Charleston to Savannah: The Antebellum South

7 days
Slow your pace, sip a mint julep and feel yourself inadvertently slip into a drawl. The antebellum South will entice you with its elegant architecture, its lush scenery and its effortless hospitality. From luxurious plantations and Civil War forts to Lowcountry landmarks and waterfront cities, you’ll discover the unique culture and indisputable charm of the South.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Charleston, South Carolina 3 nights Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Charleston

Welcome to South Carolina! Arrive in Charleston and settle in to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore the city.

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Charleston

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the city’s landmarks and surrounding plantations.

• Pass by the Old Citadel, the College of Charleston and the Four Corners of Law

• View the Battery, Rainbow Row and the Charleston Museum

• Admire the Old Exchange Building and City Market 

• Visit Drayton Hall Plantation, one of the oldest working plantations in the South

• Stop at the nearby Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens

Later, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Free day in Charleston

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Charleston or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Charleston Harbor Cruise & Lunch $99pp* Details

Take a carriage ride through Charleston's historic neighborhoods before embarking on a guided tour of the harbor. See the sights of the city from the water as you cruise Charleston harbor—you'll view legendary docks and pass Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. After your cruise, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs February through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Savannah, Georgia 3 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Beaufort & St. Helena Island

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the charming city of Beaufort on Port Royal Island, then continue on to St. Helena Island. 

• View the scenic waterfront and historic homes of Beaufort 

• Enjoy free time for lunch in Beaufort’s Historic District, a neighborhood considered a National Historic Landmark 

• Visit Penn Center to learn about the sea islands’ Gullah-Geechee culture

Day 5: Sightseeing Tour of Savannah

  Included meals: Breakfast

Learn about Savannah’s storied past as you follow a local guide on a sightseeing tour. 

• Pass landmarks such as Forsyth Park and River Street

• View the Waving Girl statue, the Cotton Exchange and Colonial Park Cemetery

• Enter the house where the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, Juliette Gordon Low, was born in 1860

This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Savannah on your own or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Southern Dinner & Music $89pp* Details

Start your evening with some authentic southern cooking, from fried chicken to fresh seafood to low country boil. Then, head to the historic Savannah Theatre for an evening of theatrics. Having opened its doors in 1818, the theatre has hosted many famous players through the years, including Sarah Bernhardt and Oscar Wilde.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Optional Excursion - Civil War Walking Tour of Savannah $39pp* Details

Step back in time to the Civil War era on a walking tour of Savannah. This turbulent time in American history comes to life as you learn about the historical figures and pass by the homes and buildings that played significant roles in the conflict’s outcome. Enter the beautifully restored Green-Meldrim House to see where General William T. Sherman sent his famous telegram to President Lincoln offering him the city of Savannah as a Christmas present.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

Day 6: Free day in Savannah

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy more free time to explore the city or add an excursion.

This evening, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Stately Southern Homes & Lowcountry Plantations $65pp* Details

Begin your foray into the antebellum homes of the South in Savannah, where you enter the American Federal-style Isaiah Davenport House and the Mercer-Williams House Museum, a prominent figure in John Berendt’s best-selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Then, cross the border into South Carolina for a guided visit to the historic Rose Hill Mansion, widely known for its reputation as the most beautiful plantation house in the Lowcountry. After your tour, you’ll enjoy a sampling of tasty treats before making your way back to Savannah.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 7: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the city of St. Augustine, Florida.

Add St. Augustine Starting from $499 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Travel down the coast to Florida and soak in the charming British and Spanish roots of historic St. Augustine, Florida.

St. Augustine, Florida 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to St. Augustine

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to St. Augustine, the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement and port in the continental U.S. In the afternoon, enjoy free time to explore the city.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of St. Augustine

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, set out on a guided sightseeing tour, making stops at some of the city’s most historic sites.  

• Visit the Fountain of Youth and enter the Castillo de San Marcos

• Pass by Flagler College and the towering city gates

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States.
  • In order to enter the United States, Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.           

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.         

