Southern Coastal Journey with Orlando (AGE) - 2016 / 2015

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11 Day Tour from Charleston to Orlando


Southern Coastal Journey with Orlando
Enjoy the beautiful sunrise on Jekyll Island, Georgia
Enjoy the beautiful sunrise on Jekyll Island, Georgia
A view of Charleston South Carolina from the water
Savannah, Georgia

Vacation Overview

Discover Southern hospitality at its best on this incredible coastal vacation. Begin in stunning Charleston, where you’ll tour the city’s 300-year-old historic district and see where the Old South lives—in stately homes amid well-mannered hospitality and gentle dignity. Then it’s off to picturesque Beaufort for a carriage ride through the quaint streets. In romantic Savannah, America’s first planned city, enjoy a trolley tour, sightseeing, free time, and a Southern-style cooking demonstration at a restored 1820s king cotton warehouse. Tour glorious St. Simons before your cruise to Jekyll Island, once the playground for the rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. Stay at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, built in 1887 as the winter home for the Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Morgan families. Here, a trolley tour introduces you to the Club Historic District, a cluster of 19th-century mansions formed by some of America’s most prominent families. Head south into Florida and visit St. Augustine, founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in his search for the Fountain of Youth, before heading to Jacksonville for an overnight stay. Then, continue on to Orlando, where passes are included to Universal Studios! If you want to experience the country’s most beautiful and historic Southern towns, this journey is for you.

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CHARLESTON
Sightseeing tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit Drayton Hall with a traditional Madeira tasting

BEAUFORT
Sightseeing tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite carriage ride through historic district

SAVANNAH
Sightseeing trolley tour; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Southern cooking demonstration

ST. SIMONS
Sightseeing

JEKYLL ISLAND
Guided trolley sightseeing tour; farewell dinner

ST. AUGUSTINE
Trolley tour

ORLANDO
1 day Universal Studios pass


DAY 1Arrive in Charleston

Welcome to Charleston! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Charleston, South Carolina A view of Charleston South Carolina from the water 
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DAY 2Charleston

This morning, see where the Old South lives on in Charleston—in the “stately homes, well-mannered hospitality, and gentle dignity,” in the words of Gone with the Wind’s Rhett Butler. Enjoy a tour with a Local Guide of Charleston’s beautiful, 300-year-old historic district. This afternoon, visit DRAYTON HALL, one of the finest surviving Colonial houses in America. Tour the house, and hear stories about the Drayton family and the activities and festivities that took place in the home’s great halls. End your time here with a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MADEIRA TASTING, a timeless tradition. This evening, perhaps join an optional dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina through spectacular Charleston Harbor and past Fort Sumter. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Charleston–Beaufort–Savannah

Depart Charleston for picturesque Beaufort, a town that has conserved much of its pre-revolutionary character. Enjoy a guided tour of the town by Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite CARRIAGE through narrow, oak-lined streets past the former homes of wealthy cotton growers. Later this afternoon, make your way to romantic Savannah, America’s first planned city and a place filled with numerous historic landmarks. This evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Southern-style COOKING DEMONSTRATION and dinner in a restored 1820s king cotton warehouse. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Savannah, Georgia 
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DAY 4Savannah

This morning, a TROLLEY TOUR led by a Local Guide tells you about Savannah’s history as the center of Georgia’s Colonial settlement and as the destination of General Sherman’s infamous 1864 “March to the Sea.” The balance of the day is for exploring Savannah and its waterfront on your own. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Savannah–St. Simons–Jekyll Island

Depart Savanna for a visit to St. Simons, home to unspoiled beauty and beautiful beaches. Then, on to Jekyll Island, once the playground for the rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. For dinner tonight, take a stroll down to the historic pier. (Breakfast)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel for the next 2 nights is the lovely Jekyll Island Club Hotel, built in 1887 as the winter home for the Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, and Morgan families. Known for its elegance and beautiful setting, the club is the focal point of Jekyll Island, providing a relaxing atmosphere, superior service, and many diversions for guests.

Enjoy the beautiful sunrise on Jekyll Island, Georgia 
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DAY 6Jekyll Island

Enjoy a guided TROLLEY TOUR of the Club Historic District, a cluster of 19th-century mansions. This “club” was formed by some of America’s most prominent families, who at one time controlled one-sixth of the world’s wealth. Your tour includes a visit to Faith Chapel and one of the elaborate winter mansions. The remainder of your day is at leisure to take advantage of your resort’s many activities, like croquet, High Tea, a round of golf, or just relaxing poolside. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Jekyll Island–St. Augustine–Jacksonville

This morning, journey into the “Sunshine State” and stop in St. Augustine, the oldest European city in the United States and founded by Juan Ponce de Leon in his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Upon arrival, sit back, relax, and enjoy a TROLLEY TOUR through the narrow, tree-lined streets. Your guide will provide information about everything, from the first Spanish settlement to modern day. Later, there’s time to explore the historic district with its cobblestone streets, unique shops, and quaint cafés. Arrive late this afternoon in Jacksonville. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Jacksonville–Orlando

After breakfast this morning, transfer from Jacksonville to Orlando with your Tour Director. After checking into your hotel, the remainder of the day is free to explore this vacation paradise. (Breakfast)

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Days 9-10Orlando

Two full days to explore all that Orlando has to offer. Play a round of golf, enjoy a dip in the swimming pool, shop for a bargain at the outlet malls, or visit one of the area’s many theme parks. A 1-day pass to UNIVERSAL STUDIOS is included with your stay, where you can enjoy exciting rides, shows, nightlife, and more. (Breakfast daily)

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DAY 11Orlando

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Orlando International Airport. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.



Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners including a special farewell dinner on Jekyll Island


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GARY CULP

Years of Experience: 21 years

After working as an educator, I transitioned to a career in travel. Today, I have over two decades of tour management experience in Eastern, Atlantic, and Western Canada; the Pacific Northwest; Alaska; America's western national parks; New England; the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Deep South. What a wonderful way to paint a picture of our beautiful nation than to tell its stories, share its history, meet its people, and enjoy its amazing sights with our enthusiastic guests.

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