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Tour Charleston By Air

We are Charleston’s premier helicopter tour company for daytime helicopter tours, sunset helicopter tours, aerial photography and videography. 

There’s no better way to see and experience the Charleston than a helicopter ride! Holy City Helicopters offers the best helicopter tours in Charleston, SC! Book a flight in our climate-controlled helicopter with noise canceling headphones for a truly unique experience.  We offer both the doors on or doors off flight experience, which every your party prefers.   

Helicopter rides & tours in Charleston SC include aerial views of: Historic Downtown Charleston, Ft. Sumter, Folly Beach,SullivansIsland and lighthouse, Morris Island Lighthouse, Isle of Palms, Mt. Pleasant, Patriots Point with the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier. Hour long trips include everything from Edisto Beach, Kiawah Island and The Sanctuary Hotel to Bulls Bay, Isle of Palms and all coastal islands in between. Private tours of areas not mentioned above can also be accommodated!

Charleston Helicopter Tours

  • 15 Minute Day Tour -- A quick tour that gets you up and over the beautiful harbor)
  • 30 Minute Day Tour -- Our most popular Charleston helicopter tour! This is a big lap around the Harbor and the nearest Islands and sights perfect for locals and tourists alike wanting to see Charleston from a new perspective!
  • 45 Minute day Tour --A truly unique way to experience the Low-Country and all its beauty! This Charleston helicopter tour includes views of the entire Charleston Harbor and most of the surrounding islands & sights (Sullivans Island, Folly Beach, lighthouses, etc.) 
  • Sunset Tours With Or Without Champagne 45 Minute Tour -- Experience Charleston in the most unique setting possible! High above while the sun sets on the Holy City is the best way to spend an evening with that special someone.
  • Island Hopper Tour – There's no way better to see Charleston and the Lowcountry. From Isle of Palms to Kiawah Island and everything in between, this is the ultimate way to see Charleston and its surrounding Islands in all their splendor.

Helicopter rides & tours in Charleston SC include aerial views of: Historic Downtown Charleston, Ft. Sumter, Folly Beach, Sullivans Island and lighthouse, Morris Island Lighthouse, Isle of Palms, Mt. Pleasant, Patriots Point with the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier. Hour long trips include everything from Edisto Beach, Kiawah Island and The Sanctuary Hotel to Bulls Bay, Isle of Palms and all coastal islands in between. Private tours of areas not mentioned above can also be accommodated! 

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Helicopter Photography Tours

Holy City Helicopters is also the only Helicopter company offering personalized photography aerial lessons along with the Charleston helicopter tours. We have teamed up with our friends at Charleston Photography Tours to provide you some unique vantage points and offer you the very best in photographic experiences from the air.

Upon arrival, you’ll meet with our pilot and your professional photographers. They will discuss useful tips and important items to note while shooting from the air.  Shooting from a moving helicopter, through the sky, is much different than setting up on a tripod on the ground below. But, with a pre-flight instructional, you’ll have the necessary knowledge to get that amazing, one-of-a-kind shot.

This is a doors off experience, which means there’s no glass between you and the low country. Our doors off experience will allow you to capture a crisp and clean photograph. It is however in a very safe setting as we go through a strict safety briefing before we even start the engine.

Finally, while in flight, our professional photographers work very hard to monitor the light, and work simultaneously with our pilot and their expert knowledge to place you in the best locations for the very best shots.

We pride ourselves in knowing you’ve never experienced photographic opportunities of Charleston like you will on these helicopter tours! So reserve your spot to not only see Charleston from a new angle but to get those one of a kind shots to add to your portfolio or just show off to family and friends!

Helicopter Flight lessons are also available for those wanting to learn more. Whether you are looking for a Helicopter tour of the Lowcountry or you need some aerial pictures for a commercial job, Holy City Helicopters is standing by to assist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Weather policy
We will not fly if there is lightning within 20 miles of the tour route or wind above 25knots.

Refund Policy
If we have to cancel the flight due to weather and cannot reschedule we will issue a full refund. If a reservation is made and canceled within 24 hours of the flight $100 will be withheld from refund. If canceled 24 hours before flight time a full refund will be issued.

What to Wear
We have climate-controlled helicopters so wear what you will be comfortable in and we can adjust the temperature for you!

Pilots Experience
Pilots have more than 20 years of combined experience with tours as well as instruction.

Hours of Operation
We are open from sunrise to sunset but can fly custom night tours on request.

Weight Limit
Total weight in R44 cannot exceed 600lbs per tour

Amount of Passengers Per Flight
We can take up to 3 passengers per flight in the R44 with children having to be older than 2 years of age. We can also accommodate passengers with handicaps if given prior notice.

Can We Take Our Own Pictures?
Absolutely we encourage customers to bring their own cameras to document the trip. We can also take the door off upon request and with consent from other passengers.

Military Discount
We would be honored to have military members fly with us. Please be able to provide a current ID. While we honor our veterans we only offer the discount to active members.

Aerial Views Of Lowcountry
Depending on your tour, you could see: Historic Downtown Charleston, Ft. Sumter, Folly Beach,SullivansIsland and lighthouse, Morris Island Lighthouse, Isle of Palms, Mt. Pleasant, Patriots Point with the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, Edisto Beach, Kiawah Island and The Sanctuary Hotel to Bulls Bay, Isle of Palms and all coastal islands in between.

Flight Time
Depending on your tour, flight time can range from 15 minutes to 2 hours.  We are also available for all day rentals.

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Kayaking with dolphins

"Bryson was an excellent guide and took us an enjoyable paddle on Shem Creek. We saw several groups of dolphins swimming right beside us. We paddled out to the bird sanctuary and saw many brown pelicans and several newborns. Bryson gave us an excellent overview of the Charleston skyline and the history of its forts."

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Paddle board and kayaking

"Even though it rained beforehand, it was worth the wait. And rain made the dolphins more active. Bryson was an awesome guide. It was a first for a friend an me and so much fun! Will definitely return!"

 

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Fun, Relaxing, and Informative

"My wife and I took the kayak tour in the early morning. Neither of us had been on a kayak before, but our guide, Jim, had us feeling like pros in no time. The boat traffic was low that day and the water was very calm. Making the day a relaxing, yet fun, way to cap off our vacation."

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