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South Carolina

A combination of challenging adventure, luxurious relaxation and breathtaking scenic views makes it a perfect choice. Search for shells on the pristine beaches, kayak through undisturbed marshland, tee off at more than 300 golf courses or wander America’s oldest gardens.

The 12 mile long island of Hilton Head boasts world class golf and tennis, cycling, horse riding and wide sandy beaches perfect for family games and lazing in the sunshine. Charleston, founded over 300 years ago as the first permanent English settlement in America, is steeped in history. Downtown, narrow streets are lined with grand colonial houses and stunning gardens, whilst the historic district is a delight to stroll through, filled with boutique shops, art galleries, museums and cafes. For an unsurpassed vacation of total relaxation the resort islands of Kiawah, Seabrook or Wild Dunes cannot be bettered where wide sandy beaches, luxurious resorts and world famous championship golf courses are plentiful.

The Myrtle Beach area boasts an extraordinary sixty miles of golden sandy beach and is a favorite for families. Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, Ripley’s Aquarium and NASCAR go-carting plus an array of outlet shopping and great restaurants, over 100 golf courses and a surge of live entertainment venues including the Carolina Opry, House of Blues and Legends in Concert attract visitors from around the globe.

Our top tips

1. Take in the plantations of the Ashley River and visit places like Boone Hall, South Carolina, where the half-mile Avenue of Oaks was used during the filming of Forrest Gump and scenes from Gone with the Wind and The Notebook were filmed.

2. Visit Fort Sumter, South Carolina - it's where the American Civil War started.

Carolinas & Country


16 DAYS/15 NIGHTS

Begins and ends in Atlanta

DEPARTURES

Daily, year round

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
• Accommodations as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE ATLANTA

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Hotel: Atlanta Marriott Marquis

DAY 2 CHATTANOOGA

Driving distance: 114Mi/182Km
Travel north today into the Appalachian Mountains and on to Chattanooga, a diverse city with a variety of cultural activities. Don’t miss the Tennessee Aquarium, Ruby Falls and, of course, the infamous Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Hotel: Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel

DAYS 3 & 4 MEMPHIS

Driving distance: 340Mi/547Km
Today’s journey takes you along the southern state line of Tennessee from east to west, and to Memphis, the home of the Blues. Beale Street, W. C. Handy and Elvis Presley are all very much a part of Memphis, as is Mud Island, a 52 acre park showcasing the mighty Mississippi River.
Hotel: The Peabody

DAYS 5 & 6 NASHVILLE

Driving distance: 222Mi/357Km
From the southwest corner of Tennessee, today you head northeast to Nashville, the home of country music. Visit the homes and museums of the country music giants, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and, of course, Grand Ole Opry.
Hotel: Gaylord Opryland Hotel

DAYS 7 & 8 GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

Driving distance: 293Mi/469Km
From Tennessee to North Carolina, and the magnificent Great Smoky Mountains. In Chimney Rock Park, reach the top of legendary Chimney Rock for a spectacular view and explore the nature trails, waterfalls and caves. Then head onwards to Asheville, where you will spend the next two evenings.
Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville

DAYS 9 & 10 CHARLESTON

Driving distance: 267Mi/430Km
Today’s drive takes you into the rural surroundings of South Carolina. Visit the small-town city of Newberry and the State Museum in Columbia en route to historic Charleston, one of the South’s best preserved cities. Stroll through Magnolia Plantations and Gardens, one of many plantations in the area and view the historic buildings and cobbled stone streets. There’s no shortage of restaurants to keep you busy into the evening.
Hotel: Belmond Charleston Place

DAYS 11 & 12 HILTON HEAD ISLAND

Driving distance: 107Mi/172Km
Enjoy a coastal drive today as you head south along South Carolinas' Atlantic Coastline, perhaps taking a stop at historic Beaufort to experience the Civil War history and fine antebellum homes. Hilton Head Island offers over 12 miles of beautiful beaches, providing an ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We suggest a boat tour of the area for the best orientation, and visits to the fresh fish restaurants and boutique shops.
Hotel:Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort 

