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
Fly to Washington and transfer to Richmond, Virginia for a one-night stay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today you arrive back in the UK.
| Departure Airport||Date||Price From|
|Edinburgh||13 May 2017|| £1829.00|
|London Heathrow||13 May 2017|| £1679.00|
|Manchester||13 May 2017|| £1829.00|
|Newcastle||13 May 2017|| £1829.00|
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.
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 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.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
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.
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.
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.
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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