South Carolina Bike & Boat Tour

April 18-23, 2021
April 25-30, 2021

Hilton Head to Charleston

Our six-day Bike & Boat Tour explores the flat coastal plain & waterways between Hilton Head Island and Charleston, South Carolina. Warmed by Southern breezes and shaded by live oak trees and stately palms, we’ll spend a relaxing week cycling past old plantations and antebellum towns, as well as exploring the local waterways by boat.

All week we stay at deluxe Inns overlooking the water: two nights on Hilton Head Island, one night in historic Beaufort, and two nights in Charleston.

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2021 Tour Dates

April 18-23 Book Now
April 25-30 Book Now

Rave Reviews

What a perfect way to see South Carolina… biking in the morning, boating in the afternoon. GBT treated us first class all the way. Karla H.

Tour Cost

$2,895 per person
(based on double occupancy)
Single supplement +$875

Level of Difficulty

Easy – 15-35 miles per day, flat terrain, lots of bike paths. Cycle at your own pace. Get a lift in the van whenever you like. E-bikes available (limited supply)

Highlights

  • Visit famous Hilton Head Island. We are the only major bike tour company to include Hilton Head on their itinerary
  • Over 160 miles of paved bike paths, cycling beneath magnificent live oaks trees cloaked in Spanish Moss
  • Enjoy a different mode of water transport every day – water taxi, zodiac raft, double-decked party boat, and kayak. These boats allow us to take short cuts over the water, to our next cycling destination
  • Cycle on the beach at Hilton Head (we supply a separate beach cruiser)
  • Nature cruise aboard a 65-foot boat, exploring the calm estuary waters that serve as critical spawning grounds for fish, shellfish, and birds
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride past the stunning antebellum homes of historic Beaufort, learning about the city’s history, from Revolutionary times to modern-day movie making (The Big ChillThe Prince of TidesForrest Gump)
  • Zodiac raft trip to observe a unique feeding habit of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, first discovered by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau

Highlights

  • Visit famous Hilton Head Island. We are the only major bike tour company to include Hilton Head on their itinerary
  • Over 160 miles of paved bike paths, cycling beneath magnificent live oaks trees cloaked in Spanish Moss
  • Enjoy a different mode of water transport every day – water taxi, zodiac raft, double-decked party boat, and kayak. These boats allow us to take short cuts over the water, to our next cycling destination
  • Cycle on the beach at Hilton Head (we supply a separate beach cruiser)
  • Nature cruise aboard a 65-foot boat, exploring the calm estuary waters that serve as critical spawning grounds for fish, shellfish, and birds
  • Horse-drawn carriage ride past the stunning antebellum homes of historic Beaufort, learning about the city’s history, from Revolutionary times to modern-day movie making (The Big ChillThe Prince of TidesForrest Gump)
  • Zodiac raft trip to observe a unique feeding habit of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, first discovered by famed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau
Highlights (continued)
  • Walking tour of historic Charleston, rated the #1 activity in town
  • Educational two-hour kayak excursion down winding tidal creeks – home to dolphins and southern bald eagles. Jacques Cousteau called this area “one of the most unique ecosystems in America”
  • Special guided tour of Boone Hall Plantation, America’s most photographed plantation and the #1 plantation in the Charleston area. View the original slave cabins and the antebellum-style mansion
  • Storytelling Performance about the rich history and traditions of the local Gullah-Geechee culture – which involves a unique blend of West African, Caribbean, French, English, and American culture, food, religion, and traditions
  • Dinner at a famous Charleston restaurant. If you wish to put a little south in your mouth, try the local favorites such as shrimp & grits or She-Crab soup
  • Explore Charleston’s City Market where more than 50 artisans weave a variety of Gullah baskets, one of the oldest handcrafts of African origin found in the U.S.
  • Enjoy the cooler weather in April (average max temp is 76 degrees), before it gets too hot, and before the crowds arrive
Highlights (continued)
  • Walking tour of historic Charleston, rated the #1 activity in town
  • Educational two-hour kayak excursion down winding tidal creeks – home to dolphins and southern bald eagles. Jacques Cousteau called this area “one of the most unique ecosystems in America”
  • Special guided tour of Boone Hall Plantation, America’s most photographed plantation and the #1 plantation in the Charleston area. View the original slave cabins and the antebellum-style mansion
  • Storytelling Performance about the rich history and traditions of the local Gullah-Geechee culture – which involves a unique blend of West African, Caribbean, French, English, and American culture, food, religion, and traditions
  • Dinner at a famous Charleston restaurant. If you wish to put a little south in your mouth, try the local favorites such as shrimp & grits or She-Crab soup
  • Explore Charleston’s City Market where more than 50 artisans weave a variety of Gullah baskets, one of the oldest handcrafts of African origin found in the U.S.
  • Enjoy the cooler weather in April (average max temp is 76 degrees), before it gets too hot, and before the crowds arrive

