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  • Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

    1. Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

    Enjoy a 2-hour cultural and historical tour of Bonaventure, a more than 200-acre land which one can freely wander but better explore with an exceptional guide at the helm. On this tour with Shannon Scott or one of his incredible guides, you will come to see the important aspects of the cemetery and understand Bonaventure’s many layers, from the 18th century plantation era, the Victorian cemetery, to all of the art and traditions of the place. You will stroll around the live oak avenues of the Cotton Boom yesteryear and hear about the people that made all of those buildings and squares in town so infamous and colorful. Some of the characters, such as "Crooner of 1500 Songs" Johnny Mercer and writer Conrad Aiken, are world renowned, while others you will come to love were famous only in their hometown Savannah. Other characters consist of photographers, painters, scientists, soldiers, ind...

    Jessica was a great guide! Our tour was small, so very nice. Jessica knew so much about the architecture and history of the cemetery and its inhabitants. She was engaging and interactive and answered all our questions. It was a very enjoyable experience and I highly recommend Shannon Scott Tours!

  • Savannah Tour Pass: Full Admission for 30+ Tours

    2. Savannah Tour Pass: Full Admission 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 ...

  • Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

    3. Savannah: Wormsloe Plantation and Bonaventure Cemetery Tour

    Your day begins with a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery to learn about the lives of notable inhabitants like Academy Award-winning songwriter Johnny Mercer, Georgia’s first governor Edward Telfair, philanthropist Mary Telfair, as well as the tragic tales of poet Conrad Aiken and Gracie Watson. The Cemetery walking tour meanders under moss-draped oaks and along the bluff of the Wilmington River. Bonaventure Cemetery, dating back to 1846, is one of the most beautiful cemeteries. Following the cemetery tour, you will have lunch on your own at Erica Davis Low country restaurant, a local favorite whose owner and family have deep ties in Savannah. Their focus on Coastal Southern Cuisine brings together fresh seafood, barbecue, and southern sides in a menu that embodies the Low country. After lunch, the day continues to Wormsloe Historic site and a drive through the picturesque Isle of Hope Histo...

    Dennis was entertaining and informative. So much great history presented on this tour.

  • Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery After-Hours Tour

    4. Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery After-Hours Tour

    Visit Bonaventure Cemetery after hours and discover the mysteries of this place, made famous by the novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Take a 3-hour guided tour of the cemetery after dark, and explore the stories and the human drama behind the graves at this site. Stroll amongst the Gothic graves, towering oak trees, and trailing Spanish moss, the perfect backdrop for your eerie nighttime tour. Led by an expert storyteller guide, listen to tales of serial killers, root doctors, and doomed love affairs. Learn about freemasonry, and the other secret societies linked to the region.

  • Savannah: Victorian Cemeteries Van Tour

    5. Savannah: Victorian Cemeteries Van Tour

    Join your expert guide for a van tour through Savannah history. Start out at Laurel Grove Cemetery and visit the graves of local famous people, including Juliette Gordon Low, James Pierpont, Florence Martus, the Waving Girl, and a Confederate burial ground. Be sure to bring your camera for iconic snapshots of Savannah's most beautiful final resting places. Next, move on from Laurel Grove and learn about the local history as you approach Bonaventure Cemetery. See the famous graves of Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken, Gracie Watson and many more. Enjoy the day and bring the whole family.

    Our driver was very knowledgeable and friendly. He shared a lot of historic information with us and was able to answer all of our questions. The tour was very interesting. Plus, it was really nice to be in an air conditioned van with a small group!

  • Savannah: Small-Group Guided Historical Tour

    6. Savannah: Small-Group Guided Historical Tour

    Join your expert guide on a historical sightseeing walking tour in a small-group setting. Visit the historical district town, plus Bonaventure and the Isle of Hope. Best of all, pickup and drop-off are included. Visit Savannah’s 22 historical squares where you will see lovely homes, beautiful churches, charming inns, and museums amidst the shade of live oak trees and intimate green space Take a peek at late Victorian and Queen Anne architecture in this lovely historical district, the crown jewel of Savannah’s Antebellum architecture. Head to Bluff Drive to explore a hidden scenic residential area on the Isle of Hope. Expect grand stately southern mansions overlooking the marshes. Take in many grand places of worship on your tour. Stroll to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, an impressive 19th century Roman Catholic cathedral & seat of the Bishop of Savannah Also not to be missed...

    Andy was our guide. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. It was only his second day as a guide and was phenomenal!

  • Bonaventure Cemetery: Private Tour with Shannon Scott

    7. Bonaventure Cemetery: Private Tour with Shannon Scott

    Join historian and artist Shannon Scott for an insider's view into the fascinating historic cemetery and the famed dead. Embark on a 2 to 2.5-hour walking tour as you learn about history from mid-18th century Bonaventure Plantation era, the cemetery's opening hours in 1846, to those spanning the 20th-century until the present day.  Admire the most sumptuous natural landscapes that you'll ever observe in a cemetery anywhere in the world. Hear about famed figures that have made their mark on Savannah's history, their connections to The Historic District and the world at large.  The tour is particularly focused on symbols and the hidden language of cemeteries. Gain an insight into the world of Freemasonry, which was born in Savannah and led the path for other secret societies to follow. Learn how to decode such objects or truly see them in their proper light.  At heart though, this tour ...

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What people are saying about Bonaventure Cemetery

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 116 reviews

Jessica was a great guide! Our tour was small, so very nice. Jessica knew so much about the architecture and history of the cemetery and its inhabitants. She was engaging and interactive and answered all our questions. It was a very enjoyable experience and I highly recommend Shannon Scott Tours!

Bonaventure Cemetery is a must see when visiting Savannah and I highly recommend doing so with this guided tour! Our guide was brilliant — exceptionally knowledgeable and interesting! This tour was the highlight of my 9-year-old daughter’s visit (no joke!).

Great tour with Shannon. So informative and entertaining. He really makes Savannah history come alive.

Dennis was entertaining and informative. So much great history presented on this tour.

Great guide. Answered our questions. Our favorite tour of the trip.