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Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

1. Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

Begin your adventure in downtown Nassau and follow your guide as you stroll to some of the most historic landmarks and sites in town. Walk up to the top of Elizabeth Avenue for a 15-minute stop at the famous Queen’s Staircase, a major limestone staircase that consists of 66 steps. Here you will get the chance to capture its majestic beauty with your camera as your guide shares the history of this 18th-century staircase, including how 600 slaves constructed it in honor of Queen Victoria’s assistance in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas. Continue up Elizabeth Avenue for a five-minute stop at Nassau’s tallest structure, the historic 126-foot Water Tower that supplied water to the island of New Providence back in the early 20th century. Next, your tour will take you to the top of Bennet’s Hill to spend 15 minutes at Fort Fincastle, a fort built in the late 18th century to protect Nassau from pirates. Next, grab your cameras for the chance to take beautiful pictures of the exterior of the Government House. During a 10-minute stop, your tour guide will share tales from this historic site’s past as you admire the architectural excellence of this Georgian Colonial-style residence of the Bahamas’ Governor-General. Now that you have worked up an appetite, make a stop at Graycliff Chocolatier and indulge in a sampling of these locally made delicious treats. Next, tour the galleries of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and learn about the history of Junkanoo at the Educulture Museum. Afterwards, you will travel to John Watling's Distillery where you may sample rum and tour the facility. From here your next will stop at Tasty Teas where you will learn about the Bahamian bush teas and traditional medicines. Next up is the Nassau Straw Market for a brief history and shopping break. The last stop is at Rawson and Parliament Square where you can learn about the history of the buildings and statues from the colonial era up to present day.

Nassau: City Sightseeing Tour with Rum Cake Tasting

2. Nassau: City Sightseeing Tour with Rum Cake Tasting

Enjoy a fun-filled time as you explore Nassau and Atlantis with your driver/guide. Relax with a convenient pickup service and see landmarks like Fincastle, the Government House, Atlantis, and visit a rum cake factory. Meet your friendly and knowledgeable local guides and depart the pier. Stop at the historic forts of Fincastle, a small fort shaped like a paddle-wheel steamer. At this location you will have time to explore the fort, the Queen Victoria Staircase, and enjoy some light shopping on your own and take pictures. Gain beautiful views of the Government House (official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas since 1801), the Governor’s Mansion, and Gregory’s Arch. This stone arch was named after Governor John Gregory who served around 1850. Travel along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau’s shopping district, and home to the native Straw Market on the way to the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory. Once you arrive sample the namesake cake and choose from flavors like banana, cinnamon, and piña colada. Head to Paradise Island, an island connected to New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbor. See the famous Hog Island lighthouse, constructed in 1817, at the western tip of the island. The highlight of Paradise Island is the world famous Atlantis Resort. Visit a magnificent resort encompassing over 3,000 hotel rooms, 20 restaurants, a wide variety of stores, a 123-acre water park, beautiful beaches, and the largest casino in the Bahamas. Your tour will make a short stop at Atlantis where you will have free time to explore the amazing lobby, casino, or the shops. After your free time, you will be driven back to your ship.

Nassau: E-Scooter Tour with Food Tasting and Local Drinks

3. Nassau: E-Scooter Tour with Food Tasting and Local Drinks

Explore Nassau’s tropical streets by scooter and get to know Bahamian culture on this guided tour. Stop off at historical landmarks like the Queen’s Staircase and Fort Fincastle, savor the spicy aromas of the Rum Cake Factory and learn about the history of Junkanoo at the National Art Gallery. The first stop will be at Rawson Square, named after a former governor of the island, before you move on to the Rum Cake Factory. Here you’ll learn about the unique flavors and techniques that go into making this classic Caribbean delicacy. Next, you’ll head on to Fort Fincastle, stopping first to admire the dramatic Queen’s Staircase, which is made of 65 steps of solid limestone carved into the hillside. The fort itself was built in the 18th century to protect Nassau harbor from pirates and offers spectacular views out over the water. After this, the tour will make its way to Bahama Barrels, the first winery in the Bahamas, and on to the National Art Gallery. Here, you’ll be able to learn about Junkanoo, a Bahamian street parade, and admire the collection of colorful clothing and masks worn by the dancers. Finally, you’ll visit the John Watlings Distillery, where you can learn about small-batch rum production, and the Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, where your tour will come to an end.

