Southern Charm -New Orleans

Southern Charm -New Orleans

Featuring The French Quarter of New Orleans, Mardi Gras Museum, Swamp Tour, and time to explore 'On your own"

Spenda few days exploring en route to New Orleans with visits to Black Dog Salvage, from the DIY Network, Southern Grace Distillary located in a former prison, The World of Coca Cola in Atlanta Georgia & Bellingrath Mansion and Gardens in Mississippi. Then you have 4 days in New Orleans with your hotel in the French Quarter you are steps away from so many exciting things. While here you will enjoy a tour of the city, dinner at Mulates and brunch at the famous Court of Two Sisters, a Swamp Tour, the Mardi Gras Museum and a full day to explore and do as you please. En route home you will visit The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Ruby Falls and the Hahn Horticulture Center at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. This trip includes 14 meals. 

Day 1

En route to Winston-Salem, NC we'll stop at Black Dog Salvage Market place, Home of the TV Series Salvage Dawgs on the DIY network. They love showing people that salvage is beautiful and how important it is to save these pieces of history and American craftsmanship from going to the landfill. You can explore 40,000sqft of treasures from around the world here in the Marketplace, full of vintage and unusual antiques for the home. In Winston- Salem we'll enjoy a local dinner tonight.

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Day 2

Breakfast included at the hotel.
We'll visit the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, tour the Southern Grace Distillery located in an old Prison in Mt. Pleasant and enjoy a local luncheon! Then we will depart for Atlanta with a dinner stop en route on own.

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Day 3

Breakfast included this morning.
Visit the World of Coca Cola - Enjoy a refreshing, ice-cold Coca-Cola when you arrive and taste more than 100 beverages from around the world. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Coca-Cola by exploring more than 1,200 artifacts, Explore the myths and legends around the secret formula for Coca-Cola in the Vault of the Secret Formula and Journey around the world through a 4-D movie experience. You can also get an inside look at the bottling process. We are moving on to Mobile, Alabama tonight. Enjoy a local dinner.

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Day 4

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel
Today we will tour the Bellingrath Home & Gardens. This means experiencing 65 acres of year-round beauty. Within this beautiful estate are several gardens and landscapes that showcase their own specific variety of wonder. The Bellingrath Museum Home was built in 1935 as the Bellingraths' permanent residence. The Bellingraths' made their future early in the Coca Cola Company. The 15-room home was built using bricks dating to 1853 and ironwork from the 1870s salvaged form historic structures in Mobile. It is completely furnished with the antiques collected by Mrs. Bellingrath. Take time after your tour to grab lunch in the café "on your own" before we depart for New Orleans. Upon arrival in New Orleans, meet your guide for a tour of the city. See the French Quarter, Garden District, Marigny, Treme and more. Route includes stops to get out and have a closer look at the sculpture gardens and even a chance to indulge in a beignet if you like. You will check into Hampton Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter Area and freshen up before your authentic New Orleans dinner this evening at Mulate's.

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Day 5

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel before we depart for the Mardi Gras Museum - you will get a good look at all the amazing floats used in the world famous parade and a history or this great event.
This afternoon we'll take a bayou tour of the famous Honey Island Swamp. You'll glide through gator territory on a small, flat-bottomed boat and hear all about the swamp and its natural inhabitants from a local, expert captain. They will give you an authentic tour of one of America's most unique ecosystems. Many of the captains have lived on the water for most of their lives and have earned field degrees to give you the best experience possible. As a member of the Nature Conservancy, they believe that we all have a responsibility to protect the environment around us. On your tour, you'll have the chance to see alligators, wild boar, raccoons, snakes, owls, egrets, and more - all in their natural habitat, and just a few feet from your boat!
Tonight - enjoy New Orleans your way! Do as you please.

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Day 6

Today is all yours, sleep in or get up early and explore - take a trolley or walk the area and enjoy the street music, local art and unique shops, take a Ghost tour or a Jazz Cruise - today is yours, start to finish!

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Day 7

Enjoy Breakfast at your hotel but save room because before we depart New Orleans, you'll experience the court of two sisters brunch - No trip to NOLA is complete without a visit here.
As we depart en route north, we will sop for a visit in Birmingham. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham.
Overnight just outside of Birmingham.

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Day 8

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. We depart and head further towards home, but not before we visit Ruby Falls. In 1928, Leo Lambert and a team of excavators found a breathtaking waterfall located over 1,120 feet below the surface of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. Lambert named the falls after his wife, Ruby, and opened the area as a public attraction in 1930. The 147 foot waterfall inside the caverns at Ruby Falls is amazing to see. We travel to Abington, VA for an overnight stay and local dinner

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Day 9

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we depart for Blacksburg, VA. A tour of the Hahn Horticulture Garden. The Garden encompasses nearly six acres of teaching and display gardens on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Established in 1984 by Horticulture faculty, the garden serves undergraduate students and the local community as a learning resource for plant material, landscaping concepts, and environmental awareness. The garden features perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, a meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. Departing for home after this tour.

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Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Harrisburg 4300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg PA 17112
Out from Weis Markets - Closest to Sheetz
Mechanicsburg - Sams 6520 Carlisle Pike Mechanicsburg PA 17050
Sam Club Lot closest to Silver Spring Diner
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