Wander through Savannah’s historic cemeteries, filled with beautiful monuments dedicated to some of Savannah’s most famous figures. Take one of the best cemetery tours in Savannah and stroll among the gothic graves and incredible monuments under the cover of moss-draped oak trees that line the cemeteries.
With so many cemeteries in Savannah, which one do you visit? From the Victorian Bonaventure Cemetery to the historic Laurel Grove, there is a cemetery tour for whatever cemetery you wish to see.
I recommend taking a guided tour of every cemetery if you love historic graveyards. If you aren’t sure which cemetery tour in Savannah you want to take – whether you prefer small tours, are in a rush or want to experience Bonaventure after hours – the perfect tour is waiting for you.
The 9 Best Cemetery Tours in Savannah
Take one of the best cemetery tours in Savannah by visiting the city’s historic Victorian graveyard – Bonaventure Cemetery.
Join the Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour as it takes you through the graveyard. You will get to discuss the Victorian era, funeral practices, and the monument symbolism featured on some of Bonaventure’s gravestones.
The guide is a trained historian who dives deep into Savannah’s history and debunks some myths associated with the cemetery. While displaying immense respect, the tour guide is kind, knowledgeable, funny and shows you the best inside Bonaventure.
You will learn about the importance of the people buried deep within the cemetery and how they made Savannah what it is today.
One of the best things about this tour is that it’s a small group walking tour with transportation with the possibility of hotel pick-up. It means you get a more intimate tour and don’t struggle with figuring out how to get to Bonaventure on your own.
Book here: Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour
Head down to Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery after hours when the gates are locked to the public for one of the best cemetery tours in Savannah. This tour is for Adults only, so you know the tour is perfect for people who love dark history and spooky stories.
Nighttime hits Bonaventure differently than visiting during the day when the sun is beaming down – lighting up every area of the cemetery. The night brings an eerie stillness and brings out the beauty of a silent cemetery.
The tour is conducted by Shannon, who has nearly 30 years of experience as a local historian in Savannah. You will get an accurate insider view of Savannah’s hilarious and morbid history. You will learn about spooky history from when it opened up in 1753 and the secret societies and gangsters that roamed around the city throughout the years.
This is Savannah’s only after-hours nighttime tour of Bonaventure, so you shouldn’t miss it! If you are into ghosts, I highly recommend this tour, as it is also one of the best ghost tours in Savannah.
Shannon also has a regular tour that goes through the cemetery during the day when it is open if you prefer that.
If you want to experience Savannah’s Laurel Grove cemetery in a new light, I highly recommend taking a morning tour with The Hidden Gem Cemetery Tour of Laurel Grove.
One of Savannah’s oldest cemeteries, Laurel Grove, dates back to 1853 and is loaded with history. The tour guide knows the best shortcuts through the cemetery to see all of the best historic graves, mausoleum crypts, ironworks, statues and the Civil War Sections. If you are interested in the Civil War, you should check out one of the Savannah Civil War Tours.
What makes this one of the best cemetery tours in Savannah? It is in the morning, so the weather is cooler, and it is a great way to avoid crowds as it’s earlier than other tours. Some of the history you will learn includes burial traditions, Women’s history, Victorian funerary rites, and much more.
You will visit some of the graves of Savannah’s most famous residents, including Juliet Gordon Low, Andrew Low and George Owens.
Book here: The Hidden Gem Cemetery Tour of Laurel Grove
Join a small group walking tour by taking Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery Tour. You will stroll through the Victorian landmark as you listen to the stories about the lives of the people who were laid to rest throughout history.
The tour guides describe the symbolism, stories and myths found throughout the cemetery. You will learn the meaning behind the markings on the sculptures and tombstones on the graves and mausoleums.
Learn about the grave of Little Gracie and the graves of several famous historical figures of Savannah. The guides are passionate and knowledgeable and provide great insight into everything that Bonaventure has inside its iron gates.
Book here: Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery Tour
Spend half of a day touring both Bonaventure Cemetery and the Wormsloe Historic Site on the Wormsloe Historic Site & Bonaventure Cemetery Tour from Savannah.
The tour starts with a tour of Bonaventure Cemetery, where you will see buried people like Johnny Mercer, Mary Telfair and Little Gracie Watson. The tour guides are fun and incredible storytellers. They will tell you about the many graves and the history of people buried in the cemetery.
Then, the tour then stops so you can eat lunch on your own before heading to the Wormsloe Historic Site. You will walk under the spectacular Oak Ave and visit the Plantation Tabby Ruins from the 18th century.
This is a half-day tour, so wear comfortable shoes, as it’s a long day! Also, lunch may feel a bit rushed, so go somewhere quick or get something to go so you can relax before heading to Wormsloe.
Wander through Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery to visit the graves of some of the United States’ most influential people throughout history. Visit the grave of two people who signed the Declaration of Independence!
What should you expect by taking Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery God’s Acre Tour? The tour guides fill you with so much information about the cemetery and the history of Savannah. You will visit the hanging tree, see Conrad Aikens’s birthplace. You will learn about root doctors’ rituals and visit the mass graves of Yellow Fever victims. This resulted in the closure of Colonial Park Cemetery in 1853.
This tour is one of the best cemetery tours in Savannah. Spending it with the guide is like going on an outing with an old friend. You get to walk around various lanes and see so many exciting and historic graves from people who shaped Savannah and made it the city it is today.
If you don’t have much time but still want to take a cemetery tour in Savannah, I highly recommend taking the Colonial Park Cemetery Walking Tour in Savannah. The tour runs for 45 minutes, so it is perfect for people who don’t want to spend too long wandering around but still want to learn about Savannah’s historic cemeteries.
The guided tour takes you through Savannah’s oldest municipal cemetery. Plus you will visit the final resting place of many of Savannah’s residents, as it has been open since 1789. You will see several historic graves (8 significant ones!) and visit the place where Samuel T. Baker was murdered. This tour is perfect for fans of history and macabre stories.
Did you know Bonaventure Cemetery has a historic section dedicated to the Jewish residents from Savannah’s past? The Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery Jewish Section Walking Tour teaches you about the Jewish sections of the cemetery. You will dive deep and learn about the Orthodox and Reform Jewish sections.
You will get to see the Jewish Orthodox Chapel, where you will learn about the people who found religious refuge in Georgia back in the day. The Jewish section spans over 20 acres. As you make your way around the cemetery, you will hear the stories of the Jewish people who made Savannah what it is today.
And, you will learn about the cemetery’s ties with Al Capone. Plus, learn about the scientist who worked with Oppenheimer, who had clearance at Area 51.
Hop aboard a tour of Savannah’s most famous cemeteries on the Savannah: Victorian Cem teries Van Tour. You will get to explore the history of the famous residents of Savannah and their final resting places.
The tour takes you to both Laurel Grove & Bonaventure Cemetery. You get a chance to visit two of Savannah’s most iconic and beautiful cemeteries. The tour starts at Laurel Grove Cemetery. You will see the graves of some of Savannah’s most famous residents, including Juliette Gordon Low, Florence Martus, the Waving Girl, and a Confederate burial ground.
Then, the tour takes you to Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery. You will visit the graves of the famous Johnny Mercer, Conrad Aiken, Gracie Watson and many more while learning about their stories and Savannah’s history.
This is by far one of my favourite cemetery tours in Savannah. The tour guides were very accommodating. You will have loads of time to venture through the cemeteries at your own pace. Also, they are well-versed in the history of Savannah. They will provide in-depth details about the materials used to make gravestones and the symbolism of each one.
Book here: Savannah: Victorian Cemeteries Van Tour