Whether you pick the Charleston History Tour, Civil War Tour, Slavery to Freedom Tour, Adult Passenger Only Tour, No Young Children Tour, or the Early Bird Special, each tour lasts approximately an hour and will take you through the city's residential historic district. The tours are fully narrated by a licensed guide, and will cover about twenty to thirty blocks of downtown Charleston. There is no better way to tour the city, and the slow pace of a carriage ride will allow you the time to soak in the sights and experience Charleston as she was meant to be seen. One tour not enough? Book the Civil War or Slavery to Freedom Tour and you can purchase the optional combo to receive a discounted rate on a different tour.
The first tour leaves at 9:00 am, and the last tour leaves at 5:00 pm (DST). During the winter months our last tour leaves at 4:00 pm. Group tours can be booked online or reserved over the phone by calling our office at 843-853-3747 anytime between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. If you would like to book a private tour, wedding carriage, or special event, please call our office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This tour provides a wonderful overview of Charleston history, covering events from the founding of the colony up to modern times. The price is $28 for adults and $18 for children. Children three and under have the option of riding for free, but they will be required to sit on a lap. Our Charleston History Tours depart about every 30 minutes throughout the day. Because we are working with horses, booking times can fluctuate throughout the day. 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.
We offer a discounted rate for our 9:00 am and 9:30 am tours. The rate for these tours is discounted to $23 for adults and $13 for children. The tours depart at 9:00 am and 9:30 am sharp, 7 days a week, March 1st - January 1st. Reservations should be made at least 2 days in advance. There are limited seats available each day on the Early Bird Special. This tour is very popular and can sell out.
Available Thursday - Sunday at 11:00 am. Private tours are available on other days and times 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 events such as the signing of the Ordinance of Secession, why South Carolina seceded, the first shots fired at Fort Sumter, the devastating fire of 1861, the heroic actions of Robert Smalls, the charge of the 54th Massachusetts 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.
This tour is available Fridays and Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Private tours are available 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 and enlightening 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.
Sometimes you just want to spend some time away from the kids, especially if they are not yours! This tour departs at 10:00am sharp, 7 days a week, 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 2 tours per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our APO tour is very popular, and can sell out. The fare for this tour is $28 and must be booked in advance.
Another option to avoid other people's children, although not as restrictive as the 10:00 am tour. 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 $28 for adults (12yo and up) and $18 for children (8-11yo) and must be booked online and paid for by credit card in advance.
Seats up to four people, subject to availability.
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). The price for a private tour is $200. 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/drop off locations can be arranged at an additional cost. Please check our 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. Evening rides require at least 24 hours-notice, and are available between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm. If you would like to book a private tour, wedding carriage, or special event, please call our office or email email@example.com.