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Culture Itinerary

Day1Arrive In Beautiful Bermuda!

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After checking into your hotel, head to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. This impressive 36-acre paradise is the best place to enjoy and identify our island's delightful flora. Inside the Gardens awaits numerous cultural experiences. Camden House, the official residence of Bermuda's Premier, is open for tours except when official functions are scheduled. The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is also located in the gardens. This gallery is Bermuda’s first ever purpose-built museum that houses a collection of over 1,200 pieces of Bermuda-inspired art.

Day2Explore St. George's!

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The Town of St. George, is a World Heritage site and is the oldest English-speaking colonial town still in existence. It is home to a plethora of cultural experiences, so be sure to set aside a full day!

Start at St. Peter’s Church. Completed by Christmas of 1612, it is the oldest Anglican church in continuous use in the western hemisphere. Behind the south churchyard is the Old Rectory, built in the 18th century by pirate George Dew.

Continue over to the Unfinished Church. Construction of the church started in the 1870s when the magnificent Gothic structure was meant to replace St. Peter's Church. Following a series of problems, including parish infighting, financial difficulties and a damaging storm, construction was abandoned on the eve of its completion. Today, the picturesque ruins are a protected historic monument and part of St. George's World Heritage Site.

Wander over to St. George's Historical Society Museum. Furnished much as it was when it was a private home, this typical Bermudian structure from the early 1700s houses artifacts and documents pertaining to our island's earliest days. The house is filled with period furniture, documents, old letters, displays of pewter, china and rare books.

Visit the Bermuda National Trust Museum in the Globe Hotel. Governor Samuel Day built this structure in 1700. Today it is one of the oldest stone buildings on our island. The offices of the Confederate agent, Major Norman Walker, were housed here during the American Civil War (1861-1865), which makes this significant historic building a most appropriate site for the exhibit "Rogues & Runners-Bermuda and the American Civil War."

Continue your tour to Tucker’s House Museum. Henry Tucker, President of the Governor's Council, moved into this house in 1775, and his family remained there until 1809. Some of the treasures on view include a magnificent collection of Tucker family silver, china and crystal, antique English mahogany and Bermuda cedar furniture, family portraits by Blackburn and exquisite hand-sewn quilts.

If you were so indulged in the beauty of the Botanical Gardens, don’t forget to stop at the Bermuda Perfumery. Since 1928, the Bermuda Perfumery manufactures exclusive and rare perfumes under the brand Lili Bermuda. In 2006, the Perfumery launched Coral to celebrate its new location, at Stewart Hall in St. George's. Coral is a beautiful fusion of freesia, essence of rose, Clementine and ginger. Come to the Perfumery for a free tour and sample our beautiful perfumes.

If historical re-enactment is your game, be sure to be at King’s Square at 10:30am. A guided tour through narrow alleys and lanes of St. George’s is offered after which the Mayor of St. George’s greets visitors back at the square. At 12 noon, the Ducking commences! A light-hearted, historical re-enactment of public punishment.

Day3Explore Dockyard!

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The National Museum of Bermuda is located in Dockyard. The Museum is set within the Keep, a sprawling six-acre fortress at the edge of the Royal Naval Dockyard. Eight historic buildings, including old munitions warehouses and the newly restored Commissioner's House, contain a great variety of exhibitions on our rich history.

Whether taking in some local history, stunning views from the ramparts, or exploring Bermuda's largest fort, there is plenty to see and learn at this important cultural attraction.

After taking in the museum, wander over to the Bermuda Craft Market. This is our island's largest, most extensive craft outlet, with more than 60 friendly local artists ready to show their craftwork to visitors. Look for candles, Bermudian cedar work, ceramics, jewelry, fabric art, painted glassware, three-dimensional decoupage, needlework canvas, Christmas ornaments and quilts. (Open daily May - October 9:30am - 6pm; November - March 10:30am - 5pm )

Continue your tour to Bermuda Clayworks. Local artisans and potters use this converted warehouse to craft attractive floral-patterned vases, and dishes featuring dolphins, Bermuda hibiscus, cottages, lighthouses, gardens and many other motifs. (Open daily April - October 9am - 6pm; November - March 9am - 5pm)

Last stop on the tour is Dockyard Glassworks & Bermuda Rum Cake Company. Experience the heat of the furnace and watch as the artists demonstrate the process of Glassblowing and Flameworking. Afterward, browse through the wide variety of hand made glassware produced locally in Bermuda (Open daily January - March  9:00am - 5:00pm; April - December 9:00am - 10:00pm)

Day4Head to Hamilton!

