Embrace the leisurely pace and charming allure of America’s southeast as you explore cobblestone streets, historic homes and unspoiled coastline during the holiday season. Discover antebellum Charleston and the history of Savannah with 2-night stays in each city. Drive through James Island County Park illuminated with over 500,000 lights. Spend two nights at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Experience the unique charm and singular hospitality of America’s “Low Country” in South Carolina and Georgia.
- Itinerary Type : Holiday
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:7
- Number of Meals:9
- Hotels:Doubletree Historic District (Savannah, GA), Jekyll Island Club (Jekyll Island, GA), Hyatt Place Historic District (Charleston, SC)
- Experiences:Explore Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens just outside of Charleston.
Spend time at quaint St. Simons Island and marvel at its stunning 106-foot tall lighthouse.
Drive through enchanting James Island County Park, decorated with over 500,000 lights.
- Must Sees:Get to know Charleston's cobblestoned streets, historic homes and restored buildings.
Enjoy a holiday-themed trolley tour of Savannah's sprawling Historic District.
Experience a guided tour of the Jekyll Island Club, beautifully decorated for the season.
- Culinaries:Enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing regional specialties in Savannah.
Savor a festive farewell dinner at the Jekyll Island Club.
Itinerary (7 days)
Charleston, South Carolina - Tour Begins
Revel in the holiday hospitality in America’s southeast. Come to know its rich history and traditions on this scenic and festive tour highlighted by stays in Charleston, Savannah and Jekyll Island.
A city that has defied all odds, Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes – and still exudes elegance, charm and grace. Choose how you see the city because today it’s your choice! Stroll through Charleston’s historic center with a local guide, exploring hidden alleys and quaint areas that are only accessible by foot -OR- set out on a panoramic coach tour with a local guide to see the best of the city. Each choice includes a stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861. Make your way to City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. The bustling market is also the central hub for Gullah sweetgrass basketry, an intricate handicraft of African origin. This afternoon, explore Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Experience Southern living and come to know one of America's oldest plantations, beautifully decorated for the holidays. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant before visiting James Island County Park, where over 500,000 lights provide you with an enchanting 3-mile driving tour.
Charleston - Savannah, Georgia
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Charleston on your own. Perhaps you will join an optional horse-and-carriage tour with lunch. Later, travel down the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country to historic Savannah. This evening, spend some time exploring Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants.
Take in the ambiance of the “Old South” with a holiday-themed trolley tour highlighting Savannah's sprawling Historic District. Lively, informative commentary brings the city to life as you travel along the cobblestone-paved streets and beneath moss-draped oaks. Allow the stately mansions, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront promenades to capture your heart. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps you will join an optional walking tour and lunch to get a closer look at some of Savannah’s elegant gates and secret gardens. Tonight, gather at a popular local restaurant on Savannah’s famous River Street for a cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing regional culinary specialties.
Savannah - St. Simons Island - Jekyll Island
Journey to Georgia’s legendary Gold Coast and visit quaint St. Simons Island. See its striking 106-foot tall lighthouse before stepping into the past at the Museum of Coastal History. Enjoy time to explore the area on your own, meandering along the unique shops and restaurants in the village. Continue on to the exclusive Jekyll Island Club hotel, your home for the next two nights.
Situated grandly in the middle of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island was once the beloved vacation spot for prominent families, including the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan. With a morning at leisure, take a complimentary tour of the Jekyll Island Club hotel or just enjoy the old-world ambiance of this iconic island resort, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Gather for a tram ride that brings you on a tour of the island and the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District – one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. This afternoon, find yourself in the holiday spirit with Christmas caroling and refreshments. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the Jekyll Island Club hotel.
Jekyll Island - Jacksonville, Florida - Tour Ends
As your tour draws to a close, leave for home with memories of a trip well-traveled. Your days spent experiencing Southern holiday charm and gracious hospitality will stay dear to your heart for years to come.
Charleston is the oldest and second largest city in South Carolina. The city was founded in 1670. The Downtown Historic District of Charleston has long been the cultural capital of the South throughout history, and is considered to be a living museum. In this well preserved city you can tour 18th century historic landmarks, homes and churches, museums and the city market.
Choice on Tour
In Charleston, South Carolina, it’s your choice! Choose to explore the historic center of town with a local guide – stopping to investigate hidden alleys and quaint areas only accessible by foot – OR hop on a coach for a panoramic tour with a local guide to see the best of the city. On both tours, see where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and peruse the City Market (one of the oldest in America).
Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
Get to know the Southern way of life as you explore one of America’s oldest plantations. The plantation was founded in 1681, known at the time for producing cotton and pecans. It opened to the public in 1956, where the owners sought to give visitors a taste of plantation life by furnishing the home with antiques and giving tours. Today, it is home to a variety of fruits and vegetables.
James Island County Park Holiday Display
This holiday festival of lights in Charleston, South Carolina is beyond compare with 700 absolutely magical light displays of every variety you can imagine. It’s three miles and is often featured on all the popular “best holiday light display lists” in the country.
Savannah is the oldest city in the State of Georgia, established in 1733. Savannah was also a strategic port city in the American Revolution and during the American Civil War. Today, Savannah is an industrial center and an important Atlantic seaport. Savannah’s downtown area is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the U.S.
St. Simons Island
St. Simons is an island in Glynn County, Georgia on Georgia’s southern coast. It is one of Georgia’s renowned Golden Isles, as well as the largest. Much of the island remains as marsh or woodland. Boating, biking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and many other outdoor activities are popular to do on the island.
Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Georgia coast, lies Jekyll Island - the smallest of Georgia’s barrier islands. In 1886, Jekyll Island was transformed from a quiet little island into an exclusive winter retreat for America’s rich and famous and became known as the Jekyll Island Club. The Rockefellers, Morgans and Pulitzers were a few of the families that vacationed here in its heyday. Today, the island is owned by the State of Georgia which has implemented restrictions on development that leaves one third of the island to nature preserves. Its open spaces, pristine beaches, quaint shopping and dining district, and a fascinating historical museum have made this island flourish over the recent decades.
Join in this old time tradition of walking and singing! Did you know that the word “carol” really means to sing or dance joyfully?