Transportation

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Charleston and depart from Savannah (or Jacksonville on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.       

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Most domestic airlines impose charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.           

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.           

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.            

Cuisine

  • When on tour in the American south, try delicacies like true Southern fried chicken, okra and collard greens, as well as refreshing sweet tea.

            

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.     

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.   

Time zones

  • All of the states on this tour are on Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.       

Currency

  • The U.S. dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.                    

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

            

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Storm Matthew

Due to hurricane Matthew I would like to thank Go Ahead for their responds and assistance with helping us get out of harms way. The tour director Dick was helpful with our planning on leaving Charleston withi his one crisis to deal with. Would of loved to senn more of the south. another trip to be planned.

 

Dear Traveler, Thank you for your kind review. We regret that Hurricane Matthew brought your tour to an early end, but safety is always our top priority. We're glad that you felt the response on Go Ahead's part was helpful, as we take the well-being of our travelers very seriously. We look forward to welcoming you on this tour again in the future -- without being disrupted by a hurricane!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Memorable Trip!

Even though our trip was cut short by Hurricane Matthew, I was impressed with the handling of the situation. The first half of the tour went perfectly. This was the first time I had ever booked a tour through a vacation company and Go Ahead definitely earned my loyalty. I look forward to using Go Ahead in the future. I will go on the Charleston to Savannah trip again too.

 

Dear Pat, We regret that your tour had to be cut short due to Hurricane Matthew. We take the safety of our travelers very seriously, and we're glad that you could see that. We thank you for your kind words, and we look forward to welcoming you on this tour again -- without disruption from a hurricane!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 16

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go Away Matthew!

When my group signed up for the Charleston to Savannah tour, we certainly did not expect to be confronted by the worst hurricane in years. When the South Carolina governor announced an evacuation, Go Ahead altered our trip and aborted the remainder of the tour after a wonderful three days in Charleston. Not only did they arrange safe passage for us to Atlanta, they took care of our meals and accomodations there, and rebooked flights for everyone. To top it off we were given vouchers to use for another Go Ahead trip at our convenience. We felt safe and well-cared for. Thanks to Go Ahead for making the best of a possibly dangerous situation.

 

Dear Mary, We regret that Hurricane Matthew required your tour to be cut short. The safety and well-being of our travelers is the highest priority for us, and we’re glad that you could feel that. It makes us happy to learn that you felt secure and well looked after. We look forward to welcoming you on this tour again – without the disruption of a hurricane!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 02, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Gentility and spice

My Go Ahead Tours visit to the Old South was exactly what I was looking for. Our small group was lead by an energetic and very keen guide who made the stories and history of the area real and pertinent. Our local guides were also great at bringing to life the characters and events of Charleston, the Golden Isles and Savannah.

 

Hello! We're delighted to learn that this tour provided the exact Southern experience you were looking for. We appreciate your wonderful feedback regarding your Tour Director and local guides, and we will be sure to share it with them. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Itinerary & Best Tour Director

The tour of Charleston and Savannah certainly lived up to our expectations. This was due in great part to our excellent tour director, Kathleen. She was very knowledgeable, personable and a lot of fun. She also brought in local tour guides in each town. Our hotels were conveniently located so that when we did have free time on our own, we could walk anywhere or take the local transportation to various sites. The staff at the hotels were also helpful when we asked about activities and restaurant suggestions. The restaurants included in our itinerary were also excellent. We would definitely consider travelling with Go Ahead tours again.

 

Hi Laverne! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your time in Charleston and Savannah. We’re also pleased to know that your Tour Director enhanced your experience and that you found the hotels to be conveniently located. We are glad you would consider traveling with us again, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next adventure!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director for The Antebellum South Tour!

