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Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

1. Charleston: Small Group Food Tour – Savor the Flavors

Taste your way through Charleston on a comprehensive food tour. Visit a variety of local eateries, culinary landmarks, restaurants, and bakeries, each with its own story. Experience more than 300 years of history while sampling delicious specialties. Gain a unique perspective on the area and food culture from your guides, each with their own culinary credentials. Enjoy small samples at each location that will equal a large meal. Typical tastings include:• Stone ground grits• Charleston benne wafers• Locally-made gourmet chocolates• Southern pralines• Sweet tea• Collard greens• Lowcountry barbeque

Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

2. Charleston: 3-Hour Secret Food Tour

On this secret food tour, you'll get to sample grits, fried oysters, fried green tomatoes and so much more. Charlestonians are extremely passionate about their local food, city, and its history. You'll get to learn all about the best southern foods and the unique culture behind them. By booking this tour, you'll get to try delicious food all around the beautiful historic district of Charleston. Plus, you'll also be able to discover the best shops and restaurants, and learn many other great local tips to make your experience truly memorable.

Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

3. Charleston: Walking History and Bar Tour

Sip your way through 300 years of local history on this guided tour of Downtown Charleston. Meet your guide at the first bar, where you will sample an appetizer and get the chance to purchase some of the area's finest local beers. As you savor your drink, listen to your guide's commentary of the historical roots of the city. From there, stroll through the charming alleyways and cobblestone streets of Charleston to several cultural sights including a dungeon, original city theater, and 300-year-old homes. Stop at a second bar and hear stories of the Prohibition era and its effects on the city's residents. Finish your tour at a local park near the waterfront for one last story.

Charleston: Shem Creek Bar Tour

4. Charleston: Shem Creek Bar Tour

Guests will meet at the starting location where the host or hostess will lead participants to the correct table. After brief introduction, groups will have the opportunity to purchase a variety of recommended beverages, as they taste a variety of appetizers served at each of the three to four locations visited.  Your licensed tour guide, Capt. Bryan is a 7th generation Charlestonian of Huguenot Heritage and tell you the history of beautiful and historic Shem Creek as the group walks to the various stops. The tour will end at an establishment with a wonderful view of Shem Creek, typically as the sun is setting over the Charleston Harbor. Ride-share services are recommended to make sure you can take full advantage of all the delicious drinks and get home safely.

Charleston: Savor the Flavors Upper King Street Food Tour

5. Charleston: Savor the Flavors Upper King Street Food Tour

Savor the unique flavors of Charleston on this food tour in the famous Upper King Street District. Visit some of the area's tastiest restaurants and get a taste of what they're serving up. Sample mouth-watering dishes of Lowcountry cuisine from the popular culinary innovators in this ever-evolving restaurant district. Enjoy tastings of fried green tomatoes, local barbecue, Southern mac-n-cheese, collard greens, house made bruschetta, gourmet cupcakes, and other South Carolina classics.

Charleston: Boo-Hag and Brews Haunted Bar Hop

6. Charleston: Boo-Hag and Brews Haunted Bar Hop

Take part in a walking brew tour with a side of ghosts and enjoy an opportunity to engage back and forth with a local Charlestonian. As a combined bar and ghost tour, you'll visit 2 different bars where your guide will provide drink recommendations. A complimentary appetizer will also be served at the starting location Walk through historic downtown Charlestonian and hear ghost stories near local graveyards and homes, some of which are over 200 years old. The tour will wind down at a hauntingly beautiful local park where one of the first female serial killers was hung.

Charleston: Middleton Place Excursion & Low Country Cuisine

7. Charleston: Middleton Place Excursion & Low Country Cuisine

Two of America’s Founding Fathers called Middleton Place home: Henry Middleton, a president of the First Continental Congress, and his son Arthur Middleton, who signed the Declaration of Independence. At this National Historic Landmark, you'll explore America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the House Museum filled with Middleton family possessions, and the plantation stableyards with heritage breeds. The centerpiece of Middleton Place is Eliza’s House, a freedman’s dwelling that serves to recognize the lives and legacy of the enslaved people who built and maintained the property. Your tour includes a delicious lunch of traditional Low Country cuisine. Lunch often includes a choice of several options including crab soup or a garden salad to start, followed by shrimp, pulled pork, or fried chicken for the main with an assortment of side dishes, and pecan pie dessert.

Charleston: Shem Creek Culture Tour

8. Charleston: Shem Creek Culture Tour

Experience the only publicly available historic walking tour in Mt. Pleasant - an area that dates back just as long as the peninsular of Charleston but that most people never have the opportunity to learn about. Start the tour by meeting your local guide with the City of Charleston. After a brief introduction, take a short walk to the oldest house in Mt. Pleasant to talk about the area's first settlers and a famous revolutionary war battle.  From there, head over to Shem Creek proper to take an insider look at the shrimping industry, a staple of the area for many generations with several seafood markets with a variety of species. Watch as the tour guide shows how to throw a cast net or bring up a crab trap for an up-close view of some blue crab. At the end of the tour, leave with a well-defined sense of the wonderful culture this creek has hosted since the first colonists and well before that.

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What people are saying about Charleston

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 53 reviews

Dylan is absolutely amazing!! Very knowledgeable about Charleston. We appreciated the thought that was put into each place we visited. The food was amazing! Dylan truly has southern hospitality down pat!

Blake was a great tour guide and was very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking for a good overview of the historic district.

Great tour guide, delicious food! Would absolutely go to these restaurants on our own again later, and would definitely take the tour again even if it went to the same restaurants.

Captain Jack was awesome. Very knowledgeable of Charleston. Had a great time and recommend this to all visitors.

Visited different establishments to sample food. Tour guide (Tom) was very friendly and informative.