Charleston Sightseeing Tours

One of the best ways to get to know any new destination is by taking a scenic tour, and Charleston is no different! If you’re staying in the historic downtown district, there are a couple of fantastic ways to see the sights and learn a bit of history along the way. Get the inside scoop on the Holy City’s best restaurants, historic sites, and prime photo spots when you enjoy a Charleston sightseeing tour!

Insider's Guide to Charleston

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Three Ways to Enjoy a Charleston Sightseeing Tour

Take an Old-Fashioned Carriage Tour

If you’ve ever visited downtown Charleston, chances are you’ve seen one of these tours before. There’s a good reason why they are so popular. You and your family can enjoy a relaxing ride on a horse-drawn carriage while learning about the history of our special city. There are three different routes that all carriage tours in Charleston are required to take, and it’s a random draw as to which you’ll get. Don’t worry, though — each route offers plenty of opportunities to learn about our past. Each tour lasts around an hour, and in that time you’ll get a first-class course in Charleston’s history, architecture, and culture!

Enjoy a Relaxing Cruise

If you’d prefer an afternoon on the water, then a boat tour of Charleston is just what you need! Charleston Harbor Tours is one of the most popular options in the region, with well-appointed ships and friendly staff. You’ll see some of Charleston’s most iconic landmarks while their guides delve into our city’s rich history. If you’re most interested in learning about the ecosystem, book the Morris Island Lighthouse Tour from Charleston Outdoor Adventures. You’ll be able to learn about local wildlife and the place they call home.

Book Our Culinary Retreat Package for an Elite Restaurant Tour

Charleston is one of the premier foodie destinations in the country, and our Culinary Retreat Package lets you go behind-the-scenes to find out why! Whether you’re an amateur home chef or a connoisseur of haute cuisine, you’ll definitely want to add this to your next stay. This exclusive package includes a three-hour walking tour, during which you’ll visit five of Charleston’s best restaurants. You’ll get to chat with the chefs who run the show and learn about their best-kept secrets. This package also features an intimate cooking class at your rental home or a meal prepared by a private chef for your party. Finally, you’ll also get a gift certificate to the Charleston restaurant of your choosing! 

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