There were nine of us from Boston that went on the Charleston to Savannah: The Antebellum of the South Tour and we had a 5-star experience on our vacation thanks to our wonderful Tour Director, Clara Jane Hogan, and our bus driver, Sandy. Many of us hadn't visited Charleston before and it was amazing! Clara Jane was there at the Charleston Airport Baggage Claim to welcome us all and Sandy drove us to the hotel. Go Ahead selected the Hampton Inn Hotel right in downtown Charleston on Meeting Street which was walkable to so many highlights and directly across the street from the Charleston Visitor Center and the stop for the free Charleston Trolley. All the hotel locations on this tour were fabulous and included a full breakfast which got us off to a good start each day. Charleston is a great city for "Foodies" and there were many great restaurants in the alley right next to the hotel as well as many boutique shops, gelato stores and pubs nearby. The first night we ate at Rue de Jean right in the alley near the hotel and it was fabulous. We also had drinks in the alley at Victor's Social Club - they have a happy hour that's not to be missed! Talk about location, location, location. On Day 2, we passed the College of Charleston on the way to visit both Drayton Hall, one of the oldest working plantations in the south, and Middleton Place Plantations and Gardens where we had excellent tour guides at each location (Peggy at Drayton Hall and Eloisa "Loi" at Middleton Place) that provided us with a very insightful history of each location. On the way back, we stopped at the Citadel and toured the Sumerall Calvary Chapel Church which had beautiful stained glass and flags from each state adorning her walls. The history provided was so interesting! That night we visited The Vendue, a historic boutique hotel that looks over the river, for cocktails on the roof top bar before we had dinner at Magnolia's (on East Bay Street) - be sure to make reservations well in advance of your trip and ask for a table in the back room (much more elegant, quiet and ask for the waiter, Sam). On Day 3, Clara Jane was so generous to give us on a private walking tour of Charleston that was just fascinating - we saw the "Four Corners of Law - Hail, Mail, Jail and Bail", bought straw baskets, and we strolled through some amazing residential neighborhoods where the architecture was just magnificent. We also visited The City Market area where there was lots of shopping. We ended the day with a group dinner at the famous Hyman's seafood restaurant. Everyone we met was so friendly and our Go Ahead tour group bonded so quickly. On Day 4, we headed north and stopped in the charming city of Beaufort, SC and took a horse carriage through the historic district with a horse named "Paul Newman" and stopped for lunch downtown. Very quaint! We visited Penn Center to learn about the Gullah-Geechee culture. We then drove to Jekyll Island, GA where we stayed overnight at the newer Jekyll Island Hampton Inn and Suites which was beautiful and right on the beach. We wished we had another day here, since it was so spectacular. On Day 5, we headed to Savannah, GA. Along the way, we stopped at St. Simon Island for a guided tour and lunch. We also visited Fort Frederica National Monument. Clara Jane played the movie "In the Garden of Good and Evil" to get us excited about our Savannah leg of the tour and she also played some great music on the bus. Again, Go Ahead selected a great hotel, The Holiday Inn Express Historic District, which was very new and right on East Bay Street near the River. We had a group dinner at The Old Pink House that evening (make reservations far in advance!). On Day 6, Clara Jane and Sandy took us on a wonderful tour of Savannah and we visited many of the 24 squares, learning much about the history of the city. We visited Forsyth Park and River Street and saw the Waving Girl Statue, the Cotton Exchange and the Colonial Park Cemetery. We stopped by Leopold's Ice Cream which is a must! Ignore the long lines, they move quickly and it's very much worth the wait, since it's the best ice cream I've ever had. We had a fabulous farewell dinner at River House Seafood on River Street - a wonderful way to conclude our tour. On Day 7, we still had time to tour, since Go Ahead was good enough to book us on non-stop Jet Blue flights down to Charleston and back from Savannah that allowed us more free time in each city. I highly recommend this Antebellum Tour of the South or any other tour that Clara Jane would guide you on. I can't wait to book my next trip!

