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Southern Sojourn: The Carolinas to Georgia

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  • $1399
     
  • 8
    Days

AMERICAN ROAD TOUR

ASHEVILLE, CHARLOTTE, MYRTLE BEACH, CHARLESTON & SAVANNAH

It’s hard to find a more picturesque part of the South than the beautiful mountains and beaches of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Combining leisurely scenic drives, opportunities for outdoor adventures, rich history, and iconic Southern charm, hospitality, and cuisine—you’ll have it all on this journey through America’s southern coasts and mountains!

On this smarTours American Road Tour, enjoy the convenience of a thoughtfully planned itinerary and carefully selected accommodations combined with the freedom and flexibility to travel from the comfort of your own car (or rental car)! We’ll have scheduled guided tours along the way to tell you about the rich history and culture of each destination and you’ll share this experience with other like-minded smarTours travelers!

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 1 night in Asheville
  • 1 night in Charlotte
  • 1 night in Myrtle Beach
  • 2 nights in Charleston
  • 2 nights in Savannah

Tour
Highlights

  • The Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Explore the Atlantic Coast
  • Pawley’s Island
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Boone Hall Plantation Tour
  • Historic Charleston & Savannah
  • Trolley Tour through Savannah

Your Tour
Includes

  • Carefully selected accommodations
  • 9 Meals: 7 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Thoughtfully planned meet-ups, group meals & excursions
  • Sightseeing tours & entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Local welcome guide
  • Parking at hotels
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

ADDITIONAL TOUR DETAILS:
Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.

We’re also monitoring the situation in these states very closely and will provide additional details about our hygiene and safety guidelines before you depart. These include social distancing practices, optional meet-ups and/or meals, and more.

Arrive Asheville

Welcome to Asheville, a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Visitors will discover beautiful mountain views, as well as opportunities to go hiking, biking and horseback riding amidst lovely scenery. The Blue Ridge Parkway, one of the USA’s most scenic drives, connects several Asheville-area attractions, including the Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissance-style chateau with its accompanying gardens and winery. Nearby, Asheville’s city center is ideal for experiencing a vibrant food and beverage culture, with locally owned cafes (many emphasizing organic ingredients),…

Asheville/Charlotte

Today your trip includes an admission at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, in Charlotte, North Carolina. You will have access to all of the exhibits and interactives (simulator rides are at additional cost). Sports fans will also enjoy Carolina Panthers football, Charlotte Hornets basketball and Charlotte Knights baseball. For adventure seekers, visit the U.S. National Whitewater Center, and select your choice of activities from white-water rafting, zip-lining and rock climbing. Charlotte also offers cultural opportunities such as the international Craft + Design collection at the Mint Museum…

Charlotte/Myrtle Beach

In the classic beach town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, explore the golden sands of the Atlantic coast for seashells, then visit Broadway at the Beach, a diverse selection of open-air shops and restaurants specializing in local flavors. Activities include a water park, helicopter tours and Ripley’s Aquarium, where you can glide through a tank filled with stingrays and sharks. Take one of the many tours to experience wildlife in a natural setting, such as dolphin watching cruises and wetland tours offering the possibility of alligator and bird sightings.

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Myrtle Beach/Charleston

Depart Myrtle Beach and head 30 minutes south along the coast to the southern end of the Grand Strand. Here, you’ll arrive at friendly, tranquil Pawley’s Island. Famous for its cypress wood cottages, and home to large expanses of marshland, rivers, and oceanfront state parks, this is a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Continue south along the pristine coastline through Francis Marion National Forest until you arrive in Charleston, with its signature antebellum mansions painted in a rainbow of colors and featuring elaborate ironwork. Join a Guided Walking Tour of the Historic…

Charleston

Today tour Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations. The antebellum era plantation is located in Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. History also comes alive at Fort Sumter National Monument, where the American Civil War began. You will board a cruise that will take you to the sea fort where you will explore the grounds.

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Charleston/Savannah

Today, travel south from Charleston to beautiful Savannah. You will join a History Walking Tour to acquaint yourself. Later, linger at landmarks such as Forsyth Park, where residents and visitors have gathered for generations around a spectacular fountain. Heading toward the Savannah River, pause for a self-guided tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist; its towering twin steeples are a fixture on the Savannah skyline. Continue to City Market’s, courtyards and squares with restaurants, shops and galleries.

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Savannah

Today enjoy a Trolley Tour. This fully narrated step-on/ step-off tour has 16 stops, located throughout one of the largest Landmark Historic Districts in the United States and convenient to dining, shopping and attractions. Known for its impressive 18th- and 19th- century architecture, Savannah boasts over 1,700 restored buildings, each with its own story to tell. Travel back to the Civil War era as you marvel at the Green-Meldrim House, a Gothic revival style building which once served as General Sherman’s headquarters. Nearby is the beautiful Mercer-Williams House, where the…

Depart Savannah

The tour ends today after after enjoying breakfast!

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Guided Tour Pricing

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October 4 October 11 Oct 4 -
Oct 11
$1,499 $1,599 $1,899 Book Now
2021 2021 w/ eCheck Discount Sale After Sale
March 21 March 28 Mar 21 -
Mar 28
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May 16 May 23 May 16 -
May 23
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July 25 August 1 Jul 25 -
Aug 1
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September 19 September 26 Sep 19 -
Sep 26
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October 17 October 24 Oct 17 -
Oct 24
$1,499 $1,599 $1,899 Book Now
November 7 November 14 Nov 7 -
Nov 14
$1,399 $1,499 $1,799 Book Now

Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Oct 2020 – May 2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $629
Jul – Nov 2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $649

Please note that all optional tours and excursions must be prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

All optional tours must be pre-booked and prepaid to smarTours in advance of departure.

Glide Through Charlotte's Uptown Neighborhood

  • From approx. $69 Per Person

Discover everything Charlotte has to offer as you glide through the city on this fun and informative 90-minute optional tour on Segways! As you ride through the city, your knowledgeable guide will share some of Charlotte’s fascinating history and current happenings. You’ll experience Charlotte’s diverse architecture and urban design as you explore its streets. Your tour includes brief instruction on riding the Segways before you set off on your excursion. Some highlights of this tour include: Levine Center of the Arts, Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Gantt Center, The…

Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Tour

  • From approx. $79 Per Person

The Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour visits four different restaurants and combines elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure! You’ll gain insight into Lowcountry cuisine accompanied by a broad range of samples on your food tour. This is a classic tour of the flavorful food found in Charleston. Duration: 2.5 Hours

Savannah Sunset Cruise

  • From approx. $49 Per Person

You’ll enjoy refreshing evening breezes and captivating sunsets from an open-air top deck patio on this optional cruise. Sit back and relax or get up and dance to the tunes from the 50’s through today performed by one of the Riverboat Entertainers. Daily from April – October

Boarding at 6:00 p.m., Sailing at 7:00 p.m., Returning at 9:00 p.m

Savannah Food Walking Tour

  • From approx. $69 Per Person

On this 3-hour optional tour, you’ll sample delicious foods from six unique foodie spots surrounding the initial squares built in Savannah while learning about the food, the restaurants, the history, and the culture that help shape the tasty Hostess City’s palate. Tasting locations include a not-so-ordinary pub, an award-winning honey store, and a traditional Scottish restaurant highlighting dishes consumed by some of Savannah’s earliest settlers.

Daily – 3 hours