Dating back to 1609 when the Sea Venture wrecked off the coast, the first settlement of Bermuda began here at this north end of the archipelago. St. George's parish is comprised of two large islands, St. George's and St. David's. The town of St. George's is the second-oldest English town in the New World, and for almost two centuries, was the capital of Bermuda. It is named for both Sir George Somers, the founder of Bermuda, and Saint George, the patron Saint of England.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
This thoroughly pleasant tour will give you an excellent overview of the highlights of St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the neighboring St. David's area. Leaving from the pier, your van will travel along a scenic route past the interesting landmarks of Fort William, Gates, the Old Church ruins, Somers Gardens and Tobacco Bay.
Your first stop will be at the century's old Fort St. Catherine, which houses an outstanding collection of perfect replicas of Britain's dazzling Crown jewels. Traveling on, a brief photo stop will be made at St. David's Lighthouse. From the pristine grounds of this quaint red and white beacon to seafarers, you'll be afforded some beautiful panoramic views over the east end of the island and the South Shore. Leaving here, you'll next drive past historical Carter House. Believed to be the oldest dwelling in St. David's, it was constructed in 1640 by a crew member from the Sea Venture, a ship that was grounded on Bermuda's reefs in 1609.
A final stop will be made at the Bermuda Perfumery, a 17th century Heritage Trust home, with it's fascinating open wooden beam ceilings and old-world architecture. There will be several photo stops on this tour, so don't forget your camera!
As you journey back to the pier, you will once more pass through St. George where additional points of interest will be pointed out to you.
Please note: This tour includes a minimal amount of walking. Wheelchair accommodation is by request only. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.
The history of Bermuda truly begins in St. George, the oldest inhabited town of English origin in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What better way to immerse yourself in four hundred years of culture and history than by walking the cobblestone streets of this thoroughly charming and quaint "Olde Towne".
Starting off from the pier, a qualified St. George's historian will be your guide and provide you with an interesting and informative introduction to the town's unique past as you stroll along narrow roads once roamed by rogues and rumrunners, pirates and privateers, blockade runners and the local gentry. Learn about the town's early history and current heritage plans. Hear the local folklore and see samples of the indigenous flora and fauna.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of moderate walking. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. Comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun hat; sun glasses; sun screen and a bottle of water are suggested.
Boarding a van at the pier, this tour first takes you past the Botanical Gardens on your way to Crystal Caves, an amazing natural grotto of stalactites and stalagmites, flood lit for your viewing pleasure. So named because of the crystal clear azure blue water that flows through the cave and forms a lake, it is so clear that you can actually see the cave's floor which is 55 feet below the surface of the water. This intriguing and fascinating attraction was actually discovered by accident when two local boys that were searching for a lost ball accidentally stumbled across the cave in 1907. Descending eighty-one steps to the floor of the cave, you'll then proceed on a wooden pontoon that has been constructed over the waters of the lake. Be sure to have your guide point out the original entrance the boys lowered themselves from which appears as a small skylight in the cave's roof.
Following your visit to the Caves, your driver/guide will take you on a wonderful overview to the exclusive residential area of Tuckers Town. Real estate in this area begins at around ten million dollars and culminates in 'Billionaires Row' where you'll see homes of some of the world's wealthiest people, including the waterfront estates of Ross Perot and New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Get a close-up look at these pristine estates with their well-manicured lawns and rambling mansions in this gated community that is home to the rich and famous.
Following your drive through Tuckers Town, you will transfer back to the pier.
Please note: To enter the cave you must descend down 81 steps and then proceed over pontoon bridges. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. A light jacket and comfortable, flat comfortable walking shoes are strongly suggested.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.