Charleston
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Our most recommended Charleston Theme Tours

  • Charleston Harbor: Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

    1. Charleston Harbor: Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

    Take in the amazing sights of Charleston Harbor on a 1.5-hour boat tour with live narration from an expert guide. Pick up insight into the fascinating Charleston history while you glide through the gentle waves of the harbor. Your knowledgeable and entertaining guides have been licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Make sure to bring your camera for famous American landmarks, such as Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the Battery, the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney, and other sites from Charleston's past and present. This relaxing and fun tour departs from Patriots Point and Aquarium Wharf daily. Get ready to hear enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past as well as scintillating facts about its most interesting former citizens. Perfect for all ages, the whole family can enjoy cruising along the co...

    Very good narrator. Slightly disappointed with the visuals but the information was quite good.

  • Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

    2. Charleston: Haunted Carriage Evening Tour

    Listen to spine-tingling tales of prisoners, rogues, and pirates that make up the history of Charleston. Cover over 300 years of history from the comfort of your carriage. Mysterious alleys and cobblestones await as your expert guide leads you through Historic Charleston on a 40-minute Haunted Carriage Tour. Start the tour at Old South Carriage Company's stables where the tour explores the 15 block core that comprises Historic Charleston. Along the way you will see Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, Circular Congregational Church and Graveyard, Charleston City Market, and St. Michael's Episcopal Church. All tour guides of this activity are members of the Palmetto Guild, which indicates that they have successfully passed a comprehensive examination of the history of Charleston.

    We loved every minute! Jessica & Mac were outstanding. We will definitely do this again.

  • Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

    3. 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

    4. 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: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

    5. Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

    Test your nerve and explore the dark edges of Charleston's haunted historic district, deeply steeped in South Carolina's culture of voodoo and low country superstitions! This spook-tacular tour includes an exclusive after-dark opportunity to venture into one of the city's oldest graveyards. If you dare, step across the graves and inspect the headstones to unravel the personal histories of the souls buried there. You'll hear fun and chilling stories of Charleston ghosts and haunted houses, as well as tales of voodoo magic and folklore. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon to learn about Charleston's terrifying history of piracy on this eerie and entertaining tour.

    Keith was knowledgeable about Charleston and provided interesting stories on our tour.

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

    6. 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: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

    7. Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

    Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston on an amazing 2.5-hour food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants and bakeries, each essential to understanding the evolution of food in the city and why it is so unique. Travel through more than 300 years of history and culture while sampling delicious specialties. The local guides have varied food and culinary credentials and each brings a unique perspective to the experience. Enjoy small samples at each location that will equal a large meal. Typical tastings include: • Stone ground grits • Charleston benne wafers • Locally-made gourmet chocolates • Southern pralines • Sweet tea • Collard greens • Lowcountry barbeque

    Blake was a great guide. He told very interesting stories about the history of Charleston as we tried lots of Charleston favorites… grits, fried green tomatoes, she crab soup, and so much more! I recommend trying the tour at the beginning of your trip, so you can go back to these places for dinner! We booked the tour for the last day, so now, we have to go back to Charleston again to try them for dinner!

  • Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

    8. 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: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

    9. Charleston: Supernatural 90-Minute Ghost Tour

    "There is only one essential ingredient in a ghost story: death." So say Charlestonians Ed Macy and Geordie Buxton in their introduction to their book about the haunted streets of Charleston. By rambling through the oft-forgotten enclaves of the Holy City, the paranormal authors bring guests face to face with a group of orphans who haunt a dorm of a Charleston College, a Citadel cadet who haunts a local hotel, and an angelic spirit in a Freedman Methodist graveyard, to name just a few. We will hear tales of a bookstore phantom, notorious for rearranging books in perfect vertical stacks, and a gruesome 19th century amputation taking place in a medical student’s apartment. This tour is not for the faint-hearted! Based on historical events and specific details that are often lost in our general notion of ghosts, each haunting encounter will send chills down your spine.

    Very informative. Guide was very knowledgeable about local history. Tour was educational about historical hauntings.

  • Charleston: Haunted Bar Crawl with Tarot Reading

    10. Charleston: Haunted Bar Crawl with Tarot Reading

    Get an insider's view of Charleston's paranormal history on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

    Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide on the steps of the US Customs House. Make your way to one of Charleston's most notorious bars and listen to ghost stories and tales of Charleston’s darker side while enjoying your favorite beverage.

    From the bar, walk towards a graveyard where you will learn how to spot a ghost and the spirits of those who still roam the streets.

    Turn the corner and walk towards a very different, but equally spooky bar. Finish the evening with more history and ghost stories and a tarot reading.

    What an experience! Larry is energetic, passionate, and excited about Charleston. He is knowledgable about the past snd circumstances of the stories he tells. He is interested in the lives of the group and uses the tatot reading as a way to link the group and plays games with the cards to provide humor and light. Met amazing people, laughed a lot and learned some interesting facts about Charleston! Highly recommend!

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What people are saying about Charleston

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.

It was an excellent tour. The guide was knowledgeable and humorous. The sights were nice and boat was as well. There were drinks and snacks onboard for purchase. But you must have/bring cash.

My husband and I went on the 9:30 tour. It was alot of fun and kind of spooky.Thr guide was knowledgeable and entertaining..I would recommend

Very good overall description of most important places in town.

Nice comfortable and relaxing 90 minutes on the water.