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Atlanta and the Heart of Georgia Tour

Duration
6 nights
BASE PRICE
$2,549
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Active
Book Tour
type
Guided
DISTANCE
35-45 miles/day

Overview

Spend six days touring rural roads in the heart of Georgia and historic neighborhoods in Atlanta on this interactive and thought provoking tour. We will meander through quaint historic towns as we make our way towards Atlanta and follow the path from Civil War to Civil Rights in this region.

We begin the journey in the authentic southern town of Madison at the James Madison Inn. Our daily routes highlight historic homes, plantations, jails and cotton gins as we make our way across the heart of Georgia to Atlanta over two days.

Along the way, you’ll stay in luxury bed and breakfasts and get time to relax in the afternoons soaking up the southern hospitality and spring breeze. As we approach Atlanta, we seek out greenways and river trails to avoid congested roads until we arrive at Inman Park, Atlanta’s first planned community established in 1890. This neighborhood is rich in history, and many of the Victorian houses along the tree-lined streets were home to the early movers and shakers of Atlanta.

Sugar Magnolia, one of the most popular B&B’s in Atlanta, will be home base for the next three days as we explore civil rights and social justice in the South. On our daily rides, we will connect with people and stories to re-discover Georgia's role in the growth of the cotton industry and slavery to turning points leading up to the Civil War. We will explore Reconstruction, the Lost Cause, the Jim Crow era, redlining, immigration, access to education, the history of voting rights and how all these topics have impacted critical conversations in America today.

This tour is designed to be interactive and thought-provoking, and our stops will incorporate a wide range of social justice topics. We provide luggage transfers, a ride along guide and a support vehicle as we travel about 35-45 miles each day.

Highlights

  • Accommodations at James Madison Inn in Madison, Spirit of Grace Bed & Breakfast in Loganville and Sugar Magnolia B&B in Atlanta.
  • Exceptional dining options - most meals included.
  • Exploring downtown Atlanta and Madison, Atlanta's neighborhoods, and riding through rural farmland with historic sites
  • Walking history tour in Madison
  • A luncheon event with residents in Clarkston, Georgia, a refugee resettlement community
  • Visiting Stone Mountain State Park, home to the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world
  • Sunday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Difficulty

Paved rural roads with rolling hills to neighborhood streets in Atlanta and some greenways.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday): Arrival (0 miles)

Arrival in Madison, GA 3-5 PM. Check-in at the James Madison Inn where you will be greeted with southern charm and hospitality. Dinner will be on your own as you get settled in. Meet your guides and bike fitting at 8:00 PM. Review the daily routes and itinerary. Special welcome and brief history from Chamber of Commerce or North GA Tours.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Loop Ride (38 miles)

After enjoying a complimentary breakfast at the Inn you’ll set out for a 39 mile loop ride through scenic Morgan County. Highlights include the Rutledge Jail, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Sowhatchet Plantation and the Bostwick Cotton Gin. We depart the Inn mid-morning and will return mid-afternoon giving you time to enjoy downtown Madison and all 45 specialty stores and 160 antique stores at your leisure. Group activity walking tour with North Georgia tours.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Madison to Loganville (35 miles)

Enjoy another complimentary breakfast at the Inn before departing on a 35-mile journey from Madison to Loganville. We will be rolling on rural roads, and passing through the quaint towns of Rutledge, Social Circle and Jersey, with designated refreshment stops along the way. Expect lots of farmland and rolling hills. We will enjoy a coffee stop and lunch at a local diner along the way. After our pit stops and photo ops, we roll onto Loganville to take respite at the Spirit of Grace Bed and Breakfast. 

Day 4 (Thursday) Loganville to Atlanta (42-53 miles)

You and your fellow travelers will enjoy breakfast together before heading to Atlanta. We will travel back roads and greenways as much as possible on our way into Atlanta. We will arrive in Atlanta mid- to late afternoon and roll into historic Inman Park, Atlanta’s first planned community established in 1890. This neighborhood is rich in history, and many of the Victorian houses along the tree-lined streets were home to the early movers and shakers of Atlanta.

Sugar Magnolia, one of the most popular bed and breakfasts in Atlanta, will be home base for the next three days. Kathryn, the innkeeper will get you settled into your room upon arrival. Guests can relax in the parlor, rock on the front porch, or enjoy a stroll through this beautiful neighborhood. There are bars, restaurants, boutique shopping and the Atlanta Beltline within walking distance of the Inn. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 5 (Friday): Civil War, Reconstruction and Civil Rights in Atlanta (25 miles)

Our 25-mile bike ride rolls through beautiful neighborhoods and historic sites of Atlanta while exploring issues leading up to the Civil War, the vision and failures of Reconstruction and the impact of the Jim Crow era on our nation.

