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 your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant featuring southern cuisine & other choices. After dinner enjoy a Holiday Lights Drive through one of Charleston’s popular districts decked out for the holiday season.
Meals - D Overnight: Charleston
December 7: 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, a historic market complex in downtown Charleston. Established in the 1790s, the market stretches for four city blocks and features the architecturally-significant Market Hall, a National Historic Landmark. Later travel to the Charleston City Marina to board your Fort Sumter Boat Tour, the narrated experience 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.
Meals - B Overnight: Charleston
December 8: 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. After dinner enjoy some of the wonderful holiday decorations & lights Savannah has to offer.
Meal - B, D Overnight: Savannah
December 9: 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 in this wonderful city to explore more of the art, period architecture and trendy boutiques all set under a veil of Spanish moss.
Meal - B Overnight: Savannah
December 10: 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, Vanderbilts 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 on the Atlantic Coast which is known for its beauty, charismatic energy & historic character.
Meals - B, L Overnight: St. Augustine
December 11: 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, stroll along the brick-lined streets, and delight in the city’s European flavor with centuries-old buildings & hidden courtyards. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at a popular local restaurant. After dinner enjoy St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, rated by National Geographic as one of best holiday lighting displays in the world.
Meals - B, D Overnight: St. Augustine
December 12: St. Augustine - Jacksonville - Home
Today depart St. Augustine and head to Jacksonville for your flight home filled with wonderful memories of the Historic South Holiday.
Meals - B
• 10 Meals:
Tour Activity Level:
Easy 1 2 3 4 Active
6 Nights Hotel Accommodations:
2 Nights - Holiday Inn Historic District or Homewood Suites Historic
2 Nights - Hilton Garden Inn or Doubletree Historic District, Savannah
2 Nights - Courtyard by Marriott or Tryp by Wyndham, St. Augustine,
*All pricing subject to change and based on availability.
**On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
***Tour rates are subject to increase until you are paid in full.
****Itinerary and hotels are subject to change.