Auburn Travelers / Friends of the Auburn Senior Center Association (FASCA) Presents:
Featuring Jekyll Island, Savannah, and Charleston
September 21st through 27th, 2019
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Experience warm southern hospitality in America's southeast. Come to know its rich history and deep traditions on this tour highlighted by stays in Jekyll Island, Savannah and Charleston. Arrive today in Jacksonville, where the Saint John's River meets the Atlantic ocean. Today dinner will be included.
Situated in the Atlantic Ocean off the Georgia coast lies Jekyll Island, the smallest of Georgia's barrier islands. In 1886, Jekyll Island was transformed from a quiet little island into an exclusive winter retreat for America's rich and famous and became known as the Jekyll Island Club. The Rockefellers, Morgans and Pulitzers were a few of the families that vacationed here in its heyday. Today, the island is owned by the State of Georgia which has implemented restrictions on development that leaves one third of the island to nature preserves. Its open spaces, pristine beaches, quaint shopping and dining district, and a fascinating historical museum have made this island flourish over the recent decades.
Travel to the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel, grandly situated in the midst of the fabled Golden Isles. Jekyll Island was once the winter retreat of prominent Gilded Age families. Their grand "cottages" still stand. A tram brings you on a tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District - one of the nation's largest restoration projects. The Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan once vacationed here along the 240-acre river edge. The remainder of your afternoon and evening are free to explore or simply relax in the old-world ambiance of your hotel. Today breakfast will be included.
Journey to another fabled Golden Isle, quaint Saint Simons Island. See its striking 106-feet-tall lighthouse and visit the Museum of Coastal History. Have leisure time to explore the quaint shops and restaurants in the village. Travel north along the unspoiled Georgia coast of vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches to historic Savannah, home to the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. Tonight, gather at a popular local restaurant on Savannah's famous River Street for a cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing regional culinary specialties. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Take in the ambiance of the "Old South" with a trolley tour highlighting Savannah's sprawling Historic District. Lively, informative commentary brings the city to life as you travel along the cobblestone-paved streets and beneath moss-draped oaks. The stately mansions, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront are sure to make you fall in love with this city. Next, the beautiful Andrew Low House and Gardens await. Learn about the driving force behind the Girl Scouts and its founder, Juliette Low. This afternoon, wander Savannah's tree-filled squares or explore Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses house trendy shops, taverns and restaurants. Today breakfast will be included.
Traverse the picturesque coastline through South Carolina's Low Country on your way to historic Charleston. Known as the Holy City, Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes - and still exudes elegance, charm and grace. A local guide will show you the city. See its cobblestone streets, historic homes and restored buildings, some with origins prior to the Revolution. Stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where, on April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Continue on to City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America and the epicenter of Gullah sweet grass basketry, one of the most beautiful handicrafts of African origin in the United States. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy this very walkable city. Today breakfast will be included.
It's your choice! Choose to explore Boone Hall Plantation where you'll experience southern plantation living as you come to know one of America's oldest working plantations, or opt to explore Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum where you'll board the impressive USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and walk in the footsteps of sailors and officers as you tour the flight deck. You'll also have time at the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum and marvel at the largest collection of military aircraft in the United States. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Your days spent experiencing true southern charm and gracious hospitality will stay dear to your heart for years to come. Today breakfast will be included.
On some dates, alternate hotels may be used.
Collette's tours open the door to a world of amazing destinations. Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures. These itineraries offer an inspiring way to experience the world, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.
For more information contact Lynne Guittar or Rich Hedin by phone at 508-832-7799 or by email.