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    Tours run from February through December.

    Convenient departure location from Myrtle Beach. Trip Tuesday & Thursday Mid-February - Early December.

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    Tuesdays & ThursdaysCharleston History Tour Package from Dillards at Coastal Grand Mall.

    Enjoy a scenic journey to one of America's greatest historic treasures - Charleston, South Carolina, for a day of sightseeing, shopping and dining!

    Departing from Dillard’s Department Store at Coastal Grand Mall, 100 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. You'll begin the scenic two hour trip to Charleston on our comfortable, air conditioned motor coach. Once in Charleston, your all-day itinerary includes:

    Palmetto Carriage Works Tour
    Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. With a professional tour guide who is certain to entertain and inform you, you'll relish in magnificent homes and gardens and Charleston's way of life, past and present.

    Charleston Harbor Tours
    Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute, non-stop "Harbor of History Tour" live-narrated by the Captain. You'll experience 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while delighting in a delicious Deli-Style Boxed Lunch.

    Boone Hall Plantation Tour
    Explore the 738-acre plantation to see the historic brick slave cabins, a smoke house and a cotton gin. Costumed hostesses provide guided tours and reveal to you a true sense of Southern elegance, strife, charm and beauty.
    Time permitting, you'll be able to browse the open air Market as you make your way back to the bus. 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.


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    Well Worth The Time and Cost

    This tour was just great!! On a day when it was cold and rainy, everyone involved with the tour… the bus driver, the carriage driver, the harbor boat captain and crew, and the tour guide at Boone Hall Plantation… ALL made this a memorable experience.

    This is a MUST DO for anyone visiting Charleston for the first time…

    Highly Recommend!

    My husband and I took this trip during our honeymoon. We had both been looking forward to it for some time after friends recommended visiting Charleston. I was extremely pleased with having found this tour.

    Great way to see Charleston in one day

    My two sisters and I had a great time touring Charleston. I was not sure if I wanted to vacation there for a whole week, so I was very happy to see the on day tour from Myrtle Beach to see what Charleston was like.

    Contact

    Charleston Adventures

    Tours starting in Myrtle Beach to Charleston, SC
    Phone (843) 722-1112
    Email sales@charlestonharbortours.com

    FAQs

    • Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? 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.
    • Can I buy my tickets up until the start time of the tour? 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.
    • What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child? Because the various components of this trip have their own ticket requirements, everyone, regardless of age must purchase a full-price ticket.
    • What does each trip include? 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" with Charleston Harbor Tours, a delicious deli boxed lunch aboard the harbor tour, and a Palmetto Carriage Works Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston.
    • Do I have to book my space on each attraction, or do you do that for me? 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 Palmetto Carriage Works carriage Ride.
    • How much time to we spend at each portion of the trip? The travel time from Myrtle Beach to Charleston is approximately 2 hours. We do make a stop at the Welcome Center in Mt. Pleasant for a restroom break (there is a restroom on the bus as well). The first stop is a carriage tour with Palmetto Carriage Works through historic downtown, you’ll have time to browse the market as you make your way back to the bus for the 11:30 harbor tour. A boxed lunch will be waiting for you as you board the Carolina Belle. The boat will return at 1 and you’ll be transported to Boone Hall Plantation for a tour. You will then depart for your return trip.
    • Is there ever a time when a portion of the all-day trip is omitted? 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.
    • How much time total is spent on the bus? 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.
    • How do we get from one place to the next once in Charleston? 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!
    • Do we make any stops along the way from Myrtle Beach to Charleston? 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!
    • When do we eat lunch? 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.
    • Are you able to accommodate dietary restrictions or food allergies? 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.
    • What exactly do we do at the Boone Hall Plantation? 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.
    • What exactly does the Charleston Harbor Boat Tour include? 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 - 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.
    • What do we do at the Historic Covered Open-Air Market? 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.
    • Can I buy food or drinks along the way? 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.
    • Can I bring snacks or beverages aboard the bus? 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!
    • Are there bathrooms along the way? 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).
    • When do the Charleston Adventures run? We run on Tuesday and Thursday every week during our season. Our season begins in February and lasts through early December.
    • What happens if it rains? 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.
    • Is the Harbor Boat Tour covered? 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.
    • What should I wear? 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.
    • Is the Harbor Boat Tour safe? 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.
    • Can I leave the group and explore Charleston on my own? 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.
    • Will I get seasick? 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.
    • Can you store anything for me on the bus? 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.
    • How long does the trip last? 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.
    • Is the trip wheelchair accessible? 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.
    • Are gift certificates available for the trip? Yes, gift certificates for Charleston Adventures are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, please call us directly at (800) 344-4483.
    • Can I book a private trip? Yes! We can accommodate a variety of special requests. Please contact us directly at (800) 344-4483 to make arrangements.
    • Where do I get picked up? We pick you up at Dillards at Coastal Grand Mall. Map Location.