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Savannah & Charleston: Southern Charm

Savannah & Charleston: Southern Charm

Submerse yourself in the Southern charm of Savannah's hospitality, moss-draped oaks, stately mansions and the history and culture of Charleston. Photo by Denton Rumsey

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Trip Duration: 6 Days

Meals Included: 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Tour Director: Yes 

Activity Level: Moderate

 

Highlights Include:

 

Savannah, GA Trolley Tour

Old Town Trolley Tours is the best way to see the city of Savannah. It's the extraordinary architecture, lush botanicals, and captivating stories of this historic, coastal city that make for an unforgettable vacation experience.Your friendly conductor will narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. Tour includes On & Off Boarding Privileges at all designated stops.

 

Massie Heritage Center

The Massie Heritage Center is an excellent place to learn about the history of Savannah, its beautiful city plan and architecture, and the people who have lived here for centuries. Massie School opened in 1856 as Savannah's first free public school, operating continuously except for its use as a Union hospital during the Civil War Federal occupation of the city and as a Freedmen's school during Reconstruction. Closed as a regular school in 1974, Massie reopened in 1977 as a teaching museum for history and architecture with programs attracting visitors of all ages. A local school system property, the site hosts exhibitions and programs throughout the year.

 

Charleston, SC Sightseeing tour

Your step-on guided tour of Charleston, SC includes sights of the old historic city of Charleston, The Battery, Rainbow Row, Four Corners of Law, The College of Charleston & a drive through the Citadel.

 

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. Step back in time with a half-hour guided tour of the Drayton family home, the third to grace the site in more than three centuries of Drayton family occupation. Ten rooms are open to the public, furnished with early-American antiques, porcelain, quilts, and other Drayton family heirlooms.Enjoy a self guided tour through the Gardens at Magnolia Plantation. The gardens at Magnolia Plantation are of such beauty and variety that they have brought tourists from around the world to view them since they were open to the public in the early 1870s.

 

Sit back and enjoy the Nature Train. Experience history and wildlife on this action-packed tram tour of the plantation's wetlands, lakes, forests, and marshes. A naturalist guide helps you spot alligators, turtles, egrets, and herons in native habitats.

 

Spirit of Carolina Dinner Cruise

The Spirit Line Dinner Cruise is Charleston's First & Finest dinner cruise experience. The "SPIRIT OF CAROLINA" is the largest and most elegant dining yacht to ply the waters of Charleston Harbor. She features climate-controlled dining salons and open observation decks from which passengers experience the beauty and history of this area.

Leisurely cruise past the palatial homes of Charleston's famous Battery & the towering Cooper River Bridges. This three hour cruise features a four-course meal prepared to order onboard with DJ entertainment & dancing.

A cash bar is available.

 

Beaufort, SC Sightseeing tour

Guided sightseeing tour through the historic neighborhood of Beaufort, SC, known as the "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands". Beaufort is a city of lordly & striking mansions of pre-Revolutionary and pre-Civil War eras. Beaufort is also known for major motion pictures filmed there, including "The Big Chill", "The Great Santini", "Prince of Tides" and "Forrest Gump".

 

Parris Island Marine Base

Its rich history dates back to the mid 1500's when Spanish and French explorers clashed on the Island's shores as they sought a strategic foothold in the New World.

Today it is one of the main recruit training stations for the United States Marine Corp. Under the watchful eyes of the Drill Instructors, some 20,000 men and 2,000 women complete their training at Parris Island each year. Highlights of our visit will be the Iwo Jima Monument, Parade Field and the Parris Island Museum. Government issued ID is required.

 

Savannah Theatre

The Historic Savannah Theatre, built in December of 1818, is America's oldest continually operating theatre. Enjoy a musical comedy production at The Savannah Theatre restored in the classic 1940's Art Deco style. This musical comedy production will have you laughing, singing and tapping your toes to the melodies of well-known songs of the past and current hits as well.

 

Charleston City Market

Welcome to the Charleston City Market, the cultural heart of the City. As one of the nation's oldest public markets, the historic Charleston City Market plays a leading role in the preservation time-treasured customs and vibrant American history. Throughout the year, the local community and visitors alike gather for authentic experiences and interaction with more than 300 vibrant entrepreneurs.

 

Need to Know:

This tour requires a lot of walking.

