Southern Glamour - Insight Vacations

Southern Glamour (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States

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Luxury Gold introduces a stylish perspective on the sights, sounds and flavours of the South — graceful oaks draped in veils of Spanish moss, elegant antebellum plantations, exclusive island resorts and the romance of sultry Savannah. In Charleston you'll sample the culinary charms of celebrated chef and accomplished jazz vocalist Annie Mayo. Board the shrimping boat ‘Lady Jane' on Jekyll Island where your learn from a naturalist and sample a 'shrimp boil'. The Inn at Biltmore Estate will offer you an oasis of service, style, charm and fine farm to table cuisine. As befits the relaxed pace of the South, you'll have plenty of time to discover the highlights of the region and several afternoons set aside for you to explore on your own.

  1. Day 1

    Arrive at Atlanta, Cultural Capital of the South

    On arrival at Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Reception and a chance to get to know your travelling companions over drinks and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tearoom. In March of 2011, the Georgia House of Representatives officially declared Mary Mac's Tearoom to be Atlanta's Dining Room.

  2. Day 2

    Jekyll Island

    Arrive at your resort on Jekyll Island, currently one of the finest luxury getaway hotels in America. In the evening, join your Travelling Concierge for a superb Highlight Dinner with majestic ocean views on the verandah at your beachfront resort.

  3. Day 3

    St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island In-Depth

    (Relaxed Start) Embark on a guided tram tour of Jekyll Island, and its unspoiled scenery before travelling to idyllic St. Simons Island, an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands. Spend the afternoon on a boat that is lovingly named the 'Lady Jayne', where you'll learn about shrimping from an expert naturalist before enjoying a traditional 'shrimp boil' Highlight Lunch. The evening is at leisure after joining your Travelling Concierge for a Peach Bellini made of the highest quality peaches, toasting Georgia, the 'Peach State'.

  4. Day 4

    Southern Comfort in Savannah

    Move on to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Take in the sights on a trolley tour through historic Savannah where you discover 21 historic squares, incredible architecture and much more. A Local Expert awaits to show you the cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Monterey Square. Meet the docent and embark on a private tour of the Owens-Thomas House, considered one of America's finest examples of English Regency architecture. There is free time to enjoy Savannah at your own pace. At night, dine at the River House, an iconic 18th century restored cotton warehouse, locally owned and operated since 1982.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Charming Charleston

    (Relaxed Start) Head for historic Charleston, a city rich in southern charm. During a horse-drawn carriage ride, you may see prestigious Battery Park and Rainbow Row with its antebellum mansions and the Old Exchange Building. Then enjoy free time in the afternoon. In the evening, be treated to a truly special Highlight Dinner at The Thomas Bennett Home. Learn all about 'lowcountry' food with your host, Chef Annie Mayo, followed by a savoury dinner and riveting performance by local musicians. Chef Annie has hosted an illustrious list of guests including Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan and Mayor Joe Riley. Not only is she a chef, she's also an accomplished jazz and gospel vocalist who regularly performs on Broadway in New York City. It's an evening that is sure to delight.

  6. Day 6

    Discover Magnolia Plantation

    Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Enjoy a private demonstration with a maker of the famous Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets. Learn the history of the baskets and their place in Charleston history; it's easy to see why these unique handicrafts are an indulgence. Visit the beautiful main house then join a naturalist for a tram tour of the extensive grounds before a Highlight Lunch at the award-winning High Cotton restaurant.

  7. Day 7

    Vacation like a Vanderbilt in Asheville

    As you travel into Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, take a deep breath of fresh mountain air. Then step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours tour of the Biltmore Estate, America's largest home built for George W. Vanderbilt in 1895. Learn about the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests on your after-hours guided tour of this National Historic Landmark. At the evening Celebration Dinner, indulge yourself with fabulous food and wine at the Biltmore Estate, created by Chef Sean Eckman.

  8. Day 8

    Depart Atlanta

    Bid farewell to Asheville as you make your way back to Atlanta. Later, transfer to Atlanta International Airport or alternatively, continue to the hotel to extend your stay in Atlanta.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • Jekyll Island: Join a guided tram tour of the island.
  • Savannah: Tour the oldest city in Georgia, with a Local Expert.
  • Savannah: Experience the upper-class lifestyle in 19th century Savannah during a guided tour of the Owens-Thomas House.
  • Charleston: Take a horse-drawn carriage ride past exquisite architectural treasures and gardens that reflect the city's history.
  • Charleston: Step back in time at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, where you explore the house and tour the beautiful grounds with a naturalist.
  • Charleston: See a demonstration of the delicate art of creating Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets, a traditional southern handicraft.
  • Asheville: Explore Biltmore Estate for a private after-hours insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Beaufort: Travel through the historic district.
  • St.Simons Island: Take in the vistas and beautiful beaches.
  • Jekyll Island: Embark on a guided trolley tour of the Island.
  • Savannah: Enjoy a peach bellini at a private reception.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • Jekyll Island: Surprise your taste buds with an elegant à la carte dinner of market fresh cuisine, complete with wine.
  • Jekyll Island: Experience an authentic shrimping experience on the 'Lady Jayne', before dining on a traditional and spicy 'shrimp boil'.
  • Savannah: Indulge in authentic, world-famous southern fare and wine at the River House, an iconic 18th century restored cotton warehouse.
  • Charleston: Be welcomed by Chef Annie Mayo for a 'lowcountry' lunch with true Southern hospitality and entertainment at the historical Thomas Bennett Home.
  • Charleston: Enjoy a Highlight Lunch at the genteel eatery, High Cotton, with daily live music and Lowcountry fare cooked using ingredients from nearby farms.
  • Biltmore Estate: Enjoy a Celebration Dinner of estate raised and grown ingredients, masterfully put together by the award-winning Chef Sean Eckman.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 2 Highlight Lunches (HL), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • Jekyll Island: Savour the good life at the Westin Jekyll Island, a brand new beachfront property.
  • Charleston: Immerse yourself in historic downtown Charleston and southern charm at The Mills House.
  • Asheville: Experience a legacy of gracious hospitality whilst enjoying the glorious surroundings of the Inn on Biltmore Estate.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on first and last itinerary day.

