Getting there is half the fun.

There seems to be no better way to see all the sites in the Charleston are than to embark on one of the many sightseeing tours. Whether by land or sea, Charleston offers plenty of special interest tours to learn all of the rich history of the area. Whether you prefer to stroll down quaint alleyways by foot or trot through the streets in a carriages, all paths lead visitors on an unforgettable journey back in time. You'll be entertained and enlightened by knowledgeable guides giving tours on foot, by carriage, by van - even by boat!

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As featured on The Travel Channel, Food Network, and in Southern Living, we offer the best history, culinary, and ghost tours in Charleston. Voted Charleston's Best Tour Companyť the last five years. Exclusive access to Charleston's Most Haunted Locations.
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Sail aboard SCHOONER PRIDE, Charleston's only 3-masted tall ship. Elegantly modeled after an 18th century coastal trading schooner. Accommodates up to 49 guests and sails daily for Dolphin Sails, Sunset Sails and Special events. Available for private charters and groups!
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The Carolina Queen is Charleston's only paddle-wheel riverboat. We offer great special events including: Our Signature Blues & BBQ Cruises, Jazz Brunch Cruises, Murder Mystery, Craft Beer Cruises, and seasonal special events. See our website for a full schedule.
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Martine P. Dulles, a Licensed Charleston Guide, and former NYC Metropolitan Museum docent, gives tours of historic Charleston, house museums and plantations in English or French. All tours are customized to your special interests! Winner of 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
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The perfect venue for your next special event. Whether it's sailing on a tall ship, a private dinner cruise on charter yacht or a social event, We have the perfect vessel to meet your needs and exceed your expectations!
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Spiritline Cruises owns and operates the largest charter fleet in South Carolina. Private parties, dinners, and receptions for groups of 20 to more than 400 on SpiritLine's yachts, Spirit of Carolina, Spirit of Charleston, Spirit of the Lowcountry and General Beauregard.
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This is the only tour that can take you into Charleston’s oldest graveyard at night! View Charleston’s famous tombstones and explore the streets and alleyways of our haunted Historic District while listening to stories of ghosts, haunted houses, and superstitions.
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Stops at Fort Sumter National Monument, where the Civil War began. Cruise to the island fort via ferry boat ride while you enjoy breathtaking views of historic downtown Charleston and her Harbor. Tours depart from the Visitor Education Facility at Liberty Square downtown and from Patriots Point in Mt. Pleasant.
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Gray Line of Charleston is the oldest and largest bus touring company in the city with more than 50 years experience offering guided tours. Join us for a complete and comprehensive overview of more than 300 years of historic Charleston by one of our licensed guides. Be sure to check out our Fort Sumter combo tour offer and save!
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Featured in Southern Living, New York Times, and AAA, this two-hour tour is the best overview of Charleston’s rich history, antebellum homes, architecture, gardens, and culture. Reservations Recommended. Departs from the Mills House Hotel at 10 am & 2 pm.
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Guides in a Confederate uniform and Red Sash team up with beautiful draft horses to reveal the history and charm of Charleston. Board your carriage in our stable using an easy loading ramp. Carriages also available for weddings and large groups. Family-owned since 1983. Reserve online. No Booking Fees!
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Charleston Harbor Tours & Bulldog Tours combine to offer the best of Charleston by boat and by foot. Enjoy our 90 minute harbor tour + choice of Bulldog Tour's Ghost & Graveyard Tour, Haunted Jail Tour or Charleston Strolls History Tour. Combine both tours and save $!
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Explore Charleston Harbor aboard a Spiritline Cruise. Charleston’s unique history unfolds from the perspective of its Harbor on this nonstop cruise. Features historic forts, palatial homes, and port activities. Departs Patriots Point Mt. Pleasant and the dock next to the Aquarium.
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Join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston! Daily tasting tours introduce guests to Lowcountry cuisine at many great seafood finds. Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, culinary experts and specialty shops.
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Adventure Sightseeing has been offering the best motorized tours of Charleston for over 30 years. Enjoy transportation to Charleston's Best Plantations with a licensed guide. Sit back and relax and let us do the driving and entertain you along the way. See our website for a full schedule of tours and to get tickets. Hotel pick up available.
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As featured on The Travel Channel, Food Network, and in Southern Living, we offer the best history, culinary, and ghost tours in Charleston. Voted Charleston's Best Tour Company the last five years. Exclusive access to Charleston's Most Haunted Locations.
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"See it All" with Adventure Sightseeing. With over 30 years of experience in city and plantation tours, let our experience and knowledge work for you! Sit back in delight as our licensed guides entertain you! Hotel pick up available.
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Learn about Charleston’s ghostly past as you enjoy libations at some of the city’s finest taverns and pubs. Sip on a martini, guzzle a beer and toast your cocktails to the Bulldog Tours Haunted Pub Crawl! Reservations are required.
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Tu-Su. Mar.-Oct.: History Tours, Nature Tours, Sunset Cruises, Haunted Harbor Ghost Tours – times vary. Interpretive history and nature tours with local historian and naturalist. Learn while exploring Charleston Harbor. Frequent Dolphin Sightings. Corporate/private charters available. 45 ft. Catamaran, USCG-certified for 49 people. $16-30.
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Tu. -Su. Mar.-Oct. Come and explore Morris Island and go shelling with our naturalist. Learn while exploring Charleston’s Harbor Marine life. Frequent Dolphin Sightings. Corporate & Private charters available. 45 ft. Catamaran, USCG-certified for 49 people. $16-30.
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Our family has been living SC history since 1690 and we’d like to share it with you! Combine our historic city tour, 10:30am, with the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 12:30, for the #1 tour value in Charleston. Free downtown pick up at the Charleston Visitors Center (375 Meeting St.)
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On your way to your destination, enjoy Charleston's beautiful harbor. From dolphin sightings to a WWII Aircraft Carrier. Rides leave hourly 9am-8pm(10pm Friday and Saturday) March-November. See "Water Taxi" in guide index for more info.
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We provide experienced, licensed guides with our transportation or yours. We design tours just for you: private, group, walking, step-on guides, family or military reunions and corporate groups. For that special tour, call Charleston's Finest!
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Pubs, pirates, patriots, police, priests, prostitutes... Charleston's history through the bottom of a glass! Stroll with our pirates & colonial rogues to some of Charleston's favorite taverns and hear unusual, but true, stories you won’t hear on other tours.
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Martine P. Dulles, a Licensed Charleston Guide, and former NYC Metropolitan Museum docent, gives tours of historic Charleston, house museums and plantations in English or French. All tours are customized to your special interests! Winner of 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
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Coming to Charleston? Charleston Promenades will help you with your visit (hotel arrangements, restaurant, cultural event, house museums, etc.) Contact Martine P. Dullas, a licensed tour guide and former docent at the NYC Metropolitan Museum. Winner of 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
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Save $ and tour Charleston by land and by sea with two of the most experienced and reputable tour companies in town. Includes 90 minute, live-narrated harbor history tour and one hour carriage tour. Tours may be taken on separate days. Tickets may be purchased at either location: Charleston Harbor Tours - 10 Wharfside St. Charleston, SC 29401 or Palmetto Carriage Works - 8 Guignard St. Charleston, SC 29401 843.723.8145
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Martine P. Dulles, a Licensed Charleston Guide, and former NYC Metropolitan Museum docent, gives tours of historic Charleston, house museums and plantations in English or French. All tours are customized to your special interests! Winner of 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
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Charleston’s most photographed guides lead you on a walk through Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy – stories about Blackbeard, Ann Bonny, Stede Bonnet, and more. Children’s Tours & Ghost Tours also offered. Appearances on Travel Channel, Lifetime, A&E, Syfy, ETV.
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Charleston's Finest offers daily tours to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Tour includes the nature tram ride through Audubon Swamp where you see birds and alligators in the wild, gardens, slave cabin and a guided tour of the mansion. A "must see" on your visit!
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Charleston's most inclusive combination tour! Save time and $ when booking the tri combo tour. Includes 90 minute harbor history tour, one hour carriage tour, and admission to Boone Hall Plantation. Tours may be taken on different days. Must purchase tickets at Charleston Harbor Tours ticket office, online or call 888-224-5037
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Charleston's Finest offers daily tours to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Tour includes the nature tram ride through Audubon Swamp where you see birds and alligators in the wild, gardens, slave cabin and a guided tour of the mansion. A "must see" on your visit!
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We provide experienced, licensed guides with our transportation or yours. We design tours just for you: private, group, walking, step-on guides, family or military reunions and corporate groups. For that special tour, call Charleston's Finest!
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From walking tours to all-day chartered excursions, we customize the tour that covers your interests. Private, group, step-on, reunions, corporate events, costume tours, speaking engagements available. Appearances on Travel Channel, Lifetime, A&E, Syfy, and ETV! TripAdvisor Award of Excellence Winner!
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Call for schedule. Experience the real charm and grace of Charleston with Charleston's Finest. See the historic city like you have never seen it before. Our family has been living South Carolina history since 1690 and we'd like to share it with you!
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Let the adventure begin! Morris Island barrier island ecology expeditions while hunting shell and sharks teeth, daily Eco/Science trips, pirate and history tours and nightly BYOB sunset cruises too.Private charters and parties available for up to 80 people. Come see us!
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Save money and enjoy a unique experience combining two of Charleston's most respected and reliable tour attractions. Save when buying both tickets combined vs. individual admissions. Transportation to either location not included. Buy tickets online or call 888-224-5037.
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Charleston’s most photographed guides lead you on a walk through Charleston’s Golden Age of Piracy – stories about Blackbeard, Ann Bonny, Stede Bonnet, and more. Children’s Tours & Ghost Tours also offered. Appearances on Travel Channel, Lifetime, A&E, Syfy, ETV.
A Student's Tour
Educational, fun & memorable experience designed just for your students as they explore over 300 years of history, sites and stories about US, SC, African-American, Civil/Revolutionary wars, religious, architecture, pirates, fires, earthquake, hurricanes or cemetery walk with ghostly friends & more! Reservations - 843.556.0664.
Affordabike Bicycle Shop
Most affordable bike rentals in Charleston! Free golf-cart shuttle will pick you up before and drop you off after your rental. We have cruisers, hybrids, road bikes, tandems, and options for kids. Cruisers start at $20/day. Rentals include locks, helmets, and baskets.
Alan’s Talk of the Towne
Historic City tour features the Market, Rainbow Row, the mansions South of Broad and stops at the Battery with the most experienced guide in the industry. Two-hour tours include Edmondston-Alston House. Visitor Center (375 Meeting St.) 9:15 Mon-Sat., 11:45 and 2:45 daily.
An Original Pub Tour of Charleston – Lesesne Tour Co.
Come explore Charleston's local beer scene and the unique history behind Lowcountry brewing. Experience historic pubs and breweries while enjoying cold beverages, delicious appetizers, and an intimate guided tour with local guides. Group rates available for all occasions! Reservations required.
Candlelight Ghost Tours - Ghosts of the South
Join our expert guides as they take you into Charleston's Haunted History. See haunted sights that have been on the History Channel and Discovery Channel. AAA rated and highly ranked on "trip advisor". $5 off every adult. Tour with the best!
Carolina Polo & Carriage Company
Daily 9am-5pm. Locations: inside the Doubletree Hotel (181 Church St.,) and our stables (16 Hayne St.,). Owned and operated by native Charlestonians whose families arrived here in the 1600’s.
Chai Y'all Tours
Tour combining Jewish Charleston from 1695 with a classical city tour, conducted by a founder of SC Jewish Historic Society and featured as Southern Living’s “Top 5 City Tours”. For 43 years a,“me-chai-yeh” 2-4 persons private car, bus step-on guide or strolls. Reservations 843.556.0664.
Charleston 101
Let a 4th-generation Charlestonian guide you through the city’s history, architecture and culture! Author of six books about Charleston, Mary Coy has been featured in Fodor’s and Diversion Magazine. Enjoy a personal walking, driving or plantation tour with this life-long resident.
Charleston 101
Let a 4th-generation Charlestonian introduce you to the city! Author of six books about Charleston, Mary Coy has been featured in Fodor’s and Diversion Magazine. Uniquely personal - no more than 12 per tour. Reservations required. 10 a.m. Fri & Sat. $20
Charleston Bicycle Tours
Come see Charleston by bicycle on roads less traveled - her plantations, islands and quaint towns. Three to six day tours, small fun groups, upscale accommodations, memorable meals, full van support; owner Alex Graham is a licensed guide.
Charleston Carriage Works
Get ready for an awesome experience - our guides will entertain and educate you. We are here to provide a perfect experience. We'll help with anything you need - weddings, groups, specialty tours and more. We'll design an event just for you.
Charleston Convention & Group Services, Inc.
Unrivaled personal service, creative events and unique excursions since 1986! CCGS is here to design your group’s picture perfect Charleston experience: customized tours & excursions, dining & transportation, unique events and full-service packages for corporate, tour and convention groups. Member NTA and MPI.
Charleston Convention & Group Services, Inc.
Our licensed and professional guides represent the most experienced tour professionals in the Charleston area. Call us today for step-on guide service, walking tours, educational programs or a customized package for your group. Bilingual guides available; Member NTA & MPI.
Charleston Culinary Tours
Take your taste buds for a stroll. Charleston Culinary Tours combine the best of lowcountry cuisine, cocktails and history with five tours available: Historic Downtown, Upper King Street, Chef Showcase at the Farmer's Market, Chefs's Kitchen & Mixology.
Charleston Distilling Co.
A small batch distillery making handcrafted spirits for people who care about how things are made. Using local grains, we mill, distill and bottle, creating quality SC certified spirits. Located downtown on King St. Tours and tastings: Monday - Saturday, 11am to 7pm. Reservations Recommended.
Charleston Harbor Tours / Bulldog Tours Ghost Tour Combination
Save $ and enjoy a live-narrated harbor history tour and your choice of Bulldog Tours' Ghost and Graveyard walking tour or Haunted Jail Tour. Tickets may be purchased at either location Charleston Harbor Tours, 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401 www.charlestonharbortours.com or Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson Street, www.bulldogtours.com
Charleston Heritage Passport
Discover Charleston’s “must see” historic and cultural sites while saving nearly 40% off regular admission – with the Heritage Passport! Passports are available ONLY at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St., and are not valid for group admission. Visit our website for complete details.
Charleston History Tours...Picture Perfect
This two hour tour is the premier review of Charleston's opulent history, stately architecture, graceful gardens, charming antebellum homes, colorful culture and active preservation. Have a camera? Photo tips provided! Reservations required. $20 tours daily. Private tours also! 843-901-9283
Charleston Sailing Charters "Fate Sailing Yacht"
Charleston's premiere 50ft private sailing yacht, "Fate". Relax and sail in serene luxury while your captain and crew treat you like royalty as they expertly sail you around the Charleston harbor. Day sails, sunset sails and overnight excursions available.
Charleston Sole
Discover Historic Charleston with Charleston native, Brian Simms. This two hour tour covers our remarkable history, fascinating stories and hidden gems, making this such a special place to visit! Mon-Sat 10am & 2pm, Adult $18, Child 6-12 $10, Under 6 free.
Charleston Steeplechase Tours
Charleston Steeplechase Tours offers running tours of Historic Charleston, SC. Tours originate from Downtown Charleston's Marion Square. Each tour lasts 90 minutes, covers approximately 3.5 miles of the historic district, and includes 10-12 stops at pertinent landmarks along the way.
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour
With downtown van pick-up for up to 14 people, Charlestonian guide takes discerning visitors by van to her friends’ private historic homes and gardens, ending with lunch and a silver tea at her house served on Cantonware overlooking the Ashley River.
Charleston Tea Party Private Tour
The 9:30 2-hour morning tour of the heart of the historic Old Walled City includes hidden nooks and crannies, and ends with tea on the Battery overlooking the harbor.
Charleston Tours Inc.
Charleston’s original plantation specialist offering “Gone with the Wind” guided plantation and city tours daily including African-American history influence, in all of our tours. Recommended by the New York Times and the late, great CBS journalist Charles Kuralt. Free hotel pick-up.
Charleston Venture Tours, LLC
All tours conducted by the owner.We offer the BEST prices in town. FREE pickup at Mt. Pleasant & Isle of Palms and for parties of 10 or more from anywhere downtown. Tours depart the Visitor Center at 9:30, 12:00 & 2:30 Daily.
Charleston's Best Tours, LLC
Get spooked with Charleston's Best Tours walking nighttime ghost tour as seen in AAA Magazine! Our career guides will share site-specific, well-documented stories and other recent sightings. The only ghost tour with the same location and local people since 1999!
CharlestonTours.com
CharlestonTours.com is your one stop web portal for the best tours & events. Harbor Tours, Sailing Excursions, Special Events, Bus Tours, Plantation Tours and Charleston's Best Value Combination Tours. Private events and group tours too! Let us save you time and visit our site today!
Charms of Charleston Tours
Charms of Charleston Tours are a locally owned tour service. Our guides are Charlestonians that have a great love of this city. Let us show you this beautiful flower that we are so proud of.
Chow Down Charleston Food Tours
Chow Down through Chucktown with us as we highlight Charleston's delicious offerings hidden throughout the borough's of downtown. Enjoy 6 tastings showcasing local ingredients, Lowcountry classics, and the true culinary technique and genius that Charleston is famous for.
Classic Carriage Works, LLC
Experience Charleston's rich history with our knowledgeable licensed tour guides as they take you on a residential tour through historic downtown Charleston. Carriages for private tours, weddings, large groups available. Discount rates/combo tours offered. "Race to Savings" information on our website.
Friends Of The Hunley
In 1864, the Hunley became the world’s first successful combat submarine and then mysteriously vanished. Lost at sea for over a century, the Hunley was recovered from the sea in 2000. See history unfolding during weekend tours of the Hunley. For tickets, call 1.877.4HUNLEY. For weekday large group tours, call 843.744.1488.
Gullah Tours
Explore the sites relevant to the culture, and traditions of the African-Americans history in Charleston. It is given by a native born, Gullah speaking Charlestonian who was raised by grandparents whose parents were slaves. The tours leave from the Visitor Center Mon-Sat at 11:00 & 1:00 PM.
Gullah Tours
Explore the sites relevant to the culture, and traditions of the African-Americans history in Charleston. It is given by a native born, Gullah speaking Charlestonian who was raised by grandparents whose parents were slaves. The tours leave from the Visitor Center Mon-Sat at 11:00 & 1:00 PM.
Harborview Charters
Explore Historic Charleston the Way the Locals Do… from the Water! From Dolphin Watching, Eco Excursions, Fishing, Harbor Tours, Sunset Cruises, Shelling and more! All tours/charters are private, educational and quality fun for the whole family.
High Wire Distilling
Located in historic downtown Charleston, SC, High Wire Distilling Company makes premium, handcrafted, small batch spirits including gins, rums, whiskeys and vodkas using premium, specialized ingredients. They offer tours and tastings Wednesday-Saturday from 11AM to 5PM.
Historic Charleston Foundation Special Tours
Connoisseur Tours are custom-designed, exclusive tours of Charleston and the Lowcountry for small, private groups. Itineraries are tailored to reflect special interests and needs of any small group, i.e.: architecture, antiques, history, gardens. Contact Connoisseur Tours Coordinator : 843.720.1182.
Janice Kahn Tours
Quality guide who customizes tours just for your group's interests, time & convenience. My belief is visitors want to learn about Charleston's sites, not just see them. With wit and enthusiasm, since 1972, have your own private guide by car, step-on guide or strolls. Reservations - (843) 556-0664
Janice Kahn Tours
The name for 43 years synonymous for quality, customized tours with wit & enthusiasm. Learn about Charleston’s sites-not just see them! Past member Mayor’s Commission of Tourism, CNN, Fodors & more. Private car, strolls, step on guide. Reservations-843-556-0664
Mary-Margaret's Walking Tours
Delve into female history on "Ladies of the Lowcountry". Explore the famous and notorious on "2 Graveyards & a Cocktail". Both tours promise a wonderful time with your guide, Mary-Margaret. Call now!
Old Charleston Walking Tours, LLC
The most intimate and sophisticated tours in the city with highly experienced guides. History, ghost, Civil War and slavery walks. Tours start in Washington Square Park, next to City Hall (intersection of Meeting and Broad).
Palmetto Brewing Company
Palmetto Brewery first served Charleston’s thirst in the 1850’s. It operated through the “War of Northern Aggression,” the Earthquake of 1886, many fires, and a major hurricane. Its downfall was the pen-stroke that enacted Prohibition. We revived the tradition in 1993, becoming the first brewery to operate in South Carolina since prohibition. Today our beer is truly handcrafted in small batches in the historic city of Charleston.
Palmetto Carriage Works
The oldest carriage company in the city, our tour guides have been driving carriages longer than anyone else. We offer free parking at our front door, an easy loading platform and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Experience value, and a guarantee! Come tour with us!
Palmetto Tours
Palmetto Tours is the premier tour company servicing Charleston. Our expert tour guides combine the beauty and excitement of Charleston while leading you through some of our most historic areas; teaching you Charleston's rich and illustrious history along the way.
Sites & Insights Tours, Inc.
Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands Tours departing Charleston Visitor Center daily. Adults $13-$23, children $10-$18. Group Rates. Al Miller, owner/guide.
Sites & Insights Tours, Inc.
Explore Charleston's Black history and Gullah/Geechee culture from a Black perspective in our 1, 2 & 2 1/2 hour motorized Black History, Porgy & Bess and Sea Islands Tours departing Charleston Visitor Center daily. Adults $13-$23, children $10-$18. Group Rates. Al Miller, owner/guide.
The Brass Pirate
The Brass Pirate is Charleston's only Pirate shop. We have exclusive pirate/nautical items. Treasure hunts are conducted daily, learn about pirates and see the city! We now offer laser tag rentals- You pick them up or we bring the FUN to you!
Tour Charleston LLC
Offering The Historical Highlights of Charleston, The Ghosts of Charleston and customized private walking tours. Seventeen years conducting Charleston tours. No tour company can match our historical knowledge, service or quality. The New York Times/Southern Living/National Geographic Traveler.