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  • South Carolina

    Charleston Hilton Head Island Kiawah Island

    South Carolina offers everything you could possibly wish for in a holiday.The coastal area is a paradise of sun, sea and sand, with some of the best beaches and resort islands in the USA. Hilton Head Island conjures up memories of the plantation era and offers fabulous opportunities for beach activities and water sports.

    • Myrtle Beach

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    • Boone Hall, Charleston

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    • South Carolina Golfing

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    • Hilton Head Island

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    • South Carolina Shrimp

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    • Charleston

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    • Table Rock

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    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.

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    • Top Tip 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.

    • Top Tip 2

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

  • 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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    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

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    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

    114Mi/182Km

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    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

    340Mi/547Km

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    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

    222Mi/357Km

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    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

    293Mi/469Km

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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

    267Mi/430Km

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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

    107Mi/172Km

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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

    132Mi/213Km

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    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

    92Mi/148Km

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    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.

    241Mi/389Km

    Prices

    From £2899 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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    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

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    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

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    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

    215Mi/346Km

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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

    285Mi/458Km

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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

    386Mi/621Km

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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

    98Mi/158Km

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    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

    27Mi/43Km

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    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.

  • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 horsedrawn 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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    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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    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.