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Tales of the Old South

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Charleston, South Carolina
Tour Style: First Class
8 Days from $2,336 per person
Set your watch to the slow, sultry drawl of America's Deep South—a lazy sojourn from Savannah's magnolia blossomed avenues to the jaunty cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina—stately homes, lush tea plantations and some good ol' Southern hospitality are yours to discover At Leisure.
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  1. Slow it down, right down, Savannah-style. Saunter along the grand boulevards of Georgia's oldest city and sip mint juleps on filigreed Victorian patios to the steady clip-clop sound of horse-drawn buggies rolling by. Your leisurely day in charming Savannah ends with a Welcome Reception to meet your traveling companions who will join you in discovering new southern stompin' grounds.
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    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Savannah Historic District
  2. Take a gentle ramble today along the tree-lined boulevards of historic Savannah by trolley. See this Southern Belle's American Revolution and Civil War history in grand tree-lined squares, stately homes and bastions like Fort Pulaski, where you'll learn how the Union Army besieged the Confederates in what would become a turning point in military history. Tonight, join the Odom family for a Be My Guest dinner of a Lowcountry boil at their Tybee Island beach house.
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  3. The corridors of Savannah's 18th century First African Baptist Church are your first stop today. Join your Local Specialist who will tell the story of this defender of the Civil Rights movement in the South, whose floorboards once hid slaves making their brave journey up north. Then, stretch your legs along the Savannah River, visit a quaint waterfront café, shop for art and antiques on River Street or sit back and watch the world go by from your buggy seat. Later, depart for the historic island retreat of Hilton Head.
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    hotel:The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
  4. Hilton Head is no stranger to visitors from afar. Today, we'll learn how this now popular Lowcountry island, once home to fleeing French Huguenots and British colonists, sowed the seeds for Southern plantation life as we know it. Climb to the top of the Harbor Town Lighthouse for magnificent views of the resort town and perhaps enjoy a delicious waterfront seafood lunch on your own before joining your Local Specialist, a historian who will share the story of the previously enslaved African American Gullah community, who have kept their unique culture and Creole language alive for centuries. Tonight, you'll enjoy a traditional Regional Meal with new friends.
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  5. This morning, wind your way north to the sleepy state of South Carolina, the smell of centuries-old camellia, magnolia and roses linger in the air as we stroll around the stately Middleton Place, America's oldest landscaped gardens, and home to four generations of the Middleton family. Then it's just a short Charleston hop for an afternoon at leisure and optional dinner cruise on the harbor featuring live entertainment. Your hotel for the next three nights is situated in the heart of the charming historic district just steps from the shops and restaurants.
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    hotel:Renaissance Charleston Historic District
  6. Your morning begins with an amble through historic downtown Charleston the way its noble residents would have centuries ago—glimpses of beautifully preserved 18th century homes, church steeples and American Civil War heritage on display from the comfort of your horse-drawn carriage. Enjoy a lazy lunch at the Charleston Tea Plantation and gain Cultural Insight into how tea lies at the heart of Southern hospitality during a visit to the only tea plantation in America.
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  7. Today is yours to explore the cobblestone lanes and oak-lined boulevards of Charleston–from Rainbow Row's pastel Georgians to the shutters and doors of palatial homes daubed in stark Charleston Green harking back to the American Civil War, whose first shots were fired on nearby Fort Sullivan. The jaunt through the Old South comes to an end this evening as you enjoy a Farewell Dinner together.
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  8. Bid farewell to the Holy City with a transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay at the Renaissance Charleston Historic District.
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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 $1050.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 per person.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

7 nights, 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Cultural Insight

  • Visit America's only tea plantation and learn how the brew has shaped the culture and tradition of Charleston and the Deep South

Be My Guest

  • Share some Savannah sweet tea and southern hospitality at Ms. Linda's where you'll enjoy a traditional Lowcountry boil at her beach house

Local Specialist

  • To learn about the 18th century First African Baptist Church and meet a Gullah historian who will explain how this unique African American community has preserved its unique heritage

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Savannah, Hilton Head, Charleston
  • Visit Fort Pulaski, the First African Baptist Church, Harbor Town Lighthouse, Middleton Place, Charleston Tea Plantation

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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 24 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.

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Charleston

"Live & Local" Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise

Adult Price: $78.00 | Child Price: $78.00

Enjoy a dinner cruise featuring live music on one Charleston Harbor, one of the most beautiful and historic bodies of water in America. Dine on a farm to table menu starting with traditional she-crab soup and a fresh salad, followed by entrees such as shrimp and grits or wood-fire grilled rib-eye steak.  Finish it off with a premium dessert selection, and of course a cash bar is available for your pleasure.  The views, the music, and dining will make your dinner cruise experience an evening to remember.  Dress is casual. Cost includes all applicable taxes, mandatory gratuity, and dessert upgrade.

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