NGC Sponsored Tours

NGC Classic Georgia Tour 2018

Atlanta, GA, April 2-7, 2018

Join us as we explore the history, culture, architecture, and landscapes of Georgia’s capital city and surrounding areas.

APRIL 2-7, 2018
Price per person based on two sharing a room $1,850*
Single Supplement - $600 (*Includes a $100 Donation to NGC)
For more information contact: Mary Ann Bryant - Boutique Tours, Inc.
Phone: (770) 893-1570


Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Monday, April 2

    After arriving independently at Hartsfield International Airport, Atlanta, make your way by taxi to the Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park. After checking into the hotel, it is easy to explore several of Atlanta’s most popular attractions. Interesting places to visit within easy walking distance of the hotel include The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Studio, College Football Hall of Fame, and the Center for Civil & Human Rights.

    Our group will gather in the evening for a welcome dinner in a nearby restaurant.

  • Tuesday, April 3

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will learn about Atlanta’s history, architecture, and landscapes as we discover of some of Atlanta’s iconic neighborhoods. Along the way, we will pause for tours of Georgia’s Governor’s mansion and its organically grown vegetable garden and the Atlanta History Center where lunch will be a “sophisticated Southern dining experience”.

    After lunch, we will tour the Atlanta History Center’s 22-acre Goizueta Gardens that features six distinct gardens showcasing the horticultural history of the Atlanta region. As we explore the gardens, we will discover a mansion that provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of a wealthy Atlanta family during the 1920s and 1930s and the Smith Family Farm, an 1840’s rural plantation house with a smokehouse, slave gardens, and costumed interpreters.

    Enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants near the hotel.

  • Wednesday, April 4

    Located near Rome, GA, Berry College is situated on one of the World’s largest and most beautiful campuses. Twenty-seven thousand acres of fields, forests, lakes, and mountains provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting. The college’s architecture includes diverse styles ranging from log cabins to an Oxford-inspired Collegiate Gothic quadrangle donated by Henry Ford.

    We will spend our day seeing this remarkable place and learning about its amazing founder, Martha Berry. As we tour the Martha Berry Museum, we will learn about Martha Berry’s Student Work Experience Program that is still an important part of a Berry College experience. (One example is Berry Farms, a student-operated enterprise that produces vegetables, herbs, honey, eggs, dairy products, and beef for the Berry community and surrounding areas.)

    Another highlight of our tour will be Martha’s home, Oak Hill, and its Colonial revival gardens.

    Both lunch and dinner are included in our tour today.

  • Thursday, April 5

    We start our day with a guided tour of Atlanta’s beautiful 30-acre botanical garden and its Dorothy Chapman Fuqua Conservatory that includes an orchid display house, a high elevation house with a massive waterfall, a tropical rotunda, a desert house, and more.

    Our included lunch is at Mary Mac’s Tea Room, an iconic 1945 era “Atlanta institution” where you can sample authentic Southern comfort food. Afterwards, be ready to see a performing arts theater unlike any other! The Fox Theater is a masterpiece of Islamic and Egyptian architecture that had originally been planned as part of a Yaarab Shrine temple. In addition to the unique design, the “Fabulous Fox” experience includes a night sky of 96 embedded crystal “stars” (a third of which flicker) with a projection of clouds that slowly drift across the “sky” and the “Mighty Mo”, the largest theatre instrument built by Moller and the second-largest theatre organ in the country, behind the Wurlitzer at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

    Before our day ends, we will be treated to afternoon tea at Bellmere, the gracious home of NGC’s beloved Honorary Life President, Deen Day Sanders.

    Dinner tonight is on your own.

  • Friday, April 6

    Most of our day will be spent in Athens, GA, where we will begin our tour with a visit to the Founder’s Memorial Garden on the campus of the University of Georgia that commemorates the 12 founders of America’s first garden club, the Ladies Garden Club of Athens. After that, we will visit the trial gardens at UGA where the newest varieties of annuals from all over the world are trialed and perennials are put to the test to find those that will stand up to the southeastern heat and humidity.

    After lunch on your own in the quaint Athens downtown, we will visit the Garden Club of Georgia headquarters and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

    Before returning to our hotel, we will enjoy an included dinner.

  • Saturday, April 7

    There will be a mid-morning transfer from the hotel to the airport for those with late morning or early afternoon flights. Others who may want to linger to enjoy some of the area attractions may opt to leave luggage at the hotel and return to the airport by taxi.

Itinerary Includes:

  • 5 nights lodging at the Embassy Suites at Centennial Olympic Park
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 3 Dinners
  • Guided Tour of Atlanta neighborhoods
  • Tour of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Tour of the Goizueta Gardens at the Atlanta History Center
  • Tour of the Swann House
  • Visit to the Smith Family Farm
  • Tour of Founders Memorial Garden in Athens
  • Tour of the University of Georgia Trial Gardens
  • Tour of the Garden Club of Georgia Headquarters
  • Tour of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
  • Tour of the Atlanta Botanical Garden
  • Tour of the Fox Theater
  • Tea at Bellmere
  • Tour of Berry College, Oak Hill, and the Martha Berry Museum

*Airfare not included*

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