Southern Glamour - Luxury Gold

Southern Glamour (Summer 2018)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: United States

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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, sample the culinary charms of celebrated chef and accomplished jazz vocalist Annie Mayo. Delve into the true southern plantation lifestyle at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, founded in 1676. Experience an oasis of service, style, charm at The Inn on Biltmore Estate.

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 in 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 Dinner and a chance to get to know your travelling companions over wine and a traditional Southern meal at Mary Mac's Tearoom.

  2. Day 2

    Vacation like a Vanderbuilt in Asheville.

    Journey into Asheville, and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. Step back in time to an era of refined elegance as you enjoy an after-hours guided tour of the Biltmore Estate, a National Historic Landmark. With a Local Expert, skip the crowds to learn about America's largest home, built in 1895, and unlock the secrets of the wealthy Vanderbilt family and their famous guests.

  3. Day 3

    Charming Charleston.

    Head for historic Charleston, a city rich in southern charm, and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride along a trail of antebellum mansions. Be treated to a special evening at The Governor Thomas Bennett House. Learn all about 'lowcountry' food with your host, Chef Annie Mayo, followed by a savoury dinner with wine and a riveting performance by local musicians.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Discover Magnolia Plantation.

    (Relaxed Start) 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. Join a guided tram tour of the extensive grounds and visit the beautiful main house.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    St Simons Island and Jekyll Island.

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, stop in Beaufort before continuing to the idyllic St Simons Island – an exclusive hideaway of white sand beaches, moss-draped oaks and golden marshlands. Continue island hopping to your resort on Jekyll Island. In the evening, enjoy a superb Highlight Dinner with wine and majestic ocean views on the verandah of your beachfront resort.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Southern Comfort in Savannah.

    (Relaxed Start) Embark on a guided tram tour of this unspoiled barrier island before returning to the mainland. Move on to Savannah, the oldest city in the state of Georgia where a Local Expert awaits to show you the Cathedral of St John the Baptist and Monterey Square. In the evening, join Marcia Thompson, third generation owner of the famous Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room, at her private home for a cocktail and a bit of warm, Southern hospitality. Next, you are escorted to a private dinner at her restaurant, founded by her late grandmother, Sema Wilkes.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Savannah.

    (Relaxed Start) 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. Take in the sights on a classic trolley tour through historic Savannah to discover 21 historic squares, incredible architecture and luxuriant tree canopy. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine, at the River House - an iconic, 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Depart Atlanta.

    (Relaxed Start) Bid farewell as you are transferred back to Atlanta International Airport, or alternatively, continue to the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center to extend your stay.

Highlights

 

VIP EVENTS

  • Asheville: Explore Biltmore Estate with a Local Expert for a private, after-hours insight into the daily lives of the elite Vanderbilt family and immerse yourself in an age of elegance marked by generous hospitality.
  • Charleston: See a demonstration of the delicate art of creating Charleston Sweetgrass Baskets, a traditional southern handicraft.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Charleston: Step back in time at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, where you explore the house and tour the beautiful grounds with a guide.
  • Jekyll Island: Join a guided tram tour of the island.
  • Savannah: Experience the upper-class lifestyle of 19th century Savannah, during a guided tour of Owens-Thomas House.

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.

MEMORABLE DINING

  • Charleston: Be welcomed by Chef Annie Mayo for a 'lowcountry' dinner with true Southern hospitality and entertainment, at the historical Governor Thomas Bennett House.
  • Jekyll Island: From the stunning ocean views on the verandah of your beachfront resort, enjoy a superb Highlight Dinner.
  • Savannah: Indulge in authentic, world-famous Southern fare and wine at the River House, an iconic, 18th century restored, cotton warehouse.
  • Included Quality Dining: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 5 Dinners all with wine (DW).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Asheville: Experience the legacy of hospitality from the Vanderbilt family while enjoying the glorious green surroundings of The Inn on Biltmore Estate.
  • Atlanta: Luxurious comfort embraces pure style at the elegant, Four Diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
  • Charleston: Immerse yourself in historic downtown Charleston at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, where Bohemian elegance meets Southern charm and hospitality.
  • Jekyll Island: Savour the good life at the Westin Jekyll Island, a brand new beachfront property.
  • Savannah: The contemporary hotel in the Savannah offers a mix of warm Southern charm and modern style in the heart of Georgia's First City with direct access to River Street.

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 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.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Autograph Collection Charleston

Charleston (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

The Westin Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

This brand new resort is situated directly on the beach, and provides breathtaking ocean views as well as easy access to the spectacular coastline. On-site, hotel offers state-of-the-art Westin Workout fitness center and refreshing resort-style pool. Escape to a superbly comfortable space where refreshing touches will awaken your senses.

Hyatt Regency on the River Savannah

Savannah (Central) - USA

Complimentary Wifi

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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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