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Southern Charm Holiday

| July 22, 2015

KVLU Presents…
Southern Charm Holiday

from Collette Vacations

southern-holiday

Departure Date: December 6, 2015
Reservations Due by July 6, 2015

6 Days * 8 Meals: 5 Breakfasts,  3 Dinners

Highlights…
Historic Charleston, Boone Hall Plantation, Beaufort, Savannah, Factors Walk, Jekyll Island

The 6 day vacation includes hotel transfers, round trip air from Houston International
Rates:
Single – $2,749
Double – $2,249 (per person)
Triple – $2,219 (per person)

For reservations and information email Alicia Hargreaves or call her at 409.880.7228

+ Important Reservation Information 


Day 1:  Sunday, December 6, 2015 Charleston, South Carolina – Tour Begins
Revel in the hospitality and rich history of America’s South on this scenic holiday tour featuring the best of South Carolina and Georgia. Take some time today to explore the charming City Market, a must for holiday shoppers and the curious alike.

Day 2: Monday, December 7, 2015 Charleston
See for yourself why Charleston has been deemed the “charm spot of the south.” This morning, go beyond the moss draped oaks and step back in time to experience southern plantation living during the holiday season at stately Boone Hall. This is one of America’s oldest working plantations and you will be able to view the remarkably preserved original slave cabins, unusual in their brick construction. Next, embark on a guided tour of the city highlighting the many historic homes and restored buildings adorned with outstanding 18th-century Christmas decorations. Pause at the battery overlooking Fort Sumter where, on April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Experience the gracious hospitality you can only find down south when you dine at a fine local restaurant before visiting James Island County Park where over 500,000 lights provide you with an enchanting 3-mile driving tour. Visit Santa’s Village where you will have a chance to shop or perhaps even roast marshmallows by an open fire. (B, D)

Day 3: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Charleston – Beaufort – Savannah, Georgia
Enjoy a carriage ride through Charleston’s Historic District. Then, travel south along the coast through South Carolina’s Low Country. Rich in scenic beauty, this is one of those unique cultural corners of the United States. Visit the charming town of Beaufort, the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.” Later, arrive in historic Savannah, home of the largest National Historic Landmark District in the United States. This evening, enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant on famous River Street. Your night also includes a cooking demonstration that highlights specialties such as shrimp and grits. (B, D)

Day 4: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Savannah – Jekyll Island
Begin the day with a visit to the Andrew Low Home and Gardens. Learn about the driving force behind the Girl Scouts and its founder, Juliette Low. Enjoy the home’s beautiful formal gardens and carriage house, the first national headquarters of the Girl Scouts. Next, enjoy a guided tour of Savannah’s sprawling Historic District. Stroll along the cobblestone-paved Factors Walk and River Street, where old cotton warehouses have been converted into trendy shops, taverns and restaurants, all decorated in holiday themes. Travel south along the unspoiled coast of Georgia, home of the Golden Isles, where you see vast marshlands, winding rivers and beautiful beaches. This afternoon you arrive at the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel, grandly situated in the midst of the fabled Historic District. Later, join your fellow travelers for dinner at the Jekyll Island Club. (B, D)

Day 5: Thursday, December 10, 2015 Jekyll Island
This morning we are treated to a tour of the Jekyll Island Historic Landmark District – one of the nation’s largest restoration projects. Here you will have a chance to explore the 240-acre river edge and see grand “cottages” once belonging to such notables as the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan. Enjoy time at leisure on the island to immerse yourself in its historic past. This afternoon, find yourself in the holiday spirit as you enjoy Christmas caroling and some afternoon refreshments. Then, experience the Jekyll Island Club with a guided tour of this historic hotel, beautifully decorated for the season. (B)

Day 6: Friday, December 11, 2015 Jekyll Island – Tour Ends
Your trip comes to a close today but your memories of true southern hospitality and holiday cheer are sure to stay dear to your heart for years to come. (B)


CANCELLATION WAIVER:

Worry-Free Cancellation
Our industry-leading cancellation waiver offers travellers a full cash refund for the price of the tour, right up to the day prior to departure, minus the small cost of the waiver. Travel worry-free knowing if anything changes, you’re protected.
Plus, you’re covered on tour.
Our cancellation waiver and insurance plan covers you on tour. If you have to stop your trip or return home early, need medical assistance or evacuation, suffer a baggage loss or delay; or are delayed on tour for 12 hours or more, you’re covered.
Cancellation Waiver and Insurance is just $205 per person.

