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  • Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour

    1. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Tour

    Discover the city of Savannah through John Berendt’s best-selling novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and its 1997 movie adaptation by Clint Eastwood. Walk in a small group with a journalist guide, who is a long-time downtown Savannah resident. Get an up-close look at landmarks that play key roles in the story as you set off from Reynolds Square in the Savannah Historic District and make your way towards the fountain in Forsyth Park. Stop at the city's oldest public plaza to admire the magnificent buildings on Johnson Square. Continue through Wright Square, graced with an impressive memorial to William Washington Gordon, and then be captivated by the beauty of Hamilton-Turner Inn. Walk down Jones Street and find a quiet oasis in Monterey Square. Admire some of the elegant mansion houses, such as Mercer Williams House and Armstrong House along the way.

    I did the tour in August after all the kids had gone back to school, so I ended up being the only person on the tour which was fabulous! Savanna is the most beautiful city in United States I do believe.The guide was very knowledgeable about the book and related it to his personal experience during the time it was written. As you may know, many of the characters in the book were real life people so for me it was just really enjoyable.

  • Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

    2. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

    Who would have thought that a story about characters in a sleepy Southern enclave would have created the stir that John Berendt did with his non-fiction novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"? Even the rumors whispered beneath dripping Spanish moss are enough to make a man blush, and it's all true! Just another day in this eccentric city? Savannah Walks is proud to present A Walk through Midnight, a saunter through the pages of Berendt's runaway 1994 bestseller, which Clint Eastwood made into a film in 1997. Guides offer personal insights and observations, as well as recently unearthed stories about the characters in what the people of Savannah have come to call "the book." Some of the guides were even extras in the movie! The guides also have special items of interest to show you along the way. Who knows? On some days you might even see some of the actual characters strolli...

    Brad was very knowledgeable and personable. The tour was an absolute 10/10. This was one of the most expansive and informative tours i’ve ever taken. I would highly recommend this fun tour. It was great to see the actual places where the book and movie took place.

  • Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

    3. Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

    Savannah's legacy as a garden city is firmly rooted in her humble beginnings as a novel agrarian experiment. Today, massive oaks shade stately squares and handcrafted iron gates grace elegant courtyards. This unique walking tour shows you what lies behind the gates of some of Savannah's finest homes. It lets you explore the fauna of this lush forest city. John Berendt, author of the bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” described walking through Savannah this way: "With twenty-two luscious green squares it is like strolling through the rooms of an elegant open air mansion.” Walking Magazine has rated Savannah "one of the 10 Best Walking Cities in America." The tree-lined streets, beautiful squares, magnificent parks and slow Southern pace make it an ideal location for the leisurely yet intimate feel that only a walking tour can provide.

  • Atlanta: Gone With the Wind & Margaret Mitchell Private Tour

    4. Atlanta: Gone With the Wind & Margaret Mitchell Private Tour

    Start the tour with a visit to Margaret Mitchell's House, the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author lived and wrote Gone With The Wind. Next head to The Georgian Terrace, the historic hotel where the film's premiere party was held in 1939. Continue on with a tour through Inman Park where you will see the site of the Battle of Atlanta which featured prominently in the novel. Marvel at some of Atlanta's grandest Victorian homes during your tour through the surrounding neighborhood. Next, head over to Oakland Cemetery, the garden cemetery which is the final resting place for thousands of Civil War soldiers as well as Margaret Mitchell and her family. Continue the tour with a drive along Peachtree Street and visit the location on Atlanta's major thoroughfare where Margaret Mitchell met her untimely death. Finally, end the tour with a stop in Ansley Park, the historic, tree-lined...

  • Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

    5. Atlanta: Private City Highlights Tour

    Climb into a private vehicle and begin your tour of downtown Atlanta. Begin on Peachtree Street located along Atlanta’s main thoroughfare and home to one the South’s oldest private clubs, several historic churches, and the site of the deadliest hotel fire in US history. Then head into the Fairlie Poplar Historic District - the commercial heart of the city which contains a range of architectural styles popular in the late 19th and early-20th centuries including Atlanta's Flatiron Building. Then head to the Centennial Olympic Park to see The World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, National Center for Civil Rights, and CNN. Finally, witness the imposing Mercedes Benz Stadium which is home to the Falcons and Atlanta United. Continue the tour with a drive through midtown, where you will see the apartment where the Pulitzer-Prize winning author Margaret Mitchell wrote Gone With The Wind. Admire the ...

    Derek K. was fantastic very knowledgeable. He answered. all of our questions and was very aware of ou needs and wants. This was a phenomenal experience. .

  • Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

    6. Atlanta: From Civil War to Civil Rights Private Tour

    Start the tour with a stop at Cabbagetown - a historic cotton mill-town established in the late 19th century which still retains its unique and historical architecture. Then head over to Inman Park to see the site of the Battle of Atlanta. Marvel at the many decorative Victorian homes in the neighborhood including the home of the founder of Coca Cola.  Next, continue on to Oakland Cemetery - a garden cemetery which is the final resting place for various historical figures including Civil War soldiers, the author of Gone with the Wind, and the founder of The Masters Golf Tournament. Visit numerous locations associated with the life of Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of the Civil Rights movement including his birthplace, church, and final resting place. Finally, end the tour at Sweet Auburn Curb Market - Atlanta's only public market located on what was known in the early 20th century ...

    Our guide was wonderful. He shared lots of information. We loved the musical interludes.

  • Bonaventure Cemetery: Private Tour with Shannon Scott

    7. Bonaventure Cemetery: Private Tour with Shannon Scott

    Join historian and artist Shannon Scott for an insider's view into the fascinating historic cemetery and the famed dead. Embark on a 2 to 2.5-hour walking tour as you learn about history from mid-18th century Bonaventure Plantation era, the cemetery's opening hours in 1846, to those spanning the 20th-century until the present day.  Admire the most sumptuous natural landscapes that you'll ever observe in a cemetery anywhere in the world. Hear about famed figures that have made their mark on Savannah's history, their connections to The Historic District and the world at large.  The tour is particularly focused on symbols and the hidden language of cemeteries. Gain an insight into the world of Freemasonry, which was born in Savannah and led the path for other secret societies to follow. Learn how to decode such objects or truly see them in their proper light.  At heart though, this tour ...

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I did the tour in August after all the kids had gone back to school, so I ended up being the only person on the tour which was fabulous! Savanna is the most beautiful city in United States I do believe.The guide was very knowledgeable about the book and related it to his personal experience during the time it was written. As you may know, many of the characters in the book were real life people so for me it was just really enjoyable.

Brad was very knowledgeable and personable. The tour was an absolute 10/10. This was one of the most expansive and informative tours i’ve ever taken. I would highly recommend this fun tour. It was great to see the actual places where the book and movie took place.

Very knowledgeable. Lots of add on to the tour. Special tidbits from the book, the movie and real life Savannah.

Melinda is an excellent tour guide with a vast amount of knowledge about the history of Atlanta.

Our guide was wonderful. He shared lots of information. We loved the musical interludes.