Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States

February 26-March 6, 2021 • 9 Days • $1990*

Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama

This volkssport adventure is offered in two parts. Part 1: Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States, starts in San Antonio at the Texas Trail Roundup IML Event, offering walks in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Capital walks in all four states are included and we spend two nights on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Savannah, Charleston & Southern States

March 5-11, 2021 • 7 Days • $1775*

Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia

Part 2: Savannah, Charleston & Southern States, begins in Montgomery, Alabama as Part 1 ends, finishing up in Atlanta, Georgia, and includes walks in 4 states set in the very heart of Dixie! Again, capital walks in all four states of Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia are included and we spend two nights in the delightful colonial town of Savannah!

*Combine Both Parts!

Join us for both Part 1 and Part 2 for a 14-day adventure in the sunny South and receive a credit of $100 off the combined tour price.

Register with a $300 deposit for Part 1 or Part 2, or a $600 deposit for the full tour.

Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Tourist class or better hotel accommodations
  • 8 Meals: All breakfasts as denoted (B)
  • 8 walk routes, plus walks of the Texas Trail Roundup (note: because walkers can choose from a wide menu of walks, walk fees for the Texas Trail Roundup are not included in the tour price)
  • Fees for 8 walk stamps for those collecting AVA credit
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • All tipping for coach driver and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $650. We also provide a roommate matching service for those interested.

Optional Excursions:

  • Tour of Vicksburg National Military Park – Day 7
  • Travelers may visit a variety of attractions along walk routes at their own expense according to traveler interests and the availability of time.

Savannah, Charleston & Southern States

Including:

  • All land travel as outlined
  • Tourist class or better hotel accommodations
  • 7 Meals: All breakfasts and a Farewell Dinner as denoted (BD)
  • 8 walk routes
  • Fees for 8 walk stamps for those collecting AVA credit
  • WAI guide service throughout
  • All tipping for coach driver and group meals
  • Pricing is based on double occupancy. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $550. We also provide a roommate matching service for those interested.

Optional Excursions:

  • Travelers may visit a variety of attractions along walk routes at their own expense according to traveler interests and the availability of time.

Part 1 Map

Part 2 Map

Adventure Pace

Tour Pace: 1 2 3 4 5
Walk Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5

Important Info

Group Size

24-28 travelers

Hotels

Strategically located Tourist Class hotels or better

Meals

13 Breakfasts included along with the Farewell Dinner.

Airfare

Not included. We can connect you with a local travel agent that can help with airfare bookings! Travelers on Part 1 fly into San Antonio, TX, and home from Montgomery, AL. Travelers on Part 2 fly into Montgomery, AL and home from Atlanta, GA.

Transportation

Included. We use motorcoaches with a seating capacity of 40+ seats.

Traveler Age

Our travelers usually range from 50–75 years of age. All ages welcome!

Your Guide

Sierra Suits, Walking Adventures GuideSierra Suits has a head for details and the heart of an explorer! Sierra is a part-time guide and full-time tour planner in the office, and she believes that all destinations have the power to teach and transform. Sierra has worked intensively as a tour planner on our Heart of the South tour, and will be lead guide on this destination.

Itinerary

Click on each day to reveal more details. BD refers to Breakfast, Dinner.

Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States

Day 1-Feb 26: Arrive San Antonio, Texas

Hannibal Pianta Art Walk – 5/10 km, rated 1A

Travelers arrive in San Antonio today for the Texas Trail Roundup IML walking festival, and the start of the WAI Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States walking tour. Walkers are encouraged to consider arriving a day early, on February 25, to maximize participation in the Roundup. Activities today include a Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony, followed by a Welcome Reception. The Hannibal Pianta Art Walk featuring a 5 K and a 10 K route is also available, and offers highlights of the fun food scene in San Antonio!

Later this evening, we rendezvous for the first group activity, a Welcome Orientation to get acquainted and talk about the Adventures that lie ahead!

Day 2-Feb 27: Activities of the Texas Trail Roundup (B)

King William/Blue Star Art Complex Walk – 5 km, rated 1A
Mission Concepcion/King William Walk – 13 km, rated 1A
World Heritage Missions Walk – 21 km, rated 1A
World Heritage Missions Marathon Walk – 42 km marathon, rated 1A

The main activities of the Texas Trail Roundup are held today! A series of walks are available for all tastes and participation levels, from 5 km to a marathon. Our hotel is right across from the start point and walkers have all day to enjoy a full range of walks and Roundup activities.

