Narrated Trolley Tour Takes Approximately 1.5 Hours and Hopper Pass Lasts 2 Days, Riverboat Cruise Takes Approximately 1.5 Hours, and Most Guests Spend Approximately 1-2 Hours at the Massie Heritage Center
Appropriate for All Ages
Both Cameras and Video Cameras are Permitted
During your trolley tour, you will be shown numerous famous sites and landmarks and hear each landmark's individual story from an informative guide. Learn how each of these buildings came to be, and how they helped shape the founding and growth of Savannah. After your trolley tour, you will be taken down the river on an authentic and scenic riverboat, where you will see even more sights than before. Be sure to bring a camera along to capture all of the amazing landmarks and historical sights you will see along the way!
Some of the sites and landmarks you will see along your trolley tour and sightseeing cruise include City Market, River Street, Forsyth Park, Waving Girl, and more. Once you have finished the sightseeing cruise, you will have access to the Massie Heritage Center, one of the nation's earliest heritage education programs. This is an amazing combination tour and sightseeing opportunity you won't want to miss during your next vacation to Savannah!
Detailed Tour Itinerary
Drive By Wesley Monumental Methodist Church
This historic church is a Gothic Revival that was built in 1868, and is said to be one of the handsomest churches in the South. The church was founded by John Wesley, whose brother Charles wrote the words to nearly 6000 hymns, including "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing".
Drive By International Seamen's House
The International Seamen's house was founded in 1843, and has served as an evangelical Christian ministry to mariners and seamen from all over the world. It provides numerous services, including internet and telephone access to allow mariners to communicate with their families from over-seas.
Drive By Independent Presbyterian Church
Founded in the 1750's, the Independence Presbyterian Church has seen battles and storms that have caused the building to be destroyed and rebuilt in several places, finally built in it's most recent and now present location in 1819. The church was founded by Scotsmen who made land with James Oglethorpe in 1733 and brought with them their fierce faith and culture.
Drive By Historic Savannah Theatre
The historic Savannah Theatre first opened it's doors in 1818 with a performance of "The Soldier's Daughter". The original building was designed by William Jay, who is also the designer for the Telfair Mansion and the Owens-Thomas House, both in Savannah. In 1898 a hurricane hit the original structure and tore sections of the roof off of the building and flooded the auditorium. Two fires in 1906 and 1948 led to several overhauls to the building, and after the 1948 fire, the style of the theatre was changed to Art Deco. Today, the Theatre is a popular venue for live performances and productions, and has served as both a live venue and movie theater.
Drive By Harper Fowlkes House
Drive By Fragrant Garden
Originally started in 1959 by the Garden Club Council of Chatham City, the Garden of Fragrance in Forsyth Park was designed by Georges Bignault and is surrounded by three wells to assist in containing the fragrance of the scented plants. The fourth side is an ornamental iron fence, and the entrance is an iron gate erected in the memory of Frances Smith Littlefield by her friends and members of her garden club. In 2002, the garden underwent renovations, and new fragrant plants were added by the Park and Tree Department, Trustees Garden Club and Junior League.
Drive By Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home
Built in 1856, this historic home rests on Lafayette Square and was the birthplace and childhood home of Flannery O'Connor, an American writer and essayist that lived from 1925 to 1964. During her career, O'Connor wrote a total of two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as reviews and commentaries. Flannery often wrote in a Southern Gothic style, with regional settings and grotesque characters, and her stories typically reflected her Roman-Catholic faith. Today, the house is staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, and is open for exploration to the public, including a parlor level decorated with twin fireplaces, chandeliers, lace curtains and heavy furniture reminiscent of the period in which O'Connor lived.
Drive By First Jewish Cemetery
The Old Jewish Burial Ground, or Jewish Cemetery Memorial, was established in 1773 by Mordecai Sheftall and founded by General James Oglethorpe. It was stated that the cemetery would only be used as a Place of Burial for those professing the Jewish religion. It was used as a place of rallying in 1779 during an attempt to recapture Savannah from the British by French and American forces. The cemetery settled in the central point of the Georgia colony from it's beginnings, serving as a refuge for those fleeing religious persecutions. On the back of a monument to the cemetery, some names of those buried at the cemetery are carved into the stone.
Drive By First Baptist Church of Savannah
Originally built of Savannah gray brick and covered with stucco, the First Baptist Church is the oldest standing house of worship in Savannah. Relocated and completed in 1833, the church went through an enlargement and renovation between 1839 and 1922, taking on characteristics of the Greek revival style. It is one of very few churches that did not close during the Civil War.
Drive By Emmet Park
Named for Irish orator Robert Emmet, the park features the Old City Exchange Bell and numerous memorials and monuments, including the Irish Monument, Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, and Hussars' Memorial. Emmet Park remains a prominent center for ceremonial congregations for Savannah residents of Irish descent.
Drive By Cotton Exchange Tavern & Restaurant
Drive By Confederate War Memorial Monument
Completed in 1879, the Confederate Monument stands in the center of Forsyth Park and is a large column with a bronze soldier adorning the top. The monument is dedicated to those who fought for the Confederacy, and stands in the same park space where the Confederate men were drilled before being sent off to join the fight.
