Southern Glamour Luxury Escorted Tour

Atlanta • Charleston • Magnolia Plantation • Jekyll Island • Savannah

This luxury escorted tour allows you to take a step back and indulge in the Southern Glamour of the past. Learn about the rich history of the cities of Georgia while experiencing life as it was in the 1800’s, visiting Vanderbilt homes, taking horse carriage rides and dinner in unique venues such as an iconic 18th century restored cotton warehouse.
Your escorted tour begins in Atlanta, the cultural capital of the South. Here you will step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours guided tour of the Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home, built in 1895, and unlock the secrets of the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests. Travel on to Charleston, a city rich in southern charm to enjoy highlights such as experiencing true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and dinner at The Governor Thomas Bennett House.
The final stop on this escorted tour is Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Southern hospitality is at its finest here at the famous Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room. Other highlights include a classic trolley tour through historic Savannah, and dinner at River House – an iconic 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.
From €4309pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Atlanta
  • 7 NIGHTS in selected tour hotels
  • 7 full breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • Transport in luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board Wi-Fi and personal radio headsets
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • 2018 departure dates: May 12, 19 / June 9 / September 15 / October 6
  • Quote Ref: 1531522

The Exciting Parts

  • Charleston - Step back in time at Mangnolia Plantation & Gardens, where you explore the house and tour the beautiful grounds with a guide
  • Jekyll Island - Join a guided tram tour of the island
  • Asheville - Explore Biltmore Estate with a Local Expert for a private, after-hours insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family and immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by generous hospitality.
  • Savannah - Enjoy a private dinner at the famous Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room along with a private tour of the Owens-Thomas House

Your Adventure...

Arrive in Atlanta, Cultural Capital of the South
Vacation like a Vanderbuilt in Asheville
Charming Charleston
Discover Magnolia Plantation
St. Simons Island & Jekyll Island
Southern Comfort in Savannah
Savannah
Depart Atlanta
  • Day 1 Arrive in Atlanta, Cultural Capital of the South

    On arrival at Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and a chance to get to know your travelling companions over wine and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tearoom.
    Hotel: Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

  • Day 2 Vacation like a Vanderbuilt in Asheville

    Journey into Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours guided tour of the Biltmore Estate, a National Historic Landmark. With a Local Expert, skip the crowds to learn about America's largest home, built in 1895, and unlock the secrets of the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests.
    Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville

  • Day 3 Charming Charleston

    Head for historic Charleston, a city rich in southern charm, and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along a trail of antebellum mansions. Be treated to a special evening at The Governor Thomas Bennett House. Learn all about 'lowcountry' food with your host, Chef Annie Mayo, followed by a savoury dinner with wine and a riveting performance by local musicians.
    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection

  • Day 4 Discover Magnolia Plantation

    (Relaxed Start) Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Enjoy a private demonstration with a maker of the famous Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets. Learn the history of the baskets and their place in Charleston history; it's easy to see why these unique handicrafts are an indulgence. Join a guided tram tour of the extensive grounds and visit the beautiful main house.
    Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection

  • Day 5 St. Simons Island & Jekyll Island

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, stop in Beaufort before continuing to the idyllic St Simons Island – an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands. Continue island hopping to your resort on Jekyll Island. In the evening, enjoy a superb Highlight Dinner with wine and majestic ocean views on the verandah of your beachfront resort.
    Hotel: The Westin Jekyll Island

  • Day 6 Southern Comfort in Savannah

    (Relaxed Start) Embark on a guided tram tour of this unspoiled barrier island before returning to the mainland. Move on to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia where a Local Expert awaits to show you the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Monterey Square. In the evening, join Marcia Thompson, third generation owner of the famous Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, at her private home for a cocktail and a bit of warm, Southern hospitality. Next, you are escorted to a private dinner at her restaurant, founded by her late grandmother, Sema Wilkes.
    Hotel: Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah

  • Day 7 Savannah

    (Relaxed Start) Meet the docent and embark on a private tour of the Owens-Thomas House, considered one of America’s finest examples of English Regency architecture. Take in the sights on a classic trolley tour through historic Savannah to discover 21 historic squares, incredible architecture and luxuriant tree canopy. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, at the River House - an iconic, 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.
    Hotel: Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah.

  • Day 8 Depart Atlanta

    (Relaxed Start) Bid farewell as you are transferred back to Atlanta International Airport, or alternatively, continue to the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center to extend your stay.

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