From spoonbills to Spanish moss, Georgia’s Southern charms come alive on this walking tour through Savannah and its lovely Golden Isles.
Outside your window, the Georgia dawn caresses live oak branches draped in Spanish moss, and the birds’ morning chorus hits a crescendo. A flotilla of spoonbills flies by, glowing bright pink. It’s daybreak on Little St. Simons Island, and you’re among the lucky few who get to wake up here. Roll over and contemplate the day’s options presented by this walking tour of Savannah and the Golden Isles. Your naturalist guide knows the island’s every nook and cranny, miles of paths and boardwalks leading to untouched beaches where waves roll endlessly off the open Atlantic. Who knows what undiscovered treasures she’ll lead you to. Later, you may grab a kayak and explore the estuaries looping lazily through the marsh grasses. Or go fishing. Or bird-watching. But first, there’s breakfast. And if it’s anything like last night’s locally sourced Southern feast, you’re ready to dig in.
- Venture into Georgia’s renowned Golden Isles to hike marine forests, delicate estuaries, and the white-sand dunes of Cumberland Island National Seashore.
- Spend two nights on a private island exploring 11,000 acres of protected beach, wilderness, and bird sanctuaries by foot, kayak, boat, and bicycle.
- Embark on a captivating walking tour of Savannah – a city so beautiful that Abraham Lincoln decreed that it be spared during the Civil War.
Sophisticated and modern, the Andaz Savannah is a stylish haven on the edge of the historical district. This artfully decorated hotel is just a few blocks from River Street, the bustling shopping avenue along the Savannah River, and set right on Ellis Square, a lively urban square of fountains and a life-sized chess set. Relax on the outdoor pool terrace and enjoy a handcrafted cocktail before settling into your air conditioned guest room, graced with fine linens, comfortable robes, and a walk-in shower.
Jekyll Island Club Hotel
A member of the Historic Hotels of America and the centerpiece of Jekyll Island’s historical district, the Queen Anne-style Jekyll Island Club recalls the grand days of the Industrial Age when elite businessmen built their “cottages” far from city life. Gracious, sprawling and recognizable by its iconic Victorian turret, rich history blends with modern comfort on lush grounds. At this island resort, dine in the grand dining room or on the casual pier. Your warm and comfortable room in the main building offers all the amenities and convenience you could need, including in-room WiFi and air conditioning.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
The only lodging on Little St. Simons Island, your accommodations comprise Adirondack-style cabins and turn-of-the century cottages with a charming and rustic touch, some of which date to the early 1900s. While simple, all cabins and rooms offer private bathrooms and air conditioning. Secluded and tranquil, the lodge is set among moss-draped trees and enjoys quick access to undeveloped beaches and invigorating walking trails. On-site naturalists are available to lead nature walks through the ancient maritime forest, kayak expeditions, bicycle rides, and bird-watching excursions. Note that Country Walkers may be sharing the lodge with others, therefore, all activities and meals may not be exclusive.
Linger Longer with a Tour Extension
2021 Pre-Tour Extension - Savannah
- 1 night at the Andaz Savannah Breakfast
Make your own arrangements for travel to Georgia. Take a taxi to your Pre-tour hotel, the Andaz Savannah. The rest of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
Country Walkers provides you with City Information including recommendations on what to see and do in Savannah during your stay.
Heralded as “America’s best walking city,” Savannah displays a welcoming grace and culture with the appealing ambiance of a small town. In the historical district, wander 30-acre Forsyth Park, and photograph its famed 1858 fountain. Get a taste of savory southern cuisine in the four-block, open-air City Market. And for the daring, Savannah has plenty of beautiful, colonial cemeteries (said to be haunted) to explore.
|Exceptional boutique accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz|
Expert Local Guides
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Sarah Mickler grew up at home in the outdoors, exploring the Carolinas from the mountains to the coast, building tree houses and catching blue crabs. She studied architecture, historic preservation, and city planning in Charleston, SC, and worked for a while as a draftsman on renovations and restorations of many of the city’s grand antebellum mansions. Sarah has been leading tours in the Lowcountry since 2012, alternating guiding with her passion for adventure travel which allows her to be out in the sunshine and the salty air, showing off the beauty of the South and passing along the history and the natural science that make the area so special. When not guiding or off adventuring, Sarah lives in the tiny house she built for herself and tends her garden and her bee hives.
Natalie Moore started her career in the outdoors working as a deckhand on tour boats in Alaska. After graduating with a degree in Anthropology from the College of Charleston, she worked for the National Park Service as a ranger, maintenance worker, and wildlife biologist in Kings Canyon, Death Valley, and Channel Islands, which led her to a career in adventure travel. When she’s not guiding, teaching children’s classes on southeastern reptiles, or fixing bikes, you can find her in a kayak, on a trail, or on a road trip.
Deb Van Schaack
Deb Van Schaack spent her previous life as a public high school counselor and has always loved all things outdoors-learning everything she can about the wonders of the natural world around us. She also has a passion for long distance hiking, completing both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail in the US and tackling some long-distance paths in Europe as well. When not guiding, Deb enjoys seasonal employment reading college admissions applications, traveling as much as she can, and working at a local vineyard.