Top experiences in Jersey
The Sopranos Sites Tour
Sopranos fans get a real-life glimpse into the filming locations seen on the HBO series during this 4-hour sightseeing tour from NYC to the New Jersey suburb, where Tony Soprano — a Mafia boss played by James Gandolfini — and his mob buddies spent their days and nights. Hop aboard a comfortable coach in Midtown Manhattan and meet your knowledgeable local guide, an actor who appeared as a stand-in or extra on The Sopranos and shares little-known facts from behind the scenes. Upgrade for priority seating that includes pre-boarding in the first four rows for close access to the guide. Your coach tour begins in New York and starts out with sites from the show's opening credits, including the exit of the Lincoln Tunnel and the Manhattan skyline. Upon arrival in Jersey, your guide points out the Muffler Man, Pizza Land, the Valley Landscape silo, a featured Tudor house, a building in the center of the Meadowlands that Tony often passed, and the ramp to the Pulaski Skyway seen at the end of every episode.Rediscover the inner workings of this fictional New Jersey crime family as you check out recognizable locales such as Barone Sanitation. Sit on the steps of the Skyway Diner where Christopher gets shot. See Big Pussy’s auto body shop, visit the Searchlight Diner where he spoke with the FBI, view the back of his house, and glimpse the batting cages used by him, AJ and Kevin. You’ll also take a peek inside Satin Dolls, aka the Bada Bing bar.Visit locations of majors scenes, from dirty deals to beat-downs, including Carmine’s Funeral Parlor; Party World and Car Wash; La Cibelle’s, used as the locale for Nuovo Vesuvio, Artie Bucco’s restaurant in the show; and St Cecila’s Church (Carmela’s Church), the funeral home used for Carmine’s wake. Additional Sopranos film sites include Father Phil's parish, Harrison High School where AJ dumped pizza boxes into the pool, and Holsten’s — the restaurant where Tony sat during the final scene of the series. Please note that filming locations are subject to change.
Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai
You depart from the harbour of Gansbaai and cruise along the scenic route passing the cliffs of De Kelders and De Platt Beach. Observe the stunning coast line, contrasting white beach's with the blue skies and chameleon waters that stretch for miles from Gansbaai to Hermanus, you then set course and head out into the middle of the bay in search of the Big 5.Bottlenose Dolphin are often seen on these trips and if you are lucky enough to encounter a school this is the time to grab the zoom lens as Dolphins love to entertain and it’s a photographer’s paradise. On your return to Gansbaai harbour you'll pay more attention to Danger point, this is often where you'll find the resident Bryde's whales of the area.Bryde’s whales are hunters and feed on wide variety of fish, mackerel is common to the waters as well as planktonic, crustaceans, and cephalopods. Bryde's whales have an upright, falcate dorsal fin that is up to 46.25 cm (18.21 in) in height, averages 34.4 cm (13.5 in), and is usually between 30 and 37.5 cm (11.8 and 14.8 in). It is often frayed or ragged along its rear margin and located about two-thirds of the way along the back. On your journey your crew will educate you on all aspects of marine life, with a qualifying Marine Biologist and a Skipper with over 15 years experience there is a wealth of knowledge for you to tap. Finally you must not forget the past, Danger Point is also famous as this is where the British iron paddle-wheel frigate HMS Birkenhead, weighing 1400 tons, was tragically lost. This stretch of water has earned its reputation by default, this Big 5 Sea Safari is dependent on the water conditions at danger point, if the water conditions for this area will not deliver a memorable experience your trip may be switch to a Walker Bay Big 5 Safari as we must respect this stretch of water.Big 5 Sunset Sea Safari – Cheese & Wine Trip ** All the above with complimentary cheese and wine ** Admire the beautiful coastline, spot the local Oceans big 5 while you sit back and sample a selection of locally produced fine cheese and wine. Enjoy sampling a platter of cheese produced by the Klein River cheese factory. The factory can be found nestled on the banks of the Klein River, surrounded by lush green hills and mountains. They use Jersey and Ayrshire milk collected from 2 neighbouring farms to produce a selection of 13 types of cheese. Taste a selection of wine from the Raka wine estate. The Raka brand was named after Piet Dreyer's black fishing vessel. Piet's first love has always been the sea. For some 36 years he braved the storms and challenges of the coast, ever in search of the best catch. It is with the same passion that the Dreyer family now pursue the art of wine making.
Jersey Heritage Pass: 4 for 3 Attractions
The Heritage Pass includes Elizabeth Castle, Mont Orgueil, Hamptonne Country Life Museum, La Hougue Bie, Maritime Museum & Occupation Tapestry Gallery & Jersey Museum & Art Gallery.Elizabeth Castle Built on a rocky islet in St Aubin’s Bay, Elizabeth Castle has defended Jersey for more than 300 years. You can take the amphibious Castle Ferry or walk out along the causeway at low tide. Explore Jersey’s history, climb the battlements dating back to the 1590s and experience history coming to life with live demonstrations and gunfire! Mont Orgueil CastleExplore one of the world’s finest examples of a medieval castle which has cast its shadow over the beautiful fishing village of Gorey for over 800 years. Take in breath-taking views of the French coast as you delve into the network of staircases, towers and secret rooms to discover hidden treasures. Discover the Dance of Death Statue hidden with the castle and walk down the staircase to find the Witches in Hell. La Hougue BieSee the world’s largest Celtic coin hoard on display at La Hougue Bie. View some of the gold and silver treasures found in the hoard and watch conservators as they painstakingly excavate more coins and treasure from the hoard. Explore Go inside Europe's finest example of a Neolithic Passage Grave.Jersey Museum & Art Gallery, Merchant HouseJersey Museum & Art Gallery, Merchant's House presents history from 250,000 years ago when the first people arrived in Jersey and continues through the centuries to explore the factors that have shaped this unique Island and the people who live here. Visit our new Exhibition Bergerac's Island - Jersey in the 1980s. The 1980s were a decade of people power and individuality. World-changing events were led by public opinion and the need to change an unfair world. The world was changing and people became much more aware of the need to look after it.Maritime MuseumDiscover Jersey's maritime past in this uniquely interactive museum where you can see, touch, hear and even smell the exhibits. Absorb yourself in interactive exhibits, understand the tides and learn how to design and float a ship. Immerse yourself in songs and stories of the sea, and investigate the Island's myths and legends. Hamptonne Country Life MuseumRelax and unwind as you take in the sights and explore six centuries of Jersey’s traditional rural life in the rolling countryside. Dating back to the 15th century, meet the the Hamptonne calves, Jersey Cow, piglets in the traditional farmstead. Learn about bygone crafts and quirky traditions from the resident Goodwyf. Visit the Farming Families Exhibition in the Syvret House. There is also a new adventure playground for children to enjoy.