A Bus Cruise to consider very highly begins at Jacksonville, FL and travels north to historic Savannah, GA; and on to Charleston, SC (formerly Charles Town, of colonial times).
Beginning with Jacksonville, the River City features JaxPort, which can handle some of the largest pleasure cruisers, as well as freighters which have a significant impact on the economy of the region. There are plans to dredge the harbor to accommodate even larger vessels than those currently using the Port.
Should you choose to fly in to JIA (Jacksonville International Airport), you’ll find convenient auto rentals and shuttles to your final destination(s).
If rail travel is to your liking, you’ll find Amtrak Stations at Jacksonville and Palatka offering access to St. Augustine and Daytona Beach.
I have used Greyhound buses for many years and am well-satisfied with their ticketing, drivers, and safety record. Greyhound bus accidents are very few and far between, and I have never experienced a mishap, myself, in my last 16 years of frequent use.
Upon arrival in the River City, visit the Riverwalk with its eateries and entertainment venues.
The Florida Theatre features major productions throughout the year.
The Ritz Theatre – Lavilla Museum is a part of Jacksonville’s Black heritage, as is the Durkeeville Community and the J. P. Smalls Recreation Area with its Negro League Ballpark, one of the only two remaining.
The National Park Service maintains the Kingsley Plantation on Ft. George Island. This is one of the former homes of Anna Kingsley (Anta Majigeen Njai), a Senegalese princess who was taken into slavery and bought by Zephaniah Kingsley, a prominent Spanish East Florida / First Coast businessman. He married her and they had four children together.
If you’re here during football season, get your tickets in advance for a day or evening visit to Everbank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team.
Other places to visit include American Beach and the Amelia Heritage Museum with its display of eight flags that have flown over the area.
Some great shopping experiences are to be had at the Avenues Mall, US 1, Jacksonville; the Prime Outlets Mall and the Premium Outlets Mall, both at exit 318 off I-95, St. Augustine.
This Cruise departs Jacksonville, destined for next stop – Savannah. At Savannah, we would visit First African Baptist Church (a part of the Underground Railroad) at 23 Montgomery St. on Franklin Square..
Explore the Gullah tradition of the Georgia Sea Islands and low country.
Add to these a visit to the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, located at 460 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in the Wage Earners Bank Building which began renovations in 1993 and opened as the Museum in 1996.
Ralph Mark Gilbert Was born March 17, 1899. From 1939 until his death in 1956, Gilbert served as Pastor of First African Baptist Church. From 1942 – 1950 Ralph Mark Gilbert was President of the Savannah Branch of the NAACP. During this term of service, hundreds of Blacks were registered to vote; a progressive white Democratic politician, John G. kennedy, became mayor; and the City’s Police Department hired its first Black police officers, known as the “Original Nine”.
SEE: hellosavannah.com, traveltips.usatoday.com/african-americanhistoricaltours-savannah-georgia-10496.html, savannahvisit.com/experiences/african-american, or just stay with us, at www.blackhistorytours.com.
Lodging and meals are always planned with surpassing your expectations of pleasure and comfort in mind.
On departure from Savannah, GA we travel to Charleston, SC, which transcends colonial periods with its rich historical base.
The Visitor Education Facility and Liberty Square serve as our introduction to the former Charles Towne.
Ft. Moultrie is open daily from 9AM to 5PM and is the site of a decisive victory over the British Navy on June 28, 1776.
The National Park Service interprets 171 years of American seacoast defenses 1776-1947. There are exhibits and a 20-minute orientation film. Ft. Moultrie is also where the Florida Seminole, Osceola, died following a long period of illness.
The Ft. Sumter National Monument, on Sullivan’s Island, is the location where, on April 12, 1861, social, economic, and political events exploded into civil war, America’s most tragic conflict.
Here, we’ll share information about former slave, Robert Smalls, who became Captain of the “Planter”, and entered into the service of the Union Navy. You may wish to read ROBERT SMALLS: CAPTAIN OF THE PLANTER prior to booking the cruise. It would certainly whet your appetite to visit and see the locations mentioned therein…I read it and am very much looking forward to a much more intimate experience with the City, the creeks, the harbor, and the Fort.
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