10 Days/9 Nights – Gateways: Orlando & Washington

1 & 2: Orlando/St. Augustine, FL (105 mi/168 km)

Arrive Orlando and drive to St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. Established almost half a century before the first English settlers landed at Jamestown, St. Augustine became the center of Spanish power in North America for almost 200 years. One of the nation’s most charming cities the historic district is full of small shops, restaurants and coffee houses. The Spanish Fort Castillo de San Marcos, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum are just a few of the attractions of this lovely city.

3: Savannah, GA (180 mi/288 km

Drive to a glittering jewel of the southeast coast, romantic Savannah, founded in 1733 as England’s last colony. Explore the restored waterfront; many homes are open for touring. Many of Savannah’s old buildings have survived and been restored including the Pirates’ House (1754), an old seaman’s inn mentioned in Stevenson’s Treasure Island; the Herb House (1734), the oldest existing building in Georgia, and the Pink House (1789), site of Georgia’s first bank. The mansion birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, (built 1819-21) is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. as a memorial to their founder.  The many restored churches include the Lutheran Church of Ascension (dating from 1741); the In-dependent Presbyterian Church (1890) and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (1876), one of the largest Roman Catholic churches in the South, the First African Baptist Church whose congregation dates back to 1788 and Temple Mickeve Israel, the third oldest Synagogue in America.

1 night Savannah , GA

4 & 5: Charleston, SC (107 mi/172 km)

Discover Charleston, one of the South’s best preserved cities with blocks of restored historic structures. Stroll through the magnificent Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, explore the 30-acre Audubon Swamp Gardens or take a cruise to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Visit one of the magnificent plantations nearby, walk or bicycle through over 500 acres of wildlife trails.

2 nights Charleston

6 & 7: Williamsburg, VA (465 mi/744 km)

Today travel to Colonial Williamsburg, the most extensively restored 18th century town in the US. So compelling is the restoration that you feel that you are in a crown colony over 300 years ago. Perhaps visit Busch Gardens with more than 50 thrilling rides and attractions, great stage shows and a wide variety of food and world-class shops.

2 Nights Williamsburg, VA

8 &9: Washington, DC (151 mi/242 km)

Welcome to America’s capital, Washington DC! This cosmopolitan city is packed with famous sights, free attractions and is home to some of the world’s best-known museums and galleries, including the Smithsonian Institution. Combine this with hip new restaurants and bars, stunning hotels, great nightlife, charming neighborhoods and terrific shopping.

2 Nights Washington, DC.

10: Homeward Journey

Time for last minute shopping or sightseeing before joining your homeward flight.

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