Charleston & Savannah Tauck Tours

Charleston & Savannah

Stories by Ken Burns

The Charleston and Savannah tour is an 8 day luxury tour through South Carolina and Georgia. You will explore the southern United States starting from Charleston, South Carolina and head south to Beaufort, Hilton Head, Savannah, Jekyll Island and Jacksonville. Experience southern charm, beautiful beaches and the areas intense history that took place there with the help of expert local guides.

The Charleston and Savannah tour features more than just amazing views and surroundings that optimize life in the south. The local culture is about as pleasant as it gets in a city where things slow down just a bit. In Savannah, you’ll see how this artistic hotspot has grown into itself over the years with some of the most classic southern architecture you’ll see in the south.


8 Daysfr. $3,690

  • An exclusive private evening featuring a taste of Savannah’s beloved Madeira traditions at the Federal-style Davenport House Museum, followed by a charming dinner at 45 Bistro in Savannah’s oldest hotel, The Marshall House
  • Tour the islands off Beaufort, South Carolina, with a Gullah guide
  • A private cruise in Charleston Harbor, where Charleston’s rich maritime heritage comes alive, from the Revolutionary War to pirates to nature; visit places that bigger boats can’t reach
  • A guided tour with expert interpreters that delves into three centuries of history at Drayton Hall, Charleston’s only surviving 18th-century plantation house open to the public
  • A walk through America’s oldest landscaped gardens, lunch and a house tour during a guided visit to Middleton Place
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Georgia (1 night)
  • The DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, Georgia (2 nights)
  • Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head, South Carolina (1 nights)
  • The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina (3 nights)

Welcome to Savannah, Georgia

Savannah/Georgia, USA

Your Southern Charms journey begins at 6:00 PM at The DeSoto. A transfer is included from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport to The DeSoto, located in Savannah's historic center, just a few blocks from the bustling waterfront. Join us this evening for a welcome reception at your hotel in the heart of the city’s National Historic Landmark District, followed by a welcome dinner at the renowned 45 bistro in The Marshall House, a restored 1850s inn.

Dinner

THE DESOTO HOTEL

Savannah's historic treasures

Savannah/Georgia, USA

Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, magnificent homes, and architectural gems, your hotel in the historic heart of Georgia's First City offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style. Start a day of exploration in Savannah with a visit to the Massie Heritage Center. Originally founded as the Massie School for needy children in the mid-1800s, the historic institution is now an interactive museum preserving Savannah’s rich cultural heritage and a living history resource for adults and children alike, featuring a 19th-century classroom exhibit.

Next, engage in a hands-on culinary demonstration focusing on dishes representing the unique cuisine of the coastal Low Country region, followed by lunch.

On an afternoon sightseeing trip of Savannah aboard a touring trolley with a local guide, admire the city's elegant architecture and geometric city design, featuring 24 park squares highlighted by live oaks draped with Spanish moss. One of the first planned cities in America, Savannah's National Historic Landmark District is the largest in the nation, and features more than 1,000 architecturally significant buildings. Return to your hotel and spend the rest of the afternoon and evening as you please in what's considered one of the country's most graceful cities.

Breakfast, Lunch

THE DESOTO HOTEL

Discovering the coastal Low Country

Savannah/Georgia, USA

Today you'll embark on a guided excursion through the Low Country region along the Georgia coast. Begin with an opportunity to experience firsthand the unique Gullah / Geechee culture that developed in the wetlands approaching the outlying Sea Islands of Georgia at the Pin Point Heritage Museum. Occupying a former oyster and crab processing factory in the community of Pin Point on the banks of the Moon River south of Savannah that offers amazing views of the wetlands, the museum's exhibits and multimedia presentations interpret the oyster fishing traditions and folkways of the residents of Pin Point – which for nearly a century survived as an isolated, self-sustaining Gullah / Geechee enclave founded by first-generation free people of color, whose lives were deeply connected to the water. Continue through the marshlands and past old Spanish fortifications to Wormsloe State Historic Site on the outskirts of Savannah, where a winding rural avenue lined by more than 400 live oak trees leads to the remains of Georgia's oldest plantation and its original "tabby" house, now complemented by a museum, theatre and Colonial Life area.

