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Unveiling Greenville: The Best Guided Tours in the Upstate

January 31, 2024

Visiting a new city for the first time can be overwhelming. Where should I park? Where should I go sightseeing? Which restaurants are the best? Fortunately, Greenville, known for its rich history and culinary scene, has an abundance of guided tours that are sure to put all worries to rest. Having a local guide takes away the burden of planning so that visitors can relax. Check out Greenville in a whole new way with a local tour today. 

Historian and Author John Nolan

Greenville History Tours: Greenville Driving Tour

Forget walking; explore the city in style on a Greenville Driving Tour! Explore Greenville’s rich history and architecture as guide John Nolan narrates the development of Greenville from its inception to the modern age. This tour will escort visitors through Greenville’s West End, North and South Main Street, Reedy River Falls, and Court Square. On the way to each location, guests will have a chance to see digital photographs of the city throughout history and hear stories from a local. This tour takes place in a comfortable Ford Transit van and is $20 per person. 

At the chef's Table (Saturday) 

Greenville Culinary Tours: At the Chef’s Table 

From farm to table dishes to international cuisine, check out Greenville’s award winning culinary scene on a Saturday guided tour. “At the Chef’s Table” is a 3 hour tour, led by John Nolan, that takes visitors to four of Greenville’s favorite restaurants: Nosedive, Soby’s, CAMP, and the Lazy Goat. Five delicious courses and drinks are included in the $79 dollar ticket. Meet the chefs at these locations and feel free to ask them all of your culinary questions. Experience gourmet goodies and cooking expertise tips that are sure to satisfy. 

Coffee Underground

Greenville Culinary Tours: Greenville Coffee Tour

Jackie Chan once said, “Coffee is a language in itself,” and Greenville is a city that speaks that language fluently. In fact, it has been recognized to be in the top 10 of Best American Cities for Coffee by Fodors Travel. Take a Greenville Coffee Tour to sample coffee from three stops: your choice between Coffee Underground, Spill the Beans, Unlocked Coffee, Mountain Goat, and more. This 1.5 hour driving tour will also include insights on where coffee is grown and roasted, and additional topics on all things coffee. This $55 dollar tour is open to individuals of all ages. 

Falls park on Segways

Greenville Glides Segway Tours

Zoom down Greenville’s historic streets on a tour like no other: a Greenville Glides Segway Tour. Choose from multiple tour options, such as West End and Falls Park Segway Tour, Haunted Segway Tour, and Taste and Glide Segway Tour. Enjoy breathtaking views of the city with your choice of a 1.5 or 2 hour guided tour. Prices and dates vary, but the fun does not! 

Paranormal Walking Tour

Paranormal Walking Tour in Greenville

Discover the spooky side of Greenville during a Greenville Paranormal Walking Tour, led by Dustin Bays or Gabe Matthews. Both are members of the Truth Searchers: Paranormal Investigators, and they consider themselves paranormal educators. This 2 hour, 2 mile hike starts at the Rose Crystal Tower in Falls Park and winds its way through the city. Tickets are $25 per person. While there is no age restriction, parental guidance is advised as certain stories contain themes related to death and Greenville’s darker history. Additionally, EMF meters are available for walkers to use to gauge paranormal activity. Enjoy! 

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