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Charleston City Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault or Charleston Museum

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided sightseeing tour. Visit a plethora landmarks 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 tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures or the Charleston Museum.
  • See multiple points of interest, including Rainbow Row and Colonial Lake
  • 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 tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House or Charleston Museum

What's Included

  • 90-minute Narrated Historic Mini-Coach Tour of Charleston
  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • See over 100 Points of Interest including Rainbow Row, Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens
  • Upgrade to include Admission to Joseph Manigault House
  • Upgrade to include Admission to Charleston Museum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 375 Meeting St
    375 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA

    Tour departs from Charleston Visitor's Center

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

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.

An optional upgrade is available to include a guided tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, a historic house museum and one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures or the Charleston Museum.

Gray Line of Charleston

Enjoy a guided tour of Charleston by mini-coach and learn about the city’s significant history. With your professional guide, explore the former city walls; visit the famous Battery Waterfront district; and stop at Charleston’s picturesque Battery Sea Wall for closer views of Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and Patriots Point. This tour will entertain you with more than 300 years of Charleston’s rich history, from the American Revolution to the Civil War and beyond. Learn from your guide about the city’s pivotal role in America's history with visits to famous sites such as Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, the Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens. You'll also see St Phillips Episcopal Church, the Public Market and more than 100 other points of interest. It's a great comprehensive overview of this charming historical city! Upgrade: Charleston Tour with a visit to the Joseph Manigault House:Upgrade your tour to include a visit to the restored Joseph Manigault House, a historic Charleston home constructed in 1803. Designed by architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph, this 3-story, Federal-style brick townhouse reflects the lifestyle of the wealthy 19th-century rice-planting family and slaves who lived there. Explore this National Historic Landmark with your guide and discover why it’s considered one of the city’s most elegant and historically significant buildings in the city.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Joseph Manigault House

Visit the Joseph Manigault House (if upgrade option purchased at checkout)

Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston City Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault or Charleston Museum?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

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Excellent choice for a Charleston Tour
ernest_c, Aug 2022
Our driver had more the a dozen years tour experience. Took us to so many places and he had great information about each. If you asked other questions he had the answers from the city history, architecture to local restaurants. Well with the time and cost.
Our driver was very...
William_L, Aug 2022
Our driver was very knowledgeable. She was an excellent driver and very informative. We all felt comfortable
Informative tour of Charleston
Jennifer_G, Jul 2022
Our guide was very informative and we got a very good overview of the history of Charleston. She spoke so everyone could hear her and allowed us to get out at the water front to walk around and snap some pictures.
Once in A Lifetime History Tour
Gohar_T, Jul 2022
Allen was Awesome tour Guide. Great history facts along with modern ones! I enjoyed very much and I was all by myself. I will be back this weekend with my Family to do it again!
Beautiful Charleston
Scott_P, Jul 2022
Staying cool while seeing the beauty of historical Charleston. The guild was very informative. Would recommend this tour.
Hometown of Charleston
Alice_G, Jul 2022
The most memorable part of the tour was how comical, knowledgeable, and awesome our tour guide Valerie was with her story telling tales. She made sure that everyone on the bus felt at home in her hometown of Charleston.
Charleston Bus Tour
Jeanne, Jul 2022
We booked this tour online, it was easy. Our confirmation came right away and we were all set. We got to the pick up spot early because that was a little bit of a question, where the pick up was. The tour bus was on time, air conditioned and the tour guide was informative.
Back again for a great tour.
Rita_S, Jul 2022
This is the second tour we have done with your company. We appreciate the fact that in the summer, guests welcome the comfort of an air conditioned bus. We also found that this was a more extensive tour than with the buggy tours. You really don’t know what tour you will get with the buggy tour. The last 2 we did with family were disappointing. So you are now our go-to for out of town guests.
Great 90 minutes!
Margaret_C, Jul 2022
Tour guide made the experience! She brought the history of the city alive and reminded us all to be observant tourists. A great introduction to the city.
We enjoyed our tour! A...
tracy_m, Jul 2022
We enjoyed our tour! A great way to see things we may have not seen on our own and driver told us all about the area. Would recommend!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience!
Monica_P, Jun 2022
The tour was excellent from beginning to end. Our tour guide Allen is a walking history book. He was very thorough in explaining the various historical sites of Charleston.
Excellent bus tour
Linda_N, Jun 2022
See and here the history within Charleston that we would not have seen on our own. Mansions, College, Citadel, etc
Rich by any means
Cecelia_R, Jun 2022
Expensive Plantation homes earned off the backs of slaves working in the cotton fields or whatever money crop.
Worhwhile experience
Edward_T, Jun 2022
Historical information from tour guide was fabulous! Just the right length of time. Comfortable vehicle.
More for adults
Ginny_G, Jun 2022
It was a good experience with a lot of history. I found the guide knowledgeable, but a little dry in his presentation.
Great tour!
Dewane_W, Jun 2022
Our guide, Val, is a treasure! Friendly, funny, and so knowledgeable. She brought the history of the city and its people right into focus.,, so interesting!
Very disappointing
Lana_V, Jun 2022
Well right when we loaded on the bus a storm came through and it was pouring down rain. It did let up as we started the tour. The rain was not the problem. The problem was some of the streets were flooded and the tour bus driver kept avoided certain streets because of the water and the whole time she was “narrating” she kept saying “ok look to your left, look to your right” depending on what side of the bus you was sitting on you couldn’t see what she was even pointing out or talking about. I felt like all we kept doing was going around in circles and she was pointing out different flowers on peoples properties. There was really Nothing interesting on the whole trip!!! Would definitely NOT recommend this tour.
Nice, cool way to see the city.
Leigh_M, Jun 2022
Seeing a large part of the city in an air conditioned coach , safe from the rain too was a great plus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Definitely recommend!
Cindy_W, Jun 2022
Great way to see and learn about the beautiful and special landmarks in Charleston. Valerie was an excellent guide.
Highly recommend!
Diane_D, Jun 2022
Family was in from out of town. This was a wonderful way to give them an overview of our charming city! Our guide, Michael, was both informative and entertaining.
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