The Southern Loop2019-02-11T13:56:00-04:00

Project Description

The Southern Loop

Single Occupancy

$1,679per person

Double Occupancy

$1,274per person

Pensacola is home to the National Naval Aviation Museum, the largest such museum in the world and the most visited museum in the state of Florida. The museum features more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. We continue to Mobile, Alabama, and Bellingrath Gardens, a Southern Estate boasting 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry. Enjoy a guided city tour of New Orleans including the Garden District, the Vieux Carré part of town where you’ll see the French Market, Saint Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo, a remarkable Spanish building dating from the 18th century, and of course the French District. Visit Avery Island, Home of Tabasco Sauce! Once the wealthiest city in America, Natchez is home to some of the most well preserved and architecturally stunning antebellum homes in the American South.

PRICE

Double Occupancy – $1,274 Per Person
Single Occupancy – $,679 Per Person

Double Occupancy Early Bird Price – $1,219 Per Person
Single Occupancy Early Bird Price – $1,619 Per Person

Book by July 1 for Early Bird Pricing!

TRIP# 13004

HIGHLIGHTS

  • National Navy Aviation Museum
  • Bellingrath Gardens
  • City tour of New Orleans
  • Bayou’s Swamp Tour
  • Tour of Natchez
  • Entrance to 2 Natchez Antebellum Homes
  • Battle of Vicksburg Tour
  • Historic Tour of Montgomery

INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation

  • 6 Nights’ Lodging

  • 10 Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Kelly Tours Escort

  • All taxes, baggage handling and travel arrangements

Take a journey through the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi to discover the many riches and secrets of these Southern States. Our first stop is at the end of the Florida panhandle, close to the Alabama state line, in beautiful Pensacola Beach. We’ll overnight here with an included welcome dinner. D

Pensacola is home to the National Naval Aviation Museum, the largest such museum in the world and the most visited museum in the state of Florida. The museum features more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Aviation. We continue to Mobile, Alabama, and Bellingrath Gardens, a Southern Estate boasting 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry. Take a self-guided tour of the grounds and landscaping before we must continue to Louisiana and the Big Easy – New Orleans. Check into our downtown hotel with the rest of the evening free to discover the sights, sounds, and tastes of this incredible city. B

Begin your morning with a guided city tour of New Orleans including the Garden District, the Vieux Carré part of town where you’ll see the French Market, Saint Louis Cathedral, and the Cabildo, a remarkable Spanish building dating from the 18th century, and of course the French District.

This afternoon we head out into the bayou for a fantastic swamp tour. Have you ever wanted to get up close and personal with an alligator? Cruise leisurely along the mysterious, moss-draped bayous and see exotic flora and fauna found nowhere else in the country. B

Today we head into the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country. Here we visit Avery Island, Home of Tabasco Sauce! Avery Island is a mysteriously beautiful place where the pepper fields grow, the factory hums, and the McIlhenny family and their employees continue to live and work – as they have for over 5 generations. Take a tour of the Tabasco Factory before continuing to Natchez, Mississippi. Dinner is included this evening. B D

Meet our local guide this morning and tour this beautiful city. You’ll understand exactly what locals mean when they say, “Natchez is what you love about the South,” once you’ve immersed yourself in the rich, vibrant history of this charming city on the Mississippi River. Once the wealthiest city in America, Natchez is home to some of the most well preserved and architecturally stunning antebellum homes in the American South. After free time for lunch we will enjoy a couple of special access tours of stunning antebellum homes that survived the Civil War. Dinner is included this evening. B D

Today we head north to Vicksburg, MS. During the Civil War, Vicksburg’s strategic position on the bluffs high above a massive bend in the Mississippi River made it virtually impenetrable. Join our National Park Service guide for a tour of the Battlefield and learn about this defining battle of America’s defining war. Continue onto Montgomery for the night and a farewell dinner. B D

After breakfast we meet our local guide for a historic tour of Montgomery to learn about the capital city’s pivotal role in two major moments in American history. In the late 1850s, turmoil was brewing around slavery and states’ rights culminating in the Civil War, and it all officially began in Montgomery. When the city was still only decades old, the orders to fire the first shot and embark on the largest armed conflict on American soil were signed and sent from the Winter Building on Dexter Avenue. One hundred years later, Montgomery’s story came full circle. Proving a simple act can transform the world, Rosa Parks’ display of quiet courage sparked the Bus Boycott, giving impetus to the Civil Rights Movement and making Montgomery the epicenter of a groundbreaking societal shift that would change our entire nation. Continue our journey home.B