Experience the history, charm and singular hospitality of the Low Country in Georgia and South Carolina. Overnight at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Discover the history of Savannah and antebellum Charleston with 2-night stays in each city. You will uncover a magic that you can only find in America’s friendly South.
- Itinerary Type : Standard
- Activity Level : 3
- Number of Days:7
- Number of Meals:9
- Hotels:Doubletree Historic District (Savannah, GA), Jekyll Island Club (Jekyll Island, GA), Omni Jacksonville Hotel (Jacksonville, FL), Hyatt Place Historic District (Charleston, SC)
- Experiences:Explore the 19th-century Andrew Low House and Gardens.
Spend time at quaint St. Simons Island with a 106’ tall lighthouse.
- Must Sees:Get to know Charleston's cobblestoned streets, historic homes and restored buildings.
Enjoy a trolley tour of Savannah's sprawling Historic District.
Step back in time at the luxurious Jekyll Island Club.
- Culinaries:Enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner of regional specialties in Savannah.
Itinerary (7 days)
Jacksonville, Florida - Tour Begins
Experience warm southern hospitality in America’s southeast. Come to know its rich history and deep traditions on this tour highlighted by stays in Jekyll Island, Savannah and Charlestown. Arrive today in Jacksonville, where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Jacksonville - Jekyll Island, Georgia
Travel to the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel, grandly situated in the midst of the fabled Golden Isles. Jekyll Island was once the winter retreat of prominent Gilded Age families. Their grand “cottages” still stand. A tram brings you on a tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District – one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. The Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan once vacationed here along the 240-acre river edge. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are free to explore or simply relax in the old-world ambiance of your hotel.
Jekyll Island - St. Simons Island - Savannah
Journey to another fabled Golden Isle, quaint St. Simons Island. See its striking 106' tall lighthouse and visit the Museum of Coastal History. Have leisure time to explore the quaint shops and restaurants in the village. Travel north along the unspoiled Georgia coast of vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches to historic Savannah, home to the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Tonight, gather at a popular local restaurant on Savannah's famous River Street for a cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing regional culinary specialties.
Take in the ambiance of the “Old South” with a 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. The stately mansions, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront are sure to make you fall in love with this city. Next, the beautiful Andrew Low House and Gardens await. Learn about the driving force behind the Girl Scouts and its founder, Juliette Low. This afternoon, wander Savannah’s tree-filled squares or explore Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses house trendy shops, taverns and restaurants.
Savannah - Charleston, South Carolina
Traverse the picturesque coastline through South Carolina’s Low Country on your way to historic Charleston. Known as the Holy City, Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes – and still exudes elegance, charm and grace. A local guide joins will show you the city. See its cobblestone streets, historic homes and restored buildings, some with origins prior to the Revolution. Stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where, on April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Continue on to City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America and the epicenter of Gullah sweetgrass basketry, one of the most beautiful handicrafts of African origin in the United States. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this very walkable city.
It's your choice! Choose to explore Boone Hall Plantation where you’ll experience southern plantation living as you come to know one of America's oldest working plantations -OR- opt to explore Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum where you’ll board the impressive USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and walk in the footsteps of sailors and officers as you tour the flight deck; you’ll also have time at the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum and marvel at the largest collection of military aircraft in the United States. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Charleston - Tour Ends
Your days spent experiencing true southern charm and gracious hospitality will stay dear to your heart for years to come.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew Low House
Located in historic and sultry Savannah, GA, this lovely brick home has one of the most stunning balconies made from iron. It welcomed many a notable visitor throughout the years including General Robert E. Lee and the initial assembling of what became known as the Girl Scouts!
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 of Boone Hall Plantation or Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Perhaps you will choose to visit Boone Hall Plantation; experience southern plantation living as you explore one of America's oldest working plantations set amidst moss draped oaks -OR- maybe you’ll opt for Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum; board the impressive USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and walk in the footsteps of sailors and officers as you tour the flight deck. The Boone Hall plantation is an antebellum plantation located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The plantation includes a large Colonial Revival plantation house, slave cabins, flower gardens and the historic ‘Avenue of Oaks,’ a 1.6 mile long road of oak trees leading up to the house, which were planted in 1743. The plantation is open for tours to the public all year round.