The 13 Best Savannah Tours

Experience real southern hospitality when visiting Savannah with these top tours.

By John Rodwan, ContributorMay 16, 2019
By John Rodwan, ContributorMay 16, 2019, at 4:01 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

The 13 Best Savannah Tours

Best Savannah Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours takes visitors to the top sights in Savannah.(Courtesy of Old Town Trolley Tours® of Savannah)

A great way to get to know Savannah, Georgia, is with the aid of someone who lives there and knows the city's history. With the help of traveler reviews and editor analysis, U.S. News selected 13 of Savannah's best guided tours, some of which focus on the city's architecture, others on its food and some on its ghostly residents. Whether you're walking through the Historic District or riding a Segway through a storied cemetery, you'll gain an insider's perspective on Savannah's culture and folklore on these tours.

Old Town Trolley – Savannah Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Old Town Trolley's hop-on, hop-off tours allow visitors to explore Savannah's most popular attractions at their own pace. Trollies make 15 stops in total, including Forsyth Park, City Market, River Street, Madison Park, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Drivers provide commentary on the city and its sights – a point of praise for tour-goers. Tours begin at 9 a.m. and depart every 20 minutes until 5 or 6 p.m. depending on the season. One-day passes with unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges cost about $30 for adults; two-day tickets cost approximately $50. There is also a popular nighttime Ghost & Gravestones trolley tour.

Genteel & Bard – Walking History Tour

Genteel & Bard's Walking History Tour takes visitors to many of the city's most popular downtown attractions, including the Colonial Park Cemetery, the Green-Meldrim House, Jones Street, Lafayette Square and the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. A local historian and storyteller leads the two-hour excursion. Many reviewers enthusiastically praise the guide's knowledge and passion. Others appreciate the microphone/earbud system that makes it easy to hear the stories even from 200 feet away. Tickets start at $25 and reservations are required. For those interested in the supernatural, the family-owned company also leads a Savannah Ghost Encounter Tour.

Capturing Savannah Photography Tours – Historical Perspectives

According to reviewers, this two-hour walking tour is part history lesson, part photography course. During Capturing Savannah's Historical Perspectives tour, you'll visit some of the city's most famous historical structures while also improving your photography skills. Reviewers praise the guides for their insightful blend of personalized picture-taking instructions and historical commentary. Tours are offered at 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Tickets cost approximately $55. Capturing Savannah also offers tours specifically designed for smartphone photography, as well as longer tours focused on manual photography.

Ghost City Tours – Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl

The Savannah Haunted Pub Crawl takes visitors to five bars and pubs deemed the city's "most haunted." Over the course of the two-hour walking tour through Savannah's Historic District, guides tell stories about Savanah's episodes of violent crime, hoodoo and voodoo, and haunted homes and, of course, bars. According to travelers, the guides are experienced and entertaining. Plus, thanks to the city's lack of open container laws, visitors can carry their drinks in to-go cups from bar to bar. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, cost about $25. Tour-takers must be at least 21 years old. Ghost City Tours also offers ghost tours suited for families and cemetery tours.

Savannah Taste Experience takes visitors to off-the-beaten-path eateries on the company's Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour.(Pablo and Britt Photography/Courtesy of Savannah Taste Experience)

Savannah Taste Experience – Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour

Savannah Taste Experience's Famous & Secret East Side Food Tour takes visitors to nearly a half-dozen eateries to sample cuisine ranging from barbecue to ice cream. The walking tours, which begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Friday, are limited to 16 people. Reviewers – including those familiar with Savannah – validate the accuracy of the "secret" part of the tour's name, acknowledging that they would not have found some of the restaurants on their own. What's more, guides win high marks for their knowledge of local lore and good humor. Tickets cost about $60 for those 12 and older and around $50 for participants 11 and younger. Tickets include food but not adult beverages, which can be purchased separately. For families with young children, the company recommends signing up for its First Squares Food Tour.

Savannah Dan Walking Tours

Savannah Dan's public walking tours start in Johnson Square and take visitors through about half a dozen other squares in roughly two hours. Throughout the tour, the colorful, eponymous guide – a member of the Georgia Historical Society – will offer his thoughts and opinions on the history, legends and myths of his city. Many reviewers find the self-billed Southern gentleman who leads the outings engaging and knowledgeable. Savannah Dan is also known for offering helpful tips on where to dine in the city. Tours start at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday; afternoon tours are available on select days. Tickets cost approximately $25. Savannah Dan also conducts private walking tours.

