11 days, April 4 – 14, 2018
Arranged and guided by Collette Vacations
Escorted by Doug Jackson
Experience southern hospitality and charm with two nights in Ocala in northern Florida's horse farm country; one night in the port city of Jacksonville, Florida; two nights at the luxurious Jekyll Island Club, Georgia; one night in historic Savannah, Georgia; and two nights in antebellum Charleston, South Carolina. To take advantage of relaxing non-stop flights, we also include a pre-night and a post-night in Seattle.
Day 1, Wednesday April 4 (home to Seattle)
Following our at-home-pickup-service and lunch in Bellingham, we continue to our overnight stop at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. After dinner at our hotel, the evening is at leisure. Meals LD
Day 2, Thursday April 5 (Seattle to Ocala, Florida)
This morning we check-in at the Seattle Airport for our 8am non-stop flight (5hr,25min) with Alaska Airlines to Orlando, Florida. Continuing by motor-coach to nearby Ocala, our home for two nights is the Hilton Ocala Hotel, located in the heart of northern Florida's horse farm country. Following dinner the rest of the evening is at leisure. Meals D
Day 3, Friday April 6 (Ocala, touring horse farm country)
Today we'll see Ocala's historic downtown, take a scenic backroads drive through the rolling hills of the area's renowned horse country, and visit a gorgeous local farm where we enjoy lunch and a tour, while surrounded by mighty live oaks, majestic palms, and beautiful horses. Returning to our hotel, the evening is at leisure. BL
Day 4, Saturday April 7 (Ocala to Jacksonville)
This morning we enjoy another scenic drive, travelling northeast to Jacksonville, a deep-water port and the commercial centre of northern Florida, located on Florida's Atlantic coast at the mouth of the St Johns River. Following a lunch stop at Jacksonville's Riverside Arts Market, we begin a city tour travelling along the banks of the St John River, seeing the Jaguar Stadium, Veterans Memorial Wall, St John's Cathedral, Friendship Fountain, and Treaty Oak. Continuing along the river we view the historic homes of the picturesque Riverside/Avondale community. Tonight's city-centre home is the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. BD
Day 5, Sunday April 8 (Jacksonville-St Augustine-Jekyll Island, Georgia)
This morning we travel south to the United States' oldest city, St Augustine, first settled in 1565. Our guided trolley tour highlights the Old Spanish Quarter, the historic Bayfront, the Old Town which dates to 1572, and the Plaza de la Constitucion with its shops and restaurants. Following our tour, we'll have leisure time for lunch and further sightseeing. Departing St Augustine we travel north, enter Georgia and reach the elegant Jekyll Island Club Hotel, our home for two nights, grandly situated on Jekyll Island in the midst of the fabled Golden Isles. Meals BD
Day 6, Monday April 9 (Jekyll Island, local touring)
Jekyll Island, where their grand cottages still stand, was once the winter retreat of prominent gilded age families. Our morning tram tour explores this historic waterfront landmark where the Rockefellers, the Vanderbilts and J P Morgan once vacationed. This afternoon we visit nearby St Simons Island to see its striking lighthouse, visit its Museum of Coastal History, and wander among its quaint shops and restaurants. We return to Jekyll Island for an evening at leisure. Meals B
Day 7, Tuesday April 10 (Jekyll Island to Savannah)
This morning, travelling north along the vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches of the unspoiled Georgia coast we arrive in historic Savannah. Beginning our visit, we take in the ambiance of the Old South with a walking tour along the cobblestoned streets, and beneath the moss draped oaks of Savannah's Historic District. Next, we visit the beautiful Andrew Low Home and Gardens, where we learn about Juliette Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. On a scenic bluff off the Wilmington River, we visit the Bonaventure Cemetery, made famous in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. There's time to explore Factors Walk before dining on River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants. Tonight's home is the DoubleTree Historic Savannah. Meals BD
Day 8, Wednesday April 11 (Savannah to Charleston, South Carolina)
