Sun, Sep 9: Arrive in Charleston, South Carolina. Experience the city by carriage ride and see the historic downtown district and the mansions, gardens, churches and parks that make her famous. Check in to the Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston – Historic District for three nights. It’s a short walk to your Welcome dinner of upscale Lowcountry cuisine. (Meals: Dinner)
Mon, Sep 10: In the morning, spend time along the harbor. Tour Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum before a harbor tour and cruise to Fort Sumter. Lunch will be held onboard the USS Yorktown in the aircraft carrier’s C.P.O. Mess. The Yorktown was commissioned in 1943, served in the Pacific during WWII, off Vietnam in the 1960s and also recovered the Apollo 8 astronauts and capsule in December of 1969. It was decommissioned in 1970. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to explore more of Charleston on your own. (B,L)
Tue, Sep 11: The morning is at leisure before heading to Magnolia Plantation. After exploring the magnificent gardens, tour the Plantation House and learn the history of plantation life and Drayton family ownership, then take a guided tram tour of the plantation’s diverse landscapes, lakes, marshes and woodlands. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, the plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our country from before the American Revolution. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry (opened in 1870) and the oldest un-restored public gardens in America. Head to Drayton Hall, a Georgian Palladian home built in 1738 by John Drayton that is one of the only pre-Revolution houses that remains in close to original condition today. Dinner tonight is at a Charleston landmark, Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant. (B,L,D)
Wed, Sep 12: Enjoy a morning at leisure or take an included, but optional tour of the historic Edmondston-Alton House. Constructed in 1825, this home boasts a stunning view of the harbor and has a fascinating history with visitors such as General P.T. Beauregard and Robert E Lee. Tour the beautiful grounds and see how tea leaves are harvested and processed at the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in North America. Proceed to the airport and fly home. (B)
Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston – Historic District
Located next to the City Market in the Charleston Historic District, this friendly hotel provides legendary service, Southern hospitality and thoroughly modern amenities. Highlights: spacious guestrooms • in-room coffee maker • two restaurants • high-speed Internet access • fitness center.