Founded in 1670 by a group of English aristocrats as an intended moneymaking venture, ‘Charles Towne’ swiftly boomed, exporting products from the region’s rice and cotton plantations. The Civil War started on Charleston’s very doorstep at Fort Sumter, strategically situated on an island in the harbor. Combining history and plenty of Southern charm, Charleston is a compelling place to visit. Tour the historic district by horse-drawn carriage and discover stately homes adorned with wooden shutters, ironwork balconies, leafy patios and hidden gardens. Watch Gullah weavers create sweet grass baskets and immerse yourself in this friendly city’s ante-bellum ambiance.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 14 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 20 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Historic Charleston City Tour

    See Charleston's most important historical landmarks and experience the vivid sights and sounds of this charming southern city on this two-hour narrated tour that offers participants a comprehensive overview of this beautiful city.

    Charleston is considered the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Often called a living museum, history is found literally around every corner of the city.

    Boarding your coach, you'll commence a relaxing tour of the city. As you meander through its lovely streets, you will be able to appreciate the city's charm and allure, displayed via its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies" which are found nowhere else in the United States except in this remarkable town. Journey through Charleston's Historic District, where you'll be immersed in the city's fascinating history, viewing such sites as Hibernian Hall, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention. During the convention, no candidate emerged with a majority vote, leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the Republican Party's candidate. Steeped in tradition and rich with pride, you will also pass by The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. At The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, you will be able to view one of the three most historically significant buildings in Colonial America. From here, it's on to the nation's oldest museum, The Charleston Museum. The Museum is where a replica of the CSS Hunley, the world's first successful attack submarine is housed.

    As you continue on, enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Row, the oldest row of 18th century structures in Charleston. Your elevated coach allows you to look beyond the privacy hedges meant to conceal Charleston's famed magnificent formal gardens.

    Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at White Point Gardens, the site where the Civil War began and where you will marvel in the magnificence of the Battery Mansions which overlook the Charleston Harbor. It is here that the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge and according to local lore, meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. A restroom is available on the coach. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 20 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 14 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Historic Walking Tour With Nathaniel Russell House

    This escorted walking tour through the streets of Charleston allows you to fully appreciate the city's charm and allure via an up-close look at its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies."

    As your guide leads you through Charleston on this comprehensive walking tour of the city's Historic District, you'll be able to immerse yourself in its fascinating history via sites such as Hibernian Hall (c.1840), a National Historic Landmark and the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention, as well as Saint Michael's Episcopal Church (c.1767). Soak in the patriotic history and pride of Charleston as you are surrounded by its remarkable 18th and 19th century buildings.

    After a lovely stroll through Charleston you will find yourself at the Nathaniel Russsell House. Set amid spacious gardens, the mansion is recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. This Federal period home has round rooms, oval rooms and square rooms, one above the other, and is well-known for its grand, free-flying staircase, each step supporting the next step, up three flights. The home is a prime example of urban city living for the time period and is filled with period antique furnishings, china and silver that showcase life in Charleston in the early nineteenth century.

    Following your tour of the Nathaniel Russell House, your guide will escort you back to the pier where your tour will conclude.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking over uneven surfaces with steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available along the route and at the Nathaniel Russell House. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Boone Hall Plantation & Historic Charleston

    Discover the rich heritage of the south with this visit to Boone Hall Plantation, arguably "the most photographed plantation in the world."

    The Plantation was part of a series of land grants from South Carolina's Lords Proprietors to Major John Boone, the earliest grant dating from 1681. As cotton became king of Southern agriculture, Boone Hall, a cotton plantation that spread over thousands of acres, became a giant of the Low Country's plantation culture. Boone Hall Plantation has been open to the public since 1956. The McRae Family purchased the plantation in 1955 and it was Mrs. McRae who furnished the house with antiques and began giving tours. Today, the McRae Family still owns the property, and they continue to make improvements to the plantation so that visitors can experience what plantation life was like in the 1800s. As you tour each site on the plantation, the knowledgeable staff will help you understand the day to day activities of those who lived on plantations as well as the history of the people who lived here at Boone Hall. Your tour guide will escort you through the grounds and Plantation House but you are also free to explore on your own as well.

    Boone Hall is one of America's oldest working, living plantations and has been continuously growing and producing crops for over 320 years. Once known for cotton and pecans, it is still actively producing peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins, as well as many other fruits and vegetables. An incredible addition to the Plantation Grounds is the Butterfly Pavilion where you can see many different species of Butterflies on display and witness the different stages of their life cycle. These colorful butterflies fly freely in a Butterfly garden that allows visitors to experience the beauty of this fantastic species in a natural habitat.

