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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours
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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours

By Charleston in a Nutshell
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
This private tour is a stress-free way to see Charleston. Skip the crowded coach tours and join a local guide on a citywide driving tour. Relax in the comfort of an SUV while you listen to commentary on historical, cultural, and architectural sights that suit your personal interests. The itinerary is tailored to your private group of travelers.
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Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Private, customized sightseeing tour of Charleston
  • Licensed guide provides unique narration on the city
  • Beat the crowds in a comfortable, full-size SUV
  • Reach places typically off-limits to carriage and bus tours

  • Private transportation


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • I offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off at downtown Charleston locations. I do not pick-up or drop-off at the Charleston International Airport, North Charleston, Summerville, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Daniel Island, John's Island, Goose Creek, or Kiawah Island.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Charleston Cruise Terminal
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        • Stroller accessible
        • Service animals allowed
        • Near public transportation
        • Infants must sit on laps
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 108463P2

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Most travelers can participate
        • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 108463P2

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        About the operator
        Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator:
        • Charleston in a Nutshell
          483
          United States
          Joined in February 2012
        • O2950EGpatriciac
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good tour! Knowledgeable guide!
          Good tour hosted by Jeff Zimmerman. Very interesting guide, very professional. Great tour about the history and architecture of Charleston.
          Written April 10, 2022
        • Peggy-thoughts
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          seeing the south
          So nice to sit back and let someone drive you around the city to most of the historical sites. Lot of interesting info and history. Such a pretty city too. The air conditioning was a great break fome the humidity too!
          Written October 14, 2020
        • MC1147
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent overview of a gorgeous city
          Jeff Zimmerman loves his city and does a great tour with historical, little known, and fun facts! Comfortable ride.
          Written March 19, 2020
        • Minsky50
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great Way to Get History of Charleston
          We were only in Charleston for one full day so we opted to take a private tour with Jeff. We are so glad we did. He picked us up at our hotel in a nice clean car. We got a great overview of this beautiful city and saw all the sites that we knew about that are within the city limits. He would slow down or stop for me to take pictures and pointed out many landmarks. When we were done he dropped us off downtown and he recommended places to eat and we were happy with his recommendations. We were in off season so were lucky to be able to make a reservation but I would recommend if you are going to Charleston during peak season you make your reservation ahead of time.
          Written February 22, 2020
        • rickmJ649XJ
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          What A Great Way to See Charleston
          Our tour guide was Jeff Zimmerman and we took the Charleston tour because the Civil War tour was booked. It was just the two of us and Jeff, so we really did have a personal tour. We would recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn more about historic Charleston. In fact we hope to return and take Jeff's Civil War tour.
          Written February 18, 2020
        • p w
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent guide and tour.
          Thank you Jeff it was a great tour. Your knowledge of the area and it’s history is top notch. We recommend to all travelers to take a guided tour the first day you visit. It really helps with the lay of the land and peek your interests in other sites.
          Written January 13, 2020
        • jespersmedrisbjerg
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Charleston in a nutshell historic tour
          Very good experience. Jeff did a two hour tour and afterwards, we felt that we knew everything we could have hoped for.
          Written January 4, 2020
        • Dagnasty2
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Most informative two hours of Charleston history
          Jeff was a professional from pickup to drop-off and provided an outstanding two hour private tour of Charleston, highlighting all of the key spots around downtown, while providing a detailed history of the Holy City. This tour was both informative and interesting. It was an enjoyable way to see more spots than we could cover in two days in only two hours and an excellent overview of all things Charleston. Highly recommended. Thank you Jeff!
          Written December 22, 2019
        • 309mjb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A great overview of Charleston; highly recommended
          This was two hours in Charleston that could not have been better spent. By the end of our walking tour I felt I had a full understanding of Charleston's significant place in American history. Jeff is an engaging guide who makes history come alive. There's nothing stuffy in his recounting of events. He clearly does this because he loves his subject, and not (as you might find with large companies) because it's simply a paying gig. I highly recommend.
          Written December 4, 2019
        • bevcox1910
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Civil war
          We discussed with Jeff before visiting our interests. Jeff put together a great walk, very informative, put across excellent. It was a pleasure to have such a great tour. Please look up Jeff, he is great. Thank you Jeff for making our time in Charleston memorable. Jeff also recommended some places to eat, they were very nice.
          Written November 19, 2019
        • Pat and Tricia H
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Jeff Zimmerman Walking Tour of Charleston
          This tour was "excellent". Jeff was wonderful in his narrative of Charleston and his knowledge and the history of the city. It was so much fun to see the city through a true native's eye and it gave you a great glimpse into the wonder of the city.
          Written November 12, 2019
        • SEB1944
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent and informative
          Jeff Zimmerman provided an interesting, informative driving tour of old, historic Charleston, SC. He picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel. We were very comfortable in his nice SUV. Jeff is very knowledgeable of the history of Charleston and gave a captivating narrative.
          Written November 5, 2019
        • scrjnke
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Worth Every Penny
          Took a 2-hour private driving tour with Jeff Zimmerman around Charleston and we loved it. He was informative, knowledgeable and friendly - just what you want in a tour guide. We started our visit to Charleston with his tour and it provided the foundation we needed to make informed choices from that point on about what we wanted to see.
          Written October 24, 2019
        • TT99PST
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Superb private tour guide!
          If your looking for the perfect personal tour guide, you've found him in Jeff Zimmerman. Jeff, picked up my wife and I at our hotel and took us on a highly detailed, fun and fact filled two hour tour of Charleston. Complete with historic photos of buildings and intersections, highlighting the level of historic preservation compared to the same buildings today. We plan on being back in December and will definitely book another tour with Jeff. Fantastic!
          Written August 5, 2019
        • margaritaprincess
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour!!!!
