DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in St. Augustine
Arrive in Jacksonville and transfer independently to the hotel in St. Augustine. Explore the oldest city in the United States, known for its Spanish colonial architecture. Tonight, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting at approximately 7PM with your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you, followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. 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
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. (B,D)
DAY 3, Sunday - Jekyll Island, Continue to Savannah
Depart St. Augustine 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. Take 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, or join the optional Savannah Evening Cruise to experience Georgia’s historic “first city” and its thriving port from the water’s unique perspective. (B)
Optional: Savannah Evening Cruise (PM).
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. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B,D)
Optional: Boone Hall Plantation Tour (PM)
DAY 7, Thursday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight. (B)