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Georgia & South Carolina | Savannah & Charleston | Family Vacation
Savannah and Charleston Vacation PackageCruise on a kayak next to dolphins, learn about the deep southern history, and enjoy the beach with your family on this all-inclusive vacation
6 days / 5 nights
Activity Level Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.
Georgia and South Carolina: Savannah to Charleston Family Vacation
Teeming with wildlife refuges and state parks framed by oceanside views and islands, Savannah, Beaufort, and Charleston offer an abundance of adventure best explored on foot, bike, or boat. On this six-day tour, take the chance to not only experience the natural beauty of these areas in the deep south with your family but also learn about the significant history surrounding the cities of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.
Georgia and South Carolina Vacation Package Highlights
- Tour around parts of Savannah, Georgia, where deep southern antebellum architecture, sophisticated parks, and historical statues dominate much of the city’s imagery.
- Hike at Skidaway Island State Park Boardwalks, walking past salt marshes, Spanish moss-covered forests, and waterways.
- Learn about Wormsloe Historic Site with a tour guide, a place where a former plantation and colonial estate once thrived.
- Kayak with dolphins around Hilton Head Island.
- Get your spook on during a Charleston ghost tour in South Carolina through Charleston’s Historic District
- Bike across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge that stretches over 2 miles.
- Explore World War II history at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum where original aircraft carriers, destroyers, and submarines are exhibited.
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Explore islands teeming with wildlife in both Georgia and South Carolina
Enjoy some beach time with the family near the Atlantic Ocean
Tour the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge by boat with an experienced tour guide
Savannah, Georgia SAV
Charleston, South Carolina CHS
Savannah, Georgia | Skidaway Island | Wormsloe Historic Site
Savannah, Georgia Arrival: Welcome to Georgia! Your guides will pick you up from your pre-trip hotel.
Savannah, Georgia: As the oldest city in Georgia, Savannah holds deep historical roots and in 1966 was named the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the country. Antebellum architecture, sophisticated parks, and historical statues dominate much of the city’s imagery and you may just find yourself picturing a horse-drawn carriage bumping along the cobblestone streets from the 1700s. Just over 140,000 people call Savannah home, but nearly 15 million people visit the city each year.
Skidaway Island State Park: Find solitude in Georgia’s Skidaway Island State Park nestled not far from historic Savannah. You may spot deer, raccoons, egrets, and other wildlife while you explore the trails that roll through lush maritime forest that’s covered in Spanish moss and boasts great oaks. The island itself lies between Skidaway River and Wilmington River that flows through and around the fertile landscapes.
Skidaway Island State Park Boardwalk Hike: Hike three miles roundtrip along the boardwalks that wind through the park, taking in the natural sights and sounds that thrive in the serene landscape. Walk past salt marshes, forests, and waterways on this simple yet reflective adventure.
Wormsloe Historic Site: Meander amongst southern history that lives in the Wormsloe Historic Site, famous for its stone entry archway framed by sprawling Spanish moss-covered oak trees lining the main path. Tour the site that was once a former plantation and colonial estate of carpenter Noble Jones. Learn about the people and life that took place on the property.
Transfer Time: 1 hour
About Perry Lane Hotel
A luxury hotel that charms every guest that enters her doors in Savannah, the Perry Lane offers elegant amenities draped in beautiful design and unmatched southern service that’s warm and welcoming. You’ll find a modern rooftop bar and pool, an in-room spa menu, and upscale lounging areas designed to impress.
Hilton Head to Page Island
Hilton Head to Page Island Kayaking and Dolphin Cruise: Gear up and paddle out next to the friendly dolphins that live around Hilton Head Island! Kayak along with a local guide who will not only introduce you to the area’s dolphin residents but also guide you past the famous Harbor Town Lighthouse and glamorous homes of shoreline Hilton Head. You may also get a chance to pull up some crabs using a crab pot. Your tour will take you to Page Island where you can watch for more marine wildlife.
Page Island: Find serenity in South Carolina’s lowland at Page Island, where the pristine landscape is surrounded by salt marshes. Page Island is a series of hammock islands, where trees form ecological islands.
Hilton Head Beach: Relax and reflect with some true beach time. You can choose to lie in the sand and soak up some rays or explore the downtown area of Hilton Head Island, Main Street Village, where idyllic coastal shops, cafes, and more line the streets.
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge | Beaufort, South Carolina
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge: With 31,551 protected acres of wildlands, this refuge is teeming with deer, turkeys, squirrels, waterfowl, and even hogs, manatees, alligators, and shortnose sturgeon. Hardwoods and tidal freshwater marsh make up the landscape. Areas of the refuge were once plantation rice fields historically run in the mid-late 1700s. National Wildlife Refuge Boat Excursion: Venture by boat through Savannah’s southeast coastal gem that is the Wildlife Refuge, where you’ll splurge on views of tidal creeks and marshes where birds, alligators, and river wildlife abound. A naturalist captain will lead you and teach you about the ecosystem that lives along the riverfront on this three-hour tour.
Spanish Moss Trail Biking: Pedal away on a 10 mile stretch of South Carolina’s Spanish Moss bike trail that leads you through scenery of lowcountry water, marshes, and Spanish moss-draped neighborhoods. This trail is paved and rated relatively easy for bike riders.
Beaufort, South Carolina: Settled on Port Royal Island, the small city of Beaufort is known for its historic downtown district and streets lined with Spanish moss-covered oaks. The sunny and charming aura of Beaufort draws visitors to its seasides and invites all to lay eyes on historic mansions and quaint coastal homes decorated with manicured landscapes.
