New Green Book Gullah Geechie Experience

Charleston, SC, USA

Feb 23 - 28, 2023
Group size: 21 - 45
New Green Book Gullah Geechie Experience
Charleston, SC, USA

Feb 23 - 28, 2023
Group size: 21 - 45

About this trip

 The New Green Book For  Travel Special Edition Tour Experience


The Lowcountry is where mighty rivers fall into the sea to make their last dive.

Come with us on this Lowcountry Black History Food and Music experience along the National Historic Gullah Geechie Trail.

On this six-day, immersive cultural experience, you will travel from Charleston, Beauport, St Helena, Hilton Head, South Carolina, and on to Savanah, GA, to learn more about the kidnapped Africans who passed through the ports of Charleston and were enslaved on the rice, indigo and Sea Inland Cotton plantations of South Carolina and Georgia.

The Ancestors of the Gullah Geechie people brought to this country through the slave trade a rich heritage and African American traditions in Art, Food and Music.

The Gullah Geechie people we will meet along the Trail are known for preserving more of their Art, Foodways, linguistic, cultural, and music heritage than any other African-American community in the United States.

The Gullah Geechie music evolved out of the conditions of slavery that characterized their lives. The influence and evolution of musical forms that arose from Gullah music can be heard in many musical genres, such as spirituals and gospel music, ragtime, rhythm and blues, soul, hip hop, and jazz.

Nowhere in America did the cooking of master and slave combine as gracefully as it did in the Lowcountry kitchen. As we travel through the low country, we will get a chance to learn from master Gullah Chefs and Natives like Bill Green to sample food like Red snapper, Red Rice, Okra Stone Ground Grits, Carolina Gold Rice, Whole Pork BBQ, Collard Greens, BBQ Oysters, Boiled Peanuts, Pimento Cheese, and Peach Cider, and Swamp Water Tea.

On this specially curated tour, we want you to hear the music, see the art, Taste the food and learn the whole story, And We Mean the Whole Story.

Charleston SC, Beaufort SC, St Helena, Hilton Head SC, Savannah GA

  1. Start Charleston SC
  2. Beaufort SC 
  3. St Helena SC
  4. Hilton Head Sc
  5. Savannah GA


– First Class Coach Transportation

– Accommodation in hotels with private bathrooms

– Two Tour Directors are available 24 hours a day from when you arrive until you depart

– Daily Breakfast

– Planned Group Dinners

– Sightseeing tours and excursions led by licensed local guides as specified

– Airport transfers and transportation between destination cities

– Transportation to all included activities

– Entrance fees for destinations & tickets as specified

– 24-hour worldwide emergency service

– Support from MAIA representatives abroad

– MAIA luggage tag for each tour

– 1,000,000 Liability Insurance

– Custom Mobiles Group Travel App

The above applies to all tours unless otherwise noted on the tour itinerary coming supplement (if applicable)

– Optional excursions (except where indicated)

– Global Travel Protection plan or Global Travel Protection Plus plan (except where indicated)

– Beverages and lunches (except where indicated)

– Transportation to free-time activities

– Customary gratuities (for your Tour Director, bus drivers, and local guides)

– Porterage

– Any applicable baggage-handling fees imposed by the airlines for complete details)

– Expenses caused by airline rescheduling, cancellations, or delays caused by the airlines, bad weather, or events beyond MEDIA ARTS WORLD’s control (see next page for details)

– Passport, visa, and reciprocity fees or any other fees associated with entry to or exit from a specific destination

Curated By Civil Rights Trail Tours



 Civil Rights Trail Tours is a Black Heritage and Cultural Tour operator passionate and committed to delivering a soulful and historically accurate travel experience.

Our Black cultural travel experiences are designed to connect you to the amazing stories, food, music, art, and social activism of Black men, women, and children committed to using their talents and voices to create social change and develop new forms of creative expression.

 Welcome to the Civil Rights Trail Tours  Booking Site

This booking site is only for those s that will be attending The New Green Books Gullah Geechie Experience February 23-28, 2023, in Charleston, SC, Beaufort, SC, Hilton Head, and Savannah, GA.


Important Information

By registering for this program, you agree to participate in a full-service group educational travel experience operated by Media Arts Institute dba Media Arts World Tours or Civil Rights Trail Tours.

