Exclusive Grand Turk Experience

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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 ? An approximately 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Not included
Recommended 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.

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 salt pan that chronicles the history of the salt and slave industry.

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4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  106 ReviewsReview This Tour
Grand Turk
February 05, 2023
We had a very nice tour in Grand Turk. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. She showed us all the historical places. I wish we had more time for shopping. I recommend to take this tour
Reviewer: Nuzhat Malik
4 Stars
Grand Turk
January 13, 2023
Our driver was great! She told us a lot about her home (Grand Turk). She answered questions and was very kind and considerate. She also volunteered to take pictures for her guest. She had a wonderful and warm personality and I would love to have her again (unfortunately I do not remember her name). I wish that we had the time to see more of the island but we enjoyed it just the same.
Reviewer: Stacey Byrd
5 Stars
Grand Turks excursion
December 31, 2022
An informative excursion. Thanks
Reviewer: Antonio Iuliani
4 Stars
Big tour for a small island.
December 01, 2022
The tour was very informative, we learned about the history and how that island was under British care. We mingle with the locals and enjoyed their food.
Reviewer: Patricia Criswell
5 Stars
Donkeys were the high point!
November 24, 2022
Very good guide who pointed out things we would not have noticed ourselves. Loved spending time around the free roaming donkeys! Glad we took a general tour of the island with a guide instead of going it alone.
5 Stars
Review of Grand Turk excursion
November 10, 2022
She showed us everything we needed to see on this small island.
Reviewer: klightcap
5 Stars