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Day One - Arrive in Charleston, South Carolina
Welcome to Charleston, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful and historic cities in America; a place where delightful southern breezes and cobblestone streets pave the way to gracious living and warm hospitality. Your Tour Manager will be available this evening at 6:00 p.m. to provide further details on the program and to offer dining suggestions.
Day Two - Charleston and Middleton Place
We begin the day with a narrated cruise across Charleston Harbor to historic Fort Sumter, site of the first shot of the American Civil War. Continue to Middleton Place Plantation, home of Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress. This National Historic Landmark features a richly decorated home and 65 acres of meticulously designed gardens. Enjoy a taste of the Old South with a traditional Low Country Plantation lunch before a guided tour of Charleston, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in America. Breakfast and lunch
Day Three - Charleston to Jekyll Island, Georgia
This morning depart for one of “Georgia’s Golden Isles,” Jekyll Island with the beautiful oak trees, Spanish moss and palmetto. On the way, we visit Beaufort, known for its southern hospitality, and enjoy the scenic waterfront charm, quaint shops and historic homes. Late this afternoon we arrive at the romantic Victorian-style Jekyll Island Club Hotel, our home for the next two nights. The Jekyll Island Club was originally built as an exclusive island getaway for the Rockefeller and Vanderbilt families. Breakfast and dinner
Day Four - Jekyll Island Touring
The day begins with a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island’s National Landmark Historic District. You will hear the fascinating stories of the island’s beginnings and development by the “rich and famous” of the late 1800s. The balance of the day is yours to explore on your own or to simply relax and enjoy the natural beauty. Breakfast
Day Five - Savannah
We travel to Savannah, the “Belle of the South” and discover why General Sherman found this city much too beautiful to burn during the Civil War. A narrated trolley tour tells us the tales and secrets of the stately mansions as we drive through the Historic District. We pass the 1820 birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, the squares and streets where movies such as Forrest Gump and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil were filmed. Tonight, dinner is served family-style at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding House, a Savannah legend. Breakfast and dinner
Day Six - Free Day in Savannah or Visit Hilton Head Island
Today is free to explore the enchanting city of Savannah at your leisure. Discover the many shops along River Street and enjoy the beauty of the quaint squares perfect for relaxing. For those who wish, a trip to Hilton Head Island is available. Learn of the island’s early history, its role in the Civil War and its development into one of the world’s premier resort communities. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at one of Savannah’s favorite restaurants, the River House, with its own bakery. Breakfast and dinner
Day Seven - Savannah and Home
Bid farewell to Savannah with wonderful memories of the South’s most beautiful cities. Your Tour Manager will arrange a transfer to Savannah airport for flights anytime today. Breakfast
CHARLESTON - Holiday Inn Historic District
JEKYLL ISLAND - Jekyll Island Club Hotel
SAVANNAH - DeSoto Historic District
This was a trip of a lifetime. Some thought could be given to the scheduling of secondary events such as the Reagan Library and the Getty Museum. Getty needs much more time, Reagan can do with less.
We were never put on the official tour list that came with our welcome package. The hotel where we started the tour at did not have our names on the official tour list provided to them, and as a result, did not have a room reserved for us. The tour director and our driver were professional, courteous, helpful, knowledgeable, and had great personalities.
The seven wonders of Oregon, very good sights, lots of bus rides, some of which were very long.
Just wanted to say our tour guide did a great job. If we had any free time she was always fiinding more things to do that was extra. She really does her job well. When and if I take another one I would certainly do a tour with her. Our driver was great also. Just amazing how he handles that bus.
A great tour.
Decided bus trips are not really our preferred mode of travel. A few issues with hotels, timing of tours/meals etc. Maybe 48 is too large a group. Was on a tour before with bus and cruise portions but only 28 travels and was much more pleasant.
Mayflower does a nice job.
the tour was great. tour manager and driver were excellent..we wasted time in custer park viewing bison. we would have liked more time at crazy horse. overall a pleasant trip. thanks for a great trip..keep us in mind for a trip to israel next year
We had a wonderful vacation thanks to Affordable Tours and Mayflower Tours.
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