: SAVANNAH

Boarding an old-style street trolley this morning, our day begins with a 90-minute narrated ride through Old Savannah. Noted for its extraordinary architecture, lush gardens and city squares, Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city and home to one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States. Founded in 1733, it was a strategic port city during both the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War and provides a fascinating backdrop to a free afternoon of personal exploration.

DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District or similar
Breakfast

DAY 5: SAVANNAH - PLAINS - AMERICUS

DAY 5: SAVANNAH - PLAINS - AMERICUS

One of Georgia’s most famous sons is James Earl Carter Jr., Nobel Peace Prize winner and 39th President of the United States. This morning we visit his hometown of Plains. Few U.S. Presidents have had stronger links with their traditional roots and we’ll discover how his upbringing went on to shape a man who has probably become one of America’s most respected ex-presidents. Our visit today will also provide a fascinating insight into the practice of share-cropping and how the lives of freed slaves were sometimes barely improved from those they had endured under slavery. From here we continue to the nearby historic town of Americus, where we spend this evening.

Windsor Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6: AMERICUS - AUBURN, ALABAMA - TUSKEGEE - MONTGOMERY

DAY 6: AMERICUS - AUBURN, ALABAMA - TUSKEGEE - MONTGOMERY

The state of Alabama is next, beginning first with a stop at the Southeastern Raptor Centre in Auburn. Dedicated to rehabilitation and education, the centre is a haven for raptors that are native to the southeastern United States. We then head for Tuskegee and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. A remarkable piece of American history, the site was home to the famed “Red Tails” of WWII, the first-ever African American army flying corp. Day’s end sees us in the city of Montgomery, the Alabama state capital.

Hampton Inn Downtown or similar
Breakfast

DAY 7: MONTGOMERY

DAY 7: MONTGOMERY

Chosen as the first capital of the Confederate States of America in 1861, Montgomery went on to become one of the prime centres of the civil rights protests of the 1960s. Accompanied by an expert local guide, our tour today will include some pivotal and poignant moments in that civil rights movement, beginning with a visit to the Rosa Parks Museum. We’ll also visit the Legacy Museum, which deals with the emotive issues of segregation and mass incarceration, as well as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

Hampton Inn Downtown or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8: MONTGOMERY - SELMA - NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

DAY 8: MONTGOMERY - SELMA - NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI

The 87 kilometre highway between Montgomery and Selma was the scene of the infamous “Bloody Sunday” march in 1965, which set in motion events that would lead to the landmark Voting Rights Act of that same year. We visit the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, before then beginning one of the most scenic drives in the Deep South, along part of the Natchez Trace Historic Parkway. Stopping at the ‘Emerald Mound’ we also visit the site of one of the oldest Native American ceremonial centres in the USA. Despite being abandoned during the era of French colonisation, the site itself dates back to the 13th century and provides an important reminder of the  peoples and cultures who once lived and thrived in these lands.

Natchez Grand Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: NATCHEZ

DAY 9: NATCHEZ

Standing on the banks of the Mississippi River, the city of Natchez was a prominent centre for cotton production during the antebellum years of the Southern United States. Originally settled by the French, the city today is home to the only remaining active cotton plantation in the South. We will visit the nearby Frogmore Plantation this morning, before embarking on a tour of a city that can probably boast more well-preserved historic buildings than any other in the South.

Natchez Grand Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10: NATCHEZ - VACHERIE, LOUISIANA - LA PLACE - NEW ORLEANS

DAY 10: NATCHEZ - VACHERIE, LOUISIANA - LA PLACE - NEW ORLEANS

The Bayou swamps and the captivating eccentricities of New Orleans await us, as we head towards the Gulf Coast and the Creole charms of ‘The Big Easy’. First taking in the French-Creole history of the Laura Plantation, we then spend the afternoon enjoying a gentle tour of the South Louisiana swamps. Finally, an arrival by way of some of New Orleans’ rarely visited neighbourhoods then provides the perfect way to discover more about the city that has been described as the ‘most unique’ in the United States.

Bienville House Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11: NEW ORLEANS: THE FRENCH QUARTER

DAY 11: NEW ORLEANS: THE FRENCH QUARTER

Founded by the French in 1718, New Orleans was once the territorial capital of French Louisiana. Bounded by the waters of the Mississippi, the old French Quarter lies at the heart of the colonial-era city and provides us with the backdrop for this morning’s walking tour. Through the remarkable lives of five generations of one of the city’s oldest families, we discover a Creole world that has endured social change, civil war, the birth of jazz and, finally, the Americanisation of the city around it. We’ll then partake of a ‘jazz lunch’ offering a treat to both our taste and ear buds!

Bienville House Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12: NEW ORLEANS: THE GARDEN DISTRICT

DAY 12: NEW ORLEANS: THE GARDEN DISTRICT

In the company of our local guide we board a streetcar this morning, to take the short ride into the city’s historic Garden District. A guided walking tour then sees us meandering through oak-lined streets and exploring the mysteries of the Lafayette Cemetery, known locally as ‘The City of the Dead’. After a wander past the elaborate houses and beautiful gardens that give this area its name, we then end the afternoon enjoying some free time amongst the shops and cafes of the old French Quarter, before a final dinner.

Bienville House Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13: TOUR ENDS IN NEW ORLEANS

DAY 13: TOUR ENDS IN NEW ORLEANS

In a city as renowned for its music as New Orleans, it seems only fitting that we end our journey today with transfers (for those on the suggested group flights) to the appropriately named, Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
VS 4045 London Heathrow (LHR) 10:15 Atlanta (ATL) 14:50
VS 5035 Atlanta (ATL) 17:59 Charleston (CHS) 19:11
VS 4843 New Orleans (MSY) 16:41 Atlanta (ATL) 19:09
VS 104 Atlanta (ATL) 22:00 London Heathrow (LHR) 10:55

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa (or an ESTA visa waiver*) for the United States of America.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

*It should also be noted that as of January 2016 US policy (subject to change) has stated that anyone wishing to travel to or via the USA must have a biometric passport. In addition, anyone who has travelled to several countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen or Somalia since March 2011, is required to apply for a US visa (rather than just an ESTA). If you are affected by this, the process is fairly straightforward and you can read more about it here

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

Although we do not offer a full tailor-made service in the USA, we can arrange additional accommodation and transfers in Charleston and New Orleans.

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

While the Deep South can be visited year-round, summers can be uncomfortably hot and humid and subject to the occasional hurricane. As such late autumn (fall) through to late spring is considered to be the best time to explore the southern states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour as it is not overly physical. As is the nature of interstate travel in the USA, there are a couple of long driving days but the roads are in excellent condition. Solo travellers should read the important notes below in the TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS section.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll try to pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip. On this trip please note that regrettably if we are unable to find someone with whom you can share, you will need to pay the single supplement or unfortunately choose not to travel. If you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £200 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking. In addition, due to the particular nature of this trip, an interim deposit of £600 (or equivalent) per person will be required within 30 days of booking a guaranteed departure, or subsequently within 30 days of receiving confirmation from us that the trip has been guaranteed.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 8160 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Airport Transfers: We include complimentary transfers if arriving/departing on the suggested group flights
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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