Embarking on a river cruise can be a fantastic way to see large stretches of a city in one go – and in Savannah the options are particularly enticing.
Separated from South Carolina by the Savannah River, the coastal city in eastern Georgia is renowned for its pristinely-manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and eye-catching antebellum architecture. But for a truly unique perspective on the city, there’s no better vantage point than its peaceful and picturesque waterways. We’ve picked out 5 of the best Savannah boat cruise trips currently on offer.
Riverboat Narrated Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
During this 1.5-hour cruise, you can experience the river that was – and remains – the lifeblood of Savannah. As you sail along the city’s scenic waterfront, your captain will regale you with intriguing tales and historic facts about the modern port and the ships that come here from all over the world. You’ll also make your way down river to Old Fort Jackson, home of one of the largest and oldest original artillery pieces in America, before your tour finishes back where it began. Drinks and a choice of hot and cold food are available to purchase onboard. From $38 per person.
Riverboat Sunset Cruise
Departing early evening from the docks on East River Street in central Savannah, you’ll set sail down the Savannah River, enjoying the soothing evening breeze and scenic views of the city from the open-air top deck patio. With the sun starting to disappear behind the horizon, take photos and soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Later, the fun dial is turned up with live music and the chance to hit the dancefloor as the stars sparkle in the night sky outside. A well-stocked bar and grill are on hand with drinks and hot food to purchase, too. The tour runs for two hours. From $50 per person.
Land & Sea Combo: City Sightseeing Trolley Tour with Riverboat Cruise
Over 5 hours, you’ll see the best of Savannah from both land and sea, first on a sightseeing trolley tour before taking to the waters for a riverboat cruise. After a hotel pick-up, you’ll assemble with your fellow tour group at the Savannah Visitors Center to board the trolley. Then all you need to do is sit back and relax as you’re taken on a full loop through the Savannah Historic District, the Victorian District, and Savannah City Market. Later, you’ll be taken to River Street to board your vessel for a delightful cruise along the Savannah River, complete with narration about the city’s history and famous sights. Afterwards, you’ll be free to continue exploring at your leisure, or head back to your hotel if you prefer. Food and drink is not included. From $70 per person.
Monday Gospel Dinner Cruise
River cruises and gospel music aren’t an obvious partnership, but this 2-hour river excursion combines the two harmoniously. Running on Monday evenings only, the cruise departs early evening and sees you float down the Savannah River, with the chance to take in the beautiful views of the city shoreline from the outdoor deck. As the calming river soothes the mind, it’s time for your live show, with professional musicians taking to the stage to perform a variety of Gospel tunes. As their dulcet tones are belted out, tuck in to a diner buffet featuring speciality dishes such as southern fried chicken and pulled pork, followed by a selection of sweet treats. From $72 per person.
Night Tour with River Cruise & Dinner
This 4-hour combo package includes a city night-time tour with a riverboat cruise complete with onboard buffet dinner. After a late-afternoon collection from your hotel, you’ll be driven to the boarding point for your evening cruise, during which you’ll glide down the Savannah River before availing yourself of the varied buffet, followed by live music and dancing. After the cruise, join your guide in a comfortable van for a narrated city tour, passing such notable landmarks as Bull Street, Savannah City Market, and the Olde Pink House. The tour concludes with a stop at a local ice cream parlour for a sweet treat before being returned to your hotel. From $238 per person.