    Following your exploration of Boone Hall Plantation, you will re-board your coach and travel back Charleston for a tour of her beautiful old historic district. View the lovely homes along the Battery, 18th century Rainbow Row with its elegant town houses, magnificent public buildings and churches and many other point of interest. You will be amazed by the number or preserved and restored building located in this city which has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

    During the course of your panoramic tour, you will pass the grand townhouses on High Battery, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon where Revolutionary prisoners were held, the four corners of the Law including St. Michael’s Church, c. 1761 with it’s beautiful spire, and the Old Citadel now an Embassy Suites Hotel just to name a few. Your guide will both enlighten and entertain you with interesting commentary about these and many other landmarks.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking over some uneven, dirt and gravel surfaces. There are also steps to negotiate at each exhibit. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at the stops. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Boone Hall Plantation & Historic Charleston

    Discover the rich heritage of the south with this visit to Boone Hall Plantation, arguably "the most photographed plantation in the world."

    The Plantation was part of a series of land grants from South Carolina's Lords Proprietors to Major John Boone, the earliest grant dating from 1681. As cotton became king of Southern agriculture, Boone Hall, a cotton plantation that spread over thousands of acres, became a giant of the Low Country's plantation culture. Boone Hall Plantation has been open to the public since 1956. The McRae Family purchased the plantation in 1955 and it was Mrs. McRae who furnished the house with antiques and began giving tours. Today, the McRae Family still owns the property, and they continue to make improvements to the plantation so that visitors can experience what plantation life was like in the 1800s. As you tour each site on the plantation, the knowledgeable staff will help you understand the day to day activities of those who lived on plantations as well the history of the people who lived here at Boone Hall. Your tour guide will escort you through the grounds and Plantation House but you are also free to explore on your own as well.

    Boone Hall is one of America's oldest working, living plantations and has been continuously growing and producing crops for over 320 years. Once known for cotton and pecans, it is still actively producing peaches, strawberries, tomatoes and pumpkins, as well as many other fruits and vegetables. An incredible addition to the Plantation Grounds is the Butterfly Pavilion where you can see many different species of Butterflies on display and witness the different stages of their life cycle. These colorful butterflies fly freely in a Butterfly garden that allows visitors to experience the beauty of this fantastic species in a natural habitat.

    Following your exploration of Boone Hall Plantation, you will re-board the coach and commence the Historical Charleston City Tour. Charleston is considered the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Often called a living museum, history is found literally around every corner of the city.

    As you meander through its lovely streets, you will be able to appreciate the city's charm and allure, displayed via its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies" which are found nowhere else in the United States except in this remarkable town. Journey through Charleston's Historic District, where you'll be immersed in the city's fascinating history, viewing such sites as Hibernian Hall, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention. During the convention, no candidate emerged with a majority vote, leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the Republican Party's candidate. Steeped in tradition and rich with pride, you will also pass by The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. At The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, you will be able to view one of the three most historically significant buildings in Colonial America. From here, it's on to the nation's oldest museum, The Charleston Museum. The Museum is where a replica of the CSS Hunley, the world's first successful attack submarine is housed.

    As you continue on, enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Row, the oldest row of 18th century structures in Charleston. Your elevated coach allows you to look beyond the privacy hedges meant to conceal Charleston's famed magnificent formal gardens. Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at White Point Gardens, the site where the Civil War began and where you will marvel in the magnificence of the Battery Mansions which overlook the Charleston Harbor. It is here that the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge and according to local lore, meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking over some uneven, dirt and gravel surfaces. There are also steps to negotiate at each exhibit. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at the stops. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • The Ghosts of Charleston Walking Tour

    Charleston's rich and turbulent history includes wars, hurricanes, fires, and even an earthquake. Where such sadness and natural disasters abound, so do members of the spirit world. Many ghost stories haunt this City by the Sea, and even to this day, many Charlestonians firmly believe that they do exist. Some ghosts are said to be meek and mild, while others, such as Lavinia Fisher who murdered countless people, are terrifying.

    On this evening ghost walk, your guide and expert storyteller will entertain and surprise you with the traditional tall tales as you stroll through Charleston's commercial district.

    Please note:

    This tour includes approximately over 1 hour of walking and/or standing, and is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Historic Charleston City Tour

    See Charleston's most important historical landmarks and experience the vivid sights and sounds of this charming southern city on this two-hour narrated tour that offers participants a comprehensive overview of this beautiful city.

    Charleston is considered the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Often called a living museum, history is found literally around every corner of the city.

