Galveston Walking Tours

Join best-selling author and artist Elena Sandovici on a unique walking tour of Galveston’s Historic East End. Sandovici holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and is the author of Storms of MalhadoThe Glory Days of Aimee Bonnard, Galveston 1922, and Lola Is Never Drinking Again, four very well received historical novels set on the Island, featured in Galveston Monthly. Over the years, Sandovici has shown art and sold books at many local venues, and spent countless hours exploring beaches, back alleys, charming artist cottages, luxury hotels, and haunted mansions, in addition to conducting meticulous historical research for her novels and feasting on her favorite patio at Maceo Spice and Import Co. Writing and painting both require attention to detail, careful observation, an emotional connection, and Galveston has been a prime source of inspiration for Sandovici’s art and books for years. She will share with you some of the secrets she has learned, combining historical information with local lore, as well as timely and priceless recommedations on things you can enjoy and people you can meet here in Galveston.

Struck by devastating hurricanes and other tragedies, Galveston Island is a place of death and rebirth, a place that rises from its ashes and constantly reinvents itself. The occult will feature prominently on the tour, combining hauntings from Storms of Malhado with other glimmers of magic. The veil between life and death is thin in Galveston, and the tour will give you a sense of that. However, the tour is not scary, but rather mildly and pleasantly esoteric. You should sleep well and dream of lovely things afterwards. There are certainly troubled, deadly episodes in its past, but Galveston has a beautiful, gentle energy, a sense of peace and serenity that often gets lost among the noise and colors of a fun-loving tourist town. If you’re ready to go deeper and form a unique connection to the heart and soul of this mysterious and lovely place, this tour is for you!

Please wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour is not strenuous (about an hour with the possibility of breaks, spanning about 2 city blocks full of history and color), but it’s best to be comfortable.

Tours cost $25 per person. You can book through the links below for upcoming dates in the near future. You can also book through Airbnb or contact Elena Sandovici directly at or 570-807-6411.