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Ultimate Charleston Culinary Retreat

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$1,598 USD *
(For One Person, Double Occupancy)
* Plus taxes. Tours sold on an availability basis.
4 days | 3 nights

Discover the Flavorful Side of the Holy City

What do you get when you boil up some water in a large pot, throw in some shrimp, corn on the cob, kielbasa, red potatoes and that distinctive blend of spices called Old Bay Seasoning? Some might call it a seafood boil…but down Charleston way, the locals affectionately refer to their version of this classic mélange of seafood, sausage and other fresh ingredients as Frogmore Stew. Hearing other names like Hoppin’ John, Limpin’ Susan, Shrimp and Grits, and Seafood Muddle simply means you’ve found yourself smack dab in the middle of Lowcountry USA. Your epicurean escape to Charleston will include luxurious accommodations in the heart of Historic Charleston, a Foodie Tour introducing you to restaurants and shops known for their uniquely regional fare, as well as a full participation cooking class that will satisfy your inner chef. On one of your evenings, you will be treated to a very unique wine blending experience with a professional sommelier, and dine at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant…a perfect vantage point for gazing out over downtown Charleston.

Ultimate Charleston Culinary Retreat

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VACATION HIGHLIGHTS
Please note: Our tours are designed with flexible itineraries to accommodate seasonality and desired dates of travel.
3 Nights Luxury Accommodations
Wine Blending Workshop
Rooftop Dinner at Élevé
Historic Charleston Foodie Tour
Lowcountry Cooking Class with Dinner
While our tours are designed as soft adventure experiences, walking, climbing stairs, and in rare cases mild hiking may be required. If you have mobility issues, you should speak with one of our culinary travel specialists to determine if this tour is appropriate for your situation.
AVAILABLE DATES
Year-Round Based on Your Travel Dates (subject to availability)
SAMPLE ITINERARY
Please note: Actual itineraries are subject to change due to seasonality.
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Day 1
Arrival and Check-In Glamour and luxury define one of the most unique hotels in downtown Charleston. Just steps from famous homes, museums and world-class shopping, you will find the Grand Bohemian Hotel is perfectly situated to host your culinary adventure. From the lobby draped in chandeliers, to the bold furniture throughout, indulge yourself in a Southern escape like no other.
Wine Blending Workshop Experience wine blending in Charleston that takes your palate beyond flavor, into the backstories of grape varietals from different regions, vineyards and aging techniques. Mix it all together into a unique and delicious blend guided by our experienced sommeliers. You will taste some of the most impressive wine Charleston offers, but you might be surprised—your favorite wine just might be the one you blend yourself.
Dining at Élevé Restaurant This evening you will enjoy a memorable dining experience at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant, serving delicious French fare with a Lowcountry twist. This elegant, yet casual restaurant offers a superb Charleston view…the perfect introduction to your Charleston culinary getaway.
Day 2
Charleston Foodie Tour with Savory Tastings During this 2½ hour Charleston culinary tour you will be immersed in the history and culture of the Lowcountry. Discover how the unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300+ years while sampling delicious specialties from local eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants and other culinary landmarks. This experience will give you a delicious, well-rounded sampling of the famous regional cuisine.
Free Evening to Explore Your evening is on your own to explore exciting downtown Charleston. Check with the guest services staff for recommendations on top eateries and other available activities.
Day 3
Free Morning and Afternoon to Explore Your morning and afternoon are free to explore exciting Charleston. Guest services at the hotel can help you plan day tours or excursions, such as an antebellum mansion tour.
Hands-On Lowcountry Cooking Class with Dinner Join chef in his downtown Charleston showcase kitchen, where you will cook and laugh alongside him to prepare and enjoy a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the many farmers, fisherman, and artisans of the Lowcountry. Whatever your experience level, in these cooking classes chef will teach you the tips and techniques to help you build your confidence in the kitchen. There will be no pressure, no recipes, or even dishes to wash at the end of the night! Just a fun and truly unique dinner party experience with every detail carefully crafted by the chef, even tasting pours of a sparkling, a white, and a red wine as you taste the dishes you and chef have prepared together.
Day 4
Check-Out and Departure Time flies when you’re having so much fun, but alas…it is time to check out and depart this delicious, “Edible Destination.” Should you desire an extended stay, please let your culinary travel specialist know prior to check-in. May your future travels come from sweet dreams, and create tasty memories!
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston
Discover the very best of Charleston, South Carolina at Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston. Welcoming you with boutique style, delectable dining and a prime location in the city's historic district, the beautifully designed rooms blend artistic flair with modern convenience. Stretch out on pillow top bedding, stay connected with work or loved ones using free Wi-Fi or relax in front of your flat-screen TV. Sample vintages in the wine tasting room and visit their eclectic Grand Bohemian Gallery. To enjoy beautiful downtown Charleston views, dine at Élevé, a rooftop bar and restaurant. Explore Charleston's fabulous attractions, including Charleston City Market and the South Carolina Aquarium, both just moments from the lobby doors.
Charleston, South Carolina
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What Currency is being quoted?
The Currency Code is listed directly after the published amount. If it states USD, then the quoted price is in United States Dollars. If it states CAD, then the quoted price is in Canadian Dollars. If it states EUR, then the quoted price is in European Union Dollars…etc. However, please note that all charges are processed in USD, and Epitourean’s Merchant Bank automatically calculates the currency conversion on the day of the charge.
What does Double Occupancy mean?
Two persons traveling together, and staying in the same room. Tour prices are normally quoted as “per person, double occupancy” in case two people are traveling together and staying in the same room, but paying separately. The cost of the lodging is also shared by two people, thereby reducing costs. This could be a married couple, two friends or relatives.
