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.
  • 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

    based on 174 reviews

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    How often do you get a history Ph.D. as a tour guide? Eric is extremely knowledgeable in southern history, and his excitement in the topic is palpable. Names, dates, and historical circumstances all make up the experience to understanding the city and its lore. The small group size enhances the personal attention Eric can give each person with questions. Overall this was the best historical walking tour I have been a part of.

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    July 9, 2021

    It was a great tour. Eric the guide was extremely knowledgeable of Charleston and it’s history. The group was small, we were not rushed, and although it rain Eric was a trooper. He left it up to the group as to whether we should continue. We were all having a good time, the rain did not stop us. I learned quite a bit about Charleston and would highly recommend this tour.

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    June 23, 2021

    Glen, our tour guide was amazingly informed (he has a PhD in history), kind and funny. He is passionate about the history of Charleston and adept at tailoring the tour to the interests of the group. The small number of people on this tours creates an intimate feeling and allowed Glen to answer our specific questions easily. We only had a few hours in Charleston as we were on a family road trip with our 8 year olds. This was the highlight of SC for my husband and I; Glen even managed to keep our 8 year olds entertained with Pirate trivia. Can’t say enough how great this tour was. If you are on the fence go for it! You won’t regret the choice.

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    June 19, 2021

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