Night On Your Own: Enjoy a night on your own this evening for dinner. Your guides will give you restaurant options to choose from in the area and will provide ideas on things to do on your own time. Alternatively, feel free to just relax tonight after a wonderful activity-filled day!
About The Beaufort Inn
Located in the downtown of its namesake city in South Carolina, you’ll find comfort in this down-home inn that provides plush amenities, rooms with views, and southern charm. Enjoy sitting on your private porch or balcony and watch the city fall asleep at night, or peruse the private courtyards and gift shop.
Caw Caw Interpretive Center | Charleston, South Carolina
Transfer Time: 1 hour
Caw Caw Interpretive Center Walking Tour: Located in Ravenel, South Carolina, this educational center is abundant in natural, cultural, and historical resources. Take a walking tour through the property that has trail-side exhibits, wildlife viewing stops, six miles of natural, unpaved trail, and important sites of the Stono Rebellion and 18th and 19th-century former rice fields.
Charleston, South Carolina: Just a few years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, the city of Charleston was born. Since then its boomed into an iconic southern hub of history, where museums are far from scarce and the architecture harkens back to the colonial era. It’s also often voted as America’s most romantic city with its whimsically modern touches, warm palm-studded beaches, and luxurious hotels and restaurants.
Charleston Ghost Tour: If you’re jumpy at even the slightest bump in the night, beware! You are entering spooky spaces where ghosts and spirits slink around in the shadows. A tour guide will lead you through the nooks and crannies of Charleston’s Historic District, where you may hear the haunts of the Civil War era wail in the empty air and listen to tales of people gone by.
About French Quarter Inn
Boasting a grand elegance that’s paired with pleasing service, the French Quarter Inn provides high-class comfort decorated in clean design. Relax in a comfortable lobby where a fireplace lights the room and fresh flowers add to the space. Find plush European-style bedding and a wet bar in your room, with extra additions like their turndown service.
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to Isle of Palms | Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to Isle of Palms Biking: Bike across the 2.5-mile Ravenel Bridge, overlooking the Cooper River and Drum Island, as you make your way towards Isle of Palms another 14 miles down the road. The last stretch of your route brings you along Isle of Palms Beach and provides never-ending views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Isle of Palms Beach: Meander along miles of beach land that sprawls out at Isle of Palms in South Carolina where you’ll see, of course, plenty of palm trees. Isle of Palms itself is a barrier island on the state’s coast, just 20 minutes from the city of Charleston.
Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Exploration: Spend time delving into the world of the U.S.’s naval history, wartime traditions, and values. Over 300,000 visitors flock to learn about the home of the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier, and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S. Get up close and personal with genuine aircrafts, destroyers, submarines, and more at this museum.
Oyster Point and the Battery | Charleston, South Carolina Departure
Oyster Point and the Battery Walk: Opt for a one-mile walk at Oyster Point and The Battery this morning, strolling along paths that lead past distinguished houses and guide you to The Battery near the edge of the shoreline. Enjoy the neat and sophisticated landscapes that line the properties near White Point Garden that overlooks the ocean.
Charleston, South Carolina Departure: Your guides will shuttle you to Charleston airport to get ready for your departure home.
Arrival & Departure
Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 or 8:20 am, depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Charleston airport (1:00 pm) or your Charleston hotel (1:30 pm).
Biking: Most bike rides on this trip are considered easy to moderate (10 to 20 miles, flat and/or rolling terrain). If a more difficult bike ride is included on this itinerary, more specific details will be included in the day’s activity description within the detailed itinerary. Bike rides are van supported, meaning that there will be checkpoints along the way in which you can access the van/guide if needed or can end your ride early. There will also be one guide accompanying the group by bike.
Hiking: Most hikes on this adventure are considered easy to moderate (2 to 4 miles with up to 400 feet of elevation gain). Oftentimes, we’ll do several shorter hikes over the course of one day. If a more difficult hike is listed on this itinerary, its mileage and elevation gain will be listed in the day’s activity description within the detailed itinerary.
Kayaking: Our goal while kayaking is to stick to the flatwater sections of the body of water we’re paddling in. Your group will stick together as your guide navigates the best path to keep the group safe. Gear and paddling instruction provided.
Small Ship Cruising: The goal of cruising by small ship or boat is to get a different perspective of the beauty of the region. A captain and crew will give you a short safety briefing before heading out into open water. You’ll be educated and informed on the marine ecosystem while maintaining respectful and responsible behavior around the local wildlife.
The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments, and receptions, except one dinner on your own, are included as indicated by the itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.
After receiving your reservation and deposit, we’ll send you a pre-trip planner with general information about the area you’ll be visiting, a packing list, exercise guidelines, a guest information questionnaire, and a liability release agreement for you to sign and return within 10 days.
Included in Trip Price
- Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
- All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, except one dinner on own your own, refreshments, and receptions.
- Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
- Bikes, helmets, and other necessary equipment, all safe and well maintained.
- Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
- Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags, and luggage service.
- Pre-departure and packing information.
- Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities, and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
- Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
- Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
- One dinner on your own.
- Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
- Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
- All types of personal insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.1 Easy (1)
Activity levels are subjective depending on your general level of fitness and your experience; however, all of our trips are self-paced.2 Moderately Easy (2)
At Austin Adventures, our senior leaders, guides, and office staff are our lifeblood. These folks are with you throughout your journey and truly make the experience memorable. The team members are residents of many different places, from Western and Eastern United States to Europe and beyond. We strive together to make this company a provider of life-changing adventures and share two things in common: A love affair with the great outdoors and a passion for travel that changes our worldview for the better.