Escorted tours operator Collette is recreating its first tour – from Boston to Florida – to celebrate the company’s centenary.

In 1918, Jack Collette journeyed in a bus on dirt roads with 14 travellers at a cost of $68.50 for the guests.

Now, a group of US travel agents and Collette staff members is retracing the three-week journey, for the same price as the original tour.

The tour began in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and the travellers will visit New York, Washington DC, Raleigh, Augusta, Jacksonville, St Augustine, Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Miami, Jekyll Island, Savannah, Charleston, New Bern, Philadelphia, and Providence.

Along the way, the team is taking part in charity meal packaging events with Rise Against Hunger, as part of Collette’s One Million Meals initiative.

Dan Sullivan Jr, Collette chief executive, said: “We’re excited to recreate this journey as a special chance for travellers to really experience this tour from 100 years ago and to give our guests the opportunity to give back to the community throughout the tour.”

From left are US agents and Collette colleagues: Melanie Peterson, Katie Rozenas and Jean Gagnon, Derek Moscarelli (Collette tour manager), Dan Sullivan (Collette chief executive) and Tom Gagnon.