April 9-13, 2018

Getaway to Charleston this spring and slip into life - Southern style! Charleston is an elegant city of antebellum mansions and gorgeous gardens; it’s rich in history & renowned for gracious Southern hospitality. Add a dynamic food scene to the mix and you’ll see why this city remains one of the country’s hottest destinations! Charleston in April is peak time to visit: gardens are blooming, festivals are on and the weather is perfect. Imagine sipping a mint julep as you watch the sun set over “The Holy City” … the epitome of relaxation!

I’ve designed this 5 Day Getaway to give you a leisurely taste of one of my favorite cities. I’ll share wonderful experiences and places that I’ve fallen in love with during my visits. Discover a very personal side of Charleston on a walking tour – led by a 13th generation local Charlestonian – and a reception in a private garden where Prince Charles has been entertained!

Spend a day exploring plantations on the Ashley River, where live oaks drip with Spanish moss and time seems to have stood still. Over lunch and an exclusive Cook’s Tour on Middleton Plantation, learn how cultures and foods collided to create Charleston’s unique Low Country cuisine. At Magnolia Plantation, take a boat ride into the rice fields and stroll gardens filled with blooming azaleas, magnolias and gardenias. Back in the city, a harbor cruise will inspire you with views of Charleston’s skyline and bridges. Capture a view of historic Fort Sumter – site of engagement that signaled the start of the Civil War – and look out for the harbor’s resident dolphins – they regularly play alongside the boat & are magical to see!

April is Festival time, which means you have the chance to explore private homes & gardens open annually in spring. It is so much fun getting this private peek at Charleston life! I’ve planned a special day where you have the opportunity to explore some of the surrounding islands & get a taste of country life. You’ll see the Angel Oak - an amazing oak tree estimated to be 1,400 years old that needs to be seen to be believed – and visit a genuine southern distillery. Doing a tasting at Firefly Winery & Distillery is a must do for Charleston!

The wonderful (city is a mecca for foodies with an incredible restaurant scene and world class chefs. You are spoiled for choice - the hardest part of the trip will be deciding where to eat! All guests receive a comprehensive restaurant list. Photographers, take note: Charleston is dreamy to photograph and I’ll be leading an early morning photo shoot into the historic city, Battery Point & Rainbow Row.

There’s free time to explore the markets, take a carriage ride, or just soak it all in over a cool glass of sweet tea! You won’t want to leave and don’t have to, because you can extend your stay into the weekend (at your own cost). Perhaps visit the Farmers Market in Marion Square on Saturday and enjoy the unique experience of a gospel brunch on Sunday!

This 5 day getaway is completely stress free! Every step  has been taken to provide you with a seamless, unique & memorable travel experience. This destination truly is “A melting pot of tradition, beauty, creativity and warmth” (Charleston Daily, April 5, 2017.

Join me in Charleston and let the fun begin! Kirsty

$1499pp per person twin/double
$459 per person single supplement

A maximum of 16 guests will be accepted

 •    Accompanied by Kirsty Dougherty
•    4 nights accommodation at King Charles Inn (rate & tax included). Rooms are ‘Traditional’ category. If you wish to upgrade to Deluxe’ this can be arranged but is subject to availability and price adjustment.
•    Portage at the King Charles
•    4 breakfasts at King Charles Inn, 2 x lunches & 2 x  dinner (exc. alcohol) 
•    Private coach transportation on two days provided by Absolutely Charleston
•    Private Historical Walking Tour of Charleston with garden reception
•    Entry to Middleton & Magnolia Plantations
•    Private Cooks Tour & lunch at Middleton Plantation
•    Rice Fields Boat Tour at Magnolia Plantation
•    Private distillery & wine tastings at Firefly Distillery
•    Private lunch at Firefly Distillery
•    Ticket to Festival of Houses & Gardens
•    Evening Harbor Cruise
•    Morning Photography Tour
•    Visit to Angel Oak Tree
•    Restaurant recommendations

Not included: Airfares; airport transfers; meals other than those stated as included; alcohol at included meals; activities other than those stated as included; personal expenses incurred at hotel; tips other than those stated as included; travel insurance and everything else not expressly mentioned under ‘included’.
AIRFARES Please note airfares are not included in the tour price. This allows you the flexibility to make arrangements that best your own plans, to use points or a preferred airline. You are responsible for your own airfare. If you require assistance with flight reservations, please contact travel agent Paige Bouzaglou ( or 347-834-6818). Please do not make reservations until you have been confirmed as a trip participant. Please email flight information to
ACCOMMODATION is at the King Charles Inn, a boutique hotel I have used previously with an Australian group. It’s perfectly located on Downtown Charleston’s Museum Mile (FIG Restaurant is literally steps away) and in easy walking distance of the wharf, City Market and the historic district. You’ll love the southern hospitality and well-appointed rooms. Includes complimentary Wi-Fi; passes to Pivotal Fitness; nightly complimentary evening reception of artisan cheeses & accoutrements; happy hour specials; concierge services; same-day laundry service; bicycle rentals available plus outdoor pool with sundeck

LOGISTICS Guests make their own way to Charleston. There are plenty of taxis and uber from the airport. I will meet you at the hotel and assist you with getting situated. If you arrive before check in, you can leave your bags with reception and go exploring. If departing Charleston on Saturday, bags can be left at the hotel until you’re ready to leave for the airport. Transfers to & from airport - I can assist with organizing these however payment is your responsibility. Taxi to downtown should cost around $30. 
BOOKING To guarantee your reservation, a deposit of $750 (of which $350 is non-refundable) per person is due at the time of booking. This is used for hotel reservations, transport and other deposits. Final payment is due by January 9, 2018. Your booking is confirmed on receipt of your deposit along with your completed booking forms. Payment of the deposit is an acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. Please ensure you have read these policies. 
Contact Kirsty Dougherty on 908.512.0600 or to book. Payment of deposit is an acceptance of Terms & Conditions and the Cancellation Policy. Please ensure you have read these policies.  ________________________________________

•    check made out to ‘Noble Garden Tours’ and sent to PO Box 73, Highlands NJ 07732  or
•    credit card online via Paypal. Credit card payment incurs a 2.9% fee. 
Please let Kirsty know your preferred payment method.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Things happen and at times unforeseen circumstances make it impossible to travel. For your peace of mind, I strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance in the event of trip cancellation.  You must enroll within a limited time (usually 10 days – please check with your provider) after paying your initial deposit. If you choose not to purchase trip insurance, you are required to sign a waiver. Please be aware that in the event of cancellation, some or all of your tour fees are non-refundable. Travel insurance is not included in the tour price and is your responsibility. Paige Bouzaglou can assist you with purchasing travel insurance. (E: or T: 347-834-6818)

CANCELLATIONS A refund of monies paid, minus the nonrefundable deposit of $350, will be made when written notice of cancellation is received by Noble Garden Tours LLC on or before January 9. Notice of cancellation received after January 9 but on or before February 9, will incur a cancellation fee of 75% of the total tour price. Cancellations made after February 9 or a no show will forfeit 100% of the tour price. Once the tour has commenced there can be no refunds on unused portions. Travel insurance is highly recommended to minimize financial loss in the event you do have to cancel.

FITNESS There is considerable walking on this tour. We will be walking on unpaved paths, through gardens, on cobbled streets, getting on and off small tour boats and harbor cruise ships, walking in parks & private properties ... you get the idea. This is a trip for active adventurers!