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The Top of the Trail: Antebellum Athens

2 Day / 1 Night Group Tour Itinerary

Day One

Garden Bench Dawg

Morning: Your journey into Athens' past begins in the northern-most community of Georgia's Antebellum Trail. You will start off with a stroll through the North Campus of the University of Georgia, the first state-charted university in the United States. Greek Revival architecture highlights the original grounds. Make one of your stops the secluded and quiet Founders Memorial Garden, commemorating the establishment of the first garden club in United States.

Lunch: Pick from over 50 eateries in Historic Downtown and take time to browse the shops as you walk off lunch.

Afternoon: Delve deeper into our Antebellum roots at the Federal-style Church-Waddel-Brumby House (ca. 1820), Athens' oldest surviving residence. You'll meet your step-on guide for the Museum Mile Tour of Historic House Museums with driving commentary and docent tours in each of the homes.

Evening: Take a short break at your hotel, and rejoin the group for a private dinner at Mama's Boy, known for its "Southern fun dining." An evening of entertainment awaits you with a Broadway show at The Classic Center or a performance at the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center.

Day Two

Morning: Whether you fancy gardens or galleries, you will have your pick between the 313-acre preserve at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia or the newly-renovated and substantially expanded Georgia Museum of Art.

Lunch: Dine at the Savannah Room in the Georgia Center on campus, where you can hear from your server about how Uga (the University of Georgia's mascot) has his own hotel room upstairs for game days.

Afternoon: Don't miss the arts community of Watkinsville on your way out of town and enjoy such historical treasures as the Eagle Tavern Museum (ca. 1801), a restored stagecoach inn and house museum. Continue down the Antebellum Trail and delight in the heritage of the seven communities along Georgia's oldest established trail.

Contact the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau to make hotel room block arrangements, 706.357.4430, toll free 800.653.0603 or Request a Destination Planning Guide.

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