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Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

1. Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

This 90-minute trolley bus tour is one of the most entertaining ways to get to know the beautiful city of Savannah. Get a fully narrated sightseeing tour, by costumed guides, of one of the largest National Urban Historic Landmarked Districts in the United States. Be guided through more than 270 years of American history, as you journey through Savannah’s historic districts. Ride along cobblestone streets, beneath moss-draped oaks, and experience the Old South with her stately mansions, beautiful squares, romantic riverfront, and abundance of artifacts. The tour departs daily, 7 days a week, every 15-20 minutes from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, giving you plenty of options of when to take your tour.

Savannah: Comedy Trolley Tour

2. Savannah: Comedy Trolley Tour

Spice up your trip to Savannah with a ride on the funny side. This original trolley tour is a comedy show on wheels that roasts nearly 300 years of Savannah lore in just 90 minutes.  Hear about Savannah’s deep, complex, and intoxicated past and present, from the founding of the colony of Georgia to the Civil War and from little known Paula Deen trivia to why every tourist must take a selfie on the Forrest Gump bench. Take the opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage half-way through the tour.  Hosted by the infamous Moron Twins, this outrageous history lesson features entertaining skits, musical numbers, costume changes, and loads of Savannah history. Your hosts have more than 20 years of comedy and tour guide experience between them.

Historic Downtown Savannah: Guided Segway Tour

3. Historic Downtown Savannah: Guided Segway Tour

Glide along the streets of Savannah on a guided tour for either 60 or 90 minutes, seeing some of the city’s most beautiful and mystifying historical sites. Receive training on operating the Segway, get fitted with a helmet and radio, and then head out on the tour route with an experienced guide. Visit sites where Union soldiers fought and see the home where General William T. Sherman stayed while in Savannah on his march to the sea. Experience the rich history of Savannah while also getting to see the fun and modern side. See the bench where Forrest Gump shared his box of chocolates. Put yourself into the famous bus scene from Forrest Gump and learn a few Hollywood secrets that only the locals know about. Ride around the sites from other movies including Something to Talk About, and The Conspirator. See the lovely Mercer-Williams home from the famous book, and later the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and hear the true story of Mr. Jim Williams. Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in America. Ride past some of the haunted homes and hear the stories of their ghostly residents. Continue on past a cemetery as your guide entertains you with stories and reveals which significant historic figure is buried there. The Segway allows you an effortless way to see the Spanish moss hanging from the majestic live oaks, and some of the ironwork found all around the city, such as iron street signs, banisters, and even a beautiful wrought iron sunflower door. Admire the original antebellum architecture, the monuments, war cannons, and fountains that grace the beautiful squares throughout the city. The 90-minute tour option includes a visit to either the Harper Fowlkes House or the Webb Military Museum.

Savannah: Historical Panoramic City Tour

4. Savannah: Historical Panoramic City Tour

Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic tour of historic Savannah from the comfort of a convertible Mercedes Sprinter. Whether the roof is open or closed, you’ll enjoy a full view of the city’s beauty from side to side and above. The 360-degree view is perfect to admire the many church steeples and oak trees of Savannah's Old Town. The adventure tells the colorful story of the city’s past, and the route will take you to the city's main squares. Listen as your guide shares stories of the colorful characters that have made the city so inviting to visitors from all over the world. James Oglethorpe, Johnny Mercer, Juliette Low, Tomochichi, and many others have left their footprint around the squares of Savannah. Mansions, churches, parks, monuments, as well as City Market and River Street will all be viewed comfortably from the bucket seats of the Mercedes panoramic touring coach. Savannah’s Starland District is also included in this tour.

Savannah: Full Admission Tour Pass for 30+ Tours

5. Savannah: Full Admission Tour Pass for 30+ Tours

Gain full admission to 30+ top Savannah tours, attractions, and historic sites, and save up to 40% or more off of what you would normally pay with this Savannah Tour Pass. Skip the lines and make reservations in advance of your trip. Choose between a 1, 2, or 3-day pass. Take advantage of a 100% digital pass with interactive maps, booking tools, and detailed information. Simply show your digital pass at the ticket window for your chosen tour or attraction. Upon purchase, you will receive a text and email to start using the pass on your smartphone where you can choose from a selection of hand-selected tours, attractions, and historic sites. Get instant access to tours and attractions where full admission is included. Pass Options (multi-day passes can be used on non-consecutive days): • 1-Day Savannah Tour Pass: Choose 2 "Featured tours" + visit unlimited "Standard" attractions for 1 day • 2-Day Savannah Tour Pass: Choose 3 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Standard" attractions for 2 days • 3-Day Savannah Tour Pass: Choose 4 "Featured Tours" + visit unlimited "Standard" attractions for 3 days Featured Tours (requires reservations which can easily be made within the Mobile Pass): • Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour • Savannah Riverboat Cruise • A Walk Through Midnight Walking Tour • America's Most Haunted Walking Tour • Bicycle Guided Historical Tour • Bicycle Rental - All Day • Bonaventure Cemetery Tour • Boo Y'all Comedy Ghost Trolley Tour • Carriage Tour • Civil War Walking Tour • Haunted Paranormal Ghost Walking Tour • Haunted Pubs Tour • Historic Homes Walking Tour • Historic Overview Trolley Tour • Pounce Cat Cafe • Savannah Experience Trolley Tour • Savannah Stroll Historic Walking Tour • Savannah Theatre Show Admission Walk-In or Standard Attractions (no reservation required and can be visited anytime during operating hours): • Andrew Low House Museum • Owens Thomas House & Slave Quarters • Telfair Academy House Tour • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum • Savannah History Museum • Pinpoint Heritage Museum • Old Fort Jackson • Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum • Jepson Center for the Arts • Harper Fowlkes House Tour • Green Meldrim House Tour • Georgia State Railroad • Davenport House Museum • Savannah Square Pops • Webb Military Museum

Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

6. Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

The Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl meets at 7:30 pm in Madison Square. To begin, this walking tour takes you through the Historic District of Savannah. Savannah is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, and this tour takes you in many directions to understand the twists and turns that make up the oddities that happen here on a daily basis. As you begin the tour you will stop off for a beverage of your choice at a local pub and, since Savannah has an open container law, you are able to walk the streets with any type of beverage. Stay hydrated and enjoy the evening tales of this city.

The Savannah Underground: An Immersive Ghost Hunt

7. The Savannah Underground: An Immersive Ghost Hunt

Prepare to do something you’ve likely never before experienced on the only experience in Savannah that merges a thrilling immersive trolley ghost tour and Savannah’s premium interactive attraction into one action-packed bundle. Begin the experience by diving into Savannah’s dark past, which doubles as a ghost hunting Bootcamp where you’ll learn skills and get information that you can take back home and use to find ghosts anywhere in the world. Once completing your ghost hunting training session, you’ll hop off the trolley and into the exclusive Savannah Underground, a 40-minute immersive adventure that surrounds you with some of Savannah’s scariest history. It's guaranteed that you won’t find anything like this anywhere else in Savannah, as it’s custom-built for those seeking more than an average ghost tour: A theatrical whirlwind of scary fun. This isn’t your normal ghost tour.

Savannah: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Self-Guided Tour

8. Savannah: Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum Self-Guided Tour

Journey through Savannah's notable maritime history on a self-guided tour of the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum. Wander through the exhibits at your own pace, and discover a collection of ship models, maritime antiques, stunning maritime art, and special exhibitions of local and internationally-acclaimed artists. As you take your tour, spend some time marveling at the architecture of the William Scarbrough House, the museum's home, which was designated a National Historic Landmark by the US Park Service in 1974. Delve into the many detailed elements of the Regency architecture, including the honeysuckle and palm molding, the Diocletian window, Doric and Corinthian columns, six-panel curved doors, and a stunning skylight. Once you're done inside, head out to the expansive gardens and savor the sights and smells of the delightful flowers, trees, and shrubs. Take shade under the largest and oldest sycamore tree in the city of Savannah, and enjoy scenic views of the historic Talmadge Bridge from the belvedere. Check out the pavilion, reflective ponds, a vine-covered pergola, a rondelle, an assembly room, and one of only two remaining early 20th-century weather kiosks in the United States, which resembles a Greek Revival Temple. The Ships of the Sea Museum is among 150 other historic places in the US that are members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Distinctive Destination Program.

Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

9. Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

Savannah's legacy as a garden city is firmly rooted in her humble beginnings as a novel agrarian experiment. Today, massive oaks shade stately squares and handcrafted iron gates grace elegant courtyards. This unique walking tour shows you what lies behind the gates of some of Savannah's finest homes. It lets you explore the fauna of this lush forest city. John Berendt, author of the bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” described walking through Savannah this way: "With twenty-two luscious green squares it is like strolling through the rooms of an elegant open air mansion.” Walking Magazine has rated Savannah "one of the 10 Best Walking Cities in America." The tree-lined streets, beautiful squares, magnificent parks and slow Southern pace make it an ideal location for the leisurely yet intimate feel that only a walking tour can provide.

Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

10. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

Who would have thought that a story about characters in a sleepy Southern enclave would have created the stir that John Berendt did with his non-fiction novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"? Even the rumors whispered beneath dripping Spanish moss are enough to make a man blush, and it's all true! Just another day in this eccentric city? Savannah Walks is proud to present A Walk through Midnight, a saunter through the pages of Berendt's runaway 1994 bestseller, which Clint Eastwood made into a film in 1997. Guides offer personal insights and observations, as well as recently unearthed stories about the characters in what the people of Savannah have come to call "the book." Some of the guides were even extras in the movie! The guides also have special items of interest to show you along the way. Who knows? On some days you might even see some of the actual characters strolling about the city! No other "book tour" gets you as close as this!

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What people are saying about Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 600 reviews

Neil was an exceptional guide. He has great “true” stories that keep you engaged. The pubs were unique and probably would have gone unnoticed without Neil. We had a fantastic time and recommended it to the other B&B guests.

Cindy the tour guide was terrific! She really knew her stuff and history! She took the time to really give you an in depth look into the history of Savannah!

This was so much fun. Neil was our guide and gave us historic information through the headset as we were cruising around on the Segway. Highly recommend!!

Gregg did an amazing job. His knowledge of the history of Savannah is impressive and his sensitivity towards the needs of his group noteworthy.

Hilarious!! Totally worth the time and money. Full of laughs and fun along with a slice history!!!