The Coastal South

The Coastal South

“A Garden of Delights in the Coastal South”

April 11 – 19, 2012

Experience the gracious homes and plantations, gorgeous gardens, and fine low-country cuisine of the delightful southern cities of Charleston and Savannah

Overnights: 5 nights in Charleston and 3 nights in Savannah.

Cost: $2650 per person Reserve your place on this tour.

Included in your tour: 8 nights hotel accommodations based on two people sharing a room, breakfast daily, one lunch, and three dinners, admission to all group sightseeing excursions, transportation as it applies to the tour including airport transfers, all taxes and tips, group travel trip cancellation, interruption, and medical insurance. Airfare is not included.

Day-by-Day Itinerary with Suggested Books

Day 1: Arrive in Charleston.

The Battery, Charleston, photo credit: Ron Rocz

The Battery, Charleston

After flying into Charleston, South Carolina, we'll transfer to our quaint boutique hotel, the Meeting Street Inn, located in the heart of the city, and have a welcome dinner of authentic southern cuisine.

Day 2: Tour historic homes and private gardens.

Historic Charleston

Historic Charleston

On today's private tour, we'll visit several historic homes and private gardens. The tour includes both a full southern breakfast and a special lunch in one of Charleston's gracious homes. We'll be in Charleston during the annual Festival of Houses and Gardens when the gardens will be at their spring peak. The late afternoon will be free to wander and shop. Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

Day 3: Walk in the historic district and tour beautiful homes.

Nathaniel Russell House, photo credit: Rick Rhodes

Nathaniel Russell House

We'll start the day with a walking tour of the historic district, past many churches and historic buildings, hearing stories of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras. We'll end in the Battery District, with its many beautiful homes. We'll tour the Nathaniel Russell and Edmondston-Alston houses to get an insider's view of historic Charleston and then walk along the river through Waterfront Park. Peter Ashley by DeBose Heyward

Day 4: Journey to Fort Sumter.

Fort Sumter, photo credit: Alethea Foster

Fort Sumter

After touring the interpretive center, we'll take a narrated ferry ride out to Fort Sumter, the site of the beginning of the Civil War. We'll listen to a talk explaining the importance of this site and have time to wander around the Fort. Back on the mainland, some of us may want to visit the Aiken-Rhett House, an atmospheric, semi-restored in-city plantation house. Others may want to visit more of the gardens open during the Festival of Houses and Gardens or wander through the shops and craft markets. South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Day 5: Explore three antebellum plantations.

Magnolia Plantation Gardens, photo credit: Karen Pridemore

Magnolia Plantation Gardens

Today is plantation day. We'll tour the sumptuous gardens at Middleton Place and visit Magnolia Plantation, where we'll eat lunch and take a tram tour of the grounds. Then we'll drive to Drayton Hall to see the oldest plantation home in American open to the public, one of only three plantation homes to survive intact the ravages of the conquering Union Army. We'll dine on the grounds of the plantation. Charleston by John Jakes

Day 6: Visit picturesque Beaufort on the way to Savannah.

Beaufort, photo credit: Jon Sharp


Leaving Charleston, we'll head south to Beaufort, South Carolina, a gem of a city with an amazing array of historic houses and the locale for the filming of several movies. After lunch we'll take a walking tour of Beaufort. We'll end the day in Savannah, Georgia, where we'll check into the Marshall House Hotel. Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915 by Edward A. Miller, Jr.

Day 7: Explore historic and literary Savannah.

Mercer Williams House

Mercer Williams House

Our private historical/literary walking tour will take us throughout downtown Savannah. We'll visit many of the places featured in the book and movie of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and drive out to visit atmospheric Bonaventure and Greenwich Cemeteries. The rest of the day will be free to wander and shop. We'll spend the evening with a local character from Savannah. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Day 8: Visit historic buildings and stroll through Savannah's beautiful squares.

Forsyth Park

Forsyth Park

Today we'll visit an historic house to get a feel for the people who have lived in this southern city and an impressive cathedral. We'll stroll through several of the beautiful historic squares and Forsyth Park. Tonight we'll have our special Savannah-themed farewell dinner, followed by an evening horse-drawn carriage ride. Savannah by Eugenia Price

Day 9: Shop, wander and fly home.

Carriage in Savannah

Carriage in Savannah

This morning we'll have time for a little more wandering and shopping for some unique southern keepsakes. Then we'll fly home from Savannah, steeped in southern culture. Savannah, or a Gift for Mr. Lincoln by John Jakes

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