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“By far best walking tour in Charleston”

Charleston Footprints Walking Tours
Ranked #2 of 246 Tours in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enchanting historic Charleston comes alive on entertaining and informative walking tours with 7th-generation Charleston native Michael Trouche. Discover stunning architecture, glorious gardens, Civil and Revolutionary War sites, cobblestone streets, wrought iron gates, legendary graveyards, and the local flavor of the fabled “Holy City” that no one knows better than Michael, who grew up in the famous "South of Broad" area, and has written two popular books on Charleston, where his family has lived for more than 215 years. Michael won numerous prestigious awards as host of the acclaimed "Carolina Camera" television program for 20 years on the local Charleston CBS affiliate, and has charmed tour guests for more than 10 years with his unparalleled knowledge of South Carolina's history, culture, plants and animals, as well as colorful insights, locations and anecdotes that only a lifelong Charleston native would know. Group walking tours are 2 hours long, and begin at 108 Meeting Street.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Michael Trouche is the most informative and delightful tour guide in Charleston. He comes from many generations of family who are local to the Charleston area. Amazing how much information he knew of the area, buildings and the people of Charleston. He is not just some paid employee who has memorized facts, he has lived their all is life and his parents and his grandparents. He tells you true stories of the past of Charleston as if you were living it yourself. If you only have time for one walking tour, you must choose Micheal without a doubt!!

2  Thank PennySacco
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

My husband and I chose this walking tour because of all the praise we heard about Michael and his tour. We are so happy we did because this walking tour was fantastic. Michael is so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to. We went on a 90+ degree day, and he made sure to stop in all of the shady spots to talk. We learned so much and the two hours flew by!

1  Thank Sara G
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

On our first full day visiting Charleston, our concierge signed us up for a 2 hour walking tour of the ‘historic district’, with Michael Trouche, a native Charleston guide. Michael gave us a very informative and educational tour of the roads, homes, churches, landscape, a concert hall and the history behind them all. We even made a stop at the waterfront, but had to cut it short due to the showers and winds we were experiencing this morning. He has a very clear presentation and was eager to answer all our questions. His pace is brisk, but not so fast you can’t keep up. I definitely recommend taking a walking tour with Michael as it’s the best way to get an overview of the sights in these areas. He limits his group to 20 persons, so you need to make advance reservations. The tour is well worth the $20 per person fee he charges. I would even go on the tour again, the next time we’re in town.

1  Thank juddann
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Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

Michael's knowledge of Charleston's history along with his personal history & family heritage gave this tour that extra special touch that we're sure would be hard to beat by the others. The amount of information & sights that are covered is truly amazing. 2 hours flew by despite the heat. We enjoyed this tour so much we would do it again.

Thank lorikeay
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our hotel concierge recommended Michael as the second choice for a walking tour. Due to the time, we chose this tour as we missed the preferred #1 tour. With umbrellas in hand, we began our walk down Meeting Street to meet the tour's starting point. We all walk fast, but the estimated time was a little more and we were the last to arrive. No problem...still had time to go inside and buy a water or use the rest room.
Off we went and Michael's thespian experience and clear voice provided all with an excellent historic and sometimes humerous two hours.
After Michael's tour ended we returned to the Nathanial Russell House for a tour. The docent told us the front door was pine with a mahogany faux. Michael had told us it was mahogany with mahogany finish which confused us.
Worth the time and small fee to learn about Charleston.

Thank SRQtravelqueen
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chasfootprints, Owner at Charleston Footprints Walking Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

I am happy the reviewer enjoyed the tour and as for the confusion over the wood in the Nathaniel Russell House front door, that comes straight from the chief docent at the museum house. I took part in a special tour guides' tour of the house interior this year, in which every detail was explained, and when asked what the true wood was beneath the bois faux front door, the answer was mahogany.

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