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  • Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

    1. Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

    The tour departs from Charleston Visitor’s Center where you’ll hop on board a deluxe, climate-controlled shuttle for a 90-minute tour of the city’s historical highlights.

    Accompanied by a knowledgeable, local guide, visit over 100 of Charleston’s most iconic sights of the past and present whilst listening to amazing tales and anecdotes about the city. On your tour, travel through some of the city’s most historic parts.

    Visit Charleston’s Historic Homes, The Battery Sea Wall, the Four Corners of Law, and Rainbow Row to name but a few. Other highlights of the tour include several historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

    The bus transportation was comfortable and the views from inside the bus were unobstructed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and out going. The tour pointed out the majority of points of interest and our driver was informative without being boring. Halfway through the tour we stopped at The Battery and stolled the seawall for a few minutes.

  • Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

    2. Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

    This 60-minute narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic downtown Charleston. It really is the best way to see the “Holy City” and learn about its rich and vast history. The tour begins at our stables just one block from the city market, where a number of our horses live. Restrooms and water are available as well as a loading ramp to easily board one of the custom-built carriages.  Departing from the barn, you will continue to the city gate located in the Old City Market. Historic Downtown Charleston is split up into a number of areas that each tour is directed to travel to. Some highlights of these areas are Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery.  A licensed tour guide will be narrating the entire tour with informative and entertaining commentary. At the end of the tour you will...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area and its history. We enjoyed our time on the tour and were impressed on how well they treated their horses. Compared to other companies we walked by, they seem to have the best facility and the horses their top priority.

  • Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

    3. Charleston: 1-Hour Carriage Tour of the Historic District

    This tour begins at the Big Red Barn in downtown Charleston, where you'll meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by either horses or mules.

    Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees.

    Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored.

    Guides combine humor with history for a lighthearted experience of Charleston’s atmospheric center, ...

    The good-looking John and Prince treated me to a wonderful tour! Every second was interesting and fun. John even sang a song from Porgy and Bess and sang it beautifully! I will be back!

  • Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

    4. Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

    Take a journey through Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience the Old Market area and the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. Step out of the air-conditioned minibus onto the famous Battery Seawall to admire the wonderful views. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Enjoy a tour through the elegant interior of a fully-restored historic home - Joseph Manigault House. Come and enjoy the beauty and hospitality of one of America's most historic cities.

    City tour was comfortable on a hot day. Very informative and fun. House tour was also informative and fun

  • Charleston: 1.5-Hour Historic Walking Tour

    5. Charleston: 1.5-Hour Historic Walking Tour

    Take a historic walking tour around Charleston, a place free of carriages and motorcoaches. Take a fascinating tour and hear stories revealing Charleston’s rich history and colorful past.  This tour will go south into one of the largest historic districts in the nation and will guarantee a visit to Rainbow Row and to the battery. Your tour guide will show you some of Charleston’s most famous landmarks as well as give you glimpses of this historic city that you can only see on foot. The pace of our walking tour is leisurely and your guide is there to answer any questions that you may have as you stroll through the “cradle of Southern charm and hospitality.” Some historic highlights on the Charleston Stroll walking tour will include: • Rainbow Row • Historic Waterfront Battery • Antebellum Mansions • A visual tour of Fort Sumter • Hidden gardens and courtyards • Historic churches and gr...

    Very interesting tour of old town Charleston. Lot's of history and guide was very knowledgeable. Covered a lot in 1.5 hours. Went buy quickly.

  • Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

    6. Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

    Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speed boat with this one-of-a-kind adventure tour. Experience driving your own boat while taking in the views from the Charleston harbor. This fully narrated tour takes you 13 miles through the world-famous Charleston Harbor. See everything while listening to a highly trained and professional guide through a two-way communication system.   You will have a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Battery, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, the downtown Charleston skyline, Waterfront Park, South Carolina Aquarium, the cruise ship terminal and all the wildlife that call Charleston Harbor home.  This is a great adventure for all ages.

    This was an on the whim booking for us, but we were soooo glad we did it! Graham was an excellent guide! He was thorough on boating safety and instructions both at the start and during the tour. This is not a hand held tour. You are able to have independence while driving the boat around getting to all the stops on your way through it. So long as you “leave the boat in front of you alone.” Highly recommend for anyone visiting at any time!

