7 BEST Gibraltar Tours from Cruise Ship
Visiting Gibraltar and looking for Gibraltar Tours from Cruise Ship? Look no further…we got the perfect article for you!
Have you ever visited Gibraltar before? If not, do not worry, as we will be providing you with some tips and suggestions during your shore excursion to Gibraltar.
Popular excursions for passengers on cruise liners
Gibraltar offers something different for every visitor, ranging from a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pre-historic treasures to a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Not to mention it is also a stimulating Online Gambling centre of business and a fast-growing touristic destination.
Gibraltar Rock Tour
Gibraltar Rock Tours is the most popular tour done by visitors onboard cruise ships. This excursion is perfect for visitors arriving by sea. Choose from the different duration of tours, depending on your time at Gibraltar, and enjoy a luxury bespoke private tour of Gibraltar historical sites. The private tours consist of a detailed explanation and visit of the iconic historical places of Gibraltar, with the company of a qualified guide.
Choose from four Rock Tours categories based on your needs and budget, starting from just £31 per person.
Dolphin Watching trips is another excellent excursion for cruise passengers to do during your stay in the rock. Furthermore, they are fun for children and the most enjoyable way of seeing these fascinating mammals up close. Gibraltar enjoys a school of resident dolphins that make daily appearances in the bay and strait area. The local species are the Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, and the Striped Dolphin.
Dolphins are very sociable animals, spending most of their time in the company of dolphin species. The schools of Gibraltar dolphins can range from very few to several hundred. These dolphins can be found in various locations around the coast of Gibraltar. They usually feed on sardines, herring, squid, anchovies, and flying fish and can deep dive to about 280 meters.
Get to view the Rock of Gibraltar from another perspective on board a Dolphin Watching Trip.
City Walking Tour
There is a richness of history in Gibraltar from Neanderthals to WWII, and the Inner City of Gibraltar is no exception. On this guided walking tour of the old town of the rock, an expert guide will explain the importance of Gibraltar’s initial city during our past.
During the excursion, visitors will learn about the ancient part of Gibraltar’s history dating back to the Moorish Occupation in 1309. Trekking along Irish Town will enable you to appreciate the diverse architecture and history dating back to the Spanish Occupation in the 16th Century. You will also get to see various iconic buildings such as the Garrison Library, inaugurated after the Great Siege by Captain Drinkwater and the old printing office of the Gibraltar Chronicle (2nd oldest Newspaper in the world).
An additional iconic venue on the walking tour is the historic Convent (current residence of the Governor of Gibraltar) and the Gibraltar National Museum to name some.
Prices start from £35 per person book your tour here.
Military History Tour
Military Tours are very popular activity for cruise passengers.
Obviously, this is clearly no surprise due to the magnitude of Gibraltar’s military-strategic location, dating to the Greek Empire. Such importance is obvious as Gibraltar is one of the Pillars of Hercules in Greek Mythology.
Military presence then started to increase during the Moorish Occupation of Europe from 711 AD to the Spanish invasion of Gibraltar in 1462. Luckily the majority of the Military Structures are still intact to date.
The remaining military sites are from the 18th Century (Great Siege-Age of Sail period) and both World War I and WWII eras. It was during WWII that Enemies extensively tested Gibraltar’s military importance. Gibraltar became home to the UK Royal Navy, assisting with successful Allied military operations. One example is Operation Torch General Eisenhower’s WWII invasion of North Africa.
The Military History Tour conducted by Victory Tours will enable you to see all the military installations from first hand, from the Moorish Installations, including the Tower of Homage which dates back to the Moors and the Spanish Military Fortifications, which remain still intact including the Charles V Wall.
Nevertheless, most of the Military History emerges from British Occupation from 1704 to date.
This tour is only exclusively available via Victory Tours, book your tour here.
NEW! Gibraltar Food Tours – Tapas Run
Brand new tour only exclusively available via Victory Tours Gibraltar.
This food tour is specifically designed for cruise passengers visiting the Rock. Join the activity and get to learn Gibraltar’s gastronomic culture and traditions. Furthermore, this excursion will introduce you to our local favourite dishes and venues.
Under the dedicated attention of your guide, you will visit 3/4 different restaurants and have the pleasure to savour some of their succulent dishes. Moreover, the carefully chosen dishes have been identified for this Tapas Run and quality tested….on numerous times! Additionally, the Tapas Run Tour has also been internationally mentioned in Conde Nast Traveller Magazine.
Included on the Tapas Tour:
- 8 Tapas
- 1 small beer or glass of wine at each venue
- an official local guide
- Quality food and drinks guaranteed
Note: Not suitable for Vegans or Vegetarians. Nevertheless this tour is Accessibility Friendly.
Pub Crawl Tour
This is Gibraltar’s ultimate bar-hopping experience. Get to learn about Gibraltar’s history as well as visiting the most iconic pubs in town, great new fun tour for cruise liner passengers!
Visiting the following pubs:
- All’s Well – (learn about the Great Siege…the longest siege in British History)
- Lord Nelson – (learn about the Battle of Trafalgar…the famous battle of Admiral Nelson)
- Gibraltar Arms – (learn about Gibraltar’s Military Arms)
- Angry Friar – (learn about the Franciscan Monks…and the Spanish occupation)
- Half a pint at each venue (Seating will depend on availability)
- Local Guide providing a detailed historical explanation of the significance of each venue and how these relate to our history
- Great time guaranteed!
Book this amazing experience here now!
NEW! – Art Walking Tour
An amazing new walking tour for art lovers. For such a small place, the Rock has a vast historic art culture, dating back to the 19th Century. Various local artists became internationally recognised for their artwork and vision during this period.
Some of these internationally acclaimed local artists are Gustavo Bacarisas, Jacob Azagury, Rudesindo Mannia, Leni Mifsud, Elio Cruz and Mario Finlayson.
Presently, the most recent international acclaimed artists is Christian Hook. Hook won the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year contest with a portrait of Alan Cumming in 2014.
Gibraltar has Four Art Exhibition Galleries, namely the Fine Arts Gallery, The GEMA Gallery, The Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery and the Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery.
Additionally, Gibraltar also has various Exhibition Venues across the rock, accessible to the public, namely The John Macintosh Hall Exhibition Hall and Sacarello’s Coffee Shop
Therefore, if you love art, make sure to go on this Gibraltar Art Tours and visit all four galleries and various Street Art and Exhibition points of interest.
In conclusion, there are tons of activities to do in Gibraltar when visiting via a cruise ship. Above is just a small list of shore excursions at your disposal.