8 Day Historical South

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Passengers arriving in Jacksonville should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.

For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.


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Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is quick, you will encounter some uneven (cobblestone) or wet surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Sydney-Jacksonville, Charleston-Sydney
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights St. Augustine
    • 2 nights Savannah
    • 3 nights Charleston
  • Hotel porterage
  • 10 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit Jekyll Island majestically situated in the midst of Georgia’s fabled "Golden Isles"
  • Enjoy beautiful Savannah, often called the "Belle of the South"
  • Guided horse-drawn carriage tour of Beaufort’s historic center
  • City Tour of Charleston with its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum houses
  • Bull Island, one of the most sustainable ecosystems in the world

Note: Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver are included.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is quick, you will encounter some uneven (cobblestone) or wet surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in St. Augustine
Arrive in Jacksonville and transfer independently to the hotel in St. Augustine. Explore the oldest city in the United States, known for its Spanish colonial architecture. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the wonderful journey that awaits you followed by a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: St. Augustine

DAY 2, Saturday - Guided Trolley Tour of St. Augustine
Today's guided trolley tour of St. Augustine winds through the many contrasting sections of this lovely city. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure using your included trolley pass to see some of the major sights. Perhaps, visit the world-famous spring that Ponce de Leon deemed the Fountain of Youth. Experience early St. Augustine as you tour old St. Augustine Village, featuring houses from the 18th and 19th centuries. Other stops could include the Old Jail, History Museum, Potter's Wax Museum, San Sebastian Winery and Flagler College. Relax in the afternoon at an outdoor café or along the coast. This evening join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner in St Augustine
Overnight: St. Augustine
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Jekyll Island, Continue to Savannah
Depart St. Augustine and travel north along the unspoiled Georgia coast of vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches to Jekyll Island, majestically situated in the midst of Georgia's fabled "Golden Isles". Along with its beaches and pleasant climate, the island is famous for its austere Jekyll Island Club, where some of America's elite families and socialites vacationed, such as the Morgans, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. Enjoy a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island's Historic District and hear more about the fascinating stories of the island's beginnings and development by the "rich and famous" of the late 1800s. Continue to Savannah for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Savannah
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Guided Trolley Tour of Savannah
A full day to enjoy the beauty of Savannah, often called the "Belle of the South". Experience the city's storied past on the guided trolley tour that takes you through the Historic District, the largest in the country, featuring a myriad of architecturally significant buildings. Highlights include such landmarks as Forsyth Park, River Street, the Waving Girl statue, the Cotton Exchange and Colonial Park. Walk along the cobblestone streets and see the lovely manicured gardens and oak-shaded parks draped with Spanish Moss
Overnight: Savannah
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Beaufort Carriage Ride, Continue to Charleston
Today bid farewell to Savannah as you continue to the unique town of Beaufort - its entire downtown was designated a historic district by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Enjoy lunch on your own, and a guided tour of the city by horse-drawn carriage. Pass the beautifully restored historic mansions built by the wealthy plantation owners before the Civil War. Beaufort was one of the Southern towns chosen to be occupied by Union troops, rather than destroyed. See art galleries, antique shops, and boutiques that dot the entire downtown, along with elegant restaurants and quick eateries. Depart for Charleston, a city brimming with historic charm, known for its warm Southern hospitality. Arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure. Later this evening, participate in the optional Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour to learn the history, intrigue and stories from Charleston's past
Optional: Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour
Overnight: Charleston
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Charleston City Tour
Today's discovery of Charleston begins with a city tour taking place along the quaint centuries-old cobblestone streets, past stately multi-colored homes and magnificent restorations, representing a range of architectural styles from the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own. Don’t miss the optional tour to one of the oldest working plantations in the South, Boone Hall, where you’ll hear about the day-to-day life of those who ran the plantation as well as their fascinating history. At this evening’s Farewell Dinner, share wonderful memories with your newfound friends
Optional: Boone Hall Plantation Tour (PM)
Overnight: Charleston
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Full Day Excursion to Bulls Island
This morning, depart Charleston heading north for the Bulls Bay area. Stop at the Center for the Birds of Prey in Awendaw. Enjoy close interactions with over 50-species of raptors, including falcons, eagles, hawks, and owls. A guide will walk you through the campus and raptor rehabilitation center, explaining the ecological importance and incredible adaptations of these formidable predators while you observe the birds just feet away. After a picnic lunch, board a ferry for one of the most sustainable ecosystems in the world, a salt marsh estuary, on your way to the remote north beach of Bulls Island. On board, a naturalist guide will describe the history and ecology of the area while keeping a lookout for some of the indigenous wildlife of the region like bottlenose dolphins. Upon arrival to Bulls Island, enjoy a scenic walk on iconic Boneyard Beach known for its dramatic beauty and incredible shelling. Then enjoy a slow ferry ride around and back to the mainland. Return to your hotel for a evening at leisure on your last night in Charleston
Overnight: Charleston
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Friday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

Walk inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark. Explore the dark corners, and learn about the history of Charleston and stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the ‘Holy City’. Graveyards are endearing pockets of Charleston - so much so that they are often referred to here as simply “gardens.” Listen to the history, intrigue and tales of love and loss with a local guide for this evening excursion.
Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Mar 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 AUD$34.00
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Boone Hall Plantation Tour

Tour one of the oldest working plantations in the South, Boone Hall, where you’ll hear about the day-to-day life of those who ran the plantation as well as their fascinating history. See the many various plants, flowers, and trees that are currently growing in the beautiful gardens including the antique roses that are over 100 years old. See the Georgian-designed home the blends recovered materials and antique furnishings to recreate an atmosphere that would have surrounded a Coastal Carolina planter's family and his guests. Learn about the history of Boone Hall Plantation and its evolution through several owners since the 17th century.

Included are round-trip transfers from your hotel.

Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 AUD$62.00
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