Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Charleston, Savannah and the Blue Ridge Mountains tour

Charleston, Savannah and the Blue Ridge Mountains

Newmarket Holidays
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 1,982 $ 180 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit magical, riverside Charleston, the epitome of Southern charm and grace
  • Stroll the tree-shaded streets of colonial Savannah, with its mansions, dogwoods and magnolias
  • Spend two days in the delightful spa-town of Asheville
  • Travel through the Smoky Mountain National Park
  • The European atmosphere of Old Salem
  • Let the amazing views of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains take your breath away
  • Visit historic Charlottesville, which boasts America's oldest townhouses
  • Step back in time to America's earliest days, and stay in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Visit the home of the White House and Capitol Hill, all-powerful Washington DC

Short Description

From the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains to historic Richmond and Washington's seat of power, and with visits to three of America's most likeable southern belles - Charleston, Savannah and Asheville - this tour marries colonial grandeur and American history.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Richmond
End City Washington

Trip Includes

  • Nine nights' room-only accommodation at a series of good-quality hotels in Richmond (1 night), Myrtle Beach ( 1 night), Savannah (2), Asheville (2), Roanoke (1) and Williamsburg (2)
  • Return flights from your chosen airport to Washington DC
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

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Itinerary

Day 1:

Fly to Washington and transfer to Richmond, Virginia for a one-night stay.

Day 2:

Begin your journey south this morning, travelling first through North, then South Carolina, to the beachfront resort of Myrtle Beach for an overnight stay. Enjoy your beachfront hotel's surroundings, or head to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner.

Day 3:

This morning, after breakfast, we'll head to Charleston, the epitome of southern elegance. Join our included city tour, and discover Waterfront Park and the historic district before we journey south to Savannah, the most beautiful of 'southern belles', for a two-night stay.

Day 4:

Explore the antebellum mansions, shaded squares and cotton warehouses of Savannah's historic quarter. An optional guided city tour will introduce you to the city's history and its associations with the slave trade and the Civil War, after which you're free to wander the dogwood and azalea-lined streets of the historic quarter.

Day 5:

Head inland to Asheville, North Carolina, on the edge of Smoky Mountains National Park. We'll spend the next two nights in this former haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Henry Ford - an eclectic and diverse town that boasts a vibrant art community and unique shops.

Day 6:

This morning's visit to downtown Asheville is followed by our optional excursion to Biltmore House and Gardens. The famous estate built by George Vanderbilt over 100 years ago includes a majestic 250-room mansion, manicured gardens, a respected winery, a 'village' of crafts shops and several places to eat.

Day 7:

After a relaxing morning in Asheville, board the coach and take a leisurely journey to the historic 'twin' town of Winston-Salem. We'll stop in delightful Old Salem, which still retains the essence of the original European settlement, before we continue into Virginia and head to Roanoke.

Day 8:

Enjoy another unforgettable day in the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains. Catch your breath on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway - a refuge for deer and other wildlife - and visit historic Charlottesville, one-time home of US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, before continuing to the charming colonial town of Williamsburg.

Day 9:

Step back in time on today's wonderful optional excursion - to historic Jamestowne, the first permanent English settlement in America. Explore the Glasshouse, and see artefacts from the original Jamestown Fort before moving on to colonial Williamsburg to discover what life was like in the pioneering days of the 18th Century. Stroll through the formal gardens, hear 'residents' in period costume discussing the day's events and perhaps visit a tavern to sample some traditional 18th-century fare.

Day 10:

Today we'll cross the Potomac River to the iconic US capital. Here the White House, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol and the government buildings on 'the Hill' are among the most memorable sights, and our optional guided city tour is a perfect introduction to them. In the afternoon, we return to Washington Airport for the return flight home, at the end of a memorable tour.

Day 11:

Today you arrive back in the UK.

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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Accomodations

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

Holiday Inn Richmond South (night 1)

Offering a warm welcome, this hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a sport's restaurant and bar. The rooms are furnished to an excellent standard, and are equipped with TVs and coffee-makers.

Holiday Inn Richmond South (night 1)

Offering a warm welcome, this hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a sport's restaurant and bar. The rooms are furnished to an excellent standard, and are equipped with TVs and coffee-makers.

Patricia Grand Resort, Myrtle Beach (night 2)

Boasting an oceanfront setting next to shops, restaurants and other entertainments, this hotel has a gift shop, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bar, cafe and restaurant.

Patricia Grand Resort, Myrtle Beach (night 2)

Boasting an oceanfront setting next to shops, restaurants and other entertainments, this hotel has a gift shop, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a bar, cafe and restaurant.

Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District, Savannah (nights 3-4)

Located in the heart of Savannah's historic district, within walking distance of the city's famed squares. Facilities at the hotel include a bar and a roof-top swimming pool.

Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District, Savannah (nights 3-4)

Located in the heart of Savannah's historic district, within walking distance of the city's famed squares. Facilities at the hotel include a bar and a roof-top swimming pool.

Four Points by Sheraton, Asheville (nights 5-6)

Centrally located in pretty Asheville, close to many shops and restaurants, this hotel has a restaurant and a bar (the Chop House) as well as an outdoor swimming pool and a gym. All the guest rooms are very well-appointed, and have hairdryers, TV with pay-per-view movies, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Four Points by Sheraton, Asheville (nights 5-6)

Centrally located in pretty Asheville, close to many shops and restaurants, this hotel has a restaurant and a bar (the Chop House) as well as an outdoor swimming pool and a gym. All the guest rooms are very well-appointed, and have hairdryers, TV with pay-per-view movies, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Best Western Plus Inn at Valley View, Roanoke (night 7)

Ideally located for exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, this hotel has an indoor swimming pool, and is close to a wide selection of restaurants.

Best Western Plus Inn at Valley View, Roanoke (night 7)

Ideally located for exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, this hotel has an indoor swimming pool, and is close to a wide selection of restaurants.

Comfort Inn Williamsburg Historic Centre (nights 8-9)

This welcoming hotel is within walking distance of a number of restaurants and shops, and is just one mile from downtown Colonial Williamsburg.

Comfort Inn Williamsburg Historic Centre (nights 8-9)

This welcoming hotel is within walking distance of a number of restaurants and shops, and is just one mile from downtown Colonial Williamsburg.

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking or part of it once it has been confirmed but the cancellation will only be valid if made in writing direct to the Company or by telephone to our Customer Service team and having answered the security questions. If the cancellation results in a person travelling alone, a single room supplement is payable. The amount payable on cancellation depends upon when we receive your written instructions - the more notice you give, the less we will charge. The different periods before departure date within which written instructions are received by Newmarket Promotions Ltd. and amounts of cancellation charged in each period (shown as a percentage of the total holiday price excluding insurance premium which is not refundable) are as follows:

Charge prior to "Balance Due" date* will be Deposit only

"Balance Due" date - 22 days will be 30% or deposit if greater

21 - 15 days is of 45% or deposit if greater

14 - 2 days will be 60%

less than 48 hours in advance or after departure date is 100%

Additional Information:

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made through for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

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