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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Tour

Experience more than 300 years of history on this guided, 1-hour 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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USD26.00
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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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.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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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, 2-hour, 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 Elliott Street featuring Poinsett's Tavern; the Heyward-Washington House; Longitude Lane, one of the city’s original streets; mysterious Stoll’s Alley and many more.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour

Combine Charleston’s history with unique food samplings on this guided, 2.5-hour, 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.’
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston's Historic Residential Carriage Tour

This one-hour tour tells the tales of Charleston's most pivotal moments and will have travelers falling in love with the unique culture and beautiful landscapes of this southern city. Your experience begins in the stable opposite Market Street, where you'll interact with horses before riding along in a custom carriage through the landmarks and attractions of this coastal town. The 16-passenger carriages are lighter and more comfortable that most, making them as enjoyable for the horses are they are for travelers!
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Savor the Flavors of Charleston Food Walking Tour

Discover the delights of the Charleston food scene on this 2.5-hour walking tour. With a guide, you'll learn about the cuisine of the Lowcountry region as you explore this historic city and sample local food products such as stone-ground grits, pralines, collard greens, and South Carolina barbecue. Tour is limited to 12 people for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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Charleston's Upper King Street Culinary Tour

Get to know Charleston through its food on this 2.5-hour walking tour of Upper King Street. You'll meet with culinary innovators and learn about their edgy and creative styles that have turned this once off-the-beaten-path area into a lively destination for food lovers. Along the way, sample dishes at up to four restaurants.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a 1-hour, 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.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Charleston Walking Tour

Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities — Charleston, South Carolina — on this guided, 90-minute 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.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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Private Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Explore Charleston in an intimate horse-drawn carriage during this 1-hour private tour. Get personalized attention from your guide while riding through the historic streets of the old walled town.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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  • Duration: 1 hour
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Charleston Chefs' Kitchen Tour

Spend three hours exploring the greatest restaurants in Charleston on this chef's kitchen tour that takes you behind the scenes of the town's top flavor makers. You'll stop at five different restaurants with your professional local guide and discover the inspiration and motivation behind some of the New South's best dishes. Sample coffee, pastries and other traditional dishes. This tour is ideal for food lovers, aspiring chefs and anyone else interested in seeing professional kitchens up close.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Daufuskie Island History & Artisans Excursion

Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, and accessible only by boat, Daufuskie Island is a real gem. This trip provides a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of Lowcountry history on the undeveloped side of the island. Visit several one-of-a-kind places, including the First African Baptist Church, the Praise House, Mary Fields School (memorialized in Pat Conroy’s ‘The Water is Wide’) and the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Charleston Minibus 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 spots like the Citadel and the Battery.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this private, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
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  • Duration: 50 minutes
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Middleton Place Admission

Welcome to Middleton Place, an 18th century historic plantation comprising over 65 acres of America's oldest Landscaped Gardens. Located just a short drive from downtown Charleston, this registered National Landmark spans across 110 vibrant acres and is home to the Middleton Place House Museum, Eliza’s House, working Stableyards featuring artisans and heritage breed animals, and so much more. Middleton Place General Admission tickets provides all-day access to one of Charleston's most recognized plantations. Upon entry, explore over 65 acres of lush gardens; stableyards featuring Belgian Horses, Cashmere Goats, Water buffalo, and Gulf Coast Sheep; tour Eliza's House; and enjoy Guided Walking Tours of the grounds such as the Gardens Overview, Meet the Breeds, and Beyond the Fields tours.  Guarantee admission to one of Charleston's most popular plantations by reserving your visit today!
  • Duration: 1 to 4 hrs
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USD29.00
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  • Duration: 1 to 4 hrs
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Charleston Mixology Walking Tour: History and Cocktails

Experience the spirited side of Charleston with a 1.5-hour mixology tour that explores the city’s craft bars, history and cocktail culture. Visit a series of three neighborhood bars with your local guide, and enjoy a signature cocktail prepared for the group at each stop. Learn the process behind the drink recipes and hear stories about Charleston’s moonshining past. Explore the revival of South Carolina’s 'farm-to-tumbler' distilling culture while kicking off your evening in Charleston with a small group of cocktail lovers.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD40.00
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Charleston City Bus Tour with Charleston Museum Admission

On this historical Charleston tour, journey back in time as your guide reveals the beauty and charm of one of America's most historic cities. Learn about the history of Charleston and discover its pivotal role in American history with visits to more than 100 points of interest including Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, the Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens.  Bonus: Included with your City Tour is admission to America's first museum, The Charleston Museum located in downtown Charleston. Make your way there for a self-guided tour of this popular attraction.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Lowcountry Island Plantation & Gullah Heritage Tour

Enjoy seeing breathtaking vistas and lowcountry tidal creeks that weave through our journey back into time.  Our air conditioned bus is very comfortable and guests can see easily the live oak lane, plantation house, cemetery and church ruins.  Visit the Gullah community praise house which still has meetings for the families that still live on land that their ancestor's passed down to them as an inheritance.  This is a 3 hour tour on the islands near Beaufort SC. We do have a handicap accessible bus available, please let us know if you need that service for your guests.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Middleton Place & Edmondston-Alston House Combo Ticket

Learn about Charleston history with entry to Middleton Place and the Edmondston-Alston House. Explore the gardens and stables of Middleton Place and take a guided tour of the House Museum. Step into the past with a guided tour of the Edmondston-Alston House and take in stunning views of Charleston Harbor.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Beaufort History and Film Location Tour by Van

Over 24 Hollywood films have been shot in the historic town of Beaufort, South Carolina. Explore Beaufort without the hassle of navigating on a tour of the area’s highlights, from scenic film locations to historic homes. Your small group size ensures the full attention of your guide, who navigates for you and provides little–known stories about Beaufort’s past. Morning and afternoon departure times are available for your convenience.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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