Savannah has dozens of tour companies and independent guides, offering a wide range of walking and other tours designed to give you a quick and easy summary of the city and its history.
An overview history tour is best if you want an introduction to Savannah. If you have visited before, or are interested in something in particular, there are also many tours that look deeper into specific aspects of Savannah’s history: the people and places featured in the book (and film) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which reignited Savannah’s tourist industry (see below: Midnight tours) or the city’s Irish (see below: cultural history tours).
Guides can also introduce you to the city’s Civil War history and its architecture, or the history of the slave trade and of African-Americans in Savannah.
!The information below is correct as of June 2017, but please check availability and all details directly with the tour company or guide when planning your trip. Tour availability may vary by season, and operators may withdraw or change specific tours without notice.
How long a tour is best? Most walking tours in Savannah last around 90 minutes, sometimes 2 hours. Others, particularly where stops along the way are involved, may go on even longer. The longer tours may seem like a better deal, but can get tiring, especially if it is hot or you have already done a lot of sightseeing.
Should I take a public or a private tour? Public guided walks are open to anyone, subject to the city-imposed limit of 30 people per tour. Almost all guides and tour companies also offer private tours (you will need to contact them directly to arrange this), if you prefer the tour to be just you and your traveling companions.
The advantages of a private tour (besides avoiding the company of strangers!) are that these will usually allow a greater degree of flexibility and can be more closely tailored to your own interests or to those of your family or group. The disadvantage is the increased cost, with almost all private tours being at least slightly more expensive than their public counterpart, and in some cases substantially more expensive unless your traveling party is fairly large and you can get a group rate.
Alternatively, some tour guides specialize in small-group walks, which combine the convenience of booking a public tour with the benefits of a more intimate experience.
Do I need to reserve my tickets in advance? Essentially, yes. Though a small number of guides will accept “walk-in” customers (space permitting), almost all require you to schedule a tour, for a specific time and day, in advance. In some cases, you can book up to a few hours before the tour departs, in others the guide needs at least 24 hours notice.
At the busiest times of year (the March to November peak season, and at weekends, especially), it is anyway advisable to make reservations at least a day, sometimes longer, in advance, as the most popular tours can sell out quickly.
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What about the weather? If you are making reservations in advance, you can’t always be sure that the weather will be good on the day.
Most guides will run their tours in all but dangerous weather. If it is just raining or too hot, some will let you reschedule for another day, but others won’t. Check the company’s rescheduling policy if you will mind taking a tour in less than ideal weather.
During the hottest times of year (late June through September), you might prefer a tour that runs earlier in the morning, or in the evening, when it will be cooler.
Can I bring my dog? Some tours are pet-friendly. They are marked as such.
Should I tip the guide? Most guides will welcome (and expect) a gratuity of some kind, though this is entirely at your own discretion. Around 10%-20% of the price of the tour is usual. Also note that the quoted ticket price is exclusive of sales tax of 7%, so your total expenditure will probably be around 20% or so higher than the posted tour cost.
Walking History Tour (pet-friendly) 1hr30. With Free Savannah Walking Tours. Available most days, times vary. No fixed charge, payment expected in amount of your own choosing. Reservations recommended, either online or call 470-231-9247. More details
“Savannah History Stroll” 2hrs. With Southern Strolls. Daily, 10am and 2pm. Reservations required. Call 888-647-9255 or book online. Adults $22, children (6-13) $11. More details
“Scenes of Savannah Past” (no pets) 1hr30. With Savvy Savannah Tours. General history presented alongside images of how the city used to look. Daily, 9am and 3pm. Adults $25, seniors (50+)/military $22, children (5-11) $15. Reservations required, either online or call 912-663-4400. More details
“History Tour” 2hrs. With First City Walks. Thursday-Tuesday, 9am and 1pm (only the 1pm tour is available on Sundays). Evening tours available seasonally, Monday-Friday, June through August, 7pm. Adults $20, children (6-14) $8. Reservations required. Call 912-398-9960.
