Our guided tour begins in Buckhead, learning interesting and fun facts while driving past the Governor’s Mansion and the Swan House. We will then travel along the infamous Peachtree Street through midtown and downtown, with a stop at the The King Center, where nearly a million people each year make pilgrimage to the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects at the final resting place of Dr. King and his wife Coretta. After seeing the downtown attractions and highlights, we’ll stop for lunch at Atlantic Station and tour this eclectic assortment of more than 50 shops, featuring a walkable streetscape-style setting with brick paved streets and a Central Park. The compact setting features great boutiques, sidewalk cafes, hip restaurants and a boutique hotel, making it the perfect destination for the final leg of the tour.
Centennial Olympic Park not only serves as a legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, but is the center of a thriving tourist district with neighbors that include the College Football Hall of Fame, the Center for Civil & Human Rights, the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center and Imagine It! The Children’s Museum. This downtown Atlanta park is an urban oasis offering an abundance of activities and things to do!
On this day, you will have the chance to split off in groups with local chaperones and enjoy all the different venues Centennial Olympic Park offers or just relax and enjoy the park by itself. There are several places to enjoy lunch within the park and venues.
Explore more than 30 acres of breathtaking botanical bliss at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Since the Garden opened more than 35 years ago, there's been more than 50 different updates, new exhibits and upgrades applied to the facility, making these gardens a must see in Atlanta. The Botanical Gardens and Conservatories boasts the longest (600 feet) canopy walk through the treetops of Storza Woods, a rare collection of high-elevation orchids never before grown in the Southeast, plus the exciting new Skyline Garden, offering a perfect way to visit Atlanta on a beautiful October day. For lunch, we will dine at nearby Mary Mac’s Tea Room, an Atlanta landmark, to enjoy authentic Southern cooked cuisine served family style.
Since 1959, Lenox Square® has been the premier shopping destination for fashionistas throughout the Southeast. Located in the heart of Buckhead, Lenox Square offers an unparalleled shopping experience. An impressive two-story glass facade provides a dramatic entrance showcasing the iconic property’s street side presence, including a glass covered porte-cochere and valet amenities for easy access. The property boasts Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's and features nearly 250 specialty stores including FENDI, Burberry, Cartier, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Diane von Furstenberg, and Vineyard Vines.
Phipps Plaza is the southeast's premier, upscale shopping destination. It is a beautiful, climate-controlled indoor shopping mall which boasts 100+ stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Belk, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and more. In addition to being able to shop categories like women's and men's apparel, children's apparel and jewelry, Phipps Plaza offers plenty of entertainment with a 14-screen AMC movie theatre and LEGOLAND Discovery Center attraction.
Several dining options are available at both locations for lunch catering to any taste at any price. Transportation for this elite shopping experience includes picking up from the Grand Hyatt, travel to both malls, and the return trip back to the Grand Hyatt.