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Charleston in a Nutshell Private Tours

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From $97.50

220 reviews   (4.95)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Charleston, Charleston

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Looking for a stress-free way to see Charleston? Join local guide Jeff Zimmerman on his 2 hour citywide private driving tour. Beat the crowds in a comfortable full sized weatherproof SUV. Experience Charleston your way as Jeff tailors your private tour to suit your own personal interests. As a licensed tour guide since 1997, Jeff provides a unique narrative on the city's history, eclectic architecture, culture, and even the natural world. You will not only visit the must-see places but also get off the beaten path and get closer to less touristy nooks that are off limits to carriage and bus tours.

What's Included

Private transportation

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Service animals allowed
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park is a picturesque destination that offers sightseers a breathtaking panoramic view of Charleston harbor. Here you get unobstructed views of the Ravenel Bridge, the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriots Point, and Fort Sumter.

• Admission Ticket Free

Dock Street Theater
In 1736, the Dock Street Theatre opended. The Dock Street Theatre was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Citadel
Founded in 1842, The Citadel is one of six senior military colleges and with over 2300 in the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, the Citadel is one of the largest uniformed bodies in the U.S. with the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. The college is located on a 300 acres along the banks of the Ashely River.

• Admission Ticket Free

Rainbow Row
Rainbow is the longest continuous cluster of intact Georgian row houses in America. Highlighted by beautiful pastel colors it is one of the most photographed parts of the city.

• Admission Ticket Free

Battery & White Point Gardens
Located at the tip of the peninsula, or what locals like to say "where the Ashley and Cooper rivers come together and form the Atlantic Ocean." Also known as Oyster Point, the location provides beautiful views of Fort Sumter and the harbor. Overlooking the park are some of Charleston's most impressive southern Mansions.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St. Michael's Church
St. Michael's Church, circa 1761 is the oldest church in downtown charleston and represents ecclesiastical law at the Four Corners of Law. The churchyard is resting place of two signers of the U.S. Constitution, John Rutledge and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.

• Admission Ticket Free

Charleston City Hall
Built on the site of a colonial marketplace, this Adamesque building initially served as The First Bank of the United States. In 1818, it became the City Hall and now represents municipal law at the Four Corners of Law. One of the most beautiful buildings in the city, it was constructed between 1801 and 1804 on a site set aside as part of the civic square laid out in the Grand Modell, the 17th century plan of the city.

• Admission Ticket Free

Hampton Park
At 60 acres, this beautiful park is the largest on the peninsula. Once the site of the Washington Race Course, today centuries old Live Oaks and Southern Magnolia trees encircle it's lush gardens

• Admission Ticket Free

Charleston County Courthouse
This neoclassical building was designed by Irish architect James Hoban and is likely the model for Hoban's most famous building, the U.S. White House, both buildings are modeled after the Leinster House, the current seat of the Irish Parliament in Dublin.

• Admission Ticket Free


Worth Every Penny!
penelopej200, 23-12-2022
We scheduled the 2 hour driving tour and found the experience to be worth every penny. The tour itinerary included all the highlights of the historic district with Jeff providing all the pertinent background information. He pulled over frequently to provide the best views and to share additional tidbits to help us get the flavor of the city. We highly recommend this experience.
Knowledgeable Guide
Flyervoodoo, 21-12-2022
Extremely well informed guide and excellent historical tour containing much little known information about people. Places and Charleston history.
Beautiful Charleston and it’s history.
Kathleen_G, 20-12-2022
We learn so much history about the city of Charleston. Our guide made it very interesting and enjoyable.
Must do in Charleston
David_R, 18-12-2022
Jeff is incredible at what he does.
From start to finish a great experience!
Next visit we will call Jeff again.
The absolute best way to see and learn about Charleston.
cjwdoglover, 11-12-2022
Jeff is a very knowledgeable guide. While my husband and I have visited Charleston several times this was a first trip for our friends. This tour is perfect for a first time experience but we also learned many facts about the history of Charleston. His two hour tour is really all you need to have a comprehensive understanding of Charleston’s place in the history of our country. Excellent experience!