What can I expect on the day
Fancy hopping in an executive chopper and going on a Portsmouth Harbour Tour? Well, now you can do this, a tour of the city of Portsmouth and its bustling harbour, or a flight over the Isle of Wight in the VIP comfort of the AS355 Twin Squirrel helicopter - get your Ray Bans ready and take to the skies of Hampshire as a top class aerial tourist!
Both of the Portsmouth tours by helicopter set off from Daedalus Airfield at Lee-on-Solent, a former Royal Navy Air Station just four miles west of the city. On the shorter harbour-only version of these tours, you will descend on the shoreline of Portsmouth's naval base, the largest and oldest in the UK. Access to this part of the harbour is restricted, as it's still very much in active service, so this aerial excursion over Portsmouth is a real insider treat. Over 17,000 personnel work here and Portsmouth still boasts abundant ship building with orders for two new aircraft carriers being built within the harbour area - all of which you'll see on your tour.
This 10 minute tour also sees you swooping over the Historic Dockyard - home to the Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior and the impressive Spinnaker Tower. Meanwhile opting for the 25 minute extended tour takes all of these Portsmouth sights in, before flying well beyond the harbour area to take in breathtaking bird's eye views of Spitbank Fort, Fort Nelson and Porchester Castle.
If you opt for the Isle of Wight trip, you will bask in a glorious 35 minute flight seeing the amazing natural features of the coastline such as The Needles and Freshwater Bay, then checking out lovely Osborne House, the swish resort of Cowes, followed by Yarmouth. As with the itinerary for the tours that focus around the city of Portsmouth, you will take off from the helipad at Lee.
Our thrilling Portsmouth harbour tour is a great value gift to give, with the extended Portsmouth tour and the 'Wight isle' route boasting extra flying and sightseeing time for those who just can't get enough of flying in a posh helicopter at 1000ft above the ground.
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