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A Pilgrimage to Plains, In Honor of President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter


Featuring a side trip to Alabama for a Salute to Civil Rights


  • An up close look at America's 39th president, featuring his presidential library in Atlanta and his hometown of Plains
  • Visit FDR's Little White House 
  • Two nights at Calloway Gardens - a year round resort with over 2,500 acres of flowers and foliage
  • Two nights in Americus at the beautiful Windsor Hotel
  • Step back in time to the Civil War days at Andersonville, a POW camp at the end of the war
  • Spend a day in Plains, exploring President Carter's hometown
  • Learn the story of Tuskegee Airmen 
  • Rosa Parks Museum, National Memorial for Peace & Justice - Montgomery
  • 14 meals, roundtrip air, services of a SLV Tour Director, home pick-up
  • 3900/4500 Gold Passport Points



Daily Itinerary

Editor's Note: Several years ago, I led a group of travelers to Plains, Georgia. It had always been on my bucket list, because it was the hometown of a man I greatly admired, President Jimmy Carter. My reasons for going had nothing to do with politics, but rather a desire to learn more about President Carter and his family (remember Billy, who was a constant embarrassment?). The journey also features a short stay in the Alabama, where you'll honor a great American with a visit to the museum by her name, Rosa Parks; and honor the Air Men of Tuskegee. A bit off the main list for some travelers perhaps, but a true opportunity for an American history lesson many Californians might otherwise overlook.

Day 1

Fly to Atlanta, dinner at Mary Mac’s, President Carter’s favorite restaurant! Hyatt Regency downtown Atlanta (D)

Day 2

Visit the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, then travel to Pine Mountain, GA,  for 2 nights at the magnificent Callaway Gardens Lodge. Your morning and evening meals are included. (FB,D)

Day 3

Tour Calloway Gardens (check out the Butterfly Center and Pumpkins at Calloway) and visit the Little White House, Roosevelt's personal presidential retreat. (FB,D)

Day 4

Travel to Americus, GA, en route, visit the infamous Andersonville Prison (a Civil War monument), 2 nights at the Historic Windsor Hotel, a truly remarkable accommodation in a cozy little town. (FB,L,D)

Day 5

"Meet Jimmy Carter.” A visit to Plains (pop. 776), includes a guided tour, lunch and stops at some “presidential” landmarks around town; among them a unique peanut statue, brother Billy Carter’s service station and the National Historic Site at Plains High School. After you've spent a little time in town, it sorta feels like the place President Carter would have his roots. (B,L)

Day 6

From Americus, travel west into Alabama. In Tuskegee, learn the fascinating story of the WWII military pilots and airmen. Their excellent combat record earned them praise and citations for protecting American bombers from enemy fighters. After lunch in an antebellum home, continue on to Montgomery, for a visit to the Rosa Parks Museum. Best known for her role in the Montgomery bus boycott, she was honored by the United States Congress as "the first lady of civil rights." Embassy Suites (B,L)

Day 7

Learn about the history of Montgomery this morningn with stops at Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. This is Alabama's capital city and some say the center of the civil rights movement. After an early light lunch at a local favorite, we fly home. (FB, L)

Daily Itinerary Meal Legend
CBContinental Breakfast
BGenerally a limited buffet or menu
FBFull buffet or choice of menu
BRBrunch, often buffet-style
LLunch, often several menu options
HT or ATHigh or Afternoon Tea
DDinner, often several menu options


Sunday, October 22, 2023 to Saturday, October 28, 2023

7 Days, 14 Meals

6 breakfast, 4 lunches, 4 dinners



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