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South Carolina & Georgia: Charleston to Savannah

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Discover the history and culture of the American South.

Down south, every historic house and delicious meals carries with it the stories of the past. It's not until we face the scars of slavery that we can truly begin to understand and appreciate the beauty of Southern cuisine and culture. Learn about the realities that lie behind the grand pastel facades as you find hope for the future (and fill up on all cornbread you can find).

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! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Then, 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

Gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening.

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.

  • Take 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

Enjoy free time in Savannah or add an excursion.

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

Spend a free day in Savannah or add an excursion.

This evening, join your group for a farewell dinner featuring traditional Lowcountry cuisine.

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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Great tour!
by 1st-time traveler 

Great tour! Our tour director Lynn was highly energetic and knowledgeable. She is a true professional!

Wonderful trip
by 2nd-time traveler 

It was a super great trip. The history of that part of the country was so interesting and well presented. All the sites were beautiful and well chosen, The local guides were very knowledgeable and our Tour Director was fabulous. We would highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially with Go Ah...

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by 1st-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...

Charleston and Savannah deliver beauty and history
by 1st-time traveler 
by 1st-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...

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.


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.

Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown

This comfortable hotel is located in the Meeting Street neighborhood. Guests enjoy a heated outdoor pool, indoor pool, and fitness center. Nearby you’...

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...

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...


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  • Airport transfers at your destination
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  • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Passport & visa requirements
  • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after October 1, 2020, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit dhs.gov for more information.
  • 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, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 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.
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
  • 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 visited on this tour are on Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s noon on tour.
  • You will use the U.S. dollar 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.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international 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.
  • 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.
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Nov 09
Nov 15

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