Drive By Christ Church Episcopal
Drive By Chatham Artillery's Washington Guns
Drive By King-Tisdell Cottage
This beautifully restored cottage is dedicated to the preservation of African-American culture and history, and is named for Eugene and Sarah King, and Sarah's second husband, Robert Tisdell. The cottage contains numerous artifacts and is furnished in periodical pieces that match those of a coastal black residence in the 1890's.
Drive By Leopold's Ice Cream Parlor
Drive By United States Customs House
Drive By Trinity United Methodist Church
Drive By Tomochichi Monument
Erected in 1899, this monument memorializes Tomochichi, the Mico of the Yamacraws, and his immeasurable assistance to English settlers upon their arrival in 1733.
Drive By The Waving Girl Statue
Drive By Temple Mickve Israel
The temple is the only solely Gothic Revival synagogue in the US, and was founded by a group of Sephardic Jews who landed in Savannah shortly after General Oglethorpe. The church was built in 1820 and was later renovated to it's current state in 1878.
Drive By Telfair Museums Jepson Center
Drive By Site of Fort Wayne
This site has been home to three forts, the most current being a replica of the fort originally constructed by Major John Whistler and his mean in 1815-16. The fort was designed specifically for defense against Native Americans, and could be manned by a small group of men.
Drive By Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Drive By SCAD Museum of Art
Drive By Saint John's Episcopal Church
Built and completed in 1852-53, the Episcopal church was designed in the neo-Gothic style and is known for it's ringing chimes and glimmering stained glass windows. Interestingly, a ship's mast is located in the center of the churches only spire.
Drive By Olympic Cauldron
Drive By Old Harbor Light & Oglethorpe Bench
Drive By Lutheran Church of the Ascension
Founded in 1741 by a small group of Lutherans, the Church of the Ascension's permanent building wasn't completed until around 1771. The church combines Gothic and Norman styles and features an Ascension window, with two stained glass panels on either side that depict Christ's life. During the Civil War, the church was used as a hospital and was renovated in 1879.
Drive By Lucas Theatre For the Arts
Drive By Charles H. Morris Center Trustees Garden
Between 1733 and 1748, the Trustees' Garden was used to grow essentials to silk culture, including peaches, rice, flax, hemp, indigo, and mulberry trees. One of the gowns for Britain's Queen Caroline was made from Savannah silk. The Garden has seen numerous changes, from residential lots, a seamen's tavern, the Kehoe Iron Works, and more. Today, the Trustees' Garden serves as a popular venue for events such as business functions, weddings and receptions, and several musical festivals and performers.
Drive By Armstrong House
Built between 1916-1919 for George Ferguson Armstrong and his family, the Armstrong House has gone through a series of interesting transformations, housing numerous causes such as a college, senior college, antiquity shop, and law firm. To this day, it houses a powerful law firm but has kept it's original Italian Renaissance style, and combines the beaux art style with elaborate, worldly, and classical elements.
Tour Stop at Reynolds Square
Drive By Owens-Thomas House
Tour Stop at Old City Exchange Bell
Tour Stop at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room
Tour Stop at Mansion of Forsyth Park
Tour Stop at Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace
Tour Stop at Dockside Seafood
Tour Stop at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Tour Stop at Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront
Drive By Roundhouse Railroad Museum
Tour Stop at Colonial Park Cemetery
Drive By River Street Market Place
Tour Stop at Savannah Visitors Center
Drive By Historic Savannah Theatre
The historic Savannah Theatre first opened it's doors in 1818 with a performance of "The Soldier's Daughter". The original building was designed by William Jay, who is also the designer for the Telfair Mansion and the Owens-Thomas House, both in Savannah. In 1898 a hurricane hit the original structure and tore sections of the roof off of the building and flooded the auditorium. Two fires in 1906 and 1948 led to several overhauls to the building, and after the 1948 fire, the style of the theatre was changed to Art Deco.
Drive By Thomas Square Historic District
Drive By Green-Meldrim House
Drive By First African Baptist Church
Tour Stop at The Pirates' House
Drive By Washington Square
Drive By Andrew Low House
Includes Admission to Historic Savannah Trolley Tour
Start off your Savannah vacation with this 1.5-hour trolley tour, which will take you through the Historic District, Victorian District, River Street, and City Market, with a total of 12 stops (aside from starting locations) that allow for hop-on hop-off capabilities. Trolleys visit each tour stop approximately every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day of the week.
Includes Admission to Savannah Riverboat Cruises
Jump aboard a replica paddle-wheel boat for your Riverboat Cruise. Along the journey, you'll not only experience the many natural and city sights of the river's shores, but also the history of river travel in Savannah. Your sightseeing cruise will last 1.5 hours and departs at the following times: Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m.
Drive By Massie Heritage Museum
Opened as Savannah's first free public school in 1856, the Massie Heritage Center even now continues the tradition of providing high-quality, engaging programs for visitors of all ages. With five permanent exhibits, the museum focuses on Savannah's history, architecture, and preservation movement. The Center is open to public Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
Drive By Davenport House
The Davenport House gives an intimate glimpse into the Savannah's Southern charm and antebellum architecture. Mater woodwork, marble mantels, elegant plaster, and a restored courtyard garden will all come together as you tour the house to paint a perfect picture of the Savannah of yesteryear.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.