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Discover the very best of the charming state of Georgia with this leisurely three-centre holiday, taking in Atlanta, Jekyll Island and Savannah. Explore Georgia's history and iconic cultural heritage together with its beautiful scenery, charming towns and sun-soaked, relaxing Golden Isles. This is a perfect tour to learn and explore America's charming Deep South state.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Atlanta
9 nights superior accommodation in sought after locations
10 days car hire
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Atlanta and the State Capitol building
'Gone with the Wind' author Margaret Mitchell's House and Museum
Road to Tara museum, Stone Mountain Park and Georgia Hall of Fame
Buckhead, 'The Beverly Hills of the South'
Birthplace of Dr Martin Luther King
Jekyll Island's State park and historic district
Historic Savannah, Jonesboro and Tybee Island
Southern cuisine and the Georgia jazz and blues music scene
Days 1 - 3 : Atlanta
Spend your first 3 nights of this Georgia Discovery in Atlanta.
Atlanta is a city of the future born of the elegant sophistication of the past. A place where breaking news is broadcast around the globe by mighty CNN and yet where the Southern style of Gone With The Wind is at its very core. There are 55 wandering Downtown Ambassadors who walk the streets at hand to help you make the most of this city. For a feel of the old days, start at the Atlanta History Centre in the upmarket Buckhead district. Fascinating exhibits take you from railroad town to modern days and explain why the Civil War happened.
Visit the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Marvel at how the author created her romantic Civil War epic Gone With The Wind in her dark basement flat, view film memorabilia and enjoy the exhibits.
Created in Atlanta in 1886, Coca-Cola's status as a cultural icon is mapped out in the World of Coca Cola. Here you can sample Cola product from around the world.
Don't miss the State Capitol building, similar to the one in Washington, or for a more up to date activity, visit the CNN Centre and tour behind the scenes of this ground breaking news channel. Walking around the neighbourhoods is a great way to get to know Atlanta. Buckhead, the Beverly Hills of the South, is full of grand houses and upmarket shops. Virginia Highland has lots of nicely renovated homes while the elegant, magnolia tree-filled Druid Hills was the backdrop in the movie Driving Miss Daisy.
Historically Atlanta is fascinating. This is where you'll find the final resting place of civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King. Visit his birthplace, a National Historic Site, and his church. The city has endless museums and galleries.
Nightlife is centred around several districts and boasts over 8,000 restaurants.
Outside the city, one of the area's biggest attractions is Stone Mountain Park. The 825ft granite outcrop depicts the Confederate heroes and is larger than Mt Rushmore. Visit the Georgia Hall of Fame in Macon, where more than 450 Georgian musicians are honoured including Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Travis Tritt and R.E.M.
Or if you are a big Gone With The Wind fan head off to Clayton County South of Atlanta and visit Jonesboro, a not-to-be-missed town for movie lovers and those wanting a true feel of the Deep South. Jonesboro was the setting for Margaret Mitchell's acclaimed novel, and later film. Come see the local historic plantation houses and learn about the real people that inspired Ms Mitchell.
Days 4 - 6 : Atlanta to Jekyll Island
Distance: 318 miles
On next to glorious Jekyll Island, one of the Golden Isles of Georgia and a perfect place to relax.
From English colonization in 1735 to private ownership by French landowners; from gilded-age playground for the rich at the turn of the 20th century to the island's conversion to a state park in 1947, Jekyll Island's history is diverse as it is significant. Take a guided tour of the 240 acre historic riverfront district and one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States.
If you aren't playing golf on this wonderful island then you are surely exploring it's 10 miles of unspoilt, golden beaches.
Days 7 - 10 : Jekyll Island to Savannah
Distance: 90 miles
Onward today to genteel and refined Savannah. This city has enticed visitors since it was founded in 1733. You'll discover exciting adventures, five-star cuisine and old world charm throughout Georgia's first city.
Familiarise yourself with Savannah's past on the Old Town Trolley and explore the 22 squares and thousands of historical landmarks that make up the city's historic district, one of the largest in the nation. You won't want to miss the oldest art museum in the south, the Telfair museum, which en compasses the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Owens-Thomas House and the Jepson Centre for the Arts. Don't forget to visit the First African Baptist Church where tribal markings dating back to 1777 can still be seen.
For a blend of new and old, spend time exploring the converted cotton warehouses on River Street, which now house more than 70 restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. If you want to get away from the laid-back bustle of historic downtown, Savannah offers more than 30 golf courses for you to tee off from.
Just minutes from downtown Savannah, Tybee Island is a popular spot for fun in the sun on the Atlantic Ocean. If thrills are what you seek, sign up for boating, deep sea fishing or kayaking for a water-filled adventure. Check out the lighthouse, explore the nooks and crannies of the two forts or simply relax on the beach. If you love seafood then watch as the shrimp boats come home to bring in their catches and sample some of the freshest seafood around in one of the many cafes in Tybee Island.
As one of the most celebrated cities in the south, Savannah is likely to be hosting one of its many festivals that fill the streets with excitement. Live jazz and blues at one of the many Savannah clubs will have you tapping your toes.
Day 11 : Savannah to Atlanta
Distance: 250 miles
Today is your final day in Atlanta before heading back home. There are many other options available, perhaps you may want to extend your tour and spend more time in one of Georgia's cities or maybe catch a flight down to one of Florida's beautiful beaches for some relaxation before heading home.
Call the expertss at Bon Voyage to discuss your Georgia fly-drive holiday options.