An old custom thrives in Charleston as you tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Classic Carriage Tours offers guided ... More
Classic Carriage Tours
An old custom thrives in Charleston as you tour the city in a horse-drawn carriage. Classic Carriage Tours offers guided tours in carriages drawn by award-winning Percheron Draft Horses. Horse-drawn transportation is a tradition in Charleston that the owners of Classic Carriage Tours make every effort to maintain as authentically as possible. One-hour, private, group, wedding and other special occasion tours are offered. Tour times vary.
The thing one must understand about carriage tours is that they are a great source of revenue for the city. However, living on one of the most heavily trafficed routes is annoying and disruptive. Please tell your tour guides that they don't need to mentions the prices of the homes along the tour. People do actually live in these houses; they are not here simply for viewing pleasure. Take the tour and have a great time, just remind your guide if necessary that the value of people's homes doesn't need to be discussed. Thanks.
This is a thing that everyone needs to do. There were lots of interesting and fun facts. The drivers were into and other times they were just reciting the script. I would recommend this to first time visitors. Absolutely worth the time and money.
I have done this twice, luckily each time was a different tour (it is literally "luck of the draw" as to which parts of the city you tour). We loved it, mostly because of learning so much Charleston history while sitting back and relaxing!
I was just getting over a foot injury and couldn't walk as much as I wanted to during my visit to Charleston. I went to the Visitor Center and found a combination Harbor Tour and Carriage tour, which I took.
The carriage I went on held 16 people. All people are not the same size. I was alone, so got the last seat in a tour that was about to leave just as I got to the place. I was took an outside position in a row that had two very, very large people already in it. (I am a fairly large person myself.) I felt very sorry for the slender young man who was crammed between me and the woman on his other side. The guide was interesting and informative, but she had an annoying speech pattern punctuated with "Ohhh, boy..." which she kept repeating. That part became rather distracting. Still, it was enjoyable to sit and enjoy the sights on a hot October afternoon. I would do it again. Definitely worth the time, but like everything else in Charleston, it was expensive. They've got the tourists over a barrel and people seem willing to pay.
The carriage tours are great. There is a lot of walking required to see Charleston. It is nice to be able to sit for an hour and listen to the guide while seeing the beautiful historic area. We have been going at least once a year for 6 years. If my family wasn't in Ohio I would be living in Charleston.
The carriage tour is a must. If you make it the first thing you do when you get there, you will have a good overview to plan the rest of your vacation and to better know your way around. We really loved it. The carriage tours are well worth the money and the time.
Our tour guide was just great and so full of detailed information.
I highly recommend them.
I live in the Charleston area and have taken out of town guests on MANY carriage rides through town over the past few years. These guys & gals are the best - they know their history and they even gave us a great recommendation for lunch at a little cafe near the stables. This is the company to use!
My friend and I were visiting Charleston as a side trip and had less than two days to explore. I recommend that visitors take this tour as the very first thing they do in Charleston. We were able to get a great tour of the city and our guide pointed out several points of interest that we did not know about from the brochures and guidebooks. He told us which historical house and plantation were the best to visit. This really helped us maximize our time in the city. We also did a morning tour and it was much cooler (we went in July).
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