Southern Charm Holiday with Collette Vacations
November 29-December 5, 2021
7 days - Highlights... Historic Charleston, Choice on Tour, Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, James Island County Park Holiday Display, Savannah, St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island, Christmas Caroling
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INCLUDED IN PRICE: Roundtrip air from Bradley International Airport, group transportation to/from airport, air taxes and fees, hotel transfers
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $299 per person, airline baggage fees, gratuities, etc.
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Embrace the leisurely pace and charming allure of America’s southeast as you explore cobblestone streets, historic homes and unspoiled coastline during the holiday season. Discover antebellum Charleston and the history of Savannah with 2-night stays in each city. Drive through James Island County Park illuminated with over 500,000 lights. Spend two nights at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club, once described as “the richest, most exclusive club in the world.” Experience the unique charm and singular hospitality of America’s “Low Country” in South Carolina and Georgia.
Day 1: Charleston, South Carolina - Tour Begins
Revel in the holiday hospitality in America’s southeast. Come to know its rich history and traditions on this scenic and festive tour highlighted by stays in Charleston, Savannah and Jekyll Island. Begin your journey in Charleston, a city that has defied all odds. Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes – and still exudes elegance, charm and grace.
Day 2: Charleston
Decide how to see the city because it’s your choice! Stroll through Charleston’s historic center with a local guide, exploring hidden alleys and quaint areas that are only accessible by foot -OR- take a harbor cruise to Fort Sumter, where the first fired shots of the Civil War were fired, and chat with a ranger before exploring on your own. Later, make your way to bustling City Market, one of the country’s oldest public markets and a central hub for Gullah sweetgrass basketry – an intricate handicraft of African origin. Explore Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, where you’ll experience Southern living as you come to know one of America's oldest plantations beautifully decorated for the holidays. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. End your day with a visit to James Island County Park, where over 500,000 lights provide you with an enchanting 3-mile driving tour. Breakfast and dinner included today.
Day 3: Charleston - Savannah, Georgia
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Charleston on your own. Perhaps you will join an optional horse-and-carriage tour with lunch. Later, travel down the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country to historic Savannah. This evening, spend some time exploring Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants. Breakfast included today.
Day 4: Savannah
Take in the ambiance of the “Old South” with a holiday-themed trolley tour highlighting Savannah's sprawling Historic District. Lively, informative commentary brings the city to life as you travel along the cobblestone-paved streets and beneath moss-draped oaks. Allow the stately mansions, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront promenades to capture your heart. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Perhaps you will join an optional walking tour and lunch to get a closer look at some of Savannah’s elegant gates and secret gardens. Tonight, gather at a popular local restaurant on Savannah’s famous River Street for a cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing regional culinary specialties. Breakfast and dinner included today.
Day 5: Savannah - St. Simons Island - Jekyll Island
Journey to Georgia’s legendary Gold Coast and visit quaint St. Simons Island. See its striking 106-foot tall lighthouse before stepping into the past at the Museum of Coastal History. Enjoy time to explore the area on your own, meandering along the unique shops and restaurants in the village. Continue on to the exclusive Jekyll Island Club hotel, your home for the next two nights. Breakfast included today.
Day 6: Jekyll Island
Situated grandly in the middle of the Golden Isles, Jekyll Island was once the beloved vacation spot for prominent families, including the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan. With a morning at leisure, take a complimentary tour of the Jekyll Island Club hotel or just enjoy the old-world ambiance of this iconic island resort, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Gather for a tram ride that brings you on a tour of the island and the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District – one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. This afternoon, find yourself in the holiday spirit with Christmas caroling and refreshments. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the Jekyll Island Club hotel. Breakfast and dinner included today.
As your tour draws to a close, leave for home with memories of a trip well-traveled. Your days spent experiencing Southern holiday charm and gracious hospitality will stay dear to your heart for years to come. Breakfast included today.
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