Day 3-Feb 28: San Antonio - Austin, Texas (B)

Alamo/El Mercado Walk – 6 km, rated 2A
River Walk/Alamo/Pearl Brewery Walk – 13 km, rated 2A
Alamo/Breckenridge Park/Japanese Tea Garden Walk – 21 km, rated 2A
Austin Texas State Capital – 6 km, rated 1A

Another slate of Texas Trail Roundup walks are on tap this morning. At 2 pm, we point our bus north for the state capital — Austin, Texas. Walkers with a hankerin’ to bag a capital walk have that opportunity this evening. Our hotel is situated on the 6 km route, which crosses Lady Bird Lake and includes the State Capitol Complex.

Day 4-Mar 1: Austin – Lake Charles, Louisiana (B)

Texas A&M Walk – 5 km, rated 1A
Lake Charles Walk – distance and rating to be announced

Not far down the road is the town of College Station and our first walk of the day through the Texas A&M Campus, including Kyle Field (famous Aggie football stadium), Reed Arena, Bonfire Memorial, the Academic Building and the Century Tree. Today’s second walk is across the state line in Lake Charles, a town on a lake of the same name in the Acadiana region of Louisiana. Upon check-in to the hotel, the late afternoon is free for this walk through a town known for its culinary delights and rhythm and blues music.

Day 5-Mar 2: Lake Charles – New Orleans, Louisiana (B)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana Capital Walk – 6/10 km, rated 1A

Situated on the east bank of the Mississippi, Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana and the home of Louisiana State University. The local club route here takes us through the downtown area of Baton Rouge, past the capitol building and through Spanish Town. Mid-afternoon, we depart for New Orleans and a two-night stay in this icon of French and Creole living in the southern USA. Our hotel is strategically situated on the edge of the French Quarter, offering access to a fun selection of activities and uniquely “Big Easy” dining opportunities.

Day 6-Mar 3: Activities in New Orleans (B)

New Orleans Walk – 6/10 km, rated 1A

All day is devoted to enjoying New Orleans using the local club walk that includes the riverfront, French Quarter, Bourbon Street, and the WWII Museum. The French Quarter is the oldest and most famous part of the city. Music clubs, museums, antique shops, and delightful old-line restaurants are just around the corner from our hotel. In addition to the French Quarter, consider a ride on the oldest continuously operating streetcar in the US; a riverboat cruise, possibly with classic New Orleans music and cuisine; a cooking class to learn the secrets of Creole and Cajun cooking; or a ride past landmarks of New Orleans in a traditional mule-drawn carriage.

Day 7-Mar 4: New Orleans – Jackson, Mississippi (B)

Vicksburg, Mississippi Walk – 5/10 km, rated 1A

Today’s walk is across the Mississippi state line in the town of Vicksburg. The route takes us through the picturesque, historic town of Vicksburg where walkers have a choice of participating in the 5 km route, then adding the optional battlefield tour, or enjoying more time to do the longer 10 km walk.

Optional Excursion: Vicksburg National Military Park: Vicksburg was the site of a critical battle during the Civil War. It became a turning point due to its commanding position on the Mississippi River, the so-called “Gibraltar of the Confederacy”. Through one objective of a longer 18-month campaign, General Ulysses S Grant made his mark by capturing the Confederate fort after a 47-day siege on July 4, 1863, just one day after the South also lost the better-known Battle of Gettysburg. We hear the story of the battle, and the people whose lives were impacted, from our coach on a 2-hour tour with a licensed battlefield guide. Estimated price: $40 per person

Day 8-Mar 5: Jackson – Montgomery, Alabama (B)

Jackson, Mississippi State Capital Walk – 5 km, rated 1A
Montgomery, Alabama State Capital Walk – 5 km, rated 2A

The city of Jackson was founded in 1821 specifically as the site for a new state capital. It was named in honor of Andrew Jackson not for his role as seventh president of the United States, but for his military leadership as General Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Jackson subsequently suffered during the Civil War when Union forces under General Sherman laid siege and burned the city following their victory at Vicksburg. We start our day with the Mississippi capital walk which passes the Old Capitol Museum, the Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi State Capitol.

