Savannah & Charleston April 2nd – April 8th, 2024
Discover the Palmetto Low Country with a trip to Savannah, GA and Charleston, South Carolina. While only two hours apart, these towns are very different. Savannah is both hip and historic, robust and refined, a city filled with global sophistication, funky nightlife and fabulous food. While the Historic Downtown District has stood throughout Charleston’s history as the cultural and commercial capital of the South. Come join us as we explore these two exceptional cities!!
Depart today on a flight to Savannah, GA. On arrival, a deluxe motorcoach will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the Courtyard Marriott Midtown for a four-night stay. Experience ultimate comfort in refreshed hotel rooms, an outdoor pool, hot tub, gym, free Wi-Fi and balconies. Dinner is on your own this evening.
After breakfast, board the Old Savannah Trolley where Savannah’s history is brought to life through uniquely personal descriptions of Savannah’s rich and spellbinding history.Then enjoy some free time at City Market for lunch on own and shopping. Savannah’s famous City Market has been known as the heart of Savannah for centuries. Savannah visitors and locals flock to City Market for popular restaurants, creative art spaces, live performances, unique shopping options and so much more. Be sure to check out Byrd Cookie Company to taste the hand crafted cookies and treats based on family recipes. Lunch is also included today at one of the restaurants in the City Market.Next, enjoy tour the Davenport House. Start with a tour of the House, a stately Federal-style home, built by master carpenter Isaiah Davenport for this household. Get a glimpse into 1820s domestic life in the urban port city of Savannah.Tonight, enjoy dinner At The Pirate’s House. Since 1753, The Pirate’s House has been welcoming visitors to Savannah with a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Situated a scant block from the Savannah River, The Pirate’s House first opened as an inn for seafarers, and fast became a rendezvous for blood-thirsty pirates and sailors from the Seven Seas. Here seamen drank their grog and discoursed, sailor fashion, on their exotic high seas adventures from Singapore to Bombay. (B,L,D)
This morning following breakfast, begin your day with a trip to St. Simons Island, an island off the Georgia coast. It’s known for its salt marshes and sandy stretches of beach. You will visit the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and the Keeper’s Dwelling. A chance to discover the fascinating history of Coastal Georgia through colorful exhibits of rare artifacts and historical photographs. Lunch included today at one of the many waterfront restaurants in town.
Start the day with a visit to the Savannah History Museum which showcases the city’s history from its founding in 1733 to the present day, and has everything from an interactive component about Native American cultures to a 1902 Crestmobile, a car that pre-dates the Ford Model A. Learn about the Revolutionary War in Savannah or see Johnny Mercer’s Oscar and Grammy awards.
After breakfast travel to Charleston, SC. Visit the City Market, a historic market complex in downtown Charleston. Established in the 1790s, the market stretches for four city blocks from the
architecturally-significant Market Hall. Shop for local treasures such as sweetgrass baskets which are works of art and highly sought-after souvenirs. Lunch included today at one of the many local restaurants around the City Market.
After breakfast, enjoy a Fort Sumter Cruise & Tour. Experience a relaxing 30-minute cruise through Charleston’s historic harbor out to Fort Sumter. The tour is fully narrated and explains many points of interest and historic significance. Learn about the major events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. At Fort Sumter National Park, historians will provide detailed information about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the War between the States. There is a museum with fascinating exhibits and a small gift shop for your enjoyment. After one hour at the Fort, you will cruise back to port, enjoying panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Charleston’s bustling harbor.