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”.
A local guide will take us on a tour of this historic city. Magnifcent formal
gardens grace much of the historic district, adding to the beauty of the
colonial, antebellum and Victorian architecture. See why Charleston has
been deemed the “charm spot of the south”. We stop at the battery overlooking
Fort Sumter where, on April 12, 1861, the frst shots of the Civil War
were fred. See St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, with a graveyard dating
back to 1752. Charleston is known as the “Holy City” for all of the elegant
steeples and spires that punctuate the skyline. 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. Lunch is included at the Plantation. We continue
to Savannah, Georgia for the night. America’s frst planned city, Savannah,
sits on a high bluff overlooking the Savannah River.
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 frst-hand with a stroll along the cobblestonepaved
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.
Learn the history of the start of the Girl Scouts and its founder, Juliette
Low. This evening we will enjoy a show at The Savannah Theatre
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 at home, ending our delightful and
relaxing visit to Charleston, Savannah and the Golden Isles of Georgia.