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I will be going on a cruise that includes Grand Turk and Caicos. I have narrowed down my choices of excursions and was inquiring if anyone has some insight on which one of the following might be a good choice.

The Grand Turk Experience
Board an air-conditioned coach at the cruise center and depart on a guided island drive.
Watch for the former United States Air Force facility where astronaut John Glen was debriefed after his historic space flight in 1962.
Pass a replica of John Glen’s Space Capsule, which stands at the entrance to the International Airport, and Waterloo -- home to His Excellency the Governor, the representative of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
You will view several 18th-century churches, beautiful Bermudian-style buildings, salt salinas (remnants of the island’s former salt industry) and many wild horses and donkeys freely roaming the streets.
Enjoy a 15-minute stop at Lighthouse Park to discover an old working lighthouse and the breathtaking views from the trails overlooking the turquoise seas and live reef below.
At the Grand Quay Salt Company, known as the Salt House, learn more about the island’s salt raking history, taste some traditional treats, and browse at the gift shop before heading back to port.

The Best of Grand Turk
Begin your tour at the cruise center, where you will meet your driver and guide.
Your first stop will be at the John Glenn space capsule replica that commemorates Glenn’s ‘splashdown’ just off the coast of Grand Turk.
Visit the Salt House, located near a salt pan -- evidence of the 17th-century salt industry.
After a visit to the historic St Thomas Parish Church, enjoy an island drive with stops at Breezy Brae and the lighthouse on the northernmost end of Grand Turk. Take photos before heading back to Cockburn Town, the tiny capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands.
A drive along tree- and house-lined Duke Street is your introduction to Cockburn Town. Your guide will provide you with a brief, historical overview and you'll step inside the Anglican Church. Visit Her Majesty’s Prison, built in the 1830s and housing prisoners until 1994. Your guide offers some colorful tales associated with the facility. After you’ve done your time in prison, enjoy some free time to explore on your own in town before returning to the cruise center.


Discover Grand Turk: History, Culture & Ecology
Enjoy an excursion that features some of Grand Turk’s best-known attractions as well as off-the-beaten-track locations.
Set off in an open-air, safari type vehicle. As you make your way towards the northern end of the island, your guide will provide some interesting information about Grand Turk’s history and culture.
Your first stop will be at the John Glenn capsule replica that commemorates the astronaut’s splashdown just off the coast of Grand Turk.
Visit the historic St Thomas Parish Church and the Salt House located near town. Here, your guide will provide fascinating information regarding Grand Turk’s ‘salt-raking’ past. You will learn about the impact of the rise and fall of the salt industry on the small island as well as discover the life-style and conditions of the era.
The North Wells area was once the site of a settlement of salt-rakers and those who first ‘founded’ the island -- after the Taino and Lucyan Natives, of course. This rustic and largely untouched area has a very interesting history. It remains today a fresh water oasis for wild horses and donkeys, and serves as a bird habitat.
Stop for photos at the lighthouse and learn some of the history of this structure built in 1852.
In Cockburn Town, drive along historic Duke Street and take a short walking tour of Front Street to visit the pretty Anglican Church. At the Grand Turk Inn -- a beautiful, historic inn built in 1850 -- you will enjoy a rum-tasting session before returning to the cruise center.

Cockburn Town, Lighthouse Park & National Museum
Enjoy a tour through the capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands with a narrated drive, and take a closer look at its historic 18th- and 19th century-architecture.

Board an air-conditioned bus for the short drive to the John Glenn capsule replica, which commemorates the astronaut’s historic ‘splashdown’ just off the coast of Grand Turk.

Visit the Salt House, located at a saltpan. This is evidence of Grand Turk's salt-raking past.

At the northernmost end of Grand Turk, take photos at Breezy Brae and the lighthouse built here in 1852 to warn sailors of the shallow reef.

Back in Cockburn Town (pronounced co-burn), travel along historic Duke Street. Your guide will tell you about the history of the homes here, including the 200-year-old Freeman House and the famous Turks Head Inn.

Walk along Front Street to see the Victoria Library and visit the Anglican Church, built in 1899. The Turks & Caicos National Museum features an exhibit of the Molasses Reef Wreck -- the oldest European shipwreck ever discovered in the Western Hemisphere.

A rum-tasting session is held in the gracious atmosphere of the Grand Turk Inn. Built in 1850, as the Methodist Manse, the inn typifies the character of the stately British West Indies architectural style, and is included in the Frommers Turks & Caicos Travel Guide’s ‘favorite luxury resorts’ listing.

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