Southern Trails: Civil Rights, Delta Blues, Literature & Food!

Take a stirring and enlightening road trip of the South’s “South” — from Memphis to Jackson to Birmingham — and witness the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Mississippi Delta. Join a small group tour and experience this unique part of the Deep South.

October 9-18, 2019

9 days/9 nights: Memphis down through Oxford, Clarksdale, Greenwood, & Jackson, MS, and on to Selma, Montgomery, & Birmingham, AL.  

The full tour is expected to include:

  • National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel, Memphis
  • Civil Rights Trail Sites Throughout Mississippi & Alabama
  • Mississippi Civil Rights Museum & Mississippi History Museum, Jackson
  • National Memorial for Peace and Justice & The Legacy Museum, Montgomery
  • Southern Poverty Law Center & Maya Lin’s Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery
  • Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma
  • 16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham

  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Memphis
  • Juke Joints, Bars, & Clubs Featuring the Delta Blues from Memphis down to Clarksdale, the Birthplace of the Delta Blues
  • Mini-Blues Festival, Clarksdale
  • Delta Blues Museum, Clarksdale
  • Mississippi Blues Trail Sites
  • Boyhood Haunts that Influenced Tennessee Williams’s Most Memorable Plays
  • Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home in Oxford
  • Square Books, Oxford
  • Private Folk Art Collections

  • Dining at Barbeque Joints, Old Grocery Stores, & Upscale Award-Winning Southern Restaurants
  • Stops along the Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail
  • University of Mississippi: Center for the Study of Southern Culture’s Southern Foodways Alliance
  • Optional Specialty Cooking Class at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood (Home of Viking Ranges)
  • Southern Outsider Art Sites & Artists
  • Scholarly Lectures & Expert-Guided Tours Throughout
  • Accommodations in Classic Southern Luxury Hotels, a Hip Hotel in a Newly Renovated Building from the 1920s, & a Sophisticated Hotel & Spa with Old Southern Charm


Double Occupancy, per person: $3,741
Single Room Supplement: $1,227

Pricing is based on a minimum of 15 participants. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. Tour price includes: lodging; 5 lunches, 9 dinners with wine & beer, and daily breakfasts; all honoraria, entrance fees, & donations; private bus transportation throughout the trip; all pre- tour emailings; and numerous tours and the services of various specialized lecturers, guides, & Resonant Journeys staff. Tour price does not include: Round-trip airfare to Memphis, TN & from Birmingham, AL, and meals not specified in the itinerary. The final itinerary will be supplied to all participants closer to the time of travel.

Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity — send your deposit in now!


To secure your reservation, a deposit of $1,000 per person, payable by check to Resonant Journeys, is required to reserve a space on the tour. Deposits are applied to payment of the trip price, as stated above.

Trip participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Trip registration is a three-step process.

  1. Download and complete the registration form (see button below).
  2. Write a check for a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $1,000 per person, payable by CHECK ONLY, to: Resonant Journeys.
  3. Mail the completed registration form and check to Resonant Journeys as directed at the end of the registration form.
Download Registration Form

Questions? Contact Us:

Gretchen Freeman at 602.912.0899

Experience Cuba!

 Small group travel currently being scheduled    

Please join Resonant Journeys on a special and custom-priced tour of Cuba. Experience Cuba’s legendary culture and creativity – its amazing colonial and modernist architecture, extraordinary art, celebrated music and dance, and inventive food. Resonant Journeys delivers unprecedented access to remarkable private venues and procures the most knowledgeable scholars to provide highly informative lectures.

Recruit friends and family to form your own group and work with us to develop a custom itinerary that reflects your group’s specific interests– politics, the economy, journalism, literature, religion, film, dance, music, architecture, the visual arts, agriculture, medicine, cooking, automobiles, baseball, colonial and/or revolutionary history, or additional topics of interest. Visit Havana and communities within driving range of the city (i.e. Viñales) and/or travel to more distant locales by air — Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, and others.

Select the dates that best fit your schedule, understanding that the optimal time to visit Cuba is from December through March. We recommend a journey of no less than five days and preferably seven days or more, depending on whether you would like to travel throughout the country.

All tours include air-conditioned transportation and first-rate lodging, along with many additional amenities that will be enumerated once groups and itineraries start coming together. Trip pricing will be based on the number of participants in a group and the specific itinerary that is developed.

If you are interested in joining a group or forming your own group, please be in touch to indicate your interest and claim your preferred travel dates.

We look forward to hearing from you!