Savannah, a sultry city full of southern charm, lies on the banks of the Savannah River just 20 miles (32 kilometers) inland from the Atlantic Ocean. This reserved subtropical town comes graciously alive once you get to know its charms. Founded in 1733, Savannah, once the British capital of the Province of Georgia, played an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
The National Park Service declared the Savannah Historic District a National Historic Landmark. The Savannah Historic District has a number of beautiful squares decorated with statues and fountains, elegant houses, and, of course, oak trees covered in moss. And then there is the food. Enough said. Here are eight tours to get you on your way to an enjoyable trip to Savannah.
1. Savannah ghost walking tour
Shiver away an evening as your guide tells scary stories from Savannah’s past. Hear the secrets that earned Savannah the well-deserved reputation as one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Walk past haunted houses and places where exorcisms have occurred during this 90-minute excursion.
Hear tales sure to make you sleep with the lights on. Learn about all sorts of spooky Savannah practices, beliefs, and traditions. Choose from two scheduled evening departure times. Go early, because you might be too scared to sleep after this terrifying tour.
Savannah ghost walking tour
Savannah Ghost Walking Tour in Haunted Historic District
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
2. Savannah historic and secret east side food tour (from USD 68.0)
Indulge your senses with this scrumptious food tour of Savannah’s Historic District’s east side. Spend three hours during lunch sampling local delicacies such as fried green tomatoes, chopped pork sandwich, and papillote chicken. Visit the city’s oldest butcher, Smith Brothers Butcher Shop. Along the way, listen as your expert guide tells you all you need to know about Savannah’s culinary history and traditions. You might not need to eat dinner after this.
Savannah historic and secret east side food tour
Savannah Historic and Secret East Side Food Tour with Tastings
Duration: 3 hours
3. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tour (from USD 30.0)
“Midnight in the Garden of Good in Evil” has become synonymous with Savannah. Have you read the book? Maybe you watched the movie instead. Get the inside scoop and background information about the events depicted in this great story about life in Savannah. Led by a local journalist, the tour provides an insider’s perspective on the city and the happenings described by John Berendt’s bestselling book.
Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil tour
Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour
Duration: 2.0 hour
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4. Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott (from USD 25.0)
Spend two hours exploring Bonaventure Cemetery under the guidance of Shannon Scott or one of his trusted acolytes. This informative and educational tour provides details about the art and sculpture of the cemetery in the context of the history and culture of Savannah. As you walk through the cemetery, your guide will show you the graves of prominent Savannah citizens and provide intriguing details about their lives and the historical times in which they lived.
Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott
Duration: 2.0 hour
5. Savannah movie locations tour (from 33.10 USD)
What do “Cape Fear,” “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” “The Longest Yard,” “Roots,” “Forrest Gump,” and “The Last Song” have in common? No clue? At least part of each of these films was shot in Savannah. See the locations where famous movies were filmed during this entertaining 90-minute tour. Film clips are shown to provide context for the cinematographically challenged.
Savannah movie locations tour
Price: from 33.10 USD
6. Historical drinking tour of Savannah (from USD 95.0)
Spend an entertaining afternoon learning about the history of Savannah while enjoying some of the city’s signature cocktails. This tour stops at four bars in the Savannah Historic District. During the outing, you’ll get to sample Madeira wine, mead, a mint julep, and Chatham Artillery Punch. Snacks are provided at one of the locations so things won’t get too out of control. Meet your fellow carousers and your guide in Telfair square.
Historical drinking tour of Savannah
Historical Drinking Tour of Savannah
Duration: 3 hours
7. Savannah: Three-hour first squares food tour (from USD 66.59)
Have a craving for shrimp and grits, shepherd’s pie, or pork belly sliders? This tour can help you with that. This three-hour food tour introduces you to seven delightful restaurants and food shops in the Savannah Historic District.
Learn about the city’s fascinating architecture, history, and culture while walking down River Street with your guide. Sample sausage rolls, seafood bisque, and tons of other scrumptious, southern treats. The tour ends close to the City Market and Ellis Square.
Savannah: Three-hour first squares food tour
Savannah: 3-Hour First Squares Food Tour
Duration: 3.0 hour
8. Civil War walking tour of Savannah (from USD 24.0)
Explore the Savannah Historic District during this one-and-a-half-hour tour. Civil War enthusiasts and history buffs will enjoy this enlightening outing. This tour promises to be both educational and entertaining. Walk past significant landmarks of the Civil War including houses of well-known Confederate generals. Listen as your expert guide provides information about Georgia during the 1860s, Civil War battles, and the history of the Confederate States.
Civil War walking tour of Savannah
Price: from 19.99 USD
Savannah Historic District Civil War History Walking Tour
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Slow down and enjoy Savannah
Make your way to this refined city on the banks of the Savannah River. Life moves at a slower pace in this artistic and welcoming southern town. The city’s gracious elegance and quiet charm are understated and refreshing.
And when people say, “Welcome to Savannah,” they mean it. The churches, homes and streets of the Savannah Historic District have special meaning in the history of the United States. Centuries of history have unfolded in Savannah leaving a rich tapestry of culture in this beguiling place. Enjoy learning about this magnetic and diverse part of the United States.
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