8 Day Historical South
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DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Jacksonville
Arrive in Jacksonville and transfer independently to the hotel. 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 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm 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. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner in St Augustine before returning to Jacksonville. (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 - Full Day Excursion to Bulls Island
This morning, depart Charleston heading north for the Bulls Bay area. Stop at the Center for the Birds of Prey in Awendaw. Enjoy close interactions with over 50-species of raptors, including falcons, eagles, hawks, and owls. A guide will walk you through the campus and raptor rehabilitation center, explaining the ecological importance and incredible adaptations of these formidable predators while you observe the birds just feet away. After a picnic lunch, board a ferry for one of the most sustainable ecosystems in the world, a salt marsh estuary, on your way to the remote north beach of Bulls Island. On board, a naturalist guide will describe the history and ecology of the area while keeping a lookout for some of the indigenous wildlife of the region like bottlenose dolphins. Upon arrival to Bulls Island, enjoy a scenic walk on iconic Boneyard Beach known for its dramatic beauty and incredible shelling. Then enjoy a slow ferry ride around and back to the mainland. Return to your hotel for a evening at leisure on your last night in Charleston. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 8, Friday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight. (Breakfast)
All This Included
7 nights accommodations
10 meals: 7 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
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 with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum houses
Bull Island, one of the most sustainable ecosystems in the world
Jacksonville: Omni Jacksonville Hotel
Savannah: DoubleTree Hotel Historic Savannah
Charleston: Holiday Inn Charleston Historic District Downtown
Passengers arriving in Jacksonville should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.
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. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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