Charleston: Holy City History, Haunted Happenings and Harbor Tours

From the moment you arrive in Charleston, the city’s charm is unmistakable. Picture yourself on a relaxing harbor cruise, enjoying picturesque views of the waterfront. Imagine embarking on a culinary adventure, selecting fresh ingredients that a professional chef will transform into a meal crafted just for you. For a bit of mystery, try one of our ghost tours for an exploration of the city’s spooky side. And if you’re a history buff you can step back in time with a visit to grand plantations that tell stories of a bygone era. If taking it easy is more your style, a horse and carriage tour is a perfect way to see the historic streets and stunning architecture up close.

Ready to tailor your perfect Charleston adventure? Our Experience Designers are on hand to customize every aspect of your trip to align with your interests. Reach out today to start crafting an unforgettable luxury experience in this captivating and oh-so-charming city!

Travel Notes From Our Experience Designer

“From Fort Sumter where the Civil War commenced to the colorful Rainbow Row in the heart of the city, there’s nothing like the history and charm that lives in every corner of Charleston. Of course, I love the Charleston City Market which takes up four blocks and has anything you can imagine buying (Sweetgrass Baskets, homemade pecans, jewelry, paintings and more)! While you’re in town, you need to take a horse and carriage ride to experience the city the way it’s meant to be seen. I am thrilled to put together your dream trip so that you can take in Charleston in all of its glory.”

Mary Eggert

Mary Eggert

Experience Designer

BTSQ Signature Experiences In Charleston

BTSQ Signature Experiences are private, luxury tour and hotel packages curated by our seasoned travel Experience Designers that allow you to unwrap our destinations uniquely, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories. Every aspect of these exclusive packages is customizable to your passions and each moment of your journey is thoughtfully planned to ensure a seamless experience with unmatched hospitality.

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What To Be Passionate About In Charleston

Charleston’s cuisine embodies authentic Lowcountry cooking. Dive into traditional dishes like shrimp and grits, crab cakes and hearty stews, all crafted from fresh, local ingredients. It’s like joining a family dinner with recipes passed down through generations. Whether in a laid-back bistro or a lively waterfront eatery, Charleston offers the ultimate cozy, Southern comfort food experience.

Charleston’s history is vivid and palpable, dating back to 1670. From the first settlers to the Civil War, the city’s past is displayed in its historic district, where old homes resemble movie sets. Notably, Fort Sumter marks where the Civil War erupted. Here, history isn’t just read – it’s experienced on the streets – making Charleston a living museum.

Charleston Harbor and The Battery are must-visit spots. The bustling harbor offers stunning waterfront views, perfect for strolls or cruises. The Battery, a historic seawall, is lined with grand homes rich in history and offers leisurely walks with distant views of Fort Sumter. These iconic locations are prime for soaking in Charleston’s charm and history amid refreshing ocean breezes.

Charleston’s architecture blends historical elegance with practicality. Homes are uniquely turned sideways with large porches, or “piazzas,” to catch sea breezes, complete with relaxing swings and rocking chairs. Intricate wrought ironwork adorns gates, railings and balconies, showcasing the city’s skilled craftsmanship. This mix of functional design and ornate detail makes Charleston’s streets both inviting and fascinating to explore.

Charleston is a shopper’s delight, anchored by the historic City Market. Spanning four blocks, it’s packed with vendors selling handmade crafts, local art, and sweetgrass baskets—ideal for unique finds. Nearby, streets lined with boutiques and shops offer everything from high-end fashion to antiques, making Charleston’s shopping scene a treasure trove for everyone.

Quotes From Our Travelers

“We were in New York for our anniversary and Beyond Times Square made it our best one yet! The magical horse and carriage ride through Central Park ending with a gourmet picnic – which was a surprise for my wife – made it extra special! We already agreed we are using them for our next anniversary.”

2023 - F.S.

“The family-focused itinerary from Beyond Times Square was a game-changer. The kid-friendly activities they planned for us were spot on. My children especially loved the scavenger hunt at the American Museum of Natural History – which we loved because it was fun and educational!”

2023 - M.S.

“Beyond Times Square turned our NYC shopping trip into something unforgettable. They set up a personal stylist session that was geared to our tastes. We honestly felt like VIP’s  it was personalized luxury at its best.”

2023 - A.M.

“I thought I knew New York City, but Beyond Times Square’s fabulous tour guides introduced me to hidden gems and local hangouts that made ME feel like a local! I can’t wait to bring my girlfriends back to impress them with this newfound knowledge!”

2023 - C.C.

“I’ve always been a Wall Street enthusiast, but the private tour of the Financial District that Beyond Times Square set up for me was eye-opening. There was so much happening there that I had no idea about – from the past to present day. I didn’t go in expecting to learn anything new – but boy did I!”

2023 - Z.K.