A narrated open-air trolley tour of Savannah’s Historic District is a popular way to get a comprehensive introduction to the city’s significant history.
Savannah was founded in 1732. It was the first city of Georgia, the 13th and final colony of the United States. Savannah’s founding father was James E. Oglethorpe who laid out the streets and squares of the city that would become one of the world’s favorite destinations.
Trolleys with knowledgeable guides take you past stately mansions, historic churches, beautiful squares, and the bustling riverfront. You’ll bear witness to the city’s founding, its wars, and development. Hear captivating descriptions of legends and lore. There are fascinating stories on every street corner. You might even encounter a costumed historic character aboard your trolley.
In addition to non-stop tours, you can buy a trolley ticket with “on-off” privileges, meaning you can get on and off the trolley at pre-designated stops when you please, as often and for as long as you please.
Trolleys operate on a 15 to 20 minute pick-up schedule. Complimentary pick-up service can be arranged at inns and hotels in the Historic District, as well as surrounding areas. Or they will meet you at the Savannah Visitors Center, located at 301 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard.
Most tour companies offer handicap-accessible vehicles, however you should inquire to make arrangements in advance.
Specialty trolley tours are also available including evening ghosts tours and “combo” excursions that includes a trolley tour and a Savannah Riverboat cruise. Old Savannah Tours offers a ghost tour that includes dinner at the Pirates’ House and access to the rum cellar. They also offer a three-hour “Savannah Experience” tour that has an optional lunch at the world famous Johnny Harris’ Restaurant. Make sure to ask your trolley company about combination “Land and Sea” tours that include a trolley tour as well as a Savannah Riverboat Cruise.
If you are staying in the Hilton Head Island area, skip the drive and take a boat cruise. Both Daufuskie Difference and the “Spirit of Harbour Town” offer a boat cruise from Hilton Head with an optional trolley tour of the Historic District. You’ll dock right in the middle of River Street, the heart of Savannah.
For more information, contact:
Old Savannah Tours (800-517-9007)
Savannah Riverboat Cruises (912-232-6404)
Spirit of Harbour Town (843-363-9026)