While a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour Charleston in terra firma style and comfort with today's Groupon: for $9, you get a two-hour walking tour of historic Charleston with Charleston Sole (an $18 value). Regularly scheduled tours take place twice-a-day Monday through Saturday, with tours on Sunday by appointment only. Tours start behind the Old Exchange Building on East Bay Street.
Charleston Sole gives participants a chance to discover the hidden facets and little-known history that color the city's landscape. Using the same left–right stride-pattern that made the city's founders so famously mobile, tour-takers will cover about a mile-and-a-half on foot, spending two hours soaking in some of Charleston's most beautiful, celebrated, and historic spots. From their starting point behind the Old Exchange Building, tours pass by sites such as St. Michael's Church—the oldest church edifice in the Holy City—the Dock Street Theatre, and Rainbow Row, the multi-colored string of residences that often confuse greedy wayfarers seeking pots of leprechaun gold. As tour patrons stroll along, professional tour-shepherd and Charleston native Brian Simms leads the way, painting a portrait of his hometown with a brush full of insights and historical knowledge.
TripAdvisors give Charleston Sole an average of five owl eyes:
- My husband and I would highly recommend Charleston Sole and look forward to coming back for another tour…We learned so much and had fun doing it. – roadwarrior 68_10
- It really felt like we were getting the inside scoop on the intriguing pieces that make Charleston such a fascinating place…It's always great to find a tour that has a personal touch rather than a canned program… – shotsix
"I love that I get to take a walk, literally, into the past every day." That's how Charleston Sole's owner, Brian Simms, described his job for the company website's Q & A section. A self-described history buff and Charleston native, Simms leads tours that explore the Holy City's past, lore, and legends. He spins tales of days past at landmarks such as Revolutionary War sites, Antebellum Mansions, and St. Michael's Church—Charleston's oldest church edifice. Simms' walking adventures last approximately two hours and cover 1.5 miles—the average distance humans can walk before needing to recharge their batteries.