 

Hi Jacqueline! Thank you for your detailed review! We’re thrilled that you had a ‘5-star’ experience on tour. Charleston is full of southern charm and fabulous restaurants – we’re glad you enjoyed it! We’re also glad to learn that you liked the locations of all your hotels. Our Operations team strives to find accommodations that are centrally located and offer a good value. It sounds like you had many unique experiences on tour, such as a private walking tour of Charleston and a horse carriage ride through the historic district of Beaufort. From both historical and cultural standpoints, this is a tour that should not be missed, and we’re glad you would recommend it. Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to see you on the road soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FANASTIC

Our tour director Alan was GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His knowledge was way above expectation. The history we learned you can't get it out of a book and to actually see where it happened.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director

Alan, our tour director was GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! He knew the history of where were going and where we were at all the times. Our itinerary was great...We really saw a lot.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VT

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Antebellum South

Skip Saint Augustine on a holiday weekend. Otherwise, a fine tour. More time for Jekyll Island would be welcome.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Charleston to Savannah

I had to find my tour director at the airport which was a little strange--why wasn't she by the baggage claim? However, she was very sweet and helpful in other areas. Jekyll Island was a complete waste of time with absolutely nothing to do! That Hampton Inn was horrible! Charleston, Beaufort, St. Simon's and Savannah were great. The Hampton Inn in Charleston was fantastic--Holiday Inn in Savannah was okay. The restaurant chosen to eat at in Charleston was okay but the restaurants in Savannah were great! I would like a more historical tour--our guide to the Citadel was fantastic! I would have liked to go see Magnolia Gardens in Charleston but the ghost tour in Savannah was awesome. The Savannah theater excursion was fantastic all the way around. Mike was a great bus driver and I appreciate his safety concerns. The local guide in Savannah was just okay. I met a lot of nice people on tour which was fun too. Thanks Jennifer for all your help!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Wonderful trip!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My First Tour

This was my first tour ever. I really did not have any idea what to expect. What a pleasant surprise! The other ladies and gentlemen on the tour were friendly and I had tons of fun with them all. The food at the restaurants on the itinerary was terrific and the individual guides made the history of the antebellum south interesting I was never a history enthusiast but even I was engaged in the history and impressed by the love for their cities expressed by the guides. Jennifer was an impressive guide herself. We ran into a small issue almost immediately upon our arrival in Charleston, but Jennifer handled it professionally and with care and consideration for the people involved. I had a great time and will definitely look into other Go Ahead Tours. There were one or two small suggestions I would make. One - Jekyll Island was a nice rest stop - pretty, nice beach - but we really didn't have very much time in Savannah because of the stop in Jekyll. I think that we all would have liked to have at least 2 full days in Savannah to be able to stroll the squares and see what was there. We really only had an hour or two on Friday evening before the optional dinner and show, and just Saturday to get in a lot of sightseeing in a city that has tons to see before our fair well dinner. We did have lots of fun on the bonus ghosts and graveyards tour on Saturday night! My other comment may not be shared by others, but I was not impressed with the guide in Savannah Saturday morning (Mary Jane). After all of the other excellent guides like Mary in Charleston, The carriage tour with Mike, the river cruise with Captain Dave, and the Beaufort carriage tour with Jennifer, May Jane just didn't measure up. So all in all this trip went very smoothly and everything was top shelf. Thank you Jennifer our Tour Director and Go Ahead Tours for a great week. I look forward to travelling with you again.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Hotels

The Hampton Inns were excellent as were the breakfast buffets. The Historic B Hotel in Savannah was a sorry excuse after the Hampton Inns and the breakfasts at the Historic B were lacking. In the Historic B the shower in the first room we were in was broken and the room was changed since they could not fix it. In the next room the hair dryer unit had come out of the wall and was on the counter. The carpets were stained and the was a odd smell about it.

 

Dear Carol, Thank you for your review. We will be having our operations team investigate these issues with our suppliers to be sure that all of our hotels are up to the quality and service standards that we strive for. We're glad to hear you had a good time overall on tour, and we hope to welcome you back soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Easy, Comfortable, Wonderful!

