You will be transferred from the cruise pier to downtown Bridgetown for check in at the tour office. You will then have a few minutes of free time to use restrooms, purchase a refreshment or pick up last minute film. Setting out from downtown at approximately 11am, your guide will lead you on a walking Barbados tour of the interesting points in the city, many located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown.
A few of the highlights include a photo stop at Nelson's Statue (which predates Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square in London), St. Mary's Church, a beautiful Georgian church which is one of the oldest on the island (consecrated in 1827), St. Michael Cathedral (originally consecrated in 1665, and then rebuilt in 1789 it was elevated to Cathedral status in 1825).
You will also see the Synagogue. Originally built in 1654 by Dutch Jews escaping persecution in Brazil, it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, was rebuilt, fell into disrepair and was sold in 1929. In 1983, the Jewish community purchased the building and restored it to its present state. It is now a Barbados National Trust protected building and an active synagogue. The Public Buildings (houses the third oldest continuous parliament in the British Commonwealth), Hero Square, Queen's Park and The Swing Bridge (1654) will also be seen. The walking portion of the tour is approximately two hours in length.
Following the Barbados tour, you will be treated to an included lunch at the Jolly Roger Pub which may include steak, chicken, fish, macaroni pie, rice, vegetables, salad, wraps, or pasta. A rum punch or soda is also included.
After lunch you will have free time in Bridgetown until 3:00pm when your included transfer back to the cruise ship departs from the tour office where you started your tour.
PLEASE NOTE: Visiting inside religious sites is based on activities at the site. During church services on Sunday, the cathedral is only seen from the outside. The synagogue cannot be entered on Saturdays and on other days may require an invitation.
Reviewer: M Gordon
We had the most amazing tour guide a retired history professor. He explained the area both current and the past. Our group was small so everyone was able to at and understand every word he said. So glad I took this tour. Fabulous
Reviewer: Mark D Cohen
Guide was well prepared and he was very interesting. Enjoyed completely and the lunch was also good.
Reviewer: Love to Travel
My husband and I were the only 2 people on this walking tour with Oscar. His knowledge of the area was amazing. He was able to cater to our specific interests. We visited the local fish market where we were shown the famous flying fish and how it is dressed. Then off to the local market to get an up-close and personal look at the various fruits and vegetables native to the area. We were treated to a local pastry at one of the bakeries. I ordered flying fish for lunch. I guess it must be an acquired taste. My hubby loved his chicken tenders. Lunch was included in the price of the tour. This is an excellent way to get away from the excursions that pack you in like sardines and you just get a sprinkling of the feel of the city. We saw historical sites, religious sites, markets and shopping and a lot of local color.