Shore Excursions

By Viator, December 2010

Whether you’re cruising the tropical Caribbean or Europe’s Mediterranean Sea, shore excursions offer don’t-miss opportunities to see more of the world and dive into adrenaline-fueled activities.

If Mexican resorts like Los Cabos and Cozumel are your ports of call, why not take the plunge and learn to dive on your shore excursion, or kayak and snorkel with tropical fish? Sail around the palm-fringed coastline on a catamaran, dive beneath the waves in a submarine or just chill out for a few hours at a private beach resort.

Caribbean ports like Nassau, Barbados, Montego Bay, St. Lucia and St. Thomas offer resort diving and cultural tours combining history, nature and world-class water sports. Spread your wings on a zipline adventure above the jungle canopy, or go off-roading into the countryside on an ATV.

If you’re cruising the Mediterranean, shore excursions take you on a journey through history to explore Renaissance cities and cultural hot spots. In Italy, your liner might anchor at Naples for a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the poignant ruins of Pompeii, or a day cruise to the captivating isle of Capri.

Civitavecchia is your port for Rome, and a day tour taking in the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican and other must-see sights of the Eternal City is a great way to spend your time on land. Sorrento is the gateway to the beautiful Amalfi Coast, where coastal roads wind around cliffs to picture-postcard villages like Ravello and Positano.

Step off your cruise liner at the Spanish port of Barcelona, and a wealth of tapas bars, stylish cafes and the Gothic old city lie before you.

On the Bosphorus, you’ll dock at the ancient city of Istanbul, where shore excursions visit the city’s mosques and churches, exotic bazaars and the fabled sultans’ palace of Topkapi.

Whichever relaxing or action-packed shore activity you choose, book ahead and organize port transfers to make the most of your time ashore for a truly memorable vacation.

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Dunedin Shore Excursion: Taieri Gorge Railway Tour and City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Dunedin, take a trip through the spectacular scenery surrounding the Taieri River on board the Taieri Gorge Railway. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.13

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $111.16

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

While in port in St Maarten, enjoy fun in the sun at two of St Maarten’s renowned beaches – Orient Beach and Maho Beach. Your friendly guide will deliver you ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.99

Livorno Shore Excursion: Pisa and Florence Private Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Livorno and you have only a single day to see the surrounding Italian towns of Pisa and Florence, you’ll need a privately guided ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.86

Akaroa Shore Excursion: Banks Peninsula and Christchurch City Sights

4 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

While your ship is in port in Akaroa Harbour, take a shore excursion to tour the scenic Banks Peninsula and visit the city of Christchurch. You’ll see how ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.49

St Maarten Shore Excursion: Island Sightseeing Tour from Philipsburg

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 Reviews

While in port in Philipsburg, discover the enchanting towns, stunning beaches and local cuisine of the island of St Martin on this 4.5-hour shore excursion. ...  Read more

Location: Philipsburg, St Maarten
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $43.99

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle Earth takes you on a tour of the Hobbiton ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $203.26

Istanbul Shore Excursion: Istanbul in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 217 Reviews

This sightseeing tour of Istanbul provides the perfect introduction to the fabled city that spans Asia and Europe. On this shore excursion you will see how old ...  Read more

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.00

Civitavecchia Shore Excursion: Skip-the-Line Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Tour in Rome

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 7 Reviews

While in port in Civitavecchia, take a full-day shore excursion to Rome for a skip-the-line tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Visited by more ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.98

Kusadasi Shore Excursion: Ephesus Sightseeing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 102 Reviews

Explore Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, on this shore excursion from Kusadasi. A commercial, religious and social center during ancient ...  Read more

Location: Kusadasi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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