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Get the perfect introduction to the history and scenic beauty of Antigua during this 3.5-hour tour of its top attractions. During your visit you’ll stop by Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a colonial-era naval base and renowned yachting location, taking some time to browse the area’s unique shops and art galleries, then stop by the picturesque Blockhouse Ruins and finish your day with panoramic views from Shirley Heights. Your Antigua visit also includes round-trip transportation from the port and all entrance fees.


  • Island shore excursion of Antigua
  • See Nelson's Dockyard National Park and English Harbour
  • Stunning ocean views
  • Relaxing stroll by the water
  • Complimentary port pickup and drop off
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free guarantee: on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Antigua Shore Excursion: Round Island Tour

View from Shirley Heights

Sample the top historical sights and lush tropical beauty of Antigua on this 3.5-hour port-of-call tour covering the island’s top cultural and natural attractions. 

Start with a 9am pickup from the cruise ship pier, continuing on with your guide to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. This one-time British naval site now offers a wealth of historic and modern amenities. Admire the glamorous luxury yachts that now line its marina, before taking time to check out the art galleries and colonial-era structures such as Admiral’s Inn, the Copper and Lumber Store, the Sailmaker’s Loft that line the harbor shore. 

Then head over to the Blockhouse Ruins, a scenic overlook offering fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Creek, and on a clear day, the nearby island of Monserrat in the distance. Finish your excursion with a stop at Shirley Heights, another hilltop historic site with fantastic views of Nelson’s Dockyard down below.

Conclude your island trip with a return to your port-of-call to meet your cruise ship.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to St John's for your ship’s departure. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Iman S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I never give reviews, but I feel compelled to because Winston, our tour guide/driver was such a pleasure. I learned so much. If you can request a specific tour guide, I feel comfortable suggesting that you request Winston.

william L USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had great time with our tour guide, Dale. There were nothing much on the island except one place a old fortress with a great view. Got back to the ship in time for Lunch. The price should be less

Kadian W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Oh wow! What a sight to behold! Do you know that Antigua has 365 beaches? I only saw about 5, but that pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the island. My tour guide had my name on a sign when I disembarked the ship so that made me feel special. It was also a private tour and well worth it!

Mary O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful time touring the island and our guide was very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent tour. We were not rushed in any way. Tour ended up being about 5 hrs. instead of 31/2 hrs. Exceded expectations.

Brenda L B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We very much enjoyed the tour. The guide met us at the end of the pier right on time. I was recovering from an illness and he made sure he parked as closely as possible to the sites for us to see so I wouldn't have to walk so much. When we asked about a good local place to eat near the ship, he stopped and took us into a local place about 2 blocks from the pier and asked them to take good care of us. I think his name was Nigel and he did a great job of taking care of us. We will use Viator for tours again.

Bruce D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A very nice way to get an overview of the island and learn a bit of history. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We enjoyed our time and highly recommend the tour to others.

Richard L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2012

This was truly the most enjoyable tour that I have ever been on. The tour guide showed me much more that what was listed as being included. I should have booked a longer tour as I was able to see much more that I had figured that I would get to see, but did not have enough time to spend very long at each site. I got to see the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, Betty's Hope. an Old Sugar Mill that is being restored and Devil's Bridge that is a natural bridge that the ocean water has created that is similar to the Natural Bridge on Aruba. I also got to see many other sites that I had not planned on along with what was listed national park, in which lies the famous English Harbour and Nelson's Dockyard, named after Horatio Nelson who served in Antiqua in the 1700's. There was time to wander around and view the Admiral's Inn, Copper and Lumber Store, Sailmakers's Loft, Mystery Pillars, Art Gallery and fabulous yachts moored to the old quay side, visited the Blockhouse Ruins, overlooking the mighty Atlantic Ocean, Indian Creek, and the island of Montserrat. Afterwards a short visit to Shirley Heights for a bird's eye view over Nelson's Dockyard. I was the only one on the tour along with my tour guide who stopped by several other sites. I lost my notes or I could be even more descriptive of an excellent tour. I would definitely use the tour guide and the tour agency again. When packing to get off the ship, I inadvertently threw away my notes with the tour guides name and agency information to contact, but I will book through viator again. Thanks for wonderful tour.

Rachele A M

4 star rating: Recommended December 2016

National tours screwed up and never told our driver that there would be 3 extra guests. He did not have a vehicle that comfortably fit all of us. My husband was squeezed into the back of a Ford Explorer and could not see everything. It was difficult for him to get in and out of the car. Dale our driver was excellent.

Alan B

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

Tour was great and got to see some lovely parts of the Island,Nelson's Dockyard,Shirley Heights etc.
Our guide was a little shy but informative if asked questions

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