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  • Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

    1. Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

    The tour departs from Charleston Visitor’s Center where you’ll hop on board a deluxe, climate-controlled shuttle for a 90-minute tour of the city’s historical highlights.

    Accompanied by a knowledgeable, local guide, visit over 100 of Charleston’s most iconic sights of the past and present whilst listening to amazing tales and anecdotes about the city. On your tour, travel through some of the city’s most historic parts.

    Visit Charleston’s Historic Homes, The Battery Sea Wall, the Four Corners of Law, and Rainbow Row to name but a few. Other highlights of the tour include several historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

    The bus transportation was comfortable and the views from inside the bus were unobstructed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and out going. The tour pointed out the majority of points of interest and our driver was informative without being boring. Halfway through the tour we stopped at The Battery and stolled the seawall for a few minutes.

  • Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

    2. Charleston: Historic City Tour and Harbor Cruise

    Discover 300 years of Charleston history from land and sea with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience a 90-minute narrated tour of Charleston in a climate-controlled luxury coach and then head to the water for another perspective of the city from Charleston Harbor. Learn fascinating historical facts about Charleston while you cruise the gentle waves of her harbor. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides are licensed by the City of Charleston and are eager to share their knowledge with all guests aboard the cruise. Don't forget your camera as you will see all that the Holy City has to offer: Charleston's Historic Homes and Churches, the Old Market, Rainbow Row, Fort Sumter, USS Yorktown, and incredible views from Charleston Harbor.

    Great way to watch experience the city especially on a rainy day! Great value for the money!

  • Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

    3. Charleston: Historical Downtown Tour by Horse-drawn Carriage

    This 60-minute narrated carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic downtown Charleston. It really is the best way to see the “Holy City” and learn about its rich and vast history. The tour begins at our stables just one block from the city market, where a number of our horses live. Restrooms and water are available as well as a loading ramp to easily board one of the custom-built carriages.  Departing from the barn, you will continue to the city gate located in the Old City Market. Historic Downtown Charleston is split up into a number of areas that each tour is directed to travel to. Some highlights of these areas are Charleston Harbor, Rainbow Row, 4 Corners of Law, King Street, White Point Gardens, and the Charleston Battery.  A licensed tour guide will be narrating the entire tour with informative and entertaining commentary. At the end of the tour you will...

    Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area and its history. We enjoyed our time on the tour and were impressed on how well they treated their horses. Compared to other companies we walked by, they seem to have the best facility and the horses their top priority.

  • Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

    4. Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour

    Test your nerve and explore the dark edges of Charleston's haunted historic district, deeply steeped in South Carolina's culture of voodoo and low country superstitions! This spook-tacular tour includes an exclusive after-dark opportunity to venture into one of the city's oldest graveyards. If you dare, step across the graves and inspect the headstones to unravel the personal histories of the souls buried there. You'll hear fun and chilling stories of Charleston ghosts and haunted houses, as well as tales of voodoo magic and folklore. Visit the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon to learn about Charleston's terrifying history of piracy on this eerie and entertaining tour.

    Keith was knowledgeable about Charleston and provided interesting stories on our tour.

  • Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

    5. Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

    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.

    Very informative. Really enjoyed his job and that enthusiasm was evident in his presentation

  • Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

    6. Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

    Begin your half-day tour by boarding a climate-controlled coach in Charleston. Meet your professional guide and ride to Magnolia Plantation, dating from 1676 and the time of the British colony. Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and get an amazing perspective on Charleston's past and present. The Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens have been owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Enjoy your visit to one of America's first tourist attractions and first public gardens, which have been open to the public since 1870. Take a guided walk through America's last large-scale Romantic garden, and experience history on a 45-minute narrated nature tram ride through the Audobon swamp gardens. Step out among the Romantic gardens and Spanish moss to see wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles on the nearly 600-acre plantation. C...

    Both tours were a great way to get a "feel" for and overview of the area. Consider taking these or other tours in which you're interested on your first or second day visiting Charleston. Grayline Tours were conducted in small, approx 20 passenger van-type vehicles, much better than on a large bus!

  • Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

    7. Charleston: Historic City and Southern Mansion Combo Tour

    Take a journey through Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Experience the Old Market area and the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. Step out of the air-conditioned minibus onto the famous Battery Seawall to admire the wonderful views. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Enjoy a tour through the elegant interior of a fully-restored historic home - Joseph Manigault House. Come and enjoy the beauty and hospitality of one of America's most historic cities.

    City tour was comfortable on a hot day. Very informative and fun. House tour was also informative and fun

  • Charleston: 1.5-Hour Historic Walking Tour

    8. 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 gr...

    Very interesting tour of old town Charleston. Lot's of history and guide was very knowledgeable. Covered a lot in 1.5 hours. Went buy quickly.

  • Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

    9. Charleston Harbor 2-Hour Speedboat Adventure

    Take the wheel and become the captain of your very own speed boat with this one-of-a-kind adventure tour. Experience driving your own boat while taking in the views from the Charleston harbor. This fully narrated tour takes you 13 miles through the world-famous Charleston Harbor. See everything while listening to a highly trained and professional guide through a two-way communication system.   You will have a once-in-a-lifetime view of the Battery, USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, the downtown Charleston skyline, Waterfront Park, South Carolina Aquarium, the cruise ship terminal and all the wildlife that call Charleston Harbor home.  This is a great adventure for all ages.

    This was an on the whim booking for us, but we were soooo glad we did it! Graham was an excellent guide! He was thorough on boating safety and instructions both at the start and during the tour. This is not a hand held tour. You are able to have independence while driving the boat around getting to all the stops on your way through it. So long as you “leave the boat in front of you alone.” Highly recommend for anyone visiting at any time!

  • Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

    10. Charleston: 90-Minute Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour

    Take an up close and personal look at the spooky history of Charleston, known as the Holy City. On this 1.5-hour walking tour, allow your guide to take you where others don't dare to tred. With this exclusive opportunity, you will walk inside the gates of one of Charleston's oldest graveyards after dark. Explore its corners, check out the headstones, and take a moment to step across the graves, if you dare. Listen as your experienced guide gives you a full history of Charleston’s graveyards, focusing on the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.

    Cool tour with intriguing little details about Charleston history. Our guide Darian was great, we really enjoyed her enthusiasm and storytelling.

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What people are saying about Rainbow Row

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 341 reviews

The bus transportation was comfortable and the views from inside the bus were unobstructed. Our guide was very knowledgeable and out going. The tour pointed out the majority of points of interest and our driver was informative without being boring. Halfway through the tour we stopped at The Battery and stolled the seawall for a few minutes.

Both tours were a great way to get a "feel" for and overview of the area. Consider taking these or other tours in which you're interested on your first or second day visiting Charleston. Grayline Tours were conducted in small, approx 20 passenger van-type vehicles, much better than on a large bus!

Great way to watch experience the city especially on a rainy day! Great value for the money!

Very informative. Really enjoyed his job and that enthusiasm was evident in his presentation

Very good overall description of most important places in town.