Gibraltar

Gibraltar on a sunny day seen from across the bay

Introduction to Gibraltar

Dominated by 'the Rock', a towering 1,396 ft sentinel that guards the Straits, Gibraltar is a pretty, British-controlled territory with a distinctly familiar atmosphere. With helmeted policemen and British institutions such as Marks & Spencer, Gibraltar feels like a home from home, a little slice of Great Britain with a glorious Mediterranean climate. 

Resolutely British for nearly 300 years, Gibraltar’s unique history and settling unites the oddly familiar – from the helmeted policemen to Marks & Spencer – with an extrovert Mediterranean mood. Take a trip to see the Barbary Apes, test the shops and pubs in Main Street and Irish Town,grab some duty free shopping or board a cable-car to enjoy the grandstand views of nearby Spain and Africa.

 

 

 

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The Rock, Gibraltar

THE ROCK TOUR (TOUR A)

Must do tour
  • Discover the highlights of Gibraltar
  • A great opportunity to capture some spectacular photographs
  • Admire the impressive St Michael’s Cave
  • Observe Gibraltar’s most famous inhabitants at the Apes Den 
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£20.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 1.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

When you first set eyes on the Rock of Gibraltar, it’s almost impossible not to be impressed by the visual impact of its structure, towering above the surrounding countryside. Savour impressive views as you take in a sightseeing tour of the area.

Travel towards the airfield runway to reach the British Frontier with Spain, before proceeding to Europa Point, the southernmost tip of Europe, where you can admire breathtaking views across the Strait to North Africa. Take in the busiest shipping lane in the world, and admire the mingling of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and two continents.

At the Upper Rock area and St Michael’s Cave, you will be able to appreciate the mass of oddly-shaped stalagmites and stalactites. The cave consists of the Upper Hall, which was prepared during World War II as an emergency hospital but never used, and five connecting passages leading to a smaller hall. Enjoy a stop at the Apes Den, where you can view the semi-wild primates up close. The apes are a breed of tailless monkeys called Barbary Macaques, and roam freely on the rocky slopes.

You will then travel via the Upper Rock area to exit the nature reserve, passing by the Moorish Castle and the Tower of Homage. The tower is an impressive sight – not only due to its striking construction but also because of its dominant and strategic position. The Moorish Castle played a prominent part in the Arab conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. Finally, drive down the narrow winding streets to exit at Main Street. Here, those of you who wish to can remain in town and visit the shops, or alternatively return to the quayside with the tour vehicle.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a limited amount of walking, but there are many steps to negotiate. All participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. Guests wishing to stay in town at the end of this tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship in time for sailing (at their own expense). Please note that the apes in Gibraltar are semi-wild creatures and should not be touched, however friendly they may seem. It is also an offence to feed the apes here.

 


Alamada Gardens & Cable Car

ALAMEDA GARDENS & CABLE CAR (TOUR D)

  • Experience a ride on Gibraltar’s cable car
  • Admire impressive views from the summit of the Rock
  • Visit the beautiful Alameda Gardens and appreciate the colourful flora 
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Gibraltar’s purpose-built cable car is one of the best ways to appreciate the great views of the city and its surroundings.

Arriving at the cable car station, you commence your ascent to the Apes Den, marvelling at the panoramic views as you journey upwards to the summit of the Rock. Here you will find the rare tail-less Barbary Macaque monkeys, and will have time to appreciate the spectacular vistas from the Rock.

Continuing, you descend to the bottom station, where you can enjoy a visit to the Alameda Botanical Gardens, which were commissioned by Lieutenant Governor George Don and opened in 1816. Enjoy a guided walking tour, admiring the combination of native species and flora from Australia and South Africa.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON & 2016

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a extensive amount of walking. Please note that the cable car is a very popular attraction; therefore some queuing and standing may be encountered. The cable car is not wheelchair accessible and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. For reference, the walking tour of the gardens lasts approximately one hour - you will have to negotiate a number of steps and uneven ground and strenuous inclines. What flora may be seen is obviously subject to seasonal change. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of the tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship in time for sailing, and at their own expense. 


