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Southern Glamour

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Tour Pace: Active
Charleston, South Carolina
Tour Style: Luxury
8 Days from $3,146 per person

A stylish perspective on the sights, sounds and flavors 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, sample the culinary charms of celebrated chef and accomplished jazz vocalist Annie Mayo. Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676. Experience an oasis of service, style, charm at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.

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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 Traveling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and a chance to get to know your traveling companions over wine and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tearoom.
    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
  2. 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 tour 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.
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    hotel:The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville.
  3. 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 savory dinner with wine and a riveting performance by local musicians.
    meal(s):FB, DW
    hotel:Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection (2 Nights).
  4. 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 tour of the extensive grounds and visit the beautiful main house.
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  5. 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.
    meal(s):FB, DW
    hotel:The Westin Jekyll Island.
  6. Embark on a guided tram tour 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.
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    hotel:Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah (2 Nights).
  7. 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. Take in the sights on a classic trolley tour 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.
    meal(s):FB, DW
    hotel:Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah.
  8. 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.
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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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Included Quality Dining

7 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Dinners all with wine (DW).

Signature Experiences

Asheville:

  • Explore Biltmore Estate with a Local Expert for a private, after-hours insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family and immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by generous hospitality.

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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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