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Spoleto Festival USA

Program No. 21257RJ
The Spoleto Festival is a performing arts festival set in Charleston, a city chosen for its similarities to Spoleto, Italy. Come see for yourself as you enjoy art, cuisine and culture.

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6 days
5 nights
10 meals
5B 2L 3D
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At a Glance

Experience the magnificent Spoleto Festival and its complementary event, Piccolo Spoleto. These international multi-arts celebrations are America’s premier international performing-arts festivals, filling lovely Charleston’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by world-renowned artists and emerging performers in opera, theater, dance, chamber, symphonic, choral, bluegrass and jazz. Hear from Spoleto staff as you attend six performances with reserved tickets and seating and as many other Spoleto events as you can fit in around them. Make use of a significant amount of free time to pursue your own interests with opportunities to dine out on your own.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Charleston is a walking city. Walking back and forth up to seven blocks to concert venues. Walking over two miles over the course of the day; some uneven terrain and stairs. Pedi-cabs, taxis or uber are available (at own expense) if assistance is needed traveling to performance venues.

What You'll Learn

  • Be thrilled by symphonies and operas, exhilarated by jazz and bluegrass, electrified by dance and delighted by theater.
  • Ride a horse-drawn carriage through more than 300 years of history, including antebellum mansions, churches and gardens.
  • Enjoy reserved seating for all performances as well as a significant amount of free time for exploring the festival.

General Notes

Performances for each date of Spoleto vary. Carefully examine the daily schedule for the week you are considering before ordering tickets for your free time. Weekly performances vary and are not the same for each date. Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Ruth Miller
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.

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

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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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Harlan Greene is a native of Charleston, an award-winning novelist and author of many nonfiction books on Charleston. His works include “Charleston: City of Memory” and “Mr. Skylark: John Bennett and the Charleston Renaissance,” as well as others. Formerly the assistant director of the South Carolina Historical Society, Harlan is now senior manuscript and reference archivist for the College of Charleston. He also served on the Mayor’s Arts and History Commission.
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Meals
10 Meals
5 Breakfasts
2 Lunches
3 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Jun 04, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024
  • Jun 04, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024
  • May 24, 2024 - May 29, 2024
  • May 30, 2024 - Jun 04, 2024
  • Jun 04, 2024 - Jun 09, 2024
  • May 23, 2025 - May 28, 2025
  • May 29, 2025 - Jun 03, 2025
  • Jun 04, 2025 - Jun 09, 2025
5 nights
Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. Named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston re-opened in 1996 after a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration, and is once again Charleston's Grand Hotel. Guests at the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, cocktails and jazz piano music in the Swamp Fox bar, and complete spa services at Spa Adagio. Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston's historic district. All 230 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today's sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. In keeping and preserving the historic features of the hotel, the bathrooms are small but serviceable.
5 nights
Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. Named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston re-opened in 1996 after a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration, and is once again Charleston's Grand Hotel. Guests at the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, cocktails and jazz piano music in the Swamp Fox bar, and complete spa services at Spa Adagio. Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston's historic district. All 230 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today's sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. In keeping and preserving the historic features of the hotel, the bathrooms are small but serviceable.
5 nights
Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. Named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston re-opened in 1996 after a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration, and is once again Charleston's Grand Hotel. Guests at the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, cocktails and jazz piano music in the Swamp Fox bar, and complete spa services at Spa Adagio. Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston's historic district. All 230 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today's sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. In keeping and preserving the historic features of the hotel, the bathrooms are small but serviceable.
5 nights
Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. Named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston re-opened in 1996 after a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration, and is once again Charleston's Grand Hotel. Guests at the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, cocktails and jazz piano music in the Swamp Fox bar, and complete spa services at Spa Adagio. Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston's historic district. All 230 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today's sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. In keeping and preserving the historic features of the hotel, the bathrooms are small but serviceable.
5 nights
Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. Named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston re-opened in 1996 after a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration, and is once again Charleston's Grand Hotel. Guests at the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, cocktails and jazz piano music in the Swamp Fox bar, and complete spa services at Spa Adagio. Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston's historic district. All 230 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today's sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. In keeping and preserving the historic features of the hotel, the bathrooms are small but serviceable.
5 nights
Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel, located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas when it opened in 1924. Named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolution, the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston re-opened in 1996 after a $12 million National Trust award-winning restoration, and is once again Charleston's Grand Hotel. Guests at the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, cocktails and jazz piano music in the Swamp Fox bar, and complete spa services at Spa Adagio. Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston's historic district. All 230 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 4 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today's sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. In keeping and preserving the historic features of the hotel, the bathrooms are small but serviceable.





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