Enjoy a scenic journey to one of America's greatest historic treasures - Charleston, South Carolina, for a day of sightseeing, shopping and dining!
From our convenient meeting location in Myrtle Beach, you'll begin the scenic two-hour trip to Charleston on our comfortable, air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in the Charleston area, your all-day adventure includes:
You'll also spend about an hour visiting the Market and see where the original settlers purchased their daily needs. Take home a souvenir ranging from hand-woven baskets to one-of-a-kind artwork before heading back to Myrtle Beach.
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
No, unfortunately we need the complete attendee list the day before the tour to guarantee space on all the components of the trip. You must purchase your tickets 16 hours before the start time of the tour. We will not be able to accommodate last-minute additions.
Because the various components of this trip have their own ticket requirements, everyone, regardless of age must purchase a full-price ticket.
Each trip includes: Roundtrip motor coach travel to Charleston, SC from Myrtle Beach, SC, Admission and Tour of Boone Hall Plantation, a Charleston "Harbor of History" Boat Tour, an Olde Towne Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston, and a delicious "Deli-Style" boxed lunch.
We take care of everything for you! In purchasing the full all-day package your space is guaranteed on each part of the trip, including the Boone Hall Plantation, the Harbor Boat Tour, and the Olde Town Carriage Ride.
The travel time from Myrtle Beach to Charleston is approximately two hours each way. We then spend one hour (sometimes an hour and 15 minutes) at the Boone Hall Plantation before making our way into downtown Charleston. The Harbor Boat Trip is 90 minutes. The carriage ride is approximately one hour long and then you spend an hour at the City Market.
On very rare occasions, we are forced to omit a portion of the trip due to weather reasons or unforeseen circumstances. If this happens, we will do our best to find a similar and comparable activity for you to participate in during that time, so tours will still proceed as scheduled.
The trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston lasts about two hours and we do provide transportation in both directions, lasting about four hours total. In between stops, we're usually on the bus for 15 minutes or less as the destinations are very close to one another.
Our motor coach bus will pick you up from each location and transport you to the next, so you don't have to worry about a thing!
No, our motor coach provides comfortable and convenient non-stop transportation from Myrtle Beach to Charleston. This portion of the trip is not narrated and will not include any specific stops at points of interest along the way, although feel free to take photos of the South Carolina countryside!
You are provided with a delicious Deli-Style Boxed Lunch aboard the Harbor Boat Tour. The lunch includes a sandwich of turkey or ham (we get a delivery of sandwiches, and they are distributed on a first-come first-served basis), chips, a fruit cup, and a cookie. We also provide you with a fountain drink.
On most occasions, we're able to accommodate you with a vegetarian lunch. Please specify the number of people in your party who would like a vegetarian lunch when purchasing tickets.
At the Plantation, you'll be able to explore the historic brick slave cabins, a smoke house and a cotton gin. Costumed hostesses will greet you at the mansion and provide guided tours of the first floor. You'll also see the butterfly garden and take pleasure antique roses, camellias and other native South Carolina plants.
The Harbor Boat Tour is a 90-minute guided cruise around the Charleston Harbor aboard the Carolina Belle. Some of the sites you'll see and hear about include: the white steeple of St. Michael's Episcopal Church which was saved from destruction during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars because it was painted black so as not to be an easy target; the stately homes along the Battery - a symbol of Southern elegance and perseverance; the three forts â€“ Moultrie, Sumter, and Johnson that have played a significant role in our history from the Revolution through World War II; Patriot's Point, the home of the Yorktown, the famous "Fighting Lady" of World War II; and Charleston's landmark Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, a new state of the art span that accommodates the largest ships in the world. You can also catch a glance of dolphin skimming the surface as they feed or a pelican as he nose dives into the water in search of a tasty tidbit.
