Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour

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Overview

Take in the highlights of Grand Turk on a 90-minute coach tour with informative commentary from your expert local guide. See the former US Air Force base where NASA kept track of early space launches, and take photos of John Glenns spacecraft the Friendship 7. Enjoy time to explore the shops and historic buildings downtown, then head north to see the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Pass by ancient salt ponds and the Salt Museum and keep an eye out for pink flamingos, brown pelicans and wild horses!

Highlights

  • Family friendly
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

Meet your knowledgeable local guide at White Sands Beach where you board your air-conditioned coach.
First, head to the former US Air Force base, where NASA tracked space launches in the late 1950s and 1960s. On Feb 20, 1962, when astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth, his spacecraft the Friendship 7 splashed down in the waters off Grand Turk. Glenn was taken to this base, where Vice President Lyndon Johnson arrived several days later to congratulate him.
Motor along historic Duke Street, where a number of dive shops, small hotels, and 19th-century Bermuda-style houses are located. Your coach stops for about 15 minutes so you can walk around the historic buildings and souvenir shops. You might want to purchase a snack or refreshment to sample the local flavors.
After exploring downtown, reboard your coach and drive north to the highest point of Grand Turk, at the end of the island. Stop at the lighthouse and snap photos of the landmark beacon that sits atop limestone cliffs.
Continue past centuries-old salt ponds and the nearby Salt Museum. Your guide explains the history of the salt trade in the Turks, where islanders once used the ponds to harvest the mineral to sell as an export. You might glimpse endangered pink flamingos, and brown pelicans in this area, or even catch sight of wild horses that roam the island!
After 90 minutes, return to your starting point where your tour ends. When it's finally time to end your trip on Grand Turk Island, keep an eye out for a replica of the Friendship 7 at the entrance of the JAGS McCartney International Airport.

Inclusions for Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour

  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach

Exclusions for Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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17 reviews by the users

  • Mama J was our tour guide and she was excellent. She and her husband seem like wonderful people who love their island. She gave us a wonderful tour of Grand Turk in an air conditioned van. There's not a ton of things to see as most of Grand Turk is ruins of things that used to be there like the salt flats and military bases, but Mama made all that interesting for us. There were a few stops which were great, like shopping in Cockburn Town and a quaint and very picturesque beach. I'm definitely glad I chose this tour for my family to learn more about Grand Turk, rather than just spending the entire time at another beach by our ship. Well done!

  • Papa J's Tours was excellent. We really enjoyed our tour of Grand Turk. Job, our guide, was a native of the island. He was very knowledgeable about the history as well as current events. We saw John Glenn's capsule, the salt flats, the governor's mansion, and the lighthouse. We would highly recommend this tour.

  • Papa J tours were excellent, our tour guide was the wife of the owner. A beautiful and informative guide. We enjoyed this tour around Grand Turk immensely. Would definately recommend this tour. You can sign up directly through Papa J Tours and save a little money.
    Always remember to check land time, because it was different then ship time. We almost missed our tour.

  • The driver was very knowledgable, and enjoyed hearing about Grand Turk.

  • Dwight was an excellent tour guide. Having grown-up on the Island, he was a historian as well as knew all the locals! He was courteous, helpful, friendly and a wonderful tour guide. His wife was an excellent host as well. I highly recommend to see the Island of Grand Turk!!

  • Jolene did a great job!

  • informative, great for older people with mobility issues...otherwise much better and active things to do and see

  • we were there on a Sunday which meant it was very quiet on the Island. The tour guide did a very nice job of explaining the history of the Island and the various sites. The Lighthouse is a bit of a disappointment.

  • Not a lot to see, but this tour gave a good insight to island life. Our driver was knowledgeable and eager to make the trip enjoyable. We enjoyed the time we spent on the tour.

  • This was our first experience with Viator instead of booking with the ship, because there was much more flexibility with times. It turned out that it was also less expensive. We were glad to have an air conditioned van, as we saw some tours that did not. The guide Julene? was friendly and knowledgeable. We would suggest that the vendor representative have a sign that says Viator or the tour company name so she was easier to find.

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