Charleston walking tours

One-of-a-kind

You won’t find these tours anywhere else in Charleston

Edutainment

Significant history mingled with entertaining tales

Parking

Tours begin and end across from convenient parking

Photography

Tours include stops for Instagram-worthy snaps

Charleston Walking Tours

Welcome! Eclectic Tours of Charleston offers the best and most unique Charleston walking tours in the city. My idea was to create historical walking tours with a twist – an eclectic mix of stories and subject matter – that complement the city’s allure in a most beguiling way. I’ve thoughtfully selected my favorite accounts of intriguing characters to share with you, reminiscent of the days spent recording beloved music intended to impress that someone special. Remember anguishing over which songs would make the cut? In a way, my tours are like a “mixed tape” for Charleston.

I hold a Masters of Arts degree from SFSU in Humanities (or, as I like to call it: the study of all things beautiful) and have taught at the university level. I also hold a Master of Professional Writing degree from USC and am the author of Life is Like a Walking Safari, a collection of travel essays previously published in travel anthologies, magazines and travel websites. My work has appeared in The Best Travel Writing 2009, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Vol. 9, Leave the Lipstick Take the Iguana, Wake Up and Smell the Shit and many others.
As a registered licensed tour guide, I combine my storytelling expertise, fondness for travel and love of the inexplicable human connection, leaving my guests with an unforgettable trip through downtown Charleston’s most cherished points of interest.

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Ladies of Charleston

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10AM

This exclusive walking tour highlights many trailblazing women worth remembering. While strolling down the charming streets and hidden alleys of the French Quarter and South of Broad, you’ll be privy to the secrets of local characters and learn about the southern culture through heartfelt tales, not lectures. You can almost hear the desperate plea of captured lady-pirate Anne Bonny pleading for her life; lady politicians crashing through glass ceilings; badass women abolitionists, writers, entertainers and artists breaking down barriers; a young girl-spy’s quick-thinking cool under pressure; a pioneering preservationist; a female ghost’s sad story sure to make you weep; and an African-American leader worthy of her own national holiday.

Let’s face it. Girls rule.

Love Stories of Charleston

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10AM

Unlock the romantic truths behind Charleston’s most notorious lovers. Historic downtown resembles a living Valentine’s Day card with its lovely architecture, fragrant flowers, and canopied trees draped in Spanish moss – an ideal setting to hear about everlasting unions (or love affairs gone wrong). Tread carefully inside the graveyard said to be haunted by the subject of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee. Glimpse the former brothel house once owned by a madam loved by many. Stand beside the Old City Jail – last “love nest” of married murderers John and Lavinia Fisher. Touch the towering wall that a fifteen-year-old student at an elite girls’ boarding school scaled to run off and marry her sweetheart.
 
Oh, the scandals you’ll hear.
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High Society

Friday at 2:00 PM

You’re cordially invited to attend a walking tour like no other featuring the lavish lifestyles of Charleston’s wealthiest historic residents. After meandering down the tree-lined district where landowners spared no expense learning of their wild and decadent tastes, we’re granted special access inside one of the city’s most important Adamesque buildings – South Carolina Society Hall – where the hallkeeper conducts a private tour of the interior. Next, we’ll adjourn to the upstairs ballroom for refreshments of sweet tea and treats while listening to an intimate portrayal of the extraordinary life and letters of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Charleston’s grandest lady.

Hoop skirts not required.

History of Charleston

Private Walking Tours

At 158 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 on the southeast corner of Meeting and Cumberland streets in front of the Synovus Bank – formerly NBSC. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early.

The show must go on – rain or shine. Only in severe storms will there be a cancellation and full refund.

Across the street from the tour’s meeting location. The covered parking structure is located at 90 Cumberland Street, Charleston, SC 29401, between Church Street and Meeting Street. It also has an elevator, restroom on the first level, and vending machines.

Some suggested items depending on time of year: camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, jacket with pockets, bottled water, sunglasses, hat, umbrella, etc.

Only certified service animals are allowed on tours.

Unfortunately not. Online bookings are the preferred method of payment by credit/debit card (includes a small booking fee) but, guests with last minute reservations, if available, may have the option of paying with cash if exact change is provided.

Due to the length and long distance covered on tours, children under the age of 10 years old are generally not recommended. Strollers are extremely difficult to manage along the narrow, cracked sidewalks and cobblestone streets.

Like the Eclectic Tours of Charleston Facebook page and send me your best photos from one of the tours. I will feature your brilliant artistry on the gallery page. Also, you can follow ETOC on Instagram for city events/updates and changing tour information for return visits.
Yes. Please contact me either via phone 843.806.9915 or e-mail jill@walktourscharleston.com for pricing and details.
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