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Your ultimate guide to tours of Charleston

Explore the Holy City through its history, food, drink, and art on these tours.

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Find a tour to explore the city.

Whether you’re a lifelong Charlestonian longing to embrace your inner tourist or you have a limited amount of time in the Holy City, here are 15+ tours guaranteed to show you the sights you want to see.

Note: Price estimates are based on individual adult rates available at the time of publishing. Check each company’s website to see current pricing.

Top tours

Coastal Expeditions | Prices vary

Find your adventure by doing a tour via boat, kayak, or stand-up paddle on Shem’s Creek, Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, and Bulls Island.

Charleston Harbor Tour | ~$40/person

Step aboard this boat tour of the Charleston Harbor and see over 75 historic landmarks.

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All aboard,

All in on history

Charleston Strolls | $37/person

Walk through 300 years of Charleston history — and hear surprising facts about the Holy City.

Gullah Tours | $25/person

Explore the history and stories of the rich culture made by Black Charlestonians.

Charleston History Tour | $25/person

Some of the sights you learn about on this walking tour are Rainbow Row, the French Quarter, the Old Exchange Building, St. Philip’s Church, and the Battery.

Charleston’s Alleys and Hidden Passages | $30/group

On this small group tour, you’ll find often overlooked hidden passages throughout downtown Charleston.

Fort Sumter Tours | $37/person

See this historic site where the Civil War began.

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Learn the history of Charleston’s pubs.

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Eat and drink

Downtown Charleston Culinary Tour | $95/person

Try a range of tastings from four local restaurants with a city-certified guide who will bring expert narratives.

Sip n’ Shop Charleston | $50/person

Enjoy wine, margaritas, chips and salsa, a champagne toast, and a shopping adventure visiting local boutiques.

Savor the Flavors of Shem Creek | $125/person

Learn the history of Mount Pleasant’s Shem Creek while visiting three creekside restaurants to enjoy cocktails and Lowcountry cuisine.

Brunch and Broad Tour | $79/person

Spend a morning strolling, shopping, and eating down one of Charleston’s oldest and most charming neighborhoods, Broad Street.

Art is all around

Bricks and Brushes Walking Tours | $40/person

This tour offers two experiences — Bricks focuses on the architecture and explores the Battery + the Old Walled City — Brushes focuses on art, strolling through the galleries in the French Quarter.

First Friday Artworks | Free | * Does not occur in January and July

Every first Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., this immersive experience lets you visit over forty Charleston galleries.

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Do you dare to visit the Old City Jail?

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Get ghosted

Charleston Haunted Jail Tour | $37/ person

Explore the Old City Jail where some of Charleston’s most infamous criminals, 19th-century pirates, and Civil War prisoners stayed.

The Ghosts of Charleston | $22-$35/person

Do you dare? Enter into the Unitarian Church Graveyard built in 1772.

Charleston Pirate Ghost Tour | $25/person

Experience the history that dates back more than 300 years — this tour includes admission to the Powder Museum.

USS York Ghost Tour | #37/person

Hear the stories of American heroes aboard this historic battleship.

What did we miss? If you know a tour that’s not on the list, guide us in the right direction by dropping us an email.

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