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Horse Carriage Rides

Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour

Experience more than 300 years of history on this guided carriage tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches, and gardens as your horse-drawn carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston. Belgian and Percheron draft horses will you lead you through the streets while you learn about this “Holy City” and its role in the Civil War.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Charleston Harbor History Tour

See the Charleston Harbor by boat with a 90-minute sightseeing tour along the Cooper River to Fort Sumter National Monument. This fully-narrated tour focuses on Charleston history from Civil War sites to antebellum houses and landmarks, passes under Cooper River bridges, and explores a waterfront that’s home to bottlenose dolphins and pelicans.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Ghost & Vampire Tours

Ghost and Graveyard Tour in Charleston

Peek into Charleston’s shadowy history with a chilling nighttime walking tour of the city’s most eerie sites! Wind through the dark corridors of the Historic District and hear spooky tales of graveyard hauntings, voodoo and botched burials from your local guide. Pass by infamous locations with grisly histories and wander through the Charleston’s oldest cemetery after hours.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Horse Carriage Rides

Daytime Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Soak up the old fashioned charm of cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, lush gardens, and landmark churches as you listen to stories about Charleston history, architecture, and culture.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour

Uncover Charleston’s darkest secrets on an evening ghost and cemetery tour. Stroll through the atmospheric heart of the old city while an entertaining local guide regales you with tales of the dark deeds, restless spirits and supernatural phenomena that make Charleston one of the most haunted cities in America. Get exclusive after-hour access to the famous Unitarian Church Graveyard, where an overgrown southern garden surrounds historic plots said to be haunted by wandering ghosts.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Haunted Jail Walking Tour in Charleston

Discover the spookier side of Charleston’s history on this haunted tour of the Old City Jail. With an expert guide, learn about some of Charleston’s most notorious criminals, pirates and despicable characters like Lavinia and John Fisher, 19th-century hoteliers who allegedly poisoned their guests. Visit eerie spaces such as prisoner cells, hallways and locations where criminals died. Brace yourself for a possible ghostly apparition!
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
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Horse Carriage Rides

Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

Get all the thrills of a Charleston ghost tour without any walking on this haunted horse and carriage ride. A horse and carriage takes you down twisting side streets and cobbled alleyways with ease as your guide shares spooky stories from Charleston’s past. Make your way past the Mills House, the Circular Congregational Graveyard, and and Provost Dungeon in the heart of the Holy City.
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  • 40 minutes
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  • 40 minutes
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City Tours

Charleston Historical Sightseeing Bus Tour

Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities — Charleston, South Carolina — on this guided, 90-minute walking/riding tour. Visit more than 100 points of interest including Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more. Upgrade option available to include a 30-minute tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Day Cruises

Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

The "Holy City" skyline is on full display with this scenic Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise. Sail past notable American landmarks, such as Fort Sumter, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, The Battery, the Ravenel Bridge, Castle Pinckney and other sites from the past and present. You will hear enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past as well as scintillating facts about her most-interesting former citizens. Sit back and relax while a Licensed Charleston City Guide shares stories from Charleston’s historical sights, including some listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Great photo opportunities and a fresh sea breeze round out this pleasant and informative Charleston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Tours

Charleston City Sightseeing Tour via Bus

An air-conditioned sightseeing bus offers a refreshing Charleston Sightseeing Tour for summertime visitors trying to escape the heat or those with limited mobility. Roll by popular "Holy City" sights like Rainbow Row, the Battery, White Point Gardens, Nathaniel Russell House, and St. Michael's Church from wide viewing windows while your guide informs and entertains with stories from Charleston's rich past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Night Cruises

Haunted Ghost Cruise of Charleston Harbor

This Charleston ghost cruise brings you to the city’s spooky sites that can’t be reached on foot. Board a 45-foot catamaran and set sail on the Charleston Harbor, passing by the sites of pirate attacks, naval battles, and more. As you sail, your guide tells haunting stories of Charleston’s past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Horse Carriage Rides

Evening Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

Discover downtown Charleston on a 35-minute carriage ride that passes through the Commercial District and Waterfront Park. Learn about the history, architecture, and people of this old South Carolina city throughout the tour.
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  • 35 minutes
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  • 35 minutes
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Walking Tours

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2-Hour Historical Walking Tour of Charleston

Spend two hours strolling the historic streets of the Holy City with your friendly and professional guide. Travel back in time and learn about the culture and traditions of this iconic coastal town. You'll encounter friendly locals, see top-rated sites and enjoy the true southern charm of this popular travel destination.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Ghost & Vampire Tours

