Gibraltar, British Territory
City Under Siege
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Approximately 3½ Hours
A cable car will whisk you to Gibraltar's Top Station for fabulous views from the former site of an old gun emplacement, last used during World War II.
Your guide will then accompany you back to the cable car for a short ride to the Middle Station and the sanctuary of Gibraltar's oldest inhabitants -- the Barbary apes. These tail-less monkeys (Macaca sylvanus) roam freely here, so keep your possessions close and do not feed or touch these wild animals.
Board a coach for the five-minute drive north to Princess Caroline's Battery and the entrance to the Upper Galleries, or the Great Siege Tunnels. This is a system of tunnels carved out of solid limestone, commenced in 1782 by the forerunners of the Royal Engineers. Today they stand as a monument to ingenuity and engineering. Walk through the Windsor Gallery to St George's Hall. This is a fascinating experience, unfortunately missed by many visitors to Gibraltar.
As you leave the Great Siege Tunnels you will see the runway built on reclaimed land during the Second World War, using rocks hewn out of these and other tunnels inside the Rock.
Continue to the first buildings ever constructed by the British in Gibraltar, which now house the City Under Siege exhibition, depicting the relentless sieges that have all failed to conquer Gibraltar.
A short distance away you will pass by the Moorish castle built in 1333.
At the Gibraltar Museum, located in the old Moorish Baths, an enormous number of artifacts are on display. An optional 15-minute film shows the evolution of Gibraltar over the past 2000 years. At the end of the tour you may opt to stay in the busy town center for shopping (and return to the ship on your own) or return directly to the ship with the tour.
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.