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Experience the sweet southeast coast on a leisurely tour of defining cities and attractions in South Carolina and Georgia. Explore the beautiful grounds of a historic plantation and discover quintessential Southern charm in downtown Charleston on a guided carriage ride. Learn about the Civil War when we cruise to Fort Sumter and enrich your knowledge with museum visits. Discover Savannah, enjoying its rich history and lovely waterfront including a riverboat luncheon cruise as we dine on classic Southern coastal cuisine. Indulge your sweet tooth and learn how to make homemade Southern pralines at Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table. Conclude in the bustling city of Atlanta with visits to the Georgia Aquarium and more. Then, enjoy leisure time before we part ways with a signature Holiday Vacations farewell gathering.
April 28th, 2024 - May 5th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 02/28/2024
Day 1 : Sweet South Carolina
Travel to Charleston, South Carolina where we stay for the next three nights.
Day 2 : Charleston
Begin the day with a tour of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Witness the beautiful gardens and grounds before touring the Drayton family’s historic mansion, providing a glimpse into the history of the 19th-century plantation. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch with new friends, then embark on a guided horse-drawn carriage ride through historic downtown Charleston. Ride along several blocks in the center of the “Holy City,” viewing lovely gardens, quaint houses, mansions, parks, and churches. We finish our explorations today with a memorable visit to the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum featuring the USS Yorktown. Here you’ll have the incredible opportunity to experience a true piece of American history up close as we explore the aircraft carrier.
Day 3 : Fort Sumter
We start today with a cruise to Fort Sumter, learning about events leading up to the Civil War. Upon arrival a National Park Service Ranger joins us to provide details about this significant site and its important role in the war. This afternoon brings us to the Charleston Museum where we view exhibits such as Becoming Americans: Charleston in the Revolution, The Armory: Revolutionary and Civil War Weaponry, and City Under Siege: Charleston in the Civil War.
Day 4 : Savannah
This morning we arrive in Savannah and begin the day with a city tour. Get a good snapshot of historic Savannah on our comfortable motor coach, taking in a guided tour as we explore the old Historic District filled with restored buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy picturesque waterfronts, once the location of cotton warehouses and now hotels, restaurants, and shops. A highlight will be the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Enjoy a riverboat luncheon cruise down the Savannah River and kick back to feast upon scrumptious Southern fare with a buffet of signature regionally celebrated shrimp and grits, Southern fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato soufflé, Southern greens and more. This afternoon we visit Old Fort Jackson, Georgia's oldest standing brick fort. Here we’ll have the opportunity to take part in an exciting cannon demonstration that uses some of the oldest artillery in the Southeast United States. Later we check-in to our Savannah hotel for two nights.
Day 5 : Savannah at Leisure
Indulge in a leisurely morning to spend as you wish. Lunch is on our own today at the Savannah City Market, a historic market center filled with some of Savannah’s most popular spots for restaurants, art galleries, shopping and more. This afternoon, we travel to Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace and tour the Regency-style home where the Girl Scout’s founder was born while hearing interesting stories about her world-changing legacy. We then visit Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table to learn the history of delicious pralines and how this confection came from France to New Orleans, becoming a trend across the South. Work together with other guests to prepare a batch of fresh pralines and take home your very own homemade Southern candy that will be a great memory of Savannah.
Day 6 : Atlanta
We pack up and head to Atlanta this morning where we visit the Atlanta History Center. With its diverse range of origins and economies, among other things, learn the way railroads helped build this fascinating city, how Atlanta played a big role in the Civil War, and why Bobby Jones is believed to be responsible for popularizing golf in the United States after becoming enamored with the traditionally Scottish sport. We check-in to our Atlanta accommodations and have the evening free for dinner and exploring the city.
Day 7 : Georgia Aquarium & the National Center for Civil and Human Rights
We enjoy a delicious breakfast before experiencing the biodiversity of Earth’s marine animals at one of the largest aquariums in the world. The Georgia Aquarium has seven massive galleries featuring hundreds of species including bottlenose dolphins, African penguins, hammerhead sharks, and more. Enjoy lunch on our own at the historic Ponce City Market. Following lunch, we stop for photos at the Centennial Olympic Park, a 22-acre park honoring Georgia’s legacy of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. We continue to the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. The 42,000 square-foot building houses immersive exhibitions dedicated to the history of the civil rights movement in the United States and stories of the struggles for human rights around the world. Enjoy time at leisure before gathering for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner to celebrate and relive our memories.
Day 8 : Arrive Home
Today we fly home with fond memories of our time together in the Southeast United States.
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Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.