INTERCOSTAL RIVER CRUISE
Charleston to Amelia Island
March 26 - April 3, 2021
(FRIDAY - SATURDAY)
The Intracoastal Waterway, home to some of the most beautiful historic cities in America, is a protected network of bays, rivers, and canals. Start your journey in Charleston, lined with cobblestone streets and antebellum houses, and where the first shots of the Civil War were heard. Continue to scenic Beaufort and learn what life was like on a southern plantation from our resident expert in period costume. Enjoy the scenic beaches and abundant wildlife at Hilton Head, before traveling to Savannah to tour its historic districts showcasing 19th-century wealth and opulence. In Jekyll Island, visit “Millionaire’s Village,” a National Historic Landmark with 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages built over 100 years ago. On your final stop at Amelia Island, take a river cruise and walking tour through the Victorian seaport of Fernandina Beach.
Day 1 – (March 26, 2021) Burlington, VT to Jacksonville, FL Airport Fernandina Beach, FL
Day 2 – (March 27, 2021) Amelia Island, FL
Discover the natural beauty of Amelia Island, with its miles of quartz beaches and rolling sand dunes. Fernandina Beach, the island's only city, now harbors a treasure trove of history, antiques, and collectibles. Join a walking tour of Centre Street's Historic District, with 50 blocks of restored 19th-century Victorian homes and shop.
Day 3 – (March 28, 2021) Jekyll Island, GA
Discover the compelling history of Jekyll Island, part of Georgia’s Sea Isles. This remarkable destination is the location of “Millionaire’s Village," 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Day 4 – (March 29, 2021) St. Simons Island, GA
Recently voted among the most romantic destinations in the U.S., St. Simons is abounding in rich history, southern charm, and unspoiled natural beauty. Explore its monumental 18th-century battlefields and sprawling antebellum plantations and admire the lovely Southern Oaks draped with Spanish moss that adorn the island.
Lady Jane Shrimp Boat Experience
After a hearty breakfast, meet your skipper for the day at the gangway of the ship before making your way to the Lady Jane. Relax while the refreshing scent of salt water fills the air as you sail to your captain’s favorite shrimping grounds. As the retired shrimping vessel makes its way through the scenic Marshes of Glynn, south of St. Simons Sound, be sure to be on the lookout for wildlife such as dolphins and pelicans. Once you arrive at your captain’s favorite spot, you will have the opportunity to pull in your very own catch!
St. Simons Island Exploration
St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles with a deep-rooted history spanning over four centuries. Nowhere is the island’s rich history better told or preserved than the Bloody Marsh Battle Site or Christ Church. Our lively private tour guide will take you through the battlegrounds and explain the military strategies employed by both sides. Afterward, visit Christ Church, one of St. Simons most treasured landmarks, with magnificent stained glass art that is sure to impress.
Day 5 – (March 30, 2021) Savannah, GA
With its emerald tree canopy, quaint cobblestone streets, and majestic architecture, Savannah is still a bustling seaport with renowned historic districts that preserve its phenomenal 19th-century wealth and opulence. Join a narrated tour of Savannah’s “Historic and Victorian Districts," brave an evening Ghost Walk, or explore the area's magnificent shops.
The Secrets of Savannah
When darkness falls on Savannah, the city take on a different personality. As daylight fades and gas lamps illuminate the Historic District, enjoy a beautiful, romantic, and haunting view of Savannah. Our local guide will offer a fascinating narrative delving into history you may not have read in school, sharing juicy anecdotes about the colony's beginnings, as well as tales from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Learn the stories behind notable monuments and statues in Savannah's famous squares. Savannah Comedy Trolley Escapade Enjoy this high-energy, whirlwind comedy trip through some of the wildest and most hilarious history that Savannah has to offer. A witty history lesson, this excursion features entertaining comedy skits, musical numbers, costume changes, a few absurd appearances, and loads of Savannah history. Hosted by the infamous twins, Johnny and Danny Moron, this mad romp around Savannah will give you all the inside gossip on practically every important moment that has transpired throughout Savannah’s past and present, from the Civil War to why every tourist must take a selfie on the Forrest Gump bench.
Amid the bustling River Street section of Savannah, meet with our local guide who will lead the group on a narrated walking tour of historic Savannah. Visit key attractions including Savannah’s oldest neighborhood, Colonial Park Cemetery, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and a few of Savannah’s 22 squares that provide greenery amid all of the businesses and historic houses. As you explore the various gardens, admire the architecture, and learn about the city’s history, your guide will tailor the tour to suit the group’s interests
Day 6 – (March 31, 2021) Hilton Head Island, SC
Hilton Head is a first class resort known for its championship golf courses and miles of scenic beaches. A boat tour of The Sea Pines Forest Preserve gives you a close-up view of Hilton Head's indigenous plant and animal life, including the American Alligator.
