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Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour

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icon2 hours 15 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Visit the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, and explore its capital city, San Juan, on this 2.5-hour tour. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and see the brightly colored buildings that line the area. Encounter famous sights like Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Casa Blanca, and San Jose Church. Get a feel for what it was like during the Spanish colonial era as you walk through the Puerta De San Juan, one of the only gates left that served one of the oldest cities in the world.
  • 2.5-hour walking tour through San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Admire the architecture of Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, which opened in 1540
  • See San Jose Church, one of the most famous works of architecture on the whole island
  • Stop by the red-and-white entryway known as Puerta De San Juan, the only gate remaining from the Spanish colonial area
  • Pass the Ballaja Barracks, Casa Blanca, Plaza del Quinto Centenario, and the Museo de Las Americas
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
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Bottled water
Professional historian/tour guide
Transportation not included (unless booking tour option with transportation from San Juan or Rio Grande)
Lunch
Gratuities

Departure Point

206 C. de Tetuán, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico

We meet by the Banco Popular de PR Headquarters Building terrace area. Transportation is provided only when booking the tour with the transportation option at an additional charge.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the tour starting point in the heart of Old San Juan. Your tour begins at 9am, and you'll spend roughly 2 hours walking around San Juan.

The city was founded in 1521 AD, so there's a lot of history to uncover. Travel from Paseo de la Princesa all the way to La Fortaleza, seeing sights and hearing stories from your guide.

Pass the Ballaja Barracks, the military barracks built in 1864 for the Spanish troops and their families, and admire well-known places such as the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, El Convento Hotel, San Jose Church, and Castillo San Felipe del Morro.

Walk through the Puerta De San Juan, built in 1635 as a guarded entrance to the city — it’s the only one out of the six created that still remains in the city. See other sites such as La Casa Blanca, Plaza del Quinto Centenario, and Felisa Rincón de Gautier Museum before your tour ends and you get dropped back off at the hotel you were picked up from.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Old San Juan
Get to know Old San Juan's history, architecture and sights on this walking tour of the city! With an expert local guide, you will discover in depth the neighborhood and culture, while learning about it's powerful colonial influence. Your local guide will take you along Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade) to the Fortaleza, which is currently the official residence of the Governor of Puerto Rico. You will walk thru the city's brimming with colors and cobble stone streets, and have magnificent picture opportunities. Some sights and landmarks you will see are: San Juan Gate (built in 1520 to guard the city from the harbor), Ballaja Barracks (built by the Spanish militia for housing in 1864), San Jose Church and Plaza, El Convento Hotel and Plaza del Quinto Centenario. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you have about additional sightseeing, dining or shopping plans once the tour has concluded.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista
As part of the multiple stops we will do during this walking tour, we will visit the San Juan Bautista Cathedral (subject to opening hours). Ask about Juan Ponce de León's tomb!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Castillo San Felipe del Morro
We will visit this historical and world wide known fortress, that was built in 1539 and played such an important role to the city and soldiers. In the event you have mobility issues or prefer, can choose to visit the San Cristobal fort instead. Entrance fee included only to one fort.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Minimum of 4 persons required for tour to operate.
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bespoke Lifestyle Management

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Old San Juan Deluxe Walking Tour.

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star-5
Walking Tour of Old San Juan.
Cindy_M
, Aug 2021
We had a wonderful tour with Francisco. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Amazing walking tour.
Tabitha_S
, Aug 2021
Great tour with amazing tour guide. Our tour guide took us on a walking tour through old San Juan and told us historical information in a fun way.
star-5
Great tour with Norma!!!! She was...
Colleen G
, Jun 2018
Great tour with Norma!!!! She was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to spend the day with. Norma also gave us some great suggestions on places to shop and eat in San Juan. My husband and I noticed how accommodating she was to the other people in the group that had special requests. Thanks for the great history lesson
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Didnt see all that much of Old San...
Tom C
, Mar 2018
Didnt see all that much of Old San Juan. Walked pretty slowly and Jamie went into much more depth than I was interested in.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Elegna does an excellent job. She is...
radaramses
, Aug 2017
Elegna does an excellent job. She is very professional and knowledgeable. Her explanations were very interesting. In addition, she has a great personality.
star-5
This was the highlight of our...
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, May 2017
This was the highlight of our vacation. Jaime is more than just a tour guide, his generous hospitality and love of Old San Juan made our visit unforgettable. His stories and intimate knowledge of this amazing historical city transported us in time and brought it all to life. I would recommend it for anyone who is mobile enough to walk. 3 hours was long enough and the weather was quite warm, so when it was over we were tired. We ended the tour with a amazing lunch at the Hotel El Convento. Jaime was delightful and very knowledgeable, this tour was definitely worth doing. Thank you Jaime for a wonderful time. It was great meeting you and seeing your city through your eyes.
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I found this tour to be very...
Mike S.
, Feb 2017
I found this tour to be very disappointing. Leo is a friendly gentlemen, but nearly everything that could go wrong, did. I received a call the night before our tour that it had been pushed back to 10:45am originally 10am, which was no big deal. The woman who called me couldn't give me any information about how to find Leo when we arrived at the meeting spot. Any descriptor would have been helpful i.e, wearing a red hat, etc. Instead, we wandered around asking anyone in the vicinity if their name was Leo. Once the tour started, we were frustrated that they tried to group Spanish and English speaking people together. Leo was fluent in both languages, but it seemed like he was providing much more detail in Spanish than in English. Also, when we would ask questions, he appeared to make up answers which were easily checked as wrong with a quick Google search on our phones. Finally, we spent about 80 of the tour walking around the wall that surrounds the city. I would have much preferred that we spent on our time on the more interesting things to do. I've been on 15-20 walking tours all over the world, and this was the only one I felt compelled to review negatively. If you're able to find a different tour, I would recommend it. There's just so much of this beautiful city to experience!
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The tour was great and Leo was a...
Terri G
, Feb 2017
The tour was great and Leo was a wonderful guide. He took time to answer all questions and gave great explanations regarding the history of Puerto Rico and the current government issues. After the tour we asked for a referral to a restaurant with local food and he personally escorted us to one and it was as good as promised. Walking through Old San Juan involves going up and down many hills so it isn't for people with physical issues. The one negative factor was that I received a phone call at 7:30 on the morning of the tour telling me that the guide would meet us at 9:00. I reminded the caller that our tour was scheduled for 10:00 and we were staying in the town of Dorado, which is an hour drive to San Juan. There was absolutely no way we could make it by 9. She said she would look into it and call back. She did call about 15 minutes later saying the guide would meet us around 9:30. I held my ground, saying we would do our best but no promise. I believe it was unreasonable to reschedule us at the last moment - the company should provide a 24 hour notice of any change.

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