Q: Is this a driving tour of the cemetery?
A: No, this is a guided walking tour. We use the shuttle only to get you to and from the cemetery. Once there you should expect to be on your feet for about two hours. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
Q: What time are your tours?
A: From Spring through Fall, tours are at 10am and 2pm, seven days a week. In the Winter, we only offer the 2pm tour. When you reserve your seat we’ll ask you for your cell phone number. This is so we can call you shortly before the tour to coordinate your pickup. We don’t want you waiting on us, we’d much rather wait on you. But, generally speaking, pickup times will be between 10 and 30 minutes before the scheduled tour.
Q: Where do you pick up guests?
A: In most cases, we can pick you up at or near your hotel or inn. We also pick up at the many trolley stops in the downtown area, designated by a blue bus on a white sign that says “Local Tour Buses Only”. Tell us where you are and we will direct you to the nearest pickup point with a scheduled pick up time. They are usually just a block or two away from any downtown location. Upon returning to downtown, we can drop you off close to wherever you’d like to go.
Q: What do you mean by “Concierge Shuttle”?
A: Southern Hospitality isn’t a catch phrase with us, it’s how we were raised. So we offer our guests cold bottled water, bug spray when needed, an umbrella if it looks like rain, and recommendations on lunch, dinner, other tours and activities, etc. We want you to have the best experience possible while you are in our hometown.
Q: How many people does the bus hold?
A: We have 12 seats and 2 Wheelchair positions.
Q: I want to drive my own car. Can I meet you out there?
A: Of course. Call to schedule and we will set it up for you.
Q: Is this a ghost tour?
A: Absolutely not. This is a history and sight seeing tour.
Q: How long does the tour last?
A: From pick up to drop off, the excursion is usually between 2.5 and 3 hrs. The tour of the cemetery itself is about 2 hours, give or take a bit. It all depends on traffic, travel time, size of the group, etc. We don’t like to rush and we want to make sure that everyone gets time to take pictures and linger when something catches their attention. Believe us, it goes by fast and is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.
Q: Are there restrooms available?
A: Yes, but they few and far between. There are facilities at the entrance and porta potties in the middle of the cemetery.
We stop at the ones at the entrance on the way in and out, when needed.
Q: What if it rains?
A: We generally go out rain or shine and provide umbrellas to our guests. The cemetery is beautiful in the rain and is quite an experience, but if it’s really coming down or lightening, we cancel the tour and issue refunds.
Q: Do you offer wheelchair access?
A: Yes. The bus has a wheelchair lift and two wheelchair positions and a lot of Bonaventure’s historic section is accessible, but it can be difficult in some areas. Most of the tour is on dirt roads and paths under an oak tree canopy. Exposed roots are common. We do the best we can to help you see everything on the tour.
Q: How much does it cost? When do we pay? Do you take credit?
A: The fee is $25 plus tax for adults with discounts for military and children. That’s exactly (if not less than) what the other Bonaventure walking tours charge to “meet you out there” not counting the cab fare. You can reserve seats now on our Tickets Page and pay immediately with Paypal or your major credit card. If you choose to reserve by phone you can pay at the end of the tour via cash or major credit cards, whatever works best for you.
Q: Do you offer other tours?
A: Not regularly, at least not yet. But the bus is available for specials with group rates if you want to tour downtown in climate-controlled comfort or maybe go out to Wormsloe, or Fort Pulaski and Tybee Island, or maybe a complete low country tour of it all with a lunch stop somewhere. Call us and we will work it out for you. We are also available for private transportation for special events.
Savannah Bonaventure Dash Tours offers walking history tours of beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery with roundtrip transportation from Historic Downtown Savannah, all for about the same price as what other tour companies charge to “meet you out there.”