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$28.89 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gozo and Comino Islands: including Blue Lagoon, Crystal Lagoon & caves

The tour begins at 10:30am from the tourist town of Bugibba, where the modern and stable catamaran Sea Adventure departs on an unforgettable two island cruise. From the open sea you will experience Malta from a truly unique and beautiful vantage point. We cruise close to the coast, witnessing Malta’s magnificent naturally formed coastline, including its enormous cliffs, rocky nooks and crannies. You will pass the tiny Island of St. Paul’s, viewing the statue of the apostle Saint Paul, rising high into the sky.  You will visit magnificent sea caves, allowing you the opportunity to take amazing photographs. In the morning (during high season) we stop for 1hr at the stunning but less well known Crystal Lagoon.  It is fringed by steep cliffs and therefore accessed only by boats. With unbelievably clear water, it is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Take a plunge into it’s crystal clear waters from one of our three waterslides, or jump from the top deck if you dare!  A true snorkelers paradise, where you can even swim inside the caves.  En-route to the Blue Lagoon you can admire the amazing sight of a shipwreck from one of the 26 underwater windows.  It is a 50 meter ex German Minesweeper lying on the seabed 20 Meters below sea level.  The visibility of the shipwreck will depend on the sea and sunlight conditions.  For safety reasons we will not stop at the wreck if there are ongoing diving operations.  Arriving at the famous Blue Lagoon we moor for another hour in a prime area, you will have the best view from our docking position. Use the boat as a base, utilising all the fantastic facilities.Once we arrive at Gozo Island you will have 3 hours, make your own plans or purchase our land transport for a small added charge. The land transport will take you to two fabulous locations where you will have approximately one hour to explore each. The first location is the Capital city of Gozo - Victoria named after the Queen of England, but more commonly referred to as Rabat by the locals. This small city has a wealth of charm and history to explore and the first known settlers date back to the Neolithic times. The crown jewel of Victoria is the Citadel which rises high above the narrow winding streets of the city.  The second location you will visit is a small picturesque fishing village located in the south west of the island of Gozo which has a charming bay surrounded by gigantic cliffs, and dotted with small and large caves that you can explore, or you can enjoy the panoramic views from the top of the cliffs. Xlendi also offers a number of very good restaurants, coffee bars and souvenir shops for you to enjoy.With the day drawing to a close we cruise back to Bugibba, entering the Santa Maria pirate caves and viewing the “Elephants Head” an amazing rock formation.  We arrive back to Bugibba port at around 18:00Onboard commentary in English, French, German, Italian & Polish.

$40.54 Tours & Sightseeing

Half-Day Sal Island Tour from Santa Maria

Discover the highlights, the history and the day to day life of Sal and the cape verdeans on a half day, guided, island tour with several stops.The route starts at Ponta Preta - the most beautiful beach of the island where in February the windsurf championships are held, Murdeira - the natural port of the island, which is also the mating place of the loggerhead turtles form June till October, Palmeira - the main port of the island with all its colorful houses, Burracona - with its two natural swimming pools, Terra Boa - where you can see the mirage, the volcano of Pedra de Lume with possible entrance to float in the world's second most salty water, Espargos - the capital city of Sal and return to Santa Maria.

$90.35 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group Yaounde Half-Day City Tour

