8 Days/7 Nights Gateway: Atlanta

1: Arrive Atlanta, GA

Arrive in the capital of the Peach Tree State. Visit the Road to Tara Museum, the Carter Presidential Center, the World of Coca Cola Pavilion or the CNN Center, home of the world’s largest television network. Explore Underground Atlanta for great jazz.

1 night Atlanta

2 & 3: Charleston, SC (321 mi/533 km)

Discover Charleston, one of the South’s best preserved cities with blocks of restored historic structures. Stroll through 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

4 & 5: Savannah, GA (110 mi/176km)

Travel this morning to beautiful Beaufort, SC. A city of rich history, Southern hospitality and casual seaside charm, the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands” was discovered by the Spanish in 1514 and chartered by the British in 1711. Drift back in time as you make your way through the narrow streets of the historic district in horse drawn carriages; be drawn in by the history, culture and elegance of this beautiful city by the sea. Later, arrive in 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.

2 nights Savannah

6 & 7: Jekyll Island, GA (90 mi/150 km)

Travel today to beautiful Jekyll Island for a relaxing end to your holiday. Once a winter playground for the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, Goulds, Morgans, and Cranes, Jekyll Island is the smallest of the state’s coastal islands, with 5,600 acres of highlands and 10,000 acres of marshlands. Today it’s no longer the exclusive enclave it once was, and is open to all those attracted by its miles of beautiful, white-sand Atlantic beaches and holes of championship golf.  Come here for a wealth of outdoor activities.

2 nights at the Jekyll Island

8: To Atlanta, GA (319 mi/531 km)

Drive along the Antebellum Trail, through Macon, famous for its plantation style homes, en route to Atlanta, for your flight home

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