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Montgomery & Selma

  • Montgomery & Selma

    From the Civil War to civil rights, Montgomery has played a role in some of the most significant events and achievements in Alabama history. Selma is the Old South with a new attitude. It’s the perfect place to relax, shop, and play all in one visit.

    • Alabama State Capitol, Montgomery

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    • The Alley, Montgomery

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    • The First White House of the Confederate

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    • Civil Rights Memorial Centre

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    • Shakespeare Park, Montgomery

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    • Home of Dr Martin Luther King

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    • Camellia Bowl

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    • Edmund Pettus Bridge - Selma

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    Montgomery

    Topping the list of must-see attractions is the historic state Capitol building, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his moving speech following the Selma-to-Montgomery civil rights march, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which served as the walkway for that same march.

    In 1819, when the city of Montgomery was established on the banks of the Alabama River, it made its very first mark on the timeline of history. It would certainly not be its last. In almost two centuries since, this city steeped in Southern charm, has been the site of events and accomplishments that changed the whole country. Thanks to a thriving cotton trade in the area, Montgomery grew and prospered, living up to Dexter’s dream in 1846, when it replaced Tuscaloosa as the state’s capital. Today, Dexter Avenue, named in honor of Andrew Dexter, bisects the center of downtown Montgomery and terminates at the majestic dome of the State Capitol building. 

    Explore life in the 19th-century South at Old Alabama Town, sample the city's artsy side at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts or spend the day reliving the era of Civil Rights. Literary buffs will be wowed by the Fitzgerald Museum, while kids will want to spend hours at the Montgomery Zoo. Everyone will enjoy the delicious southern cuisine, from black-eyed pea soup to country ham and red-eyed gravy. Fancy or no-frills, a visit to Montgomery will leave you with a taste for more.

    Montgomery makes a great home base for exploring many important Civil Rights sites:

    Montgomery to Selma: Much of the Civil Rights story can be revisited in Montgomery. But even more can be found along the National Civil Rights Trail, which links Montgomery to nearby Selma. Once in Selma, tour compelling sites like the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute, the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church & King Monument and the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

    Montgomery to Tuskegee: A daytrip to Tuskegee offers a glimpse of heroism at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Educational accomplishments are also honored in Tuskegee at “The Oaks,” home of Booker T. Washington, and at the George Washington Carver Museum.

    Selma

    Sitting on the banks of the Alabama River and surrounded by forests and fields teeming with wildlife, Selma offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing opportunities to fulfill any sportsman’s dreams. Try your luck at the Dallas County State Public Fishing Lake, a 100-acre gem offering excellent fishing year round. History lives on every corner, with more than a century of stories predating the Civil War, Selma has more than its fair share of historic sites that are also haunted.

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  • Simply Southern Music & Golf

    Begins in New Orleans, Louisiana and ends in Memphis, Tennessee

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Alabama Golf Trail

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Live Music Venues Across The Deep South

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    Arrive New Orleans

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to New Orleans. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

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    New Orleans

    Welcome to the ‘Big Easy’. Today, you have a full day to explore the city. Visit the French Quarter, stroll along the narrow streets, visit the jazz clubs and experience Creole and Cajun cooking at its best. Ride the famed ‘Streetcar named Desire’, walk through the historic garden district or take a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi River.

    Hotel: Le Meridien New Orleans

    166Mi/267Km

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    Point Clear

    This morning’s short drive along the coastline brings you into Alabama and the impressive Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa. Spend two nights enjoying the resort's two fabulous golf courses, relaxing in the European-style spa and swimming in one of the resort's two outdoor pools. If you can pull yourself away from the resort there are many attractions close by.

    Hotel: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa

    112Mi/180Km

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    Destin

    Your journey today takes you along historic Route 10, into the western Florida Panhandle. Skirting along the coast, you may choose to stop in Pensacola before arriving at your beach resort in Destin. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach or explore more of Florida’s breathtaking coastline and small towns.

    Hotel: Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort

    186Mi/299Km

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    Montgomery

    Journeying northwest, today you venture back into Alabama. We suggest a stop at Monroeville, home of Harper Lee, author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, before arriving in Montgomery. Whilst in the state capital, perhaps visit the Rosa Parks Museum and learn more about the Civil Rights Movement and tour the King Memorial Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached his message of hope and brotherhood.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    84Mi/135Km

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    Hoover & Birmingham

    Just a short journey today through the central region of Alabama to the rolling hills and beautiful scenery of Birmingham’s countryside. Sitting in the quaint town of Hoover, Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort boasts the third longest golf course in the world. This Robert Trent Jones Course is surrounded by sweeping hills and offers challenging holes. Away from the courses, stimulate your senses at the spa or relax by the signature pool. A visit to the state's largest city, Birmingham, offers attractions including The Civil Rights Institute, Barber Vintage Motorsport’s Museum and Kelly Ingram Park.

    Hotel: Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

    126Mi/202Km

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    Florence

    Today it’s on to the northern tip of Alabama and the last of its superb resorts. Set in the Tennessee River Valley, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa has retained the area's beauty in the design of the resort. Just minutes from the hotel are two Robert Trent Jones Trail courses which attract players of all levels and skill. Take a trip to the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, WC Handy’s Birthplace and Museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    122Mi/196Km

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    Nashville

    Cross the border into Tennessee, and head toward the home of Country Music. During your stay in Nashville visit the Grand Ole Opry, the Wildhorse Saloon and the Ryman Auditorium. A paddlewheeler cruise down the Cumberland River offers the sights of the waterway's historic heritage and is great fun. If you have time for shopping drop by Opry Mills, combining outlet and boutique shopping opportunities.

    Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Resort

    215Mi/346Km

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    Memphis

    Switching from country music to the home of the blues, today brings you to Memphis. Visit Mud Island, a unique 52 acre park showcasing America’s greatest river, the Mississippi. No one should ever visit Memphis without going to Graceland where the Lisa Marie airplane can also be viewed, or Sun Studios, where Elvis recorded some of his earliest music.

    Hotel: The Peabody

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    Journey Home

    Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to Memphis Airport, to return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2775 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off fee of $150 on the car hire is not included and is payable locally.

    Music Celebrations

    Begins and ends Atlanta, Georgia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Mardi Gras Parade in Mobile

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    • Ruby Falls, Chattanooga

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    • Nashville Skyline

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    • Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville

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    • Graceland, Memphis

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    • Stax Museum of American Soul

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    • US Space And Rocket Center, Huntsville

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    • Birmingham Skyline

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    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta, Georgia. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and drive to your hotel in the Buckhead region of the city.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta Buckhead

    113Mi/181Km

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    Chattanooga

    Today you will travel north into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, where your first stop is Chattanooga. Don't miss Glen Miller’s Chattanooga Choo Choo! Stop at the actual ‘Choo Choo’, before visiting Ruby Falls and Lookout Mountain for spectacular views.

    Hotel: The Chattanoogan Hotel

    134Mi/215Km

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    Nashville

    This morning, make the short drive to Nashville, which is the home of Country Music and the infamous Grand Ole Opry. Your stay for two nights allows you to include a visit to the museum of music giants, the Country Music Hall of Fame, followed by some live music in one of many bars and lounges in the District, Nashville’s downtown entertainment area. You may choose to enjoy a cabaret dinner cruise aboard the General Jackson showboat, which provides another great opportunity to relax and experience the music - all whilst sailing down the Cumberland River.

    Hotel: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

    212Mi/341Km

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    Memphis

    Traverse along the Music Highway to Memphis, renowned as the birthplace of Rock’n’Roll and home of the Blues. During your two night stay, Elvis’ mansion Graceland is a ‘must see’, along with a tour of Sun Studio's and a visit to historic Beale Street where you can party through the night. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Smithsonian’s Rock’n’Soul Museum and the Gibson Guitar are also well worth a visit.

    Hotel: The Peabody

    157Mi/252Km

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    Florence (Muscle Shoals)

    Now its on to the northwest corner of Alabama where a cluster of cities – Tuscumbia, Florence, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals line the banks of the Tennessee River. During your two night stay in The Shoals region, see some of the most influential recording centres in America. Renowned for their huge contribution to rock, country and R&B music throughout the 60’s and 70’s, Muscle Shoals Sounds Studio and FAME Recording Studio were used frequently by superstars like Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon and Otis Reading who all made classic recordings here. The Fame Studio is still active and open for tours. Take in some great live music at venues throughout Florence, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals.

    Hotel: Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

    69Mi/111Km

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    Huntsville

    Today you will move on to Huntsville which is home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and also hosts one of the state’s largest music events, the Big Spring Jam every September. Washington Square in the city’s downtown area has a mini entertainment district with live music. Check out a selection of venues as some showcase great Blues, others Jazz, Folk and Rock. Our favourites are Crossroads Cafe and the Jazz Factory.

    Hotel: The Westin Huntsville

    101Mi/162Km

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    Birmingham

    Your next stop is Birmingham, home of the Civil Rights Institute which conveys the history of the Civil Rights Movement. It also adds its own stamp to the music world with its famous City Stages Festival every June. No matter when you visit, Jazz echoes from downtown nightclubs in places like Ona’s Music Room and the Blue Monkey, throughout the year. The Five Points entertainment district has music of all types and some great dining too. Jazz enthusiasts must not miss the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame which pays tribute to great artists with ties to Alabama like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton.

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

    255Mi/410Km

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    Mobile & Orange Beach

    Moving south, your next stop is the historic port city of Mobile, one of the oldest cities in America. It’s home to the original Mardi Gras which started in 1703 and is still celebrated every year two weeks before Lent. Mobile features delicious seafood and an array of bars, restaurants and live music venues - which is what you would expect from Jimmy Buffet’s hometown. During your two night stay, take a trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach which provide 32 miles of pristine white sandy beaches stretched along the Gulf of Mexico. Live bands perform at beachfront bars like the Florabama, Pink Pony Pub and The Hangout. LuLu’s at Homeport Marina known as Jimmy Buffett’s Sister’s Place is also great for local bands. The Wharf Ampitheatre, located at the Wharf shopping and dining complex in Orange Beach, has various acts Wednesday through Sunday.

    Hotel: The Battle House Renaissance

    168Mi/270Km

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    Montgomery

    The final two days of your itinerary are spent in Montgomery, Alabama’s State Capital and the birthplace of both the Civil War and Civil Rights movement. This is where Hank Williams lived from 1937 to 1948. The Hank Williams Museum documents the life of this Country Music pioneer famous for such classics as “Hey Good Lookin” and “Cold Cold Heart”. Follow the Hank Williams Trail south to Mount Olive where he was born and to Georgiana his boyhood home.The Jubilee Cityfest held here in May is a great fun filled treat for all music lovers but the music is enjoyed year round too at venues like 1048 Jazz and Blues, Montgomery Brew Pub and The Olive Room.

    Hotel: Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa

    154Mi/247Km

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    Journey home

    Make the short drive back to Atlanta International Airport, where you return your rental car and check in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2919 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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