19402
South Carolina

Charleston’s Plantations and Stately Homes

Immerse yourself in the uniquely American story of Charleston as you learn about plantation life, traditional cuisine, historic architecture and the Civil War.
Rating (5)
Program No. 19402RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
999
Special Offer
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
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At a Glance

Absorb the beauty and depth of Charleston’s stately homes and lowcountry plantations as you delve into their histories on exclusive, expert-led explorations of historic houses, plantation and gardens. Learn the uncensored story of slave life during onsite lectures, and examine the many influences that gave Charleston its grand downtown structures.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two hours a day over narrow, uneven, flagstone-paved sidewalks and cobblestone streets; some standing; no elevators in historic homes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Compare the Aiken-Rhett House in its unrestored state with the beautifully restored 19th-century Nathanial Russell House.
  • Enjoy a look into — and tasty sampling of — modern plantation life at Charleston Tea Plantation, containing America’s only tea garden, and enjoy a visit to other historic Plantations in the area.
  • Enjoy an exploration of Charleston’s Historic Battery, viewing the exteriors of stately homes built before, during and after the Civil War.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Lodging is at a retreat center several miles outside of Charleston. For accommodations in Charleston’s historic district, please see "Signature City Charleston: Historic Plantations and Gardens" (#19403).
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Brian Simms
Explore the Charleston’s history, lore and legends from the ground up. Get to know the city from the unique perspective of Charleston-native Brian Simms, who will lead you on a memorable two-hour walking journey that includes an introduction to some of our most celebrated landmarks and hidden gems that make Charleston such a special place to visit. We look forward to showing you the sights of our beautiful city, and creating an experience you will remember for years to come!

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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