Adventure Sightseeing Welcomes You to Spoleto Festival USA!


By: Tour Management Editor
May 25, 2018

The excitement, cultural enrichment and just plain FUN of Spoleto Festival USA has come to Charleston SC once again.  “America’s premier performing arts festival,” a Charleston tradition for more than 40 years, draws visitors by the tens of thousands to the city’s “historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces.” There, they enjoy performances by “renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music.”


Meanwhile, Piccolo Spoleto, the festival’s more casual little brother, features “many free and inexpensive programs, from outdoor concerts and parties in the park to classical music recitals, sketch comedy shows, theater productions, art exhibits and more.” Post and Courier

Spoleto is a big deal! In fact, organizers distributed more than 60,000 tickets sold for various performances during Spoleto 2017.  It’s also a fact that the average Spoleto attendee will stay in Charleston for six of the festival’s 17 days. So, you’re likely to have a few hours to fill between the afternoon and evening performances. Why not book a bus or harbor tour? There are many different tours and combo packages from which to choose!

See it All” City Bus Tour”: This relaxing and informative 90-minute bus tour is the best way to be introduced to the Holy City. Professional, knowledgeable guides will share 350 years of Charleston history with you while you cruise through the city's historic districts in air conditioned comfort.

Plantation and Winery Tour: Try venturing off the Peninsula for an afternoon of natural beauty and sophisticated adult refreshment! The Charleston Tea Plantation and Winery Tour includes stops at the historic Angel Oak, a beautiful live oak that has stood the test of time – 500 years of it!  The tour then travels to Charleston Tea Plantation, Deep Water Winery and the Firefly Vodka Distillery.

Combo City/Mansion Tour: After a tour past Charleston favorites such as The Citadel, the Old City Market, the Battery and much more, this tour concludes with a visit to the Joseph Manigault Mansion. Here, you will enjoy a 30-minute guided tour that peers into the lives of the wealthy Franco-American planters and the enslaved African Americans who served them.

Charleston Harbor Tour: Enjoy the beauty of Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City. Charleston's top rated harbor tour will regale in 350 years of history as you cruise past more than 75 landmarks and points of interest. If you have time, we also have specialty cruises will keep you coming back, including the Blues and BBQ Cruise and the Jazz Brunch Cruise.

2018 Lowcountry Blues Cruises: Presented by Piccolo Spoleto and Charleston Harbor Tours, this concert series sets sail aboard the Carolina Queen on May 27 and 28; and June 2, 3 and 9.

Getting Your Bearings in Charleston SC

One comment we often hear is that booking a tour at the beginning of your stay is a good way to get oriented to the city. You see what’s out there and where things are in relation to each other, and to your hotel. It’s a great way to help plan your trip, especially if you are on a schedule. After all, the curtain will go up with or without you!

Bus tours begin and end at the Charleston Visitor Center. The Spoleto site reminds you that “(local mass transit) CARTA operates a FREE downtown shuttle service (DASH) that connects major sites including the South Carolina Aquarium, Waterfront Park, the Battery, Marion Square, and the Visitor Center.”  Special arrangements can also be made to pick you up at your hotel.

Enjoy Spoleto Festival USA, and your Tour of Charleston!

We hope your artistic endeavors are thrilling and enriching during Spoleto Festival USA. Let Adventure Sightseeing be a part of the festivities with a fascinating tour of one of America’s most beautiful and enduring cities, Charleston SC! Book your tour today!


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