          We took this personal air-conditioned SUV tour on a very hot & humid morning! Jeff, our tour guide was very knowledgeable & entertaining!! Learned & saw a lot on this tour! Loved the part about the Citadel!! Highly recommend this tour, particularly to beat the heat & learn a great deal of Charleston history from Jeff!! Worth the money!!!
          Written July 12, 2019
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        mrsp1263
        Greenwood, SC4 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        May 2023
        I'm so glad we chose this private driving tour with Jeff, instead of the other tour options available in Charleston. Jeff was right on time when he picked us up at our hotel. He was very courteous, and professional, the entire 2 hours. He tailored our tour to the types of places we'd expressed interest in seeing. (At the time of booking, you can tell him your places of interest in the notes section.) Jeff is very knowledgeable about the history of Charleston, and how the city's history relates to US history. The route he chose to take us on was perfect for our interests, a great flow from one point in history to another. The entire 2 hours was packed full of places and facts, so I think this tour is an exceptional value for the money. Because there's so much information presented during the tour, there isn't a lot of time for casual chatting with Jeff. This is a great tour, and I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Charleston.
        Written May 4, 2023
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        Thank you for taking time to submit a review. Please come again!
        Written May 7, 2023
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        Vacation
        25 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        We did the morning tour with Jeff and highly recommend it. We were able to see several sights that are unavailable on the carriage tour, such as the Citadel. Also, the benefit of Jeff’s tour is that you are able to cover a lot of territory in 2 hours, since you are traveling in his SUV, and he can tailor it to anything you may want to see. The carriage tours (which we also did and enjoyed) are restricted to city-mandated lottery that determines the route and ultimately what you get to see. So the carriage tour will likely be different each time you go regardless of the tour company you use. But with Jeff you get to see most of the city in air conditioned comfort. If it is your first visit to Charleston we recommend that you do Jeff’s tour first as you will be much more informed about the city’s history and geography before you head out to explore.
        Written July 4, 2021
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        Thank you for your business and taking time to submit a review!
        Written July 31, 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Matt W
        1 contribution
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2022 • Couples
        Anyone looking for a private, informative tour that takes you through all of the areas of the historic districts of Charleston, would love this tour. Jeff was an amazing tour guide that was extremely informative on every building, landmark, and monument that we came across. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking to learn about the amazing history of Charleston!
        Written June 7, 2022
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        I really appreciate you taking time to submit a review of my tour, please come again!
        Written August 14, 2022
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Penelope J
        Edina, United States3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2022
        We scheduled the 2 hour driving tour and found the experience to be worth every penny. The tour itinerary included all the highlights of the historic district with Jeff providing all the pertinent background information. He pulled over frequently to provide the best views and to share additional tidbits to help us get the flavor of the city. We highly recommend this experience.
        Written December 23, 2022
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        Thank you Penelope, please come back!
        Written February 10, 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        sueinmtj
        Mount Juliet, TN10 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jun 2020
        I was the only one of our 3 ladies who had never visited Charleston - but all 3 of us learned SO much during Jeff's private driving tour of this beautiful city. It has such a rich history, and Jeff shared so many interesting and vital details. Granted, we visited when traffic was still quite light so we didn't have as many distractions and delays, but this is definitely the way to see Charleston - from inside an air-conditioned vehicle! We were picked up and returned to our hotel, couldn't have been more convenient. We would fully recommend Jeff without hesitation. Enjoy!
        Written June 14, 2020
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        Thank you for your business Sue. It was a great pleasure meeting you and your friends. I appreciate you taking time to submit a review. Please come again!
        Written June 24, 2020
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        Bryan B
        Harbor Springs, MI31 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jeff is very knowledgeable and informative; he pointed out things we would never have noticed on our own. His touring vehicle was very clean and comfy, the pace was not rushed but also not boring, the duration was within my attention span - it was a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended!
        Written November 10, 2020
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        Thank you so for the review. Please come again!
        Written March 2, 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Marianne R
        Mount Juliet, TN27 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This was an awesome tour. Jeff Zimmerman is an amazing historian that takes you all over the city and provides facts and stories about the area, the architecture, and the homes. Definitely recommend this for anyone visiting the area-so nice to do a private tour in an air conditioned vehicle. He is very professional and courteous.
        Written July 27, 2021
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        Thank you for your review Marianne! Please come again!
        Written July 31, 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Janice P
        Markham, Canada63 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent introduction to Charleston on our first full day in this beautiful city. Jeff, our driver and tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable and took his time providing the history of the city and pointing out the architecture during different eras. We did the 10:00am time slot which was perfect since it allowed us to then do some wandering on our own in the afternoon after becoming acquainted with the city.

        Would highly recommend this private tour and Jeff!
        Written March 24, 2023
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        Thank you Janice, great to meeting you. Please come again!
        Written May 7, 2023
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        Andrew M
        Atlanta, GA29 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Sep 2020
        The tour was very thorough and interesting. We learned a lot about history of the city and its architecture. Our guide, Jeff, is very knowledgeable and nice person. We highly recommend such tours for anyone who prefer high quality experience.
        Written October 1, 2020
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        Thank you very much for the review. Please come again!
        Written March 2, 2021
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Kurt K
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2022
        We can't recommend this private tour enough! My wife and I had a wonderful experience, a true highlight of our time in Charleston. Jeff's knowledge & experience are invaluable as he takes you throughout the city explaining the history & architecture. Highly recommend taking this tour when you first arrive in Charleston. Also his favorite restaurants were great recommendations as well! Kurt & Sandy
        Written November 17, 2022
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        Thank you for your business kurt and Sandy, Please come again!
        Written November 25, 2022
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