Travel to Charleston and meet us at the Ansonborough Inn,
our first hotel on your Southern Reel. If you're flying in, you might meet
VBT's complimentary shuttle upon your arrival at Charleston International
Airport at 2:00 pm. Please call Mount Pleasant Shuttle at 843-971-4901 or
toll-free 866-223-7226 to make a reservation, clearly stating you are a VBT
guest. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of your travel.
Mount Pleasant must have your names and the airline and flight number you will
be arriving on. If you are arriving after this shuttle departs or your flight
is delayed, you must make your own arrangements to reach the inn. For guests
who are driving to the tour, parking will be available at the Ansonborough Inn
for the week at a charge of $15 plus tax per day. Parking is also available at
the Charleston airport for $8 per day.
Meet your VBT Leaders at 3:30 pm for bike fittings,
followed by a warm-up ride. Please contact the Ansonborough Inn to advise us of
any travel delays or changes; they will pass your message on to your VBT Trip
Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome
reception at the inn, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 - Cooper River / Cycle through Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms
After breakfast, we'll cycle over the Cooper River along a
dedicated bike/pedestrian lane on the dramatic Cooper River Bridge. Ride
through Sullivan's Island and over another bridge to the Isle of Palms. Ride
past some of the area's most sought-after homes and along the Intracoastal
Waterway, with views of the beach and access ways. After lunch at a local
restaurant on the Isle of Palms, continue cycling to Fort Moultrie. Edgar Allen
Poe was once stationed here, from 1827 to 1828. The fortress played a key role
in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. After our visit, we return to the
Ansonborough Inn. Take some free time to explore Charleston, perhaps visiting
the Battery or strolling through the streets of this historic city. Dinner is
on your own tonight.
Day 3 - Shuttle to Wadmalaw Island / Charleston Tea Plantation / Experience a
Today, shuttle south to Angel Oak, a Southern live oak tree
located on Johns Island. The tree is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old.
This beloved, ancient tree stands 65 feet tall, and measures 28 feet in
circumference. Its widest crown is 180 feet, point to point, and it shades
17,000 square feet. After marveling at this amazing tree, we'll shuttle
to Wadmalaw Island. Wadmalaw Island is
home to the Charleston Tea Plantation, makers of American Classic Tea, which is
the only tea grown in America. Here, we'll enjoy a tour of the working tea
factory, visit the tasting room and enjoy a trolley tour of the fields.
Then we'll cycle to Irvin House Vineyard and
Firefly Distillery. Choose to visit the
tasting room (at your expense), meander through the rows of grapes, or visit
the farm. Your leaders will provide a picnic lunch on the grounds. Afterwards, we'll shuttle on to Beaufort (approximately 90 minutes),
where you can make yourself at home at the Beaufort Inn. The inn is
conveniently located to give you easy access to the city's waterfront and more.
Enjoy dinner at the Inn before partaking in a famous
Southern tradition, a Beaufort social—in which you'll learn to spin your
partner in fine Southern fashion.
Day 4 - St. Helena Island / Walking Tour of Beaufort
After breakfast, we will ride through beautiful farmland to
St. Helena Island, passing the historic Chapel of Ease along our way. During the Colonial
period, “chapels of ease” were constructed by rice and cotton planters as
houses of worship because their plantations were located too far from the
churches in Beaufort. Built in the mid-18th century, this church was largely
destroyed by fire more than one hundred
years after its construction. Its four original walls remain, making it an
evocative historic landmark.
After your ride, enjoy a visit to the Penn Center and a
picnic lunch prepared by your Trip Leaders. The center was founded in 1862 to
school freed slaves, but it's now a cultural center for Sea Island
African-Americans, or Gullahs. It is also the site where Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. held the annual retreat for his Southern Christian Leadership
Conference. Hear about the history of the area before shuttling or cycling back
Later, stroll through Beaufort's mix of antebellum mansions,
live oaks, and 1950s storefronts with a resident guide, who will explain why
the town has lured so many moviemakers to its charming streets, including Forrest Gump with Tom Hanks, The Prince of Tides with Barbra
Streisand, and The Great Santini with
Make your own dinner plans in Beaufort this evening; there
are some excellent restaurants from which to choose.
Day 5 - Shuttle to Savannah / Tour of Savannah / Lunch and free time
This morning, we'll travel to Savannah (approximately 90
minutes) and spend time exploring some of the most memorable spots of this
city. We'll explore through a walking tour of Savannah's streets and squares,
gaining an understanding of the city's history, architecture, gardens, and abundant
You will have free time after the tour to discover beautiful
Savannah and to settle in at our Savannah hotel for the next two nights. Lunch
and dinner are on your own today.
Day 6 - Cycle Isle of Hope to Wormsloe Historic Site / Farewell dinner
After breakfast, we'll ride out of the center of Savannah
toward the Isle of Hope. Featuring a number of attractive old homes dating from
the first part of the 19th century, the Isle of Hope looks out over the
We're sure to recognize the entry arch into the remains of
Wormsloe Plantation, now a National Historic Site. The arch frames the 1.5
mile-long live oak avenue leading to the tabby ruins, one of the most
photographed sites in the South.
After lunch, continue riding through Savannah State
University, Thunderbolt, and the moss-hung gardens of Bonaventure Cemetery, an
18th-century plantation and one of the settings of John Berendt's novel “Midnight
in the Garden of Good and Evil.” You'll have free time to explore Savannah when
Tonight, celebrate with the group during a farewell dinner
at one of Savannah's institutions since the 1700s, The Olde Pink House.
Day 7 - Depart for home
The tour concludes after breakfast at our Savannah hotel.
The VBT shuttle is available to take departing guests back to the Charleston
airport (CHS) arriving around 11:30 am. If you would like to avoid the
transfer back to Charleston, we encourage you to fly out of Savannah. We do not
offer shuttle service to the Savannah airport. A taxi to the Savannah
International Airport costs approximately $25.
If you are flying out of Charleston, we suggest a flight no
earlier than 2:00 pm. Guests with cars
parked at the Ansonborough Inn in Charleston should take a taxi from the
Charleston airport (cost is approximately $30).