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Southern Waterways: Nature and Culture Along the Intracoastal Passage

Southern Waterways

Cruise Highlights:

  • Relive the beginning of the Civil War at Fort Sumter and enjoy the antebellum charm
  • Tour Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city
  • Experience grandeur on Jekyll Island
  • Take a local ferry to nearby Cumberland Island, the largest wilderness island in the country

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Charleston to Jacksonville, FL

From: $3,795

Season: Novermber

Activities: History, Photography, Scenery

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Travel Dynamics International

Nature and Culture Along the Intracoastal Passage

This voyage offers a wide-ranging, thoughtful, and delightful exploration of the layering of history along America’s Intracoastal Waterway. These distinctive locations along the southeast coast offer a unique portrait of American history, architecture, and culture from Colonial times to the present.

Our journey begins in Charleston, where we will relive the beginning of the Civil War at Fort Sumter and enjoy the antebellum charm, graced by Palmetto trees and wrought-iron balustrades. Tour Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, saved by Lincoln from Sherman’s predations and by more recent preservationists from the advances of “modernization.” It’s no wonder that many of the places on this itinerary are National Historic Sites. Imagine a time of grandeur on Jekyll Island, whose lavish homes were once owned by a group of wealthy northerners and used as a wintertime retreat. During the bright, crisp days of fall, enjoy a memorable survey of some of America’s most historic centers—places where American history was created and endures.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Charleston, SC - Embark

Arrive in Charleston and transfer to the pier to embark Yorktown.

Day 2 - Charleston, SC

Spend the day in Charleston, one of the East Coast’s loveliest cities. A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport from colonial times, it was in here in Charleston’s harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumter, thus starting the Civil War. Tour Charleston’s extensive historic district, which includes the 18th-century Heyward- Washington House; the Calhoun Mansion, with its ornate plaster and wood moldings and sweeping stairwell; and the Nathaniel Russell House, a neoclassical townhouse set amidst beautiful gardens. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or drive to historic Middleton Place Plantation, a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that is a National Historic Landmark. Situated on the Ashley River, the property includes the House Museum, built in 1755 as the gentlemen’s guest quarters, and 65 acres of magnificent gardens.

Day 3 - Beaufort, SC

Today we call in Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Set amid an estuary in the interior Sea Islands, Beaufort is steeped in beauty and in history. South Carolina seceded from the Union at the end of 1860, but less than a year had passed when the Union occupied the city of Beaufort, freeing 1,000 slaves in the region. Spend time exploring the downtown area, which is a designated National Historic Landmark whose unique, antebellum architecture has been remarkably preserved.

Day 4 - Savannah, GA

Call at Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. In December 1864, the city fell to Sherman’s troops and was spared certain destruction when President Lincoln intervened on its behalf. Today the fine avenues and open spaces that Oglethorpe planned form the cornerstone of the three-square-mile historic district, which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares. A tour includes the Davenport House, an elegant Federal-style home that presides over the northwest corner of Columbia Square; the opulent Owens- Thomas House, designed by noted English architect William Jay; and the Romanesque Cotton Exchange, once one of the busiest. In the afternoon enjoy time at leisure to stroll among the lovely streets and squares.

Day 5 - Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway - Brunswick

Spend the day enjoying the wildlife and scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Low Country is home to a multitude of birdlife and wildlife, including alligators and turtles may be seen along the swamps, marshes and sawgrass flats. This evening enjoy time at leisure to explore Brunswick, the major urban and economic center of southern Georgia.

Day 6 - Brunswick - Jekyll and St. Simons Islands - Brunswick

From Brunswick, explore Jekyll and St. Simons Islands, two of Georgia’s Golden Isles. In 1886 a group of millionaires from the north bought the island as a winter retreat and built the Jekyll Island Club, whose members included Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Astors. These illustrious members erected stately mansions—which were called “cottages”—around the imposing club and are remarkably preserved today. In 1947 Georgia purchased the island and the estates and subsequently turned the area into a state park. On scenic St. Simons Island, visit the archaeological site of Fort Frederica, where Spanish and British troops battled in 1742, establishing Georgia as a British colony. Also visit the island’s lighthouse, rebuilt in 1872 and still operational today.

Day 7 - St. Marys / Cumberland Island

From St. Marys, a historic small port town on Georgia’s south coast, take a local ferry to nearby Cumberland Island, the largest wilderness island in the country. Inhabited by Timucuan Indians for more than 3,000 years, the island was also host to British colonists, Spanish missionaries, and the Carnegies, who owned most of the island from the late 19th century, and built several mansions that are still standing. In 1972, the island was purchased by the federal government and they established the Cumberland Island National Seashore in order to protect the unique wildlife. During our visit, we will explore Cumberland’s historic sites, as well as the rich bird and animal life, in the company of park rangers.

Day 8 - Jacksonville, Florida - Disembark

Disembark and transfer to the airport for return flights.

Dates & Rates

Yorktown Categories
2013 E D C B A AA Superior Single Supplement
November 7, 14* $3,795 $4,395 $4,895 $5,495 $5,995 $6,495 $6,995 $ 895

*Reverse itinerary.

Included in Cruise Fare

  • 7-night cruise aboard the 138-guest Yorktown
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions aboard ship
  • All meals aboard ship
  • Complete program of tours and excursions
  • Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying guest lecturer
  • Professional Travel Dynamics International tour staff
  • Complete pre-departure materials
  • Port and embarkation taxes
  • Gratuities to porters, guides, and drivers

Not Included in Cruise Fare

  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Visa and passport fees (if applicable)
  • Transfers
  • Luggage and trip cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages other than wine and beer with lunch and dinner
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and e-mail service
  • Gratuities to shipboard personnel


Southern Waterways: Nature and Culture Along the Intracoastal Passage



YorktownThe Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America’s great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. 243 feet long, 43 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. And Yorktown’s American registry makes it possible to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. In addition to a large sun deck, the Yorktown boasts a spacious lounge for social gatherings and lectures as well as quiet space for private conversation. View ship details...