CHARLESTON & SAVANNAH
Explore two historic southern cities on this seven-day tour to Charleston and Savannah with a stop in Beaufort, South Carolina’s second-oldest city. We’ll learn more about these two cities’ pasts with visits to their historic districts. We’ll also visit Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations; Magnolia Plantation which was founded in 1675 and features the oldest public gardens in America; and the Heyward House Museum which stands today as one of eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town of Bluffton. Explore the past at national historic landmark, Owens-Thomas House & Slaves Quarters, which is home to both a carefully curated mansion and the only intact urban slave quarters open to the public in Savannah.
For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before departure..
- 3 nights in Charleston
- 3 nights in Savannah
- Dinner Cruise through Charleston Harbor
- Guided Tour of Charleston
- Boone Hall Plantation
- Magnolia Plantation
- Beaufort, South Carolina’s 2nd-oldest city
- Heyward House Museum
- Guided Tour of Savannah’s Historic District
- Owens-Thomas House & Slaves Quarter, a national historic landmark
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- Porterage (1 bag per person)
- 9 meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional Tour Director
Arrive in Charleston
Welcome to Charleston, one of the most historic and charming cities of the South! After your independent arrival, make your way to our hotel. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a dinner cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor past Fort Sumter, along the Battery, and beneath the Ravenel Bridge.
Holiday Inn Historic Downtown or similar | Dinner
After breakfast this morning we’ll begin our locally guided tour of Charleston. Walk the streets of Charleston’s preserved historic district, the best protected in the nation. Natural disasters, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War all took their toll on this beautiful city, yet it stands out as a historic gem of the South. Later, we’ll visit the Historic Boone Hall Plantation with its famous Avenue of Oaks. One of America’s oldest working plantations, this property has appeared in numerous American movies, among them “North and South”. We’ll…
Today is free to explore Charleston independently.
After breakfast this morning, we’ll check out of our Charleston hotel and depart for Savannah. En route, we’ll stop on Port Royal Island and see Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Its impressive Antebellum architecture has been the backdrop for many shows and films including “Forrest Gump”. Later, we’ll visit the Heyward House Museum, which was originally built as a summer home for a local plantation owner circa 1841. Today, it is only one of eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town of Bluffton….
Today we’ll explore Savannah, which was once the world’s largest cotton port. When cotton was king, Savannah controlled the prices of the world cotton market at her cotton exchange. Founder James Oglethorpe laid out the famed city squares. The Civil War destroyed a large portion of Georgia, but Savannah was spared. Numerous buildings around the tree-shaded squares are hundreds of years old, providing the setting for the popular novel “”Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil””. This morning, we’ll enjoy a guided tour and stroll through the squares…
Enjoy a free day to acquaint yourself with Georgia’s oldest city. Consider using your included step-on/step-off trolley pass today to further explore Savannah or explore River Street which is filled with shops and dining options. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.
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Today we bid farewell to Savannah. After breakfast, check out of the hotel and make your way home.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $549
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may, therefore, be cancelled if this minimum is not met.
Excursion to Sullivan Island with Fort Moultri Visit
- From approx. $119 Per Person
Casual, unhurried and one of the most relaxing and family-friendly beaches on South Carolina’s coast you will enjoy this charming island. At Fort Moultrie experience 171 years of seacoast defense from 1776 to 1947. (Charleston)
- From approx. $129 Per Person
Known as one of the quintessential sights on the island, the Tybee Island Lighthouse is a must-see for history fanatics. Standing at 154 feet high, it is the tallest and oldest lighthouse in Georgia. Take the 178 steps to the top and learn about its history that dates all the way back to 1736. We will also stop at Fort Pulaski. Declared a national monument in 1924, this beautifully-preserved Civil War fortress offers tours with soldiers in period dress and daily historic cannon firings.
Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown
- Charleston, South Carolina
Conveniently located in Meeting Street neighborhood within the Historic District, enjoy easy access to many nearby attractions from restaurants, and boutique shops. After a day of touring, enjoy the hotel’s modern amenities including free WiFi, the fitness center, and heated outdoor swimming pool.
425 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
Staybridge Suites Savannah Historic District
- Savannah, Georgia
Ideally located in Savannah’s historic district, you can easily embark on a historic trolley tour or explore River Street’s boutiques. While at the hotel, enjoy free internet access, a complimentary 24-hour laundry room, and fitness center!
301 East Bay Street Savannah, GA 31401
TRANSPORTATION & ACCOMMODATIONS
Airfare is not included on this tour. Upon independent arrival in the destination, please make your own way to the hotel.
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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.
Please make sure you arrive in Charleston by the afternoon in order to attend the orientation meeting and Welcome Dinner at approximately 7pm. The smarTours Tour Director will be available in the hotel lobby during the afternoon of Day 1 to assist with local sightseeing or answer any questions. Further details will be provided on the final travel documents.