You will definitely be able to enjoy the Southern Charm of these wonderful Southern cities on our 8-day journey. Take in all of the Southern history, beautiful gardens, and culinary delights available as you explore the region. Take in the views from a horse-drawn carriage tour, a hop-on/hop-off trolley tour and even a cruise on the Savannah River. You are sure to be 'charmed!
Deluxe Roundtrip Motorcoach
Friendly On-board Host
7 Nights Hotel Accommodations
12 Meals (7 B/1 L/4 D)
Kentucky Artisan Center
Charleston Tea Garden Factory Tour
Charleston Guided City Sightseeing Tour
- Battery & Citadel
Magnolia Plantation & Garden
- Nature Tram Tour & Home Tour
Free time in Charleston, SC
Guided Horse Carriage Tour of Beaufort Historic District
Free time in Savannah, GA
Trolley Tour through the Historic District of Savannah
- Hop On/Hop Off Privileges
Dinner Cruise on the Savannah River
Dinner at Glen Campbell Museum
$2350 per person Double
$2800 per person SingleNon-members add $25
Deposit & Final Payment:
A $300 deposit per person is required within one week of reservation. Must be paid in full by Tuesday, February 7, 2023. No refunds will be issued after Monday, January 9, 2023.
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Day 1: Friday, March 24, 2023
Join us this morning from the available departure location of your choice, meet your friendly onboard Trailways host and driver, then sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as we make our way south to Lexington, Kentucky for our overnight stay. Settle in and enjoy the evening, and dinner, on your own in the second largest city in Kentucky, known as the “Horse Capital of the World.”
Day 2: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we depart for the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea this morning. This unique artisan center, where everything is made in Kentucky, supports hundreds of Kentuckian artists and businesses by directly purchasing works from the artists for resale. Many of the featured artisans have been juried into such prestigious programs as the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program, the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, and/or the Southern Highland Craft Guild. It’s a great place to experience Kentucky hospitality – perhaps you can find a unique piece to take back home with you.
Our next stop today is the Historic Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee. Historic Market Square, in the heart of downtown, is a must-do for any visitor of Knoxville. Knoxville was the home of the 1982 World’s Fair, the last successful World’s Fair held in America, and first ever in the South. You can still see the golden sphere standing sentinel just a couple of blocks away. Since the 1860s, Market Square has been one of Knoxville’s most popular places to shop, work, play, eat, drink and live. Today, we take time to explore the shops and restaurants with time for you to have lunch, on your own, here.
Our overnight stay will be at the Drury Inn & Suites in Greenville, South Carolina this evening. Arrive for a great night’s stay at the Drury Inn with its Kickback Reception offered daily from 5:30 – 7:00 pm complete with hot and cold foods plus your choice of beverages from sodas to beers, wine and some cocktails. The evening is open to do as you wish. If you may want to go out to dinner, a Cracker Barrel is located right next door…or perhaps a little shopping in the Country Store?
Day 3: Sunday, March 26, 2023
Have breakfast this morning before departing for the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island. The Charleston Tea plantation, originally a 127-acre potato farm, is a living piece of American history. In the 1700’s, the Camellia Sinensis plant first arrived in the United States from China. Over the next 150 years, may unsuccessful attempts were made to propagate this plant and produce tea. In 1888, Dr. Charles Shephard founded the Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, SC, and for the first time, tea was being grown in the United States. Dr. Shephard died in 1915, but the tea continued to grow wild for the next 48 years on the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. In 1963, the tea plants were transplanted to the Charleston Tea Plantation. Today, take a factory tour and learn the history of tea, take a trolley ride around the farm, stroll the grounds, visit the gift shop and enjoy a box lunch.
This afternoon, we arrive at the Hampton Inn Charleston in the Historic District. Check in for a 2-night stay in this antebellum hotel restored from an 1860 railroad warehouse located right in the heart of historic Charleston and within walking distance to many attractions, shops, restaurants and more.
This evening we enjoy a group dinner to discuss the adventures we have had so far over some great southern cuisine! The remainder of the evening is free, on your own, to do as you wish in Charleston.
Day 4: Monday, March 27, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we set out for a guided tour of historic Charleston. Our tour will include the Battery and, if available, the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. The Battery is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade in Charleston. Named for a civil-war coastal defense artillery battery at the site, it stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula, bordered by the Ashely and Cooper Rivers, which meet here to form Charleston Harbor. The park itself is lovely with grand old live oaks and beautiful plantings but on top of that it’s located right on Charleston Harbor at the picturesque and historical southern tip of the peninsula. Walking along the Battery is great for visitors and locals alike, with a view of Fort Sumter in the distance.
The Citadel was established in 1842 and was originally located on Marion Square in beautiful downtown Charleston. Today the picturesque campus, which was moved in 1922 to the bank of the Ashley River, is home to 24 major buildings and over 3,400 men and women enrolled in over 20 full and part time graduate and undergraduate programs. If available, we will partake in a cadet-led tour of the campus.
Enjoy some free time to explore, and have lunch on your own, in the 200-year old brick market buildings with shops and restaurants in the historic Charleston City Market. Take time to shop the local artisans – this is the perfect place to find your own special sweetgrass basket as a great souvenir of Charleston. This basket-making tradition came to South Carolina in the 17th century by way of West African slaves who were brought to America to work on plantations. Originally used as winnowing fans to separate the rice seed from its chaff, sweetgrass baskets are regarded among the nation’s most prized cultural souvenirs. Sweetgrass grows in the moist, sandy soils near oceans and marshes and is easily recognizable by its vibrant purple plumes in the fall which eventually fade to white.
