Nassau Meet the locals

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Nassau: Sip, Sample & See, Food & History Bus Tour

1. Nassau: Sip, Sample & See, Food & History Bus Tour

See and taste the islands...... don't just visit The Bahamas, Sample the exotic cuisine, sip locally blended spirits and brews, be immersed in the culture, and see the unmatched beauty of these islands. You can pound the city pavement just about anywhere in the world, but if you want a homely island experience that's safe and entertaining then this tour is for you.  You'll spend the day being introduced to the vibrant culture, hearing local music, learning a few Bahamian phrases, and eating and drinking like a local. Travelling along the island’s coasts, you'll pass sandy beaches, majestic locations and old plantations. The tour has 6 stops where you'll sample the island delicacies -  some being made right before your eyes -  sip on tropical drinks and bush teas, visit a historical museum, a rum cake factory and then end the afternoon with  a delicious Bahamian lunch at a family restaurant. 

Nassau: Historic Downtown Nassau Bike Tour

2. Nassau: Historic Downtown Nassau Bike Tour

Take a guided tour of the historic Bahamian architecture in Downtown Nassau. Meet the staff for a short safety briefing, before you start exploring the points of interest like the Water Tower, Fort Fincastle, the Queen's Staircase, the Nassau Public Library/Former Prison, the Graycliff Restaurant and Hotel, the Bahamas Heritage Museum, and the National Art Gallery. You will also explore Fort Charlotte, Junkanoo Beach, Rawson's Square, the Governor General's House, and more. Following that, discover beautiful murals and photo opportunities as you cruise along colorful buildings of Bay Street. You will later be taken for a lunch break at a vibrant and energetic food spot called Arawak Cay, where at a nominal fee, you may purchase food and beverages unique to the islands of the Bahamas. Following lunch, stop at the Straw Market to admire the handiwork of local vendors, and at the conclusion of your experience, your guide will return you to your tour collection point.

Nassau: Rum Tastings and Culinary Walking Tour

3. Nassau: Rum Tastings and Culinary Walking Tour

Enlighten your taste buds on this rum-themed guided walking tour through the heart of historic Downtown Nassau. Sample rum-infused sweet and savory bites, learn how to taste rum like a professional, and try your hand at making a rum cocktail. Begin by sampling rum and cocktails at John Watling’s Distillery. Head to Pirate’s Republic Brewing Company, enjoy a swig of the demon water, and delve into a time when inebriated pirates roamed the streets. Next try some boozy hand-crafted chocolates at Graycliff Chocolatier. Finally, taste some rum-infused delicacies at Hillside House Travel back in time to rum-running days and learn about the importance of rum and other spirits in Bahamian history. Hear profiteering tales of how these historic properties stored liquor for ocean transport across illicit passages of the Gulf Stream from Nassau’s harbor.

Nassau: Historical Sightseeing Guided Half-Day Tour

4. Nassau: Historical Sightseeing Guided Half-Day Tour

Begin the tour with a drive through the historic city of Nassau. Stop at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Sample scrumptious flavors like pina colada, banana, and chocolate. Next, head across the 65-foot bridge that connects Nassau to Paradise Island. Pass by the beautiful Cloisters and take memorable photos of the lovely marble statute Silence. The Queen's Staircase will be your next stop. Carved out of solid limestone in the late 18th century, this 102-foot staircase is a must-see attraction. Climb the 65 steps to the top of Bennet's Hill the highest point in Nassau and access Fort. Guests not able to climb the staircase can stay on board and be driven to the top. At the top, you'll find a mini-market with authentic handmade goods at bargain prices. Then, go to the Graycliff Chocolate Factory for about 20 minutes to see how this famous chocolate is made and sample some of the 17 different flavors. Head to the John Watling's Distillery, a local producer of rum where you'll have a chance to sample. Next, visit Junkanoo Beach to take photos of the beautiful crystal clear waters. The last stop of the tour will be at the interactive Pirates Museum in the heart of downtown Nassau where you'll be transported to the year 1716 when pirates ruled the Caribbean.

Highlights of Nassau and Atlantis

5. Highlights of Nassau and Atlantis

Departing from near the cruise terminal, you will board an air-conditioned bus and drive through the streets of Nassau. See the parliament buildings located on Bay Street. Your friendly local guide will talk about the colors and explain what each building represents. Along the way you will see the courthouse and an octagonal building that was once a prison. Continue to the Fort Fincastle whereby you can get off the bus and explore the sights of the area. Fort Fincastle, the water towner and shop to your hearts content. Next you will visit the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, where you can try free samples of rum cakes and purchase a cake of your own. After this, visit the five star Atlantis Bahamas resort to see the lobby areas, the crystal court for shopping, the casino and the marina village. Then there is also a beach where you can dip your toes in the water and take photos. Finally, you will be dropped back at the original starting point, where your tour will end.

