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Luxury Georgia & the Carolinas self-drive

13 days from £5,510pp

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

Itinerary highlights

  • Taste local delicacies such as Southern barbecue and Lowcountry boil.

  • Walk in the shoes of American royalty at Biltmore House.

  • Delve into Savannah’s culinary scene.

  • Watch birds and comb the unspoilt beaches on Jekyll Island.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Atlanta
  • Asheville
  • Charleston
  • Savannah
  • Jekyll Island

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights with British Airways in World Traveller Plus on the way to the USA and in Club World, with a flatbed, on the overnight return.

Day 1 Atlanta

International outbound flight , Atlanta

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Atlanta. Make your way from the airport to Buckhead, the heart of Atlanta's buzzy entertainment district and relax in your hotel. Buckhead's dining is amongst the best in the South if you feel like heading out for dinner.

Day 2 Atlanta


Atlanta's glittering skyscraper core is testament to the fact it is the commercial heart of the South. Here mega-corporation Coca-Cola shows its PR side at World of Coca-Cola, a museum where you can learn their history and taste their range of over 100 products.

Day 3 Asheville

Atlanta , Asheville

Pick up your convertible car, drop the top and head out of the city towards North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. The roads are winding, so take it slowly so you can admire the views.

Day 4 Asheville


The Biltmore Estate was the summer retreat of George Vanderbilt, part of the dynasty that was at one time the richest in America. Biltmore House remains the largest privately-owned in America. It's easy to spend hours exploring the grand rooms of this chateau-style mansion and manicured gardens.

Day 5 Charleston

Asheville , Charleston

Leave the mountains behind and descend to the coast, where Charleston sits at the confluence of several rivers. Your hotel is one of the grandest in the historic district so it's worth spending time relaxing there before heading out for a look around the streets lined with mansions in all hues.

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Day 6 Charleston


Charleston is both historic and very walkable so join a local for a stroll around the oldest parts of the city, including to places you would never find on your own.

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Day 7 Savannah

Charleston , Savannah

Charleston's big rival for most charming small city of the South is Savannah. The drive down passes many barrier islands where you could stop for a walk or swim.

Day 8 Savannah


Savannah's squares and Spanish moss-draped oaks form its most enduring image, creating a picturesque downtown as well as providing some respite from the sun as you wander around. Savannah is also home to a small but good quality food scene, so a walking tour of the city with stops at various restaurants provides a great introduction.

Day 9 Jekyll Island

Savannah , Jekyll Island

Just a short drive from Savannah finds you on the beaches of the barrier islands. On Jekyll Island you can spend time watching sea birds, strolling along the beaches looking for shells and enjoying the facilities of the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort.

Day 10 Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

Day at leisure: explore the natural side of Jekyll Island with a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center or on a ramble around the maritime forest with the resort's park ranger. At Horton Pond you can spot turtles and alligators.

Day 11 Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island

Day at leisure: there are numerous activities to get involved with, from croquet on the lawns to cycling the miles of trails around the island - or you could just lie back by the pool.

Day 12 International return flight

Jekyll Island , International return flight

Spend the final few hours on Jekyll taking in the sea air and views before driving south to Jacksonville and state number four of the trip, Florida, where you can put the top back up on your convertible and hand it back before flying home.

Day 13 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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