Vis-a-Vis Private Tour
Up to 4 people • $200 • 1 Hour
Experience Charleston's beauty and charm while touring in style and elegance in one of our private carriages.
Experience Charleston’s beauty and charm in one of our intimate vis-à-vis carriages. The term is French for “face-to-face” and refers to the seating position of the guests in the carriage. You will see beautiful gardens and parks, stately mansions, historic churches, and buildings all the while learning about the people and events that shaped the history of this “Holy City.”
–Duration: one-hour private historic tours or special events
–Capacity: up to 4 passengers
What to Expect
Once guests are loaded onto the carriage and cleared for departure, it is a requirement by the City of Charleston Tourism Officials that they check in at the gate prior to departure. For tax reasons and traffic flow, the city is in charge of randomly doling out one of four routes that each carriage will receive through the historic district of Charleston. This is determined by a spin of a bingo ball machine. The color that comes up determines the route or “zone” that particular carriage is allowed to tour.
Please check in with an attendant at the Carolina Polo & Carriage ticket office inside the lobby of the Double Tree Hotel at 181 Church Street 10 minutes prior to your tour start time.
Your tour will begin near the 200 year old Historic City Market which spans 4 blocks and is one of the oldest public markets in the United States.
Depending on the route you are given, highlights of your tour could include notable sites such as Rainbow Row. One of the longest contiguous rows of pre-revolutionary buildings left in America, Rainbow Row is probably the most recognized set of buildings in Charleston.
You might also pass and hear the history behind several historic homes and mansions, including the Villa Marguerite, the William Washington House and the Famous #2 Meeting Street Inn which overlooks White Point Gardens and is one of the most photographed buildings in the southeast.
You can see the Four Corners of Law located at the intersection of Meeting and Broad Street, famously coined the Four Corners of Law by Robert Ripley from Ripley’s Believe It or Not fame.
Several routes are possible for your tour, and these are just a few examples of the sights to be seen! All tours finish in the Historic City Market where you are free to enjoy your next Charleston adventure.
Carolina Polo and Carriage Company is a family owned and operated carriage tour company devoted to offering our customers the best experience of the historic “Holy City.”