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Outer Banks & Myrtle Beach - 8 Days

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August 19, 2021 - August 26, 2021 $1,997
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Outer Banks & Myrtle Beach
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This exciting trip covers 500 miles of the Atlantic Coast from the Outer Banks to Myrtle Beach.  The Outer Banks of North Carolina offers a welcome relief from crowded cities and overrun vacation spots. In fact, you won’t find any cities on the Outer Banks, just 100+ miles of wide-open shoreline, charming seaside villages, and a mix of towns brimming with personality and fascinating connections to our nation’s history.  Although they’re just a drive away, these barrier islands feel remote.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is where cherished memories are made along 60 miles of beautiful coastline. Discover stunning sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean, fun days at the beach, lush natural wonders, and grand new adventures. Savor the warm Southern hospitality, fresh coastal cuisine, and unique flavor of fun.

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Highlights & Inclusions:

Visit Seven Carolina Lighthouses:

  • Currituck Lighthouse
  • Bodie Island Lighthouse
  • Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
  • Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
  • Ocracoke Lighthouse
  • Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
  • The Georgetown Light
Three Ferry Rides & an Eco Cruise:
  • The New Ocracoke Express Ferry
  • Cedar Island Ferry
  • Bald Head Island Ferry
  • Rover Boat Eco Cruise
Coastal History & Sightseeing:
  • Corolla Wild Horses Tour
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Roanoke Island Maritime Museum
  • The Lost Colony Performance & Backstage Tour
  • Graveyard of the Atlantic Mueum
  • Free Time at Ocracoke Village
  • Guided Tour of Bald Head Island
  • Two Shows in Myrtle Beach
Included Services:
  • Lodging for 7 Nights
  • Luxury Motor Coach Transportation
  • 11 Included Meals
  • Professional Tour Manager

Day 1
August 19, 2021

Depart the Detroit area and make your way down south via luxury Motor Coach. Overnight at Country Inn & Suites in Winchester, Virginia.

Day 2
August 20, 2021

Plan to arrive in the Outer Banks in the early afternoon, Your first stop will be at The Currituck Beach Lighthouse, known as a first order lighthouse, which means it has the largest of seven Fresnel lens sizes. The red-brick lighthouse towers above the northern Outer Banks landscape in the historic Corolla Village. Climb the winding staircase, 220 steps in all, to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of Currituck Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Outer Banks. Next, stop at Timbuck II Center, with over 60 exciting shops, restaurants and recreation overlooking the Currituck Sound on the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina! You will have free time to visit on your own. Spend two nights at an oceanfront property in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Enjoy a relaxing dinner tonight at the hotel. (B,D)

Day 3
August 21, 2021

Today, take a Wild Horse Tour. On this narrated tour, you will learn the history of the Wild Horses and details about the area. You will travel behind the dunes to the neighborhoods where the wild horses graze. There are usually three to six horses per grouping and they can be seen out grazing or cooling off by the water. Meet your local guide at the hotel for a full day of touring the Outer Banks. Visit the Wright Brothers Museum and Monument and for those who wish take a walking tour up to the top of the monument. Visit the Village of Manteo for lunch on your own and free time to visit the shops. From the shops you can take a short walk over to the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. Festival Park has so much to offer. See the movie The Legend of Two Paths, which showcases the arrival of the first English Colonists from the Native American Perspective, the Discovery Museum, which has hands on activities and much of the early North Carolina history. There is also a replica sailing ship, Elizabeth II, and the English Settlement. This afternoon, visit the Wright Brothers Memorial. Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of scientific experimentation, they achieved the first successful airplane flights on December 17, 1903. Enjoy waterfront dining this evening at Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe. Tonight enjoy the Lost Colony Show. Millions have seen the compelling story that celebrates the 117 English men, women, and children whose dream still lives on in this American original. (B,D)

Day 4
August 22, 2021

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and meet your local guide. Today you will visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Lighthouse, which protects one of the most hazardous sections of the Atlantic Coast. Offshore of Cape Hatteras, the Gulf Stream collides with the Virginia Drift, a branch of the Labrador Current from Canada. This current forces southbound ships into a dangerous twelve-mile long sandbar called Diamond Shoals. Hundreds and possibly thousands of shipwrecks in this area have given it the reputation as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Next, visit the Graveyard Atlantic Museum. Learn of the unpredictable ocean currents and violent storms that have made these shore the final resting place for thousands of ships and seaman. Board the new Ocracoke Express Ferry at the Hatteras Ferry Terminal whisking you across the Pamlico Sound directly into Ocracoke Village and in walking distance of all the village has to offer – from dining to shopping to strolls along the waterfront. If you would rather not walk, a free tram service will be available as well as bikes and golf carts for rent near the ferry terminal. Visit the Ocracoke Lighthouse, the second oldest operating lighthouse in the nation. With its aid, yesterday’s sailing vessels safely navigated the channels. Today, fishing and pleasure boats pass within its view. Time, however, has not changed the often tricky character of the shoal-ridden inlet. The historic lighthouse still stands by to make the waters safe.

This afternoon board the Ocracoke Cedar Island ferry. This route is a 22-mile run and takes approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. Cedar Island is a small fishing village in eastern North Carolina. It is known for its seafood, wild horses and unique way of life and is a quaint, memorable part of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Enjoy beautiful views of Bogue Sound and excellent amenities at this waterfront hotel in Morehead City. (B)

Day 5
August 23, 2021

Travel to Southport, North Carolina and board the ferry for the 20 minute ride to Bald Head Island. Transportation here is limited to golf carts, bikes, or your own two feet. Visit North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse. Tour Bald Head Island with a knowledgeable guide including on-island transportation, admission to Old Baldy Lighthouse and Museum. Check into your oceanfront hotel located in beautiful North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for a two night stay. Dinner at Original Benjamin's Seafood. A 170 item calabash seafood buffet where you will find all of your seafood favorites. Non-seafood lover, don't worry,

there is a selection of beef, chicken, BBQ and pasta. Enjoy an evening show at Alabama Theatre. The Alabama Theatre remains at the forefront of entertainment venues on the East Coast with and continues to produce their signature shows. Show to be announced. (B,D)

Day 6
August 24, 2021

Enjoy your breakfast voucher before beginning today's activities. The Carolina Rover will take you out on a 3 - 4 hour Eco-tourism cruise that is guaranteed to be unlike any other attraction along the Grand Strand. This comfortable, shaded 40 ft. pontoon boat will cruise on smooth inland waters to a remote barrier island where the Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Cruise through a bird-watcher's paradise to South Carolina's oldest lighthouse, the Georgetown Light, 1811, that lit the way for two centuries for seafarers. During low tide, you will then be able to explore and beach comb where the sea unfolds her secrets depositing an ever-changing array of shelling opportunities. (pending availability) Following dinner, enjoy The Carolina Opry Show at the Carolina Theatre. This music variety show features a cast of 36 of the nation’s top singers, dancers, comedians and musicians in its own 2200-seat show palace with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and three giant video screens. The show, which is continually updated with new music and comedy, is two hours of high energy entertainment that blends humor and dancing with everything from rock ‘n roll, Broadway and country to classic hits, pop melodies and gospel. (B,D)

Day 7
August 25, 2021

Enjoy your breakfast voucher at the hotel before check out. Today begin your travel home. Overnight in Charleston, WV (B)

Day 8
August 26, 2021

Today it is the usual rest stops and lunch. We should be home by 6:00 pm. It was a wonderful trip. Thanks for the memories. (B)

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