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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, 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!
- 2 nights each in the antebellum cities of Charleston & Savannah
- 2 nights oceanfront on Jekyll Island
- Guided tram tour of Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
- Visit the only tea farm in the U.S.
- Savor lunch at the Jekyll Island Club and with owners of Brunswick Manor
- See giant sea turtles receiving care at Georgia Sea Turtle Center
- Tour St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Brunswick Manor
- Join a fishing and shrimpboat crew for a scenic and educational marsh cruise
- Meet Seretha & Kitty Green as they teach the history of the Gullah people
- Free airport shuttle or hotel parking
- Bag handling (1 per person) at hotels
- Fees/tips for included attractions/meals
- Welcome reception, 24-hour emergency call service, free bottled water on coach
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
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. Next, on Wadmalaw Island, enjoy a behind-the-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. After, we’ll discover what Southern hospitality is all about during our luncheon cruise. Come ready to relax and feast on a delicious southern-style buffet all while cruising along the Savannah River listening to the Captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts. Then enjoy free time browsing the many area stores and galleries, or stop into the Savannah Candy Kitchen for a tasty Georgia praline. 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. Enjoy lunch in Brunswick, home of Brunswick stew. Our host today is 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 19 th 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
Nights 1-2: Doubletree Charleston Airport
Nights 3-4: Holiday Inn Savannah Historic District
Nights 5-6: Holiday Inn Resort at Jekyll Island
Night 7: Hampton Inn, Bluffton
May 3-10, 2019 LIMITED SPACE
Oct 4-11, 2019
Price Per Person:
Double: $1,897; Single: $2,455
Pre/Post Hotel: $198/night
Depart/Return: Charleston, SC
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: $22 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: $30 per person.
DAY 3 Option - House Tour: Add the Plantation House tour to your visit and see family heirlooms and more.
Price: $10 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.
Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/CCA.
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