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Gibraltar, United Kingdom-port

Gibraltar, located near the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, overlooks the Strait of Gibraltar, known to ancient mariners as the Pillars of Hercules. Historically, Gibraltar has been an important base for the British Royal Navy. It is most famous for the geological formation, the Rock of Gibraltar and its tribe of Barbary Apes. Despite long sieges throughout its history, it seemed nothing could destroy the Rock or its people, leading to the phrase “solid as the Rock of Gibraltar.”

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • A City Under Seige - No Cable Car
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Dolphin Expedition in Gibraltar
    Seated Tour
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Gibraltar Delights
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Gibraltar With Less Walking & English Tea
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Lower St. Michael's Cave Exploration
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Panormic Gibraltar & Tapas
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Rock of Gibraltar
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Traditional Andaluz Cork & Cattle Farm
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Upper Rock Walking Tour
    Moderate Activity/Walking

A City Under Seige - No Cable Car

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 2 hours

Tour Code: GIB-010

One will be able to appreciate the turbulent history of this Fortress on this tour. In the company of an experienced and knowledgeable guide, you will learn of the momentous events that took place over the centuries that have made this small outpost famous throughout the world.

Your tour begins with a drive to the sanctuary of Gibraltar's oldest inhabitants, The Rock Apes. These tail-less monkeys (macaca sylvanus) are roaming free. Many legends surround these monkeys and your guide will brief you as to their origin. After enjoying your encounter with the Apes and their enchanting antics you will again board you coach for a short drive north until we reach Princess Caroline's Battery and the entrance to the Upper Galleries, or the Great Siege Tunnels.

These are a system of tunnels carved out of solid limestone. The works were commenced on the 25th May 1782 by the forerunners of the Royal Engineers and today they stand as a monument to their ingenuity and engineering. Stroll through Windsor Gallery, to St. George's Hall. This is a fascinating experience ignored by most visitors to the Rock. As you leave the Great Siege Tunnels you will see the runway built during the Second World War with rocks hewn out of these and other tunnels inside the Rock.

A short distance away you will pass by the Moorish Castle built in 1333 by the Moors. From here your tour proceeds to the Gibraltar Museum. Opened on the site of the old Moorish Baths it will amaze you with the enormous amount of artifacts that are on display. Available to all, there is an optional 15-minute Film show depicting the evolution that has taken place in Gibraltar over the past 200 thousand years.

Your tour is now coming to its end and the choice of leaving you in the busy town center or returning back to the vessel is completely yours. Should you wish to remain in town you will be responsible in making your own way back to the ship.

Please Note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking over uneven surfaces and there are numerous steps to negotiate (approximately 60 steps). It is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. When visiting the Rock Apes please keep your possessions close as these are wild animals. Also, please do not touch or feed them.