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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Travel back in time to Savannah’s Civil War era on this guided walking tour. Take a leisurely stroll through the Savannah Historic District, one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US. See the houses of the south’s most famous generals and visit the buildings from the war years of the 1860s. Listen as an expert guide speaks of the town’s storied past, its military strategies and the Confederate States’ place in the war. It’s a great tour for history and Civil War buffs alike.
  • Guided Civil War walking tour of Savannah
  • Explore the Savannah Historic District, one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US
  • Pass the houses of the South's most prominent generals
  • Learn about the Confederate states' role in the Civil War
  • Hear stories about Savannah's military strategies and civilian hardships
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Professional guide
History of Savannah's role in the Civil War
Small Group experience
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

323 E Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA

Return Details

14 W Macon St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
This educational and entertaining walking tour of the Savannah Historic District begins at Warren Square, where you will meet your guide and group.

The Savannah Historic District was the center of colonial government in the 1700s. It was where the first reading of the Declaration of Independence took place in Georgia. Much of the town’s historically significant buildings are located here, in one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the US.

For Savannah, the Civil War began in January of 1860, with the seizing of Fort Pulaski by Georgian troops. It preceded the attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, often-recognized official start of the war, by three months.

Learn about Savannah’s role in the Civil War, the military strategies of the north and the south and how the locals dealt with the many hardships during this time of tribulation in the south. See the houses of the South’s most famous generals and marvel at the architecture that was present during the Civil War era.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Warren Square
"I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah....". So reads the opening lines of General Sherman's telegram to President Lincoln on December 22, 1864, after the occupation of Savannah. See Civil War era Savannah and the houses and buildings involved in the conflict. You'll hear about the strategies of both sides and learn how Savannahians endured the hardships of The War. This tour begins in Warren Square and ends at The Green-Meldrium house, which is the home where Sherman was invited to stay and penned his famous missive.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Pets welcome
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Savannah Walks

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour.
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What is the maximum group size during Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Savannah Civil War Guided Walking History Tour.

