Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Biking, Hiking & Kayaking from Savannah to Charleston
Discover landscapes once crossed by the historic Underground Railroad. Dive into the rich history and culture of the region’s Black communities. Explore the Combahee River, where Harriet Tubman once guided a regiment of Union soldiers. And wander the colorful streets of Charleston and Savannah, with their complex past. Keep the story of the Underground Railroad alive.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*
Georgia & South Carolina
Start Savannah / End Charleston or Savannah
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Follow the footsteps of Harriet Tubman as we discover areas once crossed by Underground Railroad routes, led by historians and local guides
- Immerse yourself in the historic ambience of old-town Savannah and Charleston with guided walks focused on the history of enslaved people
- Indulge in the rich heritage of the region at a lowcountry boil, and learn about the Gullah culture through storytelling and songs
- Enjoy a unique blend of edification and adventure as we bike, hike and kayak our way through the landscapes of American history
Explore the beautifully preserved streets and squares of Savannah with a local guide and learn the fascinating story of the free African Americans who made this city their home | Wander past the ruins of a once-grand 18th-century manor at the Wormsloe Historic Site | Stroll beneath stately oak trees on the mile-long drive to the former plantation | Settle into Montage Palmetto Bluff, a luxurious retreat that shines with old-school elegance and natural beauty | Take in views of the May River as you bike past live oaks dripping with Spanish moss and freshwater lagoons | Check out the historic town of Bluffton | Meet with a local historian and delve into the experience of formerly enslaved people amid these beguiling Southern landscapes.
Brimming with impeccable Southern-style service and amenities, this bucolic hotel is nestled on the May River and features an extensive nature preserve and walking trails. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)
Visit the Penn Center, a historical and cultural landmark for Sea Island African Americans (Gullahs) | Journey to picturesque Beaufort and tour its downtown with a local guide | Bike past the beautiful and historic homes of downtown Beaufort and out to Pigeon Point Landing, overlooking the Intracoastal waterway | Reach the Spanish Moss Trail—a greenway that runs along the Magnolia Line Railroad with spectacular views of water, marsh and coastal wildlife | In Port Royal stroll along the boardwalk to the Port Royal observation tower keeping an eye out for alligators | Choose to visit Fort Frederick, home to Camp Saxton, where Emancipation Proclamation ceremonies were held in 1863 | Pedal back to Beaufort along the Spanish Moss Trail | The Rhett House Inn, our home for the night, was originally built as a private residence before the Civil War | Over a lowcountry boil, our friend Seretha and her mother, Miss Kitty, tell us Gullah stories handed down from their enslaved ancestors brought here from West Africa.
In the National Historic Landmark District, this cozy inn offers luxurious rooms and stately style amid live oaks and beautiful gardens, along with easy walking access to Beaufort’s downtown and waterfront.
Kayak the calm waters of the ACE Basin, paddling through remote inlets and waterways | Look for wildlife—white ibis, blue herons, snowy egrets and even alligators | Travel to the Caw Caw Interpretive Center, where enslaved people once carved land out of cypress swamps to build rice plantations | Set off on an interpretive walk introducing us to one of the largest undeveloped wetlands on the eastern seaboard | Bike to historic Mt. Pleasant, taking in the scenic views of Charleston Harbor and keeping an eye out for dolphins and osprey | Pedal through Charleston's stately suburbs on Sullivan's Island | Our ride ends at the National Historic Monument of Fort Moultrie, once a key stronghold in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars | Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the city's fine restaurants | Join our local guide for a fun and informative introduction to Charleston’s historic district on foot—the city was first in the country to zone for a historic district | Fine examples of Victorian, Italianate, Gothic Revival, colonial, art deco and Federal styles greet you at every turn, while narrow brick alleys, hidden cemeteries and flower-draped courtyards invite curiosity.
The service is second to none at this Charleston landmark. Oversized rooms, some with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, come with modern amenities and European bedding. Travel + Leisure World's Best.
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
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Activity Level: 1-2
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.
Daily Route Options
- All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage