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8 Day Old South Carolina and Georgia

Like a chapter out of ‘Gone With the Wind,’ this romantic 8 day journey showcases historic antebellum plantations, exclusive island resorts and the sultry romance of Charleston and Savannah. Learn about the region’s tumultuous history from Local Experts and experience the charms of southern hospitality.

Explore the National Historic Landmark of Biltmore Estate in Asheville and step back in time as you experience the wealth and lives of the Vanderbilt family. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride in Charleston and see a demonstration of traditional Sweetgrass Baskets handicraft.

Admire the white sandy beaches of St Simons Island, enjoy a guided tram tour of Jekyll Island and visit Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia where you will discover amazing architecture, historic squares and dine at an 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.

 




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Tour Highlights

  • Asheville: Explore Biltmore Estate with a Local Expert for a private, insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family and immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by generous hospitality
  • Charleston: See a demonstration of the delicate art of creating Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets, a traditional southern handicraft
  • Charleston: Step back in time at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, where you explore the house and tour the beautiful grounds with a guide
  • Jekyll Island: Join a guided tram tour of the island
  • Savannah: Experience the upper-class lifestyle of 19th century Savannah, during a guided tour of Owens-Thomas House
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Atlanta, Culteral Capital of the South

On arrival at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel.

At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and a chance to get to know your travelling companions over wine and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac’s Tearoom.

Hotel:   Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Meals:   Dinner with Wine

Day 2 - Vacation like a Vanderbuilt in Asheville

Journey into Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours guided exploration of the Biltmore Estate, a National Historic Landmark.

With a Local Expert, skip the crowds to learn about America’s largest home, built in 1895, and unlock the secrets of the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests.

Hotel:   The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 3 - Charleston

Head for historic Charleston, a city rich in southern charm, and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along a trail of antebellum mansions.

Be treated to a special evening at The Governor Thomas Bennett House.

Learn all about ‘lowcountry’ food with your host, Chef Annie Mayo, followed by a savoury dinner with wine and a riveting performance by local musicians.

Hotel:   Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 4 - Magnolia Plantation

Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Enjoy a private demonstration with a maker of the famous Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets.

Learn the history of the baskets and their place in Charleston history; it’s easy to see why these unique handicrafts are an indulgence.

Join a guided tram ride of the extensive grounds and visit the beautiful main house.

Hotel:   Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

Day 5 - St Simons Island and Jekyll Island

In the morning, stop in Beaufort before continuing to the idyllic St Simons Island – an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands.

Continue island hopping to your resort on Jekyll Island.

In the evening, enjoy a superb Highlight Dinner with wine and majestic ocean views on the verandah of your beachfront resort.

Hotel:   The Westin Jekyll Island

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 6 - Savannah

Embark on a guided tram ride of this unspoiled barrier island before returning to the mainland. Move on to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia where a Local Expert awaits to show you the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Monterey Square.

In the evening, join Marcia Thompson, third generation owner of the famous Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, at her private home for a cocktail and a bit of warm, Southern hospitality.

Next, you are escorted to a private dinner at her restaurant, founded by her late grandmother, Sema Wilkes.

Hotel:   Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Savannah

Meet the docent and embark on a private exploration of the Owens-Thomas House, considered one of America’s finest examples of English Regency architecture. Take in the sights on a classic trolley ride through historic Savannah to discover 21 historic squares, incredible architecture and luxuriant tree canopy.

In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, at the River House, an iconic, 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.

Hotel:   Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Day 8 - Depart Atlanta

Bid farewell as you are transferred back to Atlanta International Airport, or alternatively, continue to the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center to extend your stay.

Meals:   Buffet Breakfast

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73°
partly cloudy
43% humidity
wind: 14mph NNE
H 74 • L 55
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Important Information

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Travelling Concierges – handpicked for every departure.
  • This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your ‘friend in a foreign land’.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, on-board restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
  • Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.

Departure Information

  • Departs Saturday and returns on Saturday throughout the year.

Luxury Accommodation

  • Asheville: Experience the legacy of hospitality from the Vanderbilt family while enjoying the glorious green surroundings of The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
  • Atlanta: Luxurious comfort embraces pure style at the elegant, Four Diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
  • Charleston: Immerse yourself in historic downtown Charleston at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, where Bohemian elegance meets Southern charm and hospitality.
  • Jekyll Island: Savour the good life at the Westin Jekyll Island, a brand new beachfront property.
  • Savannah: The contemporary hotel in the Savannah offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style in the heart of Georgia’s First City with direct access to River Street.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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