Tour Prices Per Person:
$545 Triple . . . $515 Quad . . . $795 Single
Day 1 – On arrival in Charleston this evening your group will check into a nice local hotel for a three night stay. Dinner is on own tonight, we can help you plan a nice meal or offer advice on how to dine-around in the Historic District.
Day 2 – This day begins with a visit to Drayton Hall (c.a. 1738). A brief orientation on the Archaeology & Architecture will quickly segue into wining and dining in the 18th century, or “How the Drayton’s socialized and entertained.” This will include details of the traditional tea ritual (how and when served).
Your visit also includes a presentation on Madeira, you will taste two different wines accompanied by Low-country style crackers and cookies. This private tasting includes conversation about the wines popularity among Southern planters, and with the Drayton’s close friend Thomas Jefferson. Once the signature wine of Charleston it was served at every social event, then fell to disfavor for over century. It has just now been making a comeback. It can be enjoyed as either an aperitif or a desert drink.
You have a boxed lunch today on the grounds of the Charleston Tea Plantation. Here you will see acre after acre of tea plants and learn first-hand how it is made during the Factory Tour. This visit includes a trolley ride through 127 acres of Tea Fields, following which you will enjoy samples of iced American Classic Tea and a chance to visit the gift shop. The shop carries a vast variety of teapots and accessories, as well as souvenirs.
The afternoon features free time at the Charleston City Market, the cultural heart of the City. As one of the nation’s oldest public markets, the historic complex plays a leading role in the preservation time-treasured customs and American history. It is an authentic shopping experience where you may interact with more than 300 shopkeepers.
Late in the afternoon, your sightseeing continues with a narrated Horse Drawn Carriage Tour. You will be clippity clopping into colonial Charleston on a tour that reveals 300 years of history; with commentary about the many antebellum mansions and churches along these cobblestoned streets.
Your horse drawn carriage tour ends at a restaurant known as 82 Queen. Here you will disembark in the historic French Quarter, just as genteel society has for centuries, and enjoy a gracious 4 Star Southern Dining experience. The original menu featured African, French, Caribbean and Anglo-Saxon tastes. This restaurant has fused these culturally diverse flavors into a culinary genre that is now simply referred to as “Lowcountry Cuisine.”
Day 3 – This morning begins at Boone Hall, America’s most photographed plantation, where the driveway is lined by towering moss-draped, Live Oaks that were planted in 1743. The tour begins on the front porch with a guide in historical dress who will introduce you to the Plantation and its evolution through several owners since 1681.
You will discover that Boone Hall is a still working plantation that has been continually growing crops for over three centuries. You will have a chance to walk Slave Street, view the living quarters and learn of life at that time and then compare to modern day.
Lunch (on own) is actually as much about shopping as it is dining. At Boone Hall Farms you will find fresh hand-picked fruits and vegetables. A Low-country Butcher Shoppe and a Seafood Dept feature the freshest products. There is an extensive wine and specialty foods store with jams and jellies, cookies and candies, salad dressings, sauces, rice and much more. The Market cafe offers regional soups, salads, sandwiches, farm meals and home churned ice cream.
You will also have time this afternoon at Southern Season Gourmet & Specialty Foods Store. You will find a huge collection of the finest specialty food, gifts and entertaining items from local Low-country purveyors. Here there are more than 500 hot sauces, 400 coffees, 380 cheeses, 2050 wines and 430 chocolate bars, to name a few.
This evening you delight in the view of Charleston Harbor from the decks of the Spirit of Carolina. You will enjoy a three course dinner, prepared to order. With Live entertainment, dance floors and full service bars onboard, your dinner experience will become an evening to remember.
Day 4 – Depart for home.