Guided tour - Charming South

Dates: April 18-24, 2021
Duration: 7 Days

Experience the beautiful scenery, rich history, and vibrant cultures of the South in Charleston, Savannah and St Augustine with time in Jekyll Island. Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle, charming communities, oak-lined streets, picturesque scenery and rich historic opportunities – and of course, savor traditional southern cuisine! A fun Springtime getaway!

Sunday, April 18:  Arrive in Charleston

Today depart on your flight bound for the South. Spend your first two nights in Charleston, SC. Originally founded as Charles Towne in 1670 this cultured and refined city is a beautifully preserved treasure. Steeped in history and quintessentially Southern, the city’s past is evident in its genteel charm. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow travelers. (D)

 

Monday, April 19: Charleston Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a Charleston City Tour viewing historic homes and restored buildings that have helped give Charleston the reputation as the “charm spot” of the South. Enjoy a stop at the interesting City Market. Later travel to the Charleston City Marina to board a boat and travel to Fort Sumter. The narrated tour features the harbor along with a guided tour of the Fort which is only accessible by boat. It was here on April 12, 1861 that Confederate troops fired the first shots of the Civil War. (B)

 

Tuesday, April 20: Charleston-Beaufort-Savannah

This morning visit one of the most photographed plantations in America, Boone Hall Plantation, a 738-acre estate once the center of a cotton plantation and still a working farm. The half mile impressive entry is lined with Oak Trees and dotted with camellias and azaleas. Next travel along South Carolina’s scenic coastal route to the charming town of Beaufort, which has retained much of its pre-Civil War character. Enjoy a Beaufort Horse Drawn Carriage Tour to learn about the local Civil War History and see Antebellum & Victorian Architecture. Then travel to the fascinating city of Savannah, America’s first planned city, whose entire restored center - more than 1,000 buildings - is a registered National Historic Landmark. Tonight enjoy a southern dining experience at the historic Pirates’ House Restaurant, which has been welcoming seafarers and visitors since 1753. (B,D)

 

Wednesday, April 21: Savannah Sightseeing

This morning enjoy a Savannah City Tour with a local guide. Learn about charming Savannah’s history, the nucleus of the colonial settlement in Georgia and the destination of General Sherman’s 1864 “March to the Sea”. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into shops, art galleries and restaurants. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon. (B)

 

Thursday, April 22: Savannah-Jekyll Island-St. Augustine

Today travel to Jekyll Island & take a Trolley Tour to view the grand “cottages” that once belonged to such notables as the Rockefellers, Vander-bilts and J.P. Morgan. Enjoy lunch at the famous Jekyll Island Club, once owned by a group of American millionaires, this club was considered one of the most exclusive social clubs in America. Later travel south to the oldest city in the U.S., St. Augustine, first settled in 1565. Spend two nights in this Florida city known for its beauty, charismatic energy & historic character. (B, L)

 

Friday, April 23: St. Augustine, Florida

This morning enjoy a St. Augustine Trolley Tour featuring the Old Spanish Quarter, historic Bayfront, Old Town which dates to 1572 and the Plaza de la Constitucion with its shops and restaurants. The afternoon is at leisure to explore more of the city’s many cultural attractions. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. (B,D)

 

Saturday, April 24: St. Augustine-Jacksonville-Home

Today depart St. Augustine and head to Jacksonville for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of your Historic South Tour. (B)

Highlights

  • Charleston City Tour
  • Boone Hall Plantation
  • Fort Sumter Boat Tour
  • Beaufort
  • Beaufort Horse Drawn Carriage Tour
  • Savannah City Tour
  • The Pirates’ House Restaurant
  • Jekyll Island Trolley Tour
  • Lunch at Jekyll Island Club
  • St. Augustine Trolley Tour

 

Inclusions

  • Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • 6 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • 10 Meals: 6 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 3 Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing per Itinerary
  • Admissions per Itinerary
  • Baggage Handling

For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – contact: travel@duagency.com