Steeped in history, Charleston rings in the holidays with a charm all its own. Decorated with sparkling white lights and shiny bows, the city dons all its finery for the season. Storefronts, homes, churches, boats and parks are adorned with lights, garland and holly showing their yuletide spirit.
The King’s Courtyard Inn and its adjacent property, the Fulton Lane Inn, will be our lodging. Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, we are only steps away from the center of the antiques and shopping district, as well as several of our dining and entertainment venues. There will be ample time for exploring on your own.
Considered the nation’s first museum, our docent-led visit at the Charleston Museum on the morning of Friday, December 1, will provide a firm foundation for understanding the region’s unique plantation history and the wealth it generated. Having survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, economic upheavals and natural disasters, Middleton Plantation is our next stop on Friday’s itinerary. The stories of this National Historic Landmark “connect the very fabric of our nation’s complex history.” The Sound of Charleston, a glorious tribute to Charleston’s rich music history (from gospel to Gershwin) will complete Friday’s itinerary.
Saturday, December 2, will unfold at a more relaxed pace. Departing at 9:30am our destination is the International African American Museum. Opened in June of this year, this 93 million dollar facility is located on Gadsden’s Wharf where roughly 40 percent of the country’s enslaved Africans took their first steps on American shores. Following lunch, free time allows you to explore on your own, shop, or take in an Illumination Charleston event. After regrouping for dinner, Saturday concludes with Christmas on the Battery and a self-guided of the magnificent Edmondston-Alston House decked out in holiday splendor.
Sunday morning, December 3, offers three options before departing the Holy City (so named because more than 400 church spires fill the city’s skyline): 1 – enjoy a relaxing morning in your room prior to our 10:30 departure; 2 – enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride of Historic Charleston; 3 – attend the first Sunday of Advent services at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. On our return to Raleigh, we will stop for lunch followed by a visit to the Mepkin Abbey’s Creche Festival.
Don’t miss this outstanding holiday travel experience!
Limited to 30 guests. Be sure to sign up early to secure your spot!
$2,229 / guest (double occupancy) | $2,755 / guest (single occupancy)
• Transportation via deluxe motor coach
• 3 nights lodging in captivating historic hotel
• Charleston Harbor dinner cruise
• Docent led tour of Charleston Museum
• Lunch at Historic Middleton Place
• Beyond the Fields lecture
• Middleton Place self-guided house tour
• The Sound of Charleston concert
• International African American Museum tour
• FREE TIME to explore, shop, experience Illumination Charleston
• Christmas on the Battery
• Candlelight tour of Edmondston-Alston House
• Carriage ride through Historic Charleston
• Mepkin Abbey’s Creche Festival
• 3 breakfasts
• 4 lunches
• 3 dinners
• All fees, taxes, tips & baggage handling
*Tour itinerary subject to change at the discretion of the company.
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