Isles of Shoals Tours


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In a Nutshell

  • Explore historic Star Island
  • See lighthouses, coastline
  • Can be used on other tours

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For $16, today's side deal gets you a Star Island Walkabout Tour at Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (up to a $31 value). You may also use this deal for any tour of equal value, lesser value, or more value if you pay the difference.

The Star Island Walkabout Tour whisks sea-traversers on the Victorian steamship M/V Thomas Laighton out to the scenic and historically rich Star Island in the Isles of Shoals. Listen to the serene ocean sounds at the coastline, or hike past the island's white, glacier-carved cliffs to the White Island Lighthouse. The ocean's rolly little waves welcome swimmers, and the harbor's myriad of leisure boats welcome sunbathers. Architectural buffs can inspect the more-than-100-year-old Oceanic House mansion, which evokes the spirit of the grand hotel era. Call to reserve your tour; tours set off at 9:25 a.m. and return at 1:15 p.m. several days a week.


Four TripAdvisors give the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company a hearty four stars, and three Yelpers give it a heartier 4.5:

  • The narator [sic] was very informative with the usual history and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was a tour well worth our time. We enjoyed it very much. – Allysoncatherine, TripAdvisor
  • Our tour guide did an outstanding job giving a very thorough and fun history lesson describing the places we passed by, telling great stories and cracking a few jokes. – Ian W., Yelp

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.

Customer Reviews

Thanks to Groupon for calling our attention to this tour. We went on a beautiful day and thoroughly enjoyed the trip!
Laurie U. · September 26, 2013
It was a lovely journey to a special place.
Maureen M. · September 25, 2013
We had a wonderful experience at the Isles of Shoals Tour. The day was beautiful and the crew was fabulous. The moderator was well versed and the running commentary was factual and interesting. I would definitely recommend the Isles of Shoals Tour.
Jan M. · September 25, 2013

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