A Charleston Christmas

A Charleston Christmas

A Southern Charm Holiday

Charleston is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses, particularly in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts. During  the holidays it is dress annd lit up for this festive time of year.  Trip includes: Transportation, 5 nights lodging, 5 breakfasts, 1 Lunches, 2 Dinners, Free Time in Historic  Charleston, Charleston Tour, Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, Middleton Place, Tea Plantation & Trolley Tour, A Carriage Tour, Virginia House, Lewis Ginter Botanical, All taxes, Baggage handling.

Day 1

7:00 AM Depart Harrisburg. Enjoy a a stop at the Lewis Ginter Botanic Garden—Time to stretch your legs, explore the beautiful Holiday decor and grab lunch “on your own” in the café. Overnight in Lumberton, NC. Dinner on your own this evening

Day 2

Enjoy Breakfast at the hotel before we check out and head towards Charleston, first visiting the Charleston Tea Plantation for a factory tour and a trolley tour thru the tea fields with a narrated history of the making of America’s only tea. Enjoy breathtaking views of the tea plants. Upon departing for our hotel we will stop at the famous Angel Oak Tree.
Check into your Downtown Historic district hotel and enjoy dinner Hyman’s

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Day 3

Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel. Today we begin with a guided carriage tour of the Holy City. This beautiful city is steeped in historical culture and heritage and decorated for the holiday.

The rest of the day is yours to explore as you like. Your hotel is right in the heart of the Historic district.


Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel. Magnolia Plantation—Step back in time with a half-hour guided tour of the Drayton family home. The current main House – the core of which was built prior to the Revolutionary War near Summerville, South Carolina and floated down the Ashley River to Magnolia after the Civil War — gives a glimpse of plantation life in the 19th century and beyond. Ten rooms are open to the public, furnished with early-American antiques, porcelain, quilts, and other Drayton family heirlooms. Guides describe life in the 19th century, using furniture and household objects to bring plantation culture alive. You may visit the History Room after the tour where another guide is available to answer questions and provide more information on the current owners of the Plantation. You also have a tram tour of the property. Next is Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens~Boone Hall Plantation was founded in 1681 when Englishman Major John Boone came to Charleston and established a lucrative plantation and gracious home on the banks of Wampacheone Creek. The family and descendants of Major Boone were influential in the history of South Carolina, the colonies and the nation. The McRae family is proud to present that history, covering over 330 years, on a daily basis.

Return to your Hotel and enjoy the evening on your own.

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Day 5

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Check out and depart for Middleton Place— Most of Middleton Place was burned just months before the end of the Civil War. Twenty-one years later, in 1886, the Great Earthquake struck, destroying the walls of the main family residence. From the end of the war until the early 20th
century, much of the property lay neglected and overgrown. In 1916, J. J. Pringle Smith, a descendant of Henry Middleton, inherited the plantation and began the restoration. Pringle Smith and his wife Heningham moved into the surviving South Flanker, and, after gradual further restoration, they lived there for the rest of their lives. You have a self guided visit of the property and may enjoy the living history through out. Time for lunch on your own here before we depart. We’ll overnight in Rocky Mount and enjoy a real southern dinner at K & W Cafateria.

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Day 6

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we check out and depart for home with a stop at Virginia House—Home to the Virginia Garden Club, here you will tour the home and the garden. Virginia House was completed a few months before the stock market crash of 1929. Designed by Alexander and Virginia Weddell, the home is situated on a hillside overlooking the historic James River. From formal displays in the Four Seasons garden to the naturalistic plantings in the bog garden, the gardens and grounds of Virginia House provide a rich tapestry of texture and color throughout the year. 


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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