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Visit our Bermuda National Gallery. (Open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm; 10am - 2pm Saturday ). Admission is free!

The Gallery is located on the second floor of the City Hall & Arts Centre in the heart of Hamilton. It is the home of the national art collection, showing both Bermuda and world art. The museum has a diverse collection and exhibition program of past and present works by local and international artists that tells Bermuda's history through its fine and decorative arts as well as reflecting Bermuda's multicultural heritage.

After wandering the gallery, head up to the Bermuda Society of Arts. This gallery consists of constantly changing exhibits that are displayed in the West Wing of City Hall. Annual juried shows attract local artists who display works created with watercolours, oils, pastels, acrylics and charcoals. The Photographic Show each January features underwater and shoreside shots. Open 10am – 4pm Monday through Friday, and 10am – 2pm on Saturday.

Stop by our Sessions House and learn more about the powerful role Parliament plays in Bermuda. At 10:30am, Monday - Thursday, a 45 minute tour is given.

 

At 12 noon, wander up to Fort Hamilton for the Skirling Ceremony. Here, overlooking the harbour in an untried fortress, authentic kilted pipers, drummers and dancers perform to the bagpipe "skirl" of the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band. Note: this is a seasonal event; refer to our Calendar of Events page.

From 2:30am – 4:00pm, enjoy a Bermuda Cookery Demonstration located in the No. 6 Passenger Terminal, Front Street. Here Bermudian cuisine is showcased as a “melting pot” of ethnic influences as Bermudian chef Cheryl Kerr shares local flavours! Note: this is a seasonal event; refer to our Calendar of Events page.

And don’t forget to stay for the Gombey Revue. The swirling rhythm and vivid costumes of the Gombey Dancers and musicians are an exciting, historic Bermuda folk art event. Be sure to bring your camera!

Day5Last Bits and Ends!

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Indulge yourself in afternoon tea at Heritage Court at Fairmont Hamilton Princess. Recently praised by the New York Times as having the best afternoon tea in Bermuda, The Heritage Court is proud to continue this thoroughly British tradition dating back to the early 1800s. Popularized by then Queen Victoria—whose daughter Princess Louise inspired the name Hamilton Princess after her visit to Bermuda in 1883—the custom of taking tea in the afternoon is now a signature event of the hotel, enjoyed daily by tourists and locals alike.

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Day1Get To Know Us

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Head to The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ)

See more than 100 species of indigenous fish in ocean and reef environments, including the spectacular 550,000-liter / 145,000-gallon North Rock exhibit. Visit the new Natural History Museum, which is an interactive haven for visitors of all ages. Animals from the Caribbean, Australia, Asia, Madagascar and the Galapagos keep it lively in the zoo. Enjoy food and beverages at their on site snack bar, you might be surprised by a visit from the free roaming resident peacock, beautiful.

Continue onto the Crystal Caves

Located 36.6M / 120FT underground, Crystal Caves is one of the largest cave systems on our island. Its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites will astonish and inspire. Walk the pontoon bridge across underground Cahow Lake, sporting a crystal clear depth of 17M / 55FT.

Nearby you will find the very popular Swizzle Inn and, if you are in need of a cool treat, the ice cream at Bailey's Bay Ice Cream Parlour across the street is delicious.

Day2Get Your Feet Wet

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Off to the West and the Royal Naval Dockyard

Imaginative redevelopment transformed this old naval installation into charming shops and restaurants. Stop by to climb the ramparts, eat savoury fish 'n' chips, and visit a snorkel park.

