April 13-14, 2018

Charleston, South Carolina

No city in America has a greater history of exudes more charm and dignity than Charleston.  This grand old city of the South is home to the nation’s first college, first fire department, first library, plus some of the most historic churches and homes in the country. The city is surrounded by grand plantations and beautiful gardens.  We’ll show you all the highlights on this great weekend getaway.


We’ll head south across the “Palmetto State” this morning traveling from the upstate to the coast, making meal and rest stops en route.  Lunchtime finds us in the historic city of Charleston.  This afternoon we will board our waiting boat for an hour and a half cruise around the harbor featuring over 75 points of interest, including Fort Sumter, the Battery, the Famed Cooper River Bridge, Charleston Harbor and much, much more.  Our captain will narrate the cruise, pointing out all the points of interest.  Following our cruise, we will head downtown to the Old Market, (once a slave market) for a chance to shop, sightsee in the area and then enjoy a seafood dinner (included) at one of the fine restaurants in the area.


Our day starts with a delicious hot breakfast and then we head downtown to meet our local “step on” tour guide for a tour of the historic district to see famous Meeting Street (featuring it’s old homes and churches), Catfish Row, the Battery and of course Mother Emanuel Church.  Our next stop will be at Magnolia Plantation, the home of “one of America’s most beautiful gardens,” as rated by Travel & Leisure magazine the only one in South Carolina to attain this distinction.  Founded in 1676 by the Drayton Family, Magnolia has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold, including the American Revolution and the Civil War.  Opened to the public in 1870, it’s the oldest public gardens in America.  Our visit here will include a train tour through the gardens (not a lot of walking), a visit to the conservatory, the old African American cabin and a very informative film.  Early afternoon we’ll depart the “low country” and head back across the midlands of South Carolina, arriving home early this evening.

Price per person:

Double                Triple                Quad              Single

$239.00               $235.00            $233.00            $289.00

A $100.00 deposit is due at sign up.  Final payment is due March 18, 2018.  No refunds after this date.