DAYS 13 & 14 JEKYLL ISLAND

Driving distance: 132Mi/213Km
Stop at the small beach town of Tybee Island, boasting an 18th century lighthouse, as you continue journeying south to the pretty destination of Jekyll Island. Your hotel for the next two nights, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, was a 19th century retreat for the wealthy industrialists. Top up your tan on the beach or if the great outdoors is your passion, try the exceptional golf, wildlife watching or horseback riding.
Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel 

DAY 15 SAVANNAH

Driving distance: 92Mi/148Km
Arrive in romantic Savannah and explore the revitalised waterfront, wander the shops and visit the iconic white steeple church as seen in Forrest Gump. Many of the old mansions and churches have been restored and are open for touring.
Hotel: Andaz Savannah 

DAY 16 JOURNEY HOME

Driving distance: 241Mi/389Km
Drive along the Antebellum Trail through Macon, famous for its plantation-style homes, as you make your way back to Atlanta, where you will return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

PRICES

From £2075 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

Charleston & Savannah


9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

Begins in Jacksonville and ends in Charleston

Departures

March, April, May, September and October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Roundtrip schedule flights
• Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
• 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director (days 2 to 9)

DAY 1 ARRIVE JACKSONVILLE

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Jacksonville. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel the Jekyll Island Club, a beautiful resort off Georgia’s historic southeastern coast.
Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

DAY 2 JEKYLL ISLAND

With over eight miles of beaches, 63 holes of golf and a myriad of cycling and hiking trails, Jekyll Island is a great place for outdoor adventure. Spend your day exploring before returning to the hotel to meet with your travelling companions for a welcome reception. Enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Hotel: Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Dinner included

DAY 3 ST. SIMONS ISLANDS & SAVANNAH

Today you commence your adventure with a tour to Jekyll Island’s 240 acre historical district which includes stops at Faith Chapel and Rockefeller’s Indian Mound. Following a visit to St Simons Island it’s on to Savannah where your hotel is located in the restored historic district. This evening’s highlight is a traditional dinner 45 Bistro.
Hotel: Hilton Savannah DeSoto
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 SAVANNAH

Accompanied by a local expert, today is dedicated to discovering Savannah. Board the ships of the Sea Maritime Museum and see the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the girl scouts of the USA. The remainder of today is free for you to explore this historic, Deep South city and perhaps sample local culinary delicacies.
Hotel: Hilton Savannah DeSoto
Breakfast included

DAY 5 FORT PULASKI & HILTON HEAD ISLAND

En route to Hilton Head Island, take in a historic view of Fort Pulaski National Monument. The scenery changes as you head along the rugged southern coastline of South Carolina. Hilton Head Island is one of the state's premier beach resorts and borders the unspoilt marine estuaries of the eastern coast.  After tonight's dinner, you'll be taken on a journey through the roots of Gullah Culture with folktales from a local story teller. 
Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 BEAUFORT & CHARLESTON

Known as the queen of the Carolina Sea Islands, this morning is spent in the city of Beaufort. Rich with history and culture it boasts quaint shops, historic homes and scenic waterfront charm. A private harbour cruise this afternoon brings centuries of Charleston’s maritime history to life.
Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 7 CHARLESTON

Following a morning sightseeing tour with highlights which include pre-Revolutionary war buildings and graceful antebellum homes, you have the remainder of today at your leisure. We suggest visiting some of Charleston’s art galleries and taking a historic horse drawn carriage ride.
Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Breakfast included

DAY 8 HISTORIC PLANTATIONS

An early start this morning as you tour some of the finest 17th and 18th Century gardens and plantation homes, one of which is at Drayton Hall, a plantation built in 1738, where a knowledgeable guide takes you behind the scenes to see centuries of history come alive. Walk through America’s oldest landscaped gardens at the 18th Century Middleton Place, the grandest of Ashley River Plantations and visit the stable yards. This evening share a farewell dinner with your new-found friends.
Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 9 JOURNEY HOME

Spend your final morning in Charleston, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before heading to the airport for flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

PRICES

From £2457 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

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