We board our deluxe motorcoach traveling through Asheville before entering South Carolina stopping for lunch in the Spartanburg area. After lunch we continue through South Carolina’s capital city of Columbia before arriving in Charleston for a two night stay. History is literally found around every corner in this fascinating city, which is often referred to as a “living museum”. See why Charleston has been deemed the “charm spot of the south”.
We will enjoy a relaxing carriage tour and learn about the old walled city, historic churches, the Cooper River Waterfront, as well as the city’s history, and the people that make up the “Holy City”. We will visit Mag- nolia Plantation and Gardens located on the Ashley River and one of the oldest plantations in the South. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The afternoon is free for lunch on your own downtown with time for shopping and browsing in the open air Old City Market as well as the many antique stores and boutiques along King Street.
This morning we will visit the Charleston Tea Plantation located on his- toric Wadmalaw Island in the heart of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Wadmalaw has not and cannot be commercially developed, therefore much of the land remains untouched. The Island is also home to other historic attractions such as Irvin-House Vineyards, the only domestic winery in Charleston, as well as the Angel Oak, a Live Oak tree that is believed to be over 1,500 years old. Box lunch is included at the Plan-tation. We continue to Savannah, Georgia for the night. America’s firstplanned city, Savannah, sits on a high bluff overlooking the Savannah River. Dinner included at Paula Deen’s Creek House for southern classics and seafood favorites.
We hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to see the sights in Savannah—the largest National Historic Landmark area in the U. S. We will experi-ence southern charm first-hand with a stroll along the cobblestone-paved Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into shops, taverns and restaurants. Your local tour concludes with a visit to the Andrew Low Home and Gardens.
It’s a short drive this morning to Jekyll Island. Upon arrival we are treated to a trolley tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District—one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. Here you will have a chance to explore the 240-acre river edge and see grand “cottages” once belonging to such notables as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and J. P. Morgan. We will enjoy a delightful luncheon included at the Jekyll Island Club—considered one of the most exclusive social clubs in America. After lunch we will tour quaint St. Simons Island and stroll on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Christ Church. In the early evening, explore the quaint shops and enjoy dinner on your own in one of the restaurants in the village.
It is now time to bid farewell to our traveling friends and return home to share our memories with our friends back home, ending our delightful and relaxing visit to Charleston, Savannah and the Golden Isles of Georgia.