“Savannah Saunter” 1hr45-2hrs. With Noble Jones Tours. Daily, Monday-Saturday 9:30am and 1pm, Sunday 10am and 1pm, seasonally 4pm. Adults $25, children (8–14) $15, young children (0-7) free. Reservations required. Call 912-660-6468 or book online. More details
History Tour, 1hr30. With Michelle Freenor, Savannah Belle Walking Tours. Customizable history tours. Daily, 10:30am and seasonally, 1:30pm. $20 per person. Reservations required, call 912-655-9896. More details
“The City Stroll” 1hr30. With Private Walking Tours of Savannah. Daily, 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 4:30pm. Private tours, $35 per person (2 person minimum). Reservations required. Book online or call 912-509-2084. More details
“Slo-vannah Saunter” (10 max) 3hrs. With Bonnie Rae Terrell, Bonnie Blue Tours. There is a refreshment break (refreshments not included). Thursday-Tuesday, 9am. Adults $45, children (10-17) $25, young children (0-9) free. Reservations recommended. Call 912-398-2640 or book online. More details
History Tour (pet-friendly) With Dan Leger, Savannah Dan Walking Tours. Monday-Saturday, 10am. Adults $25, children $15. Reservations required, either online or call 912-398-3777. More details
“The First Six Squares: The Oglethorpe Era” 1hr30. With Steve Ellis, Savannah Walking History Tours. Call 912-631-1004 times and reservations. Adults $25, children (6-14) $10, young children (0-5) free. More details
“Colonial Savannah History Tour” (8 max) 2hrs. With Jack Wray, Historic Savannah By Foot. Customizable general history tour, available daily. Adults $40, children (11-17) $20. Reservations required, call 912-596-2950.
History Tour. With Walk Savannah With Robert Edgerly. Private tours. Call 912-662-5130 for prices, times and reservations. More details
“Savannah Stroll” (pet-friendly) 1hr30. With The Savannah Walks. Daily, 10am and 1pm. Adults $20, children (6-14) $9, young children (0-5) free. Reservations recommended, can be made online. More details
“All Things Savannah” (pet-friendly, 10 max) 1hr30-2hrs. With Martin Sinderman, Savannah Sidewalk Tours. Thursday-Monday, 10am. Adults $25, children (8-13) $8, young children (0-7) free. Reservations required. Call 912-232-0575 or book online. More details
History Tour, 1hr30-2hrs. With Bruce Kilbourne, Remember Savannah Tours. Saturday-Sunday, 8am and 11am. Adults $15, children (12-17) $10, young children (0-11) free. Reservations recommended, cash payment only. Call 912-655-1316. More details
“Secrets of Savannah” (12 max, pet friendly) 1hr30. With Daniel Bonnell, Savannah Tour Walk. Monday-Friday, 4:30pm; additional times available June-July. Adults $25, veterans and children (0-10) free. Reservations required. Call or text 917-588-3568 or book online. More details
History Tour. With Cecil Waters, Grits and Magnolias Walking Tours. Call 912-238-1151 for details and reservations. More details
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“Irish Savannah” 1hr30. With Savannah Cultural Heritage Tours. History and culture of the Irish in Savannah, with Irish fiddle music. Private tours, adults $65, children (under 18) $45. Call 912-508-1234 for times and reservations. More details
See also: black history tours
“Exploring Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” 1hr30. With Private Walking Tours of Savannah. Daily, 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 4:30pm. Private tours only, $35 per person, two person minimum. Reservations required. Book online or call 912-509-2084. More details
“Deeper Into Midnight” 2hrs-2hrs30. With Noble Jones Tours. Tuesday and Friday, 1pm and Saturday, 4pm. Adults $25, children (12–14) $15, not recommended for younger children. Reservations required. Call 912-660-6468 or book online. More details
“A Walk Through Midnight” (pet-friendly) 1hr30. With The Savannah Walks. Daily, 1pm. Adults $20, children (6-14) $9, young children (0-5) free. Reservations recommended, can be made online. More details
“Just Around Midnight” (pet-friendly, 10 max) 1hr30-2hrs. With Martin Sinderman, Savannah Sidewalk Tours. Thursday-Monday, 2pm. Adults $25, children (8-13) $8, young children (0-7) free. Reservations required. Call 912-232-0575 or book online. More details