    Boarding your coach, you'll commence a relaxing tour of the city. As you meander through its lovely streets, you will be able to appreciate the city's charm and allure, displayed via its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies" which are found nowhere else in the United States except in this remarkable town.

    Journey through Charleston's Historic District, where you'll be immersed in the city's fascinating history, viewing such sites as Hibernian Hall, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention. During the convention, no candidate emerged with a majority vote, leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the Republican Party's candidate. Steeped in tradition and rich with pride, you will also pass by The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina.

    At The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, you will be able to view one of the three most historically significant buildings in Colonial America. From here, it's on to the nation's oldest museum, The Charleston Museum. The museum is where a replica of the CSS Hunley, the world's first successful attack submarine is housed.

    As you continue on, enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Row, the oldest row of 18th century structures in Charleston. Your elevated coach allows you to look beyond the privacy hedges meant to conceal Charleston's famed magnificent formal gardens.

    Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at White Point Gardens, the site where the Civil War began and where you will marvel in the magnificence of the Battery Mansions which overlook the Charleston Harbor. It is here that the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge and according to local lore, meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair who are able to make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. A restroom is available on the coach. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Historic Charleston Carriage Tour

    Experience Charleston's scenic beauty and historic past in a unique new way during this picturesque horse-drawn carriage tour through the city.

    Depart the pier aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a leisurely guided ride through Charleston's narrow streets and alleyways. As your horse's hooves clap along the pavement, the scent of tea olive from nearby gardens will fill the air as you take in splendid vistas and photo opportunities of the city's impeccably-restored 18th- and 19th-century homes and buildings. Your guide will also provide you with an informative narrative about the city's 300-year history.

    Following your tour, you will be returned to the pier.

    Please note: In order to maximize your comfort in the carriage, only 3 guests will be seated in each 4-person row. This tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns.

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  • Fort Sumter & Historic Charleston

    This tour captures the excitement of that time in history when South Carolina had seceded from the Union. During your tour, you will visit Fort Sumter, a strategic site due to its location at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. Still inhabited by the Union army, the South demanded that Fort Sumter be vacated; however, the North refused. Finally, on April 12th, 1861, from nearby Fort Johnson, South Carolina troops of the Confederacy fired on the Fort - the start of a two-day bombardment that resulted in the surrender of Fort Sumter by Union troops. It was here that the Civil War began.

    Leaving from the pier, it's a short transfer to the marina where you will board your boat and take a 30-minute narrated tour across the Harbor to Fort Sumter. Along the way, you will be afforded the wonderful opportunity of seeing Charleston from the water. Upon arrival at Fort Sumter, your expert guide who is well-versed in Civil War History and the history of Fort Sumter, will take you on an informative tour of this famous bastion and its marvelous museum. Following your visit, you will re-board your boat and return to Charleston.

    Once back in Charleston, you will board a coach for the Historic Charleston City Tour. Charleston is considered the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Often called a living museum, history is found literally around every corner of the city.

    As you meander through its lovely streets, you will be able to appreciate the city's charm and allure, displayed via its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies" which are found nowhere else in the United States except in this remarkable town. Journey through Charleston's Historic District, where you'll be immersed in the city's fascinating history, viewing such sites as Hibernian Hall, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention. During the convention, the division within the party led to no Democratic candidate emerging with a majority vote, paving the way for the election of the Republican Party's candidate - Abraham Lincoln. Steeped in tradition and rich with pride, you will also pass by The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. At The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, you will be able to view one of the three most historically significant buildings in Colonial America. From here, it's on to the nation's oldest museum, The Charleston museum. The museum is where a replica of the CSS Hunley, the world's first successful attack submarine is housed.

    As you continue on, enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Row, the oldest row of 18th century structures in Charleston. Your elevated coach allows you to look beyond the privacy hedges meant to conceal Charleston's famed magnificent formal gardens. Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at White Point Gardens where you will marvel in the magnificence of the Battery Mansions which overlook the Charleston Harbor. It is here that the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge and according to local lore, meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.

    Please note: This tour includes considerable walking over uneven surfaces with stairs to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at Fort Sumter and on the coach. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Drayton Hall Connossieur Experience

    Travel down oak-canopied roads to marvelous Drayton Hall, considered the finest Georgian Palladian Plantation house in the south and a National Historic Landmark.

    Traveling by coach from the pier, it's a narrated thirty-minute drive to this esteemed property. Construction began in 1738 and in the ensuing years, the house has withstood a great many things, including; being used by both British and Colonial forces during the Revolution, the rise and fall of plantation society, surviving devastating natural disasters, and having remained intact in the face of modernization. The home's amazing architecture and craftsmanship tell the story of a family and its community over two centuries.

