Introduction
The wildly popular book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has inspired any number of pilgrimages to the coastal South. But our journey digs deeper than the guidebook landmarks. Of course, we walk our fair share of moss-draped lanes—but instead of admiring fine restorations of prosperous homes from the outside, we go in for private tours and even dinner under the chandelier. We meet up with the Gullah culture, too, with its strong West African traditions and visit the country's most unique living history museums. On the sea islands and in the tidal estuaries, nature has always nibbled at the edge of civilization down here. And you'll see just how close it is on our forays onto barrier islands and lazy floats on streams populated by dolphins and woodstorks. To our mind, there's just no other region in America with such a distinctive meld of history, climate and way of life, and we'll share it all with you in gracious style on our walking tour of Charleston & Savannah.
Picture yourself...
  • Touring opulent plantation homes and gardens
  • Learning crafts and customs of Gullah culture
  • Kayaking island creeks and marshes
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-3 - CHARLESTON
We meet in Charleston (3 nights) for an afternoon promenade around the city and its beautiful harbor before settling into our fine quarters, built around 1763.

Moss-draped live oaks shade the riverside footpath to Drayton Hall where a National Trust guide gives us a private tour of the fine plantation house. At Middleton Place, we wander in the country's oldest landscaped gardens. Then you can visit one of Charleston's historic museums or get in some shopping before dinner in one of the Historic District's acclaimed restaurants.

DAYS 4-6 - SAVANNAH
Leaving Charleston behind, we'll stop at the ruins of Old Sheldon Church and explore Beaufort's downtown. The Gullah culture—based on African traditions—flourished nearby, and we'll get a fascinating glimpse into this unique way of life. Then a beautiful island walk along the dunes and seagrass rewards us with a beachside oyster roast.

We arrive in Savannah (2 nights) to a hospitable lunch in a private historic home. Our rambles here include a guided exploration of Fort Pulaski, site of an important Civil War battle. To make the most of the near tropical climate, we head for Tybee Island to spot wildlife as we kayak through tidal creeks and marshes.

On our final morning we tour the landmarks featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before parting company.
Charleston & Savannah
Cultural Walking Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting Point: Charleston, SC - 1:00 pm - Hotel Lobby

Ending Point: Savannah, GA - 12:00 pm

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Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
May 15-20, 2016$3695.00$895.00
October 2-7, 2016$3795.00$895.00
May 14-19, 2017$3795.00$895.00
October 1-6, 2017$3895.00$895.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Charleston & Savannah
Cultural Walking Adventure
6 Days / 5 Nights
The Lowcountry region of South Carolina and Georgia has a warm, sometimes humid, climate. Keep in mind, we will be spending some of our time boating and kayaking where temperatures tend to be cooler than the average.

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Hotels
Market Pavilion Hotel

Ranked as the #1 Small City Hotel in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, this luxurious hotel takes pride in the 'Art of Hospitality'. Rooms are elegantly decorated, and you’re just steps from the waterfront, landmarks and the city’s grand old homes.

Kehoe House

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this luxury inn is in an exquisitely restored 1892 mansion at the historic heart of Savannah. There are just 13 rooms, each of them uniquely decorated, offers a gracious view of the tree-lined streets.

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