Dolphin Watching, Gibraltar

DOLPHIN WATCHING (TOUR B)

  • Take the opportunity to observe dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Capture stunning photographs of these amazing creatures
  • Enjoy a delightful cruise as you go in search of these marine mammals 
Activity Tour Boat Tour
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 1.75 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Few people are aware that Gibraltar is one of the best places in the world to view cetaceans the whole year round. The local waters are home to three species of dolphin – Striped, Bottle-nosed and common – along with seven species of whale, flying fish, turtles and sunfish.

Enjoy a trip along the visually spectacular and historic bay. Sailing towards the Rock, your captain will point out key landmarks and give you some interesting information about Gibraltar. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins as you travel across the water.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, and is therefore considered suitable for guests with limited mobility providing guests can get on and off the transport unaided. This tour is dependent upon favourable weather conditions. We cannot guarantee what marine life may be seen. At the end of the tour, participants may have the option to remain in town if they wish, however it is their responsibility to make their own way back to the ship in time for sailing, and at their own expense.


Fortress, Gibraltar

FORTRESS GIBRALTAR (TOUR E)

  • Visit one of the most interesting attractions in the area
  • View the famous tunnels built in preparation for World War II – the town inside the Rock
  • Discover the history of Gibraltar on this informative tour
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited to 80
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Enjoy a visit to the World War II tunnels of Gibraltar - excavated between 1939 and 1944 as an extension to the Great Siege Tunnels of 1779 to 1783, and in total stretching for over 30 miles!

As you travel past the British/Spanish land frontier, your guide will provide you with a brief overview of Gibraltar’s history and point out areas of interest. Pause at Europa Point, site of the Trinity Lighthouse, where you can enjoy impressive views (weather permitting) of the busy Strait of Gibraltar, the African coastline and the Spanish Costa Del Sol. Continue towards the Nature Reserve, which offers the possibility of spotting the tailless Barbary Macaque monkeys from afar.

Once you reach the fortress, follow in the footsteps of soldiers and civilians as you walk through the tunnels that were excavated into the Rock during World War II – a hidden fortress. Your tour begins at Hay’s Level, at the entrance to the Northern Defences Sector, and a brief safety presentation will be given. Highlights of your tour include viewing the accommodation utilised during the war and the various cave formations. There will also be a chance to enjoy the stunning view from Jock’s Balcony (weather permitting).

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON & 2016 BLACK WATCH AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE. 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Unfortunately the tour transport cannot accommodate wheelchairs. At the end of the tour, guests may have choose to remain in town if they wish, however it is their responsibility to make their own way back to the ship (at their own expense).


The Rock, Gibraltar

GARRISON LIBRARY & TEA (TOUR I)

  • Discover the Garrison Library, established for the officers of the Garrison of Gibraltar
  • Relax in the adjacent Eliott Hotel to enjoy refreshments and reflect and unwind
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Experience the rare opportunity to visit the Garrison Library accompanied by your specialised guide, who is keen to impart their knowledge.

Enjoy a drive north across Gibraltar's unique runway to the border between this small colony and Spain. As you drive by you will have the opportunity to view this remarkable border and the Spanish mainland beyond.

Proceed along the outskirts of the town, passing by the American War Memorial and Trafalgar Cemetery before arriving at Europa Point. From this vantage point you can admire views of the coast of North Africa, 12 miles away across the famous Strait of Gibraltar. You will appreciate why this territory was, and continues to be, of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

You will then retrace your journey towards the Garrison Library, founded in 1793 by Captain Bethune, and officially opened in 1804. The Library has served as the headquarters for the Gibraltar Chronicle, the world’s second oldest English language newspaper to print continuously. The Library was established for the officers of the Garrison of Gibraltar and has remained a private entity run by a trust for over 200 years. In September 2011 the Library was transferred to the Gibraltar Government, and on occasion opens to the general public. On this tour you can enjoy the opportunity to visit the Library accompanied by your specialised guide.

Your tour concludes with a walk to the adjacent Eliott Hotel for refreshments and morning or afternoon tea. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES & 2016 BLACK WATCH AROUND THE WORLD CRUISE. 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a minimal amount of walking with a few steps to negotiate and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility, providing individuals can board the tour transport unaided. Unfortunately the Library is unable to accommodate wheelchairs. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of the tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship (at their own expense).


