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Charleston & Savannah - a Tauck Escorted Tour
Tauck's unforgettable trip through South Carolina and Georgia tours to icons of long-ago days of gracious Southern living in a rarefied world of plantations, 19th-century mansions, magnolias and live oaks hung with Spanish moss. Explore National Historic Landmark Districts in Savannah, Jekyll Island, Charleston and Beaufort, visit Fort Pulaski and a maritime museum in Savannah, take a privately guided Connoisseur Tour of Drayton Hall, and stroll through the gardens of Middleton Place. Discover Savannah's beloved Madeira traditions on an exclusive private evening, spend a special evening with Aunt Pearlie Sue, master storyteller of Gullah-flavored folktales, take a private cruise in Charleston Harbor and travel through charming Beaufort. Tauck's South Carolina travels and Georgia tours are as refreshing as a cool glass of sweet tea.
Guided tour includes:
Return flights UK to Jacksonville/home from Charleston
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
7 nights deluxe accommodation in sought after locations
15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
An exclusive private evening featuring a taste of Savannah’s beloved Madeira traditions at the Federal-style Davenport House Museum.
Special evening in Hilton Head with Aunt Pearlie Sue, master storyteller of Gullah-flavoured folktales
A private cruise in Charleston Harbour
A guided tour with expert interpreters that delves into three centuries of history at Drayton Hall, Charleston’s only surviving 18th-century plantation house open to the public
A walk through America’s oldest landscaped gardens, lunch and a house tour during a guided visit to Middleton Place
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date departures for this itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive Jacksonville
Tour departs: 3:00 PM from Florida's Jacksonville International Airport.
For guests spending the previous night on Jekyll Island (highly recommended), a transfer is included from Jacksonville International Airport to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in the heart of the island's National Historic Landmark District. Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner at your elegant Victorian hotel, which was originally founded in the late 19th century as a hunting retreat for some of America's richest and most powerful families including the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts.
Day 2 : St Simon's Island / Savannah Traditions
Tour Jekyll Island's 240-acre historic district, including Faith Chapel and Rockefeller's Indian Mound, and travel to nearby St. Simons Island, hosting expansive marshlands, oaks draped with Spanish moss and glorious beaches.
Travel to Savannah for a two-night stay, where you'll admire the elegant architecture and the geometric city design, with 24 park squares featuring live oaks draped with Spanish moss; it's one of the country's most graceful cities. Tonight, enjoy a Tauck Exclusive - a private evening featuring a taste of Savannah's time-honored Madeira traditions at the Davenport House Museum, followed by dinner at 45 Bistro in the Marshal House Hotel in the heart of the Historic District.
Day 3 : Discover Historic Savannah
Begin your day with a private tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, family home of the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and visit the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, interpreting the great Atlantic sea trade of centuries past. A local expert provides an insider's view of Savannah's park squares and notable buildings, part of one of the first planned cities in America, on a guided tour; its National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the country, and features more than 1,000 architecturally significant buildings. The remainder of the day is yours to explore more of Savannah on your own, perhaps wandering the city's trendy waterfront district.
Day 4 : Fort Pulaski & Hilton Head
Bid Savannah farewell and head off to a key site of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski National Monument, an impressive brick fortress captured by Union forces in 1862. It was here that military history was forever changed during a Civil War battle that saw the introduction of rifled cannons. Continue on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, boasting one of the most pristine marine estuaries on the east coast, where you'll find miles of barrier beaches that are ideal for walking and beachcombing. Following dinner at your inviting oceanfront resort, take a journey through the roots of Gullah culture, from West Africa to the Carolina coast, with master storyteller Aunt Pearlie Sue; her warmth, humor and exuberance will be long remembered.
Day 5 : Beaufort and Charleston Harbor Cruise
Take time for a morning walk on Hilton Head's pristine beaches if you wish before journeying north along the coast. Arrive in Beaufort, Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands, where you'll view the timeless architecture of its National Historic Landmark District. Head to Charleston, the lovely and historic first capital of South Carolina. An exclusively chartered private boat cruise of Charleston Harbor this afternoon imparts a wealth of information about the city's centuries of maritime history. Your home for the next three nights is a 150-year-old hotel at the center of Charleston's historic district. Dinner tonight is at your choice of several fine Charleston restaurants.
Day 6 : Explore Beautiful Charleston
Relive the past with a local guide who takes you on a tour of Charleston, along the cobblestone streets and past walled gardens, living reminders of the city's early prosperous days. The city's 789-acre historic district showcases extraordinary architecture, from pre-Revolutionary War buildings to graceful antebellum homes; highlights include The Citadel and the Battery. Explore on your own in the afternoon; perhaps take a carriage tour, visit the Gibbes Museum of Art, or see Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired in 1861.
Day 7 : Carolina Plantations
Visit some of the finest plantations and gardens in America today. A morning excursion takes you first to Drayton Hall, a Georgian Palladian mansion built in 1738 that is preserved in original condition, without electricity or plumbing. Join senior interpreters for a Conoisseur Tour that takes an in-depth look at three centuries of Drayton Hall via historical photographs, plantation logs and archived letters. Then it's on to Middleton Place for a tour of its mansion built in 1755, stable yard with period artifacts, and the oldest formal gardens in the United States, considered a landscaping masterpiece. This evening, relive this most gracious of South Carolina and Georgia tours during the farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic Charleston hotel.
Day 8 : Journey Home
Tour Ends: Charleston. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Mills House Hotel to Charleston International Airport.
Your tour may end here, however perhaps you may decide to extend your stay. Maybe you may want to spedn a few days exploring the Carolinas independently or catch a flight and enjoy a some time in New Orleans.
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