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Charleston / Savannah

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Tauck Offers for this Trip

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Jacksonville and transfer to Jekyll Island
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Jekyll Island Club Hotel. A transfer is included from Jacksonville International Airport to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in the heart of the island's National Historic Landmark District. Join us for a welcome cocktail reception Enjoy a welcome cocktail reception at your elegant Victorian hotel, originally founded in the late 19th century as a hunting retreat for some of America's richest and most powerful families including the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, followed by dinner at leisure. (D)

Day 2 St. Simons Island and historic Savannah
Tour Jekyll Island's 240-acre historic district, including Faith Chapel and Rockefeller's Indian Mound, and travel to nearby St. Simons Island, hosting expansive marshlands, oaks draped with Spanish moss and glorious beaches. Travel to Savannah for a two-night stay at Hilton Savannah DeSoto. Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, magnificent homes, and architectural gems, the hotel - set in the heart of Savannah's Historic District in the heart of Georgia's First City - offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style. You'll admire the city's elegant architecture and geometric city design, featuring 24 park squares highlighted by live oaks draped with Spanish moss; it's one of the country's most graceful cities. Tonight, enjoy a Tauck Exclusive when you discover Savannah's Madeira traditions at the Davenport House Museum and dine in the historic district at 45 Bistro in Savannah's oldest hotel, The Marshall House. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Explore landmark sites in historic Savannah
Visit the Massie Heritage Center, a museum that presents Savannah's rich cultural heritage by preserving the historic Massie School. On a guided tour of the city, a local expert provides an insider's view of Savannah's historic squares and notable buildings; Savannah is one of the first planned cities in America - its National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the country, and features more than 1,000 architecturally significant buildings. The remainder of the day is yours to discover the city on your own, perhaps exploring the city's trendy waterfront district. (B)

Day 4 Fort Pulaski National Monument and on to Hilton Head Island
Visit Fort Pulaski National Monument, site of a key Civil War battle. Although the fort was thought to be invincible, the Union's new artillery breached a wall, leading to an unexpected Confederate surrender. After lunch at a local restaurant, set out for Hilton Head Island and an overnight stay at a seaside resort. Dine at your resort. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Step back in time in Beaufort en route to Charleston
You may want to enjoy an early morning walk on Hilton Head's beaches before setting off for historic Beaufort, where you're joined by a local Gullah guide for an in-depth look at the unique culture and heritage of the Gullah people on a tour of the nearby islands. After lunch, head for Charleston, where a private harbor cruise introduces the city's maritime history. Dine this evening at one of Tauck's selection of fabulous Charleston restaurants (B, D)

Day 6 Charleston past and present - four centuries of architectural treasures
A local guide takes you on a tour of Charleston to see centuries-old cobblestone streets and well-preserved homes representing a range of architectural styles from the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions - classic Georgia, Federal, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian. Many of these homes surround very pretty "secret" walled gardens; additional highlights of the city's 789-acre historic district include The Citadel and the Battery. The rest of the day is free to do as you please; Charleston is a great city to explore by foot, or you might decide to see it by horsedrawn carriage; other ideas are visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art, or Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired in 1861. And of course there are many restaurants and cafés to enjoy the easy living this city is so well known for. (B)

Day 7 Grand plantations and gardens of centuries past in Charleston
A morning trip takes you first to Drayton Hall, a Georgian Palladian mansion built in 1738 that is preserved in original condition, without electricity or plumbing. A privately guided tour takes in Charleston's only surviving 18th-century plantation house that is open to the public. Then it's on to Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark that is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens - a landscaping masterpiece. Tour its mansion built in 1755 and the stableyards - and of course the formal gardens. Join us for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Journey home
Tour ends: Charleston. Fly home anytime. A transfer from The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel to Charleston International Airport is included. Allow two hours for flight check-in. (B)
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All This Included
Stories by Ken Burns... Southern hospitality is warm, welcoming and inviting - it's a graciousness and kindness that transcends time and redefines itself each century. You'll experience it every day on Charleston / Savannah... at a Savannah "Madeira" wine party... touring the islands off Beaufort, South Carolina, with a Gullah guide... in the smiles from those you pass along the streets of old-time Charleston... at graceful antebellum plantations... at celebrated oceanfront resorts on Jekyll and Hilton Head islands where easy living has been the byword for centuries... And with colorful gardens, moss-draped oaks, lush parks, glorious beaches, and many blue skies... nature adds its own touch of hospitality...
  • An exclusive private evening featuring a taste of Savannah's beloved Madeira traditions at the Federal-style Davenport House Museum, followed by a charming dinner at 45 Bistro in Savannah's oldest hotel, The Marshall House
  • Tour the islands off Beaufort, South Carolina, with a Gullah guide
  • A private cruise in Charleston Harbor, where Charleston's rich maritime heritage comes alive, from the Revolutionary War to pirates to nature; visit places that bigger boats can't reach
  • A guided tour with expert interpreters that delves into three centuries of history at Drayton Hall, Charleston's only surviving 18th-century plantation house open to the public
  • A walk through America's oldest landscaped gardens, lunch and a house tour during a guided visit to Middleton Place
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Highlights
  • Private evening in Savannah featuring Madeira traditions
  • private Charleston Harbor cruise
  • tour the islands off Beaufort
  • South Carolina
  • with a Gullah guide
  • guided plantation tour with historic interpreter
  • dine-around in Charleston
Accommodations
Jekyll Island: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Savannah: The DeSoto
Hilton Head: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Charleston: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Notes
  • Departures on April 11 & 25 and September 27, 2018 are small group departures averaging 24 Tauck guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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