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8 Days | The Historic South & Golden Isles
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CHARLESTON TO JACKSONVILLE

Day 1 | Charleston, South Carolina. Embark. Docking along the banks of the tranquil Ashley River, you will have the opportunity to truly appreciate Southern antebellum culture. The scene of major Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, Charleston is brimming with history. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, experience the African-American influences of the area and stroll through magnificent parks, gardens and plantations. Warm Southern breezes, gas-lit lamps and cobblestone streets welcome you to the city that is best known as the site where the Civil War began.

Charleston City Tour.* Join us on a tour of Charleston’s Historic Downtown District, considered to be the cultural capital of the South (2.5 Hours). Charleston's Historic Downtown District has stood throughout history as a cultural hub and living museum. In this wonderfully preserved city, tour historic landmarks, including 18th century homes, the Battery, museums, churches and the Citadel, South Carolina's military college. (*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Charleston, SC.)

Day 2 | Beaufort. Beaufort’s 500-year history includes Spanish and French explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements and significant Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring visitors through the narrow streets of this historic district past 18th and 19th century homes famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View tabby ruins, historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations and discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South.”

Beaufort Carriage Tour. Discover beautiful Beaufort on a horse-drawn carriage. As the second oldest city in South Carolina, Beaufort is renowned for its impressive harbor and maintenance of its striking antebellum architecture. With lovingly-restored pre- and post-Civil War mansions, this area is best viewed by horse-drawn carriage, where you'll hear wonderful stories about the past and present owners of these gorgeous homes.

Low Country Heritage Tour. Tour St. Helena Island and discover the rich African American culture with a guide well-versed in the island’s history. Due to isolation from the mainland, the people of St. Helena Island have developed a distinct culture of their own, much of which survives today in the form of crafts, foods and the Gullah language, still spoken by many of the native islanders. Sites along the tour include the first Baptist church for African Americans, as well as the historical Penn Center & Museum, one of the country's first schools for freed slaves and one of the most significant African American institutions in existence today.

Day 3 | Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and natural beauty. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the native, American Alligator.

Alligator and Wildlife Tour. Explore the lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve in search of the American Alligator (1 Hour). Come aboard a 12-passenger electric boat for an hour-long tour on the pristine lakes of the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. This preserve is home to over 250 species of birds, nesting Loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins and the native American alligator. Narrated by a low country eco-guide, get a close-up view of the abundant plant and wildlife at this 605-acre preserve.

Day 4 | Savannah, Georgia. With historic city squares, beautiful flowering parks and classic Southern grace, Savannah has earned its nickname as “Hostess City of the South”. Recognized as the country’s first planned city, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent exotic shops. Discover why Savannah’s proud history, unbounded natural beauty and festive energy always make this stop a passenger favorite. Watch a brief video on Savannah, click here.

Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Enjoy a guided tour of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum (2.5 Hours). During a guided tour of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, you will hear the inspiring stories of WWII heroism, courage and sacrifice. In response to Pearl Harbor and the growing Nazi threat, the Mighty Eighth became the premier fighting air group in the world. Before, during, and after the Normandy invasion, the Eighth Air Force played a pivotal role in virtually every air operation that occurred. This museum serves as a tribute to those who served, and offers a range of exhibitions from WWII through present day, showcasing a great deal of visual and written information about the Mighty Eighth’s impact.

Trolley Tour of Savannah. Join a narrated trolley tour of this exquisite city known as the “hostess city of the south” (2 Hours). Don’t miss this narrated trolley tour of this exquisite city known as the “hostess city of the south.” Enjoy your day visiting Factor’s Walk, the Cotton Exchange and the city’s beautiful streets and green squares. Along your guided tour you will visit the well-known home of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, which features stylish Egyptian Revival and classical details popular in the early 19th century.

