Savor the Flavors Tours of Downtown Charleston

Bulldog Tours

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Activity #3015
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Description

Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston

This 2 1/2 hour tour will immerse you in the history and culture of the Lowcountry.  You will discover how our unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300+ years while sampling delicious specialties from local eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants, and culinary landmarks.

Book now for Savor the Flavors Combo Package/ The Charleston Stroll and save $10 off your entrire purchase!

Typical tastings include:
     * Stone Ground Grits
     * Charleston Benne Wafers
     * Locally made gourmet chocolates
     * Southern Pralines 
     * Sweet Tea
     * Collard Greens
     * Lowcountry Barbeque

What Is Not Included?

Although the tour includes tastings along the way, this is usually not enough food to serve as a meal for most people. Please eat breakfast or lunch before or after the tour.

Meeting Location

Bulldog Tours, 18 Anson St. (Charleston, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
239 Reviews Rating: 4.8 4.8 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Outstanding!
Sat, May 23  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
 
Our guide was very well informed, amiable and professional. We were treated to wonderful low country specialties and cultural tidbits. A perfect day! The time goes so fast as you are walking, learning and eating. I highly recommend to anyone and all who are interested in the low country of Charleston.
Rating: 5
This tour is GREAT!
Fri, May 22  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Mary was our guide and she is wonderful. She has a lot of knowledge about the history and culture of the city and how the food relates to all of that. Everything we ate was delicious...and there was plenty of great food. We loved the barbecue, the crab dip, the grits and the blue cheese cole slaw!! All so good. Highly recommend this tour. You get to taste a lot of things!
Rating: 5
great experience
Mon, May 18  2:00 PM Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our guide was very knowledgable and did a great job. The food was wonderful. My only criticism is that it WAS enough for lunch and they should not have advised us to eat before we came.
Rating: 5
Much better than expected.
Sat, May 16  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
We had a lot of fun. Tour was full of information about the food but also about the history of Charleston. It was much more than we expected.
Rating: 5
great experience!
Fri, May 15  9:30 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our guide Beth, was very knowledgeable of the Charleston history and the evolution of lowland cuisine. We had a great time!
Rating: 5
One Tasty Tour
Wed, May 13  2:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Loved this tour. I enjoy history and I enjoy food, so this was just perfect for me. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, the food was excellent, and the city is beautiful. Recommend for anyone who wants a true "taste" of Charleston!
Rating: 5
Great tastes and fascinating information!
Thu, May 7  2:00 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our tour guide was knowledgable, entertaining and gave us an excellent feel for the cuisine of the low country. Learned a lot and were served some samplers which were delicious!
Rating: 5
Loved this Tour
Mon, May 4  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Our guide, David, was very friendly and knowledgable with the area and locals. We learned so much about the low country cuisine. The best part was the delicious food that we got to sample. We took our tour in the morning and were full by lunchtime. We loved everything we sampled.
 
