South Carolina/Georgia/Florida

Charleston to St. Augustine: A Southern Coastal Journey

Program No. 20644RJ
From the charm of Charleston to the cuisine of Savannah, and from the glamour of Jekyll Island to the history of St. Augustine, come learn the story of these southern cities.

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DATES & starting prices
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Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2024
Starting at
4,999
Oct 6 - Oct 17, 2024
Starting at
5,099
Nov 3 - Nov 14, 2024
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5,099
Dec 1 - Dec 12, 2024
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4,799
Mar 16 - Mar 27, 2025
Starting at
5,299
Apr 6 - Apr 17, 2025
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5,299
May 4 - May 15, 2025
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5,299
May 18 - May 29, 2025
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5,299
Sep 14 - Sep 25, 2025
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5,299
Oct 5 - Oct 16, 2025
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5,299
Nov 2 - Nov 13, 2025
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5,299
Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2025
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5,299
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 15 - Sep 26, 2024
Starting at
6,539
Oct 6 - Oct 17, 2024
Starting at
6,699
Nov 3 - Nov 14, 2024
Starting at
6,699
Dec 1 - Dec 12, 2024
Starting at
6,169
Mar 16 - Mar 27, 2025
Starting at
6,799
Apr 6 - Apr 17, 2025
Starting at
6,799
May 4 - May 15, 2025
Starting at
6,799
May 18 - May 29, 2025
Starting at
6,799
Sep 14 - Sep 25, 2025
Starting at
6,799
Oct 5 - Oct 16, 2025
Starting at
6,799
Nov 2 - Nov 13, 2025
Starting at
6,799
Nov 30 - Dec 11, 2025
Starting at
6,799

At a Glance

Explore historic jewels in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida on a foray into history, culture and low country cuisine. Traverse 300-year-old Charleston from Marion Square to the battery, and discover the historic homes of the lovely seaside town of Beaufort. Enjoy Southern charm, city squares and local cuisine in Savannah, and encounter the likes of Morgan, Rockefeller and Vanderbilt during a stay at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Complete your journey in the vibrant city of St. Augustine to learn the story of America’s oldest city.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on some uneven terrain with cobblestones and sandy paths. In Charleston, walking up to 6 city blocks. Standing for lectures in museums. Stairs only in historic homes.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting substantial independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

What You'll Learn

  • Visit Middleton and Magnolia Plantations to learn about antebellum life and explore beautiful gardens.
  • Witness a Gullah “ring shout” performance and learn about the language and other traditions passed down from enslaved people.
  • Explore St. Augustine by trolley, marvel at the craftsmanship and engineering of an old Spanish fort and enjoy dinner at a Victorian-era restaurant.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less. This is a Road Scholar INDEPENDENT program. It is designed for participants who want high-level Road Scholar instruction, a few group activities, and who are capable and comfortable setting out on their own for a significant part of the day/night. There will be several hours each day of educational content. Most meals will be on your own (excluded from the program cost) to have what you like, and there will be substantial free time for personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Featured Expert
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Tom Murray
Tom Murray is a graduate of San Jose State University but is a Southerner by choice, having spent more than 45 years in the South absorbing the culture, customs and history of the region. Tom specializes in coastal history with an emphasis on the sea islands of Georgia. Few people know and love beautiful Cumberland and Amelia islands better than Tom. He has spent 25 years lecturing and leading Road Scholar groups to sites from the mountains to the sea.

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

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Tom Murray View biography
Tom Murray is a graduate of San Jose State University but is a Southerner by choice, having spent more than 45 years in the South absorbing the culture, customs and history of the region. Tom specializes in coastal history with an emphasis on the sea islands of Georgia. Few people know and love beautiful Cumberland and Amelia islands better than Tom. He has spent 25 years lecturing and leading Road Scholar groups to sites from the mountains to the sea.
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Ruth Miller View biography
Ruth Miller, a graduate of Duke University, has lived all over America and journeyed throughout the world. As a Charleston historian and excursion leader, she enjoys tying local history into the American story and worldwide events. Ruth is the author and co-author of numerous books, including “Charleston Charlie — A Family Activity Book for Kids of All Ages,” “Touring the Tombstones,” and “The Angel Oak Story.” She is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Trust.
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Darryl Stoneworth, along with wife Angela, has been selling home-crafted sweetgrass baskets in the Charleston City Market since May 2009. If you happen by his stand, you'll know Darryl by his omnipresent smile. The couple is also constructing their first roadside basket stand along Highway 17N in Mount Pleasant, N.C. The town has renamed and dedicated this stretch of the highway in tribute to the hamlet's sweetgrass basket makers.
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Joyce E Harvison View biography
Joyce Harvison epitomizes Southern hospitality. A native of Savannah, she has worked for the last 30+ years in Savannah's Historic District, first as an insurance agent, and the last 16 years as a Director of Groups/Charters with a local trolley company showing off the city’s best sights to visitors from near and far. She revels in treating family, friends, and visitors to the best possible time, including hidden gems when they visit her home town. Joyce has two daughters and three grandchildren.
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