  • Charleston: Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour

    7. Charleston: Haunted History Walking Ghost Tour

    Explore the most haunted places in Charleston on this guided walking tour. The tour offers a raw look at the festering underworld of the jewel of South Carolina. You will experience Charleston’s truly horrifying history; like the waters of the Cooper River, history runs deep and dark around here. From pirates, native Americans, and a host of invading nations, this old shipping town is full of conflict, disease, and the finest hauntings west of the Mississippi.  This unique collection of captivating and unnerving historical stories reveals what makes Charleston one of the most compelling haunted locations on the East coast.

    We enjoyed the stories told and the bits of history and information about each stop. We were in town just 2 nights for this first visit and we appreciated being able to book same day and on a Th. When we saw we were only 2 on the tour, it was a nice touch that it was not canceled or asked to join other tours getting started.

  • Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

    8. Charleston: Tour Pass with 40+ Attractions

    Save 40% or more off of Charleston's top tours and attractions, pay zero to enter, simply show your Mobile Pass! Choose a 1, 2 or 3-day pass. Includes admission to Fort Sumter, Ghost Tours, Plantations, Museums, Carriage and Bus Tours, Historic House Museums, Cultural sites and many more. After purchase we'll send you a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. The Mobile Pass provides instant access to over 40 of the city's top tours, attractions and historic sites where admission is included. Reserve tours in advance before arriving. Multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days.Choose from: 1-Day pass: Choose 2 featured tours + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" attractions for 1 day. 2-Day Pass: Choose 3 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Walk-in or Standard" at...

    Walking was extremely difficult on the rough sidewalks. Airport was grat. Uber was great. Hotel was OK. people were very friendly. History was everywhere, which is why we made the trip. Friends and family were all well. Made for a grat Vacation. Citadel was very impressive.

  • Charleston: Boone Hall & Historic City Tour Combo

    9. Charleston: Boone Hall & Historic City Tour Combo

    Starting in Charleston, meet your professional guide and depart for Boone Hall in a deluxe, climate-controlled coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of the main house. The remainder of your time at the plantation you can partake in any of the following tours: House Tours:  This 30-minute tour begins on the front porch and is given by a well-informed guide in historical dress. The tour will also introduce you to the history of Boone Hall Plantation and its evolution through several owners since 1681. Slave Street and History Presentation:  Look at the living quarters, historic relics, and lifestyle of the enslaved people that lived and worked at Boone Hall. Garden Tour:  Tour the beautiful garden and see antique varieties of roses that are over 100 years old. Exploring The Gullah Culture: Boone Hall Plant...

    Great customer service and driver! Boone Hall has much history to share and amazing guides to tell it.

  • Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

    10. Charleston: Downtown Evening Carriage Tour

    Palmetto Carriage Works, family owned and operated, has been leading tours since 1972.   They are the oldest and largest carriage company in town and boast the most experienced guides.  Their 35-minute evening tour is great way to get in a quick overview of Charleston's world famous history and charm.  Sights include the Charleston City Market, The Old Walled City, Waterfront Park and The Forner Corners of Law. Tours start and end in The Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard street where all are invited to visit with the animals and learn about their world class animal welfare program.   Carriages are easy loading and handicap accessible.  

    Excellent way to get acquainted with Charleston. I suggest doing this very early in your visit. This tour introduces you to the city and will help you decide what to do during your visit. Our guide (Scott) was very knowledgeable and passionate about the city of Charleston. This is a “must do” for every trip to Charleston!

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 59 reviews

The bus transportation was comfortable and the views from inside the bus were unobstructed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and out going. The tour pointed out the majority of points of interest and our driver was informative without being boring. Halfway through the tour we stopped at The Battery and stolled the seawall for a few minutes.

Tour was on time, bus was clean the tour guide was easy to understand and very knowledgeable. Slowed or stopped at all the sights he was speaking about. Would tell everyone to take the tour. Only 90 minutes, and I was able to walk back to the sights and take a closer look and take pictures.

Very relaxing, also a terrific activity to get a cool breeze. Captain has been in the area and knew lots of info..(this was the Schooner Sail) The carriage ride was fun, our tourguide very personable. During August, we recommend the early evening when it’s a bit cooler.

Drudge is an absolutely beautiful horse and Tyler an excellent guide. We thoroughly enjoyed our private carriage ride through Historic Charleston!!

Very good overall description of most important places in town.