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The Blue Ridge Mountains, Washington DC, Charleston & Savannah

11days from
£2,520*per person


A Southern Heritage Trail

Embrace the hospitality and charm of southern America, from the political epicentre of the nation to easy-going coastal towns, with expanses of breathtaking natural beauty in between. Hit the highways of America’s south and journey through some of its oldest and most classic cities, commencing in the heart of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. An enlightening, guided tour of iconic landmarks, like the National Mall, ringed by famed monuments and the White House, a symbol of American leadership, provides insight into the hub’s power and political past. Continue along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and traverse the panoramic Skyline Drive, leading you to the historic allure of Charlottesville. Time will then be spent in Williamsburg and Jamestowne, where the world’s largest outdoor living museum transports you to the period of the 18th-century settlers. A transfer via the majestic Great Smoky Mountains takes you to the artistic haven of Asheville, and an optional visit to the nearby Biltmore House, referred to as ‘America’s largest home’, is sure to amaze. Charleston, a port city steeped in Southern grace and heritage is the following stop. Ramble along its cobblestone lanes and promenade before observing the poignant Fort Sumter that saw the firing of the first shots of the Civil War. Welcome the warmth of friendly Savannah then seek out shade in its park-like squares, veiled by Spanish moss and traverse the districts during an optional trolley tour. Atlanta, Georgia’s capital and largest metropolis, serves as the last destination of this captivating heritage trail.


