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Atlanta's Journey for Civil Rights

Duration
3 nights
BASE PRICE
$1,249
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Recreational
Book Tour
type
Guided
DISTANCE
25-35

Overview

Saddle up to three days exploring Civil Rights and Social Justice in the South. We will connect the stories from 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.

Our travels will take us to historic civil war and civil rights sites in and around the city. We will visit post-Civil War neighborhoods built for the most powerful white elites of early Atlanta and cross the railroad tracks to visit a cotton factory and mill town and explore the history of the first community established by freed slaves in 1866.

This tour is designed to be interactive and thought-provoking, and our stops will incorporate a wide range of social justice topics. Whether you are just starting to learn about American's social justice history or teach these topics in the classroom, there is a remarkable experience waiting for you on this interactive and thought-provoking 3-day event.

Highlights

  • Accommodations at Sugar Magnolia B&B located a short walk from Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Beltline
  • Exceptional dining options available throughout the 4-day event
  • Exploring beautiful historic neighborhoods and restaurant districts in and around Atlanta
  • 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
  • Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Event
  • Sunday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Robyn Elliott, the owner/operator of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta (BTA) has been showcasing her hometown by bicycle since 2009. Her combined love of people, biking and history has created a company that has maintained Trip Advisor's #1 Ranked Outdoor Activity since 2015. The team she has assembled to help develop tours, run the operation, and inform and entertain guests are some of the most talented storytellers in Atlanta. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta is excited to join Bike the South in offering multi-day excursions.

Difficulty

Mostly flat to rolling city streets and greenways

Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday) Arrive in Atlanta (0 miles)

Guests arrive in Atlanta mid to late afternoon and check into Sugar Magnolia B&B in 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 Inns in Atlanta, will be home base for the next 3 days. Kathryn, the Inn Keeper 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 is on your own.

Day 2 (Friday): Civil War, Reconstruction and Civil Rights in Atlanta (25 miles)

After a delicious breakfast shared with fellow riders we set our for a 25-mile bike ride that rolls through beautiful neighborhoods and the 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. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3 (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 Square of Decatur, located 7 miles outside Atlanta. This beautiful small town is home to unique shops, live music venues, popular restaurants, and bars. During this 1-hour break, guests 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. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4 (Sunday) Optional Activities and Depart Atlanta

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 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 14-17, May 5-8 & 12-15, 2022

Upon request for groups of 4 or more

Pricing:

$1,249 double occupancy

$479 single supplement

$300 e-bike rental

$150 hybrid bike rental

Inclusions
  • 3 nights’ lodging at Sugar Magnolia B&B in historic Inman Park neighborhood
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • Guided rides and historical interpretation
  • Church Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where U.S. Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock is senior pastor and often preaches
Map
Gallery

Day 1 (Thursday) Arrive in Atlanta (0 miles)

Guests arrive in Atlanta mid to late afternoon and check into Sugar Magnolia B&B in 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 Inns in Atlanta, will be home base for the next 3 days. Kathryn, the Inn Keeper 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 is on your own.

Day 2 (Friday): Civil War, Reconstruction and Civil Rights in Atlanta (25 miles)

After a delicious breakfast shared with fellow riders we set our for a 25-mile bike ride that rolls through beautiful neighborhoods and the 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. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3 (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 Square of Decatur, located 7 miles outside Atlanta. This beautiful small town is home to unique shops, live music venues, popular restaurants, and bars. During this 1-hour break, guests 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. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4 (Sunday) Optional Activities and Depart Atlanta

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 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 Sugar Magnolia B&B located a short walk from Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Beltline
  • Exceptional dining options available throughout the 4-day event
  • Exploring beautiful historic neighborhoods and restaurant districts in and around Atlanta
  • 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
  • Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Event
  • Sunday morning at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Robyn Elliott, the owner/operator of Bicycle Tours of Atlanta (BTA) has been showcasing her hometown by bicycle since 2009. Her combined love of people, biking and history has created a company that has maintained Trip Advisor's #1 Ranked Outdoor Activity since 2015. The team she has assembled to help develop tours, run the operation, and inform and entertain guests are some of the most talented storytellers in Atlanta. Bicycle Tours of Atlanta is excited to join Bike the South in offering multi-day excursions.

Mostly flat to rolling city streets and greenways

Dates: 

April 14-17, May 5-8 & 12-15, 2022

Upon request for groups of 4 or more

Pricing:

$1,249 double occupancy

$479 single supplement

$300 e-bike rental

$150 hybrid bike rental

  • 3 nights’ lodging at Sugar Magnolia B&B in historic Inman Park neighborhood
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • Guided rides and historical interpretation
  • Church Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where U.S. Senator, Reverend Raphael Warnock is senior pastor and often preaches
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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