Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour

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Overview

Visit one of the oldest cities in the world, San Juan, founded by the Spanish in 1521 AD. Get to know Old San Juan's history and sights on this walking tour of the city! With an expert local guide, you will discover the neighborhoods and learn about the powerful colonial influence. Starting from the Historical Hotel El Convento in Old San Juan, your local guide will take you on a 2.5 hour walking tour along the Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade) to the La Fortaleza, which is currently the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico and the Castillo San Felipe del Morro. 

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Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Instant Confirmation
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There is a magical feeling to the area of Old San Juan and your first thought may be that you are not in the United States. There seems to be nothing that looks as old or has the history on the mainland as you will see in Old San Juan. Founded in 1521, this part of the city of San Juan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a US Historic Zone. Your walk begins at the water's edge and follows the city wall, where the view is spectacular and the past comes alive. There are over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city that date back to its inception. The architecture is incredible and you will feel as if you are in Europe, with cobblestone streets and buildings sitting side by side.

Most of the old city will remind you of its history as a military stronghold but much of this area has now been modified to house attractions for tourism. Cafes, small shops, great gardens and courtyards abound. The former barracks now house the Museo de Las Americas and has a collection of Latin American Folk Art. Some of the religious structures spread throughout the area such as the San Juan Cathedral seem to be both Gothic and modern in architecture due to constant renovations since it was opened in 1540. You'll have the chance to see the San Juan Gate, San Juan Cathedral and many more historical places. And you will learn where to find other points of interest that you can return to and explore in greater detail.

Some sights you'll see include San Juan Gate, Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Ballaja Barracks, San Jose Church and Plaza, La Casa Blanca, El Convento Hotel, Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Plaza del Quinto Centenario and Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum. This special itinerary was created to deliver an entertaining venture in this historical city. Unless you take in Old San Juan on foot you really cannot understand how special it is and accompanied by a local guide, you will learn about the history of this US territory. The cobblestone path through the narrow streets will bring you to the fort, the area that artisans make and sell bamboo cups, local cigars, tropical candles and souvenirs and what life is like on Puerto Rico. But most important is hearing the background of this amazing island.
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Inclusions for Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour

  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Professional historian/tour guide
  • Walking tour
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Exclusions for Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (recommended)
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Dress code is smart casual

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

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Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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5 reviews by the users

  • Elegna does an excellent job. She is very professional and knowledgeable. Her explanations were very interesting. In addition, she has a great personality.

  • This was the highlight of our vacation. Jaime is more than just a tour guide, his generous hospitality and love of Old San Juan made our visit unforgettable. His stories and intimate knowledge of this amazing historical city transported us in time and brought it all to life.
    I would recommend it for anyone who is mobile enough to walk. 3 hours was long enough and the weather was quite warm, so when it was over we were tired. We ended the tour with a amazing lunch at the Hotel El Convento. Jaime was delightful and very knowledgeable, this tour was definitely worth doing. Thank you Jaime for a wonderful time. It was great meeting you and seeing your city through your eyes.

  • I found this tour to be very disappointing. Leo is a friendly gentlemen, but nearly everything that could go wrong, did. I received a call the night before our tour that it had been pushed back to 10:45am originally 10am, which was no big deal. The woman who called me couldn't give me any information about how to find Leo when we arrived at the meeting spot. Any descriptor would have been helpful i.e, wearing a red hat, etc. Instead, we wandered around asking anyone in the vicinity if their name was Leo.

    Once the tour started, we were frustrated that they tried to group Spanish and English speaking people together. Leo was fluent in both languages, but it seemed like he was providing much more detail in Spanish than in English. Also, when we would ask questions, he appeared to make up answers which were easily checked as wrong with a quick Google search on our phones. Finally, we spent about 80 of the tour walking around the wall that surrounds the city. I would have much preferred that we spent on our time on the more interesting things to do.

    I've been on 15-20 walking tours all over the world, and this was the only one I felt compelled to review negatively. If you're able to find a different tour, I would recommend it. There's just so much of this beautiful city to experience!

  • The tour was great and Leo was a wonderful guide. He took time to answer all questions and gave great explanations regarding the history of Puerto Rico and the current government issues. After the tour we asked for a referral to a restaurant with local food and he personally escorted us to one and it was as good as promised. Walking through Old San Juan involves going up and down many hills so it isn't for people with physical issues.

    The one negative factor was that I received a phone call at 7:30 on the morning of the tour telling me that the guide would meet us at 9:00. I reminded the caller that our tour was scheduled for 10:00 and we were staying in the town of Dorado, which is an hour drive to San Juan. There was absolutely no way we could make it by 9. She said she would look into it and call back. She did call about 15 minutes later saying the guide would meet us around 9:30. I held my ground, saying we would do our best but no promise. I believe it was unreasonable to reschedule us at the last moment - the company should provide a 24 hour notice of any change.

  • Excellent local guide!

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