Interact with the dolphins at Dolphin Quest

Dolphin Quest Bermuda offers year-round interactive encounters with magnificent bottlenose dolphins for adults, children and groups. Guests may touch, play and interact with dolphins in a unique environment, while also learning about the vital role humans play in conserving their marine home.

Relax at Snorkel Park Beach

Lots of fun for all.

Day3Make Some Memories

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Visit our world famous Horseshoe Bay Beach

Once you step foot on Horseshoe Bay Beach you will realize why it is our most celebrated beach. The long, sweeping crescent of pink sand makes it a popular choice any time of year. The nearby Beach House offers snacks, rentals and changing facilities. Off South Road, Southampton Parish.

If you want to experience the most amazing view of the island, visit the Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse. The view is outstanding even before you climb the 180+ steps to the top.

Day4Dive On In

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Off to the East and the Town of St. George

Fort St. Catherine

Although a fortification has stood at St. Catherine's Point for almost as long as there has been a Bermuda, the present fort dates from the 19th century. Inside and out, from the powder magazine to the gun platforms, the story of military history is well told here.

Tobacco Bay Beach

The pale pink stretch of Tobacco Bay Beach earned its name when survivors of the Sea Venture discovered tobacco growing here. Now, the key thing to notice is the unusual limestone formations off the shoreline, a haven for parrotfish and sergeant majors.

Day5Discover & Explore

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Explore the wonders of the ocean at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Discover treasure, see one of the world's most impressive shell collections, examine the mysterious Bermuda Triangle, learn about the 'Titanic' then and now. Step into a virtual shark cage if you dare, dive 12,000 feet in a virtual submarine without even getting wet, and more!

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Day1 Swing Into Action

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Head to Port Royal Golf Course, home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for the past 5 years and once again in 2014. Play a round like the pros and enjoy the spectacular views. Relax and enjoy a delicious meal at their ocean view bar and grill 64°.

Day2Find Your Groove

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Experience a round of championship golf at the Tucker’s Point Golf Club. This dramatically re-designed golf course crafted by Roger Rulewich boasts dramatic views and re-contoured fairways and bunkers.

Day3 Master the Greens

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Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club located in Warwick has had golfers marveling at the requirements of accuracy needed to master this tight course. Built on a 600-acre peninsula, this course offers amazing water views at many holes.

Day4To the Back Nine

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Do not let this par 54 course fool you. The heavily bunkered greens and water hazards at the Fairmont Southampton’s Turtle Hill Golf Club offers challenging short play focusing on accuracy rather than power.

Day5The 18th Hole

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To round out your five amazing days of golf, a challenging game at the Belmont Hills Golf Club is a must. The par 70 course features faster TifEagle greens and man-made lakes separated by a waterfall. What a fantastic way to end your golf holiday.

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Day1Open the History Book

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Travel to the east and spend a day in the historic Town of St. George's where you can wander narrow streets with names such as Old Maid’s Lane, Printer’s Alley and Featherbed Alley. Begin your tour of St.  George's with a visit to the World Heritage Centre. Pay a visit to the St. George's Historical Society Museum, the Bermuda National Trust Museum and the Bermudian Heritage Museum.

On Ordnance Island stands a statue of Sir George Somers and a replica of the Deliverance.

From Ordnance Island, it is a short walk to St. Peter’s Church, the oldest continually operating Anglican church in the New World. With many other points of interests including the State House, Tucker House Museum, the Unfinished Church, Fort St. Catherine and the Alexandra Battery, the Town of St.  George's is a great introduction into Bermuda’s history and architecture.

Day2The Table of Contents

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Today head to the west and the Royal Naval Dockyard. In addition to great restaurants, gift shops, crafts and Snorkel Park Beach, the Royal Naval Dockyard is home to the National Museum of Bermuda incorporating the Bermuda Maritime Museum.

A short bus ride will take you to Fort Scaur and Springfield which is one of Bermuda’s architectural treasures. Continuing on the bus route you will pass over the Somerset Bridge, the smallest operating drawbridge in the world.