We will finish our ride in the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood and business district. This district, considered the birthplace of the modern-day Civil Rights movement, is home to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Ebenezer Baptist Church, childhood neighborhood and burial site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the national park at their leisure. Sugar Magnolia is a scenic 1-mile ride from the King Historic District.

Day 6 (Saturday): Civil Rights, The Lost Cause, Social Justice, and Immigration (35 miles)

This 35-mile journey will take us from Atlanta to Stone Mountain State Park. We will be pedaling on winding multi-use trails, through neighborhoods and quaint small towns.

While inside the Stone Mountain Park, guests will learn about the Confederate history of the mountain and learn about monuments and symbols throughout the park. While at the foot of the mountain, we will discuss The Lost Cause and view the largest bas-facing carving in the nation which features four Confederate Generals. We will discuss the evolving conversations the park has to reframe its narrative and reveal its true history.

Next stop is Clarkston, Georgia. This small town of 13,500 citizens, is internationally recognized as the most diverse square mile in the USA and is the largest refugee resettlement community in the country. Guests will be treated to lunch from one of the local international restaurants while learning about Immigration in America and specifically the Resettlement process for the citizens of this community.

This stop promises to be one of the eye-opening and compelling experiences offered as we examine issues of Social Justice in America. Partial proceeds will be donated to Refuge Coffee, our host site and non-profit organization hiring refugees in Clarkston, since 1986.

On our way back from Clarkston, we will stop to explore the historic, 15-block Square of Decatur, located seven miles outside Atlanta. This beautiful small town is home to unique shops, live music venues, popular restaurants, and bars. During our one-hour break, you can grab an appetizer, gourmet ice-cream, well-deserved craft beer, or beautiful souvenir from one of the many boutique shops on the Square.

We’ll leave Decatur in time to arrive at Sugar Magnolia for some R&R before finding dinner nearby on your own.

Day 7 (Sunday)

You and your fellow travelers will enjoy breakfast together before heading to Ebenezer Baptist Church for a worship service. Georgia Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock is the Senior Pastor and still ministers part-time. Ebenezer was the home church of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the late Congressman John Lewis.

The afternoon will be open to continue to discover Atlanta on your own or with new friends including options like the Botanical Gardens, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Aquarium, or a Brewery Tour.

You can also join Bicycle Tours of Atlanta's "Fall in Love With Atlanta Bicycle Tour," a tour (additional fee) for guests wanting to see and learn about the exciting art and culture of this beautiful city. It's time to kick back and see why this is such an amazing city to call home.

Individual check-out and departure.


Dates & Pricing

DATES: 

April 11, May 2, Sept. 26, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, 2022

Other dates on request for groups of 4 or more

Price: 

$2,549 per person double occupancy

$769 single room supplement

$550 e-bike rental

$300 hybrid bike rental

Inclusions
  • 6 nights’ lodging
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • Guided rides and historical interpretation
  • Walking history tour in Madison
  • Church service with Georgia Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock at Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Support vehicle + mechanic
Map
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Day 1 (Monday): Arrival (0 miles)

Arrival in Madison, GA 3-5 PM. Check-in at the James Madison Inn where you will be greeted with southern charm and hospitality. Dinner will be on your own as you get settled in. Meet your guides and bike fitting at 8:00 PM. Review the daily routes and itinerary. Special welcome and brief history from Chamber of Commerce or North GA Tours.

Day 2 (Tuesday): Loop Ride (38 miles)

After enjoying a complimentary breakfast at the Inn you’ll set out for a 39 mile loop ride through scenic Morgan County. Highlights include the Rutledge Jail, Hard Labor Creek State Park, Sowhatchet Plantation and the Bostwick Cotton Gin. We depart the Inn mid-morning and will return mid-afternoon giving you time to enjoy downtown Madison and all 45 specialty stores and 160 antique stores at your leisure. Group activity walking tour with North Georgia tours.

Day 3 (Wednesday): Madison to Loganville (35 miles)

Enjoy another complimentary breakfast at the Inn before departing on a 35-mile journey from Madison to Loganville. We will be rolling on rural roads, and passing through the quaint towns of Rutledge, Social Circle and Jersey, with designated refreshment stops along the way. Expect lots of farmland and rolling hills. We will enjoy a coffee stop and lunch at a local diner along the way. After our pit stops and photo ops, we roll onto Loganville to take respite at the Spirit of Grace Bed and Breakfast. 

