Savannah offers about 30 ghost tours, but the Hearse Tours is the only one that provides a pick-up and involves a ride on a ... More
Hearse Ghost Tours
Savannah offers about 30 ghost tours, but the Hearse Tours is the only one that provides a pick-up and involves a ride on a real hearse. The unusual but thoroughly enjoyable tour through Savannah's cemeteries, streets and haunted houses promises an historical experience like never before. Find the guides narrating the thrilling stories of murders, suicides, deathbed tales and paranormal theories and methodically trying to scare everyone by flashing light and honking! The experience is definitely worth a try.
My family and I came to Savanna, Ga. for a last adult vacation before my baby is born. I called in the early morning to make reservations for the 10:45 p.m. tour. The lady said that we would be picked up from The Mulberry Hotel where we are staying at 10:45 p.m. Well 10:45 p.m. came and went, we figured a few minutes late would be ok, but when it was 45 minutes later, we called to find out where our hearse was. They did not answer the phone the first two times we called. Finally the thrid time a lady answered the phone very rudely "Can I help you?" My husband explained to her that we have been waiting 45 minutes past our pickup time, and she pretty much told him that there was nothing that she could do. She said the next time that we come into town she would make sure we would get a discount. She is not going to remember who we are by the next time we come back. Not to mention we will never try to use the Hearse Ghost Tours, or would we recommend them to anyone. They did not even bother to give us a phone call to say they were running late or that they were not coming at all. We had about 7 hearse drive by and one even stopped and told us that we were not on his list. The lady blamed the drivers for not following directions. It was a very big dissapointment!! There will be a time that we get to come back after my baby is born and we will do a ghost tour but it will not be this one. A little courtesy would have went a long way. A very poor way to do business.
This was the second hearse tour in Savannah that I've taken, and somehow it was even creepier this time around! Our guide was "Loony Laura" and she was a trip... she filled her tour with history as well as creepiness, which was great since a lot of the time the history added to the creepiness! I got a little tired of the phrase "Savannah is literally a city built on it's dead", but on the other hand it's a creepy thought worth repeaating, especially when we were so often driving or stopping on top of places where "tombstones were moved, bodies were not".
Laura didn't take us to River Street, which the first tour i'd gone on had, and I missed that a little bit, but she was full of little bits of knowledge as well as personal stories about the places that she did take us to that more than made up for the lack of one particular street. She knew the creepier parts of Historical Savannah like the back of her hand, and for every legend/story she told us, she was also able to include a personal anecdote of a customer/friend/tourist that had experienced something paranormal at the location.
She was also quite willing to meet us near where we were, and (thankfully, perhaps thoughtfully) did not have any stories to tell us about the location we were staying in.
Next time we're probably going to do the Haunted Pub Crawl, but I have a feeling that everytime we return to Savannah with new company (about half of the group of friends I went with had never been before), we're going to be doing the Hearse Tours again. It's creepy, yet somehow feels safer than being out on the street. In fact, when Laura stopped at the abandoned, haunted Candler Hospital, and let us out to get up close to the windows to take pictures, two of us remained in the hearse because it was less scary than getting out!
The hearse tour was memorable from beginning to end. Nathan, who is perfect for this job, picked us up at our rental home and for the next hour and a half had us intrigued by his tales of ghosts in town. We learned history of the town and the ghost tales as well. If you are looking for a family activity for the kids as well as grandparents, it is perfect. I would recommend going after dark to see the city in the dark. If you are a serious ghost hunter, this tour is not for you. But if you want to have a unique, fun, and unforgettable experience, this tour is for you. Do you actually see ghost, probably not, but you do learn how haunted the city is.
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