Charleston Historical Sightseeing Bus Tour

Charleston, United States

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1 hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


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.
  • Guided Historical Bus Tour of Charleston
  • See over 100 points of interest, including famous sites such as Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, the Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens
  • Take in great views of Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and Patriots Point
  • Learn about the city’s pivotal role in America's history from your professional guide
  • Upgrade option available to include a 30-minute tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House
This guided educational tour of historic Charleston, South Carolina begins with a look at the city’s former walls — and a stop at the Battery, a landmark defensive sea wall and promenade. It was named for an American Civil War coastal defense artillery battery at the site. Take in spectacular views of Charleston Harbor, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean; Fort Sumter, which is noted for two battles of the Civil War and Patriots Point on Charleston Harbor, home of the USS Yorktown, a World War II aircraft carrier.
Learn about Charleston’s pivotal role in American history along the way, from the American Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Pass by Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; historic Colonial Lake; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building and White Point Garden, at the end of the Battery in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. 
Also, see St. Phillips Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark; Historic Charleston City Market, a 200-year-old city market that covers four downtown blocks plus more than 100 other points of interest.
Optional upgrade available to include a 30-minute tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, a historic house museum and one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures.

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Joanne B
, Dec 2018

Bob was an excellent tour guide. Have been to Charleston many times and learned a great deal more about the city and history on this tour.

Deirdre D
, Aug 2018

This was a great way to see the city on a hot, humid August day. We drove by many sites and learned about Charleston's history.
Our tour guide was knowledgeable about the sites.

Michelle C
, May 2018

The bus tour was really interesting. Our tour guide was so kind. She did talk a lot, which I missed some important details during the tour because I wasn't sure if she was just talking to the group and talking about a history tidbit. We did love the ticket to house,which you can get on your own. To save time, I bought the ticket through Viator. We used our House ticket to see the Charleston Museum instead, which we are glad we did because the museum is absolutely fascinating. It's the oldest museum in North America -- a MUST-SEE in Charleston. It includes history from the pre-historic era to Civil War to Medical. It even has an area to try on vintage dresses.

Jim K
, Apr 2018

Not a bad way to get around Charleston. The bus is comfortable.

Marsha J S
, Mar 2018

This was my first visit to Charleston. I was on a cruise and timing was everything. My hour and a half tour provided an excellent introduction to this charming city. Our guide was very knowledgeable. His pride in all that he showed us was evident. Our bus was clean, modern, comfortable and with great visibility. The audio was clear with perfect volume. Future cruise stops will include a Viator plan.

, Feb 2018

Good way to visit this very old home. Tour guide was great and added a lot of history to our tour.

Kevin H
, Nov 2017

The Charleston Tour with the Optional Joseph Manigault House is well worth the money. The tour is very jam packed. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The ladies who acted as docents at the house were not only knowledgeable but gracious. The house is amazing. Especially when one takes into account its sad history after Mrs. Manigault left it once her husband passed away. The communities in Charleston are vibrant. The homes are beautiful. The Battery in particular is incredible. The tour stopped and mounted a wall and we were able to hear about both the Revolutionary bombardment and capture of Charleston as well as its American Civil War History. As a descendent of soldiers who died in the Charleston area it was fascinating to hear the harrowing story of the men who fought and died there. We even visited two former red light district areas from the 1840's and 1850's. The churches are a fascinating antidote to a rich and sometimes libertine heritage. The four corners of laws - religious, state, federal and local was also interesting. Well worth every cent. But parking can be a chore.

Gary V
, Nov 2017

The tour was great! Guide was very knowledgeable and had some great stories along with the history of the landmarks and neighborhoods we toured. Manigault house tour was a bit disappointing because the upper and lower levels of the house are closed to the public. It would have been great to see the kitchen and areas where the help stayed. The guide was very good and told us about the other levels but without seeing them it was hard to imagine.
On a whole well worth the money and a great way to get a feel for the history of the whole area.

Judy E
, Nov 2017

This was not as advertised. I was under the impression from your blurb that this tour made stops. It made one stop by the river front. Iwas looking forward to going into the market. I would not recommend this tour.

, Oct 2017

First thing the bus is not set up to do a city sight seeing tour. Pulled up to sites and we were unable to see a thing. Second, air conditioning was not working on bus, which made it very uncomfortable as it was 90 degrees. All and all not worth it.


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