What’s included

  • 6 days of cycling, boat trips, and other activities
  • 5 nights of lodging overlooking the water (Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Charleston)
  • 10 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners), catering to all dietary needs
  • 2 separate bikes (one for the paved roads and trails, another for the hard-packed beach), along with a helmet, rear rack pack, rear safety light and triangle, basic bike computer, water bottle, and T-shirt. E-bikes available on a first come, first served basis
  • Full van support throughout your stay (15-passenger vans, with AC)
  • The services of 2-3 professional bike tour guides
  • Ride with GPS navigation (using your own device) or paper route notes & maps
  • 4 different forms of water transport (nature cruise, zodiac raft trip; kayak excursion, and water taxi)
  • Exclusive GBT activities, including: horse-drawn carriage rides in Beaufort; Storytelling Performance about the Gullah-Geechee Culture; walking tour of historic Charleston; and guided tour of Boone Hall Plantation
  • Full access to our online photo gallery with photo/videos from your trip
  • Small group size of 12-18 people (or organize your own private trip)

What’s included

  • 6 days of cycling, boat trips, and other activities
  • 5 nights of lodging overlooking the water (Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, and Charleston)
  • 10 meals (5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners), catering to all dietary needs
  • 2 separate bikes (one for the paved roads and trails, another for the hard-packed beach), along with a helmet, rear rack pack, rear safety light and triangle, basic bike computer, water bottle, and T-shirt. E-bikes available on a first come, first served basis
  • Full van support throughout your stay (15-passenger vans, with AC)
  • The services of 2-3 professional bike tour guides
  • Ride with GPS navigation (using your own device) or paper route notes & maps
  • 4 different forms of water transport (nature cruise, zodiac raft trip; kayak excursion, and water taxi)
  • Exclusive GBT activities, including: horse-drawn carriage rides in Beaufort; Storytelling Performance about the Gullah-Geechee Culture; walking tour of historic Charleston; and guided tour of Boone Hall Plantation
  • Full access to our online photo gallery with photo/videos from your trip
  • Small group size of 12-18 people (or organize your own private trip)

Great Biking

Our bike tour along the South Carolina coast has sought out the very best bike paths and the roads “less traveled by.” Hilton Head Island alone boasts more than 110 miles of paved bike paths, earning it the coveted Gold Level award (for a Bicycle Friendly Community) from the League of American Bicyclists. Even their beaches are great for biking. Cycling on the hard-packed sand is a Hilton Head tradition, so we’ll equip you with a separate beach cruiser and head downwind on the 12-mile beach. This activity is great fun, offers easy riding, and has a spectacular view. Priceless!

Great Boating

Ask the locals what makes this area special, and you’re likely to hear them say “the water.” Rather than thinking of the water as a barrier (to our cycling), we relish the opportunity to venture out on the waterways that are a treasured part of everyday life here. The interlocking system of calm inland waterways – including the Intracoastal Waterway – are the most efficient means of getting around. Every day we’ll explore some hidden aspect of this fascinating ecosystem – by kayak, nature cruise, water taxi, or zodiac raft – to experience the sheer beauty and serenity of the area’s salt marshes, lazy tidal creeks, flourishing estuaries, and isolated islands.

Great Biking

Our bike tour along the South Carolina coast has sought out the very best bike paths and the roads “less traveled by.” Hilton Head Island alone boasts more than 110 miles of paved bike paths, earning it the coveted Gold Level award (for a Bicycle Friendly Community) from the League of American Bicyclists. Even their beaches are great for biking. Cycling on the hard-packed sand is a Hilton Head tradition, so we’ll equip you with a separate beach cruiser and head downwind on the 12-mile beach. This activity is great fun, offers easy riding, and has a spectacular view. Priceless!

Great Boating

Ask the locals what makes this area special, and you’re likely to hear them say “the water.” Rather than thinking of the water as a barrier (to our cycling), we relish the opportunity to venture out on the waterways that are a treasured part of everyday life here. The interlocking system of calm inland waterways – including the Intracoastal Waterway – are the most efficient means of getting around. Every day we’ll explore some hidden aspect of this fascinating ecosystem – by kayak, nature cruise, water taxi, or zodiac raft – to experience the sheer beauty and serenity of the area’s salt marshes, lazy tidal creeks, flourishing estuaries, and isolated islands.

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BOOK YOUR TRIP (or request more information)

Many companies offer bike rides between Charleston and Savannah, but we offer so much more. We also explore by boat, which offers a unique perspective of the area, and we stay on Hilton Head, ranked as the #1 Island in the Continental United States. Come join us in April 2021 – sign up today!

Great Bike Tours

3282 Mt. Philo Rd,
Charlotte, VT 05445

Have any questions? Contact us!

(802) 777-2009

FEATURED IN

BOOK YOUR TRIP (or request more information)

Many companies offer bike rides between Charleston and Savannah, but we offer so much more. We also explore by boat, which offers a unique perspective of the area, and we stay on Hilton Head, ranked as the #1 Island in the Continental United States. Come join us in April 2021 – sign up today!

Great Bike Tours

3282 Mt. Philo Rd,
Charlotte, VT 05445

Have any questions? Contact us!

(802) 777-2009

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