    Upon arrival at Drayton Hall, one of Drayton Hall's senior docents will take you on a ninety-minute guided tour through this marvelous house. During this very special Connoisseur tour, your expert interpreter will bring this magnificent house to life with historical photographs and drawings that are not a part of the regular house tour.

    Following your guided tour, you will have a bit of free time to browse in the gift shop before it's time to rejoin your coach and travel back to the ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking/standing plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There will be stairs to negotiate to reach the upper floors. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather-appropriate casual clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Charleston's Kingdom By the Sea

    Charleston, SC is one of the most unique and historic cities in the south and during this informative tour, your private guide will relate its over 300 years of history while passing by beautiful homes, historic churches, magnificent public buildings and many other points of interest.

    Starting off from the pier, you will first make your way to see Hampton Park and The Citadel. Next, you will see the beautiful Second Presbyterian Church, a classic revival building that was built between 1809-1811. The church's congregation just celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2011.

    It's a short stroll from the church to the Joseph Manigault House, the highlight of your tour. Built in 1803 by a wealthy rice planter, this house is considered one of the finest examples of Adamesque Architecture in the country and is beautifully furnished with period antiques. During your visit, you will be treated to cookies and lemonade on the piazza of this stately home.

    Following your time at the Joseph Manigault House, your coach will travel along the Battery where you can view the lovely homes built by wealthy rice and cotton planters between 1820 and 1850 and there will be a brief stop for photos. You will also see 18th century Rainbow Row (1740-1800) with its brightly colored single houses which at one time housed shops and homes when east Bay Street was right at the water's edge and the main street in Charleston. Before finding yourself back at the pier, you will pass Hibernian Hall, Charleston's Irish society, and the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, which is considered one of the three most important buildings in the country from the Revolutionary period.

    Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of moderate walking/standing. There will be stairs to negotiate to reach the upper floors of the Joseph Manigault House. The tour is available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual yet nice clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour participants must be at least 8 years of age. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.

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  • Fort Sumter & Historic Charleston

    This tour captures the excitement of that time in history when South Carolina had seceded from the Union. During your tour, you will visit Fort Sumter, a strategic site due to its location at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. Still inhabited by the Union army, the South demanded that Fort Sumter be vacated; however, the North refused. Finally, on April 12th, 1861, from nearby Fort Johnson, South Carolina troops of the Confederacy fired on the Fort - the start of a two-day bombardment that resulted in the surrender of Fort Sumter by Union troops. It was here that the Civil War began.

    Leaving from the pier, it's a short transfer to the marina where you will board your boat and take a 30-minute narrated tour across the Harbor to Fort Sumter. Along the way, you will be afforded the wonderful opportunity of seeing Charleston from the water. Upon arrival at the Fort, you will have approximately 1 hour of free time to explore the Fort at your leisure and visit the Museum, all the while absorbing the incredible history that surrounds you. Following your visit, you will re-board your boat and return to Charleston.

    Once back in Charleston, you will board a coach for the Historic Charleston City Tour. Charleston is considered the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. Often called a living museum, history is found literally around every corner of the city.

    As you meander through its lovely streets, you will be able to appreciate the city's charm and allure, displayed via its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies" which are found nowhere else in the United States except in this remarkable town. Journey through Charleston's Historic District, where you'll be immersed in the city's fascinating history, viewing such sites as Hibernian Hall, a National Historic Landmark, as well as the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention. During the convention, no candidate emerged with a majority vote, leading to the election of Abraham Lincoln as the Republican Party's candidate. Steeped in tradition and rich with pride, you will also pass by The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. At The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, you will be able to view one of the three most historically significant buildings in Colonial America. From here, it's on to the nation's oldest museum, The Charleston Museum. The Museum is where a replica of the CSS Hunley, the world's first successful attack submarine is housed.

    As you continue on, enjoy the beauty of Rainbow Row, the oldest row of 18th century structures in Charleston. Your elevated coach allows you to look beyond the privacy hedges meant to conceal Charleston's famed magnificent formal gardens. Before returning to the ship, a stop will be made at White Point Gardens, the site where the Civil War began and where you will marvel in the magnificence of the Battery Mansions which overlook the Charleston Harbor. It is here that the Ashley and Cooper Rivers converge and according to local lore, meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.

    Please note: This tour includes considerable walking over uneven surfaces with stairs to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available at Fort Sumter and on the coach. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • A Taste of Charleston & Walking Tour

    Charleston has an amazing history, some magnificent period architecture and its own unique culinary traditions. This charming tour succeeds in perfectly blending the three, starting with a walking tour that showcases the rich history of the city, and following that with a visit to three downtown culinary gems.

