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Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

Charleston: Historical Walking Tour

From US$ 26.50 per person

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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  • 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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    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

    based on 217 reviews

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    Our guide was so knowledgeable about the history of Charleston! He was very well educated and informative. He could answer every question asked and spent extra time with us since we were so interested in seeing and hearing more!! We liked the personal touch of the smaller size group that this company provides.

    September 18, 2021

    Eric is the absolute best guide, I have had the pleasure to listen and learned from. His knowledge, his energy and engagement are breathtaking. I will do the same tour again next time we come. What an amazing activity. I considere myself one of the lucky ones. Thank you Eric, you have made my trip to Charleston so much enjoyable and fascinating. I would rate this activity a lot higher than 10 if possible.

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    August 29, 2021

    I’ve travelled to over 40 countries and done hundreds of tours and Eric has to be amongst the very best. He is a PhD grad and a professor at the Citadel with a deep passion for the history of South Carolina and the various wars. Eric is a fountain of knowledge and blends history with funny tidbits and he is adept at answering any type of question. It’s such a wonder to see someone so invested in their craft and I will highly recommend him.

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    August 26, 2021

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