The Rhythm of Reflection: The Southern U.S. By Design ( F8H)

9 days from New Orleans to Nashville

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On this 9-day tour through The South, spend your days your way. More turn-of-the-century architecture or another sweet tea? March in the footsteps of Civil Rights heroes or boogie through rhythm and blues? Harper Lee mysteries or Helen Keller histories? With complimentary YourChoice excursions, y’all are in for a toe-tapping, lip-smacking, history-packing ride back in time from New Orleans to Nashville.

Why This Tour Has all the Fixin’s:
•An immersive, cultural exploration through the soul of the Old South, from the Magnolia State to Music City.
•A trip through time with sultry nights, soul-food bites, and historic sites of the legends, leaders, and lesser-known heroes of the South.
•Included YourChoice Excursions in New Orleans, Montgomery, and Florence.
•Beignet, done that!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

9 days from New Orleans to Nashville

Notes:

We encourage all guests to prebook their YourChoice Excursions to ensure your preference is available. YourChoice Excursions booked on-tour are subject to availability and vendor terms.

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On this 9-day tour through The South, spend your days your way. More turn-of-the-century architecture or another sweet tea? March in the footsteps of Civil Rights heroes or boogie through rhythm and blues? Harper Lee mysteries or Helen Keller histories? With complimentary YourChoice excursions, y’all are in for a toe-tapping, lip-smacking, history-packing ride back in time from New Orleans to Nashville.

Why This Tour Has all the Fixin’s:
•An immersive, cultural exploration through the soul of the Old South, from the Magnolia State to Music City.
•A trip through time with sultry nights, soul-food bites, and historic sites of the legends, leaders, and lesser-known heroes of the South.
•Included YourChoice Excursions in New Orleans, Montgomery, and Florence.
•Beignet, done that!

 Meals & Itinerary

 Meals

Breakfast Daily, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

 Itinerary

Day 1

ARRIVE IN NEW ORLEANS Welcome to New Orleans! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2

NEW ORLEANS NEW ORLEANS City sightseeing with Local Guide this morning.
YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

DELVE: Homefront Heroes
Explore the National World War II Museum in downtown New Orleans.
FLOAT: Loved Bayou
Float through the swamps and bayous of Louisiana with a seasoned Airboat pilot to spot alligators, raccoons, snakes, turtles and native birds. ***This excursion must be pre-booked.
SAIL: Rollin' On the River
Take a 2-hour cruise aboard the last authentic Steamboat sailing the Mighty Mississippi River on The Steamboat Natchez.



Breakfast Breakfast

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Day 3

NEW ORLEANS–WAVELAND–BAY OF ST. LOUIS–BILOXI WAVELAND Visit the Ground Zero Hurricane Museum
BAY OF ST. LOUIS Free time
BILOXI Afternoon sightseeing includes a guided tour of Jefferson Davis’ home and presidential library, Beauvoir. This evening, enjoy dinner at one of Biloxi’s most popular and historic restaurants.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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Day 4

BILOXI–MONROEVILLE–MONTGOMERY MONROEVILLE Sightseeing in the hometown of authors Truman Capote and Harper Lee includes the Old Courthouse Museum in the “Literary Capital of Alabama.” Learn how Monroeville served as the inspiration for Lee’s 1961 Pulitzer-Prize-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird,” examining the historical prejudice of the deep South and loosely based on the life of the author’s father—a state legislator and county lawyer who defended two black men accused of murdering a white storekeeper.
MONTGOMERY Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast

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Day 5

MONTGOMERY MONTGOMERY The capital of Alabama, Montgomery plays an important role in history in the fight for voting rights, with the Alabama State Capitol Building having served as the ending point of the third march for voting rights from Selma. See the sights with a Local Guide this morning, including the State Capitol Building, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, the Civil Rights Memorial, and the Rosa Parks Museum. Take a docent-led tour of the courthouse where Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. first legalized the desegregation of buses in 1956 and ruled the march from Selma was a legal protest to be allowed in 1965 (based on availability). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

STROLL: Memory Lane
Walk through Old Alabama Town on a guided tour of restored and refurnished 19th- and 20th-century homes and structures of Montgomery.
DELVE: Moving Memorials
Get a deeper understanding of America's Civil Rights Movement with a visit to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.
CLAP: Hey, Good Lookin'
Visit the Hank Williams Museum on a guided tour for a glimpse into this country-music legend's life and legacy.


Free time this evening.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch

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Day 6

MONTGOMERY–SELMA–BIRMINGHAM–FLORENCE (MUSCLE SHOALS) MONTGOMERY Travel the National Historic Trail of 1966 between Montgomery and Selma, which served as the route of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1965 Voting Rights March.
SELMA Walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge—a National Historic Landmark and site of the infamous “Bloody Sunday”—where over 600 non-violent marchers, led by the late Freedom Rider and Congressional Representative John Lewis, were brutally attacked by police while attempting to cross the bridge.
BIRMINGHAM Visit Kelly Ingram Park and see the 16th Street Baptist Church, a famous Civil Rights landmark.
FLORENCE (MUSCLE SHOALS) Free time this evening.

Breakfast Breakfast

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Day 7

FLORENCE (MUSCLE SHOALS) FLORENCE (MUSCLE SHOALS) Join in a guided sightseeing tour of Florence—“the gem of the South”—and learn about the “Muscle Shoals Sound” produced here since the 1960s with state-of-the-art recording studios for iconic artists and producers. See the old town and the home of W.C. Handy—the “Father of the Blues.” See the original Muscle Shoals Sound Studios building and tour the Alabama Music Hall of Fame with a docent. Enjoy free time this afternoon.
YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

GAZE: Symmetry in Motion
Visit the Rosenbaum House on a guided tour of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
CLAP: Laying Down Tracks
Tour the Florence Alabama Music Enterprise (FAME) with a guide. See where Rick Hall created a blend of Southern soul music, which became hailed as The Muscle Shoals Sound.
DELVE: A Miracle in the Making
Take a guided tour of Helen Keller's home and setting for her autobiography-turned-film, "The Miracle Worker."


Farewell dinner featuring live music.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

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Day 8

FLORENCE–NASHVILLE FLORENCE This morning, depart for Nashville and enjoy a sightseeing tour, including Centennial Park with its full-size replica of Athens’ Parthenon, the recording studios of Music Row, and famous Honky Tonk Row. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

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Day 9

NASHVILLE Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. You may also choose to extend your time in Nashville and explore more on your own. Extra nights are available for purchase.
Breakfast Breakfast

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SUSANNAH JONES

" Travel, food, music, and laughter bring people together. There is nothing like seeing faces with bright smiles when they taste a local delicacy, hear live regional music, and make lifelong friends while traveling together. I was raised in the South, lived in Germany, and taught Middle School all before beginning my second career as a Tour Director. I love the joy of making unforgettable experiences for guests from East to West. There are the majestic sights of national parks in Yosemite, the surreal landscape of Yellowstone, the haunting beauty of our Wetlands, and the bluish-green hues of the Shenandoah Valley. Tasting Peanut soup, beignets, and Fry Bread lets you taste local culture. Traveling will change you for the better!"

Tour Director -  SUSANNAH JONES

 Accommodations

NEW ORLEANS

SHERATON NEW ORLEANS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

BILOXI

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON BILOXI

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

FLORENCE

MARRIOTT SHOALS HOTEL AND SPA

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
  Free Wifi

NASHVILLE

GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).
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