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Nassau: Bahamas Culture Tour with Electric Trolley and Water

1. Nassau: Bahamas Culture Tour with Electric Trolley and Water

Take a fascinating and fun tour of Nassau and Bahamas culture as you ride an open-air bus, See key sights from the city, and drink complementary water as you take part in an interactive and informative sightseeing experience. Hop on board a beautiful bus decorated with images from Bahaman culture and history. Feel the thrill of riding a fully electric open air bus through the streets of the island. Explore the highlights of the island on a tour which combine stories of its eventful history with the warmth and kindness of the Bahamian people. Stop and taste the island's famous Sky Juice while dancing and singing to island melodies. Enjoy trivia and prizes as you make the most of your visit to the island.

Nassau: Guided ATV Tour with Bahamian Lunch and Drink

2. Nassau: Guided ATV Tour with Bahamian Lunch and Drink

Choose to either start in the morning or afternoon. Roundtrip transportation is provided from most major hotels or cruise port. Receive your ATV safety briefing.  See the sights of Nassau with a narrated tour; including the Government House, Fort Charlotte, Arawak Cay, Bahamar, and Queens Staircase and Water tower. Ride along a scenic beach route to discover Nassau's most popular attraction, the Caves. Enjoy a full Bahamian lunch at one of the local restaurants. 

Nassau: Cultural Walking Tour of Downtown Nassau Attractions

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: 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.

Explore Historic Nassau!

10. 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.

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4.9
(49 reviews)

Excellent tour! Not just a bus tour. You get off at the Rum Cake Factory, Tea Shoppe, Atlantis (30 min) and make sure you sample some Conch fritters. The tour covered history and current events and we got to see how your average Bahamian lives. Chippie and her crew are amazing and super friendly. Very patient with my elderly mother. They are obviously very proud of their island and should be!

This was a fantastic tour and a great way to see more of Nassau in a short time. The tour guide was beyond lovely, knowledgeable and funny. The island and Nassau are lucky to have such an asset.

The tour was great. Highly recommend it to anyone. Thankyou wonderful experience exploring Nassau today.

Awesome tour to see all aspects of the Bahamas and great tour guide

Chipper was very knowledgeable and super friendly!