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Average- not worth price
kaye_m
, Jun 2021
Tour was ok, guide was very nice & seemed to be very knowledgeable about the history. When booking I thought we would actually get to visit a museum or something for the price we paid. One recommendation is giving guide a microphone of some sort so people can hear them over top of the noisey traffic because we couldn’t hear half of what he said. Lastly we we arrived on time without issue but guide made us wait for 30 minutes so 2 others could join because they were running late and was from some big company. Sorry but don’t think our time should have been discarded like it was no big deal. Won’t use company again for a tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for the review! The Civil War tour doesn’t visit any specific destinations but your guide did take you in a Cotton Warehouse to see a Circa 1865 map drawn by the Union Army and the Colonial Park Cemetery. He did wait 10 min for two guests who arrived to the tour late but it didn’t stop him from covering all the material and allowed him to give the background history of Savannah. Microphones are not allowed by city ordinance but guides are more than able to project their voices regardless of noise conditions. The Civil War tour has been a Travel Channel favorite since 1995! We are sad that you didn’t find it as amazing as the many guests who have come before you!!
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Great tour unless you’re from Jersey :)
Asiya
, May 2021
The tour was a good walk through of Savannah and history of houses of historical figures during the civil war. William, my tour guide, scoffed at me being an out of towner from Jersey so anyone from the north beware the oh so polite southerners just can’t keep their disapproval of the north to themselves. :)
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Your guide certainly didn’t mean to offend anyone but it was a Civil War tour after all and you are on the wrong side! Lol!
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Not what we were expecting
Lisa_S
, May 2021
Not sure if it was our particular tour guide, but my husband and I were kind of disappointed by this tour. Although it’s advertised as a Civil War tour, he barely touched on the civil war and mainly discussed more general historical points about the city of Savannah. Although some of the information was interesting, I feel that it wasn’t what we signed up for. Our guide also seemed distracted and kind of rambled on at times. Several other members of the tour actually left the group early. Not a good sign. Sorry, but I wouldn’t recommend this, especially if you are interested specifically in Civil war history.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Your guide covered 19 points of interest in regard to the Civil War. This is the tour that has been endorsed by the Travel Channel as a favorite for the past 20 years! Two guests left the tour early due to the 98 degree heat index. One was feeling ill. That is not entirely unusual in late May. We are not entirely sure what your expectations were for a War tour but the guide covered them all! We do offer private tours upon request that can be customized for each guest’s interests!!
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Disappointing
Pamela_Disappointing
, May 2021
The tour was grouped in with another tour (not Civil War). The guide asked how many people were in attendance for the Civil War tour and as it turned out, my husband snd I were it. As a result, a few antidotes were shared about the Civil War but the tour was not what was depicted in the advertisement at all.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
In the the late Spring and Summer months when it’s hot by mid morning, we sometimes group the History and Civil War tours together since both tours take the exact same route. The Civil War tour stops at 13 points of interest and each point of interest was covered. You actually got two tours for the price of one!
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Disappointing
Barbara_S
, May 2021
Title of this tour is very misleading. Expected to see and hear about historical places during the Civil War. It was more a tour of a few places of interest in Savannah, not necessarily referring to the Civil War at all.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
This Civil War tour offered 19 points of interest about the Civil War including Johnson Square, The Marshall House, the Colonial Park Cemetery and the Green-Meldrium mansion(Sherman’s Head Quarters). We are not sure what could have been covered that wasn’t. It’s is a very full 2.0 hour tour and has always been our most popular tour. Perhaps you might consider booking a private tour so we can create a custom tour that will cover your individual interests!
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More than Civil War History
Steve_H
, May 2021
The tour covered much more than Savannah during the Civil War. The tour encompassed the history of Savannah from the colonial period through both the American Revolution and the Civil War into the 20th century. The were many historical sites and local landmarks viewed during the tour. The guide was very knowledgeable. The tour took about 2 hours and it does involve a fair amount of walking and standing. It was well worth the price. An excellent value!
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star-3
Interesting tour, needs work though.
Gabriel
, May 2021
Group size was to big, we had over 20 people in our group. Tour guide was knowledgeable, but needs work on presentation. I felt that what he was sharing with us wasn't scripted, but random bits of information. Every time he was asked a question, he knew the answer, which was great. Tour lasted about almost two hours, so not recommended for young kids. Tour ended quite a long way from where it started, so expect just as long of a hike to get back to where you start.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for the review! Part of the beauty of a live walking tour verses a scripted trolley tour is that we have guides of different ages with diverse backgrounds who all tell Savannah’s history slightly differently. The same history, but told in different ways and from slightly different perspectives. Your guide has many years of experience and was voted a Travel Channel favorite on several occasions The city allows a maximum of 30 guests per tour so a group of 20 in a busy month like May is really a very small group. Our guides often end the daytime tours in the center of the historic district which is closer to lunch and snack establishments including restrooms. Circling back to the original meeting location can be a bit redundant. Thank you for taking the time to leave your review! We hope you can go again in the future!
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Disappointing
George_G
, May 2021
While our was informative on Savannah history, this WAS NOT a civil war history tour- very misleading and disappointing.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thank you for the review. We are very sorry for your experience on the tour. However, the tour that was given was the same award winning tour given for the past 25 years. The guide used the same route used when he gives the tour to the Gettysburg park rangers each Fall. Some Savannah history is added to the tour but only to enhance the understanding of the Civil War and how the war pertains to Savannah and it’s history.
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star-5
Informative and great!
Ericka_W
, Apr 2021
Our guide was extremely informative and obviously knew the history of the area and the time period very well. He shared above and beyond, and was able to answer our questions as well. Very good tour; I highly recommend.
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More ghosts than civil war
Casper
, Apr 2021
I think the civil war tour guide must have had the ghost tour guide fill in for him. There was very little civil war history in my tour and there seemed to be a lot more ghost and gore legends presented instead. Also many inaccuracies integrates and information provided. The guide was very nice but this was clearly not his usual tour and he tended to get off track and wing it. The tour also lasted much longer than scheduled probably because of all the ghost stories. This tour in no way followed anything the viator details described.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Thank you for the review. Upon reading your review and the date of the tour, I can confirm the guide was not a ghost guide. Rather a guide well read on the subject of the War and consistently offers Savannah’s role in the War on tours. However, guests have a tendency to vary widely in their expectations for a War tour and don’t necessarily want to bog down in military strategies and hard facts about the War. So our guides often change the subject from time to time offering snippets of other things of interest in Savannah. It lightens the mood and sometimes creates a laugh or two. However, questions are strongly encouraged and any subject pertinent to the War will be explained. Private tours for the discriminating guest are also available!
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