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“The Highlight of Our Vacation”
Review of Tour Bonaventure

Tour Bonaventure
Ranked #94 of 143 Tours in Savannah
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Owner description: Tour Bonaventure LLC is a locally owned, specialty tour company that is large enough to offer consistent, high quality touring options but small enough to provide the kind of personalized service that is so hard to find in a city with a thriving tourism industry. Our tours are the most convenient in Savannah. Traveling to Savannah without your personal vehicle is no longer an obstacle to seeing the beauty of Savannah’s cemeteries, including the iconic Bonaventure which is located several miles outside of the Historic District. We depart from the Savannah Visitors Center at 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd which is in safe walking distance from all major downtown hotels. Tour Bonaventure only operates climate controlled shuttles which provides year round comfort. All Tour Bonaventure guides are licensed by the city of Savannah and have years of experience conducting quality tours. We offer the Savannah traveler a premium, all inclusive experience that is more diverse than any other tour company. Not only are Savannah cemeteries part of our regular tour offerings, we also take you to the high points of Savannah’s rich history in the downtown area. Specialty and private tours complete with hotel pickup are readily available and can be customized for your group. Whether you need private touring for a corporate event, family reunion, wedding/honeymoon activities or a Holiday lights tours during the month of December, Tour Bonaventure can make it a reality. You can avoid the red tape and headaches of national chains and ticket resellers by booking with us. Your personal tour planner is only a phone call away.
Parrish, Fl
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The Highlight of Our Vacation”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

On December 27th we decided to take a tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery with Tour Bonaventure, a sister company to Blue Orb Tours. We called in the morning and made our reservation for the 2PM tour with No problems. There are many tour companies to choose from but not all of them are doing a tour like this. The focus of this cemetery is the burial plots of some of the most famous people who once lived in Savannah and made the city what it is. Additionally, it is famous for the incredible life like sculptured statues. You can tour the cemetery on your own time but you miss out on the historical reference of what you are looking at. When we arrived at 2PM next to the Visitor Center we met our tour guide Melissa. We spent a few minutes in conversation and found her to be very personable and very knowledgeable about the history of Savannah. She informed us that we would be the only ones on the tour. The tour bus is small and accommodates about 20 people. This is a round trip tour. On our way through the city, Melissa gave us a nice history lesson about some of the most significant people who lived in Savannah’s past: the Lawton’s, Johnny Mercer, who wrote over 1500 songs like Moon River, Noble Jones, Conrad Aiken, Gracie, and many others all leading up to the grave sites we would be visiting. At the cemetery we were amazed at the depth of Melissa’s explanations of the significance of the shapes and sizes of the monuments, symbols and especially the statues. Did you know there is a reason why some statues are sculptured with shoes and other are barefoot? You will learn how to identify which grave sites belong to those who took part in the civil war. During our tour we noted that other people who were walking about moved closer to hear Melissa talk. This did not faze her in the least. I could go on and on about all we saw but this would spoil it for those you haven’t visited yet. My suggestion, take this tour and ask for Melissa. She was a lot of fun to be with, was very easy to talk with and we were very happy to have met her. She absolutely loves her work and it shows throughout the tour. I hope management knows this as well. The more she talked the more we wanted to know. This tour is about our American history and not about ghosts. Put the Tour Bonaventure (Cemetery) with Melissa on the must do list.

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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“Bonaventure Cemetery Tours”
Reviewed December 29, 2013

There are several savannah tour companies that offer Bonaventure Cemetery Tours but Tour Bonaventure is the only company that offers round trip transportation. Bonaventure Cemetery is about 5 miles from the historic district so have transportation and a guide once we arrived was invaluable. There are many photo ops at Bonaventure Cemetery and I really enjoyed that Melissa gave everyone time to take some. Melissa really knows her history and Bonaventure is absolutely breathtaking...and HUGE! you def want a guide to find the good spots. Blue Orb Tours and Tour Bonaventure offer the best Bonaventure Cemetery Tours hands down!

Visited December 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Great tour”
Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

My teen daughters and I toured Bonaventure Cemetery today with Melissa and we all really enjoyed it. She shared a lot of interesting historical information with us and I especially liked learning about the symbolism used in the monuments and statues, it meant so much more than just admiring pretty statues. Great tour, well worth it.

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TN
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“A must do if you visit Savannah”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

This was one of our favorite tours we did while visiting Savannah! Our tour guide was Melissa and she was wonderful. There were only 3 of us on the tour plus Melissa so we felt like we got a private tour!! Bonaventure in itself is breathtaking but there is so much more to it than it's beauty. I don't think we would have gotten that without the tour. Plus who wants to drive when you are on vacation! Book the tour, ask for Melissa. You won't regret it!

Visited November 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
1 review
“Tour Bonaventure Wow!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We have been to a lot of cemetery's in our lifetime but the Bonaventure Cemetery is the most interesting and fascinating one we have ever seen. It is truly a beautiful cemetery with all the live oaks, moss on the trees, monuments, statutes and ususual grave markings that tell a story. Melissa, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the entire cemetery. She told historical stories and facts about some of the most elite graves and statutes in the cemetery. We had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners of Tour Bonaventure and she is a remarkable person and expressed a lot of enthusiam about these tours. Parking at the Savannah Visitor's Center and riding a shuttle rountrip was so convenient and very comfortable. Now that I have taken a guided tour of the Bonaventure Cemetery I want to do this again and learn more about it.

Visited November 2013
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