Tours and Fares
Each of our experienced tour guides makes your enjoyment and safety their top priority. Our guides possess a wealth of knowledge and take pleasure in sharing with you the monuments and anecdotes that make Charleston such a special place to visit. No matter which direction your carriage goes, you are sure to hear insightful tidbits of local lore, gain a new perspective on Southern culture, and share in the humor and wonder of our city’s rich history.
Hours of operation:
The first tour leaves at 9:30 am, and the last tour leaves at 4:00 pm. Starting March 8th (DST), the last tour will leave at 5:00 pm. You can reserve over the phone by calling our office at 843-853-3747 anytime between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm.
- Licensed guides
- One hour tours
- Private and group carriages available
- Available for weddings and special occasions
Children three and under ride free, but will be required to sit on a lap. You certainly have the option of purchasing them a seat at the children’s rate. Our standard tours depart about every 30 minutes throughout the day, but the actual timeframes shift. When you make a reservation, choose a time that you can check in 30 minutes prior to. You will be scheduled on the tour that goes out within 30 minutes on either side of the time you have chosen. We guarantee our reservations. If your tour does not depart within the +/- 30 minute time frame, and you have checked in at least 30 minutes prior, we will refund you 100% and still give you our tour.
Early Bird Special
Fares for our 9:30am group tour are $18 for adults and $11 for children. This tour departs at 9:30am sharp, 7 days a week, March 1st – January 1st. Reservations should be made at least 2 days in advance. There are only 16 seats available per day on the Early Bird Special. This tour is very popular and can book solid days in advance so please reserve accordingly.
Adult Passengers Only (APO)
This tour departs at 10:00am sharp, 7 days a week, March 1st – January 1st, and is restricted to adult passengers only, 18 years old and up. Children are certainly welcome on all of our other tours, even at this same time, but per customer requests we have excluded them from 1 tour per day. Our APO tour is also very popular, and can book solid weeks in advance, especially on weekend days. The fare for this tour is $23 and must be booked online and paid for by credit card in advance. You must also specify “APO” in the “Comments or Questions” field of the reservation form.
No Young Children (NYC)
This tour departs at 1:00pm sharp, 7 days a week, March 1st – January 1st, and is restricted to adult passengers and children 8 years old and up. Young children are certainly welcome on all of our other tours, even at this same time, but per customer feedback we have excluded them from this 1 tour each afternoon. On some days our NYC tour is very popular so book in advance to be sure we have availability. The fare for this tour is $23 for adults (12yo and up) and $15 for children (8-11yo) and and must be booked online and paid for by credit card in advance. You must also specify “NYC” in the “Comments or Questions” field of the reservation form.
Slavery To Freedom Tour
*Reservations Strongly Recommended
This tour is available Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00pm, March 1st-December 31st. Private tours may also be booked on other days and times by reservation only.
Many different cultures have contributed to the tapestry that is modern Charleston, but perhaps no other culture has had as much of an impact as that of West Africa. Slavery was a part of Charleston history from the beginning of the colony, and it is estimated that over 40 percent of all of the slaves brought into America came in through Charleston harbor. This hour long tour will give you an unflinching look into the horrors of slavery, the perils of Reconstruction, and the struggle for Civil Rights. The tour will pass by some of the most significant African-American history sites in the city, and will discuss some of the most important aspects of the Lowcountry’s Gullah culture. Discussing events such as the terror of the Middle Passage, slave auctions, city and plantation life, the Stono Rebellion of 1739, the supposed plot by Denmark Vesey in 1822, the city’s free community before the war, the oldest AME church in the South, abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke, the heroism of black soldiers during the war, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the Red Summer riots of 1919, the city’s role in the Civil Rights movement, and the beautiful ironwork of Philip Simmons. This is one of the most unique tours offered in the city of Charleston.
*This tour deals with a very sensitive and often brutal subject matter in a very honest way, and so we do not recommend this tour for young children.
Online Discounts, coupons, and other promotions do not apply to the Slavery to Freedom Tour.
Civil War Tour
*Reservations Strongly Recommended
Available Thursday–Sunday at 11:00 am from March 1st – December 31st and private tours on other days and/or at other times are also available by reservation only.
2011 marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. To commemorate those events, Classic Carriage began and is proud to offer a Civil War carriage tour. This one hour tour will give you an in-depth look at Charleston during the War Between the States. Learn about Charleston’s pivotal role in this great conflict, including the signing of the Ordinance of Secession, the firing on the Star of the West, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the devastating fire of 1861, the heroic actions of Robert Smalls, the use of ironclads and torpedoes, the horrific combat of the Morris Island campaign, the 54th Massachusetts and their charge on Battery Wagner, the bombardment of the city by Union artillery, the tragic fate of the H. L. Hunley, and the destructive march of William Tecumseh Sherman through South Carolina. Union forces spent years trying to penetrate Charleston’s defenses, both by land and by sea, resulting in the longest sustained campaign of the Civil War, and the longest siege in American history. Our guides, experts in local history, will provide you with a better understanding of these events, from specific battles to daily life in the city, from soldier to citizen. Covering events from Secession to Reconstruction, this tour will give you a comprehensive look at and better understanding of the events that many locals refer to simply as the War.
Online Discounts, coupons, and other promotions do not apply to the Civil War Tour.
Evening carriage rides are by appointment only and require at least 48 hours notice. You can contact our night tour manager at 843-291-5030, or complete our online form by
$150 for 2, plus $5 for each additional person.
Private tours are available by reservation only. They are available 7 days a week at the following times: 9am, 10:20am, 11:40am, 1:00pm, 2:20pm, 3:40pm (the last one during Eastern Standard Time) and 5:00pm (the last one during Daylight Savings Time). Our regular fares for private tours are based on the number of people and are as follows: $150 for 2, and then $5 for each additional person ($155 for 3, and $160 for 4). Our private tours are conducted in a Vis-a-Vis carriage. It has 2 seats that are each 43 inches wide, and can seat up to four people. Some pickup locations can be arranged at an additional cost. Please check our Reservation FAQs for help with common questions. If you would like to schedule a private carriage tour, please call 843-853-3747 to make the reservation.
Wedding, Family Reunion, and Corporate Groups
Would you like to offer your guests a little something extra while they are in town? Why not give them a tour with the best carriage company in Charleston! Discounted “open” tickets can be purchased for large groups, redeemable over a five day period. You can also reserve multiple large carriages for set times if you prefer. Contact our office for more details.
Tours That Pay For Themselves
Due to the thousands of people who took advantage of this offer last year, Classic Carriage Works has maintained their exclusive agreement with Race to Savings , the premiere discount card for touring Charleston. When you purchase two adult group carriage tickets at the regular fare ($23), the card is yours for FREE. With the card, you’ll get a Buy One, Get One Free deal from Ben & Jerry’s, Brown Dog Deli, Joe Pasta, Pita Pit, and other restaurants; Dunes West, Shadowmoss Plantation, Links at Stono Ferry, and 4 other Golf Courses. Charleston boat tours, water taxi, walking tours, ghost tours and more. Click the card photos below for details. The card can be used 2 times at each location (once per day per merchant), including the next 2 times you visit Classic Carriage Works.
It’s our way of saying, “Thanks for choosing Classic Carriage Works!”