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A Tour Guide All to Yourself - Take a Private Carriage Tour
Carriage tours are one of the best ways to see the city, and taking a private tour is a great treat for those who would like a more luxurious ride and the undivided attention of their own personal tour guide. Private carriages are a favorite for those enjoying an anniversary, a family vacation, or a fun day exploring downtown.
Private tours start at $200.00 for the hour long residential tour. All tour routes cover approximately 30 blocks of the downtown historic district. Tours include downtown homes, churches, and historic public buildings as well as full narration by a tour guide certified by the City of Charleston. A private carriage can be scheduled to pick you up and drop you off at your hotel (as long as it is located within a certain distance of the barn) for an additional fee.
How Many in Your Party?
The smaller vis-avis carriages can hold up to four people (as well as additional children three years of age or under who would sit on a lap). If your party is larger and you still prefer a private tour, a mid-size wagonette carriage can be reserved depending on availability. Wagonette carriages can seat up to eight people.
Book Your Private Carriage Tour
To check availability and book a private carriage tour, call (843) 633 -1338 or click the button below to book online. It is recommended that you reserve private carriage tours at least one week in advance during peak times of the year or for weekends and holidays.
Tour Hours and Reservations
Carriage Tours run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. E.S.T. (hours are extended to 5:00 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time). Unlike group tours, private tours sell out quickly and reservations are highly recommended. Reservations can be made days, weeks, or months in advance. They are first come, first served, so the earlier you book, the better. Be advised that during the busy season, private tours are often limited to morning reservations only.
Things You'll Want to Bring
Camera, sunglasses, a jacket or sweater in cooler months. Guests are able to bring nonacoholic drinks and snacks on the tour with them. Drinks and snacks may also be purchased in the Barn Shop at Palmetto Carriage Works.
While You're in the Downtown Charleston Area
While you're in the area, check out the open air market located just one block south of the carriage tour. Guests may also want to consider a tour at one of the downtown house museums, a harbor tour, or a sail aboard the Schooner Pride.
Support Charleston's Carriage Animals
Charleston's carriage company's go out of their way to provide amazing care and both work and living environments for their horses and mules. These are some of the best cared for and most loved animals you will find anywhere! That said, they can also use your support. Click here to support Charleston's horse carriages.