Return to Savannah for a free afternoon, followed by two Tauck Exclusives. The first is a celebration of the city’s Madeira wine traditions at the Davenport House Museum, featuring a tour and a tasting in the historic home's private gardens. Then enjoy Tauck's exclusive after-hours admission to the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force for a private tour of its exhibits chronicling the famed US Eighth Bomber Command's contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and beyond, and a private dinner in the museum's reception hall.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE DESOTO HOTEL

Fort Pulaski & on to Hilton Head Island

Savannah/Georgia, USA

Bid Savannah farewell and head off to a key site of the Civil War, Fort Pulaski National Monument, an impressive brick fortress captured by Union forces in 1862. It was here that military history was forever changed during a Civil War battle that saw the introduction of "rifled cannons."

Hilton Head Island, USA

Continue on to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, boasting one of the most pristine marine estuaries on the east coast, where you'll find miles of barrier beaches outside of your oceanfront resort that are ideal for walking and beachcombing. Dine this evening at the resort.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OMNI HILTON HEAD OCEANFRONT RESORT

Back in time in Beaufort & Charleston

Beaufort, USA

Take time for an early morning walk on Hilton Head's pristine beaches if you wish before setting off for historic Beaufort, where you’re joined by a local Gullah resident and guide for an in-depth look at the unique culture and heritage of the Gullah people on a tour of the nearby islands. In Beaufort, "Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands," you'll view the timeless architecture of its National Historic Landmark District.

Charleston/South Carolina, USA

Head to Charleston, the lovely and historic first capital of South Carolina. An exclusively chartered private boat cruise of Charleston Harbor this afternoon imparts a wealth of information about the city's centuries of maritime history. Your home for the next three nights is an elegant 150-year-old hotel, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel, at the center of Charleston's historic district – and within walking distance of many of its architectural treasures. Dinner tonight is at your choice of several fine Charleston restaurants.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE MILLS HOUSE WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL

Charleston... Past and Present

Charleston/South Carolina, USA

A local guide takes you on a tour of Charleston to see centuries-old cobblestone streets and well-preserved homes representing a range of architectural styles from the Revolutionary War period to Antebellum mansions – classic Georgia, Federal, Adamesque, Greek Revival, Italianate and Victorian. Many of these homes surround very pretty "secret" walled gardens; additional highlights of the city's 789-acre historic district that you'll see include the famed military school known as The Citadel, and the Battery.

The rest of the day is free to do as you please; Charleston is a great city to explore by foot, or you might decide to see it by horsedrawn carriage; other ideas are visiting the Gibbes Museum of Art, or Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired in 1861. And of course there are many restaurants and cafés at which to enjoy the easy living this city is so well known for.

Breakfast

THE MILLS HOUSE WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL

Grand plantations & gardens

Charleston/South Carolina, USA

Visit some of the finest historic plantations and gardens in America today. A morning trip takes you first to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a tour of the magnificent Romantic-style garden – selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" by Travel + Leisure; some sections of the gardens are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America.

Then it's on to one of the grandest of the notable Ashley River Plantations, Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark that is home to America's oldest landscaped gardens – truly a landscaping masterpiece. Tour its mansion built in 1755 and the stableyards – and of course the formal gardens. Return to Charleston mid-afternoon, then join us this evening for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner at your historic hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE MILLS HOUSE WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL

Homeward bound

Charleston/South Carolina, USA

Your one-week Southern Charms tour concludes in Charleston. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel to Charleston International Airport. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.

Breakfast

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Fri, Sep 06, 2019
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Fri, Sep 20, 2019
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Fri, Sep 27, 2019
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Fri, Oct 04, 2019
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $350.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $350 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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