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TRAVEL TIPS:

Southern Charm Holiday
Listed below is important information to assist you in preparing for your upcoming trip. This information provided will help you have a more enjoyable experience while you are on your tour.u are on your tour.
Accommodations
On some programs, there are a limited number of single and triple rooms. Double rooms usually consist of 2 beds. Triple rooms are normally a standard double room with 2 beds. A cot or rollaway bed may be added to the double room at some hotels, based on room size and fire codes. When triples are not available, appropriate charges for single and twin accommodations will be assessed.We make every effort to accommodate your specific requests and forward them to the hotels. These requests cannot be guaranteed as hotels may not always be able to honor them.Check-in times are set by individual hotel properties and vary by hotel. Depending on your arrival time, there may be a delay in gaining access to your room as most hotels offer afternoon check-in. We ask guests to observe check-out times at all properties as designated by the hotel.Some hotels require a credit card imprint or your passport information upon check-in in order to activate telephones in the rooms and for potential incidental charges. Most hotels charge an access fee for using phones in hotel rooms. Please check with the front desk personnel at each hotel for specific policies.Hotel membership programs are not applicable.
Arrival Day Suggestions
Due to varied flight schedules and different arrival times of our tour guests, your tour will not have any scheduled activities prior to dinner on Day 1. Should your flight schedule allow for an earlier arrival time that day, enjoy the great opportunity for some independent exploration.
Clothing & Packing Tips
If you are taking prescription medication, please be sure to take an adequate supply for your tour and a few additional days, in original prescription containers. Medication should be packed in your carry-on baggage. Do not place it in your checked luggage. You may want to carry an extra prescription in a separate bag in case medication is lost.
Currency
Your personal bank card may work at local ATM machines in the destination you are traveling to. Please contact your bank to determine if this option is available, that your PIN number will be accepted and to inform them that you are traveling.We recommend carrying only a few major credit cards. Credit card purchases often provide an extra guarantee on your purchase (check with your specific credit card company for details and fees). It is advisable to contact any credit card company you intend utilizing while on tour before you depart to notify them where you will be traveling, to avoid any rejection of services.If optional tours are made available to purchase, please note that credit cards must have an expiration date of greater than 30 days from the start of the tour.
Electricity
An adaptor (which changes the physical plug) and/or converter (which changes the electric current) are necessary if you plan to use an appliance with voltage different from the standard within the country you are visiting. Please note, if your appliance has dual voltage you may still need an adaptor for the plug.When packing your electronic items for travel, please review the converter electric current level to make sure it is the same or greater than the items you are planning on using. If you plan on utilizing or transporting a sleep apnea machine, please remember to pack an extension cord and adapter plug to ensure proper function.
Elevation
All sites are at or near sea level.
Helpful Hints
Bring a camera, memory cards, film, and batteries and be sure to bring enough photography supplies for your entire trip. If you have a video camera, bring an extra battery, plus proper recharging equipment. Due to security screening, we recommend storing your equipment in your carry-on luggage.Bring a travel alarm clock, travel sewing kit and an alcohol based gel hand sanitizer when soap and water is not accessible.Pack items that may leak in plastic bags. Do not pack any articles of value in your checked luggage.As a precaution, we suggest that you divide the contents of your suitcase with your traveling companion.Avoid over packing and leave room for souvenirs that you plan to take back home.Bring a copy of your passport/identification and pack it separately from the original.

Leave a copy of your tour itinerary at home with your emergency contact and a copy of your passport.

Remember when flying you can only take one quart size bag with no more than 3 ounces of any one liquid. Liquids that do not fit in the one quart size bag and are larger than 3 ounces will be discarded by security.

Remember to hydrate and get up and stretch while flying.

If you are considering using your cell phone while traveling internationally, you should check with your cell provider concerning their access and charges for overseas calls, texting and emailing for the specific destination you are traveling to.

Included Features
The following are included in your tour package: transportation via motorcoach, accommodations, hotel luggage handling, meals, sightseeing, admission charges (as outlined in your itinerary), and applicable gratuities for bellmen, doormen and dining room wait staff. Customary gratuities for hotel housekeeping staff, local sightseeing guides, drivers and tour managers have not been included.
Local Guides
In order to further enhance your experience of this destination, four local guides have been arranged throughout this tour. Customary gratuities for these guides are not included in the cost of the tour. Gratuities should be extended on a voluntary and individual basis at a suggested amount of 1-2 US dollars per day, per guide. Your Tour Manager will review customary tipping amounts and timing with you when you are on your tour.
Luggage
Please consult with your scheduled airline as luggage fees and restrictions vary by carrier and destination. Due to the limited motorcoach capacity, one checked luggage (62 inches in length, height and width; weight not to exceed 23kg/50lbs) is allowed on tour.We also encourage just one carry on bag per individual (for carrying items that might be needed during the day’s sightseeing excursions or camera/video equipment). Dimensions for carry ons should not exceed 17″ x 12″ x 10″, allowing it to fit under the seat or in the overhead rack of most motor coaches.If you exceed the limit of 2 bags, we cannot guarantee that your additional luggage will be able to fit in the touring vehicle. Storage or shipment of additional luggage will be at your own expense. If we are able to accommodate your additional luggage, we will assess a fee of 4 US dollars per bag per hotel. Please remember to label your luggage and important items with your name, home address and telephone number.We recommend labeling your luggage on both outside and inside of the bag.Please attach only the plastic luggage tag included in this mailing to your checked luggage before checking in for your flight.Your paper luggage tag is to be attached at the first hotel.

