Savannah & Georgia’s Golden Isles: Jekyll, St. Simons & Cumberland Islands – Southern Splendor & Natural Beauty
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There’s no better place to sample true Southern hospitality than Savannah, the city that famously survived the fires of the Civil War. This historical city has called to tourists from all corners of the world for over two centuries, promising old-world beauty and charming culture. Dive into history, with tours of mansions and gardens, of famous cemeteries and local landmarks before traveling a short distance away to Georgia’s golden islands. These little paradises were a haven for the wealthy and powerful for over a century, developed into stunning beach-side retreats and conservation enclaves. You will lose yourself in the nature reserves, with endless sandy beaches and a wealth of flourishing wildlife, only to find yourself awe-struck again by the genteel opulence of your lodgings in town.
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Arrive and transfer independently to the Andaz Hyatt Savannah Hotel. Located on Ellis Square in the Historic District, your Hotel captures the feel of the city and its location is ideal for exploring all the charm Savannah has to offer. Your contemporary room offers all amenities and the outdoor pool with a terrace, cabanas, and a fire pit, as well as a 24-hour fitness center will be welcome facilities. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your group before retiring for the night. ANDAZ SAVANNAH HYATT HOTEL.
This morning, stroll through Savannah’s Historic District and the wards and squares characteristic of the Oglethorpe Plan. Walk through Forsythe Park to view the live oaks, gardens, and the iconic White Fountain in the heart of the Historic District. On your guided walking tour, visit the graceful antebellum homes and gardens at the Andrew-Low House and Davenport House, ending at Reynolds Square, in time for lunch at the Olde Pink House; built in 1771 by James Habersham Jr. who hosted many secret meetings which helped to secure the independence of the 13 colonies from England. This graceful Georgian mansion was renamed “The Olde Pink House” when the soft native brick began to bleed through the plastered walls and mysteriously changed the color of the Habersham house from white to Jamaican pink. Afterwards return to your hotel where the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own and sample the celebrated low country cuisine of Savannah. ANDAZ SAVANNAH HYATT HOTEL.
Leave Savannah behind this morning and travel a short two hours to Jekyll Island where you check in at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Jekyll is one of Georgia’s Golden Isles. In 1886 a group of millionaires from the north bought Jekyll Island as a winter retreat and built the Jekyll Island Club, whose members included Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. Meet on the verandah and depart on a walking tour to the Loggerhead Sea Turtle Center to learn about the rehabilitation of injured turtles that breed on the island’s sandy beaches. Return to the hotel for a cookout lunch on the Riverfront Verandah and time to relax. Later, walk to the Mosaic Museum at the History Center and board trams for a tour of historic Jekyll Island, including a stop at the Faith Chapel and one of the restored cottages. Lemonade and cookies will be served on the verandah and guides will give a brief tour of the Aspinwall & Pulitzer rooms and the Hall of Mirrors and give the history of the club. JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB RESORT.
Today enjoy a tour on the scenic St. Simons Island, known for its salt marshes and sandy stretches. Visit the archaeological site of Fort Frederica, where Spanish and British troops battled in 1742, establishing Georgia as a British colony and the lighthouse, which was rebuilt in 1872 and is still in operation today. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the shops and cafes that surround this charming port village. JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB RESORT.
Drive to St. Mary’s and board the Cumberland Island Princess ferry for the short voyage to the Cumberland Island National Seashore, a congressionally designated wilderness reserve, where wild horses and over 300 bird species thrive among the live oak, cedar and pine of its pristine maritime forest, beach dunes and salt marshes. Enjoy time on the trails exploring the rich flora and fauna of the island and the skeletal remains of Thomas Carnegie’s massive Dungeness Estate. Even the most indifferent birder will be amazed at the array of species including endangered and high priority species such as Wood Stork, Painted Bunting and Least Terns as well as osprey, Peregrine Falcon, and abundant shorebirds. Protected nesting sites support loggerhead turtles that come ashore from May through September. Other wildlife includes nine-banded armadillo, wild turkey, white-tailed deer, bobcat and feral horses thought to have been introduced by the Spanish in the 1500’s. Re-board the ferry in the afternoon and keep watch for manatee and dolphin as you return across Cumberland Sound to St. Mary’s. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel in the Federal Reserve/Aldrich Room. JEKYLL ISLAND CLUB RESORT.
(Breakfast, Boxed Lunch, Dinner)
Your last morning in Jekyll Island is at leisure. Enjoy breakfast and then make your way to the airport for your return flight home. Take with you the feeling of the moist Low Country air on your skin, the smell of moss and roses, and the salty wisps of sea fed breezes.
PRICING: Per person, based on double occupancy
Maximum group size: Although there’s no limit we suggest a maximum of 35 travelers.
YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:
- Superior accommodation at hotels as indicated in the itinerary.
- Welcome and Farewell dinner. All other meals as specified in itinerary.
- Lunch the Olde Pink House including soft drinks.
- Transfers: Savannah /Jekyll Island, Jekyll Island/St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island/St. Mary’s, and Jekyll Island to Savannah airport.
- Historic Savannah Experience (walking tour).
- Georgia Sea Turtle Center Tour.
- Jekyll Island “Amazing Spaces” History Tour.
- St. Simons Tour.
- Cumberland Island tour.
- Cumberland Island Ferry.
- Services of specialist guide throughout the tour with a minimum of 10 travelers
- All park and admission fees.
- All applicable hotel and lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
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