United States·November 29 - December 4 2022

Charming Charleston For the Holidays

Named one of the best places to visit during the holiday season

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Overview

With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisite architecture, celebrated dining scene and friendly locals, it’s no wonder Charleston has become one of America’s best loved travel destinations. And there is no better time to visit the Holy City than just before the holidays when temperatures are still mild. Join us for a trip that will showcase Charleston from in insider’s perspective. This trip is sure to hit all of your senses including beautiful historic homes, meticulous private gardens, world-class cuisine, rich history, and holiday cheer at every turn.

Highlights

Private dinner in a lovely restored Charleston Battery house

Private dinner in a lovely restored Charleston Battery house

Take a holiday walking tour through Charleston’s historic district

Take a holiday walking tour through Charleston’s historic district

Explore the Middleton Plantation

Explore the Middleton Plantation

Enjoy a Charleston Tea Party in the private home of a local guide

Enjoy a Charleston Tea Party in the private home of a local guide

Visit the Nathaniel Russell House for a special holiday candlelight tour

Visit the Nathaniel Russell House for a special holiday candlelight tour

Dine at some of Charleston’s best restaurants including the award-winning Husk

Dine at some of Charleston’s best restaurants including the award-winning Husk

Take a culinary walking tour then share a meal with an award-winning local chef

Take a culinary walking tour then share a meal with an award-winning local chef

Explore the wonders of Wadmalaw Island

Explore the wonders of Wadmalaw Island

Schedule

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Day I

Fly into Charleston in the morning (or the night before) and make your way to the historic Francis Marion hotel. Our hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston’s steeples, historic mansions, and famous harbor. Located downtown on Marion Square, we are ideally located within walking distance of magnificent gardens, house museums, antique shops, local boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife.

Around 6:00pm, we’ll enjoy a welcome meet and greet with a toast at the hotel bar.

Then we’ll dine at one of Charleston’s favorites, The Grocery, a short walk from our hotel.

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Day 2

Today, we will start with a private guided tour of Charleston and hear the stories and traditions of Charleston’s rich history and colorful past. The tour will highlight the vibrant neighborhoods, historic sites, architecture, and art including Rainbow Row, The Battery, White Point Garden, and some of Charleston’s most beautiful churches.

After stopping for lunch at the delightful Cru Café, we will take a guided Charleston Strolls Holiday Walking Tour to where carriages and motorcoaches are not allowed and take a fascinating walking tour with stories and traditions. Visit the Four Corners of Law and The Battery while also seeing private neighborhoods dressed in their holiday finery.

We will end our tour at the Charleston City Market, one of the nation’s oldest public markets and cultural heart of the city. Home to more than 300 vibrant entrepreneurs, this is always something to see, do, taste, and take home as a souvenir.

You’ll then have some free time as the day winds down to walk back to the hotel, shop or continue to explore before dinner.

Tonight, you’re in for a treat! We have a special privately catered dinner in one of the glorious Charleston Battery homes. Not open to the public, this grand private home has been lovingly restored and only recently been made available for small private groups. Put on your finest dinner-party attire. 

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Day 3

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll drive to the Middleton Place, a National Historic Landmark, home to the oldest landscaped gardens in America and an enduring, vibrant, and essential part of the Charleston and American experience. We’ll enjoy lunch at the Middleton Place restaurant, a James Beard award winning restaurant Inspired by the recipes and spirit of former resident chef and renowned southern chef Edna Lewis.

After lunch, we will drive to Wadmalaw Island to experience the Charleston Tea Garden, America’s only farm to table tea growing & production plant. The trolley tour around the tea garden is included, as well as all you can drink tea.

We will then head back to the hotel before heading out for a dinner within walking distance of the hotel.

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Day 4

We’ll start the morning with a walking tour designed for the discerning visitor who wishes to experience Old Charleston as a guest, not a tourist. Guided by two knowledgeable and charming local guides whose families have lived in Charleston for generations, we’ll visit “their city”, visiting their friends’ private homes and gardens. We’ll then be treated to a private Charleston Tea Party with a gourmet lunch in their meticulously restored historic home decked out in its holiday best.

After such a wonderful morning and lunch, we’ll visit the nearby Charleston Museum with access to the exquisite antebellum Heyward-Washington House and the Georgian-style Joseph Manigault House. Afterwards, you appreciate some free time to either go back to the hotel, enjoy more time at the museum, or head to King Street for some holiday shopping.

We will walk over to Stella’s for a more casual evening of genuine Greek food for dinner. 

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Day 5

Today will begin with a walk across the street for a quick visit to the renowned Charleston Farmers’ Market during their annual Holiday Market. During December, the market is filled with many local artisans and crafters alongside local farmers. After, we’ll meet up with one of Charleston’s best chefs for a visit to another neighborhood market to observe how a Chef shops. Using the ingredients, we select at the market; the Chef will create a one-of-a-kind farm-to-table dining experience for us at a local restaurant.

This afternoon we’ll have time to spend as you please. Holiday shop on King Street, a spa treatment at the hotel or discover more of Charleston. The choice is all yours.

On our final evening, we’ll have dinner at the celebrated restaurant Husk. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Husk transforms the essence of southern food.

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Day 6

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll say our goodbyes and Happy Holiday wishes, with a promise to stay in touch with our new friends. 

You'll Be Staying Here

Francis Marion Hotel

Francis Marion Hotel

Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (the “Swamp Fox”), the Francis Marion Hotel became an instant Charleston landmark when it opened in 1924.

Hosts

Robin Leonard

Robin Leonard

Robin Leonard, an experienced navigator who loves uncovering the unexpected in every location.  After spending years in the corporate world as a consultant, Robin joined the travel industry with a goal of helping other women dream, explore and discover through travel. With a passion for all things Charleston, Robin is excited to share the magic of Charleston at the holidays with you. 

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room!

FROM$5,695.00/pp

What's Included

What's Included

All ground transportation (excluding airport transfers)

GG2P Welcome Gift

All meals plus wine or beer at dinner

All guides, experts, and entry fees for tours, museums, and plantations on the itinerary

Your stay at the Francis Marion hotel

Roundtrip airfare to Charleston

Airport transfers

Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.

All personal souvenir purchases

Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

The Holy City

Charming Charleston

Charleston expresses an enchanting blend of opulence and intimacy, history and hospitality, culture and cuisine, and art and architecture.

Charming Charleston

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Charming Charleston For the Holidays

United States· November 29 - December 4 2022· 5 nights

FROM$5695/pp