• Tour code: 6425ISLAND
  • Location: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

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See Grand Turk's most captivating sights on this 1.5-hour coach tour narrated by a native guide. View astronaut John Glenn's spacecraft, the Friendship 7, and visit the former US Air Force base where NASA monitored space launches. Explore a variety of shops and historic buildings before heading north to the Grand Turk Lighthouse. Watch out for wild horses, pelicans, and flamingos on the way to the historic salt ponds, or salinas, and the Salt Museum.

Highlights

  • 90-minute sightseeing coach tour of Grand Turk
  • Drive by the US Air Force base where astronaut John Glenn recovered after orbiting the earth in 1962
  • See John Glenn’s spacecraft that splashed down in the waters off of Grand Turk after his historic spaceflight
  • Have the option to stroll through the historic downtown
  • Browse the souvenir shops and perhaps try some local eats
  • Visit the Grand Turk Lighthouse on the northern end of the island
  • Learn about the history of the island's salt trade

What You Can Expect

Grand Turk Sightseeing Tour

Visit the Historic Lighthouse in Grand Turk

Meet your comfortable, air-conditioned coach and your friendly, professional local guide at White Sands Beach. After boarding, you'll head to the former US Air Force base that NASA used in the late 50s and early 60s to monitor space launches. Grand Turk's waters were the the splashdown location for John Glenn's spacecraft, the Friendship 7, after he was the first man to orbit the earth. On February 20, 1962, Glenn was rescued form the water and taken to this base while he waited for then–Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson to arrive and offer his congratulations.

The coach will ferry you down Duke Street, a historic thoroughfare that features many Bermuda-style houses that date from the 1800s. Stop here for 15 minutes to check out the shops and historic buildings, taking the opportunity to purchase refreshments and experience some local flavors.

Back aboard your coach, leave downtown and head north to the Grand Turk Lighthouse, which sits on the island's highest point and historically saved many sailors form shipwreck. Snap photos with your family and friends at the scenic limestone bluffs.

Catch sight of pelicans, wild horses, or flamingos on the way to the nearby Salt Museum. Learn about Grand Turk's history in the salt trade, in which islanders used natural ponds to evaporate sea water and harvest salt for export. After this 90-minute tour, your coach will return to your starting point at White Sands Beach.

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