I have this bad habit of walking around to kill time before a tour and seeing 60% of what we would see on the tour. (I did it again in Charleston looking at the historic homes on the battery.) So I was determined to not repeat my ways in Savannah. We arrived in town at 3pm and took the 5pm walking tour with Free Savannah Walking Tours.
The premise is great, just show up at the appointed time and place. No reservations needed. Tours are offered Mon – Sat at 10:30, 1:30 and 5pm. Sundays at 1:30 and 5pm. (This worked well for us because I was not 100% sure what time we would be in town or if we would feel like a tour. ) And you pay what you feel the tour is worth.
Our guide showed up right before 5pm and we waited a couple of minutes to see if anyone would join us. No takers so the three of us set off. We visited many of the squares and heard about the history of Savannah. Interesting how they initially setup the squares so each person owned the same size lot.
Daniel also took us past the historic homes and gave us a background on each family. We saw the Owen-Thomas, Andrew Low, and Green- Meldrim homes. Fantastic churches and old bars, I dont think anything was left out.
This was a great tour, aside the from the fact it was just the two of us. We covered movies, books and civil war. Daniel knew his stuff! Our tour took almost two hours after we were done quizzing him on dinner locations. We paid him what we felt was appropriate for the tour. And took his suggestion of hitting the river front area for drinks our first night.
This is the fantastic Green-Meldrim home! General Sherman stayed here and used it as his headquarters.
Free Savannah Walking Tours Monday thru Saturday 10:30am, 1:30pm and 5:00 pm, and Sunday at 1:30pm and 5:00pm.
Meet at the center monument in Johnson Square.
For questions, call 912-236-0387