Mid-morning, we continue east into Alabama, bound for Montgomery, and another state capital walk. After checking into our hotel, the Montgomery walk route takes us along the riverfront, and past many historic buildings. Montgomery has been a center for the Civil Rights Movement and boasts many landmarks of this movement, including the new Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Other features of the walk include the Alabama State Capitol building, the White House of the Confederacy, Martin L. King Memorial, several historic churches, a Confederate cemetery and Hank Williams’s grave site. There’s a lot to see in Montgomery! Travelers who finish their tour with us here may consider scheduling an afternoon flight tomorrow to allow the morning free to see more of this city.

Day 9-Mar 6: Depart Montgomery (B)

Travelers participating in just the Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States leave us today. We hope you’ve been enriched by your walking experience in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama!

Savannah, Charleston & Southern States

Day 1-Mar 5: Arrive Montgomery, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama State Capital Walk – 5/8/11 km, rated 2A

Travelers arrive today for a 7-day walking adventure in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. The group coming from the Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States part of the Adventure arrives about 3 pm into our hotel. Travelers arriving into Montgomery prior to 3 pm are welcome to complete the walk self-guided. The route takes us along the riverfront, and past many historic buildings. Montgomery has been a center for the Civil Rights Movement and boasts many landmarks of this movement, including the new Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Other features of the walk include the Alabama State Capitol building, the White House of the Confederacy, Martin L. King Memorial, several historic churches, a Confederate cemetery and Hank Williams’s grave site.

Day 2-Mar 6: Montgomery – Tallahassee, Florida (B)

Quincy, Florida Walk – 6 km, rated 2B
Tallahassee, Florida State Capital Walk – 5/10 km, rated 2B

Named for our sixth president, John Quincy Adams, Quincy is a small, rural Florida town twenty miles west of Tallahassee which dates back to 1828. It has an agricultural heritage linked to Cuban tobacco, an interesting history in the area of civil rights, and was named an All-American City (the “Nobel prize for constructive citizenship”) in 1996. The walk takes us through the town square, suburbs and historic neighborhoods. Deeper into Florida’s panhandle, we arrive at the state capital of Tallahassee. After checking into our hotel, just a stone’s throw from the walk start, choose from a 5 or 10 km walk. The route winds through capitol grounds, state museums, the Florida State University campus and downtown Tallahassee. On campus, we route past the Visitor Center, FSU Circus, athletic training facilities, and Bobby Bowden Field.

Day 3-Mar 7: Tallahassee – Savannah, Georgia (B)

Historic St Marys, Georgia – 5 km, rated 1A

St. Marys, Georgia is a small coastal village located in southeast Georgia, rich in history, natural beauty, and southern hospitality. This idyllic town is the gateway to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, a pristine barrier island accessible via ferry only. Today’s route takes us through the historic area of St. Marys, the Oak Grove Cemetery with graves dating back to 1801, and along the scenic waterfront with glimpses of Cumberland Island in the distance. We finish the day up the coast in Savannah, the historic, riverside birthplace of Georgia. When Union General Sherman entered Savannah on his infamous “March to the Sea” in 1864, the mayor gave him full access to the city in exchange for leaving it untorched. For this reason, Savannah is one of the few major cities in the South that retains its antebellum architecture and charm.

Day 4-Mar 8: Activities in Savannah (B)

Colonial Savannah Walk – 5/10 km, rated 1B

General James Oglethorpe’s visionary 1733 city plan of more than 20 public squares has survived and provides the basis for Savannah’s charming ambiance and the venue for an all-day walk through one of our country’s best-preserved colonial towns. Delightful distractions along the route abound and include: trolley, carriage, and riverboat tours; visits to the Savannah History Museum, the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, and the Owens-Thomas House; and simply walking past restored homes dating back to the 1700’s and through beautiful park squares with statuary and Spanish moss-draped live oak trees.

Day 5-Mar 9: Savannah – Columbia, South Carolina (B)

Colonial Charleston, South Carolina – 5 km, rated 1A
Columbia, South Carolina State Capital Walk – 5 km, rated 2A

Charleston is another historic southern port town renowned for its colonial architecture. Attractions include the Historic District, a waterfront park, White Point Gardens, the Market area and the College of Charleston. Deeper into South Carolina, today’s capital walk in Columbia includes the impressive State House, the campus of the University of South Carolina, and historic sections reflecting the grace of the South, which either survived or were rebuilt after Sherman’s destructive “March to the Sea”.