Day 4 (Thursday) Loganville to Atlanta (42-53 miles)

You and your fellow travelers will enjoy breakfast together before heading to Atlanta. We will travel back roads and greenways as much as possible on our way into Atlanta. We will arrive in Atlanta mid- to late afternoon and roll into historic Inman Park, Atlanta’s first planned community established in 1890. This neighborhood is rich in history, and many of the Victorian houses along the tree-lined streets were home to the early movers and shakers of Atlanta.

Sugar Magnolia, one of the most popular bed and breakfasts in Atlanta, will be home base for the next three days. Kathryn, the innkeeper will get you settled into your room upon arrival. Guests can relax in the parlor, rock on the front porch, or enjoy a stroll through this beautiful neighborhood. There are bars, restaurants, boutique shopping and the Atlanta Beltline within walking distance of the Inn. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 5 (Friday): Civil War, Reconstruction and Civil Rights in Atlanta (25 miles)

Our 25-mile bike ride rolls through beautiful neighborhoods and historic sites of Atlanta while exploring issues leading up to the Civil War, the vision and failures of Reconstruction and the impact of the Jim Crow era on our nation.

We will finish our ride in the historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood and business district. This district, considered the birthplace of the modern-day Civil Rights movement, is home to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Ebenezer Baptist Church, childhood neighborhood and burial site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the national park at their leisure. Sugar Magnolia is a scenic 1-mile ride from the King Historic District.

Day 6 (Saturday): Civil Rights, The Lost Cause, Social Justice, and Immigration (35 miles)

This 35-mile journey will take us from Atlanta to Stone Mountain State Park. We will be pedaling on winding multi-use trails, through neighborhoods and quaint small towns.

While inside the Stone Mountain Park, guests will learn about the Confederate history of the mountain and learn about monuments and symbols throughout the park. While at the foot of the mountain, we will discuss The Lost Cause and view the largest bas-facing carving in the nation which features four Confederate Generals. We will discuss the evolving conversations the park has to reframe its narrative and reveal its true history.

Next stop is Clarkston, Georgia. This small town of 13,500 citizens, is internationally recognized as the most diverse square mile in the USA and is the largest refugee resettlement community in the country. Guests will be treated to lunch from one of the local international restaurants while learning about Immigration in America and specifically the Resettlement process for the citizens of this community.

This stop promises to be one of the eye-opening and compelling experiences offered as we examine issues of Social Justice in America. Partial proceeds will be donated to Refuge Coffee, our host site and non-profit organization hiring refugees in Clarkston, since 1986.

On our way back from Clarkston, we will stop to explore the historic, 15-block Square of Decatur, located seven miles outside Atlanta. This beautiful small town is home to unique shops, live music venues, popular restaurants, and bars. During our one-hour break, you can grab an appetizer, gourmet ice-cream, well-deserved craft beer, or beautiful souvenir from one of the many boutique shops on the Square.

We’ll leave Decatur in time to arrive at Sugar Magnolia for some R&R before finding dinner nearby on your own.

Day 7 (Sunday)

You and your fellow travelers will enjoy breakfast together before heading to Ebenezer Baptist Church for a worship service. Georgia Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock is the Senior Pastor and still ministers part-time. Ebenezer was the home church of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the late Congressman John Lewis.

The afternoon will be open to continue to discover Atlanta on your own or with new friends including options like the Botanical Gardens, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Aquarium, or a Brewery Tour.

You can also join Bicycle Tours of Atlanta's "Fall in Love With Atlanta Bicycle Tour," a tour (additional fee) for guests wanting to see and learn about the exciting art and culture of this beautiful city. It's time to kick back and see why this is such an amazing city to call home.

Individual check-out and departure.


  • Accommodations at James Madison Inn in Madison, Spirit of Grace Bed & Breakfast in Loganville and Sugar Magnolia B&B in Atlanta.
  • Exceptional dining options - most meals included.
  • Exploring downtown Atlanta and Madison, Atlanta's neighborhoods, and riding through rural farmland with historic sites
  • Walking history tour in Madison
  • A luncheon event with residents in Clarkston, Georgia, a refugee resettlement community
  • Visiting Stone Mountain State Park, home to the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world
  • Sunday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Paved rural roads with rolling hills to neighborhood streets in Atlanta and some greenways.

DATES: 

April 11, May 2, Sept. 26, Oct. 17 and Nov. 7, 2022

Other dates on request for groups of 4 or more

Price: 

$2,549 per person double occupancy

$769 single room supplement

$550 e-bike rental

$300 hybrid bike rental

  • 6 nights’ lodging
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • Guided rides and historical interpretation
  • Walking history tour in Madison
  • Church service with Georgia Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock at Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Support vehicle + mechanic
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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