Old San Juan Walking Tour - Reviews

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Laura G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2018

Our guide, David, is remarkably knowledgeable about Puerto Rican history, is eager to share his knowledge, and very friendly. He showed us hidden away places we would not have found on our own, and gave us great tips about other things to do and see. One of the best and most interesting tours we've been on.

Luis V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

David really knows his business. We arrived about 15 minutes late since our taxi driver was lost, and still he was waiting for our group with a smile, bottled water and a gift for us. He gave us lots of information on the city and its history, and gave us lots of good suggestions on things to do and places to eat. He even told us to let him know when we wanted a picture on a place and he would take it. The description says it takes about 2hrs but our tour lasted longer that that, Id say over 3hrs, and he managed to keep us interested and informed during all that time. If you have a few hours to spend in old San Juan and want to know in deep about their history, DO book this tour.

Deborah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Excellent tour and tour guide! Great value! The guide was very responsive with instructions, confirming the tour and meeting place, and answering questions the day before my tour. Extremely professional and even gave us little gifts. It wasn't a private tour but sure felt like one! I've been to San Juan several times, and never realized how much I didn't know. The tour gave me real insights and made the San Juan experience much more meaningful.

Jason M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Was on Oasis of the Seas coming into PR. Cruise port is less than 10 minute walk from Starbucks where we met David outside. We didn't realize PR was an hour ahead of time on the cruise so we were actually late for our 9 a.m. tour. We thought we were arriving at 8:45 a.m. according to our watches set to the cruise, but it was 9:45 a.m. PR time. David was great to have waited on us. He led us on a very customized and personalized tour for well over 90 minutes. It was just our family of five, my wife and I and our three teens. David did a great job giving us time to take pictures and look around, and he was talking non-stop about the history of the island and city. We were amazed at his knowledge. He is so friendly and seemed to know most of the locals where we stopped. This is one of the best tours we've ever had, so I will highly recommend it. We saw groups of 20--40 people with guides, and David with our group of five was zigging and zagging around those groups. I bet we saw 50 more things than they did in the same amount of time.

Ilana Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

We really liked this tour . David was wonderful, told us a lot, answered all our questions. He brought us lovely gifts and water, which was very thoughtful and kind.Made our stay much more interesting. Thank you.

lei

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

David was knowledgeable, warm, and pleasant. The tour was very well designed. You will get so much more out of a tour with him than walking around on your own. I HIGHLY recommend this tour.

bbp12

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

This tour was FABULOUS ! My husband and I, son and daughter in law, and two grandchildren were the only ones on the tour. Ages were 20 to 79. My family and I had all toured Old San Juan on previous cruises. Our other tours were nothing like this one. David was so knowledgeable! He took us to all different types of places......historical and entertaining. And he did it in a logical fashion so that we could return to our favorite places for lunch and shopping.
The next time I am in San Juan, I definitely want to tour with David again!

Peter A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Best tour!! guide was fantastic!!

Sonia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

This tour was amazing!

Edith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

All 6 of us really enjoyed our tour of Old San Juan with our guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and very quick to answer questions. I highly recommend taking this tour if you are in the area.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Great Tour! Thanks for the lovely gift.

ROBERT G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Took the tour with David, who was fantastic and a history vault of the Old San Juan and Puerto Rico. I want my husband and two daughters to learn the history of Puerto Rico. We have been living in NY for more than 40 yrs, yet, only visiting my large family and getting around , but never listen to our beautiful history the way David did. They were mesmerized, and love the Island even more. We received a bottle of water and a welcome gift bag as soon as we started, a thoughtful detail. A HAVE-TO-DO Tour.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2017

Fascinating

denis f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

We had a great time. We even discovered rooms in our own hotel that nobody had told us about. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend it.

Trinigyal84 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The Old San Juan Walking Tour was AMAZING! I learned so much from David. He was so knowledgeable of every landmark that we visited. David was so nice and you could tell that he really enjoys informing others about historical aspects of Old San Juan. I highly recommend this tour if you're planning on visiting San Juan. This tour was a highlight of my vacation.

