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Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

1. Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

Taste your way through Charleston on a comprehensive food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants, and bakeries, each with its own story. Experience more than 300 years of history while sampling delicious specialties. Gain a unique perspective on the area and food culture from your guides, each with their own culinary credentials. Enjoy small samples at each location that will equal a large meal. Typical tastings include:• Stone ground grits• Charleston benne wafers• Locally-made gourmet chocolates• Southern pralines• Sweet tea• Collard greens• Lowcountry barbeque

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Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

2. Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

Sip your way through 300 years of local history on this guided tour of Downtown Charleston. Meet your guide at the first bar, where you will sample an appetizer and get the chance to purchase some of the area's finest local beers. As you savor your drink, listen to your guide's commentary of the historical roots of the city. From there, stroll through the charming alleyways and cobblestone streets of Charleston to several cultural sights including a dungeon, original city theater, and 300-year-old homes. Stop at a second bar and hear stories of the Prohibition era and its effects on the city's residents. Finish your tour at a local park near the waterfront for one last story.

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Charleston: 1.5-Hour Historic Walking Tour

3. Charleston: 1.5-Hour Historic Walking Tour

Take a historic walking tour around Charleston, a place free of carriages and motorcoaches. Take a fascinating tour and hear stories revealing Charleston’s rich history and colorful past.  This tour will go south into one of the largest historic districts in the nation and will guarantee a visit to Rainbow Row and to the battery. Your tour guide will show you some of Charleston’s most famous landmarks as well as give you glimpses of this historic city that you can only see on foot. The pace of our walking tour is leisurely and your guide is there to answer any questions that you may have as you stroll through the “cradle of Southern charm and hospitality.” Some historic highlights on the Charleston Stroll walking tour will include: • Rainbow Row • Historic Waterfront Battery • Antebellum Mansions • A visual tour of Fort Sumter • Hidden gardens and courtyards • Historic churches and graveyards and sites important to both the Revolutionary and the Civil War

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Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

4. Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

On this secret food tour, you'll get to sample grits, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes and so much more. Charlestonians are extremely passionate about their local food, city, and its history. You'll get to learn all about the best southern foods and the unique culture behind them. By booking this tour, you'll get to try delicious food all around the beautiful historic district of Charleston. Plus, you'll also be able to discover the best shops and restaurants, and learn many other great local tips to make your experience truly memorable.

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Charleston: Shem Creek Bar Tour

5. Charleston: Shem Creek Bar Tour

Guests will meet at the starting location where the host or hostess will lead participants to the correct table. After brief introduction, groups will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of recommended beverages, as they taste a variety of appetizers served at each of the three to four locations visited.  Your licensed tour guide, Capt. Bryan is a 7th generation Charlestonian of Huguenot Heritage and tell you the history of beautiful and historic Shem Creek as the group walks to the various stops. The tour will end at an establishment with a wonderful view of Shem Creek, typically as the sun is setting over the Charleston Harbor. Ride-share services are recommended to make sure you can take full advantage of all the delicious drinks and get home safely.

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Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

6. Charleston: Strolls Walking Tour

A Charleston classic since 1979, this two-hour walking tour through America’s most charming historic district is sure to be the highlight of your visit to historic Charleston. Join a local guide on this walking tour and receive a wealth of historical information and “insider tips” on where to stay, dine, and things to do. Let the knowledgeable tour guide show you some of Charleston’s most famed landmarks as well as give you glimpses of this historic city that you can only see on foot. The pace of the walking tour is leisurely and the guides are there to answer any questions that you may have as you stroll through the cradle of southern charm and hospitality. Visit some of Charlestons most notable landmarks including Rainbow Row, the Waterfront Battery, Antebellum Mansions as well as points of interest from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Get amazing views of Fort Sumter and discover hidden gardens, courtyards, historic churches, and graveyards.  If selecting the VIP option, you will also receive entrance into the oldest museum home in the city, The Heyward Washington House. This Georgian-style double house and was once the townhome of Thomas Heyward Jr, one of the four South Carolina signatories of the Declaration of Independence. The house also played host to President George Washington during his week-long stay in the city. You will see the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in the city, as well as the beautiful formal gardens used in the late 18th century.

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Charleston: Boo-Hag and Brews Haunted Bar Hop

7. Charleston: Boo-Hag and Brews Haunted Bar Hop

Take part in a walking brew tour with a side of ghosts and enjoy an opportunity to engage back and forth with a local Charlestonian. As a combined bar and ghost tour, you'll visit 2 different bars where your guide will provide drink recommendations. A complimentary appetizer will also be served at the starting location Walk through historic downtown Charlestonian and hear ghost stories near local graveyards and homes, some of which are over 200 years old. The tour will wind down at a hauntingly beautiful local park where one of the first female serial killers was hung.

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Charleston: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

8. Charleston: The Edmonston-Alston House Walking Tour

Charleston's history and unique way of life can be greatly attributed to its location on a small peninsula bounded by two rivers. The southern tip of this peninsula, known as the Battery, has become one of the city's most treasured sites and no visit to Charleston would be complete without touring this historic district. Starting and ending at the Edmondston-Alston House, take an hour-long guided walking tour South of Broad Street, learning not only about the area's rich history, but further about the extended Alston family during the years before the Civil War. Your experience will conclude with a 30-minute tour of the Edmondston-Alston House, which is constructed in lush Greek Revival style, evocative of a classic antebellum architectural trend. Constructed in 1825, the house commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor and 90% of the home's furnishings were originally owned by the family.

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Charleston: Private Shem Creek Culture Tour

9. Charleston: Private Shem Creek Culture Tour

Experience the only publicly available historic walking tour in Mt. Pleasant - an area that dates back just as long as the peninsular of Charleston but that most people never have the opportunity to learn about. Start the tour by meeting your private local guide with the City of Charleston. After a brief introduction, take a short walk to the oldest house in Mt. Pleasant to talk about the area's first settlers and a famous revolutionary war battle.  From there, head over to Shem Creek proper to take an insider look at the shrimping industry, a staple of the area for many generations with several seafood markets with a variety of species. Watch as the tour guide shows how to throw a cast net or bring up a crab trap for an up-close view of some blue crab. At the end of the tour, leave with a well-defined sense of the wonderful culture this creek has hosted since the first colonists and well before that.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 55 reviews

Capt’n Bryan’s tour was fantastic! His knowledge of Charlestons history and engagement with everyone made this tour the highlight of our trip. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another tour with Bryan and I highly recommend that anyone coming to Charleston give Bryan a call

Thoroughly enjoyable tour of a few of the hidden and not so hidden gems of Charleston’s food scene. Gia, our tour guide was tons of fun and knowledgeable of Charleston’s rich history and diversity!

Easy 5 stars for this Tour....food was excellent and Guide great was outstanding, very knowledgeable personable and accommodating.... highly recommended

I would highly recommend this walking food tour. It was a small group of six and very informative. The food and tour guide was excellent.

Wonderful way to taste your way through Charleston