Georgia & Alabama
Follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and other prominent figures who fought for liberty during the American Civil Rights Movement on our tour, and discover the inspiring sites which were instrumental in bringing about change to the USA.
7 day 5 night tour
Day 1 Fly UK to Atlanta GA
Upon arrival at Atlanta International airport you will be met and transferred by coach to the Country Inn & Suites Hotel. Upon arrival group will enjoy a welcome Pizza Party at the Hotel.
Day 2 - Atlanta to Birmingham AL
Enjoy breakfast at Hotel before transfer to The Martin Luther King Center which is open from 9:00am. No reservations are required for this free tour. Take an early lunch on own, before a visit to the coca-cola factory for a tour, and onward 2 hour 30 mins coach journey to Birmingham AL. Reset your watches en route as Alabama is in a different time zone to Georgia!
Check in to your base for the next two nights, the Comfort Inn & Suites. Dinner at Johnny Rays Restaurant in Birmingham.
Day 3 Birmingham
After breakfast at the hotel you will depart for the Downtown Civil Rights district, an area of six blocks where several significant events of the Civil Rights Movements took place. In particular a visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is worthy of note as it depicts the struggles which took place in this area in the 50's and 60's. Dinner at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.
Day 4 Birmingham to Montgomery
Depart Birmingham after breakfast for the two hour drive south to Montgomery AL.
Upon arrival in Montgomery you will be taken to the Montgomery Area Visitors Center, where you will meet your tour guide. You will see a brief video of the history of Montgomery before leaving on a driving Tour of the City History. Montgomery offers many museums and attractions dedicated to telling the story of the city's role in the Civil War of the 1860s and the Civil Rights Movement that occurred nearly a century later. The tour covers the Alabama State Capitol where Jefferson Davis took the oath of office as president of the confederate states of America and where the historic third Selma to Montgomery march ended in 1965. You will also see the Dexter King Baptist Church where Dr Martin Luther King jr served as pastor. Entrance to Rosa Parks Museum and the Civil Rights Memorial Museum Tour, is also included before heading back to the Visitors Center and on to the hotel Comfort Suites for one night. Dinner at the Waffle House Restaurant .
Day 5 Montgomery and Selma
Depart Montgomery after breakfast and drive west to Selma, AL (about an hour away.) Visit the Lowndes Interpretive Center en route for a guided tour before travelling on to the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. On your return from Selma you will take the famous route 80 used by the protest marchers in 1965 and you will see the Edmund Pittus Bridge which was the scene of the Bloody Sunday event, which ultimately served to accelerate the pace of change in the Civil Rights Movement .
Overnight in Birmingham, AL at the Comfort Inn & Suites again for one night
Day 6 Birmingham to Atlanta GA
After breakfast at the hotel you will transfer to the 16th Street Baptist Church for a tour. The church was bombed in 1963 killing 4 young girls in an act of racially motivated terrorism and was an important turning point in the movement as national sympathy for the cause increased as a result. Following a break for lunch your group will transfer to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for a tour before leaving for the 2 hour 30 min transfer back to Atlanta International Airport for your overnight flight home!
Why not add a post tour add on in Washington DC?
As an alternative you may also add on a stay in Washington DC and see the Lincoln Memorial from where Dr King addressed 250,000 civil rights supporters in 1963 in his now famous " I have a Dream " address. Washington DC as the nation's capital, offers so much for American Studies students and historians alike. Please contact us for a specific quote to include internal flight, transfers and accommodation. Assistance with meals and visits can also be provided as required.
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Tour prices are based on min 20 travelling with 1 free place per 10 in a twin room
Prices based on departures in March 14. Other dates on request.
PRICES FROM £949.00