$16 for a Historic Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth Harbor Boat Tour from Isles of Shoals Tours ($28 Value)

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See islands off the coast of New Hampshire, as well as lighthouses, historical landmarks, and local wildlife, all narrated by a historian

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Expires Sep 9th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. Subject to weather conditions. Valid for Historic Isles of Shoals Tour only. Valid on any Isles of Shoals Tour prior to 6/22/13 or on Tuesday-Friday for cruises beginning on June 22nd and ending on Labor Day; limited cruises in June & September. In the case of high seas or inclement weather, cruise may be changed to a Point to Point Harbor Tour. Must be 18 or older. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$16 for a Historic Isles of Shoals Boat Tour ($28 Value)

The historic Isles of Shoals Tour whisks adventurers off the coast of New Hampshire and into the waters surrounding an archipelago of nine islands rich with history. During the Gilligan-free three-hour tour, cruise past the nation's oldest active Naval yard, five historic forts, and three towering lighthouses, all the while narrated by a knowledgeable historian.

Isles of Shoals Tours

Dedicated to upholding company founder Captain Arnold Whittaker’s passion for seafaring, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company owners Robin and Bob Whittaker introduce guests to the rich history and scenic beauty of New England’s harbors, estuaries, and islands on a variety of daily cruises. The heart of their operation is the Coast Guard–inspected and certified M/V Thomas Laighton_, a replica Victorian steamship replete with a brass staircase and open-air sundeck. During tours, a licensed captain and seasoned crew steer the ship to destinations such as the Isles of Shoals, a scenic area located a few miles from the U.S. coast and 3,577 miles from the Portuguese coast, which affords passengers a chance to glimpse historic forts and lighthouses. Additionally, fall-foliage tours along the Piscataqua, Cocheeco, and Salmon Falls Rivers, Dover Point, and Great Bay offer waterside views of color-changing flora. Along with public cruises, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company also rents out its majestic vessel for private events and hosts field trips that introduce passengers to local marine life.

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