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Christmas in the South!

Christmas in the South!

December 3-9, 2020

December 3: Morning Arrival- Charleston, SC

December 9: Afternoon Departure- Jacksonville, FL

Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA and St. Augustine, Fl

Revel in the holiday hospitality of America’s Deep South and get to know the rich history and traditions of these historic cities as you join a women’s only tour. You will embark on a very special holiday adventure, learning first hand how history lives on in the present. As these beautiful historic cities are all decked out in their holiday finery, we will explore local holiday traditions, history and low country cuisine….and yes, there will be opportunities for a bit of Christmas shopping!

From the stately homes of historic Charleston, to the beautiful squares of Savanah to the vibrant oldest city of America, St. Augustine— we will experience the holidays with the southern charm and hospitality of the Deep South. These historic jewels of the South will tantalize all of your Christmas memories of the past. We will engage in local holiday tours and Christmas events, visit beautifully decorated stately mansions and enjoy local southern foods. All the while, learning why these founding cities have defined the Deep South of America.

Day 1

Welcome to the Holy City!

Charleston is a beautiful city of many contradictions. It is known as the “Holy City” because of its many church steeples. Charleston was one of the few places in colonial America to protect religious diversity. Yet, it was also part of an ante-bellum society that benefited from slavery and became wealthy as a result. You’ll have opportunities to ponder these contradictions as we explore and learn about magnificent dwellings adorned with the beautiful holiday foliage, graceful gardens, and the lives of the people who lived and worked there.

*Dinner

Day 2

She Survives!

After breakfast, we discover more about the city has defied all odds! Charleston has survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and many hurricanes – yet she still exudes elegance, charm and grace. We will stroll through Charleston’s historic center with a local licensed guide, exploring hidden alleys and quaint areas that are only accessible by foot. We will visit one of Charleston’s most fashionable residents adorned with decorated trees from the Victorian age. After a low country holiday lunch, you will be able to spend some time shopping at the Old City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. The bustling market is also the central hub for Gullah sweetgrass basketry, an intricate handicraft of African origin. A perfect gift to take home for you and yours! You may then continue to wander towards the magnificent King Street, shop ’til you drop! We will then meet in the evening for  the SOUND OF CHARLESTON, a musical production from gospel to Gershwin!

*Breakfast

*Lunch

Day 3

Through the Lowcountry Marshes

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Charleston on your own and finish up some of that shopping! Or perhaps you will join a horse-and-carriage tour. We will depart mid morning and begin our way to Savannah but not before visiting one of Charleston’s famed plantations. Our guided tour will take us to the historic Magnolia Plantation House that rests along the Ashley River before we travel down the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country to Historic Savannah. This evening, we will spend some time exploring Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants an area that will be exuding the holiday spirit! After an early dinner, we will attend a local holiday concert at a historic cathedral.

*Breakfast

Day 4

Savannah Dreamin’

Let’s have an early morning tour to take in the ambiance of the “Old South” as Savannah wakes up and greets the day! We will breakfast together at a local historic spot before we visit the best of Savannah’s historic sites and sprawling   cobblestone-paved streets and beneath moss-draped oaks. The stately mansions, beautiful squares and romantic riverfront promenades to capture your heart and holiday spirit. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you wish. You can choose more shopping or join your tour escort to visit Mickve Israel Temple. Consecrated in 1878, Mickve Israel Temple was built in an unusual Neo-Gothic style that echoes the elaborate architecture of the Victorian period–the only synagogue in the United States like it. Home to the third-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States, the temple and adjacent museum tell the tale of Judaism in the South. See the temple’s Sefer Torah, a 15th-century Torah brought from London with the founding congregational members in 1733. Examine the letters written to the congregation by Presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Tonight, we will gather at a popular local restaurant on Savannah’s famous River Street for a holiday cooking demonstration and dinner showcasing regional specialties.

*Breakfast

*Dinner

Day 5

Searching for Youth

Following breakfast this morning,  we will depart for St. Augustine, FL, the oldest city in the United States of America! As we enter the city, we will visit the Fountain of Youth, on the site claimed to be Ponce De Leon’s landing place April 3, 1513. This park contains the spring reputed to be the “Fountain of Youth”. The Fountain of Youth is a mythical spring that restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters. Will you dare? Following lunch on your own we will enjoy an “original Chocolate Tour’, led by Whetstone Chocolatiers. We’ll learn the history of making chocolate and the Whetstone story. We can taste freshly made holiday chocolates and confections as we walk through the factory. This afternoon we will explore St. Augustine’s engaging historic district. The holiday lights will be twinkling as we walk along the cobblestones to discover local shops, art galleries and restaurants. St. Augustine’s old world look, created by the Spanish Colonial and Spanish Revival architecture of historic buildings, sets it apart from other American cities.

*Breakfast

Day 6

Gilded and Lavish

This morning we will visit the beautifully decorated Villa Zorayda taking in the romanticized world of Gilded Age. The is house built to replicate a portion of the massive Alhambra in Spain. The unusual Spanish Revival/Moorish influenced exterior and interior architectural detail and the eclectic furnishings and artifacts reflect the exotic Gilded Age tastes of the home’s two owners, both avid collectors. Afterward we will visit the Lightner Museum. More Gilded Age grandeur around every corner of this large museum housed in the former Alcazar Hotel, built by Henry Flagler in 1888. The eccentric and fine decorative 19th century art, artifacts, curios, antiques, furnishings, stained glass, cut-glass, and even Egyptian mummies are exhibited in grand interior spaces. We will have lunch and take in a Christmas concert with antique mechanical instruments. Our  lunch will be in the most  unusual setting – Café Alcazar, located in what was once the lavish hotel’s indoor swimming pool. After lunch you can spend more time shopping on your own for those last bit of Christmas gifts. We will celebrate our last evening of our Christmas in the South tour at one of St. Augustine’s finest restaurants.

*Breakfast

*Dinner

Day 7

Depart for Jacksonville and any transfers to the airport.

This dream vacation is limited to 8 women. Minimum booking is 4. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.

Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. Guests will receive an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. 

Tour Cost:  $3395.00 

Does Not Include: Flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals, drinks, & personal spending or taxes unless indicated.

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. Private luxury transportation between all 3 cities. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.

Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.

We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in.

Please join us!

BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy.  Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.

This particular dream vacation is limited to 10 women. Minimum booking is 6. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour.  This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.

Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.

If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced. 

Tour Cost:  $3395.00 

Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.

*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*

THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains and ferries. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.

Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.

We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in. Please join us in Sicily!

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