Private Historic Savannah Walking Tour
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Savannah

On our Exclusive Walking Tour, we escort you across the vibrant historic district, from Wright Square to Forsyth Park. This tour offers the ideal introduction to Savannah, where you get to explore how and why the city was founded. You will get to understand the unique configuration of our squares and learn more about influential Savannah figures. Of course, we know everyone wants to see where Forrest sat with his chocolate box, and find the residence from ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil’. As a participant in our tour, you are the ‘honored guest’ in Savannah, not just a ‘visitor on a tour’!

If you’ve visited Savannah before and wish to traverse the unexplored trails, we are delighted to oblige.
Have any particular interests? We can cater to those as well. When we say this tour is centered on you, our guest, we absolutely mean it. Want to grab a cup of coffee or take-away cup? We will make a stop for that too!

Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
What's Included
  • Professional Local Guide
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Itinerary
  • Wright Square - Your tour begins in the center of the north side of Wright Square in front of the Gordon Monument.
    You will learn how and why Savannah was first established, and why General James Oglethorpe decided to establish the colony on a 40-foot bluff.
    You will also learn how the square are designed and why.
    Did you know that the Port of Savannah is third largest port in the nation?
    You will discover who Tomochichi, the chief of the Yamacraw Indians, was and why is the buried under the Gordon Monument in the center of the square.
  • Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace Museum - You will admire the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts, born here on October 31, 1860. You will discover the history the Gordon family and what it is used for today.
    *We do not go into the home, but will admire it from the outside.
  • Independent Presbyterian Church - The Independent Presbyterian Church was founded in 1755 on Ellis Square (originally Market Square), but was destroyed by fire. Rebuilding on Telfair Square and destroyed by a hurricane. Today it sits on the corner of Bull St and Oglethorpe Ave, where is was built in 1855.
    You will learn which US President was married in the church in 1885, and why is this steeple so famous today.
  • Chippewa Square - Here you will see where Forrest Gump sat with his box of chocolates, while waiting for the bus.
    The monument in the center of Chippewa Square is General James Oglethorpe, not Captain Morgan. We agree he does look a lot like Captain Morgan, and it would be appropriate since Savannah does allow to-go cups.
    Here you will learn about he man behind the colony of Savannah, and what his monument represents.
  • The Old Sorrel Weed House Museum & Tours - The Sorrel Weed House is one of the most haunted homes in Savannah. We will pass buy the home, and tell you about the Savannah gray brick wall surrounding the courtyard and you will learn why there are fingerprints in the brick. Where did this brick come from?
  • Madison Square - Where Madison Square is today, was once the location for one of the bloodiest battles during the American Revolution, the Siege of Savannah.
  • Green-Meldrim House - Completed in 1853, this house is the finest example for Gothic Architecture in the south. This house cost $93,000, or $3.2 million today, and was the most expensive home in Savannah during the 1800s.
    This home made history as being the Headquarters for General Sherman during his March to the Sea, when he occupied Savannah.
  • SCADstory - Originally built and used as the Savannah Volunteer Guard building, this is now owned by SCAD. We go past this building.
  • Gryphon Tea Room - The Gryphon Tea Room is located inside what we call the Shriner’s Building. Inside the Gryphon Tea room is a museum in itself, once being used as Solomon’s Apothecary, and still has the original mahogany cabinetry and cubbies used to store the medicines.
    The Gryphon Tea Room is one of our favorites for lunch, dinner or to relax with a cup of tea!
  • Mercer Williams House Museum - The Mercer Williams house, made famous by the book Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, written by John Berendt. This is a true story of Jim Williams, who purchased the home in 1969, and the shooting of his assistant Danny 1981.
    The book was released in 1993, and on New York best seller list for 216 weeks, longer than any book in history. A few years later, the movie was released and helped put Savannah on the map of tourism.
    After-all, everyone loves a good scandal every once in a while. We recommend reading the book, or at least watching the movie prior to visiting Savannah.
  • Armstrong House - Now known as the Armstrong-Kessler house, we will talk about the history of the home, and who lives in this 26,000+ square foot home today. This is the one home in town where everyone gasps “WOW’ and has to stop to admire. This is an absolutely magnificent home and one not to be missed. This is a private home today and not open for tours.
  • Forsyth Park - Forsyth Park, this is where our tour ends. This park began in 1848 with only 10 acres, today it covers 30 acres. It is our Central Park and enjoyed by young and old alike.
    The crowning jewel of Savannah, our Forsyth Park Fountain. What most people don’t realize is that this was a catalog mail order from France and installed in 1858. It is must-see and you must have your picture taken in front of this amazing fountain.
Additional Information
  • Email confirmation at time of reservation
  • In the event of severe weather, you will be provided the option to reschedule (no refunds unless we cancel the tour)
  • Comfortable Walking shoes (approximately 1 mile with benches along the way)
  • Consider the weather, bring an umbrella
  • Summertime can be hot & humid - bring a bottle of water
  • Tour operates rain or shine
Location
Wright Square
Meeting point is across the street from CVS in Wright Square, on the north side of the monument in the center of the square, facing CVS. Wright. Square does not have a physical address.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Melindah893
Aug 7, 2023
Great tour with lots of information. - We really enjoyed the information shared in a very clear, understandable way. Our guide was very patient with our pace and cheerfully answered our quetions.
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249suzanns
May 24, 2023
Wonderful tour! - Crystal had endless knowledge and insights into the history of Savannah! We especially enjoyed the stories she shared about the celebrated (and infamous) people who were instrumental in building what is now one of the most charming cities we've seen. She really went the extra mile to ensure we were not only educated but entertained throughout the tour - we learned so many interesting tidbits along the way, including how "spanish moss" got its name and why there are cobblestones along the riverwalk. Truly engaging experience - highly recommend booking with Crystal!
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Lynn_l
Mar 6, 2023
Great Savannah tour. - Crystal is awesome. We throughly enjoyed our tour. She is so knowledgeable about all things Savannah. It was like spending the morning with an old friend.
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Rhonda_s
Sep 30, 2022
Crystal was so... - Crystal was so knowledgeable and covered everything you want to know. We also did other tours this trip and we found hers to be the best.!! Great private tour!
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