This tour was nearly perfect! The weather, the hotels, the food, our TD ("CJ") could not have been more perfect nor more accommodating. Charleston was classic elegance, Savannah was Old South and everyone was enraptured with both of these fine cities. Both were walking cities, easy to navigatate and the carriage rides were fabulous! I wondered why Jekyll Island was thrown in the mix; but, after talking to others on the tour, I realized that not everyone lives near the coast and folks from SLC & Kansas City were anxious & excited to see the Atlantic and the beach. It was fun to watch them. Everyone wished they had another day in Savannah (this is what warranted a 4 rating on "itinerary"). The noseeums (look that one up) just about ate us alive in Beaufort (another gorgeous little town) and during the plantation visits. Take fabric softener sheets or DEET to combat this! The Middleton Place gardens were simply stunning! TD CJ was so witty, so engaging, very organized! The bus driver can make or break a tour & we lucked up on that, too, because our driver Mike was awesome! The hotel in Charleston was perfect, absolutely perfect ... couldn't have been better! We wished the hotel in Savannah was closer to the river. Some were not happy with their flights: the California group had to get up at 2:30 am to get to LAX. We spent the night at our airport to make our 6:20 flight. When I talked to a GAT Customer Rep about the flights, she was short, curt, unapologetic. She could have easily said "I'll relay your concerns so it will be considered in the future" instead of saying "there's nothing that can be done about it." People skills are important in this business ... maybe Patty just had a bad day! One final request: More diversified trips in North America/US, please!! New England is popular, but are 4 itineraries covering many of the same places essential? Not just my sentiment, but the thoughts of others. Travel to Europe can be somewhat frightening during this uneasy time, but people love to travel. We are still interested in the Maritimes & hope that GAT finalizes that tour! All in all, an excellent 5 STAR tour and I do highly recommend it.

1 / 5

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

General Info

The only issues I have with the tour is that we felt rushed, would rather it be more leisurely. We didn't enter Christ's church. Otherwise the tour was just fine.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

history

This tour was very historical. I enjoyed the tour but wish i had more time at certain stops. My tour director seemed to wander off on her own to much. I will more than likely travel with Go Ahead tours in the future. The pre-tour staff did a super job arraigning flights and etc

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NJ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Southern Tour

My husband & I thoroughly enjoyed the Charleston, S.C. to Savannah, GA tour the end of May, 2014. There was so much to see & do and so much history to learn & remember that we only put a small dent in it. The organized tour itself gave us a wonderful overview and the opportunity to see other places we would never have ventured to or found on our own, ie Jekyll Is., where the Hampton Inn was superb & upscale, St.Simons Is, The Penn Center, & beautiful Beaufort. We were lucky on own to have taken a side trip to Ft. Sumter and 2 carriage rides in Charleston & one in Beaufort to see spots off the beaten track that gave us a greater appreciation for the area. The restaurants and food were so different from what we are used to, delicious and a fun experience......I now love grits!! Our tour guide, Jennifer, was extremely knowledgeable in the area and a great help in recommending restaurants and activities including a detailed typed daily itinerary which kept us on schedule, not to mention her patience in putting up with our bus group!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Beautiful and fun tour with Yvette, the best tour director I've experienced, very kind, knowledgeable and provided extra pleasures to do and see! Did her very best to assure all were having a great time. Cities were lovely with southern charm and hospitality as expected. Especially liked Jekyll Island, maybe the trip should end there for a couple of days for R&R! Wonderful trip.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Delightful Trip

The hotels were in great locations to explore the cities on foot. I appreciated having the free time in order to enjoy the many attractions that the cities offered. Jennifer provided a written itinerary of our tour with suggestions of things to see and do with foods to try in Charleston, Beaufort, Jekyll Island and Savannah. Jennifer arranged additional optional tours in Beaufort and Jekyll Island. After the first morning, there were complaints about the breakfast at the hotel. The rest of the breakfasts there were much better, thanks to Jennifer talking to the hotel. In spite of challenging circumstances beyond her control, Jennifer maintained a professional demeanor and demonstrated true southern hospitality. The welcome dinner and the farewell dinner were excellent meals. I’m looking forward to seeing Jennifer as my tour guide on future Go Ahead tours.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/13/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour Director

Jennifer was warm, funny and charming. She did a great job of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for the area.

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