LITTLE ROCK, MEMPHIS, JACKSON, MONTGOMERY, BIRMINGHAM & ATLANTA
Walk in the footsteps of courageous and influential Civil Rights leaders on this historical journey from Little Rock to Memphis, Jackson, Montgomery, and more. Along the way, we’ll pay tribute to Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and many, many more gaining a deeper insight into the civil rights movement, the moments that sparked a movement, and how that history continues to impact us today. We’ll cherish their struggles and celebrate their victories as we explore the history of the civil rights movement on this 10-day tour.
For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before departure.
- 1 night in Little Rock
- 2 nights in Memphis
- 1 night in Jackson
- 2 nights in Montgomery
- 1 night in Birmingham
- 2 nights in Atlanta
- Civil Rights Heritage Trail
- Little Rock Nine Memorial
- The Historic Mason Temple
- Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
- National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel
- Medgar Evers Home
- Walk across the Historic Edmund Pettus Bridge
- Rosa Parks Museum
- Martin Luther King’s birth home and gravesite
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional, Specialized Tour Director
Arrive in Little Rock
You’ll start your journey today in Little Rock where you will meet your Tour Director and fellow passengers at a welcome dinner this evening.
AC Hotel by Marriott Little Rock Downtown or similar | Dinner
This morning you will follow the Civil Rights Heritage Trail and discover one of the nation’s most important Civil Rights sites, the Central High School, where, in 1957, nine brave African American students, known as the Little Rock Nine, integrated a previously all-white high school, in pursuit of a quality education. You will see the Little Rock Nine Memorial, tour the Daisy Bates House and visit the Clinton Presidential Library & Museum. After the tour you will continue to Memphis.
Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown or similar | Breakfast, Lunch
Today we’ll visit the Burkle Estate, now known as the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. View Clayborn Temple, a safe haven for gatherings to plan and implement efforts for racial equality in Memphis; WDIA Radio Station, America’s first African American radio station; the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Mason Temple where Dr. King delivered his legendary final speech. You’ll also visit the historic Beale Street Baptist Church, built by and for freed slaves in the late 1800s and a key meeting place for civil rights leaders through the ages. You’ll cap the…
Explore the civil rights history of Memphis and visit the National Civil Rights Museum, which is constructed around the Lorraine Motel. Next, you’ll travel South to reach Jackson, MS where you will discover a wealth of civil rights history in this city including a visit to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Medgar Evers Home Museum. North of Jackson, you will see Tougaloo College. You’ll also visit the Farish St. Historical District known as a hub for Black-owned businesses up until the 1970s and see the Renovated Alamo Theatre which once screened westerns and African-…
This morning, you’ll travel to Selma, AL the epicenter of the voting rights campaign of the 1960s. Selma was the starting point for three marches in support of African-Americans’ right to vote. You’ll also visit the Brown Chapel AME Church site of preparations for the march to Montgomery (interior visit subject to church scheduling). You’ll also stop by the Selma Interpretive Center and walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, soon to be renamed in Congressman John Lewis’ memory, and the site of the brutal Bloody Sunday beatings of civil rights activists during the…
Spend the day in Montgomery and discover the significance of Alabama’s state capitol in the fight for voting rights. In the morning, you will visit the Rosa Parks Museum: located on the site of Parks’ arrest, the museum focuses on her role in the Civil Rights Movement. You will see Old Holt Street Baptist Church where Dr. King’s stirring speech advocating action without violence gave rise to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. You will also tour the Legacy Museum & the National Memorial for Peace & Justice. The museum depicts the enslavement of African Americans, the…
Today you will travel to Birmingham, a city at the heart of the civil rights movement, most famously Project C, better known as the Birmingham Campaign. You will tour the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church which served as a meeting place for the organization of marches and other civil rights activities. In 1963, the church was bombed, resulting in the deaths of four young black girls. This event galvanized the federal government to take action on civil rights legislation. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute tells the story of the city’s role in the struggle for equality and across the…
Explore the wealth of civil rights history today in Atlanta, starting at The King Center, which includes an exhibition hall and the home where Martin Luther King Jr. was born, and Fire Station No. 6, which was one of the first firehouses in the South to be desegregated. You will listen to some of King’s sermons and speeches at Ebenezer Baptist Church, and then enjoy quiet contemplation at the nearby World Peace Rose Garden and reflecting pool, home to the “Behold” monument. You’ll also visit the Eternal Flame and the crypts of King and his wife, Coretta, and explore the…
We’ll start the day with the Center for Civil and Human Rights which connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Atlanta at your leisure. You will then meet your Tour Guide and fellow travelers in the evening for a farewell dinner.
| Breakfast, Dinner
You will enjoy one last breakfast this morning before you begin your journey home.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $TBA
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
AC Hotel Little Rock Downtown
- Little Rock, Arkansas
AC Hotel Little Rock Downtown is located minutes from the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in 33-acre Riverfront Park extending 11 blocks on the Arkansas River. The hotel draws inspiration from Little Rock’s geography and landscapes. Immerse yourself in the sophisticated, European inspired interior and reflective local art.
201 W Capitol Ave, Little Rock, AR 72201
Comfort Inn Memphis Downtown
- Memphis, Tennessee
This modern hotel overlooking the Mississippi River is conveniently located in the heart of Memphis’ historic downtown. After a day of exploring, enjoy the all-hours fitness center, relax at the seasonal rooftop pool all with free WiFi throughout the hotel.
100 N. Front St., Memphis, TN, 38103
Best Western Plus Jackson Downtown-Coliseum
- Jackson, Mississippi
This 2018 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award winning hotel is located near the heart of downtown Jackson, this hotel provides access to the best nightlife, dining and shopping.
725 Larson Street Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Drury Inn & Suites Montgomery
- Montgomery, Alabama
Conveniently located in the heart of Montgomery, Drury Inn & Suites Montgomery is just minutes from shopping, dining, museums and attractions. Guests enjoy spacious rooms and free wifi.
1124 Eastern Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36117
Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Grandview
- Birmingham, Alabama
Located near I-459, Drury Inn & Suites Birmingham Grandview offers a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, indoor/outdoor pool and free WiFi!
3510 Grandview Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown
- Atlanta, Georgia
From the curved, glass-and-steel staircase in the lobby to the sleek guest rooms, nods to famed architect John Portman’s midcentury design merge seamlessly with the latest technology and amenities. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is connected to the AmericasMart (another Portman work).
230 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Airfare is not included on this tour. Upon independent arrival in the destination, please make your own way to the hotel.
REAL ID ACT
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Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, suggested reading and movies, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.
Please make sure you arrive in Little Rock by the afternoon in order to attend the orientation meeting and Welcome Dinner at approximately 7pm. The smarTours Tour Director will be available in the hotel lobby during the afternoon of Day 1 to assist with local sightseeing or answer any questions. Further details will be provided on the final travel documents.