Relive the early days of the American Civil War on a 4.5-hour adventure that brings you by boat to Fort Sumter and takes you by coach through Charleston's beautiful historic district rich in Civil War history. Enjoy a 40-minute ferry boat ride across Charleston Harbor to the island where Fort Sumter stands. Follow an expert guide around this coastal garrison where the first shots rang out to spark the American Civil War. You'll hear how Confederate soldiers opened fire on April 12, 1861, battling Union forces for 34 hours before they finally surrendered. Back on the Charleston peninsula you'll take a scenic drive through this quaint old city, admiring beautiful antebellum mansions, magnificent public buildings, and majestic churches. Along the way, your guide will provide interesting commentary about the role these buildings played in the Civil War.
• Fort Sumter: Take a harbor cruise to the island citadel where the American Civil War broke out in April 1861.
• The Battery: A coach drive leads you along the city's defensive seawall past brightly-hued Rainbow Row and stately mansions.
• Other points of interest you may pass are: St. Michael's Church, The Confederate Museum, The Old Citadel, and The College of Charleston.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Cash/credit cards
• Sun protection
• Umbrella (from ship)
What to Wear:
• Hat and sunglasses
• Layered clothing
• Walking shoes
• Wind/water resistant jacket
• Guests must be able to walk approximately .1 miles over flat surfaces, with inclines and about 35 steps and extended periods of standing.
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Guests prone to motion sickness should take precautions.
• Guests needing special assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion.
• This tour is accessible to guests with limited mobility; however, guests must be able to climb into the coach and take a few, small steps on their own.
• Tour sequence may vary.