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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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  • 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.
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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

    based on 373 reviews

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    We took several tours through all of the cities that we visited and I have to say that this was the best. Our guide was a young man with an advanced degree in history and he was very good at what he did. He knew the history very well and was pleasant and easy to understand. He did not mind questions and he presented the facts in a very interesting way. I am sure he is a great teacher.

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    May 19, 2022

    The pace was perfect for the warmth of the day, Erik stopped us in the shade which helped. I appreciated Erik’s knowledge of Charleston and the variety of information and places he took us. It was fun having pictures to take us back to the time in history we were learning about. I keep remembering all the different things from Earthquakes, trees, cobblestone streets, grave yards, Cemetary’s and historical places. Erik was personable with a good sense of humor.

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    April 27, 2022

    Our guide Eric has a PhD in History that added so much more to the experience than a typical walking tour guide. I'm sure other guides are great, but Eric was phenomenal. Learned history from 1600's on, along with architecture while traveling the brick and cobblestone streets. Ended at the harbor with a beautiful view of the water and Ft. Sumpter. Got so much more out of this than a boat tour. Worth every penny.

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    April 21, 2022

    Product ID: 14244