Antebellum South Tour by Train on GrandLuxe Rail
PLEASE NOTE: Grandluxe Rail Journeys, formerly the American Orient Express, ceased operations effective August 28, 2008.
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This peaceful, educational journey takes you through the mansions, gardens, and battlefields of the South. From Spanish moss in Savannah, to horse drawn carriages in Charleston, and Civil War sites and the home of Thomas Jefferson, youÝll experience the enchanting culture of the Southeast. And youÝll be there during one of the best times to visit ˝ the spring blooming season. Be pampered you all the way, aboard the belle of the rails, the GrandLuxe Express (American Orient Express).
This charming seven day rail journey takes you through the history and beauty of the Antebellum South, all with the pampering of the GrandLuxe Express. By night, indulge in five- course dinners, your favorite tunes played on the baby grand, and the comfort of your private cabin as you journey towards the next day's destination with all the flowers in bloom!
Breathtaking scenery is the backdrop that glides by as you relax on board the restored Vintage Pullman, Single Sleeper, Single Sleeper Grand Class, Triple Suite, Parlor Suite, Classic Presidential Suite, Grand Suite and Gold Suite Carriages enroute to the national treasures of America.
Day 1 - Washington, D.C.
Arrive early and explore D.C.Ýs monuments and museums on your own. Welcome Aboard Champagne Reception and Dinner ´ Overnight GrandLuxe Express (D)
Day 2 - Monticello, Williamsburg or Fredericksburg
Explore living history. Choose from the following: ´ Monticello, Thomas JeffersonÝs home in Charlottesville ´ Colonial Williamsburg, the nationÝs largest living history museum ´ Civil War battlefields at Fredericksburg ´ Overnight GrandLuxe Express (B,L,D)
Day 3 - Charleston, South Carolina
One of AmericaÝs most well-preserved cities. Choose from: ´ Horse-drawn carriage tour ´ Fort Sumter National Monument, where the first shot of the Civil War was fired ´ Magnolia Plantation and AmericaÝs Oldest Garden ´ U. S. S. Hunley, a restored Civil War-era submarine ´ Free time to shop ´ Overnight GrandLuxe Express (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Savannah, Georgia
The Belle of the South. Historic Trolley tour of grand public squares and oaks draped with Spanish moss ´ Home and garden tour including home of Dr. Metts, the Savannah resident made infamous in the book ýMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evilţ ´ Fort Pulaski National Monument ´ Free time at River StreetÝs historic shopping district ´ Overnight GrandLuxe Express (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Savannah, Georgia to Jackson, Mississippi
Rail day. Full day of riding on the train ´ Entertaining lectures ´ Afternoon tea featuring pastries made onboard the train ´ Overnight GrandLuxe Express (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Vicksburg or Natchez, Mississippi
Civil War history or mansions & plantations. Choose from: ´ Vicksburg National Military Park and the U.S.S. Cairo, a preserved Union ironclad gunboat ´ Mansions and plantations of Natchez, one of MississippiÝs oldest cities ´ Lunch in a historic mansion ´ City tour ´ Overnight GrandLuxe Express (B,L,D)
Day 7 - New Orleans, Louisiana
Your GrandLuxe rail journey comes to a close. If time allows, explore New Orleans on your own before departing for home. (B)
Meals Included: B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner
Optional Tour packages
Currently being developed is an optional golf program for this journey. The program could include days at some of the world's best courses, such as Kiawah Island and Harbour Town.
This itinerary is also available in Reverse.