Charleston South Carolina

      Charleston, SC, USA

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      Patty
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      323 reviews
      Nov 1 - 3, 2023
      Group size: 30 - 45
      Charleston South Carolina
      Charleston, SC, USA

      Patty
      • Email address verified
      323 reviews

      Nov 1 - 3, 2023
      Group size: 30 - 45

      About this trip

      This trip is sold out!  Please consider adding yourself to the Wait List in case there is a cancellation.  Thank you! 


      Charleston's new ad campaign is "History Loves Company" so let's pack our bags in early November and find out why!  It might have something to do with the very walkable and picturesque downtown filled with candy colored buildings, lush gardens, fantastic shops, boutiques and a vibrant culinary scene.  The culture and history is rich and diverse with essentially two stories, one of the aristocratic south and the other of the culture of the Gullah people that represent the enslaved labor enabling Charleston's prosperity and prominence.  This 3 day/2 night trip will have tours and experiences that allow us to see both sides of this history as well as extra time for exploring on your own.   Scroll to the end to view the full itinerary and tour descriptions.  

      ACTIVITY LEVEL

      This trip includes a walking tour that involves standing and walking a minimum of one mile.  

      Payment deadlines & cancellation policy

      A $200 deposit is required to hold a spot on this popular trip.  Final Payment is due 60 days prior to the departure date or September 1st.  Cancellation with a full refund is available up until that date.  After that time, a refund is only possible if the client or trip organizer can resell the trip.  Trip insurance is also possible through this website or can be purchased on your own if you have a relationship with a travel insurance company.  

      What’s included

      • Transportation
        On a modern coach
      • Accomodations
        Homewood Suites in the Historic District
      • Breakfast
        Hot breakfast at the hotel
      • Lunch and Admission
        Tour, Gullah presentation and lunch at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens
      • Admission
        Admission and self guided tour at The Charleston Museum
      • City Tour
        90 minute narrated City Tour of Charlestons's Historic District
      • Culinary Tour
        2 1/2 hour Savor the Flavors Walking Tour of Charleston
      • Snacks & Water on coach

      What’s not included

      • Dinner
        On your own with plenty of wonderful options. Dining suggestions and guides provided in advance
      • Gratuities
        Tips for bus driver and tour guides not included and based upon your own enjoyment of the experiences
      • Lunch on Day Two
        Lunch is not included on Day Two. It is included on Day One at Boone Hall and on Day Three when the Culinary Tour offers plenty of tastings for lunch.
      • Alcoholic Beverate
        If you wish to add an alcoholic beverage to your tastings during the Culinary Tour, that is at your own expense.

      Available Packages

      Double Occupancy -two queen beds

      This is a per person price for two people sharing a room

      $690
      Double Occupancy room with King Bed

      This is a per person price with two people sharing a room

      $690
      Single room - two queens or one king bed

      This price is for a single person in a room

      $950


      Itinerary

      Explore Charleston
      Trip Itinerary

      DAY ONE - NOVEMBER 1

      7:30am - Depart Leland from Villages of Brunswick Forest Shopping Center

      Approx. 11:30am - Arrive Boone Hall Plantation where we spend the afternoon because there is so much to experience!  We start with a Southern Style Farm-to-Table Luncheon followed by “Exploring The Gullah Culture” presentation.   Boone Hall is the only plantation in the Charleston area to present a live presentation of this unique culture adapted by African slaves.

      True descendants of the Gullah people present the history of this culture through storytelling, song, and dance that is at times educational, at times entertaining, and at times…very moving and emotional.  To complete the Boone Hall experience, the afternoon also includes a guided tour of the Plantation House, Ground and Cabins.  


      4pm - Depart Boone Hall and make the 30 minute drive into Charleston's Historic District for hotel check-in. 

      The evening is on your own to enjoy dinner at any number of wonderful restaurants, many within walking distance.  


      DAY TWO- NOVEMBER 2

      Enjoy breakfast on your own at the hotel  followed by a visit to the Charleston Museum.  This is the oldest museum in the United States.  It contains a highly regarded collection and features multiple galleries on history as well as natural history.  The exhibits on silver and historic textiles and clothing are very unique.

      There will be time for lunch on your own before a  1pm 90 minute narrated City Tour.  

      The tour takes us on a journey through Charleston’s 300 years of history.   Experience the Old Market area and the historic homes and churches where generations of Charlestonians worked, lived, and worshiped. Trip Highlights include:

      Charleston’s Historic Homes

      The Battery Sea Wall

      Historic Churches

      Old Market Area

      The Four Corners of Law

      Rainbow Row

      After this tour, you have the remainder of the afternoon and evening for exploring Charleston on your own.  


      DAY THREE - NOVEMBER 3

      Breakfast on your own at the hotel and then you have a little time in the morning for one last "wander" on your own.  Perhaps, a stroll down some of the  beautiful hidden alleyways before our 11:30am  "Savor the Flavors of Charleston" guided walking culinary tour.  This is perfect send off by BullDog Tours - voted "Best Tour Company" in Charleston year after year.  

      Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston with delicious local specialties from favorite markets, bakeries, restaurants and iconic eateries. This interactive  2 1/2 tour includes multiple stops that reflect the international and regional flavors of our historic port city.  


      2pm - Departure for Leland with an anticipated return time of 6pm









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      Patty
      323 reviews
      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!

      Reviews

      My wife and I both were very sick the day before the Compass Pointe trip to the Biltmore and we had to cancel. Patty tried to fill the slot but was unsuccessful with such little time to do so. We did not have insurance and I assumed the $1,200 we had paid was lost. But Patty diligently worked with the hotels and restaurants to cancel our portion of the reservations she had made for a bus load of travelers and was able to return over half the money to us. This is outstanding customer service and greatly appreciated.
      By Thomas M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 25, 2024
      We had a great time…good food…good company…well organized. Thanks, will definitely use Patty again.
      By Donna M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Another amazing trip with Patty. We had a great time.
      By Judy C for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Had a very nice time. Patty's trips are always so well organized. Fun group of people as usual. Biltmore and Chihuly were great. Only disappointment was one restaurant for dinner. I also enjoyed Reynolds. It's really nice that she organized that "extra" visit traveling back from Asheville. Very enjoyable trip
      By Karen M for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 24, 2024
      Great trip! Very organized and nice side trips!
      By Sandra S for Biltmore Blooms & Dale Chihuly on May 17, 2024
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