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Charleston, Savannah & the Blue Ridge Mountains

11 Days From £1679*
Departing May 2015 - August 2016
* Price shown: 13 May 2017 from London Heathrow - LHR
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The sights and sounds of the South

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.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Edinburgh13 May 2017 £1829.00
London Heathrow13 May 2017 £1679.00
Manchester13 May 2017 £1829.00
Newcastle13 May 2017 £1829.00

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.

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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. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.

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.

Charleston, Savannah and the Blue Ridge Mountains Reviews collected by Reevoo

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Charleston, Savannah 11DAYSScores 6.6 out of 10 based on 43 reviews
(8 out of 10)

SUSAN

Banbury Friends
The holiday gave a very good insight into this area of the USA. The tour guide and local guides were excellent and the driver was excellent, very helpful and considerate.

I feel that the stopover in Myrtle Beach was a low point. The hotel was very poor and I cannot believe there were not better places to stay.

On the days when there were long coach journeys, the number and nature of the comfort stops was inadequate. Passengers would have appreciated stops offering refreshments as well as toilet facilities. I have been on previous trips with other companies and they have used service stations for breaks in the long journeys. The facilities that they offer are far better than the tourist information centres used on this particular holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 18 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

CLIVE

Reading Couple
Well worth the cost. Enjoyable holiday, pleasant hotels apart from Myrtle Beach hotel which needs a refurbishment. Very interesting excursions. The Tour Manager, Tomi, was excellent; very knowledgeable and helpful to everyone.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 12 October 2016
(1 out of 10)

DEBRA

Leicester Couple
Very disappointing, the majority of the hotels were old concrete blocks out in the middle of nowhere. Most of them needed a good clean. There was a lack of decent restaurants, except for Savannah. Stops were either at identikit shopping centres or toilet blocks surrounded by concrete picnic tables. A lot of driving on motorways hemmed in by trees.

I have sent a letter to Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 01 October 2016
(8 out of 10)

JOHN

St. Ives, Cambridgeshire Couple
Although we found the schedule hectic we felt that it was necessary to cover the interesting places we visited.
Confirmed traveller: 20 September 2016
Published on: 30 September 2016
(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