What is the best way to see Savannah, GA? Well, one of the best ways to see this lovely Southern town is in the comfort of a horse drawn carriage! Not only is it a grand way to travel, but it harkens back to another simpler, more gentile era. Carriage Tours of Savannah is just one company in Savannah that specializes in this wonderful service. They are actually the first in this town to offer carriage rides and have been in operation for the past 35 years! New York Times Magazine named this as one of the best ways to see Savannah!
A carriage tour is much more than a delightful ride! Each tour is led by an experienced and knowledgeable guide who not only can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the history of Savannah and all the sights along the way, but they can answer your questions as well. They also offer specialty tours, such as the Ghost Tour, complete with ghost stories and old lore about Savannah. Another option is a carriage ride for the bride and groom! Wedding packages are a specialty! What could be more romantic? You can also book tours for church groups, social clubs, Scouts, and schools!
Perhaps you want something a little more personal? You can book a private tour for between 2 and 12 people. You can bring your own picnic basket and wine or this can be provided for you. You can have a narrated tour, learn about history, or hear ghost stories at night, or any combination of these. Maybe you just want to ride in silence with your sweetheart. Any of these are possible!
Have you thought about the horses? Most people do! Some even feel sorry for these majestic animals in service! But the reality is that these horses are treated like royalty! They are well fed, well watered, and constantly monitored. In the summer months, they do not work during the hottest part of the day. Their temperatures are monitored and the animals are quickly cooled as needed. They will tour in light rain but not heavy rain or lightening. Their shoes are maintained and changed at regular intervals. I would guess that the lives of the staff taking care of the horses in the stables are more difficult! The horses have days off each week and there are enough horses that each one only works one shift per day. These horses are treated with much love, respect and gentleness.
Wondering if anyone famous ever took a carriage tour? Well, wonder no more! Country singer, Joe Nichols had his wedding with Carriage Tours of Savannah! Another country singer, Billy Currington, gave an interview for CMT on a carriage ride! On a more sober note, the funeral for Sgt. Peney, 22 year old who was killed in battle in Afghanistan, included a carriage ride, which was an honor for everyone.
So, as you plan your trip to Savannah, whether you are a history buff, romantic, or having a fun getaway with friends or family, your trip just will not be complete without a carriage ride! What better way to see this historic city? It promises an unforgettable experience of the Old South.
As you make those plans, don’t forget to book your reservations at the Bed and Breakfast voted Best of Savannah– President’s Quarters Inn, in the heart of the historic district! Staying at this romantic spot, and taking a carriage ride with your special one will make a memory that will last! Click here to check availability today! While you are making those arrangements, click on the picture below to check out our vacation guide!
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