At the City Market, you'll have an hour to shop and take in the festive Southern atmosphere. The City Market is a must-see when visiting Charleston. There are a total of four buildings spanning from Meeting Street to East Bay Street. An assortment of wares is sold by hundreds of vendors. Merchandise is first quality. Sweet grass basket weavers can be seen in every building, along with, local artists, jewelry, tapestry, souvenirs, church dolls, afghans, rugs, rice, beans and sauces, local candies and cookies and much more. The horse and carriages gallop by with people from all over the world, restaurants line both North and South Market Street.
The only portion of the trip that has available food or drinks for sale is the snack bar at the Carolina Belle. The snack bar has soda, bottled water, wine, beer, chops, hot dogs, candy bars, cookies, etc. If you'd like to purchase additional items from the snack bar (to compliment the boxed lunch that is included in the price of the trip), please bring extra cash with you.
Yes, although we ask that you keep the number and size of the items you bring on board to a minimum, as the bus does not have a lot of storage space. We ask that you do not bring coolers. However, you're welcome to bring a backpack or bag with snacks and drinks (no alcohol) for the day!
Our motor coach bus does include a restroom, so you may use the facilities onboard the bus while en-route. The bus will only stop for emergencies. Our first stop in Charleston is the Carriage Tour, followed by time spent in the Old Market area, and then the Harbor Boat Tour, and finally the Boone Hall Plantation. There are restrooms in the Old Market area, on board the Carolina Belle, and at the Plantation. In addition, there are handicap accessible restrooms via an elevator at the Charleston Maritime Center (where the Harbor Boat Tour departs from).
We run on Tuesday through Thursday every week during our season. Our season begins in February and lasts through the end of October.
The trips go out rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions. The Boone Hall Plantation includes a tour of the inside first floor, so you'll still get a great look at one of America's oldest plantations. The Harbor Boat Tour has a glassed-in, enclosed observatory and the upper deck is also partially covered, so the boat goes out in moderate rain. The carriage ride takes place in a covered carriage; however the sides are open so please dress appropriately for the weather. Lastly, the City Market is mostly enclosed, but you will have to walk outside from store to store, so please bring an umbrella if the forecasted weather calls for rain.
Yes, the Carolina Belle has two decks - A glassed-in "Main Salon", which is climate controlled and an "Observation Deck", each providing spectacular views of Charleston harbor. The Observation Deck is open; however, it does have some roof-covered space.
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Keep in mind that the temperature on the water is significantly cooler than on the land, so you may want to bring a sweater in the cooler months for the Harbor Boat Trip.
The Carolina Belle is a safe vessel with a normal operating crew of four. She is certified to cruise the inland waterways by the USCG and meets all the US Coast Guard safety requirements.
You are not able to leave the group and meet up with the bus later, as it is very important that the bus driver is able to keep track of the entire group. If you would like to make special arrangements, please click on the "Contact this seller" link.
The Carolina Belle is a steady 85-foot vessel with classic lines. The Charleston Harbor has a mild atmosphere and it is unlikely that you will feel much movement aboard the boat. If you often feel seasick, you may want to consider some light medication before beginning the trip. We cannot officially advise you to take any medication, however.
The bus does have some limited storage space, but we ask that you do not bring coolers or wheelchairs, etc. as the space is limited. Also, please keep in mind that we are not responsible for any lost or missing items left on the bus during our stops.
The entire trip usually lasts around 10.5 hours. This may vary, however, depending on traffic conditions. We usually make it back to Myrtle Beach between 10 hours and 15 minutes and 10 hours and 45 minutes after the start of the tour.
If you are able to walk for short distances, you will be able to participate in the trip, as we keep the walking to a minimum. However, we are not able to store wheelchairs on the bus (unless you have a fold-able wheelchair). The bus itself is not wheelchair accessible and the carriage does have a few steps that you must walk up. Of course, we'll help guests with limited mobility as much as we can.
We bring you back to the meeting location in "Broadway at the Beach," Myrtle Beach.
Yes, gift certificates for Charleston Adventures are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, please call us directly at (800) 344-4483.
Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please contact us directly at (800) 344-4483 to make arrangements.