Trinity Light House, Gibraltar

HIGHLIGHTS OF GIBRALTAR & TAPAS (TOUR H)

  • Admire some fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Trinity Lighthouse
  • Sample some local cuisine, with Spanish and Italian influences

 

Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Enjoy a sightseeing tour, taking in the highlights of Gibraltar, before savouring local tapas.

Leaving the quayside you travel north across Gibraltar's unique runway to the border between this small colony and Spain.  Proceed along the outskirts of town, passing the American War Memorial and Trafalgar Cemetery to arrive at Europa Point. From this vantagepoint you can admire views of the coast of North Africa, 12 miles across the famous Straits of Gibraltar. From here you will appreciate why this territory was and continues to be of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

Next, you will arrive at a local hotel where you can enjoy some delicious local tapas. After sampling the taste of typical Andalucian tapas, you return to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR CANARIES & MED 2015 CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour involves a minimal amount of walking with a few steps to negotiate and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility, providing individuals can board the tour transport unaided. Unfortunately the tour transport cannot accommodate wheelchairs. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of the tour for the shopping are responsible for making their own way back to the ship (at their own expense).
 


Catalan Bay, Gibraltar

LIFE IN GIBRALTAR (TOUR J)

  • Enjoy the highlights of this unique enclave on a scenic drive
  • Learn about the daily life of a Gibraltarian citizen
  • Indulge in traditional English tea and scones   
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationAPPROXIMATELY 2.5 HOURS
LimitationVERY LIMITED
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour gives you a chance to gain insight into local life in Gibraltar, from a local resident.

Travel north and drive across Gibraltar's unique runway, to the border between this British Overseas Territory and Spain. Proceed along Line Wall Road (part of the defensive curtain wall that forms part of Gibraltar’s old fortifications), passing the American War Memorial and The Trafalgar Cemetery, to arrive at Europa Point. From this vantage point, you can admire views of the North African coast, approximately 12 miles across the famous Straits of Gibraltar. From here you will appreciate why this territory was and continues to be of such strategic importance to the Royal Navy.

Next stop is the Caleta Hotel, located in Catalan Bay - a quaint fishing village originally inhabited by descendants of Genoese fishermen. At the Caleta, your ex-pat guide will share their story of moving from mainland UK to Gibraltar. Although Gibraltar is proudly British, there is a unique local culture and Mediterranean way of life. Your guide will explain some of the similarities and differences between life in the UK and Gibraltar, how Gibraltar has changed over the years, local customs and traditions and what it is like to live in Gibraltar.

Enjoy the very British tradition of tea, served with sandwiches and scones and snacks.

THIS TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2017

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a minimal amount of walking of this tour and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility. All guests must be able to board and disembark the tour transport unaided.


English Afternoon Tea

PANORAMIC GIBRALTAR & ENGLISH TEA (TOUR C)

  • Admire the highlights of Gibraltar from the comfort of your tour transport
  • Enjoy English tea as you relax and soak in your beautiful surroundings
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 2 Hours
LimitationLimited to 100 Guests
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

On this leisurely tour you can enjoy a sightseeing drive of Gibraltar followed by English tea.

Travel north across Gibraltar’s unique runway to the border between the small colony and Spain, where you can admire the mainland beyond. Retrace your steps and proceed along the outskirts of the town, passing the American War Memorial and the Trafalgar Cemetery to arrive at Europa Point, the southernmost point of Gibraltar and the site of the only Trinity Lighthouse outside the United Kingdom. Pause briefly to enjoy panoramic views of the busiest shipping lane in the world and to see the mingling of the Mediterranean Sea with the Atlantic Ocean, and two continents. Here you can appreciate why this territory was, and continues to be, of such strategic importance to the British Navy.

Continue to the renowned Rock Hotel - of all the Gibraltar hotels, the Rock enjoys a unique aspect in Gibraltar with magnificent views across the Bay of Gibraltar, the Spanish mainland and the Rif Mountains of Morocco. Here you can take in the scenery as you savour a delightful English tea accompanied by a selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes, prior to the return journey back to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility, providing individuals can get on and off the tour transport unaided. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of the tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship in time for sailing, and at their own expense. 

 


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