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Charleston: Magnolia Plantation & Historic City Tour

1. 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. Cap it all off with a 30-minute tour of the Magnolia Plantation Home before boarding your bus back to Charleston. Back in the Holy City, your deluxe, climate-controlled shuttle will take you for a 1.5-hour 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 most historic parts of the city and 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 a number of historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

Charleston: 90-Minute Historic City Highlights Tour

2. 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.

Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

3. Charleston: Magnolia Plantation Tour and Transport

Witness a slice of living history at Magnolia Plantation and its world-famous gardens, owned by the Drayton family for 12 generations. Visit the Historic Gardens, Petting Zoo, and The Conservatory. 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. Step into 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. Experience history on a 45-minute narrated tram ride through the Audobon Swamp Gardens and visit important locations like Drayton Home (not Drayton Hall), Orientation Theater, and the Old African American Cabin.

Charleston: Boone Hall & Historic City Tour Combo

4. Charleston: Boone Hall & Historic City Tour Combo

Starting in Charleston, meet your professional guide and depart for Boone Hall in a deluxe, climate-controlled coach. Upon arrival, enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of the main house. The remainder of your time at the plantation you can partake in any of the following tours: House Tours:  This 30-minute tour begins on the front porch and is given by a well-informed guide in historical dress. The tour will also introduce you to the history of Boone Hall Plantation and its evolution through several owners since 1681. Slave Street and History Presentation:  Look at the living quarters, historic relics, and lifestyle of the enslaved people that lived and worked at Boone Hall. Garden Tour:  Tour the beautiful garden and see antique varieties of roses that are over 100 years old. Exploring The Gullah Culture: Boone Hall Plantation is the only plantation in S.C. Lowcountry to present a live presentation in the season of this unique culture adapted by African slaves. Back in the Holy City, your guide will take you 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, ride through some of the most historic parts of the city and 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 a number of historic churches, old markets, and picturesque neighborhoods.

From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

5. From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

Leave from Myrtle Beach in an air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in Charleston, your all-day itinerary includes Palmetto Carriage Works Tour, Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. Learn about Charleston’s rich history from your knowledgable guide. Relish the sight of magnificent homes and gardens. See the historical sites of the old city on a mule-driven carriage ride. Visit the Charleston harbor. Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute tour of the harbor, narrated by your captain. See 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while enjoying in a delicious deli-style boxed lunch. Explore the Boone Hall Plantation, a 738-acre plantation. See the historic brick slave cabins, a smokehouse, and a cotton gin. Receive a guided tour from a costumed hostess and learn about Southern elegance, strife, and charm. Time permitting, you'll be able to browse the open-air Market as you make your way back to the bus. See where the original settlers purchased their daily needs. Take home a souvenir ranging from hand-woven baskets to one-of-a-kind artwork before heading back to Myrtle Beach.

Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

6. Charleston: City Tour and Museum Combo

Feel the past come alive on this combination tour in Charleston. Ride in comfort on a climate-controlled coach and discover Charleston's 300 years of living history with passionate licensed tour guides. Follow your bus tour with a visit to the Charleston Museum, one of the oldest museums in the United States. On your bus tour, experience the Old Market area and admire the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshipped. See and hear about Fort Sumter, the Harbor of History, and the Aircraft Carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. Make sure to take your camera as you will have the opportunity to stop at the famous Battery Seawall and enjoy the spectacular views. Keep your camera handy when you pass by the colorful houses on Rainbow Row, too. Finally, dive into the history of the Holy City at the Charleston Museum, which was opened to the public nearly 200 years ago. Explore the exhibitions that cover the American Civil War, the natural history in the area, and much, much more.

South Carolina: Charleston and Savannah 6-Day Package Tour

7. South Carolina: Charleston and Savannah 6-Day Package Tour

Embark on a multi-day trip to Charleston and Savannah for a treat of Southern charm and hospitality. Over 3 nights in Charleston and 2 nights in Savannah, you’ll tour Fort Sumter and Boone Hall Plantation, catch a scenic evening train to Savannah, and visit all the main sights on a city bus tour. Begin your trip in Charleston by spending some time shopping in one of the largest historical districts in the US. See why the city is dubbed the "Holy City" and a "living museum" by noticing the tall church spires and gothic architecture that make the streets unique. On day 2, board the ferry at Charleston Harbor for a guided tour of Fort Sumter. Walk around the man-made island and learn about its role in the civil war. Return to the mainland for a carriage tour of the historic district and a walking tour to Patriots Point, Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, and more. Day three takes you through 300 years of living history with a tour of Boone Hall Plantation. Discover the region's colonial history and see how life has changed through the centuries. Enjoy some free time on day 4 to return to your favorite sites and relax in the public parks, before catching an Amtrak train in the evening to Savannah, Georgia. Ride the hop-on hop-off bus around Savannah City on day 5 to see all the top landmarks and beautiful tree-lined streets. Learn about the importance of River Street, City Market, Forsyth Park, Waving Girl, and the churches and Synagogue to locals and tourists alike. Use your free time on the final day to find the famous park bench from "Forest Gump" and scenes from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil". See moss-draped oaks, spectacular fountains, cobblestoned streets by the river, and colorful public squares that earned Savannah the title of “Garden City”. With transport and accommodation all taken care of, all that’s left for you to do is make some memories.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Beautiful grounds and Gullah presentation were the highlights for us. There’s a lot more to do than we were able to squeeze into 3 hours. Interesting history and the only original slave houses still standing because they are brick. I recommend the outing.

Wonderful place, you actually need another hour or so to see more of the grounds. We enjoyed every minute and Scott was informative about the plantation and many restaurants in Charleston.

The nature and wildlife at Magnolia beautiful. The Tour was interesting and informative.

Slave cabin tour was well done and informative. Beautiful grounds and great staff.

Eric was great! He knew everything about the city and gave us an amazing tour.