Civil Rights Trail & Music History

April 8, 2025 thru April 16, 2025

Embark on an inspiring journey through the heart of the American South, exploring the pivotal sites of the civil rights movement and the rich musical heritage of the region. From Atlanta to Montgomery, immerse yourself in the stories and sounds that shaped a nation. This tour offers a deeply moving and transformative experience, celebrating resilience and unity through history and culture.


Air

Roundtrip air transportation from ABQ

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

9 days, 8 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

15 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) included

Availability

Available

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Tour Highlights

  • MLK, Jr. National Historic Park Visitor Center
  • Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • The King Center
  • 16th Street Baptist Church
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Eddie Kendricks Memorial Park
  • The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  • Birmingham Negro Southern League Museum
  • Kelly Ingram Park
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Rosa Parks Museum
  • Freedom Rides Museum
  • Monroe County Heritage Museum
  • Interactive To Kill a Mockingbird Play at Museum
  • Journeys for the Soul with JoAnne Bland Riding/Walking Tour
  • Hank Williams Museum
  • Tour of Macon
  • Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House
  • APEX Museum
  • National Center for Civil and Human Rights
  • Mary Mac’s Tea Room

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • 8 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
  • 15 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) included
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping) 


Day 1 - Welcome to Atlanta

Depart Albuquerque on a flight to Atlanta. Transfer to your hotel in Buckhead, one of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods.

Meals Included: (D)

Day 2 - Civil Rights History from Atlanta to Birmingham

Depart for the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park Visitor Center. Explore engaging exhibits, watch a film in the Visitor Center Theatre, then stroll through the serene International World Peace Rose Garden, pausing at the “Behold” Memorial on your way to the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Here, you can listen to inspiring sermons and speeches by Dr. King and browse exhibits in the Fellowship Hall. Continue your journey to The King Center to reflect at Dr. and Mrs. King’s Tomb and view the Eternal Flame. Explore Freedom Hall’s significant artifacts from Dr. King, Gandhi, and Rosa Parks, and don’t miss the historic Fire Station No. 6 and the Gandhi Statue as you walk down the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.

After this enriching experience, head to The Municipal Market for an independent lunch. In the afternoon, visit the iconic 16th Street Baptist Church, an important site in civil rights history. Then, continue on foot to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, where you can delve into powerful exhibits that chronicle the struggle for civil rights. Conclude your day by checking into your hotel in Birmingham.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 3 - Jazz, Baseball, & History

Begin your day with a visit to Eddie Kendricks Memorial Park, dedicated to the legendary singer from The Temptations. Next, head to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, where you can immerse yourself in the rich history of jazz in Alabama and see exhibits honoring great jazz musicians.

Continue your cultural exploration at the historic Lyric Theater, a beautifully restored venue that showcases Birmingham’s performing arts heritage. Then, visit the United Negro League Baseball Field, a significant site in the history of African American sports. Conclude your day with Kelly Ingram Park, known for its pivotal role in the civil rights movement, offering monuments and sculptures that tell powerful stories of the struggle for equality. The park was a central location for numerous civil rights protests and demonstrations, particularly in 1963 during the Birmingham Campaign.

Meals Included: (B, L)

Day 4 - Heroes Paving the Way

Start your day with a visit to the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, dedicated to the heroic African American pilots who broke racial barriers during World War II. Explore the exhibits and learn about the challenges and triumphs of the Tuskegee Airmen, whose bravery and skill were crucial in paving the way for the integration of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In the early afternoon, head to the Rosa Parks Museum, located at the site where Rosa Parks made her historic stand against segregation in 1955. This museum offers an immersive experience, detailing the events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks’ significant role in the Civil Rights Movement.

Next, visit the Freedom Rides Museum, housed in the historic Greyhound Bus Station where the Freedom Riders were attacked in 1961. A guided tour will provide deep insights into the courageous efforts of these young activists who challenged segregation laws across the South. Conclude your day by checking into your hotel in Montgomery and enjoy some leisure time during the evening kickback.

Meals Included: (B, L)

Day 5 - To Kill a Mockingbird

Begin your day with a visit to the Monroe County Heritage Museum, where you’ll have time to explore the exhibits that bring the rich history of Monroeville to life. This museum, housed in the Old Courthouse, celebrates the legacy of Harper Lee and Truman Capote, both of whom hailed from this small Alabama town.

In the afternoon, immerse yourself in a unique theatrical experience with the stage adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” performed in the very courthouse where Harper Lee’s father practiced law. This special performance transports you back to the era of the novel, with the added tradition that any white male over the age of 18 might be selected for jury duty, enhancing the authenticity of the courtroom scene. Following the performance, depart Monroeville and head to your next destination. Enjoy a relaxing dinner and leisure time during the evening kickback at your hotel.

Meals Included: (B)

Day 6 - Selma

Begin your day with a visit to Selma, where you will meet your step-on guide for a captivating three-hour guided history tour, “Journeys for the Soul.” This tour will take you through key sites of the Civil Rights Movement, including the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the Bloody Sunday march took place in 1965. You’ll walk in the footsteps of history, gaining a deeper understanding of the struggles and triumphs that took place in Selma.

In the afternoon, travel to the Hank Williams Museum, dedicated to the country music star. Explore exhibits showcasing his life, career, and enduring impact on music. After your visit, return to your hotel to relax and enjoy the evening kickback.

Meals Included: (B, L)

Day 7 - Macon & Allman Brothers Band

Arrive in Macon and start your afternoon at the Macon-Bibb County Downtown Visitor Center. Known for its rich musical heritage and beautiful architecture, Macon offers a glimpse into Georgia’s cultural past and vibrant present.

Next, visit the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, a must-see for music enthusiasts. This museum, housed in the former home of the band, is filled with memorabilia, instruments, and personal items that tell the story of the legendary Southern rock group. Afterward, head to your hotel in Atlanta.

Meals Included: (B, L)

Day 8 - APEX Museum & National Center for Civil & Human Rights

Enjoy a free morning to relax or explore on your own before departing the hotel in the afternoon. Your first stop is the APEX Museum, where you will delve into the rich and often overlooked history of African Americans in Atlanta and beyond. This museum offers compelling exhibits that highlight contributions and achievements throughout history.

Next, visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. This immersive museum connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global human rights struggles, featuring powerful exhibits and interactive displays that inspire and educate. Conclude your day with a delightful meal at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, an iconic Atlanta restaurant known for its traditional Southern cuisine. Afterward, return to your hotel for a restful evening.

Meals Included: (B, D)

Day 9 - Journey Home

Transfer to the airport and journey home.

Meals Included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$3,995 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$4,895 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Final Payment Due:

January 7, 2025

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation ABQ (not including airline baggage & in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• 8 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• 15 meals (8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners) included
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• Your professional SUN TOURS Tour Director
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping) 


Booking Policy

Final Payment Due: January 7, 2025

CANCELLATION FEES: 

  • None through January 7, 2025
  • $200 – January 8 – February 6, 2025
  • $2,300 – February 7 – March 6, 2025
  • 100% after March 6, 2025

TRAVEL PROTECTION IS ENCOURAGED


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 4

The Activity Level for this tour is Active.

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Albuquerque International Sunport. If you have an airline frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Albuquerque, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your ID to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

SUN TOURS acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Georgia:
Temperature: Highs around 71°F (22°C), lows about 52°F (11°C).
Rainfall: Moderate, with 9-11 rainy days.

Alabama:
Temperature: Highs range from 73°F (23°C) to 77°F (25°C), lows around 50°F (10°C) to 59°F (15°C).
Rainfall: High, with 9-10 rainy days.

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