Because of the unique nature of group travel, many elements of your program and itinerary may be selected and scheduled at the direction of your group’s Program Leader (the teacher, administrator, or parent from your school or community), who will act as your group’s representative. Further, please note that while media Arts Institute and its affiliates will arrange the various travel elements for your trip, the total price quoted for your program includes additional pre-trip services, including but not limited to the development of the associated educational content and materials, the printing and distribution of program materials, the costs associated with our various group health and safety measures, and the administrative and service costs related to group management.

Waiver & Release

All participants must return a signed Participant Release and Binding Arbitration Agreement at the time of registration. 


We provide options and flexibility to make our educational experiences more accessible.

What are your payment options?

TOTAL PAYMENT: Pay in full upon registration. $2,499.00


– Leverage the WeTravel Payment plan by establishing automatic payments to be debited from your checking account or a debit card from a US banking institution. There are no handling fees associated with payments made through the WeTravel site


Deposit $250.00 by November 30, 2022

2nd Installment of $1,124.50 by December 30, 2022

3rd and final installment of $1124.50 by January 25, 2023

Whatever option you choose, please note that your account must be paid in full by the final payment deadline, as stated in your trip information letter, or your account will be subject to cancellation.

Late on a Payment?

Late Registration, Late Payment, and Fees: Media Arts charges a late registration charge, equal to 10% of the base tour price or $30, for registrations received after the final payment deadline. If you register before the final payment deadline as stated on your trip information letter, but your account is not paid in full by that date, Media Arts charges a $60 late payment fee. 

The fee for any late payments made after any scheduled installment date is $15. No personal or business checks will be accepted after the final payment deadline. There is a $35 service charge on returned checks, declined credit cards, or declined e-checks. A $100 fee may apply for any correction made to your name within 75 days of the departure date. (For international programs, a $150 fee may apply for any changes made within 105 days of departure) A $50 fee, plus any additional airfare costs, will be assessed if you cancel your reservation and choose to reinstate it at a later date.

Waitlist: Your program space is not guaranteed until your account has been paid for in full and you have been advised in writing that all conditions for travel have been satisfied. If you are placed on a waitlist due to late registration or an outstanding account balance after final payment, your account must clear waiting list procedures which may involve additional airline and other charges.


Package Pricing

The cost of your trip is based on the number of participants. The price is subject to change if there are fewer or more than the agreed-upon number of participants or if a change occurs in fuel surcharges. Your final payment will be adjusted to reflect the difference in the package price. If a change in package price occurs, you will be notified by email from Media Arts World. Tour reservations cannot be guaranteed if payment is not received or cleared on the payment schedule dates.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be in writing to Civil Rights Trail Tours. The date of the postmark is the date used to determine the amount of the cancellation fee. 


Civil Rights Trail Tours/ Media Arts World Travel, Inc. and its agents act only in the capacity of agents for the participants in all matters pertaining to accommodation, tour activities, meals, and transportation. It is not liable for any injury, personal injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity that may happen by media Arts World or by any hotel, motel, restaurant, bus, airplane, company, or person rendering any of the services involved or by natural forces. No responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to illness, pilferage, labor dispute, machinery breakdown, quarantine, governmental restraints, weather, or other causes beyond their personal control. If it becomes necessary to cancel or alter a tour or any aspect of that tour, such alterations will be made.

I grant my express permission for any individual(s) I enroll to travel with their group through Civil Rights Trail Tours. 

I agree to adhere to the provisions set forth by Media Arts World Travel regarding the payment schedule, cancellation policy, and disclaimer captioned above.



  1. New International African American Museum
  2. French Quarter 
  3. Charleston Harbor
  4. Mother Emmanuel AME Church
  5. Denmark Vesey Slave Insurrection Park 
  6. Slave Auction sites 
  7. Charleston Historic District 
  8. Gullah Cooking  sea To Table Experience with Bill Green
  9. The Battery 
  10. Penn Center on St Helena Island
  11. Hilton Head Seafood Lunch

Group Discount

Groups that book 10 or more persons on this Experience will receive a 10% discount per passenger. 

