Experience the best of coastal South Carolina and Georgia as you step back in time to enjoy the rich history and culture of the Colonial, Antebellum and Turn-of-the-Century South. Visit Charleston’s stately plantations and magnificent formal gardens, and relish the scents and flavors of small island farms including Charleston Tea Plantation. Discover Savannah (AARP Top U.S. Places 2016) one of America’s oldest cities, whose gorgeous squares, fountains and architecture make it also one of “America’s most beautiful places to visit”. Over two relaxing nights at a beachfront resort on Jekyll Island, see historic lighthouses, dine at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club and learn about giant sea turtles. You’ll remember this soul-stirring mixture of high and low country living for years to come!
- Visit Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and add an optional Plantation House tour to see family heirlooms
- Sample scrumptious pralines and brittle at Savannah Candy Kitchen and visit the only tea farm in the U.S.
- Tour the WWII aircraft carrier, USS Yorktown, affectionately known as “The Fighting Lady”
- Two nights oceanfront on Jekyll Island, see the grand “summer cottages” of America’s prominent families of the early 1900s, including the Rockefellers and Macys, and savor lunch at the Jekyll Island Club
- See giant sea turtles receiving care at Georgia Sea Turtle Center
- Visit Georgia's "Golden Isles," tour St Simons Island Lighthouse
- Board an Old Savannah Trolley for a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark District
- Learn about Gullah history and culture from Seretha & Kitty Green
DAY 1–WELCOME TO SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY
Meet your fellow travelers for a welcome reception at our hotel in Charleston.
DAY 2–CHARLESTON CITY TOUR
Known as the city “where history lives,” you’ll get a taste of Charleston’s beauty and charm on a city tour featuring carefully preserved historic homes and public landmarks. This afternoon, choose between one of our options or explore the City Market on your own. B, L
Option—USS Yorktown At Patriot’s Point, board the WWII aircraft carrier affectionately known as “The Fighting Lady” and get firsthand account of a seaman’s life. Price: $20 per person.
Option—Carriage Tour On a one-hour, fully narrated tour through the streets of Charleston, you’ll see gardens, mansions, churches and parks, and learn about the people that make Charleston what it is. Price: $28 per person.
DAY 3–MAGNOLIA PLANTATION & GARDENS/CHARLESTON TEA PLANTATION
Go back in time to the Antebellum South at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. According to legend, founder John Drayton created its lush English gardens, which included the first azaleas in America, to lure his bride to the South. Enjoy a tram tour of the plantation’s diverse gardens, islands and ponds, plus see turtles, egrets and great blue herons.
Option—House Tour Add the Plantation House tour to your visit and see family heirlooms and more. Price: $8 per person.
Next, on Wadmalaw Island, enjoy a behindthe- scenes look at the Charleston Tea Plantation, where more than 320 varieties are grown. Arrive at Savannah, and unpack for the next two nights. B, L
DAY 4–SAVANNAH, “HOSTESS CITY OF THE SOUTH”
One of America’s oldest cities, Savannah’s gorgeous squares, gardens, fountains and architecture also make it one of “America’s most beautiful places to visit” and one of AARP’s 10 Top U.S. Places to Visit. Board an Old Savannah Trolley for a guided tour of the National Historic Landmark District. A special lunch is arranged for us at the River House Seafood Restaurant, located in an 18th century restored cotton warehouse which sits along the Savannah River. After lunch, enjoy free time browsing the many area stores and galleries, or stop into the Savannah Candy Kitchen for a tasty Georgia praline! The afternoon is topped off by a narrated cruise along the river that takes you north under the Tallmadge Bridge, into the ports, where you’ll learn about their importance past and present. B, L
DAY 5–GEORGIA’S GOLDEN ISLES
Travel along the Georgia coast, a Lonely Planet Top 10 Region, to Jekyll Island. One of 12 barrier islands, Jekyll Island was once the winter retreat of America’s prominent families of the early 1920s, including the Rockefellers and Macys. See the gracious historic district, stopping to explore huge “summer cottages” of America’s “Gilded Era.” Afterward, sit down to a luscious lunch at the picturesque Jekyll Island Club. The Island is also home to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, a hospital and rehabilitation center for the island’s many species of turtles. Enjoy the center’s interactive exhibits and venture into the hospital to chat with experts and visit its “patients.” B, L
DAY 6–ST. SIMONS ISLAND/HISTORIC BRUNSWICK
The largest of The Golden Isles, St. Simons Island continues to reveal the remarkable beauty and fascinating history of what 16th-century Spanish explorers called San Simeon. See St. Simons Lighthouse & Museum; Fort Frederica National Monument, preserving remnants of the British defense against Spain; and Christ Church, in continuous use since 1736. Lunch is inland in Brunswick, home of Brunswick stew. Enjoy lunch and more with host Jay Anderson, owner of Brunswick Manor, whose grand atmosphere recalls a bygone era of distinguished charm. The afternoon is yours to relax at our beachfront hotel, take a stroll along the boardwalk or tickle your toes in the sand. Whatever you choose, enjoy! B, L
DAY 7–SHRIMP BOAT/RICE COAST PLANTATION/BLUFFTON
After breakfast, learn all about shrimpin’ on our sightseeing cruise aboard the Lady Jane. After a tasty lunch overlooking the marsh, step back in time at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation. This former rice plantation, then dairy farm, is now a scenic state park recalling 18th and 19th century life, as well as an excellent birding area for spotting herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. Later, enjoy a delicious farewell dinner. B, L, D
DAY 8–GULLAH CULTURE/FOND FAREWELL
Gullah is a colorful mix of West African, Creole, Brazilian and Jamaican languages, traditions and foods. Today on St. Helena Island, hear about the culture’s fascinating traditions and stories of survival. Return to Charleston and home feeling re-energized from salt-sea air and one-of-a-kind island experiences along the Southern coast. B
Depart/Return: Charleston, SC
Price Per Person: Double: $1,797; Single: $2,355
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $188/night
DAY 2 Option - USS Yorktown: At Patriot’s Point, board the WWII aircraft carrier affectionately known as “The Fighting Lady” and get firsthand account of a seaman’s life. Price: $20 per person.
DAY 2 Option - Carriage Tour: On a one-hour, fully narrated tour through the streets of Charleston, you'll see gardens, mansions, churches and parks, and learn about the people that make Charleston what it is. Price: $28 per person.
DAY 3 Option - House Tour: Add the Plantation House tour to your visit and see family heirlooms and more. Price: $8 per person.
April/May - high 80°/low 60°
October - high 75°/low 57°
Schedule to arrive at our starting hotel by 5:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Schedule flight home to depart after 3:00 p.m. on Day 8.
Hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport.
Free parking is available during the tour at our starting hotel.
Moderate walking is required to fully enjoy this tour.
Hair dryers, irons, ironing boards & coffee makers throughout tour. Exercise room and swimming pool available at most hotels.
Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, visors, binoculars and bug spray will add to your enjoyment of this tour. Hotel on Days 5 & 6 is a beachfront property.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further details approximately 90 days prior to departure with important information regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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