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9-day American Civil War Tour - War in the West - 2020



Experience the American Civil War in the Western Theater, where the rivers were the key to everything. Delve into the campaign to divide the Confederacy, focusing on the land battles as well as the brown-water navy. Discover history from the unconditional surrender of the forts on the Cumberland River to the Hornet’s Nest at Shiloh; travel through the horse farms of Middle Tennessee to the unique world of New Orleans to explore the battles that made Grant the man to beat. Along the way be sure to stop and smell the roses and experience the rich and diverse culture and traditions of the South.

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Arrival requirement (airport and time): Nashville (BNA),no later than 12 PM
Departure requirement (airport and time): New Orleans (MSY),any time
Tour datesList price Layaway
  • Oct 23, 2020 - Oct 31, 2020
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Single supplement : $500


  • 8 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels
  • 8 breakfasts 7 lunches 8 dinners
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • 1 glass of beer/wine at lunch and dinner
  • Welcome drink and tour orientation
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • High quality motor coach transportation
  • Local expert guiding
  • 24/7 tour manager
  • All museum admissions
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus and at hotels
  • Tour-assist headsets
  • Online access to personalized My Trip account
  • All taxes and credit card fees
  • All departures guaranteed

*We have multiple hotel partners in each region, due to this your hotel list will not be available until 30 days before your tour.


  • Passengers are greeted at Nashville International Airport. We kick off the tour at Fort Negley, the largest inland stone fortification built during the Civil War, followed by free time to relax and explore Nashville. In the evening there is an introduction to the tour and a chance to get acquainted over a welcome drink.

  • In the morning we head to the Land Between the Lakes, where we explore Fort Donelson, the battle that pushed Grant into the limelight and earned him the nickname “Unconditional Surrender Grant.” In the afternoon we return to Nashville to visit the Belle Meade Plantation and enjoy a little southern hospitality with wine tasting from its vineyard.

  • We start with exploring the Battle of Stones River that ensured Union control of Nashville for the remainder of the war. In the afternoon we focus on the Battle of Franklin, which nearly destroyed the Army of Tennessee and is most known for its confederate charge of more than 2 miles over open land proving to be deadlier than Picket’s Charge. We also visit Carnton, site of a military hospital and home to the largest privately held confederate cemetery.

  • The day is dedicated to the Battle of Shiloh. Confederate forces went on the offensive attempting to defeat Grant’s troops before he could be reinforced by Buell’s Army of the Ohio. The fierce fighting at Shiloh resulted in roughly 24,000 casualties and drove home for the nation the understanding that the war would not end easily or quickly.

  • We travel to Vicksburg and spend the afternoon exploring the effect of the siege on the civilian population of the city.

  • We delve further into the Siege of Vicksburg by investigating its battlefields and going aboard the ironclad USS Cairo. Without the southern “Gibraltar,” the final defenses on the Mississippi collapsed, splitting the Confederacy in half. With the fall of Vicksburg in the West and Lee’s loss at Gettysburg in the East, the tide of war turned against the South.

  • On our way to New Orleans, we stop at Port Hudson, the last Confederate defense on the Mississippi River to fall. Faced with a siege in the summer of 1863, when its defenders learned of the fall of Vicksburg, they surrendered to the Union Army, opening the full length of the Mississippi River for Union control. For those that dare, we have the chance to experience a night time ghost tour of New Orleans.

  • The last day of the tour is dedicated to New Orleans, which fell to the Union in 1862. We explore the effect of the war on the most important port in the south, taking in Jackson Barracks and Metairie Cemetery, the final resting place of Generals Taylor, Beauregard and Hood, along with other unique sites in this one-of-a-kind-city. We end our tour with a dinner and Jazz cruise on an authentic New Orleans paddleboat.

  • After saying goodbye, our guests are brought to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport for their return flights home.