From Charleston to Savannah - The Ultimate Gullah Geechee Experience

Charleston, SC, USA

BC
Duration: 5 days
Group size: 6 - 12
From Charleston to Savannah - The Ultimate Gullah Geechee Experience
Charleston, SC, USA


$NaN
Duration: 5 days
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

Discover vibrant Black history through the legacy of African cultures as you are welcomed to the seat of Gullah culture in Charleston, St. Helena Island and Beaufort, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia!


The Gullah Geechee people are known for protecting, preserving, and passing on their West African culture and coastal heritage of spirituality, family, food, music, and language. 


Experience part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor along South Carolina's coastline. This national heritage area was established to recognize the unique culture of the Gullah Geechee people who have traditionally resided in the coastal areas of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 


Enslaved Africans brought a rich heritage of cultural traditions in art, food ways and music. Arts and crafts are the result of products designed by necessity for activities of subsistence and daily living such as making cast nets for fishing, basket weaving for agriculture and textile arts for clothing. 

Why this Unique Experience is for You!

  • Engage in this transformative experience while supporting and helping to sustain Black-owned businesses.
  • Dive deep into Charleston’s Black heritage on an interactive, inspiring bus tour including a visitand tour of the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Gullah Geechee people when you explore James Island and Johns Island, enjoy a traditional lowcountry lunch and take part in a sweet grass weaving workshop.
  • Meet the Gullah Geechee people of St Helena Island, explore with a local guide and learn about their unique language and strong beliefs before tucking into a tasty lowcountry lunch.
  • Take part in a soul-stirring storytelling performance on St. Helena Island where storytelling and  music are used to share the experience of enslaved Africans brought to South Carolina, then share a seafood boil with the locals.
  • Travel to Savannah, Georgia, and learn about the state’s Black and Gullah heritage during in-depth tours with local experts.

Why Book with Us?

  • This trip is planned and guided by a Black-owned tour operator that has partnered with other Black-owned local businesses and cultural attractions to level the playing field for underrepresented businesses and neighborhoods to actively participate in the travel and tourism industry. When you book with us, you are helping to sustain these small businesses. Plus, you will meet locals in off the beaten path neighborhoods who will immerse you in their rich Black cultural heritage.
  • 10% of profits from our itineraries are donated to our non-profit partner, Cultural Heritage Economic Alliance, Inc., to provide technical assistance and capacity building to our tour partners from underserved communities.
  • While each of our BCHT itineraries cover the important history of the Civil Rights Movement, each of our itineraries are designed to bridge the past to the present, and offer a broader narrative of the American Black experience, sights and stories that have never been seen or told.

Terms and Conditions

 

Payment Requirement

· A deposit of $250 is due at the time of booking.

· Final payment is due 60 days prior to beginning of the tour.

If this balance is not paid on or before the due date we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and any cancellation charges outlined (Cancellation by You) will apply.

Cancellation Policy

 

Cancellation by you  

Cancelling some or all portions of your booking will set the cancellation terms set out below. 

A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant sales representative of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:

· Your deposit is fully refundable up to 60 days prior to start of tour less $50 fee.

· 59-31 days or more prior to departure, your deposit amount will be non-refundable.

· Between 30 and 15 days prior to departure, we charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the total booking cost. 

· 14 days or fewer prior to departure, we charge a cancellation fee of 100% of the booking cost.

· No refunds will be issued for leaving the tour for any reason after it has commenced.

· No refunds will be issued for No Shows.

Note: You are strongly advised to take out travel and cancellation insurance at the time of booking. 


 

Cancellation by CHAT

Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid customer unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise (which is stated in the trip page or on our website) and subject to reasonable itinerary changes as described in these Booking Conditions. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or receive a refund, unless your trip is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event (as defined below).


 

Cancellation due to Force Majeure

If a trip is cancelled due to a Force Majeure Event, we can offer you a choice of:

(a) a 100% credit of monies paid for your trip: or

(b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.

If the cancellation due to a Force Majeure Event occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:

(a) 100% credit for the days that remain on your trip: or

(b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your trip.

A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergency; flood; hurricane; windstorm or other extreme weather event; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue.

In the event of any cancellation, there will be no claim for damages by either party against the other and we are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred because of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.


General Information

 

All Rates are based on a double/Twin room occupancy. Single Rooms are available at extra charge upon request.

Itinerary is subject to change.


Privacy policy

Any personal information that we collect about you will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy and may be used for any purpose associated with the operation of a trip. In making this booking you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons such as our agents, service providers or other suppliers to enable us to operate the trip or, if permitted by any relevant Spam laws, to send you marketing material in relation to our events and special offers.

Masks Policy

Face masks are mandatory on our buses and indoors. Face masks are optional while touring outside. A COVID-19 liability waiver is required to be signed by all tour participants prior to tour date. A link to the electronic waiver will be shared prior to the start of your tour. 

Attire

Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes for our walking tours which occur outdoors

What’s included

  • Accommodations
    4 night hotel accommodations in 3 + 4 Star Hotels
  • Meals
    5 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 1 dinner + non-alcoholic beverages
  • Transportation
    Air Conditioned, Private Van
  • Local Expert Tour Guides
  • All Activities + Tours
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Airport Transfers
    Transfer to airport
  • Airfare
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Gratuities
  • Meals not mentioned

Available Packages

Double Occupancy
Available until 30 days before departure
$2,399
Deposit: $250
Single Occupancy
Available until 30 days before departure
$2,599
Deposit: $250
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Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Charleston!

Welcome to Charleston, the oldest and second largest city in South Carolina! 


Check into your B&B/Hotel and spend some free time exploring the city on your own. With one foot in the past and another planted in the present, remnants of the city’s history are evident wherever you look.







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Black Cultural Heritage Tours Collection
Powered by Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism, Inc. (CHAT), The Black Cultural Heritage Tours Collection curates single + multi-day immersive Black cultural heritage tour experiences, and connections to the people and places that have shaped communities and culture from the past to the present. As the premiere Black-owned receptive tour operator in the U.S., our tours offer transformative experiences for culturally curious travelers while driving economic benefits to help sustain underrepresented Black-owned businesses.