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  • From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

    1. From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

    Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

    Extremely good value for money with beautiful scenery and interesting facts given by the Skipper. Definitely go again!!!

  • Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

    2. Poole Harbor and Islands Cruise

    Take a cruise around Europe's largest natural harbor, home to the town of Poole, the golden beaches of Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. From either open deck seating or comfortable saloon you will see stunning views of the exceptional landscape that surrounds it. Your 70 minute trip will start on charming Poole Quay with its old buildings and buzzing atmosphere.  Next you will go past Brownsea Island, home to wildlife and picturesque Brownsea Castle, built to protect against French invasions. After that comes the Sandbanks Peninsula and the luxurious houses of the ‘Golden Mile’. Then you will tour the great natural expanse of the harbor and the remaining islands: Green, Furzey, Long and Round. Fronting onto beautiful scenery it helped inspire classics like Lord of the Rings and Gulliver's Travel. 

    Beautiful sunny day The captain and commentator was excellent Whitby and full of valuable knowledge

  • Jurassic Coast: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Coach Trip

    3. Jurassic Coast: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door Coach Trip

    Discover some of the most scenic coastline in southern England on a coach trip from Bournemouth. Travel along the famous Jurassic Coast, via Poole Harbour and Sandbanks, to experience the nation's only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit both Lulworth Cove and the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door and get plenty of information and maps to help you along the way. Use the time to go for a light nature walk from Durdle Door over the hill to Lulworth Cove and get magnificent views from Hambury Tout. Spend the time at Lulworth Cove if you prefer to give your legs a rest and get a beautiful view of the arch on an optional boat ride from the beach, at your own expense. Benefit from a map highlighting the main features, or feel free to follow your own nose and explore independently. Find a nice cafe or restaurant in the village of West Lulworth or avail of the small shop in the holid...

    Our Driver/Guide is brilliant. The trip to get to where I wanted to be is perfect for the price I paid.

  • From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

    4. From Bournemouth: Jurassic Coast & Isle of Purbeck Day Tour

    Catch the early morning ferry across to the Isle of Purbeck. View Old Harry Rocks, the starting point of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in breath-taking views across Poole Harbour and towards Brownsea Island. By mid morning you will arrive at Durlston Country Park. Visit the brand new Jurassic Coast visitor center housed in the recently refurbished Durlston Castle. There’s time for a morning coffee stop overlooking the famous Great Globe and a chance to take the cliff top walk along to Tilly Whim Caves and the Anvil Point Lighthouse. For every visitor brought to Durlston Country Park, a contribution towards a bursary that helps to support their volunteer programme is made. Heading west drive through some of the tiny lanes and villages that give Purbeck its unique character. Take lunch in the village of Corfe Castle, dominated by the ruins ...

    Gerry was excellent !!! We loved every minute of it ! I would highly recommend it , Many thanks for the experience Silvia & Lolita

  • Bournemouth: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

    5. Bournemouth: Hop-on Hop-off Open-Top Bus Tour

    Your Bournemouth hop-on, hop-off bus ticket will ensure you get to explore the area with comfort and ease. Sit back and let your driver do the hard work as you are taken on a journey around the must-see sights of Bournemouth, Poole and the famous peninsular Sandbanks. Hop off at any one of the 24 stops on route to take a closer look at the sights around you. Check out Poole harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe, with rich maritime history, award winning beaches and lush green gardens. Or take some time to explore the coastline of Bournemouth, and try some English delicacies in between stops. While you tour the areas, we provide on-board commentary for your entertainment and to help you discover the unique and intriguing stories behind the sights.

  • England: 3-Day Stonehenge, Bath & South West Coast Tour

    6. England: 3-Day Stonehenge, Bath & South West Coast Tour

    Discover some of the most historic sites in England on a 3-day tour of the southwest, visiting the Roman city of Bath, and center of the Kingdom of Wessex at Exeter. Drive along the preshistoric Jurassic Coast of Dorset, and head into the vast moorland of Dartmoor, a protected national park with exposed granite hilltops. The tour, by comfortable 16-seat minibus, also includes time at Stonehenge, the most famous stone circle in England, and a chance to climb Glastonbury Tor. Day 1: Depart London for the old Kingdom of Wessex en route to the famous Neolithic standing stone circle of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain. Explore the mystical stones, which continue to confound historians to this day. Next, head for the dramatic south coast of Dorset, enjoying the panoramic views over white sand beaches, and the natural rock arch of Durdle Door. Spend the afternoon on the Jurassic...

  • From Weymouth: 10+ Stops on Jurassic Coast Day Tour

    7. From Weymouth: 10+ Stops on Jurassic Coast Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day exploring the Jurassic coastline. Start by heading west, through the Dorset countryside, make your way into Purbeck, the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It's filled with 17th century English villages of thatch cottages and castles which have been fought over for hundreds of years. Firstly visit Durlston Park, known for its wildlife and as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Spend time learning about how the Jurassic Coast came to be. Then head west to Corfe Castle, rich in 1000 years of history, and tales of betrayal and treachery. Stop for lunch in one of the many country pubs or head on through to Durdle Door. This is a famous natural arch and beautiful secluded cove – their existence owed to the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps millions of years ago. From here it's a short hop and a skip to Lulworth Cove. Lulworth Cove is world famous for its unique ge...

    We had a fabulous tour despite the crazy weather! Danny, our guide, was informative and has a great sense of humour. The places in the tour are a must see! Really superb experience that I'd come back someday and do the tour again!

  • Private Transfer: Bournemouth Airport to City Center

    8. Private Transfer: Bournemouth Airport to City Center

    Travel in comfort and style between Bournemouth and Bournemouth Town centre on your very own private, chauffeur-driven transfer that is both easily and stress-free. Having cleared customs, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign displaying your name at the Arrivals Halls. You will be escorted to your chauffeur-driven car, and your luggage taken care of and loaded into the vehicle. Then you will be driven safely and in comfort to your chosen destination. On arrival, your driver will unload your luggage. Rest assured all flight are tracked therefore we will accommodate for any flight delays and flights set for an early arrival. Arrive at your accommodations in a timely manner and bid your driver farewell.

  • Private Transfer: Bournemouth Town Center to Airport

    9. Private Transfer: Bournemouth Town Center to Airport

    Travel comfortably and relax as you are transferred privately to Bournemouth airport in a timely manner by a chauffeur. Passengers departing from the hotel need to be checked out and waiting by concierge desk in the lobby at confirmed pick-up time.  The suggested collection times for departure transfers are 3-hours before the flight.  These lead times can be extended or shortened at your discretion by ringing the operations center. Remember to allow for adequate check-in time for your transfers. The driver will meet you at your hotel and provide luggage handling. Arrive at the airport on time and without hassle.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 625 reviews

Great boat trip, the weather was a big plus. The captain was very knowledgeable, clear with the information. Would definitely recommend.

Really relaxed trip with excellent well presented commentary and just the right length of time at 2 hours so glad we decided to go

If you’ve ordered the boat trip on line you don’t need to go to the hut, just go straight to the Boat, we know now .

Beautiful sunny day The captain and commentator was excellent Whitby and full of valuable knowledge

Make sure to wear your comfort shoes to enjoy the view, as it needs long walks.