Exclusive Grand Turk Experience

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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeSmall
Shore Excursion TypeScenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity LevelEasy
Shore Excursion Leaves FromShip pier. Details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage ProvidedNot included
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sun glasses, sunscreen and a towel if you wish to swim, are also suggested.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and sandy surfaces at stops.
Tour Details

Exclusive Grand Turk Experience

Grand Turk Island is the administrative, historic, cultural and financial center of the island nation of Turks and Caicos. San Salvador Island or Samana Cay in the Bahamas is traditionally considered the site of Columbus' first landfall in 1492, but some believe that studies of Columbus' journals show that his descriptions of Guanahani much more closely fit Grand Turk.

This guided island drive tour will show you the highlights of Grand Turk Island. On this Grand Turk excursion, you will visit the island's top attractions, including the former United States Air Force Tracking Base and a replica of Astronaut John Glenn's Friendship 7 space capsule, which splashed down off the island's coast in 1962 following the United States' first successful manned orbit of the earth.

You will also see several 18th-century churches, beautiful Bermudan-style buildings, and salt ponds. You'll have the option to visit the National Museum (not included, approximately $5 US per person) if you would like, or explore the picturesque downtown area instead. In this peaceful town, you may see wild horses and donkeys freely roaming the streets.

There will be a brief photo stop to see a working lighthouse that has been in service for more than 150 years. Built in London in 1852 and shipped to Grand Turk, it was assembled in hopes of saving the salt trade. Standing sixty feet, it was designed by Alexander Gordon, who designed lighthouses throughout the British Empire. If you are interested, you can go inside the lighthouse for an additional fee (not included, approximately $3 US per person). Keep your eyes out for the wandering donkeys that can often be found nearby.

You will also have an opportunity to visit "The Salt House", a recreated 17th-century saltpan that chronicles the history of the salt and slave industry.

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Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Scenic, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship pier. Details will be provided upon booking confirmation.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included
Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes. Sun glasses, sunscreen and a towel if you wish to swim, are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to walk over paved, gravel and sandy surfaces at stops.
4.5 Stars4.5 / 5  |  93 ReviewsReview This Tour
Relaxe
March 25, 2020
I really enjoyed our tour such a beautiful island,the best sand I’ve ever seen or felt.it was my best tour.
Reviewer: Janet McGeein
5 Stars
4stars
March 13, 2020
Was organized. Bus was clean & comfortable. Driver/guide was knowledgeable. Small town easily seen in a short time. Donkeys/mules are seen in some places of interest. Best is looking at the omnipresent, clear turquoise blue water of the beaches- amazingly wonderful!
Reviewer: Jose Bacaling
4 Stars
tour
March 06, 2020
The island tour was very interesting and informative. The guide answered our questions. Since I booked with Spirit, we had to walk almost a mile from the ship to meet our tour guide. Had I booked it with the cruise line, we could have boarded the bus at the duty free shop, a short distance from the ship
Reviewer: dorothy wolfe
4 Stars
Experience
March 01, 2020
Very informative
Reviewer: Larry Bresselsmith, Jr
4 Stars
Exclusive Grand Turk Experience
January 30, 2020
This excursion was excellent. The driver was very informative and helpful. She accommodated anyone who wanted to stop for photos and was happy to answer any questions. Love the small tour.
Reviewer: Lucille Ryan
5 Stars
Touring the Turks
January 20, 2020
Had a pleasant journey with Juline around the island.
Reviewer: Mark Danielson
5 Stars