Trinigyal84 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

The Old San Juan Walking Tour was AMAZING! I learned so much from David. He was so knowledgeable of every landmark that we visited. David was so nice and you could tell that he really enjoys informing others about historical aspects of Old San Juan. I highly recommend this tour if you're planning on visiting San Juan. This tour was a highlight of my vacation.

Merlyn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

David was a very knowledgable guide who shared story after story of San Juan's fascinating past. We loved it! My only suggestion would be to add a Pina Colada tasting on a very hot day :

Dina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

David was a knowledgable and friendly tour guide! My husband and I and our 17-yr-old daughter enjoyed the history we learned and all the details David pointed out to us along the tour. We highly recommend taking this tour early in your visit. You will learn what and where else you want to explore after getting so much info from David.

NYPeach_99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

I spent many years going back and forth to PR as a child. I had bits and pieces of history but not details like this tour provided. I loved the in depth history of El Viejo San Juan. It really gives one a true appreciation of the area. David, our guide, was very knowledgeable and funny. I definitely recommend this tour to anyone that is NEW to the island!!!

cgaleassi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and I was glad to go with someone who knew the area because if I'd attempted to go on my own I would have missed a lot of interesting things. For example, I wouldn't have known that certain unmarked doorways were entrances to old churches, mausoleums, historical spots, etc. We saw quite a bit during the walk and were shown areas that we could return to later to explore in more depth. I truly felt like we got to see so much more in such a short amount of time then anything I could have done on my own and that made it worth the relatively low cost. I learned a lot of interesting things about the Spanish influence on the architecture in the area and the fact that there's a hidden tunnel that was built for nuns and priests to hide or escape should there be an attack on the port city. Well worth it and extremely informative!

Danielle H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

David was very knowledgeable about the history of Old San Juan. We really enjoyed this tour.

Candice H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

David was as accommodating and genuine as you get while being extremely well informed about the history and special legends/uncommon extras you would never know without being a historian yourself.
He directed our group across streets and toward ramps for a member of our party which needed wheelchair access not really a San juan specialty, handicap access he stopped traffic and made sure to wait for everyone before continuing his tour. San juan really has so many hidden features and unusual elements, I really felt like I gained so much knowledge and Intel on where I wanted to dig further. David took us inside several establishments and up to the governor's mansion with police permission or proprietors blessings. We were informed of what elements were original and which had been restored, added, and which were to be maintained soon.
He graciously answered questions and helped with inquiries about businesses. David suggested several local establishments and gave detailed information about the merits and features we wouldn't know without his guidance. San juan does not advertise this information via plaques or signs. You need a great guide to grasp the subtle and obvious-yet-unexplained nuances and history of the buildings and geography if you want to learn or understand correlations between different periods and cultures past.
My mother and I loved our time on our tour with David, he even greeted us with a bag of souvenirs before our tour. We were able to take pictures and get great photo opportunities, coats of arms and crests were all decoded for us so now the pictures we took aren't just fleeting unknowns. The tour with David was worth every penny. We would love a follow up tour with David. San juan has a lot of specialised information to access.
Don't waste your time trudging through the streets trying to figure out what's what without the skills and expertise David brings to the table. The tour is almost totally handicap accessible and suitable for all ages. There are lots of hills and loose cobblestones to consider though. Otherwise, don't miss this!

Lita V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

We had a fabulous time - our guide was WONDERFUL - you MUST do this - bring water/beer - it gets hot ! and walking/hiking shoes are a must. We went back to find our guide as he was so wonderful.

Charlie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

We were welcomed with a nice gift (Puerto Rico souvenir) and some water. We learned so much things about Puerto Rico in this tour!

Marlena F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

The tour guide is very informative and kept me, my 11-year-old, and 14-year-old engaged. He gave us some charming gifts and gave us good recommendations. At times he came across as a little formal but I think that was because of the language translation. His excellent is very good, though! I enjoyed this tour and recommend it

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