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Charleston / Savannah

8-day/7-night escorted coach tour

Warm and gracious, traditional Southern hospitality transcends time.  You’ll experience it at a traditional “Madeira” tasting in Savannah…in the sharing of folktales, Gullah-style…in an antebellum plantation…in the historic town of Beaufort…at pivotal military sites…on a private Charleston Harbor cruise…and on Jekyll and Hilton Head Islands, where easy living has been the byword for centuries.    Enjoy this escorted tour with America’s number one tour operator!

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  • Day 1. Arrive Jacksonville, transfer to Jekyll Island.
    Day 2. Jekyll Island, Savannah.
    Day 3. Historic sites in Savannah.
    Day 4. Fort Pulaski, Hilton Head Island.
    Day 5. Beaufort and Charleston.
    Day 6. Explore Charleston.
    Day 7. Carolina plantations.
    Day 8. Depart Charleston.

    Tauck Value Includes:

    √ Arrival transfer from Jacksonville to Jekyll Island and departure transfer in Charleston.
    √ Dedicated services of the same professional Tauck Tour Director and driver for the entire tour.
    √ TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Traditional Madeira evening at Savannah’s Davenport House Museum.
    √ TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Meet Aunt Pearlie Sue, master storyteller of Gullah folktales.
    √ Private cruise in Charleston Harbor with an introduction to the city’s rich maritime heritage.
    √ Guided visits to historic Drayton Hall & Middleton Place in Charleston.
    √ A visit to the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah.
    √ All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per the itinerary.
    √ Service charges, gratuities to local guides, hotel taxes & porterage.

    OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION
    √ Premium accommodation in Jekyll Island, Savannah, Hilton Head Island and Charleston.

    QUALITY DINING – INCLUDING 15 MEALS
    √ 7 breakfasts (B), 3 Lunches (L), and 5 Dinners (D)

  • 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. 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, and dinner at leisure. A week of South Carolina and Georgia tours begins in gracious style!  Lodging: Jekyll Island Club Hotel.  MEALS D

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    Savannah

    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 a hotel overlooking the waterfront, close to River Front Plaza. You’ll admire the city’s elegant architecture and geometric city design, with 24 park squares featuring live oaks draped with Spanish moss; it’s one of the country’s most graceful cities. Tonight, enjoy a Tauck Exclusive – 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. Experience the best of Georgia tours!  Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto.  MEALS B L D

    CS: Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia
    Forsyth Park, Savannah

    DAY 3. Explore landmark sites in historic Savannah.  Begin your day with a private tour of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, family home of the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA, and visit the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, interpreting the great Atlantic sea trade of centuries past. A local expert provides an insider’s view of Savannah’s park squares and notable buildings, part of one of the first planned cities in America, on a guided tour; 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 explore more of Savannah on your own, perhaps wandering the city’s trendy waterfront district. Lodging: Hilton Savannah DeSoto.  MEALS B

    CS: Gullah  Hilton Head
    ‘Aunt Pearlie Sue”

    DAY 4. Fort Pulaski National Monument and on to Hilton Head Island.  Bid Savannah farewell and head off to a key site of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski National Monument, an impressive brick fortress captured by Union forces in 1862. It was here that military history was forever changed during a Civil War battle that saw the introduction of “rifled cannons.” Continue on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, boasting one of the most pristine marine estuaries on the east coast, where you’ll find miles of barrier beaches outside of your oceanfront resort that are ideal for walking and beachcombing. Take a journey this afternoon through the roots of Gullah culture, from West Africa to the Carolina coast, with master storyteller Aunt Pearlie Sue; her warmth, humor and exuberance will be long remembered.  Lodging: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort.  MEALS B L D

    DAY 5. Step back in time in Beaufort en route to Charleston.  Take time for an early morning walk on Hilton Head’s pristine beaches if you wish before journeying north along the coast. Arrive in Beaufort, “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands,” where you’ll view the timeless architecture of its National Historic Landmark District. Head to Charleston, the lovely and historic first capital of South Carolina. An exclusively chartered private boat cruise of Charleston Harbor this afternoon imparts a wealth of information about the city’s centuries of maritime history. Your home for the next three nights is an elegant 150-year-old hotel, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, at the center of Charleston’s historic district – and within walking distance of much of Charleston’s historic district.  Dinner tonight is at your choice of several fine Charleston restaurants. Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel.  MEALS B D

    Charleston carriage tour
    Charleston

    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.  Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel.  MEALS B

    Charleston Draytown Lawn
    Drayton Hall

    DAY 7. Grand plantations and gardens of centuries past in Charleston.  Visit some of the finest plantations and gardens in America today. 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. This evening, relive this most gracious of South Carolina and Georgia tours during the farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic Charleston hotel.  Lodging: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel.  MEALS B L D

    DAY 8. Gracious days in Savannah and Charleston conclude. Your one-week South Carolina and Georgia tours conclude in Charleston. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel to Charleston International Airport. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.   MEALS B

     

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

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  • 8 Day/7 night escorted tour
    2017
    Tour prices in £’s per person based
    on two adults sharing a double room
    Double
    £
    23, 30 Mar: 19, 26 Apr: 03, 04, 11 May: 07, 21 Sep: 05, 12 Oct 1829
    28 Sep 2159
    Prices include:
    7-nights hotel accommodation, 15 meals, escorted coach tour transportation, transfers, excursions as per the itinerary.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    Small Group Departures – Select small group departures shown in blue, averaging 24 Tauck guests.

    Prices for single and triple room occupation available on request.   Triples are accommodated at most hotels in either two beds or a king plus a rollaway: due to fire codes rooms are restricted to two beds.

    Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email enquiries@justamerica.co.uk

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