Day 6-Mar 10: Columbia – Atlanta, Georgia (BD)

Atlanta, George State Capital Walk – 5/10 km, rated 2A

We cross the state line back into Georgia, bound for Atlanta, capital city of Georgia, and in many ways the leading city of the South. Our final walk of the adventure winds through the heart of Downtown Atlanta passing a host of big name attractions like: the Georgia Capitol building with its gold-leaf dome; the Olympic Rings and Flame from the 1996 Olympics; the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Phillips Arena; CNN Center; Georgia State University Campus; Centennial Olympic Park; the Georgia Aquarium; World of Coke (headquartered in Atlanta), National Center for Civil and Human Rights; and the College Football Hall of Fame. Walkers have all afternoon to enjoy the walk. Our bus will shuttle to the hotel twice to accommodate those walking the 5 km and those walking the full 10 km. Later this evening, join us for a Farewell Dinner to laugh, remember, and reminisce about our exploration of the history, culture and natural beauty of the Southern States!

Day 7-Mar 11: Depart from Atlanta (B)

Our hotel offers a shuttle service to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Travelers are welcome to depart at their leisure. Thanks for sharing this volkssport adventure in a fascinating part of the USA!

More Details

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How do I lock in my place on this Adventure?

To save yourself a spot on this Adventure, contact us to register with a $300 deposit for Part 1 or Part 2, or a $600 deposit for the full tour.

Modified Payment Terms

Cancellations received in writing 120 days or more before departure will receive a full refund less a $150 administration fee per tour part. Cancellations received in writing 119 to 90 days before departure will receive a full refund less the initial $300 deposit per tour part. Cancellations received in writing 89 to 60 days before departure will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be made on cancellations received less than 60 days before departure. No refunds will be made on any unused or cancelled services once the tour has commenced.

Please view our General Tour Conditions for more details on our policies and cancellation terms.

This is a Volkssport tour

WAI features different styles of walking adventures all over the planet! What makes a volkssport tour, special? We streamline our planning process by featuring walks offered by local clubs in the destinations we’re visiting. This more-affordable adventure style offers walkers more walking and more volkssport stamps! Here are some of the other highlights of a volkssport tour:

  • All walks are club walks, offered by local clubs rather than directly planned by WAI staff. Usually they are YREs, or self-guided walks, using club-provided maps and directions. This provides walkers maximal freedom to optimize their walk experience.
  • Extensive work is done by in-office WAI planners to create a menu of fun, optional activities that travelers can add a la carte to their tour experience.
  • Though extensive work and planning to put this itinerary together is done by in-office WAI planners, no on-site planning has taken place.
  • Traveler Rewards or Discounts are typically not available.

No Traveler Discounts

No traveler discounts are available for this special Volkssport tour.

General Tour Conditions and Registration Forms

To finalize your official registration, a completed and signed copy of the Registration Form is necessary. Please be sure to read all the fun stuff (the fine print) in the General Tour Conditions!

Tour Cancellations

Walking Adventures International reserves the right to cancel any tour departure with fewer than 15 participants, in which case registered participants will receive a 100% refund of payments received. This refund policy contains one exclusion related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many suppliers require non-refundable deposits as a condition of booking services. Unforeseen circumstances linked to the virus can force us to cancel a tour. Due to these supplier’s non-refundable policies, WAI intends to retrieve as much of these deposits as possible, but cannot guarantee a 100% refund. In cases where full refunds cannot be obtained for a cancelled tour, we will do our best to transfer unrefunded money as traveler credits to be applied to a future tour to that destination.

View our full Coronavirus FAQ for more details. 

Optional Excursions

As a volkssport adventure, the emphasis of our time together will be spent on walks, rather than sightseeing. Many of the walk routes have activities available to walkers, which walkers may prioritize according to their own tastes and preferences. These activities are optional, and not included in the tour price.

As 2021 walk routes are finalized by local clubs, we will take a closer look at adding in additional, fun optional activities throughout our itinerary where available time and opportunities intersect – so stay tuned! In the meantime, we have one optional activity currently available for your consideration.

Tour of Vicksburg National Military Park – Day 7: Vicksburg was the site of a critical battle during the Civil War. It became a turning point due its commanding position on the Mississippi River, the so-called “Gibraltar of the Confederacy”. Through one objective of a longer 18-month campaign, General Ulysses S Grant made his mark by capturing the Confederate fort after a 47-day siege on July 4, 1863, just one day after the South also lost the better-known Battle of Gettysburg. We hear the story of the battle, and the people whose lives were impacted, from our coach on a 2-hour tour with a licensed battlefield guide. Estimated price: $40 per person

How is airfare arranged?

