Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Cycling - Backroads Charleston to Savannah Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
Georgia & South Carolina's Underground Railroad Multi-Adventure Tour
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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.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $3,999 pp dbl occ

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Walk/Hike
Kayak
South Carolina and Georgia Multi-adventure map
South Carolina and Georgia Multi-adventure map

Georgia & South Carolina

Start Savannah / End Charleston or Savannah

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • 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
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

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.

Montage Palmetto Bluff
Montage Palmetto Bluff
Bluffton
| Premiere Hotel

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)

Day 3

Visit the Penn Center, a historical and cultural landmark for Sea Island African Americans (Gullahs) | Bike through the isle's primarily Gullah neighborhood, past modest homes set on beautiful, oak–lined streets | Journey to picturesque Beaufort and tour its downtown with a local guide | 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.

Rhett House Inn
Rhett House Inn
Beaufort
| *Casual Plus Hotel

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.

Days 4-6

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 | Visit the Nathaniel Russell House, a National Historic Landmark | 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 | Join our local guide for a fun and informative introduction to Charleston’s historic district | Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the city's fine restaurants | Tour Magnolia Plantation's historic slave quarters dating back to 1850.

French Quarter Inn
French Quarter Inn
Charleston
| Premiere Hotel

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.

Dates & Prices

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

Day 1
Other
Historic Walking Tour of Savannah (1.5 hours)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | minimal elevation gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 1 | 9 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 27 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 3
Other
Walking Tour of Beaufort (1.5 hours)
Biking
Level 2 | 23 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 29 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 4
Kayaking
in the ACE Basin (1.5 hours)
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 100 ft. gain
Day 5
Biking
Level 1 | 10 miles* | 100 ft. gain
Level 2 | 18 miles | 200 ft. gain
Other
Private Home Tour (30 minutes)
Historic Walking Tour of Charleston (2 hours)
Day 6
Other
Tour of Magnolia Plantation (1 hour)
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Also Included

  • 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

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