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Savannah Travel Guide

Tours

Boat Tours

Savannah Riverboat Cruises has daily departures from docks on River Street. The causeway is mainly commercial, with many deserted warehouses, so it's not a terribly scenic ride, but it is narrated, has a bar, plays Jimmy Buffet, and is a relaxing trip on the river. The one-hour ride costs $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for kids, and times change seasonally. The gospel dinner cruise ($41.95) has a Southern buffet and a choir to entertain.

Contacts

Savannah Riverboat Cruises (9 E. River St., Savannah, GA, 31401. 800/786–6404. www.savannahriverboat.com.)

Trolley and Bus Tours

Carriage Tours of Savannah, with tours departing from City Market, takes you through the Historic District by day or by night at a 19th-century clip-clop pace, with coachmen spinning tales and telling ghost stories along the way. A romantic evening tour in a private carriage costs $85 (add $20 per person over two); regular tours are a modest $20 per person.

The Freedom Trail Tour is a black-history tour that stops at significant landmarks like the First African Baptist Church, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and the Laurel Grove Cemetery, which includes slave burial grounds. There are tours daily.

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours specializes in private tours aboard a European carriage. Romantic, to be sure, the Champagne Tour includes a bottle of bubbly and a dozen roses. Private tours cost $95 for two people. They also offer tours that are open to the public and a little easier on the wallet; $20 per adult and $9 per child (5-11 years old). Either way you get the experience of rambling through Savannah's historic streets in a horse-drawn carriage.

Old Savannah Tours is the city's award-winning company with years of experience and the widest variety of tours, including the following popular options: the hop-on/hop-off trolley tour; the 90-minute Historic District tour in a van with air-conditioning; and the ghost tour with dinner at Pirates' House, among others. The on-off pass starts at $25 per person.

Old Town Trolley Tours has narrated 90-minute tours traversing the Historic District. Trolleys stop at 15 designated stops every 30 minutes daily from 9 to 4:30; you can hop on and off as you please. The cost is $26.

Savannah Movie Tours shows you the locations where many Hollywood films were shot, with a running commentary giving the inside scoop. This same company gives the popular Foody Tours, as well as a Martini Tour, Shopping Tour, and Scary Ghost Tour.

Hearse Ghost Tours may be like nothing you have ever done before. As they say, for 15 years these hearses did the job they were intended for; when retired, their roofs were cut open, and now these black hulks can carry eight live bodies for ghost tours, cruising haunted sites in the Historic District.

Contacts

Carriage Tours of Savannah (912/236–6756. www.carriagetoursofsavannah.com.)

Freedom Trail Tours (912/232–7477.)

Hearse Ghost Tours (412 E. Duffy St., Historic District, Savannah, GA, 31401. 912/695–1578. www.hearseghosttours.com.)

Historic Savannah Carriage Tours (912/443–9333. www.savannahcarriage.com.)

Old Savannah Tours (800/517–9007. www.oldsavannahtours.com.)

Old Town Trolley Tours (912/233–0083 Local; 888/910–8687 Toll-free. www.trolleytours.com/savannah.)

Savannah Movie Tours (912/303–7155. www.savannahmovietours.com.)

Special-Interest Tours

Personalized Tours of Savannah is a small company offering upscale and intimate tours of the city, with customized themes covering movies filmed in Savannah, the city's extraordinary architecture, history, and a very good Jewish-heritage tour. The owner is a longtime Savannah resident, and tours are peppered with history, anecdotes, and insider knowledge.

Contacts

Personalized Tours of Savannah (912/234–0014. www.savannahsites.com.)

Walking Tours

Much of the downtown Historic District can easily be explored on foot. Its grid shape makes getting around a breeze, and you can find any number of places to rest.

A Ghost Talk Ghost Walk tour should send chills down your spine during an easy 1-mile jaunt through the old colonial city. Tours, lasting 1½ hours, leave from the middle of Reynolds Square, at the John Wesley Memorial at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm, weather permitting. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Savannah Tours by Foot's "Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour" is a favorite. Believers say there are so many ghosts in Savannah they're actually divided into subcategories. Their charismatic guides specialize in ghosts that haunt taverns, and they'll regale you with tales of secret sub-basements, possessed gum-ball machines, and animated water faucets. Tours traditionally depart from the Six Pence Pub at 8 pm. Since this is a cocktail tour, children are not permitted. Routes can vary, so call for departure times and locations; the tour costs $20 and lasts for 2½ hours.

Sixth Sense Savannah was created by Shannon Scott, who leverages his knowledge of lesser-known Savannah ghost stories into one of the spookiest tours in town. Get an insider's perspective of Savannah's poltergeists. Prices start at $20.

Savannah Fun Tours is a unique way to explore Savannah at your own pace with a "to-go cup" if you like. They offer a self-guided scavenger hunt put together by a lifelong Savannahian. Solve the puzzle, see the city at your own pace, and collect a prize at the end. They also offer guided group tours.

Contacts

A Ghost Talk Ghost Walk Tour (912/233–3896. www.ghosttalkghostwalk.com.)

Savannah Tours by Foot (912/238–3843. www.savannahtours.com.)

Savannah Fun Tours (912/604–3425. www.savannahfuntour.com.)

Sixth Sense Savannah (866/666–3323. www.sixthsensesavannah.com.)

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