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Southern Glamour 2018 (Luxury Gold)

Duration 8 days

Destinations visited :
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A stylish perspective on the sights, sounds and flavours of the South – graceful oaks draped in veils of Spanish moss, elegant antebellum plantations, exclusive island resorts, and the romance of sultry Savannah. In Charleston, sample the culinary charms of celebrated chef and accomplished jazz vocalist Annie Mayo. Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676. Experience an oasis of service, style, charm at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
As befits the relaxed pace of the South, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the highlights of the region and several afternoons set aside for you to explore on your own.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN ATLANTA, CULTURAL CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH.
On arrival at Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner and a chance to get to know your travelling companions over wine and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac’s Tearoom.
Hotel: Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

VACATION LIKE A VANDERBUILT IN ASHEVILLE.
Journey into Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours guided tour of the Biltmore Estate, a National Historic Landmark. With a Local Expert, skip the crowds to learn about America’s largest home, built in 1895, and unlock the secrets of the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests.
Hotel: The Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville.
Full Breakfast

DAY 3

CHARMING CHARLESTON.
Head for historic Charleston, a city rich in southern charm, and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along a trail of antebellum mansions. Be treated to a special evening at The Governor Thomas Bennett House. Learn all about ‘lowcountry’ food with your host, Chef Annie Mayo, followed by a savoury dinner with wine and a riveting performance by local musicians.
Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4

DISCOVER MAGNOLIA PLANTATION.
(Relaxed Start) Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Enjoy a private demonstration with a maker of the famous Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets. Learn the history of the baskets and their place in Charleston history; it’s easy to see why these unique handicrafts are an indulgence. Join a guided tram tour of the extensive grounds and visit the beautiful main house.
Hotel: Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston, Autograph Collection
Full Breakfast

DAY 5

ST SIMONS ISLAND AND JEKYLL ISLAND.
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, stop in Beaufort before continuing to the idyllic St Simons Island – an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands. Continue island hopping to your resort on Jekyll Island. In the evening, enjoy a superb Highlight Dinner with wine and majestic ocean views on the verandah of your beachfront resort.
Hotel: The Westin Jekyll Island.
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6

SOUTHERN COMFORT IN SAVANNAH.
(Relaxed Start) Embark on a guided tram tour of this unspoiled barrier island before returning to the mainland. Move on to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia where a Local Expert awaits to show you the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Monterey Square. In the evening, join Marcia Thompson, third generation owner of the famous Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, at her private home for a cocktail and a bit of warm, Southern hospitality. Next, you are escorted to a private dinner at her restaurant, founded by her late grandmother, Sema Wilkes.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7

SAVANNAH.
(Relaxed Start) Meet the docent and embark on a private tour of the Owens-Thomas House, considered one of America’s finest examples of English Regency architecture. Take in the sights on a classic trolley tour through historic Savannah to discover 21 historic squares, incredible architecture and luxuriant tree canopy. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, at the River House – an iconic, 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency on the River, Savannah.
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 8

DEPART ATLANTA.
(Relaxed Start) Bid farewell as you are transferred back to Atlanta International Airport, or alternatively, continue to the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center to extend your stay.
Full Breakfast

 

 

VIP EVENTS

  • Asheville: Explore Biltmore Estate with a Local Expert for a private, after-hours insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family and immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by generous hospitality.
  • Charleston: See a demonstration of the delicate art of creating Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets, a traditional southern handicraft.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Charleston: Step back in time at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, where you explore the house and tour the beautiful grounds with a guide.
  • Jekyll Island: Join a guided tram tour of the island.
  • Savannah: Experience the upper-class lifestyle of 19th century Savannah, during a guided tour of Owens-Thomas House.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Beaufort: Travel through the historic district
  • St Simons Island: Take in the vistas and beautiful beaches
  • Jekyll Island: Embark on a guided trolley tour of the Island
  • Savannah: Enjoy a peach bellini at a private reception.

MEMORABLE DINING

  • Charleston: Be welcomed by Chef Annie Mayo for a ‘lowcountry’ dinner with true Southern hospitality and entertainment, at the historical Governor Thomas Bennett House.
  • Jekyll Island: From the stunning ocean views on the verandah of your beachfront resort, enjoy a superb Highlight Dinner.
  • Savannah: Indulge in authentic, world-famous Southern fare and wine at the River House, an iconic, 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Dinners all with wine (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Asheville: Experience the legacy of hospitality from the Vanderbilt family while enjoying the glorious green surroundings of The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
  • Atlanta: Luxurious comfort embraces pure style at the elegant, Four Diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
  • Charleston: Immerse yourself in historic downtown Charleston at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, where Bohemian elegance meets Southern charm and hospitality.
  • Jekyll Island: Savour the good life at the Westin Jekyll Island, a brand new beachfront property.
  • Savannah: The contemporary hotel in the Savannah offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style in the heart of Georgia’s First City with direct access to River Street.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges – handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your ‘friend in a foreign land’.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight’s luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It’s Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you’ll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.

Prices from £2735
Saturdays– May to October

  • Land only price – Twin-share option
  • Triple and Single rooms available
  • Flights available
  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Southern Glamour 2018 (Luxury Gold)

A stylish perspective on the sights, sounds and flavours of the South – graceful oaks draped in veils of Spanish moss, elegant antebellum plantations, exclusive island resorts, and the romance of sultry Savannah. In Charleston, sample the culinary charms of celebrated chef and accomplished jazz vocalist Annie Mayo. Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676. Experience an oasis of service, style, charm at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
As befits the relaxed pace of the South, you’ll have plenty of time to discover the highlights of the region and several afternoons set aside for you to explore on your own.

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