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Historical downtown of Charleston
Departs: October 23rd, 2021 Tour Dates & Pricing
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 waterfronts including a riverboat luncheon cruise as we dine on classic Southern coastal cuisine. Conclude in the bustling city of Atlanta with tours of CNN, Coca Cola, and leisure time before we part ways with a signature Holiday Vacations farewell gathering.
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Hosted By: Sylvia Strobel
TPT (Twin Cities PBS)
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Day 1 : Sweet South Carolina
Travel to Columbia, South Carolina where we stay for the night.
Day 2 : Charleston
After breakfast, we depart for Charleston. Begin the day with an exploration of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Witness beautiful gardens and grounds before touring the Drayton family’s historic mansion that was home to them for over three centuries. Here we get a glimpse into 19th century plantation life.
Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch with new friends.
Then, embark on a guided carriage ride throughout historic downtown Charleston. Ride through dozens of blocks in the center of the “Holy City,” viewing lovely gardens, quaint houses, mansions, parks, and churches.
We stay in Charleston for two nights.
Day 3 : Fort Sumter
We start today with a cruise into Fort Sumter, learning about events leading up to the Civil War. Upon arrival, we join a National Park Service Ranger who provides 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 among others.
Day 4 : Savannah
This morning, we head to Georgia and travel into Savannah and begin the day with a city tour. Get a good snapshot of historic Savannah on our comfortable motor coach, taking in a narrated tour as we ride through 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.
We check-in to our Savannah hotel for two nights.
Day 5 : Riverboat Luncheon Cruise
Begin today with a visit to the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low.
Then we get a real treat with a riverboat luncheon cruise down the Savannah River. Kick back and feast on scrumptious southern fare with a buffet of signature, regionally-celebrated shrimp & grits, Southern fried chicken, macaroni & cheese, sweet potato soufflé, Southern greens, and more!
Enjoy an evening of leisure time.
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 : CNN & Coca Cola
We enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading to the headquarters of CNN for a behind-the-scenes walking tour learning how this leader in live broadcast gets produced and distributed worldwide.
Enjoy lunch on our own at the historic Ponce City Market.
Then, take a self-guided tour when we visit the World of Coca Cola, learning about the heritage, history, and bottling of the iconic beverage.
Have leisure time before gathering for a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner to celebrate and relive our memories.
Day 8 : Arrive Home
Arrive home with lovely memories from our time in South Carolina and Georgia.
October 23rd, 2021 - October 30th, 2021
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 09/08/2021
TPT (Twin Cities PBS) Pickup Locations:
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - MSP Airport
Sylvia Strobel joined Twin Cities PBS as its 6th President & CEO in February of 2020. As the CEO of one of our nation’s foremost PBS stations, she is leading an incredible team responsible for outstanding programs like SciGirls, Hero Elementary, Almanac and Minnesota Experience.
Before joining TPT, Sylvia worked for more than 25 years in the public media industry as an executive and attorney, with positions at ideastream (Cleveland, OH), Minnesota Public Radio, Pennsylvania Public Television Network and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She began her career in public media in TPT’s legal department as an intern. Sylvia currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Humanities Commission and Latino Public Broadcasting, and is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and the Junior League of St. Paul. Sylvia received her undergraduate degree in biology from St. Olaf College, a juris doctor from Mitchell|Hamline College of Law and a master’s in business administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.
Sylvia grew up on a farm in Missouri, but is married to a native Minnesotan – Walt Lehmann. Sylvia and Walt have two children, and they live in the Mac-Groveland area of St. Paul where they spend time maintaining their old house, gardening and cooking.
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