Tales of the Old South

Resort: Tales of the Old South
Operator: Saga
Destination: United States Of America
Price From: £2999.00

Frankly, my dear

On this tour of the Southern states you’ll discover a world of colonial decadence and Antebellum elegance as you trace Georgia and the Carolinas’ history from the Civil War period to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Learn about Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy in Atlanta before visiting the graceful cities of Charleston, Savannah and Charlotte, exploring a string of historic plantation houses, gorgeous gardens and fascinating museums along the way.


14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

  • All breakfasts
  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Atlanta
  • Magnolia Plantation
  • City tour of Charleston
  • Visit to Savannah
  • City tour of Wilmington
  • Elizabeth Gardens
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Historic trolleybus tour of Raleigh
  • Panoramic tour of Charlotte
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame
  • Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden


Day 1

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Atlanta in Georgia and transfer to the Hyatt Place Buckhead (3Q), where you stay for two nights.

Day 2

Take an included tour of the city home to Scarlett O’Hara and Coca-Cola, as well as the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. You’ll cruise down Peachtree Street in the heart of the city and see the golden dome and classical portico of the Georgia State Capitol. You’ll also visit the The King Centre, a museum dedicated the Civil Rights leader’s life and work; it’s also Martin Luther King Jr’s final resting place. B

Day 3

During the journey to Charleston in South Carolina you’ll visit the rather lovely Magnolia Plantation, known for its stunning gardens, which have been famous in the South for more than 140 years. Wander among the flower beds and box hedges to discover mazes, woodland walks and a peaceful lake. The plantation has been in the Drayton family for more than 300 years, and the family still lives in the historic plantation house here. Spend three nights at the Hyatt Place (3Q) in Charleston’s Historic District. B

Day 4

Discover the gorgeous Georgian architecture of Charleston as you explore on an included tour. See the waterfront and the Old Slave Mart, where slaves were sold at auction right up until the end the American Civil War. With some free time you’ll have the chance to enjoy a leisurely lunch in a local bistro too. B

Day 5

Spend a day enjoying the Southern charm and antebellum grace of Savannah, which is characterised by colonial mansions, grand squares and a welcoming atmosphere. After a tour of the city you’ll have all afternoon to explore at your leisure – perhaps take to the historic streets by horse-drawn carriage or stroll through Forsyth Park to see its beautiful 19th-century fountain. B

Day 6

Cross from South to North Carolina today as you travel to Wilmington on the banks of the Cape Fear River, and enjoy an included tour. Spend two nights at the Hilton Riverside (3Q). B

Day 7

Spend the day at leisure in this historic port city where you can stroll along the Riverwalk with its boutiques and galleries, or venture further out to one of the three nearby beach towns popular with surfers. B

Day 8
Wilmington-Outer Banks

Today you travel to the Outer Banks, a 200-mile stretch of peninsulas and islands which separates the coast of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean. Spend two nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk (3Q). B

Day 9
Outer Banks

Spend the day exploring the Outer Banks region, beginning with a visit to Elizabeth Gardens, named after Elizabeth I. Cross to Roanoke Island where you can learn about the mystery of the Lost Colony – one of England’s first attempts to settle the New World in 1587. When the governor returned to the Roanoke colony after a three-year absence he found the place deserted – the truth behind the disappearance of the colonists eludes experts to this day. Later you see the Bodie Island Lighthouse before visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which commemorates the pioneering aviators Orville and Wilbur Wright and their first successful flight in 1903. B

Day 10
Outer Banks-Raleigh

Head to Raleigh, the state capital of North Carolina, and enjoy a tour of the city by vintage trolleybus, taking you through downtown to the City Market. Spend two nights at the Hyatt Place Midtown (3Q). B

Day 11

Today is at leisure in Raleigh. Perhaps visit one of the many museums in town or take a tour of the State Capitol building. B

Day 12

Travel to Charlotte for an included tour and a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame to learn about this popular American motorsport. Spend three nights at the Hyatt Place Downtown (3Q). B

Day 13

Today you visit the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, amid acres of idyllic meadows and woodlands. There’s a nature trail, fountains and glorious floral displays for you to admire, plus a huge conservatory full of tropical plants and orchids. The afternoon is at leisure. B

Day 14

Today is at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the Biltmore Estate. B

Optional excursions

The Biltmore Estate |half day

This extravagant, vast estate encompasses 32 square-kilometres of landscaped formal gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted – the man behind Central Park in New York and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The main house is huge – the largest privately owned residence in the country – and built to resemble a French chateau. As you explore the lavish interior you’ll see a wealth of period clothing and furniture plus original collections by Renoir and Sargent, glorious 16th-century tapestries, a library with 10,000 books, an indoor pool and a bowling alley!

Day 15

Travel to Atlanta airport for you return overnight flight to UK. B

Day 16

Arrive in the UK for your included UK VIP door-to-door travel service home.

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