Historic Trails, Southern Belles & the Caribbean

Start your 29 day journey in New York City before visiting Philadelphia, Lancaster, Mount Vernon & Washington D.C. Finish with a relaxing Caribbean cruise.

29 Days
New York City to Fort Lauderdale
From (AUD)
$ 17,845
Dates & Pricing

2019 New York City > Fort Lauderdale

A tale of two worlds

In the United States, the North-South divide is more than historical, or geographical, it is also spiritual and psychological. Get to see how both halves live, dividing your time in locales that are remarkably diverse, but equally wondrous.
How do you choose between spots as interesting as Washington D.C., the country’s capital, and the country music mecca Nashville? Or between Philadelphia, the ‘City of Brotherly Love’, and New Orleans, site of the celebrated Mardi Gras? With this itinerary, you don’t have to. Enjoy the best of both worlds on a journey that will take you across a swathe of destinations that together define this great and inspiring country.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
29 days
Departure City:
New York City
Return City:
Fort Lauderdale

29 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - New York City

    Your wonderful journey through America’s east begins with a two night stay at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel, right in the heart of pulsating New York City.

  2. Day 2 - New York City

    Take a bite out of the Big Apple and discover New York City at your own pace on board a hop-on-hop-off double decker bus. View iconic sites such as Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Madison Square Garden and the Statue
    of Liberty.

    Tonight, become acquainted with your Tour Director and travelling companions over a ‘welcome to the USA’ dinner.

    Be entertained by a spectacular Broadway production, a must-see in New York City. After all, no place on Earth exemplifies the magic of theatre more.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Philadelphia > Lancaster

    Travel to Philadelphia and enjoy a tour through the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. See the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the very spot where John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence, where George Washington took office, and where the US Constitution was ratified. Later, continue to the Amish community of Lancaster, where you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at Lancaster Arts Hotel. This evening, immerse yourself in a community completely separate from the modern industrialised world, as you enjoy a traditional family-style Amish feast.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Lancaster > Gettysburg

    Start your day with a visit to an Amish farm and house as a local guide explains their culture, faith and way of life, which excludes modern conveniences such as electricity or telephones. Later, take the historic trail to Gettysburg for your overnight stay at the splendid Wyndham Gettysburg Hotel.

    Gain an insight into the American Civil War during a guided tour of Gettysburg National Military Park. The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War and was the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal ‘Gettysburg Address’.

    Following dinner, be fascinated as Abraham Lincoln is brought to life in an exclusive, informative and entertaining living history presentation.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Mount Vernon > Washington D.C

    Visit Mount Vernon Estate where the first US President, George Washington, and his wife Martha lived for over 40 years. The mansion is set on over 50 acres of Washington’s extensive plantation.

    Continue to Washington D.C., the capital of the United States of America, and settle into the luxurious Fairmont Washington D.C. for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Washington D.C.

    Today, delve into US history on a tour of Washington D.C., featuring the White House, Capitol Building and the Lincoln Memorial. The afternoon will be yours to spend as you wish. You may choose to visit one of the plethora of exceptional Smithsonian Museums.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Washington D.C. > Williamsburg

    Continue your journey to Williamsburg, a city shaped by history. This 18th century capital city of Virginia is a must see. Tour Colonial Williamsburg, a living history museum, then enjoy a lively dinner. Tonight your overnight stay will be at the Williamsburg Lodge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Williamsburg > Charleston

    Travel to South Carolina’s oldest and most enchanting city, Charleston. Stay two nights at the charming French Quarter Inn.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Charleston

    Explore Charleston on a tour through the picturesque cobblestone streets.

    Choose from a diverse range of activities today. Inhale the exotic aromas of the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, or discover the beauty and history of Charleston’s harbour on board a sightseeing cruise. Alternatively, take a horse and carriage ride through the quaint streets of this historical city.

    Tonight, experience southern food and hospitality at your choice of restaurant.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Charleston > Savannah

    Continue to the seaport town of Savannah, situated on the border of South Carolina and Georgia. Learn the history on a hop-on-hop-off trolley tour and experience the southern hospitality that Savannah is famous for. You’ll spend the night at the historic Mansion on Forsyth Park.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Savannah > Atlanta

    Leave the small town charm of Savannah behind and head to the bustling metropolis that is Atlanta. Check in at the Grand Hyatt for your overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Atlanta > Nashville

    Record a song at Nashville’s Studio B, arranged exclusively for Scenic guests.

    Stay two nights at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Nashville

    See an exclusive musical performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum.

    Enjoy an evening performance at Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry, with backstage access.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Nashville > Memphis

    Discover Graceland, the famous home of Elvis Presley and enjoy a night out at BB King’s. Stay for two nights at Westin Memphis or similar.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Memphis

    Visit the Civil Rights Museum on a self-guided tour. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Memphis > Natchez

    Savour a Special Stay at Monmouth Historic Inn and Gardens tonight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Natchez > Baton Rouge

    Explore Louisiana’s bayous. Overnight at the Hilton Baton Rouge.

    Celebrate at a Cajun-style Bal de Maison house party.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Baton Rouge > New Orleans

    Discover New Orleans and experience southern hospitality for the next three nights at Hotel Monteleone.

    Tonight, select your dining venue.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - New Orleans

    Enjoy a cruise down the Mississippi River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  20. Day 20 - New Orleans

    Choose an activity for today.

    Enjoy a night of dinner and dancing to a local jazz band.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - New Orleans > Fort Lauderdale

    Transfer to the airport for your flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida (flight included in tour price) for an overnight stay at The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  22. Day 22 - Caribbean Cruise

    Transfer to Fort Lauderdale’s pier. Step on board your luxurious cruise ship and settle into your verandah stateroom with Royal Caribbean International for a seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise. Your Tour Director will escort your cruise.

    Please be advised that shore excursions are an additional expense and can be purchased online prior to departure or onboard your cruise ship. It is recommended to book as early as possible through the cruise company’s’ Cruise Personaliser to ensure availability.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Scenic Cruising

    Relax and enjoy your cruise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Scenic Cruising

    Continue relaxing on another fun day of cruising.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Philipsburg, St. Maarten

    Philipsburg is a jewel of the Caribbean. Visit one of the many trendy restaurants, shop for a bargain in the duty free stores or relax at one of the white sand beaches.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The capital of Puerto Rico charms with old world elegance. Cobblestone streets can be found in Old San Juan, mingling with world class beaches of New San Juan.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  27. Day 27 - Labadee®, Haiti

    Royal Caribbean’s private paradise on the north coast of Hispaniola, and surrounded by beautiful mountain slopes and exotic foliage.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  28. Day 28 - Scenic Cruising

    Simply enjoy your cruise today.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  29. Day 29 - Fort Lauderdale

    Sadly, your wondrous journey comes to an end this morning as you disembark and transfer to Fort Lauderdale airport. Please book flight to depart after 1pm.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Verandah Staterooms on board your cruise
  • The intimacy of small group touring – a maximum of 40 guests
  • 8 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 13 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 56 meals – 28 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 20 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by expert local Tour and Cruise Directors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at selected hotels
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability