Guided tour

Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

Guided tour

Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

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From US$ 26.50 per person

Likely to sell out

Explore North America's only English walled city - Charleston. Accompanied by an expert guide, stroll though quaint cobblestone streets while learning about the city's fascinating, turbulent past and its unique place in the history of the United States.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Visit the historical walled city of Charleston on an enlightening 2-hour walking tour
  • Visit key sites such as churches and colonial homes
  • Hear tales of pirates, patriots, belles and balls from a 7th generation Charlestonian and expert storyteller
Full description
An exciting walking tour of the only English walled city in North America - Charleston! Once the leading seaport of the thirteen colonies and later the United States, historical Charleston is waiting to be discovered. On this 2-hour walking tour, you will learn about the intriguing history of Charleston from veteran guide Al Ray. See pre-and-post colonial homes, storefronts, churches and public buildings while Ray recounts the rich tales and legends of Charleston's proud and turbulent past. Learn the meanings of the ancient symbols on the tombstones, the city's history of rapid growth and rampant piracy, and the rise of the rice planters. Listen to your charismatic guide describe the numerous disasters, such as seven major fires, numerous hurricanes, epidemics, sieges and bombardments, plus a major earthquake, that have struck the city over its long and colourful history.
  • Two hour walking tour with professional guide
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Meeting point

Tour meets at Historic Charleston Foundation Gift Shop at 108 Meeting Street

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Know before you go

  • This is a walking tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, In warm weather, don't forget the sunscreen and bottled water!
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4.9 /5

based on 491 reviews

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I loved everything about this tour which I took on a perfect spring day with sunshine and the scent of wisteria filling the air. Our guide, Eric was excellent, leading and chatting with each guest along the way. He was happy to answer my many questions both knowledgeably and thoughtfully. It was a very special afternoon to learn about many aspects of the broad history of Charleston. Thank-you!

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March 12, 2023

We arrived at the meeting place 15 minutes prior to the walking tour, as instructed, but no one was there to meet us. Not really an issue, since the meeting place was a very nice, upscale gift shop where we were able to purchase souvenirs to remember our vacation. Eric was a wonderful tour guide! He shared civil war history of the area, as well as interesting stories of past citizens of Charleston, pointing out their homes to us along the way.

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March 3, 2023

Linda Rigler is an amazing guide. So knowledgeable about the history of Charleston and very proud to share it with her guests. Besides history itself, architecture and color she also shared the history or the landscaping and the part it plays. Above and beyond. Thank you.

October 30, 2022

Product ID: 14244