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Charleston, Savannah & the Blue Ridge Mountains

11 days from £1439*
Departing: May 2017
* Price shown: 13 May 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR - RTF
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From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains to historic Richmond and Washington's seat of power, and with visits to three of America's most likeable southern belles - Charleston, Savannah and Asheville - this tour marries colonial grandeur and American history.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Visit magical, riverside Charleston, the epitome of Southern charm and grace
  • Stroll the tree-shaded streets of colonial Savannah, with its mansions, dogwoods and magnolias
  • Spend two days in the delightful spa-town of Asheville
  • The European atmosphere of Old Salem
  • Let the amazing views of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains take your breath away
  • Visit historic Charlottesville, which boasts America's oldest townhouses
  • Step back in time to America's earliest days, and stay in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Visit the home of the White House and Capitol Hill, all-powerful Washington DC
  • Nine nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Richmond (1 night), Myrtle Beach ( 1 night), Savannah (2), Asheville (2), Roanoke (1) and Williamsburg (2)
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Washington DC
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Washington and transfer to Richmond, Virginia for a one-night stay.

Day Two

Begin your journey south this morning, travelling first through North, then South Carolina, to the beachfront resort of Myrtle Beach for an overnight stay. Enjoy your beachfront hotel's surroundings, or head to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner.

Day Three

This morning, after breakfast, we'll head to Charleston, the epitome of southern elegance. Join our included city tour, and discover Waterfront Park and the historic district before we journey south to Savannah, the most beautiful of 'southern belles', for a two-night stay.

Day Four

Explore the antebellum mansions, shaded squares and cotton warehouses of Savannah's historic quarter. An optional guided city tour will introduce you to the city's history and its associations with the slave trade and the Civil War, after which you're free to wander the dogwood and azalea-lined streets of the historic quarter.

Day Five

Head inland to Asheville, North Carolina, on the edge of Smoky Mountains National Park. We'll spend the next two nights in this former haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Ford - an eclectic and diverse town that boasts a vibrant art community and unique shops.

Day Six

This morning's visit to downtown Asheville is followed by our optional excursion to Biltmore House and Gardens. The famous estate built by George Vanderbilt over 100 years ago includes a majestic 250-room mansion, manicured gardens, a respected winery, a 'village' of crafts shops and several places to eat.

Day Seven

After a relaxing morning in Asheville, board the coach and take a leisurely journey to the historic 'twin' town of Winston-Salem. We'll stop in delightful Old Salem, which still retains the essence of the original European settlement, before we continue into Virginia and head to Roanoke.

Day Eight

Enjoy another unforgettable day in the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains. Catch your breath on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway - a refuge for deer and other wildlife - and visit historic Charlottesville, one-time home of US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, before continuing to the charming colonial town of Williamsburg.

Day Nine

Step back in time on today's wonderful optional excursion - to historic Jamestowne, the first permanent English settlement in America. Explore the Glasshouse, and see artefacts from the original Jamestown Fort before moving on to colonial Williamsburg to discover what life was like in the pioneering days of the 18th Century. Stroll through the formal gardens, hear 'residents' in period costume discussing the day's events and perhaps visit a tavern to sample some traditional 18th-century fare.

Day 10

Today we'll cross the Potomac River to the iconic US capital. Here the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and the government buildings on 'the Hill' are among the most memorable sights, and our optional guided city tour is a perfect introduction to them. In the afternoon, we return to Washington Airport for the return flight home, at the end of a memorable tour.

Day 11

Today you arrive back in the UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From Code
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 13 May 2017 £1589.00 NF7RTK14
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 13 May 2017 £1439.00 NF7RTF14
Manchester
Manchester 13 May 2017 £1589.00 NF7RTN14
Newcastle
Newcastle 13 May 2017 £1589.00 NF7RTO14

Charleston, Savannah and the Blue Ridge Mountains Touring Hotels 

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

Further Information

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately two hours.

Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

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Charleston, Savannah 11DAYS reviews verified by Reevoo

Charleston, Savannah 11DAYSScores 6.7 out of 10 based on 39 reviews
(8 out of 10)

HEATHER

Friends
I was aware of the amount of time we would spend travelling but thought it would be a bit more scenic. The first few days the freeways were all lined with trees so there wasn't much to see. But otherwise a lovely holiday, well organised with a very good tour guide and coach driver. They couldn't have been more helpful.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2016
Published on: 06 July 2016
(5 out of 10)

DEBORAH

Friends
It was ok.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(7 out of 10)

PETER

Morpeth Couple
Was very enjoyable. The only included meals were breakfast which was variable Hotels were comfortable but sometimes out of town and therefore limited restaurant choice. The itinerary was very good, tiring, but the brochure indicated a lot of travel. Tour manager and driver excellent.
Confirmed traveller: 14 June 2016
Published on: 05 July 2016
(8 out of 10)

JACQUELINE

LONDON Couple
United Airlines were superb but staff at Newmarket made life difficult. I think the holiday required a little too much travelling on the road. Although we saw the sights in Washington, a couple of hours was not enough. An afternoon at Williamsburg and Charleston and just a morning in Jamestown was far too short. All these places really require a stay of one day.
Confirmed traveller: 24 May 2016
Published on: 16 June 2016
(8 out of 10)

MICHAEL

LaNcaster Couple
Enjoyed this holiday very much but very intense probably should have been a two week holiday really. Some of the hotels could have been more central to town rather than on out of town developments. The hotel in Myrtle Beach although well situated was a bit sub standard we felt, tired and scruffy.
A good itinerary and with excellent tour manager and driver. Would have been better if we could have had our luggage booked all the way through to USA when booking in at Manchester airport.
Confirmed traveller: 24 May 2016
Published on: 15 June 2016
(5 out of 10)

ALASDAIR

Garmouth Couple
Would have been much better without hearing about Tomi's father,uncle,grandfather and great grandfather "ad nauseum" and their exploits as senators in the South Carolina senate over goodness knows how many years. This was a complete turn off.
Our driver, Brian, was excellent and handled the coach as smoothly and easily as if it was a small car!! However, I feel that this was a tour that would have been better if we had had TWO nights in each place instead of only one(in some cases) because of the travel distances involved. You do not see very much of a town or city if you do not arrive till 5.30 and then leave again at 8.00 the next day for another nine hours on the road. A rethink is needed.
Confirmed traveller: 24 May 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016
(9 out of 10)

CAROLE

Durham Couple
A really enjoyable holiday visiting some lovely and interesting places. The coach was new and comfortable the hotels of a high standard. Each hotel, except the one in Richmond at which we only had a night before starting the tour, were very well located.
There were only 24 people on the tour which meant it was not time consuming getting on and off the coach.
The tour manager Tomi was excellent. She was very friendly and so informative and went out of her way to look after us. I would definitely recommend this holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 24 May 2016
Published on: 13 June 2016