Nassau: Island Highlights Tour with Rum Tasting

6. Nassau: Island Highlights Tour with Rum Tasting

Make the most of your stop in Nassau with the help of a local guide. Snap pictures of Queen Victoria's staircase – the photos are well worth the climb – and try some local flavors at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory and John Watling's Distillery. Meet your guide in a central location and hop into the comfortable, air-conditioned van. Enjoy historical and cultural commentary as you make you way to the first stop, Queen Victoria's staircase. Continue on past the famous Atlantis Resort and stop for a pick me up at the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. The culinary journey continues at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory and John Watling's Distillery, where you can sample some of their famous products. At the end of the day, your guide will bring you back to the centrally located meeting point.

Nassau: Private and Personalized Island Tour

7. Nassau: Private and Personalized Island Tour

Tour your way! Private Tours with just your group. Your Tour Guide will pick you up from your hotel or address in a clean, and stylish vehicle of your choice. You will be guided through the island's many exciting attractions: - Tap into your inner warrior at the Historic Fort Charlotte, Fort Montague and Fort Fincastle - Feel the romance in the air at the Gardens of Versailles and the French Cloister - Taste the tantalizing islands in rum form at the John Watling's Rum Distillery - Enjoy the scrumptious goodies at the Graycliff Chocolate Factory - Eats. Eats and more Eats at the Rum Cake Factory - Explore local exotic animals at the Ardastra Gardens and Zoo - Dare to be a pirate if only for a moment at the exciting Pirates of Nassau Museum - Appreciate local history of the architecturally stunning Parliament and Rawson Squares - End your tour feasting on the best of the best Bahamian cuisine at the world famous Arawak Cay 'Fish Fry' At the end of your tour, your Guide will drive you back to your hotel or drop off location.

Nassau Sightseeing Bus Tour

8. Nassau Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover Nassau's lesser-known treasures on this sightseeing bus tour. Begin with a brief stop in Rawson Square, located in downtown Nassau, to view and learn about its historical government buildings. Take in the numerous statues of Queen Victoria and hear about the first black Bahamian Governor General. Continuing on to Fort Fincastle and explore the historical landmark known as the Queen's staircase. Afterwards, continue on to view the governor's mansion. Next, head toward the largest fort on the island, Fort Charlotte, and enter to explore hundreds of years of history. After a healthy dose of history, journey along towards the rum cake factory to taste some of the country's finest treats. Before returning to Nassau, head to Paradise Island and stop by the famous Atlantis Hotel. Finally, return to the cruise ship terminal with a new found appreciation for the historic city.

Nassau: Historic and Cultural Highlights Tour with Transfer

9. Nassau: Historic and Cultural Highlights Tour with Transfer

Take a trip back in time through Bahaman history on an informative discovery journey to the major landmarks of downtown Nassau. Learn some key facts about The Bahamas before heading out with your guide and seeing each historic site up close. Get picked up from your hotel, or the port if you're a cruise passenger, and discover some of the local highlights. Begin with a walk past Pompey Square, the Straw Market, the Pirate Museum, and the Parliament Buildings, where you'll hear about the function and importance of the site. Move along toward Fort Montaque for a fantastic photo op, passing Atlantis along the way. Stop at Fort Fincastle and the Queen Staircase, then enjoy some time to explore and shop from local vendors if you wish to. See the Governor General's estate while heading toward Graycliff Chocolate Factory, the National Art Gallery Bahamas, and John Watling's Distillery. Culminate your experience with a view of Fort Charlotte and Clifford Park.

Nassau: Private Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

10. Nassau: Private Historic Landmarks Walking Tour

Welcome to The Bahamas! Feel the sun on your skin as you stroll across Nassau and listen to your local guide give you a quick glimpse of the history of the Bahamas. Perfect for small groups since your guide can focus on one-on-one interactions while giving you important context on The Bahama's past. Take the opportunity to ask anything that drops on your mind about the local culture, traditions and history. Some main points you will pass by and learn about are: - The Nassau Downtown - The Parliament Square - Fort Fincastle - The Government House

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What people are saying about Nassau

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Tanya, Sandy & J were Amazing Tour Guides. Tanya called me the morning of tour to verify pick up & to check up on me since I had informed her I wasn't feeling my best. Yes, we went on the Tour & it was Wonderful! Sandy was very informative about the entire Island & the tour was very well organized. Tanya was there before each pit stop waiting for us with a Warm Welcoming Smile . The places we were taken to were the perfect spots. We learned so much about their History, Culture, Foods, Drinks, etc... & it was also very Nice to meet people we went to pick up along the way. Overall it was a Wonderful Bus Tour in the comfort of a very clean bus & very cool AC. We loved it & highly recommend this Tour. Thank you Guys !

Tour guides were friendly and informative. Tour bus was not crowded (and was airconditioned). Places visited were interesting and food and drink samplings were good. I would highly recommend this tour.

Tyson is very nice He makes us discover his country and the city of Nassau through local taste stages with great comments on the history of his country and its evolution

Desmond was wonderful as our tour guide❤️ We really enjoyed the tour and highly recommend doing your lunch at the beach where you get the real deal RE: soul food!

Very knowledgeable made us feel like family loved the whole trip!!