Savannah Slavery to Freedom Tour in Savannah, GA

Kelly Tours223 Martin Luther King Junior BlvdSavannah, GA 31401
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Delve into the African American community’s journey to freedom during the Antebellum days with Gray Line’s guided Savannah Slavery to Freedom Tour, led by Master Gullah Geechee Truth-Teller "Sistah Patt" Gunn. Be transported back in time as you explore the rich Gullah Geechee culture and powerful heritage that defined Georgia's past.

up to 2.5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Savannah Travel Experts
  • Meet Sistah Patt, Savannah's master truth-teller from the Gullah Geechee people.
  • Wear weather-appropriate, comfortable clothing and shoes. Much of the tour will be walking.
  • Check the weather forecast, and bring bottled water for hydration, a hat, sunscreen, and an umbrella if needed.
  • Photography is allowed. However, there might be restrictions in some locations due to the nature of the sites.
  • Enrich your experience by interacting with your knowledgeable guide. Feel free to ask questions, engage in discussions, and learn more about the history.
  • The tour covers sensitive topics related to slavery and cultural heritage. Approach these discussions with respect and empathy for the historical significance.
  • Family-friendly, stroller and wheelchair-accessible tour transport vehicle.
  • River Street has cobblestone and brick alleyways that can be tricky for guests with mobility issues. Service animals are allowed.


from Savannah Slavery to Freedom Tour
Embark on a remarkable journey of Savannah's past with the Savannah Slavery to Freedom Tour — featuring Savannah’s own Master Gullah Geechee Truth-Teller 'Sistah Patt'. Explore the African American experience from slavery to freedom during the Antebellum days (1748-1864) on the Savannah coast.

This mesmerizing tour begins aboard a Gray Line vehicle before embarking on a walking tour that will last from 1.5 to 2 hours along historic River Street, Factor’s Walk, Bay Street, and Johnson Square. The majority of the tour will be walking.

Learn about the history of the West African tribes that were routed to Savannah and used in slave labor to build the warehouses along River Street.

See where cotton was shipped out to the United Kingdom and storages that look similar to 'slave holding bins' in Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, and Benin, West Africa.

Stand where slaves were auctioned off in Johnson Square.

Learn about the incredible journey to freedom as you board the vehicle and travel past the Second African Baptist Church.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Savannah Slavery to Freedom Tour

What is included in the Savannah Slavery to Freedom Tour?

The Savannah Slavery to Freedom tour includes bus transportation, a professional local tour guide, and complimentary pick-up and drop-off for all Historic Downtown hotels and B&Bs in Savannah.

How does the pick-up and drop-off work?

Guests should be ready for pick up in front of their hotel or B&B 30 minutes before the scheduled departure of the tour or head straight to the departure location. Gray Line Savannah shuttle buses collect passengers from hotels and bring them to the Savannah Visitor’s Center, the departure and arrival location for the tour. Guests are dropped off at their hotels/B&Bs or at the Savannah Visitor’s Center after the tour.

Where does the tour depart from?

The tour departs from 223 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31401.

How long is the tour?

The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and is a combination of a 60 to 75-minute walking tour and a 20 to 30-minute bus tour.

What can I expect to see on the tour?

During the tour, you will visit important historic landmarks and sites such as the Second African Baptist Church, River Street, Factor’s Walk, Bay Street, and Johnson Square. Expect to hear captivating stories and gain insights into the lives of those who lived through the Antebellum period in Savannah, Georgia.

Are there guided tours available?

Yes, the tour is a guided experience led by knowledgeable and passionate guides featuring Savannah's master truth-teller "Sistah Patt" Gunn. They will provide context, answer questions, and offer a comprehensive understanding of the historical significance of the sites visited.

Is the tour appropriate for all ages?

Yes, the tour is suitable for all ages. The narrative is presented respectfully and educationally, making it a valuable experience for both adults and children interested in learning about history.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the tour can accommodate guests with mobility issues, and the transportation is wheelchair accessible. However, please note that the tour includes a visit to River Street with tricky cobblestone and brick alleyways. Please leave a comment in the "Have Special Needs?" section above when booking your reservation if you or anyone in your party requires wheelchair assistance.