Southern Charm – Charleston, Savannah & Asheville

October 21, 2021 thru October 28, 2021

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Fly away to explore the rich beauty and culture of the South in some of its most historic cities. You’ll take scenic motorcoach and rail tours of the Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway, explore historic homes including the Biltmore Estate and Magnolia Plantation, and see stunning towns like Charleston & Savannah through the eyes of local guides. Southern Charm abounds in every location on this tour through the South and through history!


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip airfare* included in price.

Transportation

Motorcoach

All transfers and deluxe motorcoach included

Transportation

Train

First Class Smoky Mountain Rail Excursion inlcuded

Transportation

Cruise

Charleston Harbor cruise included.

Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Activity Level 2

Relaxed

Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

Meals

11 meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip livery service included!


Tour Highlights

  • First Class Smoky Mountain Rail Excursion
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Tour
  • Biltmore House & Gardens
  • Magnolia Plantation
  • Historic Charleston
  • The Citadel
  • Charleston Tea Plantation
  • Charleston Harbor Cruise
  • Beaufort Carriage Tour
  • Savannah Trolley
  • Savannah Theatre

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation* to Charlotte/Charleston
  • All transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Pick-up/livery service
  • 7 nights lodging
  • 11 meals
  • Smoky Mountain Railroad Excursion in First Class
  • Charleston Harbor Cruise
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Services of a tour director
  • Driver & local guide tips


Itinerary

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Day 1 – Departure

Your tour begins with flights to Charlotte, North Carolina. After a travel day, you’ll enjoy the complimentary “Kickback” reception with drinks and a light dinner at the Drury Inn & Suites Charlotte Arrowood.

Day 2 – Smoky Mountain Railroad

We depart to Bryson City, North Carolina where we board the Tuskaseegee River Excursion, on the Smoky Mountain Railroad, for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside and quaint small-town life. This 4-hour First Class excursion includes lunch and travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford! We then continue to Asheville, North Carolina where we check in to the Hampton Inn for a two-night stay. (B,L)

Day 3 – Asheville & the Biltmore Estate

This morning a local guide provides a sightseeing tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a National Parkway and All-American Road known for its scenic beauty. Back in Asheville you’ll have time to explore the Grove Arcade shops and restaurants during an independent lunch stop. Your afternoon admission to the Biltmore House & Gardens includes a self-guided audio tour and will allow you to explore this prominent Gilded Age mansion at your leisure. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Château-style mansion, built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895, is the largest privately-owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet, and is still owned by George Vanderbilt’s descendants. You’ll also have a chance to visit Antler Hill Village, a casual and relaxing way to extend your Biltmore experience, that connects the estate’s past and present with dining, shopping, exhibits, the Farmyard and more. Dinner tonight is at the Moose Café. (B,D)

Day 4 – Charleston

Today we travel to Charleston, South Carolina where we begin our visit with a house tour of Magnolia Plantation and a tour of the grounds via tram. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry (an area along the South Carolina coast that has a culture, geography, architecture, economy and even cuisine of their own), and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870. We’ll check in for our two-night stay in Charleston at the historic Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. (B)

Day 5 – Charleston

For today’s tour we’ll be joined by a local guide to acquaint us with the Battery, named for the civil-war coastal defense artillery batter at the site. We’ll see stately antebellum homes and explore this location’s importance during the Siege of Charleston. Our guide will also take us to Charleston’s military college, The Citadel, dating back to 1842. During your independent lunchtime at the Historic City Market, you’ll experience the stands and buildings of this landmark established in the 1790s. In the afternoon, we have a trolley tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in North America where you can see hundreds of thousands of tea bushes stretching out acre after acre for almost as far as the eye can see. The evening features a truly waterfront dining experience aboard the Spirit of Carolina where you’ll dine on a delicious multi-course plated dinner and cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor, past Fort Sumter, along the Battery and beneath the Ravenel Bridge. (B,D)

Day 6 – Beaufort

From Charleston we continue to Beaufort, South Carolina where we take a horse carriage tour of the historic district. Re-live the past through the narration of professional guides and the clippity-clop of horses, learn about Beaufort’s Civil War History, and see Antebellum and Victorian Architecture, as well as Hollywood movie sites. Then we travel on to historic Savannah, Georgia where we check in for our two-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. (B)

Day 7 – Savannah

Our final full day in the South starts with a trolley tour of the historic district. You’ll have a hop on/off pass to use the trolley for the remainder of the day to explore Savannah at your leisure. After our farewell dinner, we’ll end with an evening show at the historic Savannah Theatre, one of the oldest continually-operated theatres in the United States, opened in 1818 on Chippewa Square. (B,D)

Day 8 – Charleston to Home

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart to travel home from the Charleston airport. (B)

For departures from outside of Tucson, please call for special air pricing.


Package Pricing

$TBD per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$TBD per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Price Includes

● Roundtrip air transportation* to Charlotte/Charleston
● All transfers & motorcoach transportation
● Pick-up/livery service
● 7 nights lodging
● 11 meals
● Smoky Mountain Railroad Excursion in First Class
● Charleston Harbor Cruise
● Admissions & tours as described
● Services of a tour director
● Driver & local guide tips


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$248 covers trip costs $3,001-$4,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 2

The Activity Level for this tour is RELAXED.

Expectations: This tour requires light physical activity combined with shorter travel days. Tour members should expect intermittent walking, with occasional slight inclines and stair climbs, including boarding the motorcoach. Activities may include an occasional city or nature walking tour, stopping along the way. Guests should be able to climb a set of stairs, walk up or down slight slopes and navigate some uneven terrain or cobblestone.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are somewhat physically fit and comfortable with longer days of touring (both walking tours and coach time).

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On American Airlines our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Typically, the air is much more humid than in Tucson and we can expect some Fall storms. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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