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St. John's Antigua Island Highlights Sightseeing Excursion

Antigua, St. John's (Excursion ID S2986)

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    5 hours
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  • Round-trip transportation from your cruise ship terminal in St. John's Antigua!
  • Air-conditioned, fully licensed, and insured transportation!
  • Knowledgeable and experienced Antigua sightseeing shore excursion guides!
  • Complimentary cold bottled water!
  • Coastal sightseeing, historical highlights tour, and picture opportunity stop!
  • Highlights visited - English Harbor, Shirley's Heights, Liberty Village!
  • Optional stop at Valley Church Beach!

See the best of Antigua's nature, culture, and architecture, guided by a professional. With pick up and drop off at your Antigua St. John's cruise ship pier terminal, you'll have nothing to do but enjoy this lovely island.

The same excursion is being offered as private - please see  St. John's Antigua Private Highlights Sightseeing Excursion with Beach Break S2985 

You'll begin your day just a few steps away from your St. John's Antigua cruise ship pier where your guide will be waiting for you. You'll be shown to air-conditioned transportation and then you'll take a 30-minute, picturesque, drive to Antigua's historic district. Going back to the time of Horatio Nelson, the area was recently restored with all the details just as they once were hundreds of years ago.

When you arrive at the harbor take a moment for the view, it's incredible. Then you're off for a brief walk, 5 minutes, to experience Shirley's Heights military complex. On the southernmost tip of the island, this area has an incredible view over the English Harbor. Be sure to bring your camera or phone. You won't want to miss these shots. Your guide will tell you about the Signal Station where flags were once used as the major means of communication. You'll spend about 10 minutes at the military complex itself, and have the chance to hike up to where the land is 490 ft. above sea level. Quite the view. The entrance fee into the park is not included.

Then, just about another 5 minutes from there is Shirley's Guard House. This military complex was quite complete and included a guardhouse, magazine, kitchen, officers' quarters, parade grounds, a 40-bed hospital, a canteen, and a cemetery. An obelisk in the cemetery commemorates the officers and men of the 54th Regiment who died in service in the West Indies between 1840 and 1851. After about ten minutes we'll move on to Nelson's Dockyard.

At Nelson's Dockyard, which has also been fully restored, you'll see picturesque 18th and 19th-century buildings that now house shops, hotels, and other businesses. Just outside the dockyard, you'll notice historic forts dotting the area. You can visit whichever you choose since all are accessible by trails allowing visitors to enjoy the park. You'll have about 40 minutes to wander about, shop for souvenirs, or walk the trails to the forts.

Once the time at the dockyard comes to an end, you'll board the transportation for a drive-through of the famous Liberty Village. For about 15 minutes you will learn about the history and how this village came into its name. For just a little information before you go, a female estate owner was forced to sell off a part of her property in small lots. She then sold those lots to the ex-slaves during the time of emancipation. The former slaves began to build their own homes and many started gardens. Although some of the freed people continued to work on plantations, they also earned income as mechanics at the dockyard. But, just a generation later, they began to separate from the plantations and start their own businesses such as small shops, or tailoring. A sign was put up in 1842 that named their village Liberta, which means liberty. You can also stop at the village's St. Barnabas church for about 10 minutes for a photo op, or just to sightsee.

Next, you're in for a real treat. You'll be driven through Antigua's most beautiful area about 30-minutes away. See the low central plains and travel upward into the ancient volcanic hills, which is also where you'll see the Parish of St. Mary in the island's southwest quarter. It can be a bit of a rough ride in places, but it's worth it as the road passes through the rainforest and rises to the top at Fig Tree Hill before heading back down to the coastline again. As you travel you will pass by banana, mango, and coconut groves, as well as a number of old sugar mills and small, local churches.

Once on the coastline, it will be time to stop for an optional one-hour beach break at Valley Church Beach, located on the West coast of Antigua just south of Jolly Harbor. There you will find facilities, enjoy free wifi, and have the chance to relax on the powdery sand for an hour. If you want, you can purchase food and drinks, at your cost. There will be water sports available as well. Valley Church offers banana boats and jet skis in addition to massages, shaded areas, and all fantastic views. Take a stroll, take a dip, have some lunch, whatever interests you. If the optional beach stop is added, the excursion will be approximately 5 hours.

You can decide to skip the beach stop and be taken directly to your St. Johns Cruise Ship Pier. Sit back and relax knowing you've seen the best this island has to offer on this Antigua Sightseeing Cruise Shore Excursion!

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ImportantThis excursion is not available for Windstar Cruises.

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St. John's Antigua Island Highlights Sightseeing Excursion Reviews

See the best of Antigua's nature, culture, and architecture, guided by a professional Antigua Sightseeing Excursion guide. With pick up and drop off at your St. John's Antigua cruise ship pier, you'll have nothing to do but enjoy this lovely island!


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great tour
     5/5  (Visited on February 2019)
Emelda is the best
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Excellent private tour of island.
     5/5  (Visited on August 2018)
We generally do not book our shore excursions via the cruise ship. Every once in a while we get lucky and have basically a private tour. Seven people on our ship booked this tour but we were the only ones who showed up. So Emelda, our guide and driver, gave us a private tour of the island. A wonderful experience. Each sight where we stopped was beautiful. In addition, Emelda stopped the van whenever we wanted to take a photo. We were never rushed. We took as much time as we wanted at each stop. Emelda had a wealth of information about the island, it’s people and history. We recommend this tour.
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Leesburg, FL
We had the best time during our first visit.
     5/5  (Visited on April 2018)
Since it was our first time visiting this port, we decided we wanted an island tour to get familiarized with the culture, people and interesting sights. We called Shore Excursioneer and Eduardo helped us get everything settled for our group of 18 passengers. Booking process was easy even for me that I am not computer savvy. We finally arrived to the island and were greeted by the nicest lady ever! Ms. Frank would be our driver/guide for the day and escorted us to our transportation. We were surprised to know that we would be the only ones in the tour so we had her to ourselves for the rest of the day. She was very professional, attentive, knowledgeable and much more. We learned a lot about the island's history and she even had a table reserved for our group as we requested on the booking process. The beach portion is a perfect addition. This tour basically had everything we expected for our fist visit, and even more!
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     5/5  (Visited on August 2017)
Look no further if you are looking for a professional and friendly sightseeing tour in St. John's.
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St. John's, Antigua
Must do tour of Antigua
     5/5  (Visited on June 2017)
This tour is exactly described to include a knowledgeable- personable tour guide and roomy van with air conditioning. The tour guide Esmeralda assisted in taking picture perfect photographs and explained the island history and landmarks well. Over all: this tour is well work the money, time and commitment. Truly, I would highly recommend Esmeralda as your tour guide during this adventure.
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