This morning, departing Georgia, we travel north through South Carolina's Low Country to beautiful antebellum Charleston, where magnificent formal gardens grace much of the Historic District. Having survived the Civil War, major fires, an earthquake and hurricanes – Charleston still exudes elegance and grace. This afternoon, during a relaxing horse-drawn carriage ride and lunch, we absorb the timeless charm of Charleston's historic district. Our home for two nights is the Hyatt Place Charleston. Meals BL
Day 9, Thursday April 12 (Charleston, local touring)
This morning we tour the city with its cobblestone streets, historic homes and restored buildings, and then stop at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where, in 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. During a stop at the City Market, we learn about the weaving of Gullah sweetgrass baskets, one of the oldest handicrafts of African origin in the United States. This afternoon you may choose to visit Boone Hall – one of America's oldest working plantations. Or, you may opt for Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, where you may board the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, visit the Congressional Medal of Honour Museum, and view the largest collection of military aircraft in the United States. Following our farewell dinner, this evening is at leisure. Meals BD
Day 10, Friday April 13 (Charleston, fly to Seattle)
Following a leisurely morning, we check-in this afternoon at the Charleston Airport for our 5pm non-stop flight with Alaska Airlines to Seattle (6hr,10min). Upon arrival in Seattle, we check-in for one night at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. Meals B
Day 11, Saturday April 14 (Seattle to home)
Following a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, we depart Seattle, stop for lunch in Bellingham, and continue homeward to British Columbia. Meals BL
Airfare and taxes Seattle to Orlando
& return from Charleston
Air conditioned motor-coach transportation
Gratuities to drivers and guides
At home pickup and return (lower mainland)
Hotel accommodations, baggage handling
19 Meals (9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners)
All attractions as described in brochure
Collette Insurance (see below)
Tour Price (Canadian Funds)
Each person, 2 sharing room............$6290
by Nov 20
Documents A passport is required, valid until April 14, 2018.
Deposit Due: $600 per person, ten days after reservation Balance Due: Jan 30
Collette Vacations Waiver & Insurance Plan (included with your tour)
Payments for this tour are fully refundable until a November 20. After November 20, in the event of cancellation for any reason prior to the day of departure, the Collette Cancellation Waiver, which is included with this tour, guarantees a full refund of all payments, less a cancellation fee of $270. On the day of departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price, unless the cancellation is for a medical reason supported by a doctor's letter, in which case only the $270 cancellation fee will apply.
The plan does not cover any single supplement charges. If your travelling companion cancels, you may continue by paying the single supplement, or cancel and receive a refund less the cancellation fee. After departure, the plan provides transportation home and a refund of unused services, if you are forced to cancel due to personal illness, or the personal illness or death of an immediate family member. You, your travelling companion, and any immediate family member booked to travel with you must be medically capable of travel when you pay your deposit.
The Collette plan also includes medical coverage without exclusions due to age or pre-existing medical conditions. Please note that you must have valid hospital and medical insurance under a Government Health Insurance Plan of a Province or Territory of Canada. For full details, please review the Description of Coverage information for the Collette Cancellation Waiver & Insurance Plan.
- Jackson Tours Inc is a registered tour operator in the Province of British Columbia, registration #1347. Deposits by BC residents are secured by the British Columbia Travel Assurance Fund, through the Consumer Protection BC.
- Jackson Tours is a member of the Better Business Bureau of Mainland British Columbia.
We do not accept credit card payments. Avoiding credit card fees, allows us to put more value into your tour. Your personal cheque is welcome.
At Home Service, Door-to-Door Pickup and Return
Service included throughout the lower mainland from Chilliwack to Vancouver.
Jackson Tours at Roblin Travel Service Toll free phone: 1-800-541-8687
#104 – 45833 Alexander Ave, PO Box 428 Chilliwack phone: 604-792-4696
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.