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Jekyll Island

  • Jekyll Island

    This unspoiled barrier island is located between Savannah and Jacksonville on Georgia's spectacular Atlantic Coast. Jekyll Island is a protected state park, ensuring its beautiful beaches and natural beauty are preserved.

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    This unspoiled barrier island is located between Savannah and Jacksonville on Georgia's spectacular Atlantic Coast. Jekyll Island is a protected state park, ensuring its beautiful beaches and natural beauty are preserved. With miles of beach, marsh and maritime forest, Jekyll Island is a haven of discovery.

    Take a private boat tour and watch the dolphins play, or adventure out on your own on a kayak or a paddle board. Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and the Jekyll Island Museum for a trip back in time. Board a vintage trolley for a tour around the Jekyll lighthouse or a horse drawn carriage tour.

    With over 20 miles of picturesque paths and trails, you can pedal your way to most of the island’s best spots. Paths wind in and around sand dunes, beaches, and historic sites, while the ancient oaks offer ample shade.

    Players on any of the island links will be immersed in the natural beauty and solace Jekyll offers, recognizing the casual yet impressive demeanor of the overall Jekyll golf experience.

    There is no shortage of dining possibilities on Jekyll Island. Whether you want to savor a seafood feast while marveling at the sunset over the historic pier or kick back with some Southern classics while overlooking miles of Georgia coastal beachscape, Jekyll Island’s dining experiences offer something for young and old, and everybody in between.

    Georgia Sea Turtle Centre 
    The Georgia Sea Turtle Center—Georgia's first sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education facility—provides state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles. Explore the lives of sea turtles and other native animals through daily education programs and gallery exhibits. Glimpse into the hospital where sea turtles are treated, see our turtle patients in the rehabilitation pavilion, and learn how our research is helping sea turtles in Georgia and throughout the world!

    Jekyll Island Historic District
    From the early Native Americans to guests from around the world, the story of our island has been captivating the imaginations of explorers for generations. In 1733, General James Oglethorpe named Jekyll Island in honor of Sir Joseph Jekyll, his friend, and financier from England. In the late 1800s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive hunting club for families with names like Rockefeller, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Pulitzer, and Baker. The once private retreat is now part of The Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark District, one of the largest preservation projects in the southeast. In 1947, the Governor and the Georgia state legislature established Jekyll Island as a State Park. Today.

    Driftwood Beach
    Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood beach will amaze you with the beautiful driftwood and trees that resemble a tree graveyard. This is due to the north end of the island slowly eroding away and being deposited on the south end of the island. Driftwood beach offers a wonderful location for photographs and is a very popular site for weddings. Driftwood beach extends from the Clam Creek Picnic Area to the Villas By The Sea Resort and Conference Center Multiple beach access points along North Beachview Drive also provide access to Driftwood beach. You can park at designated parking areas along the road, next to each beach access point.

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  • Southern Charms: Savannah, Hilton Head Island & Charleston

    Begins in Savannah, Georgia and ends in Charleston, South Carolina

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: March, April, May, September and October

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    Your escorted tour includes

    • Roundtrip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 8 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Blooming Savannah, Georgia

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    • Charleston Coastline

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    • Historical Church Building, Savannah

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    • Historical Downtown Charleston

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    • Hilton Head Island

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    Day
    01

    Arrive Savannah

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Savannah. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Desoto located in Savannah's historic center, just a few blocks from the bustling waterfront.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Dinner included)

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    Savannah

    Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, magnificent homes, and architectural gems, your hotel in the historic heart of Georgia's First City offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style. Begin your day of exploring with a visit to the Massie Heritage Center. Originally founded as the Massie School in the mid-1800s, the historic institution is now an interactive museum preserving Savannah’s rich cultural heritage. Next, engage in a hands-on culinary demonstration focusing on dishes representing the unique cuisine of the coastal Low Country region, followed by lunch. Spend the afternoon sightseeing aboard a touring trolley with a local guide, admire the city's elegant architecture and geometric city design, featuring 24 park squares highlighted by live oaks draped with Spanish moss. One of the first planned cities in America, Savannah's National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the nation and features more than 1,000 architecturally significant buildings.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    03

    Savannah

    Today you'll embark on a guided excursion through the Low Country region along the Georgia coast. Begin with an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique Gullah / Geechee culture that developed in the wetlands approaching the outlying Sea Islands of Georgia at the Pin Point Heritage Museum. The museum's exhibits and multimedia presentations interpret the oyster fishing traditions and folkways of the residents of Pin Point which for nearly a century survived as an isolated, self-sustaining Gullah / Geechee enclave. Continue past old Spanish fortifications to Wormsloe State Historic Site, Georgia's oldest plantation and its original "tabby" house, now complemented by a museum, theatre and Colonial Life area. Return to Savannah for a free afternoon, followed by a celebration of the city’s Madeira wine traditions at the Davenport House Museum, featuring a tour and a tasting in the historic home's private gardens. Later enjoy an after-hours admission to the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force for a private tour of its exhibits and a private dinner in the museum's reception hall.

    Hotel: The DeSoto (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    04

    Fort Pulaski and Hilton Head Island

    Bid Savannah farewell and head off to a key site of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski National Monument, an impressive brick fortress captured by Union forces in 1862. It was here that military history was forever changed during a Civil War battle that saw the introduction of "rifled cannons." Continue on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, boasting one of the most pristine marine estuaries on the east coast, where you'll find miles of barrier beaches outside of your oceanfront resort that are ideal for walking and beachcombing. Dine this evening at the resort.

    Hotel: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Beaufort & Charleston

    Take time for an early morning walk on Hilton Head's pristine beaches at your leisure before setting off for historic Beaufort, where you’re joined by a local Gullah resident and guide for an in-depth look at the unique culture and heritage of the Gullah people on the nearby islands. In Beaufort, "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands," you'll view the timeless architecture of a National Historic Landmark District. Continue on to Charleston, the historic first capital of South Carolina. A private boat cruise of Charleston Harbor this afternoon imparts a wealth of information about the city's centuries of maritime history. Your home for the next three nights is an elegant 150-year-old hotel, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, at the center of Charleston's historic district.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    06

    Charleston

    This morning, a local guide takes you on a tour of Charleston to see centuries-old cobblestone streets and well-preserved homes representing a range of architectural styles. From the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions, classic Georgia, Federal, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian. Visit the famed military school known as The Citadel, and the Battery. The rest of the day is free to do as you please, Charleston is a great city to explore by foot, or you might decide to see it by horse-drawn carriage. Alternatively, visit the Gibbes Museum of Art, or Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired in 1861. There are also many restaurants and cafés where you can enjoy the easy living this city is so well known for.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    07

    Historic Plantations

    Visit some of the finest historic plantations and gardens in America today. A morning trip takes you first to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a tour of the magnificent Romantic-style garden. Some sections of the gardens are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. Then it's on to one of the grandest of the notable Ashley River Plantations, Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark that is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. Tour its mansion built in 1755, the stables and the formal gardens. Return to Charleston mid-afternoon, then join your travel companions this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic hotel.

    Hotel: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    09

    Journey Home

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

    Prices

    From £3275 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.