Highlights Of Charleston – 3 Days
Spend 3 Days in the “Holy City” exploring cobblestone streets on a horse-drawn carriage, learn about military history and grand estates that hark back to another era.
Spanish moss-draped trees, spooky cemeteries, centuries-old mansions, and cobblestone alleys – that is how we would describe Charleston. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is bursting with Southern charm and hospitality.
Program Highlights & Inclusions
- Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
- Transportation throughout your trip
- Admission to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
- Narrated Cruise to Historic Fort Sumter
- Guided Barrier Island Ecological Tour
- Free time to explore Charleston City Market
- Charleston Carriage Tour
- Guided Ghost & Graveyard Tour
- Visit to the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Spend 3 Days in the “Holy City”. Explore cobblestone streets on a horse-drawn carriage, learn about military history and grand estates that hark back to another era.
Upon arrival, you will meet your ETA tour manager and begin your trip.
You will take a trip through US military history at the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. You’ll check out the USS Yorktown AirCraft Carrier, World War II’s famous “Fighting Lady” which participated significantly in the Pacific offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. YORKTOWN received the Presidential Unit Citation and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Take a look at the USS Laffey, the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence and the USS Clamagore, the only GUPPY III submarine preserved in the U.S. The USS CLAMAGORE is Patriots Point iconic Cold War submarine. You’ll explore the three vessels, working remnants of times gone by. You’ll step right inside a history book as you visit the Vietnam Experience and The Cold War Museum and you’ll celebrate our Country’s Military heroes with a visit to the Medal of Honor Museum.
You will experience a relaxing 30 minute narrated cruise to historic Fort Sumter. You will learn about the events which led to the outbreak of America’s most bloody war. When you arrive you will be greeted by National Park Service Rangers who will provide further details about Fort Sumter and its pivotal role in the American Civil War. On the fort you will find a very informative museum with many historic artifacts and a souvenir shop. After your one hour visit, you will enjoy a scenic cruise back to your departure point.
You will take a Barrier Island Ecological Tour. During the tour, the scientific process and inquiry skills are promoted and reinforced throughout the trip as students learn about organisms, habitats, communities, and ecosystems, as well as the environmental and geological factors that influence them.
You will visit the historic Charleston City Market, the cultural heart of the City. As one of the nation’s oldest public markets, the historic Charleston City Market plays a leading role in the preservation of time-treasured customs and vibrant American history. Throughout the year, the local community and visitors alike gather for authentic experiences and interaction with more than 300 vibrant entrepreneurs.
You will discover the historic center of Charleston on an authentic Carriage Tour and then get to enjoy the views of Charleston Harbor from Battery Park with some beach time to walk around and enjoy the beach.
You will take a guided Ghost & Graveyard Tour. You’ll get an exclusive opportunity to walk inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark. Learn about the history of Charleston’s graveyards and hear the stories of the famous individuals who found their final resting place in the Holy City.
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens bears witness to 350 years of American history. You’ll learn about the Europeans who colonized South Carolina, the Drayton family that still owns the plantation today, and the enslaved people who worked in the rice fields and in the gardens.
Your trip ends here as you begin your journey home.