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Grand Historic South Cruise

Grand Historic South Cruise

At a glance

Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Charleston, SC

From: $4,695

Season: February, November

Activities: History, Wildlife

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American Cruise Lines

There is no destination that compares to the natural beauty found along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway of the Southeast. This amazing voyage begins and ends in Charleston, known for its cobblestone streets and historic landmarks. While in Wilmington, explore Georgian, Victorian, and antebellum-style homes restored to their original grandeur. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the beautiful city of Beaufort. Travel through the squares of Savannah and witness the preservation of its 19th century wealth and opulence. Enjoy an Oyster Roast on Sapelo Island and learn the history of Jekyll Island’s “Millionaires Village,” once a playground for the rich. Before you end your journey, experience the natural beauty of Fernandina Beach, where you’ll explore Amelia Island and its miles of rolling sand dunes.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Charleston, SC

Start your Grand Historic South journey at the port city of Charleston, known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture.

Day 2 - Savannah, GA

With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets, and majestic architecture, Savannah is a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its 19th Century opulence.

Day 3 - St. Simons Island, GA

St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles and has a deep rooted history spanning over four centuries. Nowhere is the island’s rich history better told or preserved than the Bloody Marsh Battle Site or Christ Church. Our lively private tour guide, Bunny, will take you through the battlegrounds and explain the military strategies employed by both sides. Afterwards, visit Christ Church, one of St. Simons most treasured landmarks. The magnificent stained glass art is sure to leave you in awe.

Day 4 - Jekyll Island, GA

Discover the fascinating history of Jekyll Island. At the end of the 19th century, wealthy American businessmen, including J.P. Morgan, 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.

Day 5 - St. Augustine, FL

In the late 1800s, oil tycoon Henry Flagler developed St. Augustine in an attempt to fulfill his vision of establishing an American Riviera along Florida's eastern shores. Although this "golden era" ended in the early 1900s, Flagler's legacy remains. Explore historic ruins, unique architecture, and the narrow streets of a city once used as a remote outpost by the Spanish Empire.

Day 6 - Cumberland Island, GA

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and one of the most spectacular natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. Home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated wilderness, view the Island’s pristine maritime forests and undeveloped beaches. Within the Island’s marshes, abundant wildlife resides, from shrimp and fish, to osprey, and even alligators. Enjoy the beautiful sight of the sun setting over the marshes of Cumberland, one which continually draws visitors back.

Day 7 - Fernandina Beach, FL

Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th Century Victorian homes and shops.

Day 8 - Day Of Cruising

Enjoy a leisurely day of cruising as you continue on your journey through the East Coast Inland Passage. Delight in breathtaking views of the shoreline and relax in one of your ship's comfortable lounges.

Day 9 - Hilton Head, SC

Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic beaches. 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 American Alligator.

Day 10 - Beaufort, SC

Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American inhabitants, British settlements and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages bring you through the narrow streets of this district, past 18th and 19th century homes, famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. View historic forts, elegant homes and majestic plantations and discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South."

Day 11 - Charleston, SC

Welcome back to Charleston. Stay an extra day or two and take a tour of one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the South.Visit colorful Rainbow Row, Catfish Row, and the famous Battery. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through magnificent parks and gardens.

Dates & Rates

Date AA AAL AAC AAM Veranda Owner's Suite Single Single w/ Balcony
Feb 24, 2018 $5,695 $6,765 $7,095 $7,570 $8,415 $9,125 $7,070 $7,815

Per person fare includes passage, dining service, snacks, complimentary cocktail parties, and entertainment aboard the ship. Fares do not include most shore tours (unless otherwise noted), port charges and fees, or service charge.


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