After pick up from your hotel, the tour will start with a drive over to the Independence Monument, honoring Cameroons independence, proclaimed in 1960. Stop and walk through City Hall garden, enjoying the atmosphere as you learn about the administration of the region and the country of Cameroon as a whole. Next enjoy a stroll through the local marketplace, where local artists sell and talk about their art, these handcrafted pieces are rich and varied in style. The tour then rides towards Kennedy Avenue, where the commercial district is located as well as the famed bronze bust of John F. Kennedy. This statue was commissioned to honor JFK as founder of the Peace Corps in Yaounde. Then continue on to the Reunification Monument, Our Lady of Victories Cathedral, the French Embassy, national assembly, ministry of defense, and important sites such as the King Charles Atangana monument. Through all this, feel free to ask questions about the country’s complicated history, and your local guide will put it all in perspective for what it means today for locals.  Take a drive up Febe Mountain to take a break and enjoy a spectacular view of the city before going to Mount Febe Monastery and the grotto of Santa Maria. This area is rich in history and tradition for the city and the grotto was a place of worship designated by the Mayor of Yaounde in 1978. Finally, the tour will finish off with a ride through the Bastos and Nlongkak quarters. Bastos is the diplomatic neighborhood of Yaounde while the neighboring district of Nlongkak is a busy area and marks the crossroads of Yaounde’s north, south, east, and west.  At some point along the tour, stop for refreshments at a local bar or cafe to drink alongside locals and enjoy a relaxing chat with your guide. It is the perfect time to get the answers to any questions that you might have missed earlier during the tour. At the end of the tour you will be returned to your hotel around 2pm.

$189.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Yaounde City Private Tour with Febe Mountain

Start your journey with pickup from your hotel or accommodation within Yaounde between 9am-10am. After pickup, your first stop for the day will be at the Independence Monument. This monument is a representation of Cameroon's independence from France that was proclaimed on January 1, 1960. A very important and special part of history that your guide can happily inform you about. While we are in the area, we will spend some time to admiring the City Hall Garden and take a stroll through it. While we are at City Hall, your guide will give you some information regarding the administrative organization of the Region and the Country before we make our way to the Handicraft Center. The Handicraft Center in the city recently hosted the fifth International Handicraft Exhibition. The center is part of a government initiative to promote the country's craft work and as a result create employment for locals. At the center, there are beautiful pieces to observe and it is truly a wonderful experience getting to experience some of Cameroon's culture through local art.  Once we are finished at the center, we will make our way to Kennedy Avenue, the business district of the city. This area is always quite busy and there is always a lot of action to experience here. Once we arrive, we will see the monument of John F. Kennedy at the beginning of the avenue. The statue is made in honor of JFK as founder of the Peace Corps in Yaounde. We will then continue on to the Reunification Monument.This monument stands for the reunification between French and British Cameroons. Situated among a beautiful garden, the statue represents and important part of Cameroon's past, present, and also plays a significant roll in their future. Next we will make our way to the beautiful Our Lady of Victories Cathedral. Here we will have a chance to spend some time and walk around visiting the surroundings of the Reunification Monument that neighbors the military camp and the French Embassy. To finish off our day, we will drive towards the Febe Mountain. We will stop at the top to enjoy nice view of the city and then drive to the Monastery of Mount Fébé the grotto of Santa Maria.  On our way back to your accommodation, we will take a drive to the Bastos quarter, which is a diplomatic neighborhood, and also the Nlongkak quarter. Next, our day will come to an end and you'll be dropped off at your desired location in Yaounde.

$23.12 Cultural & Theme Tours

GAILY TOUR in PALERMO - Gay Tour & Oscar Wilde's Secrets

Start your amazing classic tour of Palermo from Massimo Opera House, imposing eighteen hundred elegant building. Walk to the baroque center of the town: Quattro Canti Crossroad and to other suggestive squares: Piazza Pretoria with its beautiful Fountain and Piazza Bellini, which houses the Unesco World Heritage sites: Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio and San Cataldo. Visit to Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio, to admire its Greek-Byzantine mosaics and baroque frescoes (entrance fee included). After that, continue towards Santa Caterina's Church, and admire this amazing example of baroque style in town. Finish your tour with a tasting of Sicilian Cannolo or Granita. Included: * Gay or Lesbian Friendly Tour Guide for City Tour (3 hours) * Entrance Fee – Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio (Sundays online morning opening) * Tasting of Sicilian Cannolo or GranitaAvailabilityMorning Tour (09:00 - 12:00)Afternoon Tour (15:00 - 18:00)Meeting Point Hotels IN the City Center - Pick up at Hotel's ReceptionHotels NOT IN the City Center - Pick up at Main Train StationTour Guide/Escort will have a Rainbow Sign with your name on it