Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

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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
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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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  • 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

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This tour was GREAT! What I liked best was the way Eric gave so much factual information during the tours and also included just interesting tidbits!!! He had visual representations of Charleston and historical people to show us when pertinent. There are many choices available for visitors to take tours but if you want the best take Charleston: Historical Walking Tour! We booked thru Getmyguide and couldnt have been happier! Ellen

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June 3, 2021

This was a truly unique and special experience. On Memorial Day weekend with tour groups passing us like a heard of cattle, I was so grateful for this small tour that was lead expertly by Eric. He really took the time to show us so many details and with his vast knowledge of history, we really received accurate and fascinating information. This is the absolute best tour of downtown Charleston there is! You will not be disappointed!!!

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June 1, 2021

We had the pleasure to have Eric as a guide, a historian with a Phd. Needless to say that He was not only knowledgeable on the history of Charleston, but also on the overall context of what was going on in europe and the rest of the country. The tour took us around many different places, along gardens and back alleys. We were a small group which is always a bonus.

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May 30, 2021

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