Charm of the Old South 12 Days
Touring Myrtle Beach, Charleston and Savannah with plenty of time to relax!!
SC8031 Mar 06 to 17, 2018
SC8041 Apr 10 to 21, 2018
SC8101 Oct 09 to 20, 2018
Day 1 Pittsburgh. PA
Departing this morning from our Ontario joining points, we cross into the United States and head south to Pittsburgh, PA for our first night.
Day 2 Lynchburg, VA
After a leisurely breakfast, we continue our travels thought the picturesque scenery of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest to Lynchburg Virginia. Overnight in Lynchburg. (B)
Day 3 Myrtle Beach, SC
We bid farewell to Lynchburg and set our sights on the Oceanside city of Myrtle Beach. In Bedford, we visit the National D-Day Memorial. Your guide will share stories and explain the importance of this international outdoor exhibit. Surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, this memorial makes for a solemn and respectful tribute for our fallen heroes. We continue to Myrtle Beach for a three-night stay. (B)
Day 4 Myrtle Beach, SC
Today is at your leisure to take advantage of the beautiful sand beach or make reservation for tee time at one of the many championship golf courses. This evening we gather as a group for dinner before an evening performance at Carolina Opry (B,D)
Day 5 Myrtle Beach, SC
Rise and shine to the peaceful sound of the ocean. This morning we are joined by local guide for a tour of Low Country and the Grand Strand. An interesting visit to Pawley’s Island Hammock Shops allows you to watch as low country natives weave the famous hammocks and browse through the various shops. Lunch will be at Brookgreen Gardens and Sculpture Park followed by time to explore these magnificent gardens. Ever expanding, Brookgreen now displays more than 500 pieces of American sculpture within one of the South’s loveliest gardens. You will always find something in bloom among the 2,000 species of trees and plants. We return to Myrtle Beach. (B,L)
Day 6 Charleston, SC
This morning we parallel the Atlantic coast travelling south to Charleston. Experience a taste of the Old South on our visit to Boone Hall Plantation, known for its moss-draped 3/4-mile Avenue of Oaks and original slave cabins. It was also the setting for the films Gone with the Wind and North and South. A historically dressed guide will introduce you to the history of the Plantation and then you are free to explore the gardens, and the historic displays in eight original slave cabins. Enjoy a special Gullah Luncheon in the back-lawn pavilion featuring southern style farm to table items highlighted by a private performance by a Gullah storyteller. Next, we make our way to old town Charleston where we hop aboard a horse drawn carriage for a narrated tour. Experience 25-30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown district while learning about the history, architecture, flora and the people that make up the “Holy City”. There’s time after the tour to explore on your own before checking in to our hotel. (B,L)
Day 7 Savannah, GA
This morning we experience the old-world charm of the South on a visit to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Stroll through sections of the gardens that are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. (c1680). Then step back in time with a half-hour guided tour of the Drayton family home giving you a glimpse into plantation life in the 19th century and beyond. Next, experience history and wildlife on a tram tour of the plantation's wetlands, lakes, forests, and marshes. Naturalist guides help you spot alligators, turtles, egrets, and herons in native habitats. And as you ride through the landscape, guides bring its history to life. From a row of slave cabins to 19th century rice ponds and a Native American ceremonial mound that evoke the plantation's complex past. The tour will bring to life the true landscape and culture of the old South. This afternoon, we travel to Savannah, GA for a three-night stay. (B)
Day 8 Savannah, GA
After breakfast, we set out with a local guide to see the sights of this historic city. Savannah’s charm is something out of a fairy-tale, being given the distinction as “the most beautiful city in the nation”. It’s been said, if the trees could talk, they’d tell you about pirates, cotton, and a revolutionary town plan dating to 1733. This afternoon is at your leisure to explore some of the beautiful public squares, take a horse drawn carriage ride and perhaps stroll along the historic Riverwalk. (B)
Day 9 Savannah, GA
After breakfast we travel south through an area known as the Golden Isles, to St. Simons Island.
One of the largest barrier islands in Georgia, St. Simons is well-known for its historic lighthouse, one of the nation's oldest continuously working beacons. See Christ Church, the 3rd oldest Episcopal Church in the nation with its magnificent stained-glass windows and heavily landscaped grounds and cemetery where many of the founding families of the area are laid to rest including author Eugenia Price. Enjoy lunch at one of many restaurants of Pier Village and browse through the boutique shops. Delight in some local fare at one of the many restaurants. On return to Savannah, we stop at Wormsloe historic site where we drive through the nation’s longest avenue of Live Oak draped with Spanish moss. Here you will learn about early colonial life and tour the museum of original artifacts. We return to Savannah. (B)
Day 10 Asheville, NC
This morning we say farewell to this historic city and make our way to Asheville. SC. This afternoon, a visit to Biltmore Estate. Located on over 8,000 acres, this 119-year-old mansion has an incredible family history. Completed in 1895, George Vanderbilt’s 250-room chateau is as impressive today as it was more than a century ago. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the house, as well as the gardens and surrounding grounds. As well, a visit to Antler Hill Village including a winery tour and tasting. We overnight in Asheville.
Day 11 Dayton, OH
After a leisurely breakfast, we are off to Dayton for our final night stay. Arriving late afternoon, you will have time to freshen up before our final include dinner. Here we relax and reflect on our last week of travels together, sharing memories and stories. (B,D)
Day 12 Home
We begin our journey back to the border with a stop at the Duty Free before returning home. Thank you for letting us showcase a glimpse into the “Old South”! (B)
Rates (CDN) per person
HST does not apply to this tour