We cannot assume liability or accept claims for loss or damage to luggage and personal effects due to breakage, theft or normal wear and tear that results from hotel, airline and group carrier handling. It is in your best interest to have adequate insurance (such as our comprehensive “No Worries Travel Protection”) to cover these eventualities.

Meals
Most meals are included as indicated in your document itinerary.Guests with special dietary requirements must advise their travel counselor at the time of booking and also the tour manager upon joining the tour. When information is provided, every effort will be made to accommodate these requests.Please be advised that the average cost of meals (not inclusive of tax and gratuity) that are not included in your tour are as follows: breakfast 3 to 9 USD, lunch 4 to 15 USD and dinner 15 to 30 USD.
Name Badges
Collette provides name badges to our travelers in order to facilitate conversation among fellow travelers. The name badge also ensures that a Collette representative can easily recognize you, especially at airports upon arrival.
Reading List
Interested in reading about your destination before you depart? We have pre-selected travel guides, novels and books on history, nature and art to help enhance your total vacation experience. You can access the complete list by typing the following into your web browser. Select the region of the world to find your tour: http://www.longitudebooks.com/find/d/592/r/CV/mcms.html
Smoking
Smoking Restrictions:Our tours are non-smoking throughout.If you require a smoking room, please alert your agent upon tour booking.Please be mindful of locations where smoking is prohibited: the motorcoach, at dining venues and other restricted areas on tour including most hotels. Customers are responsible for any fines incurred for failure to comply with smoking restrictions.
Time Zone
Eastern Standard Time
Tour Manager
We pride ourselves on having the best-trained and most experienced Tour Managers in the industry.Gratuities should be extended on a voluntary basis and should be in direct proportion to the level of professionalism and personal service extended to you throughout the tour. Past experience has shown that a guideline of 4-6 US dollars per person for each traveling day is a customary amount for the Tour Manager. A customary amount of 3-5 US dollars per person per day is suggested for the driver.
Transportation
Flight Information, Departure Taxes & FeesLand Only Vacations:If you chose to purchase a land only vacation, pay particular attention to flight segments that occur during the tour which are not included in your land only rate.You must purchase these internal flight segments and the schedule must match the flights that we utilize on the group tour.Please provide us with your flight schedules for the entire tour six weeks prior to departure so we may secure services if you purchased transfers from us, as well as maintain emergency contact.Air Inclusive Vacations

Air inclusive vacations cover air transport to and from your origin gateway as well as all internal air segments on tour.

In order to comply with Homeland Security’s “Secure Flight” mandate, all passengers must provide full name, date of birth and gender at time of reservation. Your airline ticket must match the name on your valid, non-expired, government issued photo ID to be shown at the airport (including middle name, first or middle initial).

If you are a member of a participating frequent flyer program, provide the number upon booking and retain the passenger copy of your ticket and boarding pass to ensure that you receive proper credit of your mileage.

Some air tickets are not eligible for mileage accrual.

Whenever possible, we will add charges for air departure taxes to your invoice. Some international arrival and departure fees are not included in your air ticket and must be paid by you on tour in local currency.

Transfers

We are pleased to provide you with complimentary airport to hotel, and hotel to airport transfers at the beginning and end of an escorted tour when you purchase an air-inclusive vacation.

Land-only clients who have purchased round trip transfers will be accommodated at the same times as air inclusive clients.

Arrival meeting locations and transfer departure times are provided on your document booklets.

On some programs there may be a waiting period at the airport due to varying flight schedules of other arriving passengers.

If you have secured your own transfer, you may meet your tour manager at the hotel.

Motorcoach Information: We do not own or operate vehicles. We charter quality coaches that are temperature controlled vehicles. Coach size may vary based upon the number of tour patrons. In certain countries, lavatory equipped motorcoaches are not available or the lavatory is for emergency use only.

Frequent stops will be made en route for comfort and convenience.

Seat Rotation: Seats are rotated for the benefit of our tour guests. This fosters communication and enables our guests to enjoy a variety of vantage points on the motorcoach. Guests will rotate s

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