Southeast | April 30 - May 6, 2023

Charleston, Beaufort, & Savannah

Savor the low country charm of Charleston, Beaufort, and Savannah as we explore the history, culture, and cuisine of these Southern gems.

Join Our State as we experience the distinctive personalities of three Southern cities while experiencing their histories, architecture, and colorful characters.

April 30 – May 6, 2023

 

Package includes:

  • Six nights’ hotel accommodations
  • 11 meals: six breakfasts, two lunches, and three dinners
  • Luxury, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Transportation from Raleigh
  • Hotel porterage of one bag per person
  • Our State host
  • AAA travel representative
  • Gratuities for meals and local taxes
  • Centrally located accommodations
  • Exclusive activities as listed

 

Itinerary Highlights:

  • A private, exclusive tour of historic houses and gardens in Charleston, led by a restoration expert
  • Private Gullah luncheon with a performance at Boone Hall Plantation
  • Narrated historic tour on a horse drawn carriage in Beaufort
  • Pat Conroy Literary Center
  • Private, narrated historic city tour of Savannah by trolley with hop-on, hop-off privileges for the rest of the day
  • Harbor sightseeing cruise aboard the Georgia Queen
  • Great meals at local restaurants

 

 

Itinerary:

DAY 1: SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2023

We start our journey from the AAA Raleigh office on a private coach bus heading toward Charleston. As we enter Charleston, our first stop will be a private, farm-to-table-style Gullah luncheon on the grounds of the historic Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens. Afterward, we will be treated to a private Gullah performance and a tour of the plantation, their beautiful gardens, and a private tour of the plantation house. After the tour, we will head to our hotel, located in the heart of the Historic District. The rest of the evening will be on your own to discover the Holy City and sample the local cuisine.

Meals: L
Overnight: Hampton Inn Charleston – Historic District

 

DAY 2: MONDAY, MAY 1, 2023

On this morning, we will be joined on the coach bus by a local expert as they take us around the city, sharing their knowledge of the local history and pointing out hidden gems. The tour will end at The Historic Charleston City Market, allowing you time to shop and grab a bite to eat at this popular location. This afternoon, we will be treated to an exclusive, private tour of some of the historic houses and gardens that are not open to the general public. The tour will be led by experts, and in some cases, the property owners themselves. In the evening, you will get a chance to get to know your fellow travelers as we gather at a local favorite seafood restaurant for an official Welcome Dinner.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: Hampton Inn Charleston – Historic District

 

DAY 3: TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2023

As we say goodbye to Charleston, we head out to the historic town of Beaufort, SC. Our first stop is at the Kazoobie Kazoos Factory, where they have been manufacturing kazoos since 1999. We will be treated to a private tour of the factory. Before we check into our beautiful inn, we will make a stop in Port Royal for a local lunch and get a chance to explore the Parris Island Museum. Housed in the War Memorial Building, this 10,000-square-foot museum is a monument to Marines of the past as a source of inspiration for the future. After checking in at the charming Beaufort Inn, there is lots to explore within walking distance, including taking a stroll at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park or paying your respects at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Dinner will be on your own tonight.

Meals: B
Overnight: The Beaufort Inn

 

DAY 4: WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2023

This morning, we’re in for a treat as we are whisked away on a horse-drawn carriage for a private tour to experience Beaufort’s rich history and unique charm. Our next stop is at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Dedicated to Beaufort’s most famous resident, this literary landmark’s mission is to nurture a diverse community of writers, readers, teachers, and students by offering educational programs and special events. In the afternoon, we are joined by a private guide to take us around on a tour featuring Beaufort’s Antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction history; movie sites; Pat Conroy’s grave; and other local gems. This evening, we come together in the gardens at our inn (weather permitting) for a privately catered Southern-style feast.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: The Beaufort Inn

 

DAY 5: THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2023

As we head out this morning toward Savannah, our first stop is a tour of the Tybee Island Light Station and Museum. With history that dates to 1736, the tower stands 145 feet tall and is one of seven surviving Colonial-era lighthouses. Once in Savannah, we’ll take a private tour of the Massie Heritage Center, a museum of local history and architecture located in a building that housed the city’s first public school. A couple blocks away, we’ll visit the magnificent Mercer Williams House Museum, whose history has been an inspiration for books and movies. Tonight, we check into our Historic District hotel and spend the rest of the evening enjoying this historic Southern city.

Meals: B
Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton – Historic District

 

DAY 6: FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2023

All aboard the Old Town Trolley as we get a private, narrated tour of Savannah’s Historic District. Learn about the history of the sites and get the layout of the city, as we roll along the historic streets. Afterward, enjoy an unlimited hop-on, hop-off trolley pass to see the sites at your own pace. No better way to end our time in Savannah than boarding the Georgia Queen for a sightseeing cruise of the riverfront and skyline. Hear the captain’s intriguing tales and historic facts about the modern port and the ships that visit from all over world. As we conclude our wonderful adventure together, join your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local, historic Southern-fare restaurant.

Meals: B, D
Overnight: DoubleTree by Hilton – Historic District

 

DAY 7: SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2023

Today, we board our coach bus for our journey back to AAA Raleigh.

 

Tour Rates:

$2,399 per person, based on double occupancy.

Single rate available.

 

For reservations and more information:

AAA Travel
Alex Kantor
(919) 832-0543 ext. 16010
axkantor@aaacarolinas.com

 

Additional Information:

What to expect on an Our State trip:

Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful.

We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. There is some free time built in for you to explore on your own.

You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day.

Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided.

Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops.

One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people.
 

Physical requirements:

Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous.

Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you.

Most days are moderately paced with approximately two to three total miles of walking, possibly including some hills and stairs.

We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

If you have additional questions, please call Our State’s Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.

 

COVID-19 Travel Precautions:

At this time, all trips currently posted on this site will go on as scheduled. Because our primary concern is our travelers’ safety, health, and enjoyment, Our State and our travel partners are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We will follow all CDC COVID-19 guidelines and requirements on all trips.

Please note, all passengers traveling with Our State must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID‐19 for tours. Passengers will be asked to show the Tour Director the following when joining the tour:

Proof of Vaccination against COVID‐19. Proof must include the passenger’s name and date of the final dose, which must have been given at least 14 days before the tour departure date. Proof can be a photocopy or electronic vaccination record document issued by either: (a) the health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., U.S. CDC’s Vaccination Record Card); or (b) the participant’s medical provider that administered the vaccination; or (c) approved electronic certification from your county, state, or health provider.

We will keep everyone who has booked a trip updated and will make changes as necessary. We know one of the great joys of life is the anticipation of an upcoming excursion. We invite you to look at our future trips and consider booking.