Gray Line Tours

You’re out teeing it up at some of the finest tracks in the Carolinas, but what about family & friends back at the hotel? The World Am is happy to help set them up for a day trip to experience some of the areas best attractions! Have your loved ones jump in to one or all of the AWESOME guided tours with our partners at Gray Line Tours! Check them out below…

THE FIELDS OF RICE - HOBCAW BARONY, PAWLEYS ISLAND & BROOKGREEN GARDENS

Enjoy 250+ years of Low Country history from the earliest settlement to today. Learn how Indians, Rice and Salt shaped the Low Country scenery and society. The Hobcaw Barony’s 16,000 acres of history and ecology is a privately-owned research reserve that represents every environment in the Low Country. Naval stores, indigo, and rice production ended by 1905 when the land was purchased by Bernard Baruch. A native South Carolinian and Wall Street financier, he and other millionaires hunted the ducks, deer, and wild turkeys on this winter retreat. This adventure includes a tour inside the 1930s home that played host to politicians, generals, and newspapermen as well as Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt.

In addition to the Hobcaw House, the tour includes a drive by Bellefield Plantation and stables, the home of Belle Baruch who owned the property by 1956, and a drive through Friendfield Village, the last 19th century village on the Waccamaw Neck. Also learn about the coastal ecosystems, native wildlife, and endangered species of the Low country. Next, it’s on to Pawleys Island Hammock Shops for lunch and a bit of shopping, followed by a tour of the Main Island.

The first European settlement of Pawleys Island came in the early 1700s, when barony land grants ran from the River to the Beaches. The Plantation Owners quickly developed the custom of fleeing to the beautiful beaches of Pawleys Island in late Spring which allowed the area to grow and develop into one of the oldest resort destinations in the nation.

The Island’s Historic District boasts housing dating from the mid-1800s, all rich with interesting tales of love and loss and some of the most famous and fascinating Ghost Stories of the Low Country. A visit to All Saint’s Waccamaw Episcopal Church, circa 1776, is next on the itinerary, followed by a trip to Brookgreen Gardens, which houses the most comprehensive collection of American sculptures in the country, displayed throughout an expansive, remarkable array of gardens.

Just when you thought the day was over, a quick ride through Murrells Inlet and maybe a Pirate Tale!

Tour Approximately – 6.5 Hours

Tour Includes:

1) Transportation

2) Gray Line Tour Guide

3) Admission to Hobcaw Barony, The Discovery Center, Bellefield Plantation & Stables

4) Admission to Brookgreen Gardens

5) Tour of Pawleys Island Historic District

6) Pawleys Island Hammock Shops

7) All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church and Graveyard

8) Murrells Inlet Tour

Tour Does Not Include:

1) Lunch

2) Driver or Tour Guide Gratuities

Monday, August 30

Price Per Person: $92.00

Tour Departs at 8 AM (Please arrive 15 minutes early)

CHARLESTON – A HISTORIC CITY & SHOPPING TOUR

The 300+ Year Old Port City of Charleston was once considered the cultural center of the New World. This adventure includes a comprehensive tour of the largest, intact colonial city in North America. You will be escorted through the historic old-walled city area, which includes among many things, the world-famous Battery Waterfront District, the Four Corners of Law, Dock St. Theater, St Phillips Episcopal Church and much, much more. Next, is a visit through the interior of the Joseph Manigault House, (the first Adam style house in Charleston), which also boasts a lovely period garden and gate house. Following that, you will explore the inside of the Heyward Washington House, built in 1772 by a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and also served as a residence, to George Washington; on his 1791 Southern Tour. Then onto, The Historic City Market Area, which offers a multitude of dining options as well as access to, a large variety of arts and craft vendors, boutiques, and specialty shops. Our trip ends at the Charleston Museum. (America’s 1st and oldest museum), founded in 1773. You will find a museum, filled with a trove of historical artifacts and artworks dating from the Pre-Revolutionary War, to the 21st Century Periods.

