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Charleston & Savannah Roundtrip from Chicago

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Trip Overview

The two waterfront cities of Charleston and Savannah are deeply in tune with the authentic American experience. On this nine-day roundtrip train journey from Chicago, you’ll experience firsthand how each destination is defined by its own cuisine, landscape, history, and attractions. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Charleston that will allow you to discover iconic places such as Rainbow Row and the Battery, as well as take a tour of a river-side plantation. While in Savannah, visit the Andrew Low House, the ever-popular River Street, and embark on a cruise of the harbor. This rail vacation is a fantastic way to get a taste of Southern charm that you can’t get anywhere else!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing city tour of Charleston
  • Sightseeing tour of Magnolia Plantation
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Savannah
  • Sightseeing cruise of Savannah

Package Also Includes:

  • Roundtrip Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Washington, DC on the Capitol Limited®; Washington, DC to Charleston on the Silver Meteor®; Charleston to Savannah onboard the Palmetto®
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 3 nights onboard Amtrak
  • 1 meal included (1 dinner)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1 CHICAGO > CHARLESTON
Take the train overnight from Chicago to Charleston, with a changeover in Washington, DC. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 CHARLESTON
Welcome to Charleston! Check-in to your hotel in Charleston and begin to experience this beautiful, historic city. Today is free for you to explore the city on your own. Perhaps you want to stroll down to the Battery and enjoy a walk along the pier. Or you could head over to the open market for some shopping. There is plenty to do and see in this waterfront city. (Overnight in Charleston)

DAY 3 CHARLESTON
Today you will explore Charleston on a guided tour of the city! Your tour will bring you to some of Charleston's top attractions, including the Joseph Manigault Mansion, the very popular Rainbow Row where you will see many historic houses painted in festive, pastel colors, and the city's military college, The Citadel. Your full day of historic sightseeing will explore the best of what Charleston has to offer. (Overnight in Charleston)

DAY 4 CHARLESTON
This morning you will depart for a comprehensive tour of one of the oldest Southern plantations, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Your guided tour will take you to the historic Magnolia Plantation House that rests along the Ashley River. Along with the tour of the house, you will enjoy a ride past the Audubon Swamp inhabited by alligators, egrets, and other native wildlife. Between the Magnolia Plantation House and the swamps, this tour will give you a unique blend of history and nature! Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at a popular restaurant. (Overnight in Charleston) D

DAY 5 CHARLESTON > SAVANNAH
Today you will have a free morning to enjoy Charleston on your own, then this evening board Amtrak for a short ride down to Savannah! Upon arrival check-in to your hotel and settle in for the night. Tomorrow you will enjoy a full day of sightseeing around Savannah. (Overnight in Savannah)

DAY 6 SAVANNAH
Today you will have a full day of sightseeing in Savannah! A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will guide you to Savannah's top attractions. Visit the Davenport House, the scenic Forsyth Park, and the world-famous River Street with its outdoor entertainment as well as many shops and places to eat. This afternoon you will board a riverboat for a sightseeing cruise of Savannah's harbor. A leisurely hour-long cruise will allow you to take in beautiful views from the open-air third-level deck of the boat. A wonderful day of touring awaits! (Overnight in Savannah)

DAY 7 - 8 SAVANNAH > CHICAGO
Enjoy your final day in Savannah before boarding the train this evening for your return journey to Chicago, with a changeover in Washington, DC. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 9 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN CHICAGO

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

The Francis Marion Hotel Charleston

The historic Francis Marion Hotel, named for the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” has a long tradition of gracious service, elegant accommodations, and hosting splendid banquets and events dating back to its opening in 1924.

Holiday Inn Riverview Charleston

The Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview is a unique landmark hotel located right on the Ashley River and just 1.5 miles from the Historic District of Downtown Charleston. This 100% non-smoking, full-service hotel offers several complimentary amenities, as well as views of the Charleston Peninsula, the Charleston Harbor, the Ashley River, the City Marina, and more!

The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

Experience the ultimate in southern charm at our hotel in the heart of historic Charleston. Opened in 1853, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a unique hotel close to the Museum Mile and many historic downtown sights.

Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District

The Best Western Plus Savannah Historic District is an inviting hotel with superior amenities and genuine southern charm. With a fantastic location in the Historic District, we are walking distance to River Street, City Market and local museums and historic sites.

DoubleTree Hotel Historic Savannah

Enjoy the newly renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Savannah Historic District hotel, situated between iconic River Street and Savannah’s City Market. Immerse yourself in the city and discover many nearby Savannah attractions.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown

The Fairfield Inn & Suites Savannah Midtown is conveniently located around the corner from Savannah’s Twelve Oaks and Abercorn Walk shopping centers, and just a quick drive from downtown Savannah and Savannah/Hilton Head International airport.

Hotel Indigo Historic District

Our Savannah hotel in the Historic District is known as the Grand Lady on Bay Street. This historic hotel in the recently renovated Guckenheimer Building (circa 1851) is steeped in the tradition of Southern hospitality and elegance. Located at Ellis Square, our hotel is across Bay Street from River Street and is just steps from the celebrated City Market and other local attractions.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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