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  • Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

    1. Atlanta: 1.5-Hour Highlight Trolley Tour

    Explore all the most popular and historic areas of the “Capitol of the South.” Hop aboard the Trolley in Atlanta’s downtown and hear the stories and history of this southern metropolis. This trolley tour is an excellent way to get the lay of the land and open your eyes to all the things you can do in Atlanta. Cruise by the Old 4th Ward, the neighborhood where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, which is now filled with artisanal restaurants and stores. Discover areas such as Centennial Olympic Park, Inman Park, and Ansley Park.

    It was so great and the driver and tour guide were AMAZING! We visited from Dallas and became quick friends who both of the lovely ladies!

  • Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

    2. Atlanta Electric Car City Tour

    Learn all about the history of Atlanta and explore some of its most exciting areas on a 90-minute journey via electric car. Explore the city far away from all its main tourist-crowded areas downtown. Discover some of its most historic and eclectic neighborhoods like Inman Park, Atlanta's first planned suburb; Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of the civil rights movement and home to Dr. Martin Luther King; Georgia Institute of Technology; the Martin Luther King Jr Historic Site; and Midtown Atlanta, with its thriving bars, cafes, and colorful lifestyle. The Atlanta Experience tour is perfect for both tourists and locals wanting to learn more about the city's history. Whether a first-time visitor or an Atlanta resident, you will leave with a new found love and affection for this great southern city.

    We had a great time with our City Tour by electric car. Shawna was great ! We highly recommend this to other travelers . You will learn a lot about the State of Georgia particularly the city of Atlanta.

  • Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

    3. Atlanta: Downtown, Midtown or Eastside Segway Tour

    Discover Atlanta in a fun and exciting way by gliding around on Segway. Learn about the rich culture and history as you explore some of the eclectic neighborhoods of this fascinating southern city. Choose one of three tours to explore different parts of Atlanta. Each segway tour begins with a 15-20 minute training session so that you feel safe and comfortable as you hit the streets on these vehicles.  On the Eastside Atlanta 2.5-hour tour, see the historic sites and neighborhoods of Atlanta on a relaxed tour that takes an in-depth look at the city’s history and culture. Meet your group at the meeting point and set off, avoiding the busy sidewalks and congested streets. Go to the Inman Park neighborhood to explore Atlanta's first planned suburb, established back in the 1890’s. Continue to the Martin Luther King National Park, located at his boyhood home on Auburn Avenue. Explore the trad...

    It was a fun and interesting morning. We learned a lot about the city's history.

  • Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

    4. Atlanta: Martin Luther King Historic District Walking Tour

    Hear the story of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in a way that you’ve never heard it before. Walk the same streets that MLK once walked. Visit the places where he worked, lived, and worshipped. Even Atlanta natives will gain a deeper understanding of the community’s contribution to American history on this moving tour. Listen to amazing stories of civil rights leaders that seamlessly weave through the history of MLK, the movement, and the city of Atlanta. Learn about Dr. King with a visit to the Freedom Hall of the King Center. Step into the Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where MLK served as co-pastor with his father. Visit Prince Hall Grand Lodge, which was the headquarters of the SCLC during the 1960s. Take in the phenomenal views at the Jackson Street Bridge. By the end of the tour, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of Martin Luther King.

    Although we didn't get to tour many of the historical buildings because of COVID restrictions we did see photos and some video. Mostly it was the ambience of the area and learning morning about the cvil rights movement and the leaders. Truly interesting.

  • Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

    5. Atlanta: Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

    Experience Atlanta, Georgia, on a self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map in one. This tour has been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. The walking tour begins at Centennial Olympic Park. Learn about the 1996 Olympic Games and the shocking bombing that went unsolved for an entire year. Enjoy animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as different centuries or interior rooms. Swing by the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta’s most popular attraction. Experience all sorts of quirky exhibits, colorful tidbits of history, and coke flavors from around the world. After that, stop at the Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United States. See enormous whale sharks and more thanks to the aquarium’s 10-million-gallon tank. Continuing downtown, hear about the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. Learn abou...

  • Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

    6. Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

    Climb into a private vehicle and begin your tour of downtown Atlanta. Begin on Peachtree Street located along Atlanta’s main thoroughfare and home to one the South’s oldest private clubs, several historic churches, and the site of the deadliest hotel fire in US history. Then head into the Fairlie Poplar Historic District - the commercial heart of the city which contains a range of architectural styles popular in the late 19th and early-20th centuries including Atlanta's Flatiron Building. Then head to the Centennial Olympic Park to see The World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil Rights, and CNN. Finally, witness the imposing Mercedes Benz Stadium which is home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. Continue the tour with a drive through midtown, where you will see the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind. Admire the ...

    Derek K. was fantastic very knowledgeable. He answered. all of our questions and was very aware of ou needs and wants. This was a phenomenal experience. .

  • Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

    7. Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

    Start the tour with a stop at Cabbagetown - a historic cotton mill-town established in the late 19th century which still retains its unique and historical architecture. Then head over to Inman Park to see the site of the Battle of Atlanta. Marvel at the many decorative Victorian homes in the neighborhood including the home of the founder of Coca Cola.  Next, continue on to Oakland Cemetery - a garden cemetery which is the final resting place for various historical figures including Civil War soldiers, the author of Gone with the Wind, and the founder of The Masters Golf Tournament. Visit numerous locations associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights movement including his birthplace, church, and final resting place. Finally, end the tour at Sweet Auburn Curb Market - Atlanta's only public market located on what was known in the early 20th century ...

    Our guide was wonderful. He shared lots of information. We loved the musical interludes.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 179 reviews

Our guide, Emily from Unexpected Atlanta, did an excellent job with our tour on August 23. Knowledgeable, articulate and engaging, we could not have hoped for a better guide for this meaningful experience. My wife and I were traveling with three of our grandchildren, ages 16, 14 and 10. Emily made the tour as or more relevant for them than we might even have hoped for. All around, an outstanding experience! I strongly recommend Emily to others who will take this tour.

Although we didn't get to tour many of the historical buildings because of COVID restrictions we did see photos and some video. Mostly it was the ambience of the area and learning morning about the cvil rights movement and the leaders. Truly interesting.

We had a great time with our City Tour by electric car. Shawna was great ! We highly recommend this to other travelers . You will learn a lot about the State of Georgia particularly the city of Atlanta.

A great way to see the city. The time flew by because the tour was so full of information.

It was a fun and interesting morning. We learned a lot about the city's history.