Journey Along The Civil Rights Trail Trafalgar Tours

Journey Along The Civil Rights Trail

Immerse yourself in a meaningful exploration of the early struggle for equality in the U.S. on this 9-day, Journey Along the Civil Rights Trail, tour. Your itinerary includes Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Memorable moments include crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, visiting with activists, historic sites including the Lorraine Motel, Delta Blues Museum and Tabernacle Baptist Church among many other important and pivotal destinations.

Discover decades of tragic, hopeful and monumental pieces of the civil rights struggle during this thought provoking journey. Follow in the footsteps of heroes who have fought for equality such as Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and John Lewis. Learn about the horrifying circumstances surrounding the murders of 14-year-old Emmett Till, Medgar Evers and the four young girls preparing for Sunday school at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. A musically glorious visit with Carlton Reese Choir shares the origins of Gospel, the role of 'freedom songs' and their connection with slavery. Explore the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, Tabernacle Baptist Church and Rosa Parks Museum. In Tuskeegee, a delicious meal of George Washington Carver's recipes at an 1855 antebellum estate is accompanied by your hosts' experience as African American owners of this historic property. Stroll along Atlanta's International Civil Rights Walks of Fame. A lifetime of memories awaits on this moving journey.


9 Daysfr. $2,407

  • GUIDED TOUR Memphis, Selma & Birmingham with a Local Specialist
  • VIEW Mississippi Blues Trail, Mississippi Freedom Trail
  • EXPLOR Memphis, Clarksdale, Greenwood, Jackson, Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery, Tuskegee, Atlanta
  • LEARN about the importance of song and music in the African American community from Carlton Reese Choir over dinner.
  • EMBARK on an African American History and Culture Tour
  • VISIT the National Civil Rights Museum and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
  • PRIVATE EXPERIENCE at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • DELVE INTO Delta Blues Museum
  • VISIT Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market in Money
  • EXPLORE the eight interactive galleries of the incredible Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
  • CHOOSE to visit the home and assassination site of Medgar Evers OR the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, formerly the headquarters of the Movement in Mississippi
  • ENJOY views from above at Vulcan's torch
  • SEE Birmingham jail, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held and wrote his renowned "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
  • GAIN INSIGHT into the Civil Rights Movement on a visit to historic Selma as you meet with with a local activist and speaker
  • CROSS a National Historic Landmark, the Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • TOUR Rosa Parks Museum, a memorial to Montgomery NAACP chapter leader, heroic trailblazer and symbol of the movement
  • STOP at the incredible National Memorial for Peace and Justice
  • DINE with a local on delicious recipes from agricultural scientist George Washington Carver
  • LEARN about what it means to be African American owners of a historic property that was once an antebellum estate
  • WALK ALONG the International Civil Rights Walks of Fame, featuring national icons including Rosa Parks, Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Jimmy Carter
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
8 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
  • The Central Station Memphis Curio Collection by Hilton in Memphis, Tennessee (2 nights)
  • The Hilton Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi (1 night)
  • Redmont Birmingham Curio Collecion by Hilton in Birmingham, Alabama (2 nights)
  • Renaissance Montgomery Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama (2 nights)
  • Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia (1 night)

ARRIVE MEMPHIS Location Information Description

Memphis, USA

If you've always wanted to explore America and the southern states, Memphis is a great place to start your trip! You can't help falling in love with the city, known for its musical history of rock 'n' roll, soul and the blues. Legendary performers like Albert King, Louis Armstrong, Muddy Waters, B.B. King who influenced all graced these streets, and you'll be instantly swept up in its vibe.

Arriving early? Don't miss the chance to explore, just be back in time for your Welcome Reception. It's here you'll meet your on-road Team, fellow travelers and future friends, all eager for the adventure that awaits and the characters you'll meet on this rich history tour.

Dinner

The Central Station Memphis Curio Collection by Hi

MEMPHIS SIGHTSEEING Location Information Description

Memphis, USA

Today is all about exploring the city's treasures through a local's lens on your African American History and Culture Tour. With your Local Specialist, you'll Dive into Culture, exploring the struggles and triumphs, music and movements, legends and heroes and their tireless fight for human rights both past and present.

Get your bearings heading past the Memphis Pyramid, the historic Peabody Hotel and Beale Street before arriving at the Lorraine Motel, the place where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was tragically assassinated on April 4, 1968. Today it's home to the National Civil Rights Museum. Take your time exploring this interactive space and its eye-opening exhibits that showcase five centuries of history, leaving you with a better understanding of the mark it's left on the world today.

The Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum housed in an antebellum home is up next. A shocking and moving experience, you'll gain incredible insight into the slave trade, learn about the network of secret routes and safe houses and those who fought to free those enslaved. You can even descend into the very tunnels where people risked their lives to chase freedom.

Your Memphis sightseeing continues at The Historic Mason Temple where, the day before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous last speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop". Following this you'll view the work of mid-century photographer Dr. Ernest C. Withers who captured everything from music legends and sports stars to political events. see firsthand how this creative talent captured a significant time in America, documenting African American history in the segregated South, including powerful images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jackie Robinson and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

Today ends with an exclusive, private experience at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, providing after-hours access to learn about the rich cultural legacy of soul and its roots in gospel. Interactive, sensory and fun, you'll hear the stories and, of course, music as you make your way around the museum. You'll feel good knowing your visit helps to MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® by supporting the Soulsville Foundation, educating and inspiring future artists to reach their dreams.

Breakfast

The Central Station Memphis Curio Collection by Hi

MEMPHIS TO JACKSON VIA THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA Location Information Description

Clarksdale, USA

With the sound of soul still firmly in your memory, depart Memphis this morning and travel through the Mississippi Delta, hitting stops along the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail.

Heading down Highway 61 for the next leg of your Civil Rights Tour, you'll Dive Into Culture in Clarksdale starting at the Delta Blues Museum, leaving you inspired by the musicians that kicked off the blues genre and the passionate locals keeping it alive today.

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Greenwood, USA

Further south, you'll make a stop in Greenwood, a hub for Civil Rights activity in the 1950s and 1960s. You’ll visit Bryant’s Grocery & Meat Market in Money to learn about the tragic events that unfolded and lead up to the unjust murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, an event widely credited as the catalyst for the Movement.

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Jackson, USA

Arriving in Jackson, the stories of Emmett Till and so many others are illustrated through the eight interactive galleries of the incredible Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Through personal stories and interactive displays, it provides a sobering look into the systematic oppression of Black Mississippians and their fight for equality between 1945 and 1970. Now full of newfound knowledge and stories, grab a bite or relax at the hotel before another full day of adventures tomorrow.

Breakfast, Lunch

The Hilton Jackson

JACKSON TO BIRMINGHAM Location Information Description

Jackson, USA

All the sightseeing highlights and history of Jackson come to life with two your choice experiences that will make this one to remember. You could visit the home and assassination site of Medgar Evers, a prominent Civil Rights organizer and the first field secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This lovingly restored museum is a time warp of a family home in the 1960s where you'll gain an understanding of his tireless work towards equality. Also on offer is the chance to pay a visit to the COFO Civil Rights Education Center, formerly the headquarters of the Movement in Mississippi. Opened by Jackson State University in 2011, you'll come away appreciating the center's role in learning from the past while influencing the next generation of leaders.

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Birmingham, USA

Next, you'll make your way to Birmingham, AL. If you've wanted to learn about the power and emotion of American gospel music, this evening's Dive Into Culture experience is your perfect introduction.

Under the guidance of Alabama's talented Carlton Reese Choir, you'll learn about the importance of song and music to the African American communities in the South. You'll love speaking with them to hear the choir's history, the origins of Gospel, the role of 'freedom songs' and the connection with slavery and how the choir supported the movement and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his visits to the state.

End the day with a Southern dinner and concert featuring the music of greats like Sun Ra and Erskine Hawkins, sure to be a memory that will live on after this leg of your Civil Rights Trail journey ends.

Breakfast, Dinner

Redmont Birmingham Curio Collecion by Hilton

BIRMINGHAM SIGHTSEEING Location Information Description

Birmingham, USA

With a full day of sightseeing in Birmingham ahead, your Local Specialist will help paint a vivid picture of the city Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once described as "probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States".

Starting at the top of Red Mountain you'll Dive into Culture, as your expert Local Specialist guide shares their passion for the city's key sights. Start by taking in the views from above at Vulcan's torch, the 56-foot (17m) tall cast-iron statue of the Roman god, built to reflect the city's roots in the iron and steel industry. There's time to explore Vulcan Park and Museum before heading back into the city to see the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the site of a bombing that tragically killed four young girls preparing for Sunday school in 1963.

After lunch, head on a driving tour and see Birmingham jail, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was held and wrote his renowned "Letter from Birmingham Jail", followed by Dynamite Hill, Linn Park, Freedom Riders attack site, and the Black Business District.

The rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own. Hungry for some Southern eats? Your Travel Director can recommend their favorite spots for Southern cooking, depending on what you're craving.

