Private Bacardi Distillery and San Juan
Depart to the south side of San Juan Harbor for a private visit to the Bacardi Rum Distillery, the world's largest distiller of natural spirits, and a fascinating city tour of Old and New San Juan.
Upon arrival, you and your guide will board an open-air tram for the ride to the new Visitor's Building. During your tour, you will see audio and video displays about the history of Bacardi and the rum-making process, and then visit a gallery displaying old documents, family portraits, rum bottles and other items. At the Bacardi cocktail lounge, which resembles a 1920s Cuban bar, you will watch a bartender prepare cocktails using Bacardi rum, see some of Bacardi's greatest commercial ads in a room filled with lights and music, and send video emails to your friends. Your tour will conclude at the open-air pavilion for some complimentary rum drinks. Bacardi Rum and other products may be purchased in the Rum N' Things gift shop next to the pavilion.
An old walled city with more than 400 years of history, in contrast to a modern resort city, is the backdrop for your orientation this thriving and interesting city.
You will then drive to the new part of town, where you will travel through the Condado area. Here you will see the luxury hotels, casinos, nightclubs and many restaurants that make this the most popular place in town after dark.
San Juan's Old Town tells hundreds of years of history in its restored and renovated buildings, homes and fortifications. It is divided by narrow streets, many still paved with cobblestones. Photo opportunities abound as you pass the Governor's Palace, San Juan Cathedral, Capilla de Cristo, Fort San Cristobal, and travel along the coast road to El Morro, where you will have a photo stop from the street.
As you drive along, look down every street for hidden plazas and the beautiful 17th-century Spanish ironwork on the restored old homes, and blue-black glazed cobblestones lining the narrow streets of the Old City. At the end of the tour, you will be returned to the port.
Guests on ships docked at the Pan American pier (across the bay from Old San Juan) have the option of ending their tour in Old San Juan for shopping and sightseeing. Those doing so are responsible for their own transportation back to the Pan American Pier.
Please Note: For insurance reasons, guests cannot tour the actual preparation/bottling area at the Bacardi Rum Distillery. This is not a transfer tour. It does not accommodate luggage and the tour returns to the cruise pier. Guests looking for a pre/post cruise tour and transfer should book one of the TRANSFER tours.
A must. The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of San Juan. Ask him to skip the new part of town as we did and focus on old town. We would really like to go back and shop next time in old town. I would recommend this tour if you haven't been to San Juan before. The tour was top notch and the distillery was worth the time.
Reviewer: Huong Pham group of 11 people
we enjoyed our time, at Bacardi.
Reviewer: Steve & Deb
Our guide was great. We had a small party of 4. When we got to Bacardi Rum Factory, we were given tokens for a cocktail. Unfortunately there were a lot of people there and after waiting for about 20 minutes, it was time for our tour. We figured we'd just get the cocktail afterwards. Tour was very informative and we thoroughly enjoyed. We finished the tour and ended up standing in line waiting for a cocktail again. It took almost 45 minutes and we finally got a drink. Our guide felt bad that we had to wait so long; however we went into Old San Juan and he showed us some of the sites. We would have enjoyed more time, but had to get back to ship, as it was time to board.
Best guide, willing to change up our tour at our request, very knowledgeable, wonderful attitude and kept us out if all lines. Extra long tour at the Distillary
Reviewer: Renex the Cruiser
Our fantastic private tour guide Joe found us immediately as we walked off the pier. We drove in a comfortable, air conditioned van and enjoyed his comments and stories immensely! The Bacardi tour was great....make sure to try the delicious, complimentary Mojitos! Then driving through Old San Juan was truly inspiring....we even saw a movie crew filming a movie. Make sure to try the cherry sesame seed lollipops! Hats off to Joe....it was a fabulous tour!