    Joining your guide at the pier, you will commence your excursion with a guided stroll down lovely streets and lanes where you will have an up-close view of the marvelous architecture of homes built more than a century ago. Throughout your walking tour, which travels within the historic walled city area, your experienced guide will weave the culinary traditions and culture of Charleston into the narrative.

    Following your guided walking tour, you’ll have the opportunity to learn exactly what makes low country cuisine the cornerstone of coastal South Carolina heritage. The rice which was grown here in the 1700’s and 1800’s made this city the wealthiest in Colonial America. This wealth allowed the planters who grew the rice and the merchants and factors that marketed and transported it, to entertain lavishly with sumptuous banquets. The enslaved Africans who were brought here to work the rice fields brought with them the sweet potato, the benne seed, okra, and collard greens among other southern favorites. Along with settlers from England Charleston’s population included French Huguenots, Sephardic Jews, and settlers from the Germanic countries, from Scotland and from Ireland. All of these groups contributed to create what is now known as “Charleston Cuisine”.

    Today, Charleston has over seven hundred restaurants and is home to fantastic chefs, many of whom have been awarded the coveted James Beard award for excellence. Today, these chefs use not only beef and pork which were the most popular meats in the 1700’s but also seafood which was abundant in the low country. Many chefs also embrace the farm to table philosophy and outsource to local and regional farms.

    Your first culinary stop is a a specialty olive oil and vinegars shop where you will receive a spirited education on these products and be treated to some dramatic tastings. Next, you’ll walk to a world-class, Emmy award-winning chef’s kitchen, whose dramatic flair and excellence took him from global kitchens to television to his new beginnings and a unique demonstration kitchen in Downtown Charleston. Following a tasting here, you’ll continue on foot to your last stop, an unparalleled French pastry and coffee bistro where you will meet the master of these delicate French confections and learn about some of the secrets of his trade.

    Afterwards, accompanied by your guide, you’ll walk back to the pier where your tour concludes.

    Please note: The walking portion of this tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking which may include some uneven surfaces and a few steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Weather-appropriate casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Tour sequence may vary.

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  • Historic Walking Tour With Nathaniel Russell House

    This escorted walking tour through the streets of Charleston allows you to fully appreciate the city's charm and allure via an up-close look at its cobblestone streets, varied architectural styles, and world-famous "basket ladies."

    As your guide leads you through Charleston on this comprehensive walking tour of the city's Historic District, you'll be able to immerse yourself in its fascinating history via sites such as Hibernian Hall (c.1840), a National Historic Landmark and the site of the 1860 National Democratic Convention, as well as Saint Michael's Episcopal Church (c.1767). Soak in the patriotic history and pride of Charleston as you are surrounded by its remarkable 18th and 19th century buildings.

    After a lovely stroll through Charleston you will find yourself at the Nathaniel Russell House. Set amid spacious gardens, the mansion is recognized as one of America's most important neoclassical dwellings. This Federal period home has round rooms, oval rooms and square rooms, one above the other, and is well-known for its grand, free-flying staircase, each step supporting the next step, up three flights. The home is a prime example of urban city living for the time period and is filled with period antique furnishings, china and silver that showcase life in Charleston in the early nineteenth century.

    Following your tour of the Nathaniel Russell House, your guide will escort you back to the pier where your tour will conclude.

    Please note: This tour includes moderate walking over uneven surfaces with steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those guests with mobility concerns. Casual clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested. Restrooms are available along the route and at the Nathaniel Russell House. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.

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  • Magnolia Gardens

    This half-day tour will take you to Magnolia Gardens, one of the most beautiful romantic gardens in the world.

    Begin your tour by strolling through the garden paths through a Cypress Swamp which was turned into a garden by the Rev. John Drayton prior to the War Between the States.

    The beauty of these unique gardens will take your breath away. After touring the gardens, board the Nature Train which will take you into part of the Audubon Swamp Garden, home to scores of water loving creatures and traversed by boardwalks, dikes, and bridges. The Nature Train allows you close contact with the wild life and the surrounding nature as you ride peacefully through the trails. You may even see an alligator along the way, and marvel at the abundant bird population of the Low country.

    After your ride on the train, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Magnolia House which features a collection of beautiful American Antiques.

    Enjoy some free time to stroll through the gardens, or browse through the gift shop, before returning for your coach for the ride back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. Also, the paths through the gardens may be difficult for wheelchair maneuvering. It is available to wheelchair guests who are able to both make their way on and off the coach and sit in a coach seat. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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