Bonaventure Cemetery, one of Savannah’s most popular tourist attractions, is open free of charge to the public every day. Most people are content to make an independent visit to the cemetery at their leisure (this is also the best option if you have pets), but there are also several guided tours available if you want a more in-depth experience.
A guide can tell you about the history of the cemetery and the people buried there. Some tours of Bonaventure can also be taken as part of a more general introduction to the history of Savannah and its culture, particularly to the city’s (and Bonaventure’s) role in the well-known non-fiction book and movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Guided ghost tours within this (and Savannah’s other) cemeteries, however, are prohibited by the city. If you are primarily interested in hearing ghost stories, consider a ghost tour of Savannah’s Historic District instead.
Most tours include round-trip transportation to the cemetery, which can make this a convenient way to get there if you don’t have a car for your visit (a taxi, however, will usually be cheaper – read more about options for getting to Bonaventure).
Please note that advance reservations are usually required, and that prices listed below are exclusive of sales tax and gratuity.
Note about pets Although leashed dogs are allowed in Bonaventure Cemetery, most guided tours do not accommodate non-service animals.
!Tours may be withdrawn and itineraries or cost changed at short notice. Please check all details directly with the provider before planning your trip.
Bonaventure Historical Society Tour, 1hr The Bonaventure Historical Society offers free walking tours of the cemetery on the second Sunday of each month, plus the Saturday the day before. Reservations are not required; tours begin at the cemetery. More details
If you don’t have a car, the cheapest convenient way of getting to Bonaventure Cemetery is to take a taxi. If the added benefits of a narrated tour of Bonaventure appeal, however, many commercial tour operators include transport to and from the cemetery in their prices.
All bus tours to Bonaventure offer round-trip transportation, but it is also possible to book a walking, bike or segway tour with transport included.
Pick-up is usually either from a pre-determined location or sometimes from your hotel. Inquire with individual providers for details, or if you have any specific requirements.
Bonaventure Tour, 2hrs. With Timothy Rowell, Dash Tours. Walking tour of Bonaventure Cemetery, includes free door-to-door shuttle transportation to the cemetery. Adults $25, children (6-16) $15. 10% discount for seniors and military. Reservations required. Call 912-401-2897 or book online. More details
“Bonaventure Cemetery Tour” 2hrs. With Savannah Heritage Tours. Bus tour of Bonaventure with some walking. Adults $26, children (6-11) $13, young children (0-5) free. Call 912-224-8365 for reservations or book online. More details
“Segway Bonaventure” (pet-sitting available, ages 16+ only, weight restrictions apply) 1hr30. With Adventure Tours in Motion (also known as Savannah Segway). Segway or electric bicycle tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. Segways $75, single bikes $75, tandem bikes $119. Reservations required. Call 912-495-5556 or book online. More details
“Bonaventure Cemetery Tour” (ages 15+ only, weight restrictions apply) 1hr30. With Segway of Savannah. Segway tour of Bonaventure Cemetery. $75 per person. Reservations required. Call 912-233-3554 or book online. More details
The following tours include a visit to Bonaventure as part of a wider itinerary exploring other aspects of Savannah’s history and culture.
“Midnight Book and Movie Tour” 2hrs30. With Savannah Heritage Tours. This bus tour mostly focuses on Jim Williams and The Book but includes a tour of Bonaventure. Adults $38, children (6-11) $19, young children (0-5) free. Call 912-224-8365 for reservations or book online. More details
“History/Architecture and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour” 2hrs30. With Kathy Moore, All About Savannah Tours. Private historical driving tour of Savannah’s architecture that includes a side-trip to Bonaventure. $75 per person, 2-person minimum. Call 912-663-8310 for reservations. More details
Most tours of Bonaventure that do not include transportation meet at or near the main cemetery entrance, but inquire directly with the provider for the exact departure point.
“Bonaventure Cemetery Tour” 1hr30. With Steve Ellis, Savannah Walking History Tours. Walking tour of Bonaventure. Call 912-631-1004 or email RusticSteve@gmail.com for times and reservations. Adults $25, children (6-14) $10, young children (0-5) free. More details
Bonaventure Cemetery Tour (no pets) 2hrs. With 6th Sense Tours. Walking tour of Bonaventure. Adults $25, seniors (60+)/military/students/educators $23, children (4-12) $15, young children (0-3) free. Reservations required. Book online or call 912-292-0960. More details
“Bonaventure Cemetery Journeys with Shannon Scott” (no pets) 2hrs. Walking history tour with TV paranormal researcher Shannon Scott; some tours are given by other guides. Adults $25, children (0-15) $15. After hours tours also available, $55 per person. Reservations required. More details
Bonaventure Cemetery Tour, 1hr30. With Segway of Savannah. Walking history tours of Bonaventure. Adults $25, children (5-12) $15, young children (0-4) free. Call 912-233-3554 for reservations. More details
“Cruzer Cemetery Tour” 1hr. With Segway of Savannah. History tours of Bonaventure in an open-aired electric vehicle. Adults $25, children $12, young children free. Reservations required, call 912-233-3554 or book online. More details