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, worked, 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.
*Tour only offered on cruises ending in Charleston, 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."
Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour
After a southern inspired luncheon, embark on a tour of Beaufort’s popular Bay St. from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. This narrated journey follows the historic tree-lined streets of Beaufort, as you make your way to the area’s antebellum homes, parks, and shops. Many of the local buildings remain untouched and are preserved as they were originally constructed after being used as hospitals, offices, and commander’s quarters during the Civil War. At the conclusion of the tour, you will have free time to explore Beaufort and experience its southern charm on your own.
Lowcountry Heritage Tour
Take a step back in time as we visit scenic Beaufort, and explore what life was like living on a southern plantation. Led by guides in period dress who tell stories and sing songs, explore a Gullah community. 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.
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.
Alligator & Wildlife Tour
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 time to explore Hilton Head’s popular shopping district or relax back on board before the evening’s entertainment.
Dolphin Discovery 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.
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.
Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum
The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum houses an impressive collection of WWII aviation memorabilia. Upon entering the museum, you will immediately be awed by the breathtaking collection of fully restored aircraft that helped serve our brave troops during the war. You will be welcomed by a tour guide who will provide the group with an overview of the museum and a brief history lesson regarding the famed Eighth Air Force Division. After introductions, you are welcome to explore the museum on a self-guided tour or stay with your guide to be personally escorted around the museum grounds. Your visit includes an educational film, engaging World War II exhibits, airman memorials, and the rare collection of planes that served the Mighty Eighth men and women.
Historic Savannah Trolley
Don’t miss our highly acclaimed trolley tour of this exquisite city. Visit Savannah’s Historic and Victorian Districts including Factor’s Walk, the Cotton Exchange, and the city’s beautiful streets and green squares. Visit the historical Massie Heritage Center. Built in 1856, this Greek Revival home was originally the first public school that educated the young community of Savannah for over a century.
Amid the bustling River Street section of Savannah, you will 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 city’s history, your guide will tailor the tour to suit the group’s interests.
Jekyll Island/St. Simons Island, GA
Discover the compelling history of Jekyll Island and St. Simons Island. Today, Jekyll Island is part of Georgia’s Sea Isles and boasts “Millionaire’s Village," 240-acres of extravagant homes and winter cottages, now recognized as a National Historic Landmark. St. Simons Island offers guests a view of the area's past, including momentous 18th-century battlefields and sprawling, antebellum plantations.
Sea Turtle Center & Jekyll Island Tram Tour
Your tour begins with a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center where you will view exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey of life. Following your visit to the center, board a narrated tram tour of Jekyll Island’s Historic District, also called Millionaire's Village. Many of the areas historic cottages that belonged to some of history’s wealthiest men such as J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, Marshall Field, William Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt, have been restored. In fact, the current restoration project is one of the largest in the Southeastern United States.
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 Tour
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.
Cumberland Island, GA
Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and one of the most spectacular natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. Home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated wilderness, view the Island’s pristine maritime forests and undeveloped beaches. Within the Island’s marshes, abundant wildlife resides, from shrimp and fish, to osprey, and even alligators. Enjoy the beautiful sight of the sun setting over the marshes of Cumberland, one which continually draws visitors back.
Cumberland Island Land & Legacy Tour
Enjoy a private ferry ride to historic Cumberland Island, home to pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches, and wide marshes that whisper the stories of both man and nature. Visit the First African Baptist Church where John F. Kennedy, Jr. was married and Plumb Orchard Mansion, a 20,000 sq. ft. Georgian Revival mansion built in 1898. Explore the Wild Island, where under a canopy of Spanish Moss, a single lane road cuts through the wilderness of one of the largest undeveloped barrier islands on the Atlantic Coast.
*This is a Signature Shore Tour. Please call (800) 460-4518 for more information.
** Space is extremely limited for this exclusive tour.
Cruising to 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 shops.
Amelia Island River Cruise
Take in the view of Florida’s third oldest city, beautiful Fernandina Beach, on a relaxing riverboat tour. A benefit of touring the island from the water is the increased chance of seeing the unique marine life that inhabits the islands surrounding waters. In addition, your tour will include the island’s main attractions such as Fort Clinch and the Amelia Island Lighthouse.
* Amelia Island River Cruise only available on itineraries departing from Charleston.
Amelia Island Seaport Tour
Join a local guide for a leisurely walking tour through the lovely seaport of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. Your walk will begin at the City Marina. Continue on to the seafood house for an educational background on the pelican population and fisherman duties. Stroll through the historic streets and admire blocks of restored Victorian homes, inns, churches, and more.
Jacksonville, FL Area (Amelia Island)
Take in the beautiful weather of northern Florida as you disembark from your tour of the South. Jacksonville offers a number of wonderful activities, including a tour of Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, which houses an exclusive collection of art, including rare porcelain.