Self Guided Old San Juan Forts Tour Plus Bacardi Factory Historical Tour

This tour is perfect for history lovers. You will have a chance to see the Old San Juan and the new San Juan on the way to Bacardi Factory.

Highlights:

*Castillo de San Cristóbal, or Saint Christopher Castle, is the largest fort in Puerto Rico, and the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the Western Hemisphere.

*Completed in 1785, it covers 27 acres of land and rises almost 150 feet above sea level.

*Built to guard against a land assault from the east, San Cristóbal is an example of the “defense-in-depth” architectural model. This was a tiered network of fortifications that would force an enemy to face several defensive barriers before the fort was breached.

*San Cristóbal fired the first shot of the Spanish-American War in 1898.
In 1942, the U.S. army built World War II bunkers on the northern face of the fort.

*Bacardí is made almost identically according to Don Facundo's original secret process of fermentation, distillation, and charcoal filtration.

per adult from

$119

NZD

Duration

5 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Bacardi Ticket
    • Certified Tour Guide
    • At Bacardi a Welcome Cocktail Drink
    • Entry/Admission - Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico
    What's excluded :
    • Forts Tickets
    • Lunch and Drinks
    • Entrance Fee - San Juan National Historic Site (16+) $7.00 Children 15 and under Free!
    • Entry/Admission - Castillo San Felipe del Morro
    • Entry/Admission - Castillo de San Cristobal
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Casa Bacardi Puerto Rico, Carretera 165 Bay View Industrial Park, Catano 00949 Puerto Rico

    Discover BACARDÍ's history through a guided tour.

    Enjoy a cocktail at our waterfront Bat Bar Pavilion, then join your guided tour to discover how we make BACARDÍ rum and a family-owned company's history of craft and innovation.

    *Guided tour of the BACARDÍ Visitor Center.
    *BACARDÍ Welcome Cocktail for adults.
    *Access to Bottle Your Own BACARDÍ Experience & Gift Shop.
    *Complimentary WiFi on property.
    *The Historical Tour duration is approximately 45 minutes.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Old San Juan, San Juan Puerto Rico

    Our certified tour guide will show you and teach everything you will know about the history of Old San Juan and the area. Just relax and enjoy the ride around the Old San Juan and the most famous buildings and architecture.


    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Castillo San Felipe del Morro, 501 Calle Norzagaray, San Juan 00901-1213 Puerto Rico

    Castillo San Felipe del Morro is a 16th-century fortress. El Morro means “promontory” in English. The fort is located on the northwestern tip of Old San Juan. El Morro is one of the most prominent and internationally known Puerto Rican historical landmarks. The original fortress, constructed in 1540, guarded the entrance to San Juan Bay from pirates. As time passed, the construction expanded. The Spanish added more walls over time, and now the original round tower is in the inner heart of the fortress.

    This fort is a complex structure consisting of barracks, lookouts, cannon-firing positions, dungeons, garitas (guard towers), vaults, and ramps. Underground tunnels connect El Morro to the nearby Fort San Cristóbal. The fortress stands as evidence of Puerto Rico’s protective role for the New World. Both the Dutch and the English attacked the fortification multiple times. Its history started with the Spanish Conquistadores. It played a very active military role in the 1898 Spanish-American War. This war ended with the Treaty of Paris, which forced Spain to surrender its control over Cuba and Puerto Rico to the United States. El Morro’s name temporarily changed to Fort Brooke while occupied by the U.S. military. The fortress used actively during World War I, received a massive concrete bunker by the time of World War II. From the bunker, the U.S. military monitored the activities of German submarines and coordinated the coastal artillery.

    VERY IMPORTANT:

    *It's a self-guided walking tour
    *Entrance are not included
    *San Juan National Historic Site (16+) $7.00
    Children 15 and under Free!
    * Once you buy a ticket it is good for both forts.


    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Castillo de San Cristobal, Calle Norzagaray Old San Juan, San Juan 00901 Puerto Rico

    Fort San Cristóbal, known as the “Gibraltar of the Caribbean,” is located on the eastern side of Old San Juan. Construction on the fort began in 1634 and took over a century to complete. It is one of the largest Spanish forts ever built and the strongest in the Americas. Constructed to fortify Spain’s defense of Old San Juan’s harbor, the fort protected the island from land attacks. It boasts walls that rise 150 above the sea, covers an expansive 27 acres of land, and has five separate independent units that interconnects via tunnels. Each one is higher and stronger than the next utilizing a “defense-in-depth” approach.

    Down one of the tunnels, you will find the dungeon where there is a death cell. In the 17th century, this little room without electricity and air conditioning had only a small window slit to light and ventilate it. This cell was for prisoners awaiting their execution. Soldiers used iron handcuffs and anklets to chain prisoners to the walls. On the walls, there are drawings of five ships done by an artillery captain. The ships have amazing detail right down to the flags identifying which ones belong to the enemy.

    MUST KNOW:

    *It's a self-guided walking tour
    *Entrance are not included
    *San Juan National Historic Site (16+) $7.00
    Children 15 and under Free!
    * Once you buy a ticket it is good for both forts.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    For those staying in an Airb&B or arriving on a cruise ship, please call us to provide the nearest pickup location.Airports
    • Luis Munoz Marin Intl Airport, Carolina 979 Puerto Rico
    Ports
    • Old San Juan (Viejo San Juan), Cll Fernandez, San Juan, 00901, Puerto Rico
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

14

Organised by Tours For Less

Activity ID: V-230600P2

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