The Best Charleston Walking Tours

Jill Paris, Owner and Licensed Tour Guide

Welcome to Eclectic Tours of Charleston! I have created several unique walking tours you’re going to LOVE. Every experience highlights Historic Downtown. Each tour includes the best things to see in Charleston. All are comprised with history, culture, architecture, and captivating tales along the prettiest streets. We’ll cover more ground. I’ll encourage you to take loads of photos. My tours seem private because I customize each journey as we go.

My tours are never scripted and never, ever rushed. We’ll explore Charleston at your own pace. Some tours even end unexpectedly in a bar or restaurant, or as you wish. I’ll showcase Charleston’s beauty for you in a fun, relaxed style. Perhaps you’re searching for the ultimate walking tour combo package? Please keep reading to learn about the wildly popular High Society options. They’re perfect for the trendsetting traveler who’s looking for something truly special. Come. Visit Charleston. Her charms might just surprise you.

Love Stories of Charleston

Monday - Saturday at 10:00AM

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.

Famous & Infamous Ladies of Charleston

Monday - Thursday at 2:00PM​

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.

History of Charleston

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.

High Society II: Art & Wine

Saturday at 2:00 PM

This unforgettable walking tour features artists, artisans, architects, and more whose contributions are responsible for the rich beauty of Charleston. We’ll traverse the French Quarter and the best of Historic Downtown, visit secret lanes and hidden streets, learning about why Charleston’s art made her so wealthy. From a little-known furniture maker, innovative artists, outlandish landowners, shipping magnates, and planters, their stories will surely impress. After our walking tour we’ll conclude at Principle Art Gallery, (one of Charleston’s premier contemporary venues), where the Director chats about the brilliant artwork and featured Charleston artists. All this, whilst sipping on sparkling spirits. Fancy that!

Walking Tour + Art & Wine = A Mighty Fine Time

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