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Georgia & the Carolinas Self-Drive

15 days from £3,155pp Inc. Flights

Georgia & the Carolinas Self-Drive

15 days from £3,155pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

    Places visited:

  • Atlanta
  • Asheville
  • Wilmington
  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah
  • Jekyll Island
  • Macon
  • Walk some of the 800 miles of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Relax on the beach or explore the sand dunes of tranquil Jekyll Island.

  • Explore the dramatic Atlantic coastline and the historic waterfront towns of the Carolinas.

  • Visit the historic plantation homes and mansions on Georgia's Antebellum Trail.

Audley Travel specialist Ellie

What our specialists say...

From magnificent mountains to sun-drenched beaches, this itinerary has it all. Hike or cycle in the panoramic Great Smoky Mountains, stretch out on the sands of Jekyll Island, and discover the charms of historic cities such as Wilmington, Charleston and Savannah, and the antebellum mansions and tribal culture of Macon in rural Georgia.

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Itinerary highlights

  • Walk some of the 800 miles of hiking trails in the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Relax on the beach or explore the sand dunes of tranquil Jekyll Island.

  • Explore the dramatic Atlantic coastline and the historic waterfront towns of the Carolinas.

  • Visit the historic plantation homes and mansions on Georgia's Antebellum Trail.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
All accommodation
Audley Travel specialist Dawn
Dawn, USA specialist

What our specialists say

From magnificent mountains to sun-drenched beaches, this itinerary has it all. Hike or cycle in the panoramic Great Smoky Mountains, stretch out on the sands of Jekyll Island, and discover the charms of historic cities such as Wilmington, Charleston and Savannah, and the antebellum mansions and tribal culture of Macon in rural Georgia.

  • Atlanta
  • Asheville
  • Wilmington
  • Charleston, SC
  • Savannah
  • Jekyll Island
  • Macon

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Atlanta

International outbound flight , Atlanta

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Atlanta. On arrival in Atlanta, make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to relax.

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Day 2 Asheville

Atlanta , Asheville

Collect your hire car and travel through the Chattahoochee National Forest and the small Tennessee towns of Franklin and Cherokee, en route to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Day 3 Asheville

Asheville

Explore the southern Appalachians where there are many dramatic waterfalls. The region is also known for exhilarating white water rafting trips on the Nantahala River.

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Day 4 Wilmington

Asheville , Wilmington

Leaving the mountains and Ponderosa pine tree woods behind, travel through rural communities and the marshlands of North Carolina as you head towards Wilmington and the coast.

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Day 5 Wilmington

Wilmington

Explore the charming cobbled streets of Wilmington's waterfront, a laid-back setting along the Cape Fear River. Enjoy the rich history of grand old homes, tree-lined boulevards and the ornate historic buildings of Chandlers Wharf.

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Day 6 Charleston, SC

Wilmington , Charleston, SC

Follow the dramatic Atlantic coastline south where you pass through numerous oceanfront villages and the lively resort of Myrtle Beach before arriving in the picturesque town of Charleston.

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Day 7 Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Drive along the scenic Ashley Road to Magnolia Plantation and the Audubon Swamp Gardens. The waters are teeming with egrets, herons and other waterfowl and flanked by cypress and tupelo gum trees.

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Day 8 Savannah

Charleston, SC , Savannah

Travel along the scenic coastline to Savannah. On the way, explore the beautiful beach of Hunting Island State Park where you can climb the lighthouse and enjoy the views.

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Day 9 Savannah

Savannah

A full day to explore the picturesque city of Savannah, brimming with history, charm and welcoming hospitality.

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Day 10 Jekyll Island

Savannah , Jekyll Island

On the journey south to Jekyll Island, explore the pretty villages along the ocean's edge. There are also several historic forts that once guarded these shores and the Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Reserve.

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Day 11 Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

Spend the day exploring Jekyll and the other Sea Islands off Georgia's coast, home to prolific wildlife in the surrounding marshes, great beaches, historic houses and plenty of scenic walking trails.

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Day 12 Macon

Jekyll Island , Macon

Today head west towards Macon, the 'Heart of Georgia', located on the banks of the Ocmulgee River. This afternoon you may wish to walk the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail or explore Ocmulgee National Monument - a tribute to the Native American Tribes that lived in the area for thousands of years.

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Day 13 Macon

Macon

This morning you may wish to take the short drive from Macon to Milledgeville. The town has plenty to offer. You could catch the Historic Trolley and explore the city, or visit the Old Governor's Mansion - a fine example of High Greek Revival architecture.

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Day 14 International return flight

Macon , International return flight

Drive back to Atlanta where you will catch an overnight flight home, arriving the next day.

Day 15 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Lizzie
Audley Travel specialist Mark

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