What is a Single Supplement?
Whenever a person travels alone, the cost of their lodging cannot be shared by another person. When tour products are priced, they are normally stated as “per person, double occupancy.” Whenever a guest occupies a room as a solo, the whole cost of the lodging must be incurred by that one individual. Tour companies accommodate this by charging a Single Supplement. Epitourean does its best to keep the single supplement as low as possible, but it is a real cost that tour companies must absorb, and must pass along to the single traveler.
If I am a Solo Traveler, will I be paired with another person?
Epitourean never pairs a solo traveler with another person without a special request. If you book Single Occupancy, you will have a room entirely to yourself. However, should you wish to be paired with another solo traveler to save on the single supplement, you may make this request. We cannot guarantee that we can accommodate such requests, since it would take another solo traveling on the same tour for the same dates. But if requested, we will certainly try.
Is a Deposit required to book a tour or getaway?
Yes. We require a 30% refundable deposit for all our domestic (USA and Canada) getaways and tours, and a 50% refundable deposit for international destinations outside of the USA and Canada. Reservations made for destinations within the USA and Canada must be paid in full 30 days prior to departure. Reservations made for destinations outside of the USA and Canada must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.
Are flights included in the tour price?
No. Flights are never included in the price of our land-only tours. Epitourean does not provide air, rail or sea travel, unless expressly noted in the itinerary.
May I give a culinary tour as a gift?
Yes. Epitourean has a special program designed specifically for this purpose. Our Gift Packages come with features such as special messages to the recipient, gift box option, gift link (without pricing), and floating dates (should you not know when the gift recipient wants to travel). Contact a Culinary Travel Specialist at 800-390-3292 or customerservice@epitourean.com to receive additional information about this unique offering.
May we request separate beds if sharing a room?
Yes. In most cases, Epitourean can accommodate a request for two beds to be placed in one room. Just make sure to make this request in the comments section of the reservation process.
Does each guestroom have a private bathroom?
Yes. Epitourean partners with the best lodging options in each destination, and private (en suite) bathrooms are a requirement. However, you should inquire as to the configuration of bathrooms should you have a special need. For example, some tours include accommodations in medieval villages, where either a shower or bath(but maybe not both) are present.
Can your tours accommodate my dietary restrictions?
In almost all cases, Epitourean can accommodate dietary choices and restrictions. But we do request that you ask a Culinary Travel Specialist prior to making your reservation so that we can assess your individual situation.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
Generally, you may cancel any tour or getaway package within 30 days of making a reservation, and receive a full refund of any deposit or payments made, as long as the cancellation is made at least 31 days in advance of departure for domestic tours or 61 days in advance of departure for international tours. Cancellations made after 30 days incur a 10% cancellation fee (10% of the deposit amount paid, not the full price of the tour package). Cancellations made 30 days or less in advance of departure for domestic packages (60 days or less for international packages) cannot be refunded due to loss of inventory.
If I am unable to use a portion of the tour, can I get a partial refund?
Unfortunately, due to vendor and supplier contracts, we are unable to provide partial refunds for unused portions of any tour or tour component.
Are Transfers included in the Itinerary?
Round-trip transfers from the airport or train station are normally included in our international tours. Transfers to the destination (for both international and domestic tours) are not included in the tour price. Please see the Sample Itinerary. If it mentions that transfers are included, then yes, transfers are included at no additional cost.
What meals and excursions are included in the tour?
The Sample Itinerary should be your reference. If the meal or excursion is described in the Sample Itinerary, then it is included at no additional charge. For those days where it expressly notes Free time, then any optional activities you elect to participate in might have an additional cost. In addition, if the itinerary states "evening on your own," it would imply that you have the opportunity to visit a restaurant of your own choosing, and at your own expense. If you have any question about inclusions, please submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button under the price section.
Is it possible to book pre or post tours or stays through Edible Destinations?
Yes, we often do have optional 2 and 3 night excursions that are priced separately from the tour. We can also assist with pre and post night stays in a hotel if you choose to come in early before the tour starts, or stay on after a tour ends. The price of those hotel stays are not included in the price of the tour, but we would be happy to provide a quote. Simply ask your Culinary Travel Specialist, or submit an inquiry by clicking on the blue "Ask Us a Question" button.
Are Guide or Host Gratuities included in the price of the tour?
Since tipping guidelines and customs vary widely between countries, we do not include gratuities in the price of the tour. Your Culinary Travel Specialist can provide you with recommendations. But the general rule is to tip modestly when you are pleased with a guide’s services, either at the end of the tour, or at the conclusion of a specialty day excursion where you will only be with that guide (or chef) on that day.
Should we plan on any personal expenses during the tour?
All lodging, meals, transfers, classes and excursions mentioned in the Sample Itinerary and Vacation Highlights are included in the price of the tour. However, we highly recommend taking local currency for purchasing personal items, souvenirs, tipping, etc. You can either get the local currency at an airport exchange service, ATM or from your local bank prior to travel. However, you should note that many hosted destinations do not accept credit cards for personal purchases.
Do you recommend Travel Protection?
We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 06-0248. The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N
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