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  • North Carolina

    Asheville Blowing Rock Duck Pinehurst Wrightsville Beach

    Often referred to as “America’s best kept secret”, the State of North Carolina boasts an incredible range of holiday possibilities. From cosmopolitan cities bursting with culture, shopping and fine dining to the untouched beaches of the Outer Banks and the unmatchable mountain vistas of the Great Smoky Mountains, there is sure to be something to intrigue every member of the family.

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    • Outer Banks

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    • Stone Mountain

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    • Golfing in North Carolina

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    • Wrightsville Beach

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    Endless opportunities surround the coastal area with two stretches of stunning beaches to explore; the gentle inner waters of the sounds which are ideal for families with young children and the rugged Atlantic coast of the Outer Bank islands which draw surfers and hang gliders alike. Together they provide some of the most unspoiled beaches anywhere in the world.

    For those who prefer their activities on dry land, North Carolina can proudly claim to be one of the greatest golf destinations in the world, with over 500 golf courses scattered throughout the state offering year round golf. The village of Pinehurst, which lives and breathes golf lays claim to being the spiritual home of the sport. It has hosted the US Open twice (1999 and 2005) and will be hosting it once again in 2014.

    The state features a selection of outstanding spa resorts, two of the best can be found at The Grove Park Inn, tucked away in the mountains and The Umstead sitting just outside Raleigh. The Umstead was North Carolinas first five star hotel and boasts membership in ‘The Leading Spas of the World’. The Grove Park Inn is a unique property located just outside the town of Asheville whose spa is built deep into the rock, preserving the unusual look of the property. The outside deck offers unsurpassed views across the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Chimney Rock Park is a not-to-be-missed highlight of the Great Smokey Mountains.

    • Top Tip 2

      Indulge in some wine-tasting in North Carolina's Yadkin Valley.

    • Top Tip 3

      The Outer Banks, North Carolina are a beautiful string of small islands connected by road bridges and ferries and are a great treat to visit.

    • Top Tip 4

      ake a walking tour with a professional guide in Wilmington, North Carolina for insights you won't find in a guide book. If you enjoy great nightlife, visit during the weekend.

    • Top Tip 5

      inehurst, North Carolina is a picture perfect challenge for the avid golfer. Simply legendary.

  • Carolinas & Country

    Begins in and ends in Atlanta, Georgia

    16 Days / 15 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Boone Hall, South Carolina

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    • Nashville By Night

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    • Sun Studios, Memphis

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    Day 01

    Arrive Atlanta

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Atlanta. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel. If time allows, enjoy visits to some of Atlanta's fabulous attractions; including the Coca Cola Museum, Atlanta History Center and Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site.

    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Atlanta

    114Mi/182Km

    Day 02

    Chattanooga

    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: The Chattanoogan

    340Mi/547Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Memphis

    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

    222Mi/357Km

    Day 05 Day 06

    Nashville

    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

    293Mi/469Km

    Day 07 Day 08

    Great Smoky Mountains

    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

    267Mi/430Km

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    Charleston

    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

    107Mi/172Km

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    Hilton Head Island

    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

    132Mi/213Km

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    Jekyll Island

    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

    92Mi/148Km

    Day 15

    Savannah

    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

    241Mi/389Km

    Day 16

    Journey home

    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 £2265 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A Carolina Experience

    Begins in Asheville, North Carolina and ends in Charleston, South Carolina

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Your fly drive includes:

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Wrightsville Beach

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    • Duck

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    • Blueridge Parkway

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    • Downtown Charleston

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    • Golf at Pinehurst

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    Day 01

    Arrive Asheville

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Asheville. Upon arrival collect your car rental and drive to your hotel where you spend the next three nights.

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Asheville

    Day 02 Day 03

    Asheville

    Over the next two days soak up the sublime atmosphere of The Grand Bohemian, a fabulous hotel located on the edge of the Biltmore Estate and just a short stroll from shops and restaurants. Enjoy its beautiful surroundings, which are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Make sure to visit the spectacular Great Smoky Mountains during your stay and stop by Chimney Rock Park for another stunning view of this amazing area.

    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Asheville

    Day 04 Day 05

    Pinehurst

    This morning, set off for a leisurely drive to Pinehurst in central North Carolina. This is a beautiful drive so keep your cameras ready for the spectacular scenery. En route we suggest a stop at Winston Salem, which is rich in African American history and home to Bethabara Parak: an early colonial town which showcases life in 1788. Wine connoisseurs will also love Yadkin Valley, filled with vineyards, amny of which are open for tastings! Pinehurst is legendary, and even if you're not a golfer you'll be charmed by the elegance of the 2,000 acre resort, which also offers tennis, croquet and a wonderful spa.

    Hotel: Pinehurst

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    Duck

    Today continue your journey east towards coastal North Carolina, and the quaint seaside town of Duck. En route you may choose to stop for lunch in Raleigh, which specialises in BBQ treats. For the next two nights soak up the tranquil setting of The Sanderling Resort & Spa, which is perched on the shoreline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Why not take a leisurely morning stroll on the secluded beach or take advantage of the exquisite spa, indoor pool and fitness centre.

    Hotel: Sanderling Resort & Spa

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    Pawley's Island

    It’s an early start this morning as you hug the coastline during a beautiful drive into South Carolina. The Litchfield Plantation, Pawley’s Island is your base for the next two nights. Sitting on 600 acres of coastal plantation, there is plenty to see and do during your stay. When you tire of exploring the spectacular plantation grounds you may choose to enjoy a game of tennis or take a leisurely stroll on the private marina.

    Hotel: Litchfield Plantation

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    Kiawah Island

    Just a short drive south today through Francis Marion National Forest brings you to beautiful Kiawah Island. We’ve included three nights here at The Sanctuary, a magnificent property offering golf, tennis, three outdoor pools, a spa and much more for a leisure filled stay. We recommend you take a trip to Hilton Head Island during your stay, which is covered with a wide array of exceptional golf courses as well as some of the east’s most beautiful beaches.

    Hotel: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

    Day 13 Day 14

    Charleston

    The final destination of your itinerary is the pretty and historic town of Charleston. Enjoy two nights at the charismatic Charleston Place hotel, which exudes timeless elegance and sits in the heart of downtown. Experience ‘time gone by’ with a visit to a one of the grand Antebellum Homes, browse the historic art galleries and take to the cobbled streets aboard a horse drawn carriage ride.

    Hotel: Belmond Charleston Place

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    There’s time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing this morning before you return your rental car and check in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2999 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

    A one way drop off charge on the car hire of $100 is not included and payable locally.