Southern Glamour

Charleston, South Carolina
8 Days from $3,128 per person

Luxury Gold introduces a stylish perspective on the sights, sounds and flavours of the South — graceful oaks draped in veils of Spanish moss, elegant antebellum plantations, exclusive island resorts and the romance of sultry Savannah.


In Charleston you'll sample the culinary charms of celebrated chef and accomplished jazz vocalist Annie Mayo. Board the shrimping boat ‘Lady Jane' on Jekyll Island where your learn from a naturalist and sample a 'shrimp boil'.

The Inn at Biltmore Estate will offer you an oasis of service, style, charm and fine farm to table cuisine.

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  1. 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 Reception and a chance to get to know your travelling companions over drinks and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tearoom. In March of 2011, the Georgia House of Representatives officially declared Mary Mac's Tearoom to be Atlanta's Dining Room.
    hotel:Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
  2. Arrive at your resort on Jekyll Island, currently one of the finest luxury getaway hotels in America. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a superb Highlight Dinner with majestic ocean views on the verandah at your beachfront resort.
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    hotel:The Westin Jekyll Island (2 nights).
  3. Embark on a guided tram tour of Jekyll Island, and its unspoiled scenery before travelling to idyllic St. Simons Island, an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands. Spend the afternoon on a boat lovingly named the Lady Jayne, where you'll learn about shrimping from an expert naturalist before enjoying a traditional 'shrimp boil' Highlight Lunch. The evening is at leisure after joining your Travelling Concierge for a Peach Bellini made of the highest quality peaches, toasting Georgia, the 'Peach State'.
    meal(s):FB, HL
  4. Move on to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Take in the sights on a trolley tour through historic Savannah where you discover 21 historic squares, incredible architecture and much more. A Local Expert awaits to show you the cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Monterey Square. Meet the docent and embark on a private tour of the Owens-Thomas House, considered one of America's finest examples of English Regency architecture. There is free time to enjoy Savannah at your own pace. At night, dine at the River House, an iconic 18th century restored cotton warehouse, locally owned and operated since 1982.
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    hotel:Hilton Desoto, Savannah.
  5. Head for historic Charleston, a city rich in southern charm. During a horse-drawn carriage ride, you may see prestigious Battery Park and Rainbow Row with its antebellum mansions and the Old Exchange Building. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon. In the evening, be treated to a truly special Highlight Dinner at The Thomas Bennett Home. Learn all about 'lowcountry' food with your host Chef Annie Mayo followed by a savoury dinner and riveting performance by local musicians. Chef Annie has hosted an illustrious list of guests including Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan and Mayor Joe Riley. Not only is she a chef, she's also an accomplished jazz and gospel vocalist who regularly performs on Broadway in New York City. It's an evening that is sure to delight.
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    hotel:The Mills House Hotel, Charleston (2 nights).
  6. 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. Visit the beautiful main house then join a naturalist for a tram tour of the extensive grounds before a Highlight Lunch at the award-winning High Cotton restaurant.
    meal(s):FB, HL
    hotel:The Mills House Hotel, Charleston.
  7. As you travel into Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, take a deep breath of fresh mountain air. Then step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours tour of the Biltmore Estate, America's largest home built for George W. Vanderbilt in 1895. Learn about the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests on your after-hours guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. At tonight's Celebration Dinner, indulge yourself with fabulous food and wine at the Biltmore Estate created by Chef Sean Eckman.
    meal(s):FB, CD
    hotel:Inn on Biltmore Estate.
  8. Bid farewell to Asheville as you make your way back to Atlanta. Later, transfer to Atlanta International Airport or alternatively, continue to the hotel to extend your stay in Atlanta.

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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Jekyll Island: Experience an authentic shrimping experience on the boat 'Lady Jayne' before dining on a traditional and spicy 'shrimp boil'.
  • Savannah: Indulge in authentic, world-famous southern fare and wine at the River House, an iconic 18th century restored cotton warehouse.
  • Charleston: Be welcomed by Chef Annie Mayo for a Lowcountry lunchwith true southern hospitality and entertainment at the historical Thomas Bennett Home.
  • Biltmore Estate: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of estate raised and grown ingredients, masterfully put together by the award winning Chef Sean Eckman.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Jekyll Island: Join a private guided tram tour of the island.
  • Savannah: Experience the upper-class lifestyle in 19th century Savannah during a guided tour of the Owens-Thomas House.
  • Charleston: Take a horse-drawn carriage ride past exquisite architectural treasures and gardens that reflect the city's history.
  • Charleston: Explore the house and tour the beautiful grounds of Magnolia Plantation with a naturalist.
  • Charleston: Learn the delicate art of creating Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets, a traditional southern handicraft.

Asheville: Explore Biltmore Estate for a private out-of-hours insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family.

Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
14 Apr 17 21 Apr 17 $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp
28 Apr 17 5 May 17 checkmark $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp
5 May 17 12 May 17 $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp
19 May 17 26 May 17 checkmark $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp
8 Sep 17 15 Sep 17 checkmark $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp
29 Sep 17 6 Oct 17 $3,475$3,128pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,475 $3,128 pp

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,075.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $93 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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