The official start point for Texas Trail Roundup & Southern States is San Antonio, Texas, and the official end point is Montgomery, Alabama.

The official start point for Savannah, Charleston & Southern States is Montgomery, Alabama and the official end point is Atlanta, Georgia. Transfers between the airports and hotels not included in San Antonio and Montgomery. Our hotel in Atlanta offers a complimentary airport shuttle at the time of publication.

Details about flight arrangements and recommended travel agent contact information will be provided by email after you register for the Adventure.  Please do not book your airfare prior to receiving these flight details from us!

What about the walks?

We generally walk at a pace of 2 to 3 miles per hour. In most cases, we are not “strolling.” We are walking at a relaxed but steady pace. Your experience will be significantly affected by your level of physical fitness. If not walking regularly at home, we strongly recommend that you make a priority of “training” beforehand in order to both enjoy the trip and avoid medical issues due to over-exertion. If you have questions about your ability to participate, please talk with our office at 1.800.779.0353.

The walks on this tour are routes offered by local clubs. Walks may be enjoyed independently; maps and directions will be provided. Your WAI Guide will be walking most of the walks and is happy to be the navigator for any who wish to have a guide. Walks are listed in the itinerary with distance and walk difficulty ratings included.

Below is the AVA walk difficulty rating system which contains a numeric indicator for trail incline and an alpha indicator for trail terrain.

INCLINE

1. Very small hills or very little stair climbing.
2. Some moderate hills and stair climbing.
3. Some significant hills or stair climbing.
4. Lots of significant hills or stair climbing.
5. Many steep hills.

TERRAIN

A. Almost entirely on pavement.
B. A significant part of the route is on well groomed trails with very few obstacles.
C. A significant part of the route is on somewhat difficult terrain (rocky/rooted paths or soft sand).
D. A significant part of the route is on very difficult terrain.
E. The majority of the route is on very difficult terrain.

Travel Insurance

WAI believes strongly in the importance of travel insurance for financial and medical protection from any number of unforeseen circumstances that can arise before departure or during your Adventure. This is now especially true in the era of COVID-19, which is typically treated like any other illness for travel insurance purposes. Many travel insurance providers are available for you to consider. Laura Pfahler and Sharon Mitchell of World Travel Inc. are travel agents who provides air travel and insurance services to many WAI travelers.

Check out Insurance Tips from World Travel for a short introduction to travel insurance. (NOTE: WAI receives no commission or financial remuneration from World Travel Inc.).

As always, do some shopping to ensure you are getting the best value. Using the squaremouth.com website can be a good way to compare pricing.

Other options include:

  • Allianz
  • Betins
  • Travel Guard
  • Travel Insured International

NOTE: We suggest purchasing from a reputable, well-established insurance company (avoid buying insurance from an unknown company found only online). Travelers interested in purchasing “cancel for any reason” insurance coverage should be careful to check pricing and terms BEFORE they register for a tour. Recent changes in the international travel landscape has caused changes in the policies of some insurance companies, and made the purchase of this particular type of policy even more time-sensitive.

COVID-19 Travel Waiver

During this age of COVID-19, WAI evaluates worldwide reports and conditions on an ongoing basis. We are in touch with travel suppliers involved in this tour itinerary, and will develop general protocols and procedures for travel. As time passes and travel conditions clarify, we will also develop policies specific to this tour. Travelers will be asked to sign a COVID-19 specific travel waiver once we have requisite details in hand.

What happens next?

Upon registering for this Adventure, you will receive a welcome letter and initial invoice. An email with critical information on flight arrangements and the Adventure Advice flyer will be sent soon after, with important information about steps to take in the months before your trip. Please do not buy your airline tickets until you review the Flight Arrangements email. Final payment for the program is due 90 days before departure, and you will receive a final billing about 3 weeks prior to that point, along with a factsheet of additional information about the Adventure to help you get prepared! Then, about 3 weeks before departure, you will receive a final packet with all the details of the program, including hotel names and contact information, and a list of fellow travelers.

Take a few minutes to peruse this new itinerary.  We’re happy to be returning to this storied region of our nation, and we think you will agree that walking is still and always the best way to experience our world. Give us a call and talk to one of our Adventure Consultants about how to join us for this unforgettable Walking Adventure program, as we savor this journey of discovery through our Southern States together!