Accommodation

 

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Atlanta (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

Luxurious comfort embraces pure style at the elegant, Four Diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta within the bustling Luckie Marietta District, this luxury hotel treats you to views of the spectacular downtown skyline or picturesque Centennial Olympic Park. The rooms are handsomely appointed with dark woods and various views of Atlanta. Offering two double beds or one king bed, these rooms are beautifully furnished with flat screen HD televisions, an oversized work desk, and two dual-line telephones.

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel Charleston

Charleston (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

The Mills House, Charleston

The Inn on Biltmore Estate Asheville

Asheville (Scenic) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

The finest amenities. An oasis of service, style, and charm. A stay overnight on the estate means experiencing the same gracious hospitality enjoyed by George and Edith Vanderbilt’s guests.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Brilliant holiday

    6/5/2017 Margaret Sheils, Navan, Ireland

    This holiday was excellent food, accommodation ,trips were first class. Tour director Kenny Roger was very efficient and looked after everyone and made the holiday home from home. Which is very important when one is trading on their own.I am planning my next holiday already with insight vacations and two are also coming.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Southern Glamour

    5/13/2017 Susan Jones, Rohnert Park, United States

    Overall my last trip with Insight was what I've grown to expect...our tour guide was fun, well informed, and able to keep 40 people on track and on time. Meals were good but not exceptional....I personally was disappointed with the meal and location of the room we ate in while at the Biltmore...the servers working my table group were almost rude. Highlights for me were Charleston and Savannah....I only wish there would have have been time to see Fort Sumter...I would rather of gone there than to Magnolia Plantation....as for Jekyll Island, a long bus ride ...although the shrimp boat ride was entertaining, I personally would rather spend those 2 extra days spilt in Charleston and Savannah...will I take another InsightVacations tours...of course, Iceland and Country Roads of France coming up.

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  • 4 out of 5

    Southern Glamorous

    10/4/2016 John Boast, Hunters Hill, Australia

    We had a wonderful time on our Southern Glamour tour of the USA. Everything was organised to perfection. Our tour leader, Randy, couldn't have been more interesting, helpful and professional. His attention to detail and his good humour kept us all interested whole trip. We saw parts of the US we would not have seen for ourselves and am very glad we booked this trip.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Relaxed

    9/29/2016 Carol Beer, Laguna Woods, United States

    Randy Ley made this tour very enjoyable. He really made sure we were comfortable and taken care of. I like that we did not have to be on the bus at 7am. Randy really knew his history and I learned so much (although I may not remember all of it). The places we visited were very interesting and full of history. The Gospel singers were great and we all sang along. I really enjoyed this tour. The bus driver only warmed up near the end of the trip and then not much.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Southern Glamour

    5/12/2016 Nancy Tinsley, Georgetown (TX), United States

    Excellent guide and driver.

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  • 5 out of 5

    Southern Glamour

    5/5/2016 Michael Maionchi, Roseville, United States

    Excellent tour. Usual Insight quality. Would be great to see more of starting and ending destinations

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  • 5 out of 5

    LOVE THE SOUTH

    4/28/2015 Gordon Briggs, Huntington Beach, United States

    Since I'm a west coast resident, I was enamored with the sights and visits in Ashville, Charleston, Jekyl Island and Savanna. Insight outdid themselves with one of the best tour directors, namely Randy Ley and his driver Brian. The included meals were superior and very gourmet which was a surprise and several at very posh restaurants that we were given choices off the house menu! Randy was all business with a great sense of humor that added frivolity to the trip. We actually had no whiners on the vacation. Looking forward to another Insight trip! Gordon Briggs

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  • 4 out of 5

    Southern Adventure

    9/30/2013 Margaret Scott, Vermont South, Australia

    This was our first Insight tour and it was a very enjoyable one.Our tour leader Cole was a very caring and friendly hostess with the gift of giving just enough information and not overloading us with facts and figures.Our coach driver Brian was also excellent,nothing was too much trouble and his driving was faultless.Insight were lucky to have him. Our accommodation on the whole was great,especially the Inn on Biltmore,Wow!! We will certainly do another tour with you in the future.

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