Historic Charleston, South Carolina

Plantations, Maritime History & Southern Charm

  • Date

    November 8-11, 2020 | Sun / Wed – 4 Days

  • Location

    Charleston, South Carolina

Ambassadair Trip #8207



Revel in the rich history of America’s Deep South on this tour of the coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina. Magnificent homes with stunning architecture are numerous throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston, and seeing them first hand is certain to delight! See the historic parts of the city by carriage ride, then have plenty of time to explore more on your own. Tour two historic homes and the grand Magnolia Plantation with enormous oaks draped with Spanish moss. Visit the only tea plantation in North America and see how tea leaves are harvested and processed. Take a cruise to Fort Sumter, tour Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, and enjoy the best of Lowcountry cuisine. Discover for yourself why Charleston is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to visit in America.


  • Charleston city tour by carriage
  • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum tour
  • Harbor cruise to Fort Sumter
  • Visit Magnolia Plantation
  • Two historic home tours: Nathaniel Russell House and Aiken-Rhett House
  • Discover Charleston Tea Plantation


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Charleston, South Carolina
  • Escorted
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE: This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Sun, Nov 8: Arrive in Charleston, South Carolina. The first stop will be a Welcome Lunch for some delicious upscale Lowcountry cuisine. Experience the city by carriage ride and see the historic downtown district and the mansions, gardens, churches, and parks that make her famous. Check in to your centrally located Historic District hotel for three nights. (Meal: Lunch)

Mon, Nov 9: In the morning, spend time along the harbor. Tour Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum before a harbor tour and a narrated cruise to Fort Sumter.  National Park Service Rangers will provide details about the fort and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. Have lunch on own and shopping time in Charleston’s historic city market. Meet the locals, savor the local cuisine and find the highly sought after sweetgrass baskets—once made to winnow rice but today are works of art. Next, tour the Nathaniel Russell House, offering a glimpse into the lives of the mercantile elite who flourished in the late Colonial and early Federal period, the artisans and craftspeople they hired to build and adorn their opulent homes, and the enslaved men and women whose labor made possible their lavish lifestyles. Move on to the nearby Aiken-Rhett House where you’ll learn about the lives of Governor and Mrs. William Aiken, Jr. The house and its surviving furnishings offer a compelling portrait of life in antebellum times. (B)

Tue, Nov 10: The morning is at leisure before heading to Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, the plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our country from before the American Revolution. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry (opened in 1870) and the oldest un-restored public gardens in America. After exploring the magnificent gardens, tour the Plantation House and learn the history of plantation life and Drayton family ownership; then take a guided tram tour of the plantation’s diverse landscapes, lakes, marshes, and woodlands. Lunch is at a Charleston landmark, Hyman’s Seafood Restaurant. The balance of the day is yours to enjoy. (B,L)

Wed, Nov 11: After checking out of the hotel, tour the beautiful grounds and see how tea leaves are harvested and processed at the Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in North America. View acres of tea plants as far as the eye can see, learn first-hand how tea is made during an informative factory tour, ride a trolley through the tea fields, stop by the greenhouse to learn how tea is grown, and help yourself to all of the iced or hot tea you can drink. Proceed to the airport and fly home. (B)

Courtyard Charleston Historic District. Newly renovated and located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, the hotel is adjacent to famed Marion Square. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • outdoor pool • fitness center.


  • Package with Air
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,849 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,739 per person
  • Single – $2,169
  • Land Only
  • Double (2 people sharing a room) – $1,449 per person
  • Triple (3 people sharing a room) – $1,339 per person
  • Single – $1,769

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