One need but to witness the promise of a sunrise over the ocean or bask in the beauty of the sun setting westward beyond the mainland to know the namesake of this stretch of Georgia’s coast, The Golden Isles. Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL, lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape and create the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands.
Join your traveling friends as we journey through Kentucky and Tennessee, stopping tonight at Inn at Christmas Place. Dinner is included. (D)
We continue our journey today, arriving in Charleston, S.C. this afternoon. We will check in to Meeting Street Inn, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, opposite the bustling City Market. The Inn is surrounded by Charleston’s finest restaurants, boutiques and antique shops. Everything that is unique to the “Holy City” is no more than a pleasant stroll from your front door! In the style of Charleston, the Inn’s 56 guest rooms open to sunny piazzas overlooking a garden courtyard. Each room features antique reproduction furnishings and four poster “rice” beds. Each afternoon the inn offers complimentary seasonal refreshments, or you may unwind with your favorite libation from the lobby bar.
Tonight, we will enjoy dinner at Hyman’s, a Charleston landmark. (B, D)
Following breakfast this morning, we will board Old South Carriage Company horse-drawn carriages for a tour of Charleston, notably the most historic city in America.
We will then drive to Magnolia Plantation, selected as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens” (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina!
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens.
We will then return to Charleston with free time to visit the Historic Charleston City Market, antique shops or perhaps relax at the Inn. Established in the 1790s, The City Market stretches four city blocks from the architecturally significant Market Hall, which faces Meeting Street, through a continuous series of one-story market sheds, the last of which terminates at East Bay Street. The Market Hall has been described as a building of the “highest architectural design quality.” The entire complex is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Market Hall and Sheds and was further designated a National Historic Landmark. This evening we will take a dinner cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina. As we dine on a delicious multi-course plated dinner, the Spirit of Carolina will cruise through the beautiful Charleston Harbor, past Fort Sumter, along the Battery and beneath the Ravenel Bridge. Pair that with live music, amazing Charleston harbor sunset views and a full-service bar, and we have a wonderful evening aboard the Spirit of Carolina! (B, L, D)
This morning, we depart for Savannah, GA, Georgia’s First City. The city’s design is centered around squares where people can enjoy a park-like setting to stroll and relax. Graced by huge live oaks and covered with Spanish moss, the squares are unique centerpieces surrounded by stately old homes, eclectic shops and galleries. You will find nearly 300 years of history packed in a 2.2 square mile radius, with Savannah boasting the largest landmark historic district in the United States. Upon arrival, we will board an Old Savannah Trolley for a riding tour of Savannah! Then there will be free time on River Street for lunch on your own and browsing the many shops or perhaps you would rather sit along the river and watch the freighters pass by
We will then depart for St. Simons Island, GA, to our home for the next four nights, the beautiful King and Prince Resort.
The King and Prince Resort – Eighty years of tradition on St. Simons Island, Georgia’s famed Golden Isles. In 2005, the Resort was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The King and Prince Resort’s legendary blending of gracious Southern hospitality, historic charm, and seaside setting sets it apart from all other hotels on St. Simon’s Island. From the soaring, sun-lit atrium, the center of resort activities, to ocean front dining, swimming pools and tennis courts, The King and Prince Resort is your one stop destination for an unforgettable St. Simons Island vacation.
For breakfast, lunch or dinner, sensational seaside dining is a specialty at The King and Prince. Delight in Southern coastal cuisine while enjoying the breathtaking views at the Island’s only ocean front dining in ECHO dining room. Relax in your ocean-front room or explore this beautiful resort until time for dinner included at the resort tonight. (B, D)
Following breakfast, we will board St. Simons Trolley for a tour of the Island. The drive-by trolley tour introduces 36 points of interest, including these historic sites: St. Simons Island Lighthouse, Fort Frederica, Christ Church and the Bloody Marsh.
There will then be free time at The Pier for lunch on your own and shopping or perhaps to visit the famous St. Simons Island Lighthouse.
After lunch, we will board the LADY JANE for a delightful shrimping cruise. The LADY JANE is a United States Coast Guard certified passenger steel shrimping vessel recently retired after years of loyal service to the shrimping industry. She has been painstakingly refurbished for your cruising pleasure. If you like, help the crew sort the catch of Bonnethead, Blacktip, Sand Shark, Horseshoe Crab, Puffer Fish, Amberjack, Crocker, Spot, Whiting, Bluecrab and Skate. If you’re worried about bad weather, relax! Our cruise will be in the protected waters of St. Simon Estuaries System of the Marshes of Glynn and its tributaries. Lady Jane provides an air-conditioned cabin, restroom, large open covered deck with ample room for you to walk around and enjoy the view.