Guided Walking Tour. Discover Savannah's rich history on a walking tour with a local expert (2 Miles). Learn about Savannah's history, including facts about its gardens and beautiful architecture. Highlights include Savannah's oldest neighborhood, Colonial Park Cemetery, the city's famous squares, and a visit to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Day 5 | St. Simons Island. Sapelo Island. From shady lanes lined with moss-draped oaks to a diverse range of wildlife, St. Simons Island offers passengers an enthralling past of momentous 18th century battles and sprawling, antebellum plantations. Make sure to visit St. Simons Lighthouse, which houses a fantastic museum devoted to the history of the Georgia Coast.

St. Simons Island Tour. Explore the Golden Isles on a guided tour through some of the most charming locations on St. Simons Island (1.5 Hours). St. Simons Island is the largest of the renowned Golden Isles, a group of barrier islands along the coast of Georgia. The island's history is varied and unique, from early Spanish explorers, English colonization to the plantation era, along with its significance in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Learn about the island's history on a narrated tour which includes stops at Fort Frederica and Bloody Marsh, the site of the famous 1742 battle.

Lady Jane Shrimp Boat Tour. Participate in a unique shrimp trawling excursion. Traveling through the scenic Marshes of Glynn, participate in a unique shrimp trawling excursion aboard the Lady Jane. Experience the life of a fishermen, hear their stories, and learn about shrimping in Georgia's waters.

Narrated Island Tour. Discover the uniqueness of Sapelo on an exclusive guided tour. Sapelo Island is thought to be the site of San Minuel de Gualdape, the short-lived first European settlement in the present-day United States. In the early 1800s, the island was developed into a plantation growing Sea Island cotton, corn and sugar case. Discover the uniqueness of Sapelo on an exclusive tour, with highlights including the mansion of millionaire R.J Reynolds, Sapelo Island Lighthouse and the University of Georgia Marine Institute.

Day 6 | Jekyll Island. Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island. At the end of the 19th century some of the wealthiest men in America, including J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Rockefeller and Cornelius Vanderbilt, purchased the entire island as a hunting resort prized for its “splendid isolation”. Today Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village” — 240 acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Jekyll Island Tour. See the best of Jekyll Island including the Sea Turtle Village and Millionaire's Village. Your tour begins with a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, where you’ll view exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey of life. Following your visit to the center, you’ll board a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island’s Historic District, also called the Millionaire's Village. Many of the area's historic cottages belonged to J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, Marshall Field, William Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. The area's current restoration project is one of the largest in the United States.

Day 7| Amelia Island, Florida. Discover the unspoiled beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes, surrounded by calm waterways and the Nassau Sound. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles just steps from your ship. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th century Victorian homes and shops. You may also take a leisurely stroll along the shady tree-lined avenues and explore Amelia Island's charm at your own pace.

Amelia Island River Cruise. Explore the backwaters of Amelia Island and Eagan Creek. As you travel along historic river banks and through pristine salt marshes, an expert naturalist will identify birds and other native wildlife. Other highlights include fantastic views of Amelia Island, Florida's oldest lighthouse and a Civil War era fort.

Historic Walking Tour. Join us for a leisurely walking tour through the Victorian Seaport of Fernandina Beach (1.5 Hours). You will stroll through the town's historic Centre Street, past the Florida House, and into the Silk Stocking District. While on the tour, you will be introduced to many great historical figures who influenced the architecture and business of Fernandina Beach.

Day 8 | Jacksonville, Area (Amelia Island). Disembark. Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Art Museum, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.

Cummer Art Museum Tour.* The Cummer Art Museum is known for its collections of significant European and American paintings and for its world-renowned collection of early Meissen porcelain. The museum’s unique character is further enhanced by three formal gardens surrounding the institution, which is located on the banks of the St. Johns River. (*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Jacksonville, FL.)

NOTE: Itinerary is subject to change without notice. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the itinerary schedule you receive with your final documents.

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8 DAYS | CHARLESTON TO JACKSONVILLE
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