March 23-30 Tour #2017301 8 Days
Double: $1399 Triple: $1259 Single: $2029 Deposit: $250
Come with Shockey Tours to experience some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. The air itself is perfumed with the smell of azaleas, wisteria, dogwoods and magnolias as we visit the south’s most impressive cities and gardens.
Day 1 – BILTMORE HOUSE – Our journey takes us south through Tennessee and on to Asheville, North Carolina, where we will tour the beautiful Biltmore House. This palatial mansion was first opened on
Christmas Eve 1895 and contains 255 rooms. We overnight in Asheville, North Carolina.
Day 2 – BOONE HALL PLANTATION – This morning we make our way to historic Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300-year heritage. After lunch, we will tour Boone Hall Plantation where we drive through the famous “Avenue of Oaks.” There are several original buildings on the grounds that we can visit – slave cabins, a smokehouse, and the cotton gin house. Our hotel acommodations for the next two nights will be in Charleston, South Carolina.
Day 3 – CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – This morning we depart our hotel for a full day of touring in the Charleston area. We begin with a downtown tour of Charleston with a local guide. Charleston is a
melting pot of culture, languages and nationalities. Many of the early settlers came to the area for the economic opportunities. At the open-air Old City Market, there are vendors and artisans who still demonstrate these traditional crafts. After our city tour, we’ll have time to stroll through this remarkable marketplace. Be sure to try the benne seed cookies or perhaps take home one of the hand-made sweet grass baskets. Next, we visit Old Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island. The current structure was completed in 1809 and is the third fort on this site. The museum inside the fort tells the story of American seacoast defense. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for a free evening. Overnight same hotel.
Day 4 – MAGNOLIA GARDENS – SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – This morning, we depart our hotel for a short drive to the beautiful Magnolia Gardens, the oldest continually planted garden in America. We will take the
Nature Train ride through the outskirts of the plantation and swamp. During this ride you will see blackwater cypress, exotic shrubs, and native wildflowers. Next, we journey to charming old Savannah, Georgia. This is one of the south’s most romantic cities with its buildings dating back to pre-civil war days. On his fiery rampage to the sea, General Sherman spared the city of Savannah. Lucky for us, we are able to view first-hand the beauty and flavor of the old south. This evening, you will be at your leisure to stroll along Savannah’s beautifully restored waterfront, just a short distance from our hotel. You might choose to have dinner in one of the many seafood restaurants located here along the waterfront. Overnight in Savannah, Georgia.
Day 5 – OLD SAVANNAH CITY TOUR – JEKYLL ISLAND – We meet our local guide this morning for our narrated tour of historic Old Savannah. Among the many things we’ll learn about this special city is the legend behind the Waving Girl Statue. We will travel through the city’s historic Waterfront district where we see the old converted cotton warehouses, now specialty shops and restaurants. This afternoon, we depart Savannah and head to Jekyll Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia. Jekyll Island became a winter retreat for the rich and famous in the 1880’s when a group of wealthy millionaires bought the entire island for a playground. It is said that, “when club members dined together, one-sixth of the world’s wealth was gathered.” Our overnight accommodations will be in Jekyll Island, Georgia.
Day 6 – MILLIONNAIRES VILLAGE – COLUMBUS, GEORGIA – This morning we meet our local guide for a narrated tram tour through “Millionaires Village.” Here we get a glimpse of how the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, Goulds and Cranes lived and entertained during the Gilded Age before income tax. We overnight in Columbus, Georgia.
Day 7 – CALLAWAY GARDENS – WARM SPRINGS, GEORGIA – Today begins with a visit to beautiful Callaway Gardens. A guide will take us on a narrated tour through the park and include stops at the John A. Sibley Horticultural Center, a 5-acre indoor and outdoor greenhouse complex and the Day Butterfly Center. We depart Callaway Gardens to make the short drive to the charming little town of Warm Springs, Georgia, where we will have time to browse through the shops for a few minutes before we enjoy a delicious included lunch. Just around the bend is the Little White House. President Roosevelt chose this beautiful site on Pine Mountain for his summer home and presidential retreat. We will have time to visit this simple six-room cottage and see the film entitled “A Warm Springs Memoir of Franklin Delano Roosevelt” at the Little White House Museum. We overnight in Marietta, Georgia.
Day 8 – HOME – This morning, we board our coach and head homeward, remembering the beauty we have seen in the cities, forts, plantations and harbors of the Old South. Meals: 6B, 1L