Day 1: Arrive in Savannah, GA. Check into your hotel for a two night stay. Tonight enjoy a dinner cruise on the Savannah River Queen.
Day 2: Today begins with narrated sightseeing. Moss-draped and molasses-sweet Savannah is like Charleston and other Southern port towns, forever linked to their past.
You will learn of this city’s history on tour this morning. but, no trip to Savannah is complete without a trip down world-famous River Street. Lined with shops and restaurants on one side and bordered by the Savannah River on the other. This afternoon visit the Telfair Museum of Art founded in 1883 through the bequest of prominent Savannah philanthropist Mary Telfair, is the oldest public art museum in the South.
Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant historic district, it is comprised of three architecturally significant buildings: the Telfair Academy and the Owens-Thomas House — two National Historic Landmark buildings, and the contemporary Jepson Center for the Arts. Visit the Savannah History Museum housed in the old Central of Georgia Railway passenger shed, a National Historic Landmark built in the 1850s and 1860s.
Inside, you can see exhibits about the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, rare dugout canoes from the 1800s, and a changing exhibit of women’s fashions from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The museum is also home to Forest Gump’s bench, one of Johnny Mercer’s Oscar Awards, and a carriage owned by the family of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Lowe.
Dinner tonight is at the Pirate House. Look for a bounty of delicious food and drink and rousing good times. Following dinner take a Haunted Trolley Tour of Savannah “America’s Most Haunted City”. This tour show off the unique personality of Georgia’s oldest city, which embodies traditional Southern hospitality and charm but also revels in its rough and tumble past.
Day 3: Travel to St. Augustine, FL. First stop is the Lightner Museum get a glimpse at the Gilded Age of America. Enjoy wandering through the museum’s setting — the former Hotel Alcazar, built in 1887 in the Spanish Renaissance style by Railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler.
Next, check into your hotel for a two night stay. Dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant. Following dinner see the play “Lives & Wives of Henry Flagler.” Journey with Henry Morrisson Flagler and his three wives as they tell of his triumphs and tragedies that led to great wealth at the turn of the century. He paved the way for modern Florida as we know it over 100 years ago and his story is fascinating!
Day 4: Start the day with a guided city tour of St. Augustine and discover many of the local features that Ponce de Leon missed. You will find the Fountain of Youth where for over the last 100 years, many thousands of guests have visited in order to sip the world famous waters and hear the history behind its legendary benefits.
Next, visit the Old Drug Store. You won’t see any computers – instead, antique cash registers, wood floors and bottles of remedies, elixirs and tonics are a charming representation of an era gone by. Be sure to visit the gift shop where you can pick up collectibles, jewelry and seasonal items.
Tour the Spanish fortress Castillo de San Marcos. A monument not only of stone and mortar but of human determination and endurance, the Castillo de San Marcos symbolizes the clash between cultures which ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Still resonant with the struggles of an earlier time, these original walls provide tangible evidence of America’s grim but remarkable history.
Afternoon scenic cruise on the St. Augustine where you’ll likely see dolphins, pelicans and other Florida wildlife. Dinner at a popular local restaurant followed by “A Stroll Back in Time” Walking Tour through the historic district. This tour will help you capture the experiences of Florida’s early settlers.
Day 5: Depart for Home