8 Day Southern Elegance - Savannah
8 Day Southern Elegance - Savannah
Shine the spotlight on Southern hospitality and charm with this amazing tour that showcases the natural splendour and renowned landmarks found throughout the land, from beautiful, remote islands to historic plantations and mansions.
Tour highlights
  • Explore the acres of gardens at the Biltmore Estate, the largest manse in America.
  • Sit back for a Horse-drawn carriage ride of charming Charleston.
  • Embark on an extensive tram tour of the Magnolia Plantation.
  • Bask in the cultural historic district of the city of Savannah.
  • Walk along the pristine beaches at the serene getaway of Simon’s Island.
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Day 1: Arrive in Atlanta
Arrive in Atlanta and transfer to your hotel in the heart of Buckhead. Meet up in the evening with your tour director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
  • Standard: InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
Day 2: Asheville
Head out for the ancient Appalachians mountains. Embrace the refreshing air as you traverse the land into Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a journey through time as you explore the Biltmore Estate America's largest home built for George W. Vanderbilt in 1895. Learn all about the rick Vanderbilt family on a tour through the historic landmark. Spend time alone to wander the hallways of the manse, finding the museums and acres of stunning gardens all intricately designed. Settle in to your accommodations and delight in an evening local cuisine with your fellow travellers.
  • Standard: The Inn on Biltmore Estate (B,D)
Days 3-4: Charleston
Watch as the Blue Ridge Mountains fade into the distance as you head in the direction of the Atlantic coast. Next stop is the historical city of Charleston, filled with southern charm and hospitality. Embark on a horse-drawn carriage ride and take in the wonders of the vibrant city gardens and decadent mansions. See the impressive Battery and Rainbow Row, with its antebellum mansions and the Old Exchange Building. Spend some time alone to explore the city, seeing the eateries and boutiques, or simply relax at your hotel before dinner this evening. The next day sees you delve into the true Southern lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation. Visit the beautiful main house before joining a naturalist guide for a tram tour of the extensive grounds in search of egrets, alligators, turtles and herons. This afternoon, get to grips with the seaport and its illustrious past as you embark on a yacht cruise of the harbour. Glide past the palatial homes of Charleston's famous Battery and key historic landmarks including the Cooper River Bridge, Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie where early American patriots once repulsed a British warship and saved Charleston from occupation.
  • Standard: The Mills House Hotel (B,D/B)
Day 5: St. Simons Island & Jekyll Island
Take a journey through seaside Beaufort's historic district before venturing out to Georgia's Golden Isles. Enjoy the tranquillity of St. Simons Island, an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands. Proceed to island hop to your resort on Jekyll Island, made stylish by America's wealthiest and most influential families throughout the early 20th Century. Currently one of the finest luxury getaway hotels in America, join a docent to learn the Jekyll Island Club's 125 years of rich history, including stories passed down from the time when it was the exclusive playground of J.P. Morgan, the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Tonight you are welcome to a superb five-course, a la carte Highlight Dinner with wine, at your sprawling, Victorian resort. After dinner, why not stroll around the perfectly manicured hotel grounds or even take a late swim in the pool?
  • Standard: Jekyll Island Club Hotel (B,D)
Days 6-7: Savannah
After a guided trolley tour of this pristine barrier island, venture back to the mainland and continue to Fort Pulaski National Monument. On arrival into atmospheric Savannah, a local guide will take you on a tour through the well-preserved Historic District, seeing the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, stunning Monterey Square as well as renowned sites featured in the best-selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Your accommodation is located next to Savannah's beautiful Forsyth Park. The evening sees you at leisure to revel in the warm southern night with its lovely fragrances of lilac and jasmine. The next morning you are privy to an exclusive private tour of the Owens-Thomas House. A National Historic Landmark built in 1816, the elegant home is considered one of America's finest examples of English Regency architecture, with family furnishings waterfront shops and restaurants along River Street, followed by some time at leisure this afternoon to savour one of America's great walking cities. Savannah is famous for its many squares, most adorned with lush vegetation and tropical. The evening holds a Celebration Dinner, indulge in restaurant. After dinner, enjoy a glass of Madeira and learn why this famed fortified wine from Portugal was in such favour in this southern city that Madeira parties were the hottest ticket in town in the mid 19th century.
  • Standard: The Mansion on Forsyth Park (B/B,D)
Day 8: Depart Savannah
Your final day sees you with a transfer to Savannah airport for your return flight home.
  • Standard: (B)
*FREE VIP airport transfer in the UK if you live within 100 miles of your departure airport.
  • At 6.00 pm on Day 1 join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and Welcome Dinner (WR,WD)
  • 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) and 2 three-course table dhôte dinners plus tea or coffee (D)
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
  • Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coaches with extra legroom and onboard restroom
  • Complimentary bottled water on board your luxury touring coach
  • Complimentary coach and hotel WiFi
  • Insight Hotels include all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Insight Traveller Welcome pack
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers at scheduled times on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Optional Extras
  • International flights on Tour Only prices

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