Welcome to Charleston!

Here's your invitation to join me, licensed tour guide Jeff Zimmerman on one of my three walking tours of historic Charleston. An eighth generation Carolinian, I have been a licensed guide since 1997.

Like many of our visitors, I share a passion for travel, history, local culture, food, music, architecture, and the natural world. Whether showing off some of the city's greatest landmarks or recommending the perfect place to eat, my mission is to provide a truly unique and memorable experience. I am eager to present the very best Charleston has to offer - satisfaction or money back.

I offer a morning walk, an early afternoon Civil War walk, and a twilight stroll by candlelight. I look forward to sharing with you Charleston's greatest treasures in a Nutshell!

Morning Walking Tour

This morning walking tour provides sightseers a personal touring experience that captures the essentials of the city - and covers a bit of everything! From history to architecture, from culture to the natural world, you learn the complete story of America's best preserved city, Charleston, SC. We will visit our most beloved landmarks and go to less touristy places that are off limits to carriage and bus tours.

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History of Candlelight Tour

In Italy, they have a ritual called the Passeggiati or evening stroll. As the sun softens, people take to the streets. In the tradition of the old world's Passeggiati, this leisurely 1.5 hour walk takes place at dusk, when the Holy City takes on yet another personality. Learn about Charleston's people, culture, and glorious history all by candlelight.

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Civil War Tour

From the Ordinance of Secession to the fall of Charleston, I will take you back in time for both a Southern and Northern perspective of the costliest war in U.S. history. Relive the war through those who experienced it and visit the actual sites where key events occurred. I will also present to you a rare collection of war time photographs taken during the war.

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Private Tour

Beat the crowds for a personalized stress-free tour and experience Charleston your way. Reimagine your visit with a uniquely tailored blend to suit your schedule and interests.

$125 per booking (up to 5 people). Tour length is 2 hours. Compare to a one-hour $150 private carriage tour which is subject to a city route assignment system.

I also offer private driving tours of the historic district, area plantations, and other attractions like Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. Call 843.697.6140 or email us at charlestoninanutshell@gmail.com for custom packages and rates.

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