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Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana, Deep South, USA

The Civil Rights Trail

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Duration

9 Days

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Encompassing important historic sites that include the Old Slave Mart (the only known surviving building used as a slave auction gallery in South Carolina) and the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in America’s Deep South, this trip examines the sites and estates that played major roles in the formation, enactment and abolition of slavery in the United States. Considering language, food, art, tradition and culture, the Civil Rights Trail offers a wider educational purpose and commentary on the social, political and economic state of the Old South and its modern-day repercussions.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Historical downtown area of Charleston, South Carolina, Deep South, USA 1

Visit Charleston

Visit one of the nation’s oldest cities and the former hub of slave trade in the USA, and explore some of its 40 historic sites including the Old Slave Mart and Old Bethel Methodist.

Close up of the hands of a master sweetgrass basket weaver 2

The Gullah Geechee

Learn about the culture of the Gullah Geechee people, direct descendants of Africans brought during the transatlantic slave trade, on the 12,000 square mile Gullah Geechee Corridor.

French Quarter, New Orleans, Deep South, USA 3

Explore New Orleans

Amble the streets of thrilling New Orleans, bursting with street performers and brass bands, to learn about Mardi Gras festivities, the origins of jazz and even relics of voodoo.

White bridge over a lake in lush former plantation gardens. 4

Visit a Plantation

Reflect on a reprehensible time in American history and consider the far-reaching effects of slavery that still linger past its abolition in 1865 during a walking tour of a former plantation.

Why we like it

Navigating between some of the most prominent historical regions of the United States, our Civil Rights Trail moves from Charleston to New Orleans in a thoughtful tour that explores key Black heritage sites and shines a light on the historical events that shaped Black culture, art and communities in the USA.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1-3

    Charleston

  • Day 4

    Charleston - Atlanta

  • Day 5

    Atlanta

  • Day 6

    Atlanta - Birmingham

  • Day 7

    Birmingham

  • Day 8

    Birmingham - Montgomery

  • Day 9

    Montgomery - New Orleans

  • Days 10-12

    New Orleans

Days 1-3

Charleston

 

Day 4

Charleston - Atlanta

Day 5

Atlanta

Day 6

Atlanta - Birmingham

Day 7

Birmingham

Day 8

Birmingham - Montgomery

Day 9

Montgomery - New Orleans

Days 10-12

New Orleans

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Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Zero George Street £££££

Charleston’s premier boutique hotel, Zero George is a chic hideaway comprised of sixteen guest rooms and studios that are split between three carefully restored historic residences and two brick carriage houses that date back to 1804. Set around a lush private garden courtyard, the property oozes intimacy and southern hospitality and is punctuated by period millwork and some of the city’s best artworks. All at once romantic and contemporary, Zero George has its own restaurant and includes evening wine and cheese pairings and a bubbly welcome. Guests have unlimited access to a fleet of classic bicycles, and a professional concierge is always on call.

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Soniat House £££££

A historic early 19th-century family residence turned boutique  30-room hotel, Soniat House sits at the junction of luxury and history in “The Big Easy” New Orleans. Praised for its style by Architectural Digest and a fixture on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List”, Soniat House is a quiet hideaway that is nestled within the vibrant and historic French Quarter. Antique and artisan in feeling, the property is decorated with chandeliers and fine artwork and offers some rooms with their own private rocking chair balconies. Animal-lovers note: its resident mascot is “Claire the Cat”.

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