Next, visit Magnolia Plantation and Garden. Magnolia is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Magnolia Plantation saw immense wealth and growth through the cultivation of rice during the colonial era. Later, British and American troops would occupy its grounds during the American Revolution, while the Drayton sons would become both statesmen and soldiers fighting against British rule.
Unlike most of America’s gardens, which are formal and seek to control nature, Magnolia cooperates with nature to create a tranquil landscape like Eden where humanity and nature are in harmony. “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.” – William Wordsworth. Some sections are more than 325 years old, making them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. As the plantation has stayed within the ownership of the same family for more than three centuries, each generation has left their own mark on the last large scale Romantic Gardens left in the United States.
Once we return back to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is free for you to explore the city as you wish and to have dinner on your own. Suggestion…in the past many have done a “ghost tour” in the evening which proved to not only be much fun, but extremely informational on the history of the city itself.
Day 5: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Have breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart and set out for Beaufort, South Carolina today. Beaufort is South Carolina’s second-oldest city, founded in 1711 – it is sort of like a mini-Charleston with its own distinctive charm. Today we take a guided horse carriage tour of the historic district. We see how they have maintained the city’s Antebellum architecture and small-town feel. Many famous movies have been filmed here including Forrest Gump, The Prince of Tides and The Big Chill. It is also known for having 25% of the marshlands on the entire coast of the United States! They say that shrimp are synonymous with Beaufort (just ask Bubba Gump!) and are America’s most valuable and possibly most popular seafood. Some say the shrimp in Beaufort tend to have a more mildly sweet flavor as they feast on the sweetwater grass that grows in the local marshes. Perhaps you can try some out at lunch today, on your own, and make your own decision!
This afternoon, we depart and travel on to Savannah, Georgia for a two-night stay. Arrive at the Staybridge Suites and settle in for a stay in the historic district of Savannah where you are just steps away from River Street, and the access steps as well! Have free time on your own on the riverfront this evening. Have dinner as a group, at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 6: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
After breakfast we set off this morning on a great trolley tour through the historic district of Savannah with hop on/hop off privileges for the remainder of the day. What that means, is that you can get back on the trolley and stop to explore at each stop available if you wish or go back and spend a bit more time at some of the places you did quickly visit on the morning tour.
Spend a little time walking around the open-air City Market stretching a full block in each direction with Ellis Square to the east and Franklin Square to the west and from Bryan St. to the north to Congress St. to the south. You’ll find lots of shops, restaurants, entertainment and more. Be sure to stop in the Byrd Cookie Company, you won’t regret it! If you want to visit Paula Dean’s Lady & Sons, it is on W. Congress St., just a 2-minute walk from City Market or a 7-minute walk from the hotel. Perhaps take some time to stroll some of the beautiful squares, find a bench and relax for a bit, like Forrest Gump, or head down to River Street for more activity. If you head down to River Street, be sure to see the Waving Girl Statue of Florence Martus, known for having taken it upon herself to the be the unofficial greeter of all ships that entered and left the Port of Savannah between 1887 and 1931.
This evening, board a riverboat for a 2-hour dinner cruise, a great way to unwind from all of your explorations earlier today. Sit back and relax in one of the beautiful ballrooms while the boat slowly glides down the Savannah River. After dinner, snap your fingers and tap your toes, or better yet, get up and dance to the tunes from the 50’s through today’s hits with live entertainers. Venture up to the top deck and enjoy the calm Savannah evening and the amazing sights and sounds of this historic city.
Menu selections may include: Signature Savannah Shrimp and Grits, tender Beef Carving Station, Fresh Catch of the Day, Lemon & Artichoke Chicken with Spinach, Potatoes au Gratin, Squash Casserole, Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, Fresh Garden Greens with Dressings, Toppings and much more! Return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening to do as you wish.
Day 7: Thursday, March 30, 2023
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before we depart for our overnight stop in Nashville, Tennessee. Arrive to the Drury Inn & Suites Nashville and check in and do a quick freshen up before heading out for an included dinner this evening.
Dinner this evening is private for our group at the Glen Campbell Museum. Experience the life and legacy of Glen Campbell, the greatest guitarist to every play in this interactive museum that takes you back through time from Glen’s humble beginnings to his rise to super stardom as the “Rhinestone cowboy” and music icon. After dinner, return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening, on your own.
Day 8: Friday, March 31, 2023
Enjoy one last breakfast with your fellow Trailways Travelers before departing to return back home today with wonderful memories made!
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Davenport, Iowa|| 8735 Northwest Blvd - Burlington Trailways Bldg. |
1st right past Blain's Farm & Fleet; on the left
|Ft. Madison, IA|| Ft. Madison Prison Industries Parking Lot |
1st Street & Avenue E
|Mediapolis, IA|| Mediapolis, IA - Mepo. Foods |
111 N. Wapello Rd.
|Muscatine, IA|| Muscatine - Wal*Mart 3003 US-61 |
|Wapello, IA|| Family Dollar/Dollar Tree |
503 US 61, Wapello, IA
|West Burlington|| Burlington Trailways Depot, 906 Broadway |
|West Burlington Garage|| West Burlington Garage - Host/Driver |
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