During Springtime’s House & Garden Festival
(March 24 – 28, 2019)
I’m so pleased to announce my first 5-star guided tour to Charleston South Carolina, and it’s got something for just about everyone. Whether you’re a garden aficionado, a history buff, an architecture fan or a ravenous foodie, you will find plenty to love in our glorious, springtime tour to South Carolina’s Low Country.
ITINERARY – 3 1/2 Days, 4 Nights
- GARDENS – Expect to be dazzled by flowers and landscaping everywhere since we’ll be right in the middle of the city’s 72ndAnnual Festival of Houses and Gardens.
- HISTORY – Pay witness to the Revolutionary War and where the first shots were fired that started the Civil War.
- ARCHITECTURE – Discover gorgeous homes and buildings built before the American Revolution and beyond.
- FOOD – Charleston’s unique Southern “Low Country” cuisine is renowned for its seafood, rice, and fried chicken.
- LUXURY HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS – For the whole of the trip, we’ll be staying at the luxurious, 5-Star Belmond Charleston Place hotel, right in the middle of town and perfectly situated for walking, dining and shopping.
DAY 1 – Sunday, March 24
- Arrive and check into the Belmond Charleston Place hotel
- Late afternoon – Guided walk in an historic residential neighborhood by the sea
- Dinner – Dining together at a local restaurant TBD
DAY 2 – Monday, March 25
(with our local expert Andrea Harrison for the day)
All day – A 25-minute drive through the blooming countryside starts things off en route to the Middleton Place plantation. Andrea is an expert docent at Middleton Place who will lead our own private tour of the magnificent property with its European inspired 18th century gardens (the first camellias in America were imported from France and planted here), rice terraces, Spanish-moss draped giant oak trees, and beautiful home. Andrea will also cover the history of slavery here both before and after the Civil War, and will introduce us to the living workshops of the working farm with its blacksmith, barrel maker, weaver, candle maker, and stable keepers.
- Lunch – A sumptuous lunch in the Middleton Place Restaurant featuring the recipes of its famous, former resident chef, Edna Lewis.
- Dinner – On your own (restaurant recommendations provided)
DAY 3 – Tuesday, March 26
Harbor Cruise – Dinner Onboard Included
- Morning – Tour of the fabulous Heyward-Washington House from 1772, a National Historic Landmark, filled with beautiful period furniture and silver made by famed local silversmiths of the 1700’s.
Late morning – Visiting the oldest museum in America, The Charleston Museum, with its displays of the rich history here from the founding of “Charlestown,” through the Civil War era, Reconstruction and Charleston’s 20thcentury revival.
- Lunch – Dutch treat inside the City Market or nearby
- Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a spa treatment, shop, swim, nap perhaps?
- Harbor Cruise – Dinner
DAY 4 – Wednesday, March 27
(with our local expert Mary Coy for the day)
Morning – Historic art and garden tour of the city with Mary Coy, a fifth generation native Charlestonian. Mary will guide our stops at the Gibbes Museum of Art, and accompany us on our afternoon garden tours sponsored by the Charleston Historic Society’s 72ndAnnual Festival of Houses and Gardens
- Lunch – Together at a local restaurant TBD
- Afternoon – House and garden tour
- Late afternoon – At leisure on your own to visit the City Market, take a stroll on King Street or enjoy a carriage ride, indulge in a spa treatment or simply rest up.
- Light early dinner on your own
- Evening – “The Sound Of Charleston from Gospel to Gershwin!” concert
- If you’d like to meet afterwards to say goodnight, we’ll convene in the Belmond’s “Thoroughbred Club” on the lobby level of the hotel. Enjoy more live music, and raise a toast to Charleston!
DEPARTURE – Thursday, March 28
Homeward bound and a fond farewell to Charleston
Tour Package Information
- Four nights of 5-star deluxe hotel accommodations with 2 lunches, 2 dinners, guided excursions, entrance fees, and all land transportation.
- Does not include airfare, airport transfers to/from Charleston or on-your-own meals or activities.
- Total tour cost: $3,225.00 per person, double occupancy
- Single in a double room supplement: $900.00
- $1,000 non-refundable deposit per person to reserve space
Following deposit, final balance of $2,225.00 (plus single supplement, if applicable) is due by Monday, January 21, 2019. We accept payment by check or Visa / MasterCard / American Express.
Please be aware that all credit card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee.