San Juan, Puerto Rico

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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover the atmospheric streets, amazing architecture and intriguing history of one of the best-preserved Spanish colonial cities in the world on this half-day Old San Juan tour. During your 5-hour visit, you’ll view the amazing art and artifacts of the Museo de las Américas, get a chance to explore the 500-year-old San Cristobal Fort and experience the architectural landmarks that give this storied neighborhood its unique charm. Your sightseeing tour also includes all entrance fees, professional guide and round-trip transportation from select hotels in San Juan.
  • Half-day sightseeing tour of Museo de las Américas and Old San Juan
  • Visit Museo de las Américas and learn about Puerto Rican history and culture
  • Amble along cobblestone streets and admire the colonial architecture of Old San Juan
  • Tour San Cristobal Fort and capture views of El Morro Fort
  • Pass by the Capitol Building, Casa de España and the City Wall
  • Pickup and drop-off from select San Juan hotels included
Experience the rich colonial heritage of Old San Juan, a city unrivaled in the Western Hemisphere with over 500-years of architecture and history, on this half-day sightseeing tour. Spend a few hours wandering the scenic cobblestone streets, fascinating museums and Spanish-built forts of this one-of-a-kind neighborhood, part of which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Start your day with a pickup from select hotels, crossing a bridge to enter into Old San Juan. The neighborhood, which was founded in 1513 and is the second-oldest city in the Americas, features a wealth of colonial buildings. Take a look at the white marble-covered Capitol Building and admire the elegant Casa de España, bedecked in colorful tiles inspired by Moorish architecture.

Continue on through Old San Juan’s narrow cobblestone streets, pausing to note the imposing walls that surround the old colonial city, also known as “La Muralla.” This protective barrier, which is up to 20 feet (6m) thick and 60 feet (18m) tall in places, shielded this once-tiny settlement from enemies.

Next, proceed with your guide to Cuartel de Ballajá, a 19th century military barracks situated around a central courtyard. Take in the building’s impressive architecture before heading upstairs to the Museo de las Américas on the second floor. The museum’s exhibits provide an overview of the artistic and anthropological history of Puerto Rico and the Americas, including collections covering traditional folk art, the island’s African heritage and an overview of American indigenous tribes like the Taíno.

The tour moves on for a 30-minute visit at San Cristobal Fort. This massive military complex, the largest Spanish military complex in the Americas, was constructed in 1785. Enjoy sweeping views of San Juan Bay and the nearby El Morro Fort and listen to details about the fort’s history and clever design from your guide. Finish your day with a half-hour to 45 minutes for shopping before a drop-off at your hotel.

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M
, Oct 2017

It was a very nice tour, the driver who was also our tour guide was very informative. During part of out tour, we walked the cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and was able to frequent the businesses lined along the streets. The whole tour was very enjoyable.

S
, Oct 2017

Terrific day!

M
, Sep 2017

Great day in Old San Juan. The guide answered all our questions in the rain. He made sure that we were not standing in the rain while explaining the area that we were at. I would go again.

c
, Sep 2017

Not really worth the money, you can easily do this tour on your own.

C
, Aug 2017

This tour is a must! Our tour guide, Jorge, was PHENOMENAL! We visited a lot of great places, and Jorge gave us the detailed history on the places we visited (and helped me with my Spanish too...lol). I highly recommend this tour if you want to learn about Old San Juan.

P
, Aug 2017

Simply Amazing

B
, Aug 2017

Favorite part by far was the fort! Tour Guide Jaime was knowledgeable of the Puerto Rico history he's a native. The museum was unique. If you love art and native american history, then this is for you. Our museum tour was a guided tour by an employee who explained a lot on the history of the Indians and Spanish artists. My 14 son was bored and my 18 year daughter enjoyed. Either way, I always make it a point to have a history day when we travel. The driver doesn't stop at any other places for pictures or further explanations of what you see. This was disappointing! Basically it was a drive by in the mini bus and a mention of the name of the building. : This tour needs to add a little more history with stops and excerpts about what we were looking at. Also, the tour mentions shopping for 30-45 minutes. That didn't happen! This was another reason we picked this trip, so we could do some souvenir shopping. But instead we had to pay a cab 15 one way to come back the next day. The driver offered to drop you off, but you had to pay to get back to your hotel, which defeated the idea of booking transportation with this tour. With these slight improvements, this tour would be great.

C
, Aug 2017

This is a nice tour to begin our trip to Puerto Rico, a first time here. This gave us a view of Old San Juan and the forts that we used to protect Puerto Rico from those wanting to take it from the Spanish. The fort El Morro is amazing in that the building of it took 200 years and was all done by hand. Such an amazing feat at the time period in which it was built. When touring the museum of the history of the Americas, we got so much more out of the tour with a tour guide. It did make a difference in learing about this history.

B
, May 2017

We expect the tour guide will spend more time walking around the Old San Juan city and tell us history/stories about the area. Instead we went to the History museum and spent over an hour shopping in the area on our own.

m
, Apr 2017

Super fun day, in San Juan Puerto Rico, the best of all was the Rum tour


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