Tour Approximately – 9 Hours

Tour Includes:

1) Transportation

2) Gray Line Tour Guide

3) Charleston City Tour Guide, City Permits, Tourism Fees

4) Admission to Heyward Washington House

5) Admission to Joseph Manigault House

6) Admission to Charleston Museum

7) Charleston City Market

Tour Does Not Include:

1) Lunch

2) Driver or Tour Guide Gratuities

Tuesday, August 31

Price Per Person: $135.00

Tour Departs at 8 AM (Please arrive 15 minutes early)

A SCENIC ADVENTURE T0 MEPKIN ABBEY & CYPRESS GARDENS

Mepkin Abbey, founded in 1949, on the lands once part of Mepkin Plantation (circa 1681), affords the visitor a look into the life of an authentic abbey, as well as the history of the plantation. The Luce family, former editor & publisher of Time & Life Magazines; are listed among the prominent past owners of Mepkin Plantation. It was the Luce family that bequeathed, part of the Plantation’s lands, to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Charleston. Today (this tract of land) is known as Our Lady of Mepkin Abbey; where the monks of the Trappist order have lived, worked, and worshipped for more than a quarter of a century. This tour also includes the 400+ year old grounds and garden of the original Plantation, as well as the opportunity to view the monastery and observe the daily life, of the monks that reside there. Then it’s on to lunch at a local’s favorite, “The Barony House”. After lunch, your journey takes you to Cypress Gardens; located on the grounds of the historic Dean Hall Rice Plantation (circa 1725). The gardens (created in 1927) by Benjamin R. Kittredge, allows the visitor to see and experience the natural beauty of an authentic cypress forest. Cypress Gardens has been a natural backdrop for many Hollywood movies, none other than The Patriot, The Notebook and North & South. A visit to the Garden’s Butterfly Pavilion, its History Museum, its Swamparium Exhibit, and the Plantation’s Zoo (featuring animals indigenous to the South Carolina Lowcountry) will round out the day’s adventure.

Tour Approximately – 7 Hours

Tour Includes:

1) Transportation

2) Gray Line Tour Guide

3) Admission to Mepkin Plantation

4) Admission to Cypress Gardens

5) Lunch at The Barony House

Tour Does Not Include:

1) Lunch

2) Driver or Tour Guide Gratuities

Wednesday, September 1

Price Per Person: $105.00

Tour Departs at 8 AM (Please arrive 15 minutes early)

EXPLORING THE LOW COUNTRY LIFE & OLD CITY - GEORGETOWN, SC

This adventure begins with a visit to the 3rd Oldest English Settlement in the state. Georgetown was first founded in 1526 by the Spanish (failed and refounded in 1729 by the English). We start with the city’s Historic District, filled with Colonial, Revolutionary, Pre-Civil War and Victorian buildings. (Many of which today, house unique shops and eateries.) Visit the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, circa 1750. (One of the oldest buildings in the state, still functioning as a church.) Then, on to The Rice Museum which provides a look into the history of Rice cultivation, through maps, artifacts, and paintings. Next, on to the Maritime Museum and The Prevost Art Gallery.

Lunch with a bit of shopping; along the Historic, Front Street/Harbor Walk Area; are next on the agenda. Followed by a visit to the Kaminski House (circa mid-18th century), representing the typical Low Country “single house” style of that era. The House sits on a bluff, overlooking the Sampit RiverÉ Built by a successful mercantile, Paul Trapier (also known as the King of Georgetown).

Finishing your day’s adventure is a trip through the Hopsewee Plantation (circa 1740). There, you will enjoy the exclusive “Attic to Cellar Tour”, of the main house and its grounds. Located on the North Santee River, an Original Rice Plantation; and the birthplace to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Lynch Jr. This, National Historic Landmark, takes a step back, in timeÉ To “When Rice Was King.” In a gorgeous setting, surrounded by moss laden live oaks and a majestic array of camellias and azaleas.

Tour Approximately – 6 Hours

Tour Includes:

1) Transportation

2) Gray Line Tour Guide

3) Admission to Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church

4) Admission to The Rice Museum & Gift Shop

5) Admission to Maritime Museum and Prevost Art Gallery

6) Admission to Kaminski House

7) Admission to Hopsewee Plantation

Tour Does Not Include:

1) Lunch

2) Driver or Tour Guide Gratuities

Thursday, September 2

Price Per Person: $92.00

Tour Departs at 8 AM (Please arrive 15 minutes early)

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