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Charleston to Savannah: The Antebellum South

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Experience the allure of America’s Deep South.

As you travel from Charlestown to Savannah and beyond, slow your pace, sip a mint julep, and eat true Southern comfort food. The antebellum South will entice you with its elegant architecture, its lush scenery, and its effortless hospitality. From plantations and Civil War forts to Lowcountry landmarks and waterfront cities, you’ll discover the unique culture and indisputable charm of the South on this guided tour.

Your tour package includes
  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeings
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Charleston’s Rainbow Row
  • Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens
  • Beaufort
  • Heyward House Museum
  • Savannah
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Charleston, South Carolina3 nights
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, Welcome 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

This afternoon head outside of Charleston to visit the Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens.

  • Discover this National Historic Landmark on a guided tour of the House Museum
  • Walk through the stableyards and gardens, which sit on a sprawling 65-acres of Lowcountry land

Later, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner where you'll enjoy traditional Lowcountry cuisine like shrimp and crab dishes.

Day 3: Free day in Charleston
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Charleston or add an excursion.

Charleston Harbor Cruise & Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Savannah, Georgia3 nights
Day 4: Savannah via Beaufort & Heyward House Museum
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to the charming city of Beaufort on Port Royal Island.

  • View the scenic waterfront and historic homes of Beaufort
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in Beaufort’s Historic District, a National Historic Landmark-listed neighborhood

Then, head to Bluffton and visit the Heyward House Museum.

  • Talk a guided tour of the historic Heyward House Museum and enjoy free time to enter the welcome center
  • Visit a local bakery after the tour to enjoy pastries and tea

Then, continue on to Savannah, Georgia.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Savannah
Included meal: 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 Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace to see where the founder of the Girl Scouts was born

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

Southern Dinner & Music
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 6: Free day in Savannah
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

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

This evening, join your group for a farewell dinner featuring traditional Lowcountry cuisine including shrimp and grits, iced tea, and pecan pie.

Historic Homes of Savannah with Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 7: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & prices
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15 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Feb 24–Mar 1, 2020
$2,599$2,399
Mar 30–Apr 5, 2020
$2,599
Apr 20–Apr 26, 2020
$2,599
May 4–May 10, 2020
$2,599
May 25–May 31, 2020
$2,599$2,499
Jun 1–Jun 7, 2020
$2,599
Sep 7–Sep 13, 2020
$2,599
Oct 12–Oct 18, 2020
$2,399$2,299
Nov 9–Nov 15, 2020
$2,399
Apr 19–Apr 25, 2021
$2,599
May 17–May 23, 2021
$2,599
Jun 14–Jun 20, 2021
$2,599
Sep 6–Sep 12, 2021
$2,599
Oct 11–Oct 17, 2021
$2,399
Oct 25–Oct 31, 2021
$2,399
Reviews
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Our reviews are authentic and unedited.
by 2nd time traveler 

Not enough time off the tour bus, and there should be more choices for entrees when meals are included.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/19/2019

Dear Linda, Thank you for your feedback. At Go A...

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by 2nd time traveler 

The itinerary was good except too much free time and pretty much no help from director for other things to do. Director did not comment on a number of things - Beaufort - never mentioned the National Cemetery - Savannah never mentioned the Olympic symbol on the river - just for examples. From ot...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 05/14/2019

Dear Lana, At Go Ahead, we understand the importan...

In love with the South!
by 11th time traveler 

I absolutely loved this tour, Southern charm at it's best! And so much history everyone should experience. I could not get enough of the live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss and the Resurrection ferns. Everyone more beautiful than the last. The architecture, plantations and their mansions were b...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/08/2017

Thanks for sharing more about your experience with...

Fun time down south
by 3rd time traveler 

Our tour director Lynn was great! knowledgeable and helpful; Loved the food- yes, lots of it was fried- it is a SOUTHERN tour. I absolutely loved seeing the historic houses! Lynn even arranged for an extra carriage horse tour in Beaufort, SC. Of course the famous Charleston carriage horse tour of ho...

Old Southern charm and history
by 1st time traveler 

Great experience and educational. Tour Director was outstanding and the trip was so much fun. All cities were easy to negotiate and friendly so getting around was easy. This was such a pleasant tour.

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

This antebellum hotel is located downtown on Charleston's Museum Mile. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and laundry service. Nearby, you’ll find t...

Hotel Indigo

This contemporary hotel is located in historic downtown Savannah. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and free internet access. Nearby, you'll find t...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Beaufort, United States
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Savannah, United States
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FAQ
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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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Charleston, South Carolina and depart from Savannah, Georgia. A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your 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
  • You will use the U.S. dollar on 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.
  • 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 USD.
  • We recommend tipping $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend $2USD 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. Travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.

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