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Charleston Macabre Ghost Tour

On this 90-minute small-group walking tour of Charleston, learn about the city's haunted history while following in the footsteps of lords and generals, murderers and thieves. Hear stories from a guide about horrifying, macabre, and occult events, tales that have been passed down through generations in quiet voices. More than just a ghost tour, this is a great way to see a different side of one of the South's oldest cities.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Tours

Charleston See-It-All Sightseeing Bus Tour

Charleston's colonial history, laid-back vibe, and beautiful sites continue to steal the hearts of visitors to the Holy City. See the highlights of the peninsula in comfort on this 90-minute guided tour on a climate-controlled minibus with a maximum of 15 passengers. This narrated tour keeps you cool as you ride past must-see Charleston sights such as the Battery, the Citadel, Old City Market, and Hampton Park as well as enjoy spectacular views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse at a distance. Bonus: Admission to Charleston Powder Museum is also included with the price of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

Cultural Tours

Middleton Place Tour & Lunch with Transportation from Charleston

Middleton Place is one of the most popular plantations in the Charleston area, but getting there can be tricky without a private car. This tour makes it easy by including transportation from downtown Charleston aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned van, plus a guided tour of the house upon arrival. A 3-course lunch is also included for a taste of Lowcountry cuisine.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Cultural Tours

Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

Combine Charleston’s history with unique food samplings on this small-group culinary walking tour. Explore Charleston’s Old and Historic District, discovering the local landmarks and cuisine of three to four favorite, locally owned and operated restaurants. Enjoy enough samples to make a meal for most visitors. Taste local favorites at establishments like Poogan's Smokehouse and Carmella’s Café. All food tastings are included on this fantastic introduction to the ‘Holy City.’
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tours

Charleston's Alleys and Hidden Passages

Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities — Charleston, South Carolina — on this guided small-group walking tour. Explore some of the city’s most enchanting alleys and hidden passages. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, a colonial building with a 300-year history; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; plus historic Philadelphia Alley, and many more.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Ghost & Vampire Tours

Charleston Ghost Tour with Provost Dungeon

Explore the darker side of Charleston with an evening walking tour of the city’s most eerie sites! Wind through the Historic District’s dark corridors and graveyards, and hear spooky tales of ghosts, voodoo, local superstition and famous haunted spaces from your local guide. Cap off the tour with a chilling visit to the Provost Dungeon, a pre-Revolutionary dungeon steeped in grisly history.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Horse Carriage Rides

Private Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Explore Charleston in an intimate horse-drawn carriage during this private tour. Get personalized attention from your guide while riding through the historic streets of the old walled town.
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  • 1 hour
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Historic Charleston Walking Tour

Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities — Charleston, South Carolina — on this guided walking tour. Visit points of interest including Washington Square Park; the Dock Street Theatre, America’s first theatre; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter, and many more.
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours

This private sightseeing tour of Charleston offers a local perspective on the most charming city in the South. Beat the crowds of bus tours and go where carriage rides can’t as your licensed guide drives you around the peninsula in the comfort of a private vehicle. As you drive past top sights like Waterfront Park and the Battery, hear stories of Charleston history and culture in the Holy City.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Undiscovered Charleston, Where Food and History Meet

Charleston's only chef led historic walking tour, cooking demonstration and lunch! Our experience begins with a 90 minute food history walking tour in the historic district, followed by a cooking demonstration, lunch & wine pairing at the popular local's spot Bistro a Vin. It's led by Charleston's only South Carolina Chef Ambassador & Palmetto Guild Certified tour guide, Forrest Parker. Leading the teams at some of Charleston's most iconic restaurants, Parker has been called a "visionary who calls upon the culture, history & flavor traditions of South Carolina to create heritage-infused experiences." Parker was recognized by then Governor Nikki Haley as a S.C. Chef Ambassador in 2016, a capstone for a culinary career that began in 1995.Chef Forrest invites you to take the path less traveled; to see, touch, sip and taste the Undiscovered Charleston!
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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City Tours

Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission

Beat the heat while touring Charleston on this minibus tour. Relax and ride in comfort as your driver takes you to top Charleston sights such as Colonial Lake, Rainbow Row, and Whitepoint Gardens. As a bonus, this tour includes admission to the Charleston Museum—visit the downtown location on your own schedule.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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