Breakfast

Redmont Birmingham Curio Collecion by Hilton

BIRMINGHAM TO SELMA TO MONTGOMERY Location Information Description

Selma, USA

You may only be six days into your Civil Rights journey through the American South, but there's still so much more to see. As you take to the road this morning, you'll no doubt reflect on the significance of your next destination, Selma. The Selma to Montgomery March marked a defining point in the Voting Rights Movement and you'll start today's journey with an incredible insight into the Civil Rights Movement with a local activist and speaker. This experience is a once-in-a-lifetime interaction, hearing the realities and struggles of growing up as an African American in the segregated South.

Your next stop is the Tabernacle Baptist Church, where the first mass meeting of the Voting Rights Movement was held in 1963 and your guide, a passionate storyteller, will lead the way explaining the role of the church, its members and how they invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Selma in 1964.

Nothing can quite prepare you for the feeling of walking in the footsteps of the tireless heroes of the Civil Rights Movement as you cross Edmund Pettus Bridge. A monumental sight recognized as a National Historic Landmark, it's here that thousands of peaceful protestors marched for voting rights before the tragic "Bloody Sunday" beatings of March 7, 1972. These televised attacks changed the course of history.

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Montgomery, USA

End the day paying respects at the Lowndes Interpretive Center, dedicated to those who peacefully marched the Selma-Montgomery route, before arriving at your home for the next two nights, Montgomery.

Breakfast, Lunch

Renaissance Montgomery

MONTGOMERY SIGHTSEEING Location Information Description

Montgomery, USA

Waking up in Alabama's capital city, you'll appreciate taking the time to get to know its history while experiencing its modern-day buzz. Best known as the center of the movement, you'll visit some of the city's most influential museums.

Start the day's adventures at the Legacy Museum learning about the horrific story of tens of thousands of African Americans trafficked during the 19th century.

Next up is Court Square before reaching the Rosa Parks Museum, a memorial to Montgomery NAACP chapter leader, heroic trailblazer and symbol of the movement, who refused to vacate her seat on the bus in 1955.

Before the day draws to a close, we make our final stop at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Using sculpture, art and design the memorial tells stories of the past in such an important city. Later you could choose to stretch your legs with a stroll along the banks of the Alabama River and reflect on another incredible day.

Breakfast

Renaissance Montgomery

MONTGOMERY TO TUSKEEGEE TO ATLANTA Location Information Description

Tuskeegee, USA

It's hard to believe it's the last full day on your history and culture tour. A change in scenery awaits as you travel to Tuskegee, AL, to Connect With Locals at the home of Sandy Taylor.

Exclusive to Trafalgar, today is all about a true warm Southern welcome at this Be My Guest brunch of her favorite dishes using locally grown produce and recipes from agricultural scientist George Washington Carver. You'll appreciate the hard work and passion as you learn how Sandy and her husband Harvey lovingly restored their mansion built in 1855 and hear stories about what it means to be African American owners of a historic property that was once an antebellum estate.

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Atlanta, USA

Reaching your last destination, your time here begins with Atlanta sightseeing, starting with a moving walk along the International Civil Rights Walks of Fame, featuring national icons including Rosa Parks, Reverend Jesse Jackson and President Jimmy Carter.

It's your last night together, so no doubt there will be a few tears as you share a hearty farewell dinner, plenty of stories and toast the last eight incredible days.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

DEPART ATLANTA Location Information Description

Atlanta, USA

As your south USA tour comes to a memorable end, the travel highlight of this trip will no doubt be one final tribute to the Civil Rights hero himself, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Today you will learn even more about his story starting at his birthplace, see where he played as a child and hear his voice in the church where he shaped both hearts and minds.

Your last stop of the trip is the National Historical Park to pay respects at the place he was laid to rest. A true force for social change, you'll love ending the trip learning even more about his work fighting for change in education, justice and perseverance for freedom before his assassination in 1968.

Before you head home, take a moment to reflect over the past nine days in the American South: the memories, connections, the stories you've heard, significance of the places, and your deeper understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact on today. You will return to the Atlanta hotel by Noon, departing flights should be reserved no earlier than 3pm.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Sat, Nov 06, 2021
$2,407.00
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
$2,953.00
Sat, Apr 09, 2022
$2,895.00
Sat, May 14, 2022
$2,895.00
Sat, Jun 11, 2022
$2,725.00
Sat, Sep 10, 2022
$2,895.00
Sat, Oct 08, 2022
$2,895.00
Sat, Nov 05, 2022
$2,895.00
Sat, Mar 11, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Mar 25, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Apr 08, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, May 06, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Jun 17, 2023
$2,725.00
Sat, Sep 16, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Oct 14, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Nov 04, 2023
$2,895.00
Sat, Mar 09, 2024
$2,895.00
Sat, Mar 23, 2024
$2,875.00

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