DiverCity Trailer

Check out DiversCity Stories by the CEO of Civil Rights Trail Tours- Leon Burnette, here

About DiversCity Stories:



A Black History, Culture, and Music Travel Show

Since the beginning of time, storytelling has been an important event in the African and African American communities. Through storytelling, questions are answered, history is s conveyed, lifelong lessons are taught, and perspectives are broadened. 

Leon Burnette, known affectionately as Mr. B The Guru, is a Civil Rights and Black Music Historian, Explorer, and Storyteller. 

Mr. B, the voice of DiversCity Stories, has a strong obsession for Black music, Black history and an ever-stronger lust to wander into black communities to learn about the development of Black culture in America, a culture that was spurred on by the great black migration before World War 1 and after World War Two. 

On each episode of DiversCity Stories (on YouTube), Mr. B provides viewers with an up-close look at the Black struggle for civil rights and personal freedoms of expression in America. 

From Harlem, Detroit, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, Chicago, and all through the Mississippi Delta, Mr. B gives a front-row view of the black artist, performers, athletes' entrepreneurs, and businesses birthed and nurtured in America's black heritage communities.

Insightful and entertaining, DiversCities Stories profiles the Great Migration and the Black artist and performers who changed the world through their music and propelled Black music to the top of everyone's playlist.

Mr. B is available for interviews, Q&A's, and bylined articles on Civil Rights, Black Music, and Black Culture and to discuss/write on topics including but not limited to:

· The Gullah Geechie Story

· Why They Sang The Blues.

· The P Funk Mythology

· Villains, Victims, and Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement 

· The Food That Powered The Movement

· The Mississippi Blues and Freedom Trails

· The Movements Secret Weapon- The Children

· Black Radio And The Civil Right Movement

LEON BURNETTE (aka Mr. B the Guru) is a native of Los Angeles who has also spent over forty-five years working in the entertainment and travel industries. He's an author, publisher, musicologist, experimental education specialist, certified international tour director, and former worldwide concert tour manager for A-list chart-topping recording artist. During Leon's career, he has managed over 2,000 concerts, conventions, special events, and group youth and adult tour adventures. One of his most groundbreaking achievements was serving as the event logistics coordinator and specialist for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics Games Opening and Closing ceremonies. 

He's also the founder and CEO of two organizations making a significant difference in urban communities—the Media Arts Institute of Alabama and the Media Arts Mentoring Academy

He is deeply passionate about mentoring aspiring visionaries, storytellers, creative and tour professionals. His innovative digital media and travel training programs are designed to give African American students "on the job" real-world experience and technical training through internships with professional entertainment, communications, digital media companies, and travel operators. His dream for these programs is to expose inner-city youth to new opportunities, new careers, new cities, and new cultures worldwide. 

Leon is also the Managing Director of TripSchools' Diversity Project in Travel and Tourism

In this role, he partners with the top tour operators across the country to take a hard look at how they can increase the hiring and training of minorities in the group travel industry. He conducts online training programs, virtual tours, and Diversity in Storytelling workshops designed to prepare these individuals to get hired, lead engaging tours, and help them start a business in the travel and event planning industry.

He is the author of The Civil Rights Trail Tour Guide handbook for Tour operators and guides that serves as an invaluable resource that offers hundreds of pages of his finest research, logistics, stories, and interesting facts that can bring black heritage and cultural trips to life. He is also the author of the newly released Devotional Book for young adults, The Proverbs Remix.

What’s included

  • 3-4 Star Hotel
  • 3 Hotels
  • 6 Breakfast
  • 1 Lunch
  • 3 Dinners
  • 1 SME Certified
    Tour Manager
  • 1 Assistant
    Tour Director
  • Luxury coach
    w/ AC + Wifi
  • Farm to Table
    Sea to Table Feast
  • Cooking Class
  • Civil Rights Trail
    History Trail Gift Book
  • New Green Book
    Swag Bag
  • Roundtrip Airfare


February 23- Day 1
Arrive In Charleston- The Low Country

 Thursday - February 23

Arrive Charleston

3:pm Check-in Hotel 

Civil Rights Trail Check-In Desk in Hotel Lobby

-6:pm -7:30 Welcome Reception and Gullah Geechie Historical Overview

Evening Free

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Media Arts Institute
We design, manage and lead Civil Rights Themed Educational and Leisure tours for children and adults.