Air & Land
Land Only

8 Day Southern Culture, Georgia & South Carolina Fly & Drive

Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Chicago-Atlanta
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights accommodations (room only or room & breakfast)
    • 2 nights Atlanta
    • 2 nights Savannah
    • 1 night Hilton Head
    • 2 nights Charleston
  • Selected hotels - breakfast and parking - click here for details
  • 8 day car rental: Economy (Chevy Aveo or similar). Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited mileage, all sales taxes, surcharges, and fees

Vehicle Options
Economy - Chevy Aveo or similar

Economy - Chevy Aveo or similar

  • 1-3 passengers
  • 2 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
Intermediate - Hyundai Elantra or similar

Mid Size - Toyota Corolla or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 2 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
Full Size - Chevy Malibu or similar

Full Size - Chevy Impala or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 4 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning
Full Size SUV - Ford Explorer or similar

Standard SUV

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 4 Large Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Air Conditioning

The following are suggested sites that can be visited en route to your hotel.

DAY 1, Friday - Arrive in Atlanta
Arrive in Atlanta and proceed to the Alamo Rental Car Center to pick up your rental car. Enjoy the balance of the day in this modern southern city. You may choose to pay a visit to The Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world which houses one of the biggest fish in the sea, the whale shark. Discover the World of Coca-Cola Museum, the CNN Center, or head to Midtown to explore your dining options in this rapidly growing modern area
Overnight: Atlanta

DAY 2, Saturday - Drive to Savannah
Today, depart Atlanta for Savannah, Georgia's first city. Perhaps stop in Macon along the way for dining and check out the various museums and attractions of this central Georgian city. Continue on and arrive in Savannah. Founded in 1773, Savannah is home to many historic sights and museums. After checking in to your hotel, explore the downtown area of this historic city
Drive Time: 4-5 hours*
Distance: 270 miles*
Overnight: Savannah

DAY 3, Sunday - Full Day in Savannah
Today enjoy a full day in Savannah. Head to the city's historic district and perhaps take a trolley tour of the area. Many attractions await you in Savannah's Landmark Historic District and Victorian District. Visit one of the city's many museum houses, including the beautiful architecture of the Owens-Thomas House, or perhaps visit the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts, or explore one of the many historic squares in the area. If sun and relaxation is your goal, head to Tybee Island, a popular beach town just outside of Savannah. In the evening, visit River Street where former cotton warehouses have been restored to restaurants and shopping destinations. Choose from casual or upscale dining to complete your day
Overnight: Savannah

DAY 4, Monday - Drive to Hilton Head
Today, depart Savannah for Hilton Head. Visit Harbour Town, located in the heart of Sea Pines, to view the many docked yachts as well as the area's famous Lighthouse. You may find all types of water activities in Hilton Head – perhaps participate in a dolphin cruise, take a nature kayak trip, or choose to relax along the marina in one of the many rocking chairs provided for a traditional southern experience. Enjoy time on one of the famous beaches in the area or head to one of the many golf courses that overlook the ocean
Drive Time: 1 hour*
Distance: 40 miles*
Overnight: Hilton Head

DAY 5, Tuesday - Drive to Charleston
Today depart Hilton Head for Charleston, a charming South Carolinian city known for its architecture, southern charm and history. Since this city remained relatively untouched during the Civil War, many of the buildings in Charleston are hundreds of years old. After arriving, choose to visit one of the many museums or plantations, including the Charleston Tea Plantation where the only tea grown in America is harvested. In the evening, choose from many dining options, from high end restaurants to seafood to grits, you will surely find something to your taste
Drive Time: 2-3 hours*
Distance: 120 miles*
Overnight: Charleston

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Charleston
Enjoy a full day to explore the historic city of Charleston. Also known as the Holy City, Charleston was one of the first of the original colonial cities to permit religious tolerance. Explore the city's many historic places of worship, including First Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist church in the south. Perhaps pay a visit to the Fireproof Building, completed in 1827 by the first American-born architect. Experience a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or stroll along the beach for your final night in Charleston
Overnight: Charleston

DAY 7, Thursday - Return to Atlanta
Drive back to Atlanta. On the way, take some time to enjoy Augusta, Georgia, home to both Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest African-American church in the U.S., and the childhood residence of former president Woodrow Wilson. Upon arrival in Atlanta, use the remainder of your day to further explore the city. Perhaps visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which includes a museum, memorial, and grave site dedicated to Dr. King's life and death. Or choose to take a leisurely stroll through Piedmont Park, Atlanta's largest park
Drive Time: 4-5 hours*
Distance: 250 miles*
Overnight: Atlanta

DAY 8, Friday - Return Home
Return your vehicle at the Atlanta International Airport prior to your departure flight

*Please consider that the driving times and distances are estimated and that they can vary because of many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc.

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    Selected hotels - breakfast and parking - click here for details

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