Charleston & Savannah
March 24 – 30, 2023 (7 Days)
Roundtrip airfare from ABQ to Charleston / Savannah to ABQ (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
6 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
6 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Your SUN TOURS Tour Director
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$3,225 Double occupancy, per person
$3,975 Single occupancy
DEPOSIT: $200 per person NOW holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: December 15, 2022
None through December 15, 2022
$200 - December 16, 2022 - February 1, 2023
$1,900 - February 2 - March 20, 2023
100% - After March 20, 2024
TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $273
Spanish moss dangling from live oak trees, antebellum mansions, southern belles in pastel hoop skirts, and southern hospitality linger on in the Old South. The beauty of nature in springtime, with azaleas at their peak, adds a special dimension.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We fly to Charleston, where a local guide joins us on a driving tour of the city. Three nights’ lodging in Charleston.
DAY 2 B
The Fort Sumter National Monument sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense. Our morning begins with a cruise to Fort Sumter from Liberty Square in downtown Charleston. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge provides the backdrop for all Fort Sumter cruises, with Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes clearly seen from onboard. Approaching Fort Sumter National Monument, graceful sailboats and the possibility of dolphin sightings add to the photogenic scene. At Middleton Place, America’s oldest landscaped gardens, we explore over 65 acres of formal and colorful gardens.
DAY 3 B
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 tour the former plantation this morning, then have the rest of the day to explore Charleston at our leisure.
DAY 4 B,D
Parris Island is the site of Marine recruit training, but it is also home to the Parris Island Museum. Today, we can explore the long and rich legacy of the United States Marine Corps as well as the exciting history of the Port Royal region. Thousands of artifacts, images, and other materials illustrate the varied stories within the exhibit galleries, from Native American to modern Marines. The 10,000-square-foot facility houses exhibits that focus on the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. On display are artifacts covering Port Royal's important military role, from the American Revolution to the Civil War, along with development of the island into a Marine Corps installation after the Spanish-American War through the present. Our next stop is pure whimsey – we tour a kazoo factory in Beaufort, SC! Kazoobie Kazoos, LLC, has been manufacturing plastic kazoos in the USA since 1999. They ship nearly one million kazoos a year to all points on the globe. The Kazoo Museum contains historical kazoos from the collections of Boaz Frankel, Barbara Stewart, and Rick Hubbard. We'll learn all about how the kazoo was invented and we’ll get to make our own to take home! Tonight, we’ll sail down the Savannah River while we savor dinner onboard our paddleboat. Three nights’ lodging in Savannah.
DAY 5 B,D
Having seen Savannah from the river, we now explore it by a land-based mode of transportation…a trolley! Our jaunt this morning takes us through the Old Town area, where we have multiple options for our adventuresome side. We can take advantage of the trolley stops to explore museums, historic landmarks and houses, restaurants, and shopping opportunities at our leisure. Dinner tonight at Lady and Sons!
DAY 6 B
Our morning finds us on Tybee Island at the Fort Pulaski National Monument. For much of the 19th century, masonry fortifications were the United States’ main defense against overseas enemies. However, during the Civil War, new technology proved its superiority to these forts. The Union Army used rifled cannon and compelled the Confederate garrison inside Fort Pulaski to surrender. The siege was a landmark experiment in the history of military science and invention. Our next stop is Tybee Island Light, a lighthouse next to the Savannah River. It is one of only seven surviving colonial era lighthouse towers. Later, we’ll visit the Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters. We’ll be guided through one of the finest examples of Regency architecture in America, as well as the original slave quarters designed to house the enslaved men, women, and children who maintained it. The tour includes an exploration of the lives and complicated relationships of the most and least powerful people in 19th-century Savannah.
DAY 7 B
On our final morning in Savannah, we head to the American Prohibition Museum. Exhibits, historical memorabilia, and artifacts bring this dry chapter in America from 1907-1933 to life. We’ll learn about this fascinating period of American history, and its interesting ties to NASCAR. We head back to Albuquerque on our flight from the Savannah airport.
Itinerary subject to change