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January 30, 2006
From journal Low Country, High Winds: Savannah in Hurricane Charley
March 19, 2005
The tour takes 90 minutes. You can opt for just the 90-minute tour for $19. For $21, you can choose to get off and on all day, or for $25, you can get the addition of one of the historic houses. For an additional $15, you can also take a riverboat cruise. That will be the first decision you have to make. The bus makes 14 stops as it travels around the 2.5 miles of the historic district; you can get on the bus at anyone of these stops and purchase your ticket from the driver.
Our driver’s name was Jack, and he had a great sense of humor. He had us laughing a good deal of the time. Along with the humor, he had a seemingly endless flow of trivia and gossip about the city of Savannah. He took us to many of the squares. We learned about the monuments on them, who was buried under them, and the buildings surrounding them. It was the perfect way to get our feet ready for trekking through the city. We bounced down the hill to the Riverwalk, cruised through some of the residential neighborhoods of the city, and circled city market.
We learned that the cotton gin was invented in Savannah, that the cobblestones on the streets of the Riverwalk were originally ballast on the ships that sailed there, that Savannah had the first motorized fire department in the country, and that you can rent some of the squares and many people do so for weddings and social events.
Grayline also offers several specialty tours, including The Book Tour, Low Country Tours, ghost tours, and historic tours. There really is a tour for every taste.
From journal Strolling in Savannah
Morgantown, West Virginia
December 26, 2004
A bus tour is the best thing to do if you don't have lots of time for sightseeing because you'll learn a lot quickly. I also would recommend it as the first thing to do if you do have more time because you can learn a little about everything and choose what you want to learn more about, then using the on-off feature to get around. We bought our tickets pretty late in the day, so they let us do the full 90-minute tour that day and then save our ticket so we could use the on-off feature the next day. This was excellent because they stop running at around 4:30pm.
The tour guides were nice and gave lots of neat information about all of the things in Savannah.
The next day we toured the maritime museum, which has lots of models of ships from Savannah's history. We also toured the Andrew Lowe house, which was one of the choices for a tour when you bought your ticket. If you're interested in a particular house, make sure you note which days its open/closed when you purchase your bus ticket! This was a nice, relaxing way to fit lots of sightseeing into a small amount of time.
From journal Conference in Savannah
by Mint Julep
October 28, 2003
The shops on River Street (the riverfront) offer many personal and souvenir options. There are also many restaurants along the riverfront and another visitor’s center in case you need additional maps and directions. Savannah has many historic points of interest. Be sure to check out the Gray Line Tours-Savannah website for additional tour options and prices. They offer discounts for AAA members.
From journal Hilton Head & surrounding areas (Savannah, GA)