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Historic South Carolina Self-Drive

12 days from €3,995pp

Includes flights
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Itinerary highlights

  • Stroll through the streets of Charleston with an expert guide and get local insights into the city’s rich history.

  • Visit a number of historical plantations set upon the Ashley River, just a short drive from Charleston.

  • Enjoy typical Southern traditions at Montage Palmetto Bluff and sample fire-roasted S’mores, homemade sweet tea and slow-simmered shrimp and grits.

  • Bask in the Carolina sunshine on Hilton Head Island.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Charleston
  • Bluffton
  • Hilton Head Island

Itinerary idea in detail

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Including international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 Charleston

International outbound flight , Charleston

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Charleston. Upon arrival, make your way to your hotel which is located in the heart of the city. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy.

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Day 2 Charleston

Charleston

On your first morning in Charleston, take a historic walking tour of the city with a small group and guide and discover Charleston's characterful past. Your guide will offer a wealth of information about Charleston's role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars as well as insider tips on the best museums, restaurants and things to do during your time in the city. Later that afternoon, we recommend a visit the Old Slave Mart Museum, Fort Sumter or one of the historic homes of the old South's wealthy elite.

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Day 3 Charleston

Charleston

Today, take a short taxi ride to pick up your car from the depot. We recommend driving out of the city, up the Ashley River Road to Charleston's surrounding countryside. This is where a number of plantations once thrived in the 19th century. Magnolia Plantation is located just 30-minutes drive from downtown Charleston and has beautiful gardens as well as swamps teeming with alligators. Visitors will receive a rich insight into plantation life from the 1700s and 1800s. You can also visit Drayton Hall or Middleton Place.

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Day 4 Bluffton

Charleston , Bluffton

This morning, enjoy breakfast followed by a leisurely morning of shopping in the local boutiques and markets. After lunch, drive two hours south to the historic town of Bluffton. On arrival at Montage Palmetto Bluff, indulge in a traditional Lowcountry welcome and say hello to the resident pups before being shown to your lagoon view room. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Octagon Porch and make sure to stop by the fire pit for s'mores afterwards.

Day 5 Bluffton

Bluffton

Spend a day at leisure enjoying the wildlife, flora and fauna that encompass the resort by taking a stroll around the grounds or renting a bicycle. We also recommend the boat tour to historic Daufuskie Island or paying a visit to the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy to learn about the land and wildlife on site.

Day 6 Bluffton

Bluffton

Today, have breakfast at Buffalo's and fill up on fluffy American pancakes, waffles or traditional biscuits and bacon. Take your pick from a variety of activities on offer: head out on a boat in search of wild dolphins, go fresh-water fishing or kayak out to the sandbar.

Day 7 Hilton Head Island

Bluffton , Hilton Head Island

Spend your morning visiting Bluffton to learn about the town's historic churches and antebellum homes. Enjoy lunch al fresco in one of the cafes, peruse the general store for unique Carolina gifts and spend time reading the many plaques dotted around the historical sites. Then, take the short drive to Hilton Head Island. On arrival, admire the ocean views and accustom yourself with the resort.

Day 8 Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Spend the day at leisure on Hilton Head Island. We recommend driving out to Harbour Town Lighthouse in the morning to enjoy views of the ocean waves and marshland below. Drive back to the resort and spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach.

Day 9 Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Today is yours to explore the island at length. Visit the Coastal Discovery Museum to learn about the cultural heritage of Hilton Head Island or grab a kayak and paddle around the shoreline. You will also learn about the wildlife of the area including dolphins and a variety of birdlife.

Day 10 Hilton Head Island

Hilton Head Island

Soak up the famous Carolina sunshine and spend your last day relaxing on the beach or by the pool.

Day 11 International return flight

Hilton Head Island , International return flight

Spend the day at leisure on Hilton Head Island before heading back to the airport for your flight home.

Day 12 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Carla
Audley Travel specialist Shannon

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