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Nassau: Rum Tastings and Culinary Walking Tour

1. Nassau: Rum Tastings and Culinary Walking Tour

Embark on a Flavorful Journey through Nassau's Culinary and Rum Heritage Step into the world of Bahamian flavors and tales with our Nassau Rum & Food Walking Tour. This unique experience is more than just a tour; it's a celebration of the Bahamas' rich culinary and rum traditions, set against the vibrant backdrop of Nassau's historic streets. From the famous John Watling's Distillery to the hidden gem of The Lucerne, a private Bahamian-themed speakeasy, our expert guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey of taste and tradition. Tour Highlights: John Watling's Distillery: Begin your adventure at this renowned distillery, known as the "Spirit of The Bahamas." Explore the art of rum-making and indulge in tastings of their finely crafted spirits paired with delicious appetizers. Graycliff Chocolatier: Delight in the exquisite world of chocolate at Graycliff Chocolatier. Learn about the chocolate-making process and how it pairs beautifully with Bahamian rum. The Pirate Republic Brewing Co: Experience the vibrant local beer scene with a visit to Nassau's very own craft brewery. Learn about the history of Nassau as a pirate republic while enjoying signature cocktails and delicious conch fritters. The Lucerne: Conclude your tour at this exclusive, private speakeasy. Immerse yourself in a truly Bahamian atmosphere, enjoying specialty cocktails and local bites in a setting that transports you back in time. Itinerary & Main Activity Features: Starting at John Watling's Distillery: Meet at this historic site where you'll be introduced to the world of Bahamian rum. Enjoy a guided tour learning about the distillery's storied past and then enjoy a delicious cocktail paired with appetizers. Graycliff Chocolatier Delights: Next, we'll visit the renowned Graycliff Chocolatier for an indulgent chocolate tasting, with rum infused bonbons. Discover the fine craftsmanship behind each delicious bite. Cocktails at The Pirate Republic Brewing Co: Refresh your palate at Nassau's premier craft brewery. Have a signature pirate cocktail and the best conch fritters on the island. Exclusive Access to The Lucerne: Our final stop is a hidden gem of Nassau. The Lucerne, a private speakeasy, offers a cozy, authentic Bahamian ambiance. Here, enjoy specialty cocktails and local snacks, the perfect end to your culinary journey. Conclusion of the Tour: As our Nassau Rum & Food Walking Tour winds down, you'll find yourself enriched with the flavors and stories of the Bahamas. The tour concludes at The Lucerne, leaving you in the perfect spot to either continue your evening in Nassau or take a leisurely stroll back to your accommodation. Our guides are happy to provide recommendations or directions to help you make the most of the rest of your stay in this vibrant city. Join us for an unforgettable exploration of Nassau's rum, food, and culture – a journey where every sip and bite tells the story of the Bahamas!

Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

2. 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: 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: Historic City Tour with Drink and Food Tasting

5. Nassau: Historic City Tour with Drink and Food Tasting

This unique city tour will give guests a greater appreciation of the life, food, drinks, and culture of the Bahamas. The guest will be able to explore the rich history of the island of New Providence while traveling through some of Nassau's indigenous villages, such as "Fox Hill Village." Guests will be able to sample some of the island's unique foods and drinks as we visit the Bahamas Rum Cake Factory, The Chocolate Factory, the John Watling Distillery, The New Duff, and the popular Nassau Fry Fry at Arawak Cay.

Nassau: Historical Sightseeing Guided Half-Day Tour

6. 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.

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: Island Highlights Tour with Rum Tasting

8. 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: City Highlights Private Pedicab Tour

9. 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 City Tour: Discover the Charms of Old Charles Towne

10. Nassau City Tour: Discover the Charms of Old Charles Towne

Experience the Best of Nassau with our Town & City Bus Tour Tour Schedules: Available everyday 8:30am - 11:00am, 11:30am to 2:00pm, or 2:30pm - 5:00pm. (Kindly email your preferred time slot for a seamless tour experience). Our Town & Country Bus Tour is designed to provide families with a delightful and well-rounded experience, combining historical sites, cultural experiences, and culinary delights. Here's a detailed breakdown of what you can expect during your tour: Meeting Point: Our tour bus will meet guests at the water fountain outside the Cruise Terminal, ensuring a convenient starting point for your adventure. Charles Town Exploration: Begin your journey in the old city of Charles Town. Visit a unique chocolate factory for a sweet experience. Explore the only winery on the island with free sampling for the adults. Stop at the Gray Cliff Cigar Factory, known for its historical significance and connection to Al Capone. Visit the oldest distillery on the island (built in 1789) for free samples of the world’s best peanut coladas. Old British Military Forts: Head to one of the old British military forts. Enjoy some time for shopping with locals, providing a chance for unique souvenirs. Explore the historical Queen’s Staircase, offering insights into the island’s past. Rum Cake Factory: Refuel at the best rum cake factory with free sampling, satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth. East of Nassau and Fort Montague: Head east of Nassau to Fort Montague. Enjoy beautiful beaches and take in scenic views. Savor mouth-watering conch fritters or fresh conch salad. Family-Friendly Atmosphere: Our guides provide engaging and age-appropriate information, ensuring a family-friendly atmosphere throughout the tour. We incorporate activities or anecdotes that appeal to both children and adults, creating an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Tour Conclusion: Conclude the tour after approximately 2.5 hours, ensuring families have experienced the best Nassau has to offer. Provide any final information, answer questions, and ensure a smooth return to the starting point. By blending history, culture, and culinary experiences, our Town & Country Bus Tour creates a well-balanced and enjoyable adventure for families visiting Nassau. Join us for an unforgettable journey through the sights, sounds, and flavors of this beautiful island paradise! Operating Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm - Monday-Sunday.

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(71 reviews)

Tyron was amazing!! I messed up a little the times with another booked tour, so I called them to let them know that we will be late to the tour and what options we had. In the end we had a private tour with Tyrone and it was just awesome! he showed us everything and we just had a really good time and a lot of fun! Thanks again for acommodating us, when actually we were the ones messing up the booking time. Would 100% recommend, best option to get the most of your stay in Nassau!

Our tour guides, Nice, Naughty, and Johnny Walker were fantastically amazing. They were great, well informed about the great places to go on the island. Definitely got us drunk and that was the goal!! Love and totally recommend it!!

Shad was amazing! I highly recommend this tour. We learned so much about the history of Nassau, saw some amazing sites, enjoyed some delicious food and drinks!

Wonderful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and made us feel extremely safe even in Nassau traffic!

We had a great time! Net was wonderful! She shared history and made the tour so much fun!