Day3The Meat of the Story

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With your transportation pass in hand, utilize our pink and blue buses to tour Bermuda’s historical homes. Waterville, this elegant house built in 1725, is headquarters to the Bermuda National Trust. Verdmont House Museum, built in 1710, is a unique example of early Georgian architecture. It has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years.

Day4The Index

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Explore the city of Hamilton. Begin with a visit to the Anglican Cathedral; built of native stone and imported Caen stone, the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity was designed by William Hay of Edinburgh in Restoration Gothic style. This inspiring accomplishment is a "living landmark" of art and artisanship. A short walk will take you to Sessions House, an 1815-era Georgian building where the House of Assembly and Supreme Court meet. On Queen Street, you will find Perot Post Office, headquarters of 19th century Postmaster William B, Perot, producer of the first Bermudian postage stamp. Also on Queen Street is the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, home to an impressive collection of antique artifacts.

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Day1Arrive In Beautiful Bermuda

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After checking into your hotel, head to your nearest beach. If you’re located in the West End, check out Church Bay or Horseshoe Bay, and if located in the East, head over to Tobacco Bay for some of the best snorkeling the world has to offer. Most beaches offer snorkel rentals on site, but if not, your friendly concierge will be able to point you in the right direction.

Day2Shipwrecks

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Discover more than five centuries of nautical history waiting for you beneath our clear waters. Nicknamed the Shipwreck Capital of the World, Bermuda is home to over 300 shipwrecks waiting for you to explore. Contact a local dive shop and you can arrange a full day dive or snorkeling excursion exploring what these amazing shipwrecks have to offer.  Also, click here to download our latest dive brochure.

Day3Set Sail

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Continue your sea-faring adventures with a Catamaran sail around the island. Either lounge on the deck, or dive in for another round of snorkeling thus discovering Bermuda’s amazing seas.

Day4Parasail

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Bermuda offers not only under the sea adventures, but over the sea too! Ready to try your luck as a human kite? Try parasailing over our crystal-clear waters. You will not want to come down, we promise. Book a parasail in the West End at Dockyard and see what Bermuda has to offer while gliding through the air! Depending on your preference, you can land and take off without getting wet, unless you request a "dip" at the end of your ride. No experience is necessary for this popular family sport.

Day5Explore On Your Own

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Rent your own boat! Motorboats. Sailboats. Pedal boats. Kayaks. The choice is yours. Our waters are waiting.

  • Safety equipment is supplied, by law, in all self-drive rentals
  • Deposits are required by some boat operators

Pack a picnic, they can supply the fish tackle, and don’t forget the map! Explore the many coves, inlets, and protected bays Bermuda has to offer on your own time. Go all day, half day, or just for a couple of hours, but don’t miss out!

Other Options:

Here are a few more fun options for activities in--and on--our crystal-clear waters:

Charter Your Own Boat

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Let our knowledgeable skippers take your party on a quintessential Bermuda outing.

  • Where you go and what you do is up to you and your skipper
  • Boats range in size from large ships able to carry up to 200 passengers to intimate cruisers fit for a party of 15
  • Overnight accommodations are available in some cases

Glassbottom Boats

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During the colder months, don’t forget to experience the Glass Bottom Boat Tours. Several of Bermuda's snorkeling guides have glass bottom boats so you get the best of both worlds, an underwater world without getting wet and witnessing the beautiful sights above the water line.

Fishing

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Going after game fish in the waters off Bermuda is a sport few fishermen can pass up. The beautiful Atlantic Ocean is home to many species including Grouper, Rockfish, Snapper, Tuna, Dolphin fish and more. Charter boats make daily full or half-day trips to the banks where fishermen can indulge themselves in trying to hook the big ones in the Wahoo and Tuna family. The Bermuda Triple Crown event held in July lures fisherman from all over; in fact the World Cup is part of the event and is a world-wide fishing tournament.  Want to see Bermuda Sport Fishing in action? Check out the Bermuda Sport Fishing video here!

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