A Civil Rights Journey - 5 Days

Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, Memphis

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Admission to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Inside CNN VIP Tour
  • Admission to the World of Coca-Cola
  • Visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
  • Admission to the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum
  • Guided tour of the Civil Rights Memorial and Center
  • Admission to the Rosa Parks Museum and Children's Wing
  • Guided tour of the Freedom Rides Museum
  • Guided tour of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Parsonage Museum
  • Guided tour of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church
  • Guided tour of the 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Admission to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Admission to the National Civil Rights Museum
  • Guided tour of Sun Studios

  • Daily Itinerary

    Day 1

    You'll depart to Atlanta, your first stop on your Civil Rights history trip. Upon arrival in Atlanta, you'll meet your Tour Manager who will guide and educate you through the trip.

    Your first stop will be The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to the achievements of both the civil rights movement in the United States and the broader worldwide human rights movement. The Center hosts a number of exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, that not only tell the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, but how that period is related to more contemporary human rights struggles around the world.

    This afternoon you'll take the Inside CNN VIP Tour for an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with expanded access to the working studios at the Global Headquarters of CNN Worldwide!

    Next, you'll visit the World of Coca-Cola where you'll see the fully-functioning bottling line. View more than 1,200 never-before displayed artifacts, share a hug with a 7 foot tall Polar Bear, and more!

    Day 2

    This morning you'll visit the home of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birth, hear his story, see where he played as a child, walk in his footsteps, and hear his voice in the church where he moved hearts and minds. It's an experience to remember as you visit the places where Dr. King was born, lived, worked, worshipped, and is buried.

    You will also visit the The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. Located in Atlanta, Georgia the Library and Museum houses President Jimmy Carter's papers and other material relating to the Carter administration and the Carter family's life. The library also hosts special exhibits, such as Carter's Nobel Peace Prize and a full-scale replica of the Oval Office, including a copy of the Resolute Desk.

    After lunch, you'll begin your drive to Montgomery, Alabama.

    This afternoon you'll take a guided tour of the Civil Rights Memorial and Center where you'll learn about sacrifices and achievements of the Civil Rights movement, confront facts of contemporary injustices, hear stories of hate crime victims, and examine your own biases.

    After dinner, you'll arrive at your hotel in Montgomery, Alabama and rest for the evening.

    Day 3

    This morning, you will visit the Rosa Parks Museum and Children's Wing in Montgomery, Alabama. On December 1, 1955, Mrs. Parks refused to give up her seat on the Montgomery City Bus to a white man sparking the 381 day Montgomery Bus Boycott that fueled the Civil Rights Movement. Troy University has dedicated the Museum and Children's Wing to Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement." In the museum you’ll go back in time on the Cleveland Avenue Time Machine to discover all of the people, like Rosa Parks, who made a difference in the world we live in today.

    Next, you'll take a guided tour of the Freedom Rides Museum where you'll learn how 21 young people helped change our nation’s history using nonviolent protest. Black and white, male and female, none of them were older than 21. They stepped off of a bus at this station on May 20, 1961. They knew they might be met with violence, and they were. They had written out wills and said goodbye to loved ones. Their goal was to help end racial segregation in public transportation and they did. This new museum explores this compelling American story. It uses artworks as well as quotes, photographs and architectural elements.

    After lunch, you'll take a guided tour of the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Parsonage Museum where you'll experience the actual residence where Dr. King and his young family lived between 1954 and 1960; an Interpretive Center, and the King-Johns Garden for Reflection.

    In the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, a National Historic Landmark, you'll see the modest pulpit where Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. first preached his message of hope and brotherhood. This church was also a center point of the Montgomery bus boycott. A large mural in the church depicts King’s civil rights crusade from Montgomery to Memphis.

    This afternoon, you'll begin your trip from Montgomery to Birmingham.

    Upon arrival, you'll take a tour of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, the first black church in Birmingham. The church became central to the Civil Rights Movement during the 60s and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a frequent speaker here. In September of 1963, the church was the target of a racially motivated bombing that killed four girls. The church was rebuilt with the help of donations and it reopened in June 1964.

    This evening, you'll arrival at your hotel in Birmingham and rest for the days ahead.

    Day 4

    This morning, you'll visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, a cultural and educational research center that promotes a comprehensive understanding and appreciation for the significance of civil rights developments in Birmingham with an increasing emphasis on the international struggle for universal human rights. BCRI is a “living institution” that views the lessons of the past as crucial to understanding our heritage and defining our future.

    This afternoon you'll drive to Memphis, Tennessee.

    Day 5

    This morning you'll visit the National Civil Rights Museum. The Museum exists to assist the public in understanding the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement and its impact and influence on human rights movements worldwide. Through its collections, exhibitions, research and educational programs, you'll have an inside view of this time in our nation's history.

    You'll end your trip with a tour of the famous Sun Studios. Reputedly the first rock-and-roll single, Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats' "Rocket 88" was recorded here in 1951 with song composer Ike Turner on keyboards, leading the studio to claim status as the birthplace of rock & roll.

    This afternoon your trip comes to a close as you depart for your trip home.





    OUR PRICE GUARANTEE

    We know how hidden costs can ruin a program. Our tours are fully inclusive; there are no hidden costs or surcharges.
    Once your group enrolls in a trip, the price will never change. Here is what you will get on every trip:



    Customization

    Every single tour that we operate is unique and tailored for your group.

    Private Tours

    We do not combine your tour group with others.

    Online Planning

    Take advantage of our innovative tools to make organizing your trip a breeze.

    Flexible Payments

    We offer a variety of online, scheduled and recurring payment options.

    Affordability & Quality

    We focus on providing the best experience with the best value for your dollar.

    Chaperones travel for free!

    Just tell us how many free places you need.

    Medical & Trip Delay Insurance

    ETA includes up to $50,000 per person in medical coverage and insurance protection for travel delays.

    Optional Trip Cancellation Insurance

    This even includes a "cancel for any reason" option.

    24 Hour Support

    We have staff available 24/7 via phone for any emergency.

    Full-time Tour Manager

    ETA's professional Tour Manager will be with you throughout your trip.

    Air, Land & Water Transportation

    We include all transportation... to, from and during your trip.

    Accommodations

    Hotel, homestay and/or hostel options are customized according to your preferences, itinerary and budget.

    Sightseeing & Entrance Fees

    If it is included in your itinerary, any fees and/or tickets are covered.

    Meals

    You choose which meals are included in your program.