Nassau: Historic Downtown Nassau Bike Tour

4. 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 Graycliff Chocolatier, Bahama Barrels winery, and the National Art Gallery (closed on Mondays). 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: Private and Personalized Island Tour

5. 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: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Nassau: Self-Guided Audio Tour

On this self-guided audio tour, you will learn about Nassau's pirate history and its cargo smuggling days at the Pirates of Nassau Museum.  Take a peaceful walk and get a view of the iconic Atlantis Paradise Resort and Christ Church Cathedral. From a library that was once a jail to a one-hundred foot hand-crafted staircase, Nassau has an abundance of fascinating sites which reflect its tumultuous history. Visit Fort Charlotte, Blackbeard's tower, and Rawson Square to get a feel for the culture and history. Learn how over the years, this tourist destination has seen tribal warfare, world-renowned explorers, swashbuckling pirates, alcohol smuggling, race riots, fabulous Junkanoo festivals, internationally-acclaimed resorts, and much more. See Bay Street where you will learn about the 1942 Riots, the Nassau Public Library and Museum, the Queen's Staircase, and the iconic Senor Frogs. There is also an optional addition to see Fort Fincastle.

Nassau: City Highlights Private Pedicab Tour

7. Nassau: City Highlights Private Pedicab Tour

Step up into your pedicab carriage and let's get rolling! This fun, active tour of Nassau hits all the highlights! As we pedal through historic Downtown Nassau Attractions, your friendly, enthusiastic guide will relate the history of the city through your audio ear set. It's just a short ride to the tropical setting of the Queen's Staircase. You'll hear the story of its architecture and climb the 66 steps to see the iconic Water Tower, a prominent landmark in Nassau's skyline, and visit Fort Fincastle. Although never actually used as it was intended (to defend the harbor from attack from the French), the fort remains an important part of Nassau's history. Back down the stairs and back into your pedicab, there's much more in store. Your next destination is the beautiful colonial Government House, home of the Governor General of The Bahamas. Right next door is the elegant Graycliff Hotel, a true Bahamian treasure. Visit the Graycliff Chocolatier and sample their exquisite chocolates before moving on to tour the galleries of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and its sculpture garden. A tour of the John Watling's Distillery is up next, where you'll learn the magic of turning raw, local products into the finest varieties of rum using traditional English methods. A sample is in order before pedaling on to the Pirates of Nassau Museum to tour exhibits portraying the golden age of piracy. Next, you'll head to the Straw Market to look for that perfect souvenir from your visit to Nassau. Your last stop will be the colonial style buildings of Parliament Square, where Queen Victoria Statue sits and the House of Assembly and Senate meet. It is here that we bid farewell. Join us on one of the best things to do in Nassau.

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.

Explore Historic Nassau!

9. Explore Historic Nassau!

Discovering the vibrant history and culture of The Bahamas is an exceptional adventure that guarantees an unforgettable experience. The Bahamas is renowned for its enthralling heritage that encompasses piracy, slavery, forts, escape routes, and modern civilization, making it an exciting and exclusive destination for cultural connoisseurs. Our tour is exquisitely curated to take you to all the significant points of interest, allowing you to learn and appreciate the narratives surrounding them. The tour is conducted in small groups for a personalized interaction with your guide and enables you to ask questions throughout the itinerary. Keep in mind that the tour route is over 2 miles long, and there might be walking on uneven surfaces or up stairs. Join us on this excursion and immerse yourself in The Bahamas’ history and culture for an enlightening and enriching experience.

Nassau: Guided ATV City & Beach Tour + Free Lunch

10. Nassau: Guided ATV City & Beach Tour + Free Lunch

Hop On Our CF Moto 500 Atv & Experience The Thrill Of The Open Road & The Great Outdoors With Triple D’S Atv Rentals. Experience The Best Of Nassau During A Morning Or Afternoon Tour With An Expert Guide. Drive Your Atv or Ride As A Passenger & Comfortably Cruise Along The Islands Of Nassau. Learn About The History Of The Bahamas & Visit Historical Sites Like The Queen’s Staircase & The Fort Montagu. - Drive your own Atv or ride as a passenger - Helmet provided for safety - Choose from morning or afternoon times to fit your schedule - Free Shuttle Pick Up & Drop Off Included - Lunch Included

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(54 reviews)

Charles gave a wonderful tour. He was mindful of my specific interests and took lots of time to provide historical and cultural information with great insight. He was very personable, pleasant and courteous with me and those we encountered on our tour. We were able to make the most of our time together and visited many diverse and interesting locations. I enjoyed this tour thoroughly!

We had an excellent experience! Charles was a wonderful guide and his tour was the perfect start to our stay in Nassau. He made us feel very comfortable, was happy to let us pause and take pictures or look around, and the information he shared helped us understand more about the past and present of Nassau and the Bahamas. Highly recommend this excellent tour!

Charles, the guide, is very knowledgeable about local history and culture. Additionally, visits to a local candy maker, winery and a rum distillery were interesting and fun.

Brilliant. Guide was enthusiastic, obviously very proud of his island and took us to place we wouldn't have thought to go. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon

Had a good time. The guide was knowledgeable. There are a lot of hills and the bike is old school (no gears and backpedal brakes).