Grand Homes of the South
Grand Homes of the South
A gentle fly-drive holiday which combines the modern city of Atlanta with the charms of historical Savannah and Charleston, interspersed with time to relax in the Golden Isles as the rich barons of the north did over 100 years ago. Focusing on the historic mansions that have been home to some of the most influential Americans, there will be no shortage of magnificent architecture, glorious gardens and luxurious surroundings to enjoy.
This itinerary is flexible and can be tailor-made to suit you; if you want to add extra days in one area, extend the holiday or maybe change the direction of travel. Talk to one of our experts about how to make this holiday the perfect one for you.
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Itinerary (13 Nights)
Here’s a day-by-day guide to your itinerary. Feel free to ask us to add other days or ideas and excursions by contacting us directly, so we can give you the best price.
Your arrival in Atlanta begins your trip to some of the south’s most iconic homes....
Your arrival in Atlanta begins your trip to some of the south’s most iconic homes.
Atlanta is a vibrant and exciting mixture of the old and new. For the old, and those who loved “Gone with the Wind”, you might want to start with a visit to the Margaret Mitchell House. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house is a turn-of-the-century three-story Tudor Revival building where Mitchell lived and wrote. You’ll also want to visit the 1928 classically styled, much photographed and filmed, Swan House, known as one of the most recognized and photographed landmarks in Atlanta and perhaps take in a show at the Fox Theatre. More modern landmarks include the World of Coca Cola, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and Lenox Square for some serious retail therapy.
3 nights in Atlanta
Atlanta to Macon
Collect your car to start your drive along the Antebellum Trail. This is a 100-mile...
Collect your car to start your drive along the Antebellum Trail. This is a 100-mile route through seven historic communities that escaped major harm from Sherman’s 1864 burning March to the Sea. You will spend the night in a 1842 Inn, a historic house in Macon, but en route we suggest you visit the Old Governor’s Mansion in Milledgeville and the beautiful homes of Madison.
1 night in Macon
Macon to Golden Isles
Continue your drive to the Georgia coast to the region known as the Golden Isles....
to Golden Isles
Continue your drive to the Georgia coast to the region known as the Golden Isles. On Jekyll Island, as well as a glorious beach, you will be able to tour the area simply known as Millionaire’s Row. During the Gilded Age, Jekyll Island was one of the most exclusive resort destinations in the United States. Owned by the most elite and inaccessible social club in America, a group whose members included Rockefellers, Pulitzers, Vanderbilts, Goulds and Morgans, this quiet refuge was the perfect winter getaway for the wealthy new industrial class of the snowbound North. There are good hotels on Jekyll Island including the Jekyll Island Resort which was the original club house dating back to 1888 but you might choose to go to Sea Island and stay at the glorious Cloister or the prestigious Forbes 5* Lodge at Sea Island.
2 nights in the Golden Isles
Golden Isles to Savannah
A short trip up the coast takes you to Savannah, home of the largest urban...
A short trip up the coast takes you to Savannah, home of the largest urban historic district in the United States. The city is teeming with historic mansions, fondly known as museum homes. You’ll want to visit the Owens-Thomas House, known for its amazing Greek revival style. There’s also the Isaiah Davenport House, built in the Federal style and where the city’s historic preservation movement began, and the Juliette Gordon Low birthplace, home of the founder of the Girl Guides and filled with her artwork and sculptures. You can also find the Green-Meldrim House, headquarters of General Sherman during the Civil War, and the Mercer-Williams House, the site of the murder featured in the iconic Savannah murder mystery, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The city offers many options for sightseeing as well as architecture-specific tours. The best person to show you around the city on foot is Savannah Dan, and we can organise a tour for you with this colourful character.
2 nights in Savannah
Just two hours north of Savannah is Charleston, South Carolina, another gem situated on the...
Just two hours north of Savannah is Charleston, South Carolina, another gem situated on the Southeastern US coast. It’s a city brimming with rich history, tradition and Southern charm. Known for its magnificent outlying plantations, you’ll see Middleton Place, built in 1755 and featuring America’s oldest landscaped gardens. There’s also Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676 it has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of America unfold from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It’s the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to display the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. There’s also Drayton Hall and Boone Hall plantations, as well as several mansions in the historic district that can be toured and enjoyed.
3 nights in Charleston
Charleston & South Carolina to Asheville
The tranquil charm of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the spirited culture of the River Arts...
Charleston & South Carolina
The tranquil charm of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the spirited culture of the River Arts District, the natural magnificence of Chimney Rock – these are just some of the attractions that have inspired countless visitors to Asheville. The undeniable centrepiece of the city is The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest home situated on 8,000 acres. In addition to touring the home, you can enjoy the on-site winery, restaurants and shops, all surrounded by spectacular mountain views. We would recommend staying at one of the many charming inns in the town.
2 nights in Asheville
Asheville to Atlanta
It is a three-hour drive back to Atlanta, so plenty of time to get there...
It is a three-hour drive back to Atlanta, so plenty of time to get there for your homeward or onward flight.
If you would like extra time at any of these fascinating places, please just let us know.
J Smith - Travelled New York to Toronto
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