Savannah Ghostwalker Tour

Savannah Ghostwalker Tours stop at multiple cemeteries, battlefields and other purportedly haunted sites. Guides, also known as "ghostwalkers," share their experiences of ghost research and related local history and folklore, which many reviewers find informative, entertaining and even a bit scary. As an added bonus, Ghostwalker Tours provides "ghost-hunting" equipment intended to detect paranormal activity. The two-hour walking tours are limited to 15 people – a major pro for many travelers. Tickets start at $35 and must be purchased in advance.

Adventure Tours in Motion – Bonaventure Segway Tour

According to reviewers, the best way to traverse Bonaventure Cemetery's 100-plus acres is via a Segway tour with Adventure Tours in Motion. On this 90-minute tour, you'll glide past Spanish moss-draped oaks and the tombstones of famous residents like Conrad Aiken and Johnny Mercer while your guide shares historical and architectural facts. This tour also includes a stop at the Laurel Grove Cemetery. Along with the ease of using the Segways, travelers express praise for the guides, who they describe as insightful and funny. Cemetery tours are offered daily at 1 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $75 per adult. The company also offers a variety of Segway and electric bike tours around the city, as well as van tours.

Old Savannah Tours – Historic Hop-on, Hop-Off Tour

On this trolley tour, visitors can take a roughly 90-miniute ride around the Historic District or hop off to explore at any of the 15 stops along the way. Trolleys run every 15 to 20 minutes daily from 9 a.m. to around 5 p.m., depending on the season. Drivers provide running commentary and actors portraying historical figures appear at some stops – a highlight for many reviewers. Tickets cost approximately $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 5 to 12; kids 5 and younger ride for free. The company also offers several other tours, including the Savannah Experience, which covers the Historic District and several other neighborhoods, as well as the Grave Encounters Tour.

Johnson Square is one of several stops along Blue Orb Tours' ghost tours.(Courtesy of Blue Orb Tours)

Blue Orb Savannah – The Zombie Tour

Blue Orb Savannah's Zombie Tour is a two-hour, adults-only walking tour that offers an in-depth, "uncensored" look at the ghosts that haunt the city. Along the way, guides share stories of paranormoal activity recorded throughout Savannah. Tour-takers also have the option to purchase to-go cocktails before the tour to enjoy along the route. Reviewers regularly praise the guides' historical expertise and humor and say the two hours fly by. Tickets (which do not include alcohol) start at $30. The Savannah Shadows Tour is a shorter (90-minute), all-ages version of the tour with tickets starting at $25.

Savannah Bike Tours

Savannah Bike Tours offers two-hour cycling trips that take visitors to some of the city's most popular attractions. During the 3-mile ride, travelers visit several of Savannah's famous squares, Forsyth Park, the Savannah River waterfront, historic mansions open to the public and sites that have been featured in well-known movies. According to visitors, the bike tour allows you to cover more ground than a walking tour and includes insider tips from the local guides. Tours are offered daily at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets cost approximately $30 for adults 12 and older and $10 for kids 11 and younger. The price includes use of bikes with baskets and bottled water. Helmets, which are optional for adults but mandatory for children, are also available.

Southern Flavors Savannah - Taste Tour

Southern Flavors Savannah's Taste Tour takes small groups (of no more than 14 people) on a walk through downtown Savannah and along its riverfront with stops at six restaurants. In between samples of low country fare like shrimp and grits, fried crab claws and blue crab stew, travelers pass by several of the city's top attractions, including Johnson Square and Wright Square. The food, and the respectable quantities of it, receive fulsome praise from reviewers. The excursion starts daily at noon and lasts about three hours. Tickets start around $50 and are available for culinary enthusiasts 16 or older. Southern Flavors Savannah also conducts a tour focused exclusively on desserts as well as a haunted pub crawl.

Segway of Savannah – Historical Squares Tour

On Segway of Savannah's Historical Squares Tour, you'll glide through the city's celebrated squares and take in its varied architecture while expert guides share stories of Savannah's history. Reviewers often cite the tour guides' attention to safety and vast knowledge of Savannah as reasons to take these tours. Ticket prices vary by length of tour and season; they're about $50 for an hour-long tour (or $40 December through February) and about $70 for 90-minute rides. Tour-takers must be at least 16 years old. Segway of Savannah offers several excursions per day starting at 9 a.m. In addition to the Historical Squares Tours, the company conducts trips through some of Savannah's picturesque cemeteries.

John Rodwan, Contributor

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