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We are bringing this tour back after years on the shelf because it’s just too good to leave there. Experience the South plus a four-night stay in Savannah. We have included many activities, so look through the itinerary and join us on this early spring tour.

Georgia on my Mind

April 18-29, 2024

Day 1: With the Deep South and Georgia on our minds, we board our coach this morning anticipating the experiences that await us. We’ll settle into our coach and enjoy the passing miles before reaching the east Arkansas area for our first night out.

Day 2: As we progress across the states we will stop in Selma, AL. This afternoon we will tour Selma and some of the famous Civil Rights landmarks that represented a pivotal point in Voting Rights. (B)

Day 3: Today we reach the tiny town of Plains, GA. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Park highlights the areas of town where Carter left his stamp. We start at Plains High School, the visitor center, where he and his wife Rosalynn graduated. The Plains Train Depot is the oldest building in Plains (constructed in 1888) and served as Carter’s campaign headquarters. During his run, approximately 10,000 people a day visited Plains. (B, L)

Day 4: Get your sightseeing brain ready for a full day on Jekyll Island. We will start the day with a trolley tour of the area to hear stories of the legendary history of this Georgia barrier island. Followed by a dolphin cruise with Captain Phillip, followed with a sea turtle education and rehabilitation facility. The Center offers the public a chance to learn about sea turtles and see rehabilitation in action with a host of interactive exhibits and experiences. Tonight, we make it to Savannah where we will reside for the next four nights. (B, L)

Day 5: This morning’s visit will be to Historic Savannah. From the moment that first step is taken into historic Savannah, a consciousness of quiet and tranquility begins to take over. Beautifully landscaped squares throughout the historic district are kept cool by the shade offered by graceful old oaks that also frame the monuments honoring Savannah’s heroes. Cobblestones still pave the streets. It’s a morning to be remembered as we tour with our local narrating guide, captivating Savannah. This afternoon we see a glimpse of Savannah the way General Edward Oglethorpe saw it in 1733. Our narrated cruise on the Savannah River will provide history, including the founding of Savannah and its present-day importance as an industrial port. This afternoon we will embark upon the Prohibition Museum, uncovering the secrets of the speakeasies and learning the history of bootlegging. (B, L)

Day 6: This morning we visit the Davenport House, one of the most historically significant houses in the Historic District. Lunch will be served at the Pirate’s House. More than 500 grave marker crosses denote the final resting place of Confederate soldiers in the Bonaventure Cemetery. This cemetery is one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. We will tour this 100+ acre gravesite which also declares the nation’s second-largest area dedicated to those who were killed in the Spanish-American War (B, L)

Day 7: Isolated on South Carolina's Sea Islands for generations, the Gullah Geechee preserved more of their heritage than any other communities in the United States. A local step-on guide provides us with a true cultural experience of the Gullah People and the South Carolina Sea Islands. "Cum jine we fa we kno dis ya Gullah ting!" TRANSLATION: "Come join us, we know Gullah!" (B, L)

Day 8: Vidalia onions from Vidalia GA is going to be a sweet treat on our area tour. This onion was discovered when a Tombs County Farmer found that his onion crop was sweet rather than hot, due to the combinations of elements in the soil and climate. Then on to Macon where we visit the Harriet Tubman Museum. This evening we make our way to Atlanta. (B)

Day 9: We wake to the morning buzz of Atlanta and pick up a local guide for a city tour. Following this we will visit the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium is one of the world’s largest with interactive galleries and animals galore. This afternoon we will explore and celebrate all things at the World Coca Cola Museum. Featuring the complete story of the world’s most famous soft drink, the museum features a sampling room, scent discovery, artifacts, a film celebrating the most memorable Coke moments, and many more adventures. (B)

Day 10: This morning we visit the Village of Helen, an old-world Bavarian Village. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it is a re-creation of a European alpine village. There will be time for lunch and some shopping in the Village before starting our way west. (B)

Day 11: This morning it is time to say goodbye to our Georgia on My Mind experience as we head toward home. We stop at the famous Pattis’ 1880 Settlement for lunch and time to explore. Back on the road, we travel west of St. Louis for our last night. (B, L)

Day 12: Today we return to Yoder reminiscing about the fun, beauty, and experiences we enjoyed in Georgia! (B)


12 days
April 18-29, 2024
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