See the Best of Bermuda on this Complete Island Tour that takes it all in.
Departing from Bermuda's Royal Navy Base at Ireland Island ( Kings Wharf), you will have a brief orientation on the history, purpose and some of the buildings of the arsenal and fortress that date back to the 1700s. As you drive through the picturesque parish of Somerset on this King's Wharf shore excursion, you'll see island firsthand. You'll cross the smallest drawbridge over the Atlantic Ocean - the Somerset Bridge and its 18-inch opening. The bridge dates back to the 17th century and links Somerset with the main island of Bermuda.
Traveling to the south shore in the Parish of Southampton, you will make a short photo stop of the Gibbs Lighthouse. Built in the mid-1840s, this 117-foot-tall lighthouse offers pastel views over the south shore as well as the Great Sound (there will not be time to climb the lighthouse). Driving along the South Shore, look down on some of Bermuda's famous pink sand beaches, including Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay.
Along the way, you'll pass the botanical gardens. Originally opened in 1898, the Bermuda Botanical Gardens features 36 acres of trees, flowers and shrubs. The gardens are also home to the Camden, the official residence of Bermuda's Premier, and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, where every piece has some link to Bermuda.
You will then drive through a portion of Tucker's Town. This exclusive enclave for wealthy tourists includes a golf course and the Mid Ocean Club Hotel. Home owners over the years have included Abby Rockefeller and Childs Frick, as well as presidential candidate Ross Perot and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Unfortunately, due to high hedges and gates, few of the houses can be seen.
You will then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of St. George which, due to a ship wreck in 1609, became the first settlement on the island and was therefore a major part of Bermuda's history. During a brief driving orientation, you will pass by St. Peter's Church, which is believed to be the oldest continually used Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere (1612). You will then have a short time to wander the narrow streets on your own. You may also have the chance to catch part of the performance of the Town Crier's dunking of the malicious gossip. Departing St. George, you will drive to Hamilton via the North Coast Road.
Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda and is located on the protected shores of Hamilton Harbor. Although not the oldest town on the island, it was made the capital in 1815. As you drive through the city you will see the Hamilton Cathedral (1897), the city hall, and views of the Italianate Government House (the Governor's residence), that sits on nearby Langton Hill. Your tour ends at the Ferry Terminal in Hamilton.
From here you can explore the town at your leisure or catch the ferry to Dockyard (King's Wharf). Ferries run almost every hour and the trip takes approximately 20 minutes. A ferry ticket is included in the tour price. As this tour ends in Hamilton, it is the guests' responsibility to be back to their ship in Kings Wharf at the appointed "All Aboard" time.
Reviewer: Maria DiPaola
This was a great shore excursion! We learned about the history of Bermuda, the economy, and all kinds of interesting facts. We saw, the homes, and churches and talked to the locals. We stopped at the beach to see the pink sand.
Reviewer: Geroge Berberich
My favorite part of this tour was seeing all of the homes of the stars, it was fascinating. I enjoyed seeing the beach and the pink sand, and am grateful that I didn't have to take a separate tour to see it!
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. He was born and raised on the island and was a plethora of information.
This tour is great for a first timer to the island. It gives you a chance to see a little bit of everything. We used it as our chance to see the whole island so we could see things we would like to go back and spend more time at next time.
Reviewer: Judith Gerber
Fantastic tour. Mark Anderson was the best guide. He knew every house, church, and the history behind everything. When he learned that none of us had any other plans, he gave us more time to explore at each stop. We really saw all of Bermuda and learned a lot.