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U.S. Civil War Battlefield Tour

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The warmth of Atlanta and Chattanooga in the spring and fall offers a respite from colder conditions further north, and early June is beautiful as well. Atlanta was founded as a major railroad hub in 1836 after the Cherokee Native Americans ceded the territory, and today it is not only the city where Coca Cola was launched in 1886 and first sold in pharmacy lunch counters, it is also home to UPS, Turner Broadcasting, Home Depot, and Delta Airlines. A far more cosmopolitan city today, Atlanta had its tribulations and checkered past such as its history of slavery, and the Union invasion and burning of the city in 1864, which was the theme for local author Margaret Mitchell’s book Gone With The Wind. Atlanta was home to Martin Luther King and a forerunner of the civil rights movement, adopting the motto “the city too busy to hate”, a motto still practiced by its friendly, hospitable residents. Due to the number of large, profitable companies headquartered here who have given back to the community, some of the attractions rival what you will find in any other city. The Georgia Aquarium is, in our opinion, the best in the U.S. Good southern barbeque and an Atlanta Braves or Falcons game may compliment the educationally oriented sites visited. Chattanooga, Tennessee, a roughly two hour drive from Atlanta, is a hidden gem of the south, steeped in Civil War history. Perched on the Tennessee River, the city offers a quaint, southern charm with beautiful views of the river and looming mountains. The hit song “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” is indeed rooted in reality, because the city was a major railroad hub due to cargo transported by river. Today, a portion of the hub remains and is the site of the Chattanooga Choo-Choo Hotel, where one can see locomotives and cars from the 1800s at the original platforms, and dine in one of the cars, torches illuminating the platform out the window. Following the Battle of Chickamauga nearby in September 1863, the Union and Confederate Army fought in and around Chattanooga for months, including the famous Battle of Lookout Mountain which overlooks the city and river. Chattanooga’s Incline Railway is the steepest rail ride in the world and can be ridden today up Lookout Mountain. Lookout Mountain features several historical sites, hiking trails with stunning, panoramic vistas, and Ruby Falls Cave. Ruby Falls Cave is 1,000 feet underground, can be toured with a professional guide, and is safe for people of all ages. At the end of the cave, you will stand at the base of an underground waterfall that drops 145 feet into a pool. The cavern at the end of the cave, illuminated by multi-colored lights, is a feast for the eyes. Chattanooga’s aquarium is worth the visit, state of the art, vast, diverse, and includes an IMAX theater. 5 Go Educational Tours
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What's Included

Per student price is based on:

  • 48 students ( in quad occ.) (12 rooms)

  • 4 teachers/ chaperones (in dbl. occ.) (2 rooms)


  • Deluxe Return Motor Coach transportation from your school*

  • Lodging (option(s) indicated on the right

  • Sites and attractions:

  • a GO Leader for the duration of your trip

  • all breakfasts

  • all taxes and gratuities

  • Overnight security ( 6 hours per night )

  • * Must be within approximately 400 miles from the destination - overnight coach travel can be arranged but additional costs may be incurred.

  • * All GO itineraries conform with DOT motor coach driving and rest rules.

Qualifies for GO Travel Scholarship

Exclusions: flights and personal expenses


Good For These Types Of Travel Programs

Year End Educational Tour to Atlanta-Chattanooga School Class Educational Trip to Atlanta-Chattanooga
Academic Educational Tour to Atlanta-Chattanooga Academic Class Trip to Atlanta-Chattanooga
Cultural Tour to Atlanta-Chattanooga General Cultural School Trip to Atlanta-Chattanooga
Language Immersion Tour to Atlanta-Chattanooga Language Class Trip to Atlanta-Chattanooga

Trip Highlights

Atlanta: • CNN Studio Tour • Georgia Aquarium • Martin Luther King Memorial • The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library • Ruby Falls • Lookout Mountain Train • Chickamauga Battlefield • Kennesaw Mountain Civil War reenactment (when available) • Atlanta History Center (33 acres of history, house tours, museum) • Historic Margaret Mitchell House (author of Gone with the Wind) • Stone Mountain Park (if 4-day trip) • Medieval Times Dinner & Jousting Tournament (Civil War Reenactment Schedule Below) Chattanooga: • Explore Ruby Falls cave (1,000 feet underground) • Tennessee Aquarium • Lookout Mountain Battle Park • Chickamauga Battlefield • Incline Railway (world’s steepest railway) • Rock City hiking trails • Riverboat ride on the Tennessee River Civil War Reenactment Schedule: • May 18-19, 2013: Battle for Resaca, GA (an hour from Chattanooga) • September 7-8, 2013: Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (45 minutes from Chattanooga) • September 19-22, 2013: McLemore’s Cove, Chickamauga • November 23-25, 2013: Battles for Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain • May 17-18, 2014: Battle for Resaca, GA (an hour from Chattanooga) • September 6-7, 2014: Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (45 minutes from Chattanooga) • Regularly scheduled: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, GA (30 minutes from Atlanta)

Price per Paying Student

3 days and 2 nights
48 students + 4 teacher/chaperones $287
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3 Lunches and 3 dinners


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