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  • Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

    1. 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: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

    2. Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

    Begin your half-day tour by boarding a climate-controlled coach in Charleston. Meet your professional guide and ride to Magnolia Plantation, dating from 1676 and the time of the British colony. Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get an amazing perspective on Charleston's past and present. The Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens have been owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Enjoy your visit to one of America's first tourist attractions and first public gardens, which have been open to the public since 1870. Take a guided walk through America's last large-scale romantic garden, and experience history on a 45-minute narrated nature tram ride through the Audobon Swamp Gardens You'll be able to visit the Historic Gardens, Petting Zoo, The Conservatory, Drayton Home (Note: this is not Drayton Hall), Orientation Theater. The Old A...

    Had a great tour! Our driver, Scott, gave us lots of great historical information on the way to the plantation. On the way back he recommended so many great restaurants and he did not disappoint.

  • Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

    3. Boone Hall Plantation: Admission & Day Trip from Charleston

    Tour the historic Boone Hall Plantation, a beautiful gem nestled in the town of Mount Pleasant, just across the harbor from Charleston. Enter through the Avenue of Oaks and take a guided tour of the historic mansion. Enjoy a self-guided tour through the original slave cabins and learn about the experience of enslaved people with a presentation by a knowledgeable guide. Learn the history of the area, tour the grounds and homes with expert storytellers and guides.

    The oak trees are amazing and worth the trip because you are not going to see them anywhere else. The performance by Jackie the Gullah was also amazing and informative. If you take the tour definitely see it. And the tractor ride because it gives you an overview of the plantation and it’s history. The food in the snack bar is pretty good too, especially the pulled pork.

  • Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

    4. Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

    Begin your half-day tour by boarding a climate-controlled coach in Charleston. Meet your professional guide and ride to Magnolia Plantation, dating from 1676 and the time of the British colony. Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get an amazing perspective on Charleston's past and present. The Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens have been owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Enjoy your visit to one of America's first tourist attractions and first public gardens, which have been open to the public since 1870. Take a guided walk through America's last large-scale Romantic garden, and experience history on a 45-minute narrated nature tram ride through the Audobon swamp gardens. Step out among the Romantic gardens and Spanish moss to see wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles on the nearly 600-acre plantation. C...

    Both tours were a great way to get a "feel" for and overview of the area. Consider taking these or other tours in which you're interested on your first or second day visiting Charleston. Grayline Tours were conducted in small, approx 20 passenger van-type vehicles, much better than on a large bus!

  • 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: Private Carriage Ride

    6. Charleston: Private Carriage Ride

    Experience Charleston on a private carriage ride. See the “Holy City” in a more intimate setting with your own personal tour guide, who will tell you all about the historical buildings, parks and plazas of the city. You'll get to see more than 25 blocks of this historic town.  For a truly memorable experience, choose the evening option to see the sun set over the city and the city lights coming on.  You will be travelling in a Palmetto vis a vis carriage, where two benches face each other, offering a wonderful experience for a small group or family.

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

  • Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

    7. Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

    A Charleston classic since 1979, this two-hour walking tour through America’s most charming historic district is sure to be the highlight of your visit to historic Charleston. Join a local guide on this walking tour and receive a wealth of historical information and “insider tips” on where to stay, dine, and things to do. Let the knowledgeable tour guide show you some of Charleston’s most famed landmarks as well as give you glimpses of this historic city that you can only see on foot. The pace of the walking tour is leisurely and the guides are there to answer any questions that you may have as you stroll through the cradle of southern charm and hospitality. Visit some of Charlestons most notable landmarks including Rainbow Row, the Waterfront Battery, Antebellum Mansions as well as points of interest from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Get amazing views of Fort Sumter and discover ...

    The guide was very good...so knowledgable and easy to understand. He took us to see churches houses graveyards...quite a lot to see!

  • Charleston: Middleton Place Excursion & Low Country Cuisine

    8. Charleston: Middleton Place Excursion & Low Country Cuisine

    Two of America’s Founding Fathers called Middleton Place home: Henry Middleton, a president of the First Continental Congress, and his son Arthur Middleton, who signed the Declaration of Independence. At this National Historic Landmark, you'll explore America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the House Museum filled with Middleton family possessions, and the plantation stableyards with heritage breeds. The centerpiece of Middleton Place is Eliza’s House, a freedman’s dwelling that serves to recognize the lives and legacy of the enslaved people who built and maintained the property. Your tour includes a delicious lunch of traditional Low Country cuisine. Lunch often includes a choice of several options including crab soup or a garden salad to start, followed by shrimp, pulled pork, or fried chicken for the main with an assortment of side dishes, and pecan pie dessert.

  • Charleston: Historical Walking Tour with Storytelling

    9. Charleston: Historical Walking Tour with Storytelling

    Stroll through Charleston’s oldest neighborhood on a guided walking tour, led by an expert guide. Learn about the women and men – both pirates and patriots – who first founded the city, as you discover its highlights. The tour begins in front of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of Charleston’s oldest and most historical buildings. Continue down East Bay Street, passing Rainbow Row. See period mansions, and admire the views of Charleston Harbor and White Point Garden. Walk in the footsteps of pirates and their captors, as your guide tells you stories of looting and plundering. Wander the streets and alleys of Charleston’s South of Broad neighborhood. Learn about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the founding of America. Head back to the starting point, passing the Four Corners of the Law and the shops and residences on Broad Street. Your experience includes entrance to ...

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What people are saying about Charleston

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Both tours were a great way to get a "feel" for and overview of the area. Consider taking these or other tours in which you're interested on your first or second day visiting Charleston. Grayline Tours were conducted in small, approx 20 passenger van-type vehicles, much better than on a large bus!

Had a great tour! Our driver, Scott, gave us lots of great historical information on the way to the plantation. On the way back he recommended so many great restaurants and he did not disappoint.

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

We really enjoyed our tour and the guide was so helpful and friendly.

A lot to see and do it’s everything the flyer states.