South Carolina Low Country
7 Day Inn Tour
Come explore South Carolina on our newest tour this year. The Low Country describes the coastal area and island which are believed to have once been under the sea. Join us on this flat tour that is as rich in history and culture as it is in beauty.
The tour still has space. Make your travel arrangements.
Flat on a mix of bike paths and roads.
6 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, horse-drawn carriage ride, tea plantation tour, guided kayaking trip, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
Fly into and out of the Charleston International Airport (CHS). WomanTours will provide a shuttle from the airport at 1:00pm to the start of the tour or you can take a taxi for $30. If you drive, it’s best to leave your car at the airport for the week. We will provide a complimentary shuttle back to the airport at the end of the tour, arriving by 11am.
DAY 1: We start our tour in the beautiful historic downtown of Charleston, SC. After our rental bike fitting at 2:00pm and an orientation at 4:00pm, you’ll be treated to a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city’s residential streets lined with antebellum mansions, old churches and lush gardens. The narrated tour will give us the perfect background for our upcoming bike tour. Then we’ll enjoy our first dinner together. 0 miles.
DAY 2: We depart on our bicycles right after breakfast by winding our way through the streets of this historic city. We’ll cross Cooper River and then have the option of stopping at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. You can explore the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier used during WWII and a submarine from the Cold War.
Then you can travel back in time by crossing our second bridge to Fort Moultrie, built on Sullivan’s Island to protect Charleston during the Revolutionary War. Sullivan’s Island is also the Ellis Island for enslaved Africans. Nearly 40% of them came through here to British North America. Spend some time at the Gullah/Geechee Visitor Center that celebrates the heritage of these enslaved Africans and their descendants. We’ll end our bike ride after crossing our third bridge to the Isle of Palms barrier island and our inn. 21 miles.
DAY 3: After a hearty breakfast, we’ll have a short shuttle to the West Ashley Greenway Trail and the start of our bicycle ride. We’ll cycle through beautiful marshland before stopping to admire the famous Angel Oak. The 500-year old majestic tree is believed to be one of the oldest oaks in the country.
After a picnic lunch, we’ll cycle to Wadmalaw Island and visit the only place where tea is grown in North America. We’ll take a trolley tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation’s vast fields, explore the greenhouse to learn how tea is grown and visit the factory to understand how it is produced. Then we’ll shuttle to our own plantation where we’re staying for the next two nights. 33 miles.
DAY 4: After a wonderful southern breakfast, a quick shuttle takes us to the start of a gorgeous bike ride. We’ll be in the ACE Basin today – named for the Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Rivers and the estuary they form as they meet the sea. Today it is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the east coast, and locals declare it, “one of the last great places on Earth.” If you look carefully, you may even spot an alligator. We’ll have a picnic lunch and then you can choose to cycle or shuttle back to our inn. 28 or 46 miles.
DAY 5: Today’s shorter ride will give us time to explore the ACE Basin by boat. We’ll trade our bikes for kayaks after lunch and enjoy a guided paddle through salt marshes and rice fields. Then it’s back on our bikes to pedal the Spanish Moss Trail. This paved rail trail will take us into the charming town of Beaufort and our last inn of the tour. 16 or 28 miles.
DAY 6: Our first stop this morning will be the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. It is the site of the former Penn School, one of the country’s first schools for freed slaves. Then we’ll cycle through the island, exploring its Gullah community before finishing on Hunting Island State Park among the palmettos and pines. For a bird’s eye view, climb the circular staircase of the 1859 lighthouse before we all head back to Beaufort for our last dinner together. 27 miles.
DAY 7: After our last southern breakfast, we’ll shuttle back to Charleston, arriving at the airport by 11:00am. 0 miles.