Digging Deeper into Savannah Tours

Things to Do — By Lauren Quinn on May 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Okay, so you can take a trolley ride through the Historic District, cruise the Savannah River in a steamboat, even clop through its old streets in a horse-drawn carriage. But if you feel like you’re merely skimming the surface of Savannah, it’s time to delve deeper—and several niche Savannah tours are ready to take you into the heart of the city.

No matter what your passion—food, nature or the truly bizarre—there’s probably a tour related to it in Savannah. These offbeat tours take you past the pretty surface of the city, and into the even-prettier soul of Savannah.

If you’ve never thought of Savannah as a foodie destination, one trip through its simmering, sultry restaurants should set you straight. Southern cuisine meets the fresh offerings of the sea to create some seriously soulful eating. And there may be no better person to guide you through the salivating scents of the city than local celebrity chef Paula Deen. Proprietor of the famous Lady & Sons restaurant, Paula Deen’s Food Tour takes you to some of the best low-country eating spots in the city—and includes lunch.

Savannah’s beauty has bewitched everyone from military generals to movie makers, and film buffs won’t want to miss Savannah Movie Tours. Two 90-minute tours take you to all those silver screen hot spots in the city, including the Mercer Williams House and that famous bench Forrest Gump sat on. See just how photogenic Savannah is.

With all the wrought-iron balconies and antebellum architecture, it’s easy to forget that the natural setting of Savannah is just as pretty as the man-made elements. GreenFeet Walkabouts is here to remind us. A certified plant professional takes nature lovers on a walking tour through the plants, flowers and trees of Savannah, “a perfect blend of science, storytelling and the natural beauty of coastal Georgia.”

And of course, no trip to Savannah would be complete without a glimpse into the dark side. There’s plenty of outfitters that offer ghost tours, but if you want to go all out and totally unusual, Hearse Ghost Tours is the only company to do it with. That’s because it’s the only company to chauffeur you around town in an actual hearse. They truly go the extra mile to spook visitors, and deliver a one-of-a-kind Savannah experience.