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Tales of the Old South

8 Days 1 Country 4 Cities

This At Leisure trip delves into the culture of the Deep South, taking in cities like Savannah and Charleston.

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About this trip

Delving into the culture of the Deep South taking in cities like Savannah and Charleston, trials and tales of local Civil War history, and the South's famous hospitality.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… taking in the spirit of the south, by visiting the First African Baptist Church from the 1700s. Stroll through the beautiful, historic corridors and discover hiding spots used by escaped slaves who sought their freedom on the Underground Railroad.


Trip type: At Leisure i

Trip code: DTDS

7 Nights

accommodation

11 Meals
  • 7 full breakfasts.

  • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 1 lunch.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

Tales of the Old South

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Savannah (2 Nights)

Day 2

Savannah Sightseeing

Day 3

Savannah – Hilton Head (2 Nights)

Day 4

Hilton Head At Leisure and Sightseeing

Day 5

Hilton Head – Charleston (3 Nights)

Day 6

Charleston Sightseeing and At Leisure

Day 7

Charleston At Leisure

Day 8

Depart Charleston

Day 1

Arrive Savannah (2 Nights)

Welcome to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Rich with history, charm and famous for its hospitality, this lovely city is quintessentially Southern. Your hotel is located in the heart of the Historic District, so enjoy some time to explore or do a little relaxing before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 6 p.m. for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Historic District

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Savannah Sightseeing

Begin your day with a trolley tour through historic Savannah discovering 21 historic squares, incredible architecture, the beginnings of the Girl Scouts and much more. Learn about local Civil War history during a visit to Fort Pulaski and discover how the Confederate siege that took place here was a turning point in military history. Tonight, indulge in a Be My Guest dinner at a private beach home on Tybee Island.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 2

Day 3

Savannah – Hilton Head (2 Nights)

Before departing Savannah, get a real taste of Southern culture during a visit to the First African Baptist Church, a historic church which once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad in the mid-1800s. Meet your Local Specialist who shares stories of this amazing place. There is leisure time for lunch on your own to perhaps find a cosy eatery on River Street along the Savannah waterfront dotted with century-old buildings that have been converted into antique shops, boutiques, galleries, and fabulous restaurants. Take in one of the local museums or historic home tours before departing for the low-country resort town of Hilton Head, an island rich in thousands of years of history.

Hotel

Omni Hilton Head

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 3

Day 4

Hilton Head At Leisure and Sightseeing

This morning, begin your exploration of Hilton Head and learn about William Hilton, the English sea captain who lent his name to the island. Climb to the top of the Harbor Town Lighthouse, the island's most recognisable feature. Have lunch on your own and then enjoy some free time before meeting with a Gullah historian, and Local Specialist, who reveals tales of ancient traditions, local culture and maybe even a song or two. Tonight, enjoy a Regional Meal.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 4

Day 5

Hilton Head – Charleston (3 Nights)

Bid farewell to Hilton Head. This afternoon, visit Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark and home to America's oldest landscaped gardens. This beautiful spot has remained under the same family stewardship for over 320 years. Continue to explore lovely Charleston, relax at the hotel or join an optional dinner cruise on the harbour featuring live entertainment.

Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Historic District

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Charleston Sightseeing and At Leisure

Begin the day with a historic carriage ride through downtown Charleston. See the colourful and well-preserved architecture and witness what makes this city the true epitome of the "Old South". Enjoy lunch at the Charleston Tea Plantation where you visit the tea fields for an informative tour and learn why tea, a Cultural Insight, is at the heart of Southern culture. The remainder of the day and evening are yours to enjoy at leisure.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Lunch

Optional Experiences

"Live & Local" Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise

Enjoy a dinner cruise featuring live music on one Charleston Harbor, one of the most beautiful and historic bodies of water in America. Dine on a farm to table menu staring with traditional She-crab soup as well as a fresh salad, followed by entrees such as shrimp and grits or wood fire grilled rib-eye steak. Finish it off with a selection of desserts, and of course a cash bar is available for your pleasure. The views, the music, and dining will make your dinner cruise experience an evening to remember. Dress is casual. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours

Adult Price: US$78.00

Day 6

Day 7

Charleston At Leisure

Today is yours to enjoy as you please with a full leisure day in Charleston to explore your own interests; perhaps spend the morning at the famous Charleston City Market or tour the Nathaniel Russell House on your own. This evening, gather with your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 7

Day 8

Depart Charleston

Bid farewell to Charleston with a transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Charleston.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy dinner at a private beach home on beautiful Tybee Island.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about tea as a staple of southern culture at the Charleston Tea Plantation.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    Visit the First African Baptist Church and meet a Gullah historian in Hilton Head.

  • #JoinTrafalgar
    Charleston Tea Plantation You'll explore a pesticide-free tea plantation, and discover how the irrigation system helps preserve the local environment for future generations.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour in Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston

    • Visit the First African Baptist Church, Harbor Town Lighthouse, Middleton Place and the Charleston Tea Plantation


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 lunch.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 16 Reviews

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    Service rating : It was great! Well planned, great guide. Timely free time, interesting eventsProduct : We had tour time and free time at three venues. All enjoyable

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    Service rating : We went to Beaufort, SC which wss part of our package however most of the shops/places of interest were closed. Why go there if everything is closed up? Would have enjoyed being there when something was open.Product : See above comment to answer this question.

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    Service rating : Great experienceProduct : Tours were well done and ample free time to explore on our own

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    Service rating : I thought the trip was great and the tour director could not have been better. She was so helpful and readily available for anything from suggestions to information about trip.Product : I loved the pace of the trip. We got to see so many things that we may never have knew to

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Excellent

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