The Old South
8 days / 7 nights—Sea Island, Savannah, Beaufort, Charleston
The subtropical Golden Isles of Georgias south Atlantic coast; historic Savannah with its restored mansions; the pure antebellum nature of Old Charleston and the epitome of Southern Hospitality in Beaufort. All wrapped up in a montage of mint juleps and live oaks dripping with Spanish Moss. Options & Rates
Day 1—JACKSONVILLE, SEA ISLAND
Arrive Jacksonville Airport. Depart by car driving north along the coast to Sea Island, GA. Attached to St Simons Island by a bridge over a narrow waterway, Sea Island has been the domain of the family-owned Cloister Hotel since 1928.
Day 2—SEA ISLAND
Full day at leisure to explore Sea Island and Jekyll Island. Nearby Cumberland Island is a primitive 3 x 16-mile sanctuary of marshes, dunes, beaches, forests, lakes and ponds. It is also home to alligators, sea turtles, and 300 species of birds.
Day 3—SEA ISLAND, SAVANNAH
Continue along the Atlantic coast via Fort King George and Seabrook Village to that symbol of the "Old South," Savannah.
The Ballastone Inn
Old Savannah has been wonderfully restored and is the largest urban National Landmark District in the country. Live Oaks, Spanish Oaks, Antebellum mansions plus Forrest Gump, and "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." A special day of discovery.
The Ballastone Inn
Day 5—SAVANNAH, BEAUFORT
The drive today takes you back in time through "The Old South" scenic back-roads to Beaufort, South Carolina, a city founded by the Spanish in 1514, of rich history, southern hospitality and casual seaside charm.
The Rett House
Day 6—BEAUFORT, CHARLESTON
Leave Beaufort this morning via the Middleton Place Plantation, a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War and earthquake. The 65 acres of landscaped terraces, ornamental ponds and garden rooms laid out with precise symmetry and balance made this the most unique and grand garden of its time. A true expression of the Old South. Continue to Charleston.
With its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pre revolutionary buildings, Charleston remains on e of the best preserved cities in America. A day of delightful exploring.