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“Nice trip around the city”

Charleston's Finest Historic Tours
Ranked #99 of 230 Tours in Charleston
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Owner description: Tour Charleston by bus or on foot with genuine local flavor. Combine the city tour by bus and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens for a complete Charleston experience. Along the way your tour guides will share and entertain you with you their knowledge of Charleston's rich history, famous landmarks and colorful characters.
New Castle, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
497 reviews
132 attraction reviews
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“Nice trip around the city”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We took the city and the Magnolia Plantation and Garden tour. After traveling around the city and learning about the architecture, the history of the homes, and the history of Charleston were drove out to the Magnolia Plantation and toured there. We stopped at the Battery where you could see Fort Sumter and the USS Yorktown in the distance and take photographs. The tour guide was very knowledgable. The trip to Magnolia Plantation was exciting. As part of the tour we took a Nature tour. We drove around the plantation's property which included several small lakes and wooden areas. We saw blue herons, storks, yellow-bellied turtles, alligators, water fowl and a hawk. According to the guide, the plantation has several alligators that are between ten to fifteen feet in length (maybe longer). All the big ones have been named. We saw one basking in the sun along the water's edge. He was very large, my guess 12 to 15 feet. The tour of the house had original furniture and decorations. Slave quarters were also seen on the property, along with a schoolhouse and small zoo. Some of the flowers were in bloom in the garden. This was a worthwhile trip and very enjoyable.

Visited February 2013
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Littleton, Colorado
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Will”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

We took the combination city & plantation tour with guide Will. Will was an excellent guide, he knew so much about Charleston and the plantation, and gave us a great overview of the plantation during the drive there. I would definitely recommend this company.

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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Charlestons Finest Historic Tours is an Excellent City and Plantation Tour company”
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

Will did an excellent job. The bus showed up promptly at our hotel. It was a fun and informative afternoon of touring. The guide even took the time to show our group the different plants in garden at Magnolia Plantation. We are going to be using Charlestons Finest Historic Tours for our corporate entertainment at our upcoming seminar this April 2013.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Well-presented city tour”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

My first tour in Charleston was by minibus which covered a larger area of the city. The second tour was a walking tour to provide an up close, interior look at churches and other historic sites which cannot be seen from the inside of a vehicle. I recommend both types of tours during a visit to Charleston, as well as tours of home interiors.

This is a 100-110 minute city tour in an air-conditioned minibus. To me, this appears to be preferable to the horse and wagon tours which are exposed to the elements, cover less territory, and do not have microphones which permit you to hear the guide.

Jeff or Will are the guides for this company. Will was the guide for my city tour and covered history and architecture in a pleasant and informative manner. This was a perfect way to get oriented to Charleston before taking the walking tours and the home tours.

This company also offers a visit to Magnolia Plantation separate from or in combination with the city tour. The plantation tour is not covered by this review.

Visited October 2012
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Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Best Tour Ever”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

I have visited Charleston many times and I have done many tours. This was by far the most comprehensive, informative and comfortable tour that I have done. I did the combo city and Magnolia Plantation tour and Jeff was our guide. The city tour was done in a clean, comfortable....Air Conditioned...mini bus. The bus took you in to parts of town that walking tours simply couldn't cover and the carriage tours couldn't either because of the zoning restrictions. Jeff was very knowledgeable and passionate about sharing Charleston history. Magnolia Plantation was wonderful and the tour included the swamp tour as well as the house tour. I was there in September, so way past the blooming season but is was charming just the same. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Charleston, even if you are a repeat visitor.

Visited September 2012
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