The southeast United States presents an enticing, intoxicating mix of antebellum mansions bedecked with magnolias, picturesque cotton plantations, Civil War battlefields, colonial architecture and good ole Southern hospitality. This memorable journey encompasses the history of the region from the 17th century to the Space Age, with stops in the beautiful Gone With the Wind city of Atlanta, vibrant New Orleans and seductive Savannah – to many the epitome of the Old South – as well as ‘Colonial’ Williamsburg, Washington DC and the Texan cities of Dallas and Houston, where we visit the world famous NASA Space Centre.
Day 1 London, Washington DC
Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service® transports you from your front door to London Heathrow and your scheduled British Airways flight to Dulles Airport, Washington DC. On arrival we transfer to the Marriott hotel.
Day 2 Washington DC
After stopping this morning briefly for a view of the White House from the garden side, passing the notorious Watergate Building on the way, we visit the Lincoln Memorial, then drive to the Capitol Building, before alighting outside the Air and Space Museum. You have the afternoon free This evening, we travel to fashionable Georgetown, where life is as lively at midnight as at midday. On return we embark on our ‘Washington DC by Night’ tour of the city’s celebrated illuminated monuments and buildings.
Day 3 Washington DC, Williamsburg
This morning we visit Mount Vernon, childhood home to George Washington DC and where he lived until his death in 1799. We then head south to Jamestown, the fi rst successful English settlement in North America. Here you have time to visit the museum, home to the replica ships which made the journey from England and listen to narratives by costumed interpreters. A short drive brings us to the Williamsburg hotel, our base for the next two nights.
Day 4 Williamsburg
Today we experience Colonial Williamsburg, 18th century cultural, social and legislative centre of Virginia. The streets encompass some 88 original buildings including the Governor’s Palace, the Court House and the Capitol and you will be welcomed by local people in 18th century dress demonstrating historical trades and crafts.
Day 5 Williamsburg, Charleston
An early start to catch the Jamestown ferry to Scotland. We sample the delightful Colonial Trail, before crossing into North Carolina and the deep south to Charleston and the Historic Mills House Hotel or the Courtyard Marriott, Charleston.
Day 6 Charleston
We visit the magnificent Magnolia Plantation and Gardens with its vast array of colourful flowers. This afternoon we tour the old city with its cobbled streets lined with handsome southern style houses. Dining out here is an experience and your tour manager will be happy to make recommendations.
Day 7 Charleston, Savvanah, Atlanta
If Charleston represents discreet sophistication, Savannah has the bold beauty of fine Colonial buildings in stately squares, erected by the planters and cotton barons of the 19th century. We spend a delightful time here, with opportunity for lunch, we head on to Atlanta and the Hotel Indigo.
Day 8 Atlanta, Montgomery
A city tour of Atlanta before journeying through Alabama to Montgomery, the state capital where Dr. Martin Luther King was Pastor and where he pioneered the civil rights movement and the famous bus boycott. This evening we check into the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Day 9 Montgomery, New Orleans
This morning we visit the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Memorial and pass the Dexter Avenue Church where he preached. In the afternoon we journey to New Orleans in Louisiana. On arrival we take a brief orientation tour of the city. Our hotel located just a short distance from the French Quarter is the Sheraton.
Day 10 New Orleans
Today is free to explore. Shop at the Riverwalk, visit the Jackson Square Museums, browse or take a ride on the famous St Charles Streetcar.
Day 11 New Orleans
A leisurely day to further enjoy the city. This evening we cruise, wine and dine and enjoy a traditional jazz band on board The Natchez, the only genuine paddlesteamer on the Mississippi River at New Orleans.
Day 12 New Orleans, Houston
We drive through Louisiana into the lone star state of Texas to Houston, oil capital of the USA and space capital of the world, and the Sheraton Suites.
Day 13 Houston, San Antonio
This morning we drive south of Houston to visit the world famous Space Center Houston. Here you will see the huge rockets, space shuttles and other exhibits. NASA still train American astronauts and control all manned space flights here. We then travel on to a city strongly influenced by the age-old splendours of classical Spain, San Antonio. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn.
Day 14 San Antonio
Free in San Antonio to visit the Alamo where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Colonel Travis fought to the death. Discover the Magnolia tree-lined River-Walk a picturesque avenue of boutiques, restaurants and bars. Your evening is free to enjoy the many delights of this fascinating city.
Day 15 San Antonio, Dallas
Today we travel north across Texas to Dallas. On arrival we visit Dealy Plaza, the ‘Grassy Knoll’ and the ‘Sixth Floor’ exhibition situated at the former Texas School Book Depository from where Lee Harvey Oswald is alleged to have shot President John F Kennedy. Our base for the night is the Hotel Indigo.
Day 16 Dallas, London
This morning we take a city tour and visit the Kennedy Memorial in the centre of Dallas. We travel to Dallas Airport for our direct American Airlines flight home. Extend your stay - call for details.
Day 17 London
Arrival at London Heathrow where our staff will greet you and transfer you to Titan transport for your journey home to you own front door.
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION
Please note: On certain departures this tour will operate in reverse, arriving in America at Dallas and departing from Washington D.C. at the end of the tour. Full version is available on request by calling 0800 988 5823 .
- 15 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- 2 Meal: 1 breakfast and 1 dinner (breakfast on day 9 and dinner on day 11)
Included excursions and visits:
- Step On Guided Tour of Washington DC
- Evening Visit to Georgetown followed by ‘Washington DC By Night Tour’
- Entrance to Mount Vernon
- Visit to Jamestown Settlement
- Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg
- Visit to Magnolia Plantation
- Step On Guided Tour of Charleston
- Step On Guided Tour of Atlanta
- Visit Martin Luther King Civil Rights Memorial
- Orientation Tour of New Orleans
- Cruise aboard the Natchez Paddlesteamer
- Entrance to Houston Space Centre
- Entrance to the 6th Floor Exhibition in Dallas
- Step On Guided Tour of Dallas
Plus all these benefits:
- Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service®
- Check-in service by Titan staff with porterage
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- Scheduled British Airways direct flights
- First class coaching with experienced drivers
- Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
- All airport taxes, security charges and applicable fuel surcharges
- UK Air Passenger Duty of £65 per person
- ATOL Protection fee