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7 Day Historical South: St. Augustine, Savannah & Charleston

7 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

Itinerary
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DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Jacksonville
Arrive in Jacksonville. Nestled between skyscrapers and the St. Johns River, explore the majestic skyline of downtown Jacksonville. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible. 

DAY 2, Saturday – Guided Trolley Tour of St. Augustine
This morning, depart Jacksonville for St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. Today's guided trolley tour of St. Augustine winds through the many contrasting sections of this lovely city. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure using your included trolley pass to see some of the major sights. Perhaps, visit the world-famous spring that Ponce de Leon deemed the Fountain of Youth. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour old St. Augustine Village, featuring houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Other stops could include the Old Jail, History Museum, Potter's Wax Museum, San Sebastian Winery and Flagler College. Relax in the afternoon at an outdoor café or along the coast. Return to Jacksonville for a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 3, Sunday - Jekyll Island*, Continue to Savannah
Depart Jacksonville and travel north along the unspoiled Georgia coast of vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches to Jekyll Island, majestically situated in the midst of Georgia's fabled "Golden Isles". Along with its beaches and pleasant climate, the island is famous for its austere Jekyll Island Club, where some of America's elite families and socialites vacationed, such as the Morgans, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Enjoy a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island's Historic District and hear more about the fascinating stories of the island's beginnings and development by the "rich and famous" of the late 1800s. Continue to Savannah for an evening at leisure. (Breakfast)

DAY 4, Monday - Guided Trolley Tour of Savannah 
A full day to enjoy the beauty of Savannah, often called the "Belle of the South". Experience the city's storied past on the guided trolley tour that takes you through the Historic District, the largest in the country, featuring a myriad of architecturally significant buildings. Highlights include such landmarks as Forsyth Park, River Street, the Waving Girl statue, the Cotton Exchange and Colonial Park. Walk along the cobblestone streets and see the lovely manicured gardens and oak-shaded parks draped with Spanish Moss. (Breakfast)

DAY 5, Tuesday - Beaufort Carriage Ride, Continue to Charleston
Today bid farewell to Savannah as you continue to the unique town of Beaufort - its entire downtown was designated a historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Enjoy lunch on your own, and a guided tour of the city by horse-drawn carriage. Pass the beautifully restored historic mansions built by the wealthy plantation owners before the Civil War. Beaufort was one of the Southern towns chosen to be occupied by Union troops, rather than destroyed. See art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques that dot the entire downtown, along with elegant restaurants and quick eateries. Depart for Charleston, a city brimming with historic charm, known for its warm Southern hospitality. Arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure. Later this evening, participate in the optional Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour to learn the history, intrigue and stories from Charleston’s past. (Breakfast)

Optional: Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

DAY 6, Wednesday – Charleston City Tour
Today's discovery of Charleston begins with a city tour taking place along the quaint centuries-old cobblestone streets, past stately multi-colored homes and magnificent restorations, representing a range of architectural styles from the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Don’t miss the optional tour to one of the oldest working plantations in the South, Boone Hall, where you’ll hear about the day-to-day life of those who ran the plantation as well as their fascinating history. At this evening’s Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends. (Breakfast, Dinner) 

Optional: Boone Hall Plantation Tour (PM)

DAY 7, Thursday- Return Home
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

*Please note that due to local events, the Sep 15 departure will not include the narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island's Historic District. Alternative sightseeing will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.

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All This Included
  • 6 nights accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Highlights
  • Visit Jekyll Island majestically situated in the midst of Georgia’s fabled "Golden Isles"
  • Enjoy beautiful Savannah, often called the "Belle of the South"
  • Guided horse-drawn carriage tour of Beaufort’s historic center
  • City Tour of Charleston
Accommodations
Jacksonville: Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Savannah: DoubleTree Hotel Historic Savannah
Charleston: Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District Downtown
Notes
  • *Please note that due to local events, the Sep 15 departure will not include the narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island's Historic District. Alternative sightseeing will be provided locally by your Tour Manager.
  • This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is quick, you will encounter some uneven (cobblestone) or wet surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.