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See the all of Grand Turk's highlights on an open-air tram with historical commentary by an entertaining, informative guide. This 3-hour excursion includes historical sites like museums, churches, a prison, and the island's natural salt ponds. Get to know the locals — donkeys and wild horses — before a stop in Cockburn Town for shopping and a visit to the Grand Turk Lighthouse.

Highlights

  • Open-air tram tour of Grand Turk
  • Ride up and down the island to see historical landmarks like churches and old cannons
  • Stop in Cockburn Town to shop and enjoy local food tastings
  • See Governor’s Beach, Her Majesty’s Prison, the National Museum and the Grand Turk Lighthouse
  • Pass by salt ponds and learn about the island’s salt industry
  • Watch for wildlife like horses, donkeys and flamingos

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What You Can Expect

Grand Turk Historical Sightseeing Tour by Tram

Enjoy ocean views while stopping in Cockburn Town!

Start your open-sided tram sightseeing tour of Grand Turk at the tram station near the cruise terminal at the Southern end of the island. From there, the tram takes you and your family or friends, along with a knowledgable guide, all the way to the island's northern tip and back in about 3 hours. Feeling the sun and the tropical breeze on your skin is a pleasant way to tour the island while learning about its history.

 

Cannons, windmills, churches, inns and other historical attractions keep your guide busy pointing out the local sights. Pass many wild horses and donkeys, the Space Capsule, and Governor's Beach on your way to Cockburn Town, where you'll stop to sample some local foods and have a cool drink. Disembark in historic Cockburn Town and visit some of the local shops and restaurants.

 

Back on the tram, pass Her Majesty's Prison and the National Building, both historical relics with interesting colonial architecture. On your way to the Grand Turk Lighthouse at the very northern end of the island, pass Crabtree Park and North Creek. Get a history lesson in Grand Turk's once-booming salt industry as you pass the natural salt ponds, known as 'salinas'. Dating back to the 1600s, these salt ponds were once the lifeblood of the islands, and are now home to flamingos and other tropical birds. After getting your fill of local sights and history, your tour ends back at the tram station.

Customer Reviews

Marina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

When Carnival arrived at the port we were informed that the Ship would leave at 1 PM instead of 2 PM. The tour I had booked had a return to the ship at 1:30 PM. I got off the ship earlier and was able to get on the 9:30 AM tour that was almost full of Chinese. They were able to accommodate several of us and the tour was excellent and informative. We sat close to the driver who spoke English and the translator spoke to the Chinese. The Island is very small but beautiful. Lots of donkeys. I highly recommend this tour.

Roby

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

As a Travel Agent, I experience quite a few tours but have never experienced a tour as GREAT as this one. Narration began as soon as Tracy started up the Tram. We all learned so much about the Island and his personality shone through for the whole trip. I will highly recommend this tour to my clients over any that Carnival Cruise Line offers. There is absolutely NO comparison. I was happy when we also met the Owner and her son and they guaranteed we were going to enjoy this to the ultimate, and we did. Reserve this tour through Viator - no doubt - THE BEST!!!

Lynna B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Island Tram is great. You not only get to see the island and hear the history, but get to stop for shopping and touring the lighthouse. This is my second time using this company myself and as a travel agent, recommend it to my clients. Doug, Raymond, Tina and the crew are very warm and friendly and do everything they can to make your visit a good experience.

Cheryl O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Grand Turk was our favorite! Relaxing. The beach and Margaritiville is right off the pier from the ship. The tour was very educational and interesting. The island is small, 7 miles long. My son was visited by several donkeys as he was eating chips! The tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour if you want to know more about this beautiful island named Grand Turk.

marikays

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Good value. Guide was excellent. We saw the entire island. Made 2 stops during the 2 hour tour.
Tram was comfortable and water was supplied. We did have long walk from ship to tram which is located outside terminal.

Wilma A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

first we were concerned the ship would not arrive on time and then the snorkel excursion lasted longer then planned. We were not able to go on the planned noon excursion but the people with viator worked with us and we were able to go at 1400 and still made it back to the ship in time.A very enjoyable experience.

michael c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great way to see a beautiful island. Recommended.

Ken A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great way to see the island. Tour guide was a local businessman who was born and raised on the island. He provided great insights into the history of the island and it's current status. Well worth the time and money.

Jayc

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Tour was great! Shopping in downtown was great! Wish we had more time at the Lighthouse and wish the AC worked a bit better in trolley. Guide was very knowledgeable and easy to follow! Loved this tour and was 14 dollars cheaper than Carnival's exact excursion!

Joyce H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We really enjoyed the tour and the guide was very good any one taking a cruise in their should take this tour

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