Georgia and the Carolinas, Historic Houses and Glorious Gardens Itinerary
Day 1 London, Atlanta
Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service® transports you from your front door to London Heathrow Airport and your direct scheduled British Airways flight to Atlanta, Georgia. On arrival our coach will transfer us to the Hotel Indigo Midtown.
Day 2 Atlanta
This morning we have arranged a city tour of Atlanta, known as the Gone with the Wind city. We include a visit to the Martin Luther King Memorial. This afternoon we make a visit to Stone Mountain Park, with its impressive sculptured memorial to confederate war heroes Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, carved into the mountainside. The park contains a variety of attractions and we have included entrance to one of your choice. We return to Atlanta later today with free time to explore.
Day 3 Atlanta, Savannah
We leave Atlanta this morning and head to Macon, redolent of old America and a charming town.
We take a tour and visit one of the fabulous antebellum homes and national landmarks in the town with free time to explore before heading towards the Atlantic coast and Savannah.
Our coach transfers us to our hotel for the next two nights, the Hyatt or Hilton Desoto.
Day 4 Savannah
This morning we have arranged a locally guided historic trolley tour which will take us through old Savannah, down to the waterfront and throughout the 2.2 square miles of the historic district.
Taken by General Sherman’s troops in December 1864 as a place of strategic importance in the Civil War, Savannah was not put to the torch but preserved intact as a present to President Lincoln.
A long line of patronage has ensured that this is one of the largest ‘old world’ areas in the country, and its green squares and shady streets carry one back effortlessly to the great days of the South. The rest of the day is free to explore.
Day 5 Savannah
We depart Savannah this morning and make a short stop in Beaufort, South Carolina, with its scenic waterfront, quaint shops and historic homes.
This afternoon we visit one of the great gardens of the South. Middleton Place is the first landscaped garden in America - its terraces and canals inspired by Versailles, Louis XIV’s palace. Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, embarked in the 1740s on his ambitious masterpiece. His son, Arthur, one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence added walks and artificial lakes.
Carrying on the tradition, his grandson planted the azaleas that, together with the native magnolia, provide such brilliance of bloom against the evanescent grey of the Savannahs - a poetic landscape. We arrive in Charleston and check into our hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District.
Day 6 Charleston
Built by the privileged upper section of society at a time of hugely profitable plantations,
Charleston today is a beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure with its fantastic antebellum mansions, elegant streets and passageways leading to the lovely gardens.
We have arranged a city tour this morning to better acquaint you with Charleston’s hidden charms, including a Palmetto carriage ride.
After lunch we make a visit to the magnificent Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the oldest public gardens in America which opened its doors to visitors in 1872.
Day 7 Charleston - Wilmington
Today we board our coach for the short journey to 18th century Georgetown, built on the spot where the Spaniards landed in 1562.
We then make our next stop at the magnificent Brookgreen Gardens. Founded in 1931 the gardens contain more than 900 sculptures creating a fascinating blend of art and nature. Crossing the state line into North Carolina we come to the waterfront at Wilmington.
One of the nation’s oldest seaports, it has been lovingly preserved over an area of 200 city blocks, which have resisted alike the deprivations of developers and the ravages of time. Our hotel this evening is the Hilton Wilmington.
Day 8 Charleston
We leave Wilmington this morning for our journey to the state capital city, Raleigh. We take a tour passing the impressive State Capitol building constructed in Greek Revival style. Heading west we arrive at Old Salem, a beautifully restored Moravian Village dating from 1766. Here you will enjoy free time to explore this beautiful village. We arrive at your hotel the Marriott Winston-Salem.
Day 9 Winston-Salem - Asheville
Today we drive along part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which embraces the southern portion of the Appalachian mountain range.
The parkway follows some of the highest ridges providing a high balcony from which to view the natural wonders of this mountain region.
Our scenic drive takes us to Chimney Rock Park, a spectacular ancient piece of granite that towers majestically over the Hickory Nut Gorge below affording magnificent views for miles around.
We continue to Asheville and our hotel, the Renaissance our base for the next two nights.
Day 10 Asheville
This morning we have arranged a trolley tour of this eclectic and diverse town, with its vibrant art community, wonderful restaurants and unique shops showcasing the talents of the local community. This afternoon we visit the fabulous Biltmore Estate, built over 100 years ago by George Vanderbilt. The 250-room mansion is currently the largest private home in America and towers over a huge expanse of manicured grounds and managed forest. There is also an optional tour of the extensive wine-making operation located on the estate with time for a tasting.
Day 11 Asheville - Atlanta - In flight
Today we depart Asheville and travel to Atlanta Airport for your direct British Airways flight to London Heathrow Airport.
Day 12 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where our staff will greet you and transfer you to Titan transport for your journey home to your own front door.
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