Hidden Gems of Georgia’s Golden Isles

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From fascinating Jekyll Island to the marshes and beaches of the Golden Isles to the remnants of the Gullah-Geechee culture on Sapelo Island, this tour is sure to provide a great experience.

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Highlights:

  • 12 Meals
  • 4 Nights at Jekyll Island Club on Jekyll Island
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center
  • Dolphin Watch Boat Ride of Coastal Marshlands
  • Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge with Boat Tour
  • St. Simons Island Tour
  • Sapelo Island
  • Dessert and Performance at Brunswick Actors Theatre
  • Dinner Cruise on Southern Belle Riverboat
  • Moderate Physical Activity

Itinerary

Day 1
Travel, with great anticipation for our “seaside” adventure, from departure points to overnight at Dalton, Georgia.

Day 2
After breakfast on your own in the hotel restaurant, travel across Georgia toward the coast. We check into the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and then enjoy dinner this evening at the historic Crane Cottage.
Included Meal: Dinner

Day 3
After our buffet in the Grand Dining Room of our hotel, the Jekyll Island Historic District tour by tram awaits us. We tour this 240-acre, riverfront compound, which is one of the largest, ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States. Lunch will be included in the Grand Dining Room. After lunch we visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, where we learn about the rehabilitation of sea turtles. Sit back and enjoy a 90-minute narrated cruise of the coastal marshlands and inland waters of Georgia, which is highlighted by visits from large schools of dolphin. Participate with the crew in our Dolphin Study and learn about these mysterious creatures of the sea. Dinner this evening is on your own in the new Beach Village at one of the local eating establishments. Or you might want to enjoy the Jekyll Wharf, which is within walking distance of the hotel.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
After breakfast, we depart for the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge at Folkstron, Georgia. Upon arrival, we see exhibits and film before a picnic lunch at the park. Return to our hotel for a little free time before visiting St. Simons Island. We tour the largest of Georgia’s fabled Golden Isles, St. Simons Island, which continues to reveal to present day visitors the remarkable beauty and fascinating history of this place first called San Simeon by 16th century Spanish explorers. We do a drive-through tour of Fort Frederica. It was here that General James Oglethorpe’s troops established Georgia’s first military outpost. We visit the Christ Church built in 1736. On its grounds are the spot where John Wesley, the father of Methodism, first preached, and a wooded cemetery where many of the Island’s earliest settlers are buried (based on availability). We will stop at the St. Simons Lighthouse, which is one of only five surviving light towers in Georgia and the most visited one. Dinner tonight will be at Iguana’s Seafood Restaurant, located in the historic Pier Village.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
This morning we depart for Meridian Dock where you board a ferry-boat for a half-hour ride to Sapelo Island. Once on the island, you board a school bus for your tour of Sapelo Island. The guide will make the history of the island and the African-American community of Hog Hammock come alive. View the Sapelo Lighthouse built for navigation to the Port of Darien. A walk on the seashore culminates the tour of the island before boarding the ferry to return to the mainland. Lunch today is included at Skipper’s Fish Camp, located on the banks of the Darien River, which offers an unequalled dining experience. After lunch we tour the Jekyll Island Club and have a free afternoon to enjoy the beach or possibly ride a bike on the Island. After dinner, enjoy dessert and a performance by the actors of the Brunswick Actors Theatre.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
After breakfast this morning we bid adieu to beautiful Jekyll Island and head north to overnight in Chattanooga. The Southern Belle Riverboat dinner cruise with a buffet offers a wonderful closure to our journey.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7
Wake up to breakfast and a view of the mountains of Chattanooga. Today we return to our departure points with memories of a wonderful experience.
Included Meal: Breakfast

Note: Special cancellation policies apply.

Departing From:
Decatur, Springfield, Litchfield, Pontoon Beach, Hazelwood, South County, Fairview Heights, Nashville, Mt. Vernon, Marion, Paducah, Cape Girardeau, Evansville