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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Old San Juan Half-Day Sightseeing Tour

Visit Castillo de San Cristóbal

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.

Customer Reviews

Iris L R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was a lot of fun with very friendly staff.

Dennis D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide, Hector, was great. Knowledgeable and very funny. A lot of walking and climbing combined with a lot of fantastic history. The National Art Museum and El Moro fort were the highlights of the tour.

Melissa C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wow the tour guide was very knowledged in the fort! That is why there are 5 stars. The museum had a lot to offer, too bad they didnt give a full tour. And for the Old San Juan shopping trip, it is drop off and pick up, not a tour. All in all this is a 3 star trip. And the pick up from hotel, late.

JT

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour. The fort and the museum that followed were great sights to see. The history is very interesting from both. Our tour guide and the museum guide were both very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. I would caution though that people should be aware that there is a good amount of walking through the fort, though it was great. Just wear your walking shoes!

Mary R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

What a great tour this was. I enjoyed the tour so much especially with our tour guide who had share with us the history of the Plaza de Armas de San Cristobal and El Morro! So exciting. I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in history and the history of Old San Juan. I did more research and I returned home. Surprising enough, the Smithsonian channel did story on the history of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands one week after my return home. It like being in Puerto Rico all over again.

Carmen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Lovely trip. Full of local historical information. Beautiful scenery. Great guide. My granddaughter and I enjoyed it very much. A perfect half day trip for teens and people of all ages.

MARVIN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I have taken numerous day trips with Viator, but this was by far the best! Our guide, Robert, was excellent--the best and most knowledgeable guide I've ever experienced. His English was perfect, he was friendly and extremely courteous to everyone on the trip. He was especially helpful to everyone by answering our questions and recommending other tours and local restaurants. May I request Robert for all of my tours in the future? Thanks, Marvin B

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Our trip was wonderful, Roberto was amazing. He was so informative and knowlegable. Puerto Rico is full of so much history. Make time and take this tour. Thank you Roberto !! Hope to be back soon
Maria and Rich from NY

Eileen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Well worth the time and energy for the day. Excellent knowledge learned.

harold w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

excellent itinerary and super guide Jorge. He was extremely knowledgeable and fun for thr group.
Outstanding guide. Hal Wicker

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