Enjoy the majesty of the American south on this Journey that has stops with host clubs in three different southern states! You will see orchards, museums, historic plantations, stunning autumn leaves in the mountains, swamps, and even attend a bluegrass concert on this exciting Journey - and you will certainly get to sample some authentic southern BBQ!
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Central Virginia, Central North Carolina, and Baton Rouge.
Live With a Local
- Friendship Force is focused on promoting understanding, cultural education and citizen diplomacy through homestay Journeys and personal friendships. This focus is well and truly realized with the three planned Journeys to clubs in the eastern USA.
- Cultural evening with North Carolina club at the Piedmont Land Jam - a benefit concert for the local Piedmont Conservancy, which features well known bluegrass and country musicians.
- Cajun day with Baton Rouge club, including dancing!
- A Louisiana-style BBQ with all the trimmings at a city park.
- Visit to a farmer’s market and mountain-top orchard in Virginia.
- Visit to local wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- A trip to the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro.
The three US clubs almost guarantee spectacular autumn colors as we travel from north to south in October this year.
Baton Rouge, Central North Carolina, and Central Virginia, USA
24 Days / 23 Nights Program and Itinerary:
October 2, 2018 – October 25, 2018
Coordinator: Graham Duldig, FF Bundaberg
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Oct. 2, 2018 - Central Virginia
Visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello plantation
Oct. 3, 2018 - Central Virginia
Downtown Charlottesville and Frontier Museum
Oct. 4, 2018 - Central Virginia
Free day to spend with hosts
Oct. 5, 2018 - Central Virginia
Explore the Blue Ridge Mountains and visit to local wineries, breweries, and distilleries
Oct. 6, 2018 - Central Virginia
Free day to spend with hosts
Oct. 7, 2018 - Central Virginia
Visit a farmer’s market and mountain-top orchard
Oct. 8, 2018 - Central Virginia
Explore the grounds of the University of Virginia
Oct. 9, 2018 - Central North Carolina
Welcome BBQ – A local group of musicians will provide entertainment as the visitors are welcomed with a Lexington-style BBQ.
Oct. 10, 2018 - Central North Carolina
A visit to Winston-Salem to see Old Salem historical village and the Reynolda House and Gardens (museum of art), including lunch at the historical Salem Tavern.
Oct. 11, 2018 - Central North Carolina
Optional activity with host family
Oct. 12, 2018 - Central North Carolina
A visit in Greensboro to include the Greensboro Historical Museum and the International Civil Rights Museum
Oct. 13, 2018 - Central North Carolina
A visit in Greensboro to include the Guilford National Military Park (American Revolutionary War)
Oct. 14, 2018 - Central North Carolina
Cultural evening: The Piedmont Land Jam – a benefit concert for the local Piedmont Conservancy, which features well known bluegrass and country musicians
Oct. 15, 2018 - Central North Carolina
Optional activities/free day
Oct. 16 and 17, 2018 - Stopover in Tennessee
A two-night stopover is planned for 16 & 17 October in either Memphis or Nashville (between the Journeys to Central North Carolina and Baton Rouge)
Oct. 18, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Welcome dinner and Cajun Dancing
Oct. 19, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Tour of the Alma Sugar Mill (small sugarcane mill) which supplies molasses to the Caneland Distillery in Baton Rouge.
This tour will be followed by a short trip across the Mississippi River to St. Francisville which is a quaint, old town with lots of plantations nearby.
Oct. 20, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Next we travel down the Mississippi River via the River Road to tour the Houma’s House, a plantation home to wealthy sugarcane growers built in the 1800s. We’ll have lunch on the plantation grounds.
Oct. 21, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
We’ll travel to New Orleans to have a Sunday Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues and then tour the French Quarters with your host
Oct. 22, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
A Louisiana-style BBQ with all the trimmings at a city park
Oct. 23, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Your Cajun Day (Acadian French Heritage Area) will start with a boat ride to see alligators and then lunch in La Cuisine de Maman restaurant followed by your choice of seeing Vermilionville (Cajun village), old rice mill, or St. Martinville (where many Acadians entered Louisiana).
Oct. 24, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge Day will start with meeting our City Mayor Sharon Broome then crossing over to visit the Old State Capital built in the 1850s. There you’ll see “Ghost of the Castle” movie.
After lunch, you can tour the Capital Park Museum or walk along the Mississippi River levee or see our New State Capital (Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana).
Oct. 25, 2018 - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Depart Baton Rouge to return home.
Know before you go
- Journey Number 14177
- Ambassadors should be prepared for a range of temperatures.
Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.