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Which carriage tour/company?

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Which carriage tour/company?

How do I choose which carriage tour/company? We're staying downtown.

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1. Re: Which carriage tour/company?

All the tour guides take the same test, they have the same knowledge, it's all in how they present it. It's pretty much a gamble, we've always been lucky and never had a bad guide in any of the tours we've taken (even though we weren't impressed w/a recent ghost tour, the guide himself wasn't bad).

Just go to the Market and pick one, they all converge at the same place and have to go through a City sponsored lottery to find out their route for each trip.

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2. Re: Which carriage tour/company?

Some tour guides have much more knowledge. There's a lot more history in Charleston than is covered in the city tour guide manual. The best guides spend countless hours doing additional research.

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3. Re: Which carriage tour/company?

Yes, some guides have more knowledge than what is in the book, which is great, but the average visitor doesn't have any way of knowing who that might be or how to hook up with them, it's all a matter of luck, for the most part.

More than likely the visitor will get a good guide, the chances are slim of getting a bad guide. I think most of them work very hard to please.

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4. Re: Which carriage tour/company?

There is such a thing as a "temporary guide license." It requires a test, which a third-grader could pass. Some of the carriage companies use guides on temporary licenses. They supplement their limited knowledge with rambles about 19th century marriage tactics, etc.

If it matters to you that the stories you hear are mostly true, go with Palmetto Carriage Works. There's a staff directory on their website. Their drivers are entertaining as well as being competent professionals.

palmettocarriage.com/carriage-drivers.html

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5. Re: Which carriage tour/company?

Do you have to book in advance?

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6. Re: Which carriage tour/company?

No, but we usually prefer earlier in the day, more likely to get on a tour immediately, rather than having to sign up and come back later.

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