Charleston South Carolina

      Charleston, SC, USA

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      212 reviews
      Nov 1 - 3, 2023
      Group size: 30 - 37
      Charleston South Carolina
      Charleston, SC, USA

      • Facebook verified
      212 reviews

      Nov 1 - 3, 2023
      Group size: 30 - 37

      About this trip

      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.  


      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
      • 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
      only 3 left

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

      Deposit: $200
      Double Occupancy room with King Bed
      only 1 left

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

      Deposit: $200
      Single room - two queens or one king bed
      only 1 left

      This price is for a single person in a room

      Deposit: $200


      Explore Charleston
      Trip Itinerary


      7:30am - Depart Leland (departure location to be announced)

      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.  


      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.  


      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

      Your Organizer

      212 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!


      This was my second trip with Patty. Thank you for a wonderful trip; it is so nice to just enjoy the trip with no worries of driving, where to park, where to eat…etc. take off time and home arrival time is very prompt,. I can’t wait for my next trip!
      By Diane Markley for New Bern Heritage Homes Tour on May 28, 2023
      I had a delightful time!!! The trip started with a comfortable bus ride, with snacks and water. The guided tour was excellent. The gardens were beautiful and the guide gave us a good detailed description of the various sculptures and plant life. The boxed lunch was delicious and filling. Highly recommend this trip.
      By Marianne Fensore for Brookgreen Gardens on May 24, 2023
      This was a WONDERFUL trip! The homes and gardens were beautiful, we ate lunch outside on the riverfront (perfect setting & food), & were even able to fit in a couple of local shops. All-in-all an A+ experience - Patty does a GREAT job in ensuring all her guests enjoy their time on her trips. I hope to go on many more of them. Teri
      By Teri Harrison for New Bern Heritage Homes Tour on May 24, 2023
      Disappointed we got an older vehicle to travel and the seats were really uncomfortable. In a recent email it stated the bus would pull along to some of the homes, having a bad knee this did not happen, not sure if older bus had something to do with it or not but never was brought up? Good snacks and water. Important issue we got back safely.
      By Deborah Pastor for New Bern Heritage Homes Tour on May 22, 2023
      Hello Deborah and thanks for taking the time to offer the review. The modern comfortable coach being replaced by the older bus due to last minute maintenance issues did change the options for maneuverability in the historic neighborhoods. I did not fully understand this as I had not had an experience with the bus. I know I can do a better job in the future with meeting your expectations. I would love to offer you another day trip in the future as my guest. I will stay in touch with you regarding your availability on future trips.
      By Patty on May 23, 2023
      I had a great day. The schedule had ample time to visit the homes, walk around the town and grab lunch. Patty is a great hostess and very knowledgeable. I can't wait to see what she has planned next.
      By Lorraine Walter for New Bern Heritage Homes Tour on May 22, 2023
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