The Best of Charleston: History, Culture & Architecture Tour

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Charleston, USA

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We pride ourselves on researched history and anecdotes of the city and its people. We try to tailor the tour to our guests' interests and make connections to further explain Charleston's history and make it fun.....not just another boring history lesson! Come see what makes Charleston such special place to visit. Whether being your first visit or your twentieth, Charleston always has more to see and learn! We keep learning as well!



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Average 4.96 out of 5 stars based on 117 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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NatyLyte, Mar 2023 Verified
Brian is a great tour guide! He is a native and knows Charleston history well.We booked this tour because we wanted a walking tour of the city and to see the picturesque neighborhoods and landmarks we see online and in tv/film. We had some later tours planned that were about more specific aspects of Charleston, but we wanted to start with a general overview of Charleston with some storytelling. We were very pleased. Brian started the tour by asking everyone what they were interested in learning about and he tried to customize our tour somewhat.Brian did an excellent job discussing Charleston's history going back to the Revolutionary War. He did a great job storytelling as we stopped at landmarks significant to the city's history with slavery and the Civil War. He told great stories when we got to the waterfront and walked to Rainbow Row, we stopped at several historical homes, buildings, and churches. He walked through the city's current culture as we ran into the former mayor and stopped to chat with several sweetgrass basket makers he personally knows and discuss the history of the baskets.The walking aspect of the tour was great because we walked reasonable distances (a few blocks) and stopped for discussion, so we weren't exhausted or drained by the end of the tour. We also stopped for water and a bathroom break. The tour ended across the street from where it started which was good.
Ann_A, Mar 2023 Verified
Before choosing a tour, I carefully researched and chose this one because it was exactly what we were looking for- history, culture and architecture and it was fabulous.Brian is a fantastic tour guide. He was in touch before our tour began to work around weather and find out what we were interested in. From beginning to end, Brian expertly led us through Charleston, highlighting our interests. His knowledge of the area is deep and he has many, many stories to share. He led us through the settlement, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Reconstruction up to current day, weaving in architecture and interesting stories about the homes and historical figures. One member of our group was interested in the iron gates and fences and Brian made sure to pack in stops at notable gates and fences. It was truly a fantastic experience. I highly recommend this tour.
Ryan H, Mar 2023 Verified
Great experience, wonderful stories, and extremely accommodating and friendly. Would absolutely recommend this tour!!!
Tricia O, Mar 2023 Verified
Brian was very personable and easy to talk to and was a few minutes early to do introductions and didn't feel like he was under any time constraints. Felt like we got our money's worth. He is a great storyteller. Gave a few recommendations afterwards for places to eat as well.
Elizabeth_W, Feb 2023 Verified
Fin was an excellent guide. Knew his subject thoroughly. Very informative & pleasant. Cannot recommend this (easy) walking tour & guide more highly. Best tour of 6 taken in & around Charleston (& the others were very good)!
FairportTravelers, Feb 2023 Verified
Unfortunately, thrrough our fault in navigating around Charleston, we missed the tour. I appreciated promptly returned phone calls including from the tour director, Brian, and assurance we would receive a refund.
vicky_c, Feb 2023 Verified
Just a fun, interesting way to see the city for a first timer! We are definitely planning a return trip to embark on another tour .
Cindy W, Jan 2023 Verified
Thank you for the amazing tour! I was pleasantly surprised when Brian gave me the tour anyways even though I was the only person. That's very generous of him. He was also able to customize it based on what I had already learned from my food tour. I came away more educated and aware of the history of Charleston and appreciated his breadth of knowledge!
Paradise41420582569, Jan 2023 Verified
Brian was the best tour guide I have ever had. His knowledge of the city was deep and thoroughly researched. He has an engaging personality and he clearly loves his city and enjoys sharing it with visitors.
seansU5955PJ, Jan 2023 Verified
As part of a cruise vacation, my family of five were in Charleston for just a few hours on New Years Day. Despite the limited time in the city we were excited and interested to learn about Charleston and its history. After researching a few of the walking tours available, we booked with Charleston Sole based on its reasonable price and fantastic reviews. We had high hopes and Brian did not disappoint. He is extremely personable and a wealth of knowledge. His stories and explanations kept the interest of my three daughters (ages 11-18) and he patiently answered my stream of questions. Despite almost losing his voice, Brian did not hurry us through and the tour lasted over 2.5 hours. We had a great time on our cruise and the Charleston Sole walking tour was a definite highlight... we loved it!

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