  • Today, you’ll land in Washington Dulles airport and be welcomed by your friendly, local tour manager. A coach will then transfer you to your hotel in Alexandria, a vibrant waterfront city just across from Washington D.C. Once you’ve checked in, the rest of the evening will be free to get settled and explore the surrounding area.
  • You’ll travel to the heart of Washington D.C. this morning, and under the guidance of your tour manger be introduced to the nation’s capital. The group will be shown several of the major sights and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of each. The National Mall, one of the highlights, is a sprawling green space fringed with some of the country’s most iconic monuments and museums. From here, you can gaze at the towering obelisk of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, an architectural spectacle depicting Lincoln and his famous Gettysburg Address adorning a wall. You’ll also be shown the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a poignant homage to those that served during the Vietnam War, and of course, the exterior of the world-famous White House, the official workplace and home of the President of the United States. Further stops of interest include the United States Capitol, the seat of the US Congress and the assortment of Smithsonian Museums, like the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art. You’ll also see at the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world known for its beautiful architecture and wealth of rare books and documents. For the rest of the afternoon, you can explore at your own pace, perhaps doing some museum hopping, wandering down the delightful streets of historic Georgetown, or relaxing in one of D.C.’s pretty parks, like Botanic Garden or Meridian Hill Park.
  • An incredibly scenic journey awaits as you check out of the hotel and drive towards Charlottesville in Virginia, the former home of two US presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. The coach will take you via the picturesque Blue Ridge Parkway, America’s longest linear park, and Skyline Drive, bordering expanses of wilderness and mountainous landscapes. You’ll stop off at Charlotteville, positioned in Virginia's Piedmont region, to stretch your legs, perhaps viewing the University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson himself. The tour will then continue to the town of Williamsburg, enriched in history to check into the hotel and stroll around before finding somewhere for dinner.
  • The meticulously preserved Colonial Williamsburg will be explored today and you can observe as costumed interpreters bring history to life, showcasing daily activities in the 18th century. You’ll walk around the world’s largest outdoor living museum, passing historic buildings, and hearing locals in period costume discuss the day's events in the dialect of the time. During your visit, you’ll learn about how this city was an important hub of political and revolutionary activity leading up to the American Revolution. The tour will also showcase numerous well-preserved historical landmarks, including the Governor's Palace, the Capitol Building, and the College of William & Mary, which is one of the oldest universities in the United States. Jamestowne is next, and your tour manager will take you through the first permanent English settlement in America, dating back to 1607. Positioned on the banks of the Jamestowne River, this settlement features the replicas of three ships that brought colonists to Virginia, an archaeology site, and an island, teeming with wildlife. You’ll also get to visit a replica of a colonial glasshouse, where interpreters produce glass in a similar manner to those of the former colonists, see the living museum that re-creates life in the Jamestowne colony, and a gallery packed with artifacts on display. The evening is free to relax and have dinner at your leisure.
  • Check out of your hotel and board the coach, heading towards North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. Later in the day, you’ll arrive in the city of Asheville, enclosed by a mountainous landscape and popular for its art scene and beautiful historic architecture. Once you’ve arrived, you can check into your hotel, and perhaps take advantage of its diverse culinary offerings and locally brewed craft beer. The city has a high number of breweries per capita and is often referred as ‘Beer City, USA’.
  • Today, you’re free to explore Asheville at your own pace, perhaps seeking out its vast assortment of art galleries and museums and wandering around its downtown area, with well-preserved Art Deco, Victorian and neoclassical-style buildings.  Alternatively, you can join an optional tour to Biltmore House, a historic mansion and one of the most famous and impressive houses in the United Stations. Regarded as ‘America’s largest home’, this 250-room French Renaissance-like château spans 175,000 square feet and has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65 fireplaces, and a luxurious indoor swimming pool. This imposing building was constructed between 1889 and 1895 by George Washington Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family. Your excursion will include access to the interior as well as the extensive estate, with its landscaped garden, winery and farm. The evening will be free for further exploration.
  • This morning, after checking out, you’ll travel to Charleston, set along the Atlantic Ocean and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Here, you’ll check into your hotel before your tour manager takes you on an orientation tour of this delightful port city. Home to pastel antebellum houses and cobblestone lanes, you’ll be introduced to the French Quarter and Battery districts, as well as the promenade, Waterfront Park, and Fort Sumter – the point at which the first shots of the Civil War were fired. For the rest of the day, you can amble around the sights, and find somewhere for dinner, perhaps sampling the Southern cuisine, like shrimp and grits, she-crab soup and Lowcountry boil.
  • You’ll have a free morning once you’ve checked out today, allowing you to explore further points of interest, perhaps the lively harbour lined with waterfront restaurants. A walk through the historic district is also recommended, particularly along streets like Rainbow Row and Meeting Street, both bordered by brightly hued buildings. Board the coach and make a stop at coastal Beaufort, positioned on Port Royal Island, one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands. You’ll have some time to walk around its downtown historic district and observe the houses built in an antebellum design. Later, you’ll continue on to nearby Savannah, immersed in history and featuring 22 leafy public squares and a lively waterfront area. When you’ve checked into your hotel, you can head straight out to soak up the nightlife and try more seafood delicacies and the local fried chicken. Don’t miss indulging in a sweet treat either, like the city’s popular pralines and pecan pie.
  • A whole day of self-exploration awaits you today, ensuring ample time to tick off the city’s highlights. River Street, along the waterfront is a good starting point, buzzing with shops and restaurants. The historic district in the centre is also a must-see, with its pedestrianised cobblestone streets and park-like public squares, swathed in Spanish moss and shaded by oak trees. You can also see Chippewa Square, where the infamous “life is like a box of chocolates” scene from Forrest Gump was filmed. The bench itself can be found in the Savannah History Museum, which is worth visiting, as well as the Davenport House Museum and the SCAD Museum of Art. For shopping, the City Market is a hub packed with boutiques and stalls selling locally crafted goods. If you’d prefer a guided tour alternative, you can board an optional trolley tour, which allows you to explore on a 90-minute narrated sightseeing experience. This is an ideal way to traverse the sights and squares of Savanah while listening to the stories and historical facts of Georgia’s first city and its notable residents. You can sit back in an open-air trolley and appreciate the scenery. As it’s your last evening, be sure to get your fill of Southern cuisine and visit the local breweries and taprooms – Savannah has a burgeoning craft beer scene, too.
  • You’ll check out of your hotel and travel to Atlanta for your evening overnight flight back to the UK.
  • Arrive back in the UK following an exploration of America’s oldest cities and a deep dive into the past.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the iconic monuments and museums of Washington D.C. on a city tour
  • Journey across the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive, taking in the spectacular views
  • Stop over in Charlottesville, the former home of two US presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe
  • Step back in time with a visit to the world’s largest outdoor living museum in Colonial Williamsburg
  • Wander around historic Jamestowne, the first permanent English settlement in America
  • Experience a picturesque drive via North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains
  • Spend time in the artistic haven of Asheville, seeking out the galleries and breweries for which it’s known
  • Join an optional excursion to Biltmore Estate, a French Renaissance-like château and ‘America’s largest home’
  • Travel to Charleston and meander through the cobblestone lanes and observe poignant Fort Sumter
  • Pause in Beaufort, a quaint harbour town located on Port Royal Island
  • Revel in Savannah’s Southern grace, charming park-like squares and hearty cuisine
  • Board an optional open-air trolley tour and explore the historic districts of Savannah

Our Price Includes

  • Nine nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good-quality hotels in Alexandria (2 nights), Williamsburg (2), Asheville (2), Charleston (1), Savannah (2), plus one night on the aircraft
  • Tour of Washington D.C.
  • Drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive
  • Visit to Charlottesville
  • Drive through the Great Smoky Mountains
  • Excursion to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestowne
  • Orientation city tour of Charleston
  • Visit to Beaufort
  • Return flights to Washington and from Atlanta
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
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October 2024
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Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at The current charge is $21 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or Cuba since 12 January 2021, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Foreign Office travel advice

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Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.


Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

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