 

Parris Island; Valid ID, Driver's License State and Number, Date of Birth and Gender are needed for all guests.

 

Magnolia Plantation - House is not wheelchair accessible but passengers can access the History Room and a guide there can talk about the plantation and show artifacts while the others are on the house tour.

An accessible tram is available for motorized scooters but must be reserved in advance at time of booking. Gardens have a hard pack pebble and brick walkways which are suitable for scooters.

 

Charleston Harbor Cruise - Daytime harbor tour is not wheelchair accessible. All guests are required to climb 5 steps at boarding.

 

Savannah Trolley Tour - While the trolley does have an electric lift for guests in the motorized scooters, the lift cannot operate at the Massie Museum or the trolley stops for safety reasons. The lifts operates from the back of the trolley, and only at the hotel are they able to pull completely out of traffic to allow the guest on and off.

 

Eyre has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

Tentative Pick ups:

Tentative Departure Times:
6:45am Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
7:30am Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
7:45am Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
8:30am Falls Church, VA @ West Falls Church Kiss & Ride

Day 1:

Travel to Florence, SC
Lunch on own
Check in for (1) Overnight at Country Inn & Suites, Florence SC
Dinner included at Red Bone Alley

Day 2:

Breakfast included at hotel
Check out
Travel to Beaufort, SC
Lunch on own
Guided Sightseeing Tour of Beaufort, SC
Tour Parris Island Marine Base
Travel to Savannah, GA
Check in for (2) overnights at Courtyard by Marriott, Savannah
Dinner on own

Day 3:

Breakfast included at hotel
Old Town Trolley Tour of Savannah with admission to the Massie Heritage Museum
Lunch on own
Free time in Savannah
Dinner on own
Musical Show at the Savannah Theatre

Day 4:

Breakfast included at hotel
Check out of hotel & travel to Charleston, SC
Step on Guided Tour of Charleston, SC
Lunch on own
Free time at Charleston City Market
Check in for (1) Overnight at Springhill Suites Charleston Riverview
Wine & Cheese Reception included at hotel
Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Carolina, Charleston

Day 5

Breakfast included at hotel
Check out of hotel
Admission to Magnolia Plantation & Gardens with Nature Train Excursion
Box Lunch at Magnolia Plantation
Travel to Fayetteville, NC
Check in to Country Inn & Suites, Fayetteville NC for (1) Overnight
Dinner on own

Day 6

Breakfast included at hotel
Check out of hotel
Travel home
Lunch on own

Tentative Drop off:

Tentative Return Times:
4:00pm Falls Church, VA @ West Falls Church Kiss & Ride
4:45pm Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
5:00pm Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
5:45pm Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride

Accommodations Day 1: Country Inn & Suites, Florence, SC

Hotel features a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness center.

Guest rooms feature a microwave, minifridge, and coffeemaker.

 

Accommodations Day 2 & 3: Courtyard by Marriott, Savannah Historic District, GA

Hotel features a restaurant and cocktail lounge, (seasonal) outdoor pool, exercise room, and whirlpool.

Guest rooms feature a coffeemaker, iron/board, and hairdryer.

 

Accommodations Day 4: Springhill Suites Charleston Riverview, SC

The hotel is conveniently located just a short trip over the Ashley River to the downtown historic district.

Each spacious suite features separate sleeping, eating and working areas. Guestrooms also include coffeemaker, iron/board, hairdryer and pull-out sofa. Spacious living areas are perfect for relaxing or entertaining with Mini refrigerator & Mini microwave in kitchenette area. The hotel includes a seasonal outdoor pool, whirlpool & fitness center

 

Accommodations Day 5: Country Inn & Suites, Fayetteville, NC

Hotel features a Fitness Room. Guestrooms include hair dryer, coffee maker, iron/board, and mini refrigerators.

 

 

Lunch at Magnolia Plantation Choices

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad on a croissant

Turkey & Cheddar on a croissant 

Served with potato salad and a cookie

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Ellicott City Long Gate Park and Ride
Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Falls Church, VA West Falls Church Metro Kiss + Ride Lot
Virginia
Leisure World Leisure World - Club House II (Residents ONLY)
3300 N Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
Silver Spg/Rockville, MD Georgia Ave Park & Ride
16000 Georgia Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
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