We will then return to the hotel for the evening, with dinner included at the resort. (B, D)
Following breakfast this morning, we depart for Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District, once prized for its splendid isolation by such families as the Rockefellers and Vanderbilt’s. Jekyll Island Club was considered the richest, most exclusive and most inaccessible club in the world! We will take a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island’s 240-acre historic district, including 33 original buildings. Much of the Vanderbilt society world has been preserved and faithfully restored. We will be treated like a Vanderbilt as we enjoy a delicious lunch at the Jekyll Island Club. This afternoon, we will visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Center opened in 2007 and provides state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles, with opportunities for scientific research and long-term treatment. Jekyll is unique among Georgia’s developed islands for its significant annual turtle nesting. We will explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood.
We will then return to the Resort, with dinner included. (B, L, D)
Today is a free day to relax at our beautiful resort! Breakfast and dinner are included. Enjoy!! (B, D)
Available activities include:
Georgia Golf Resort:
Owned and operated by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, the award-winning course is renowned for its challenging layout amongst ancient forests, vast salt marshes, dramatic island holes, and a vast lake characteristic of the 9th hole, overlooked by a comfortable clubhouse.
The Royal Treatment Cottage:
The setting is a historic beach cottage on the resort grounds just steps from the sands and sea breezes of the Atlantic. Here an intimate seaside retreat has been created where the utmost attention is given to experiences that soothe and treatments that rejuvenate.
The resort pools feature sparkling blue water with impressive views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Everyone enjoys a swim or a refreshing dip into the pool to cool off. What makes our pools even better are the magnificent views of the ocean, the feel of the rejuvenating ocean breezes, and the soothing sounds of waves crashing ashore.
St. Simons’ natural beauty is the perfect backdrop to your favorite activities, and tennis lovers will feel right at home on The King and Prince Har-Tru tennis courts. The two outdoor courts are complementary for resort guests.
The resort offers guests to The King and Prince an on-site complimentary fitness facility. The fitness facility is equipped with three Treadmills, two Ellipticals, exercise balls, and free weights.
A paved network of winding bike paths is a great way to get to most anywhere on St. Simons Island. These paths are also designed for walking and jogging. Bike rentals are available at Ocean Motion Surf Shop (just around the corner from the Resort).
Barry’s Beach Service:
Located conveniently on the beach in front of the hotel, Barry’s Beach Service rents chairs, umbrellas, sailboats, kayaks, paddle-boards and more.
This morning we must depart, stopping in Atlanta for a Neighborhoods and Mansions driving tour of Atlanta, including midtown and into Buckhead, where you’ll feast your eyes on the “Beverly Hills of the South,” with a lovely drive through the Ansley Park Mansions as well.
We will then enjoy a delicious Southern dinner at Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta. For over 70 years Mary Mac’s has been setting the standard for Southern cooking in Atlanta. Business people, celebrities, families and world travelers all dine at Mary Mac’s and feel right at home. In fact, in March of 2011, The Georgia House of Representatives created Resolution 477, in which Mary Mac’s was officially declared to be Atlanta’s Dining Room, an honor of which they are very proud, yet extremely humbled, and to which only one restaurant in the world may lay claim. We then overnight in Marietta, Georgia, at the Drury Inn. (B, D)
We arrive home this afternoon, with wonderful memories of our vacation to the beautiful Golden Isles of Georgia, Savannah and Charleston. (B)
- Eight nights’ deluxe accommodations, including four nights, ocean-front rooms at the King and Prince Resort
- Spirit of Charleston Dining Cruise
- Atlanta Neighborhoods and Mansions Tour
- Lady Jane Shrimping Cruise
- Horse-Drawn Carriage tour of Charleston
- Magnolia Plantation
- Spirit of Charleston Dinner
- Georgia Sea Turtle Center
- Jekyll Island Tram Tour
- Lunch at Jekyll Island Club
- Savannah Trolley Tour
- St. Simons Island Trolley Tour
- Free time on Savannah’s River Street
- 18 Meals; 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 8 dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach transportation and drivers’ gratuity
- Fully Escorted by Jane’s Journeys LLC
Cost Per Person
$25 early bird discount with deposit received before 2/11/21.
$350 deposit with reservation; final payment due by March 1, 2021. Travel cancellation insurance due to illness is $174 per person double and triple; $233 per person single.
Insurance is to be paid with initial deposit.