Experience the beautiful scenery, rich history, and vibrant cultures of the South on this southern U.S. tour that begins and ends in Atlanta with overnights in Charleston and Savannah. Also enjoy time in St. Simons Island, with its unspoiled beauty and beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and charming communities. See Charleston's Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, America's most photographed plantation. You'll tour the mansion, see the slave cabins, and visit the beautiful gardens; and Savannah's American Prohibition Museum, bringing the roaring 20s to life. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the narrow, oak-lined streets in picturesque Beaufort and sightseeing trolley tours in both Savannah and Jekyll Island. All the picturesque scenery and rich historic opportunities, really make this southern tour a vacation of a lifetime!
Day 1: Leave Rapid City and fly to Atlanta, GA.
Welcome to Atlanta… you will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Overnight Atlanta Airport hotel – No meals included
Day 2: Atlanta to Charleston
Depart Atlanta and head east across Georgia and South Carolina to the coast. Arrive in Charleston, home to cobblestone streets, antebellum mansions, and low-country cuisine. This evening is free to explore on your own. You may wish to stroll the historic district, sample fresh seafood, or learn about Charleston's colorful past on a ghost tour. Supper at a local restaurant is included tonight.
Overnight Charleston – Breakfast & Supper included
Day 3: Exploring Charleston
Start the day with an orientation tour of Charleston before visiting America's most photographed plantation, BOONE HALL PLANTATION & GARDENS. Tour the mansion, see the slave cabins, and visit the beautiful gardens. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You may wish to shop for a favorite souvenir at historic City Market, where more than 50 artisans are on-site daily; take a relaxing and scenic cruise of Charleston Harbor; or try one of Charleston's favorite dishes, such as She-crab Soup or Carolina Gold Rice.
Overnight Charleston – Breakfast included
Day 4: Charleston to Beaufort to Savannah
This morning we depart Charleston for picturesque Beaufort, a town that has conserved much of its pre-revolutionary character. Enjoy a guided tour of the town by HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE through narrow, oak-lined streets past the former homes of wealthy cotton growers. This afternoon, make your way to romantic Savannah, America's first planned city. Enjoy a TROLLEY TOUR led by a Local Guide who will entertain you with stories of the city's colorful characters and past. Your tour ends at the AMERICAN PROHIBITION MUSEUM, where there's time to explore the various exhibits, interact with costumed guides.
Overnight Savannah – Breakfast & Supper included
Day 5: Exploring Savannah
A full day at leisure to explore more of this beautiful city. We recommend strolling through Forsyth Park, spending time at the Telfair Museum of Art, window shopping on Broughton Street, or touring the Mercer Williams House Museum—made famous in the book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Overnight Savannah – Breakfast included
Day 6: Savannah – Excursion to St. Simons Island & Jekyll Island
Today we visit nearby St. Simons Island, home to beautiful beaches and charming communities. Continue to Jekyll Island for a guided TROLLEY TOUR of the Club Historic District. A cluster of 19th-century mansions, this "club" was formed by some of America's most prominent families. Your tour includes a visit to one of the most elaborate winter mansions, such as the Rockefellers' Indian Mound. The Jekyll Island Club was built in 1887, and was the winter home of the Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Morgan families. After our visit, we drive to Hilton Head where we overnight.
Overnight Hilton Head – Breakfast included
Day 7: Exploring Hilton Head
Our last full day in this delightful area. Hilton Head Island, sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Low country resort town and barrier island in Beaufort County, South Carolina, The island is named after Captain William Hilton, who in 1663 identified a headland near the entrance to Port Royal Sound, which he named "Hilton's Head" after himself. The island features 12 miles (19 km) of beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean and is a popular vacation destination. Supper is included tonight at a local restaurant.
Overnight Hilton Head – Breakfast & Supper included
Day 8: Hilton Head to Atlanta for your return flight home.
This morning we journey back to Atlanta for your homebound flight.
Starts: Thursday April 16th 2020
Ends: Thursday April 23rd 2020
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