Self-Guided Walking Tours to Explore Savannah, Georgia
How it works: download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. Each walk comes with a detailed tour map as well as photos and background information for the featured attractions. The app's navigation functions guide you from one attraction to the next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.
Custom Walk: Create Your Own Walking Tour
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Sightseeing Walk: River Street Shopping Self-Guided Tour
Sightseeing Walk: African-American Heritage Self-Guided Tour
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Saving Money with City Passes
To save yourself time and money visiting Savannah's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as Savannah Old Town Trolley Pass or Savannah Old Town “Do It All” Pass.
A city pass combines all or multiple Savannah's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving your precious time.
Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels
Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Savannah hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: The DeSoto, Perry Lane Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah, Hamilton Turner Inn.
Taking Care of Your Feet
To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Savannah, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.
Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device
Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.
For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.
Exploring City on Guided Tours
We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Savannah typically costs somewhere between US$20 and US$50 or more per person:
- Board a hop-on hop-off trolley to enjoy sightseeing of Savannah in comfort listening to a live on-board commentary from a local guide, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like. The tickets are valid for one (24 hours) or two (48 hours) days.
- Spend another three hours in a most tasteful way on a food & culture walk in Savannah to explore this southern city's culinary scene led by an expert guide. Along with a chance to sample some regional favorites and delectable treats at local restaurants and specialty food stores, you will also acquaint yourself with Savannah's history, architecture and culture. A truly enriching experience!
- Embark on an hour-and-a-half sightseeing boat cruise down the “lifeblood” of Savannah – the eponymous river – to hear tales and historic facts about the city's port from a knowledgeable captain, to enjoy the view of Savannah’s historic riverfront and skyline, to savor the snacks and beverages lavishly provided on board, and more.
- Embark on a one-hour self-balancing Segway tour of Savannah for a chance to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise could have done by walking.
- Summon your guts and sense of adventure to dig deep into the ghastly history of Savannah, America's most haunted city, spanning 300 years and packed with ghosts, pirates and other scary things. This fun and informative frightseeing tour is set to bring light to some of the darkest corners of the city whilst exploring some of its fascinating haunted pubs and bars.
- Take a leisurely walk back to the days of the Civil War on a guided tour of the Savannah Historic District to see where the South’s most prominent generals and dignitaries once lived, listen to the interesting stories and hear facts about the city's role in the war, its military tactics and the civilian hardships endured during those years.
If you have a day to spare whilst in Savannah, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Jekyll Island or Bluffton. For as little as circa US$35 to US$100 per person you will get a chance to discover one of Georgia’s most popular barrier islands, visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and learn about the efforts made to preserve the endangered terrapin, see the Savannah Wildlife refuge, do some sightseeing and shopping in the heart of Bluffton’s Historic District, acquaint yourself with a riverfront community renowned for their eclectic blend of arts, culture and natural beauty, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight from your hotel or a designated place in Savannah and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to the destination of your choice and back again.