Charleston and Spoleto

This Tour has been postponed until June 2021.

June 3-6, 2020

Trip Highlights

Join our tour to the beautifully preserved southern city of Charleston, featuring the Spoleto Festival USA where you have orchestra seats for 3 performances. Our expert guide is on site throughout the tour, overseeing the four-day program. You experience the old south on a plantation tour and museum tours, sample the local cuisine and glimpse the rich history strolling through this beautifully preserved town.  Early reservations are essential as previous tours have sold out quickly.

For over twenty-five years Carew Travel has partnered with the Theatre Development Fund and this tour contains all the features of our successful Spoleto tour collaborations.

Day One Wednesday June 3:   

Depart Newark Airport on a United flight at 11:20am direct to Charleston arriving at 1:30pm. Land Only packages are available for those who wish to book travel on their own and meet the group.

Upon arrival the group will transfer via coach to our first stop, The Gibbes Museum of Art. The Gibbes is home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston. The Museum connects the city and region’s artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene.

Check in to the centrally located Hampton Inn Historic District hotel.

Tonight, we dine as a group and afterwards you have orchestra seats for your first Spoleto Festival performance, Omar. The Spoleto Festival commissioned Omar,  a new full-length opera by MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens, based on the life and autobiography of Omar Ibn Said—an enslaved Muslim-African man who was brought to Charleston in 1807.

Day Two Thursday, June 4:   

This morning we explore Charleston on a city tour. Experience the finest that Charleston has to offer: the French Quarter, the Rainbow Row of incredible homes in pastel colors, the Market, the Cathedral, historic Synagogue and the Old Citadel.

Enjoy lunch with the group in the historic district and then explore on your own for the afternoon.

We dine as a group tonight and attend another outstanding Spoleto Performance, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Join in the worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a performance of his epic final symphony— performed by the Westminster Choir, Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.

Day Three Friday, June 5:  

Spend today exploring two Ashley River plantations. Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall is the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public. Because of their preservation philosophy, all imperfections and changes over time have survived to the present.

Visit Middleton Place. This National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. Built in 1755, the House Museum interprets four generations of Middleton Family, with extraordinary family furniture, silver, porcelain, rare books and portraits on display. The property has miraculously remained under the same family stewardship for some 320 years, and today successfully preserves history for visitors to enjoy. Enjoy a low country lunch on site.

Return to Charleston for a farewell dinner and your third Spoleto Performance. Romantics Anonymous is a delightfully sweet and tender love story, set in a chocolate factory, and brought to life through musical theater by director Emma Rice.

Day Four Saturday, June 6:

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and visit the Edmondston-Alston House which commands a magnificent view of Charleston Harbor. Constructed in 1825 and enhanced in 1838, the house was ideally situated to provide a vantage point from which General P.G.T. Beauregard could observe the fierce bombardment of Ft. Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. And on December 11 of the same year, the house gave refuge to General Robert E. Lee the night a wide-spreading fire threatened his safety in a Charleston hotel.

Lunch as a group and then our coach heads to the airport for a 4:19pm flight arriving at Newark at 6:16pm.


Roundtrip Airfare United Newark to Charleston
3 nights at the Hampton Inn Historic District
3 Spoleto Festival Performances: Omar, Beethoven’s Ninth and Romantics Anonymous
Tour of Gibbes Art Museum
Tour of Drayton Hall and Middleton Plantation
Tour of Edmonston-Alston House
Historic District Walking Tour
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Carew Travel tour director
Transportation via private coach



(Based on a minimum of 25 people)
Per person (double occupancy): $1999 including airfare
Per person (double occupancy) Land Only: $1750 no airfare included
Single Supplement: $325


Land only participants must make their own flight arrangements and can travel from any airport or airline of their choosing. You may meet at the airport to join the group or at our first venue. Your trip includes the group airport transfers as listed on the itinerary.


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