Guided tour

Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery with Shannon Scott

From US$ 25 per person

Tour with Shannon Scott or one of his highly-rated guides through the illustrious 200 acres of the 18th century plantation turned hallowed Victorian Gothic cemetery made famous in "Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil", packed with art and history.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about Bonaventure with expertise of Shannon Scott or one of his incredible guides
  • Enjoy the lush scenery
  • Delight in various art, sculpture, and story intrigues from Bonaventure's best-known storyteller
Full description

Enjoy a 2-hour cultural and historical tour of Bonaventure, a more than 200-acre land which one can freely wander but better explore with an exceptional guide at the helm. 

On this tour with Shannon Scott or one of his incredible guides, you will come to see the important aspects of the cemetery and understand Bonaventure’s many layers, from the 18th-century plantation era, and the Victorian cemetery, to all of the art and traditions of the place.

Stroll around the live oak avenues of the Cotton Boom yesteryear and hear about the people that made all of those buildings and squares in town so infamous and colorful. 

Some of the characters, such as "Crooner of 1500 Songs" Johnny Mercer and writer Conrad Aiken, are world-renowned, while others you will come to love were famous only in their hometown Savannah. Other characters consist of photographers, painters, scientists, soldiers, industrialists, and duelists.

Bonaventure is characterized by great sculpture and here you will see the works of some of the greatest artists of their period. 

The cemetery is a visual playground of symbols pertaining to everything from the Masonic Lodge mentioned in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code to the Bible, Ancient Egypt, and everything symbolizing the religious, fraternal, and eternal. 

From angels to cherubs to lifelike figures of the people buried there, you'll get to see them all.

Includes
  • 2-hour guided tour
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

When arriving at 330 Bonaventure Rd, look for the pillared entrance with 2 goddess statues. As you drive through, follow to the right, which puts the red brick office building on your right. Exactly 50 feet (15 meters) up to your left is your first paved road (Mullryne Way). Take that left, following Mullryne Way as it snakes all the way down to the lower river bluff, and where it ends you'll observe a gravel parking lot on your right. Parking is free, so park there. Your additional landmarks will be a bridge in the distance and a marina. There is a single picnic table on the far side of the parking lot going towards the marina. Your guide will meet you in the general area of the table.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Tours are subject to availability by way of reservation levels and the career schedule of Shannon Scott. Tours do go most days, but there are understandable exceptions. We recommend calling a few days before your scheduled tour time to double confirm your tour reservation.
  • Shannon Scott Tours has a 24-Hour Cancellation Policy and tours go "rain or shine." Cancellation must be made by phone only and not left in a message. Cancellation isn't valid until Shannon Scott Tours has confirmed with purchaser directly. Unused tickets are "good until redeemed" by the purchaser and have no expiration date with Shannon Scott Tours. Unused tickets may also be gifted to friends or family in the instance where the original purchaser cannot make use of them.
  • Stories on tours are for entertainment purposes only.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 180 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Our guide was Pascal and he was wonderful. He was able to answer all our questions which was quite impressive as we are French and history-buffs. We really appreciated the fact that there was a break half way through the tour when Pascal provided us with cold water. We highly recommend this tour.

August 19, 2022

This tour involves a wonderful walk through one of the most beautiful gardens around savanna, the Bonaventure cemetery. The delightful grounds created a perfect backdrop for the stories throughout history that our guide wove for the duration. Bringing water and bug spray is highly recommended. We enjoyed this tour and had a wonderful time.

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July 27, 2022

Rich was fantastic during the tour. It was very hot but he remained professional and kept us engaged. The cemetery was beautiful and I learned a lot about its history definitely worth the time to check out and explore. Highly recommend getting a guide it adds a lot to the experience.

July 15, 2022

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