Cruise Take a cruise to find out how playful, endearing, and amazing bottle-nose dolphins truly are. Not long into your tour, someone will catch sight of a pod of dolphins swimming nearby, as they come up for air every few seconds. You will witness dolphins riding alongside the boat, or surfing in the wake behind, so be sure to bring your camera for this excellent photo opportunity. Your knowledgeable guide will share bottle-nose dolphin facts with you, such as how the shallow waters around the island provide the perfect place for dolphins to find food. With this insight, you will able to appreciate these intelligent and beautiful water creatures even more
Alligator & Wildlife Excursion
We will anchor in Hilton Head and tender into shore, where you will be greeted by our local guide for one of our most popular shore excursions in the area. Embark on a private boat tour of the Sea Pines Resort Forest Preserve. This 600-acre preserve features some of Hilton Head’s many indigenous plants and animal species, including the American alligator. Your guide will provide an engaging and educational tour while you enjoy the breathtaking views of the freshwater lake. In the afternoon, take to explore Hilton Head’s popular shopping district or relax back on board before the evening’s entertainment.
Day 7 – (April 1, 2021) Beaufort, SC
Beaufort’s history includes European explorers, Native American cultural influences, British settlements, and Civil War battles. Today, horse-drawn carriages clatter along the narrow streets of this historic district, past 18th and 19th-century homes famous for unique Beaufort-style architecture. As you explore this amazing city, discover why Beaufort was once heralded as the “Newport of the South."
Explored by the Spanish, the French, and the English, Beaufort has a rich historic charm that abounds in beautiful antebellum homes, moss-draped live oak trees, and friendly local charm. On this guided walk through the historic district, learn about its over 300 years of fascinating history, as well as the many Hollywood films shot on location here. Among some of the iconic movies that have used this charming town as a backdrop include the Great Santini, The Big Chill, Forrest Gump, and Rules of Engagement, among many others.
Lowcountry Heritage Experience
Enjoy a “Back in Time Tour” with guides in period dress who tell stories and sing songs. Visit the Gullah communities and learn about the life of southern planters and their slaves. While on the tour, visit Lady’s Island and St. Helena, where you will view the grounds of a plantation, a slave cemetery, and an old praise house. Learn the history of Penn Center, the first school for newly freed slaves in the Deep South, and discover what happened to the former slave communities from the Civil War days to the present.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Ride Take an enchanting narrated horse-drawn carriage ride through the lovely tree-lined streets of historic Beaufort, a sophisticated and charming town offering visitors a true Lowcountry experience. Listen as your guide tells stories about the past and present owners of lovely southern antebellum homes, many of which were spared destruction during the Civil War as Union officers commandeered them as hospitals, offices, and residences.
Day 8 – (April 2, 2021) Charleston, SC
The port city of Charleston is known for its cobblestone streets, gas-lit lamps, and pastel antebellum houses. The scene of Revolutionary War naval battles, legendary pirate tales, and Civil War sieges, the city is considered by many to be a living museum. Visit historic Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shots of the Civil War rang out. Learn how Charleston’s African-American heritage has contributed to the city’s history and unique culture. Enjoy the beauty of the area with a stroll through its magnificent parks and gardens.
The city of Charleston is exquisitely preserved and aesthetically pleasing with its charming blend of antebellum architecture, cobblestone streets, and historic landmarks. Travel through narrow streets lined with the townhouses of colonial planters. Witness where generations of patriots lived, and worshiped in some of America’s oldest religious buildings. Listen to fascinating stories of the American Revolution and the War between the States. Your journey will include a stop at the Battery Waterfront and a tour of the elegant interior of a restored historic home, the Joseph Manigault House.
Take a ferry ride over to historic Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. Once aboard the ferry, experience a relaxing narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. Learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive, you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers who will provide further details on the history of Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War as you explore a captivating onsite museum.
Day 9 – (April 3, 2021) Charleston, SC
Reflect on the great time you had and the wonderful memories you made along way. Champlain Tours has included all transportation to Charleston Airport for your convenience.
PRICING PER PERSON
(group of two)
PRICING PER PERSON
(group of two)
*20% due at reservation *Balance November 26, 2020