Rating: 5
If Sarah was my history teacher, I'd have gotten A
Fri, May 1  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Sarah, was fabulous! She blended food and the history of the area, fantastically! She knew her stuff. The places we stopped at were great, even I as a Celiac and couldn't eat most of the items, could see the food was great. My 2 friends loved all the tasty tidbits as well as the history that went with it. I would recommend this tour and tour guide to anyone visiting the area, either for the first time or anytime. I know we will definitely rebook if we are ever in the area again. Thank you
Rating: 4
Informative and Interesting
Thu, Apr 30  9:30 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Our tour guide, Danny, was very knowledgeable and informative about low country food. She made the tour very interesting. I enjoyed the stops, but some of them were retail stores, not restaurants. Anyone could stop in for samples at the Spice and Tea store. I would have stopped at River St. Sweets last (after Nick's BBQ) since it was strange to eat sweets/dessert before we ate BBQ. I think you should advertise the tour as being 3 hours (not 2 1/2) since we did not end until 12:30 PM. I would start the tour a little bit later (maybe 10:00 AM) since most places don't open until then. Enjoyed Dixie Supply....in fact, I went back there for lunch the next day. Also, make it clear that tour does not end at the same place it begins. I think the price ($50 per person) was a little expensive considering the amount of food we consumed.
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Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tours often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
How does the Savor the Flavors/ The Charleston Stroll Combo Tour Package work?
When you purchase the combo tour package, your space will be guaranteed on the Savor the Flavors tour for the date and time for which you buy tickets. To book your space on The Charleston Stroll, please contact Bulldog directly. Exact instructions on completing your booking will be provided upon purchase of your combo package. Please note that booking on the Savor the Flavors tour and The Charleston Stroll is subject to availability.
How much food is served on the tour? What sort of food will I be sampling?
The tour includes four to five stops where tastings are offered, but they are not enough to serve as a full meal. Typical tastings include Stone Ground Grits, Benne Wafers, Sweet Tea, pastries, chocolate, Southern Pralines, Collard Greens, and Lowcountry Barbeque.
How many stops are included on the tour?
The tour includes four to five stops.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a child?
For the culinary tours, there is only one standard ticket price. Any child 1 year old or above must have a full-priced ticket purchased for them in order to attend. The tour is not recommended for children under 12, but you can bring any children with you, at your discretion, as long as they have a ticket! Infants less than one year old do not need a paid ticket, and you should please just indicate that you’ll be bringing an non-paying infant with you at the time of purchase.
Will I need to buy lunch after the tour?
Although we provide a variety of samples for you to try, please keep in mind that this tour will only include a few tastings. You will still want to buy lunch after the tour, as the tour usually does not include enough food for most people to serve as a meal.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Yes! All participants are provided with a bottle of water.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
The tour covers approximately 1 mile. We walk at a very casual pace
Where does the tour end?
The tours end about 10 blocks from the original starting point, downtown near Market Street.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
The tour includes a variety of foods at the different locations, so you can choose which foods you are able to sample. Please indicate any allergies or dietary restrictions you have when you are purchasing tickets, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you.
What happens if it rains?
Tours run rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions, so be prepared for the day! We will be stepping inside of buildings during some portions of the tour, but be sure to bring an umbrella or poncho, depending on the forecasted weather conditions.
Are there bathrooms along the way?
Yes. There are bathrooms available at several locations throughout the tour.
Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
We have had participants with wheelchairs attend the tour in the past. Please keep in mind however, that many of the streets are not very accessible and some places have stairs, so additional maneuvering and planning may be required. You are welcome to bring strollers and they may be left outside the establishments we visit with stairs.
Who will be leading the tour?
All of our tour guides a licensed by the City of Charleston and have various culinary qualifications and interests.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, tours are only offered in English. However, our non-English speaking guests always enjoy the experience of visiting Charleston's lovely historic buildings and sampling delicious food tastings along the way.
May I bring my dog on the tour?
Due to the various shops and historical buildings we visit, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, we can accommodate a variety of special requests! Please click “Contact Bulldog” to the left of the page to inquire further.
Are gift certificates available for this tour?
Yes! Gift certificates for Culinary Tours of Charleston are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click “Contact Bulldog”.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity takes place rain or shine.
The activity runs regardless of weather conditions. In the rare situation where the seller is forced to cancel the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule to another time (subject to availability).

Other Policies

The Charleston Stroll portion of your Combo must be booked separately.
Guests must call Bulldog directly after purchasing Combo tickets to secure their space on The Charleston Stroll. This purchase is guaranteeing your space on the Savor the Flavors Tour for the date and time of your choosing, however, the date and time you may book The Charleston Stroll is subject to availability. Instructions on how to secure your space on The Charleston Stroll will be provided to you after purchase.

Bulldog Tours

See Charleston like you never have before with Bulldog Tours, the premier walking tour company!

More than just the usual Charleston tours, we offer a variety of tours during the day, evening and late-night. Whether it is strolling down the streets, hearing about people from days past in the morning during our Charleston Stroll or taking you on an EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes look at the Holy City's graveyards, back alleyways, Provost Dungeon, Old City Jail and deep into Charleston's Haunted Historic District. We now proudly offer the Culinary Tours of Charleston, giving people even more of a look into the unique chemistry that makes up Charleston. Our exclusive food tours highlight our mission to promote South Carolina local artisan growers, and to help preserve South Carolina's rich culinary heritage.

Bulldog Tours is the ONLY walking tour company in Charleston that can take you off and beyond the sidewalks!!!

As seen in USA Today, Southern Living Magazine, The New York Times, and on Country Music Television, Bon Appetit, The Columbus Dispatch, National Public Radio (NPR). , and SCETV, Bulldog's fully licensed, experienced tour guides are sure to entertain, inform, intrigue and delight all those who choose to take a stroll into the city's past.
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