America’s so-called Deep South has its own very distinctive culture and architecture, which will be appreciated on this architectural tour.
• View a selection of America's finest 19th century antebellum town houses and plantation mansions.
• Take part in Natchez's annual 'Spring Pilgrimage' and enter private residences that are normally closed to the public.
• Enjoy New Orleans's vibrant French Quarter and the wealth of historic mansions found in the Garden District.
Depart Heathrow 1220 on American Airlines via Charlotte, arriving Savannah 2130. Transfer to The Marshall House for three nights.
Savannah: Davenport House (Federal style 1815-20), Owens-Thomas House (1819, regarded as William Jay’s masterpiece), Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences (house by Jay 1818, now a museum).
Morning tour including Harper-Fowlkes House. Green-Meldrim House (the South’s finest Gothic Revival house). Excursion to the coastal town of Beaufort for architectural walking tour of the town’s antebellum houses. Free evening.
Depart Savannah by air via Charlotte to Jackson. Continue, via Manship House to Natchez, famous trading city on the Mississippi and rich in antebellum war architecture. Three nights at The Natchez Grand Hotel.
Natchez’s Spring Pilgrimage visits to private houses (a traditional festival dating back to 1932). Free evening.
Second day of Natchez’s Spring Pilgrimage visits to private houses.
Depart Natchez, via Rosedown (1835 cotton plantation house with elaborate garden) and the Rural Life Museum at Baton Rouge. Transfer to New Orleans for four nights at Hotel Mazarin.
New Orleans: walking tour of the old French Quarter including Hermann-Grima House (1831, built by a German Jewish merchant), St Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square (formerly the French Place d’Armes), and elegantly neoclassical Beauregard-Keyes House.
Plantation houses along the Mississippi river including Evergreen (perhaps the best-preserved of the Mississippi plantations), Madewood (imposing Greek Revival house, including private lunch), Ardoyne (eccentric Gothic Revival plantation house). Free evening.
Free day in New Orleans for independent visits to museums, Mississippi cruise or swamp tour.
Morning: St Patrick’s Church (the South’s finest Gothic Revival church) and the Garden District (handsome antebellum mansions and manicured gardens). Transfer to New Orleans airport for 1748 overnight flight via Dallas.
Arrive Heathrow 1315.