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Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau

1. Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau

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: Guided City Tour by Scooter

2. Nassau: Guided City Tour by Scooter

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 and Cultural Highlights Tour with Transfer

3. 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.

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What people are saying about National Art Gallery of The Bahamas

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Charles was a great guide: very receptive to us as a group, answering all of our questions. He gave us history without overwhelming us. Our group was given all the time needed to see and do what we wanted. Charles went over the three hour tour time, as we needed to use the restroom & an ATM. He was very flexible and friendly. Great guide and well worth the fee! Loved it!

Charles was a great guide, very friendly and knowledgeable, and we were able to see and learn about many interesting sites in Nassau. Would highly recommend this tour.

This was a great tour of Nassau with a little bit of everything - history, food, drink, etc. Charles was very knowledgeable and kept our interest throughout the tour.

The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and had good sense of humor. He took his time and responded to our groups' preferences.

We had a great time. Learned so much about the city. Charles Schwab was a delight. Very informative and also fun to be with.