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Overview

The Rhythm of Reflection: The Southern U.S. By Design

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!

Highlights of The Rhythm of Reflection: The Southern U.S. By Design

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Travelers Notes

We’ve prepared everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels to expert Local Guides and included VIP sightseeing access to the world’s iconic sites. Your Globus Tour Director is always there to help you make the most out of your free time!

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.

Price Details US

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

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The Rhythm of Reflection: The Southern U.S. By Design

Meals

Breakfast Daily, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Itineraries

Day 1

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

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.
SAIL: Rollin' On the River
Take a 2-hour cruise aboard the last authentic Steamboat sailing the Mighty Mississippi River on The Steamboat Natchez.
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.

(B)

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. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B,L)

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.
(B)

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.
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."
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.

Farewell dinner featuring live music. (B,D)

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. (B)

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. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status
1 2024-04-28 2024-04-28 2024-05-06 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40428 Not Available
2 2024-05-12 2024-05-12 2024-05-20 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40512 Available
3 2024-05-26 2024-05-26 2024-06-03 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40526 Not Available
4 2024-06-09 2024-06-09 2024-06-17 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40609 Available
5 2024-09-08 2024-09-08 2024-09-16 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40908 Not Available
6 2024-09-15 2024-09-15 2024-09-23 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40915 Available
7 2024-09-29 2024-09-29 2024-10-07 $2899 $250 $2649 F8H40929 Available
8 2024-10-06 2024-10-06 2024-10-14 $2999 $250 $2749 F8H41006 Not Available

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Sheraton New Orleans Located on historic Canal Street just steps from the French Quarter, the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel is a short walk from Bourbon Street, the Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Riverwalk Marketplace and the assortment of renowned restaurants, boutiques, and live music clubs. The hotel has an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, business center, gift shop, concierge service, Internet access, restaurant, lounge, and room service. New Orleans 500 Canal St Superior First-Class
2 Doubletree by Hilton Biloxi The 19th-century Biloxi Lighthouse is a 10-minute walk from the DoubleTree by Hilton and is located 400 feet from The Loop promenade. They provide views from our patio and an outdoor saltwater pool. Upon arriving, indulge on a famous chocolate chip cookie. Biloxi 940, Beach Blvd First-Class
3 Embassy Suites Montgomery Embassy Suites Montgomery is across from the Montgomery Convention Center and a five-minute walk from the Legacy Museum, the Montgomery Performing Arts Center, and Riverwalk Stadium, home of the Montgomery Biscuits. They offer an indoor pool and a fitness center featuring a Peloton® Bike with toe cages. Enjoy free made-to-order breakfast and our complimentary evening reception. Montgomery 300 Tallapoosa St. First-Class
4 Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa Boasting an unbeatable location in Muscle Shoals, Marriott Shoals Hotel and Spa is within walking distance of the Tennessee River, Veterans Memorial Park, and River Heritage Park. The hotel features stylish guestrooms, on-site spa, room service, on-site restaurant and bar, indoor and outdoor pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Florence 10, Hightower Place Superior First-Class
5 Gaylord Opryland Resort This premier Opryland hotel offers guests an unforgettable getaway with all the excitement and energy of the Music City under one spectacular roof. There isn't a shortage of things to do at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, which features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, state of the art fitness center, relaxing spa and salon, and nine acres of lush, indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls. Nashville 2800 Opryland Drive Moderate Deluxe
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