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. Vehicles available for this tour accommodate groups of up to 11, 15, 26 or 45 passengers maximum. Groups with more than 30 guests may be accommodated upon request. Please take this information into consideration when booking.
Reviewer: Carl Muellner
Overall a really great tour! The driver/guide was very knowledgeable, friendly, and well versed in the roads and byways of San Juan. The van was comfortable, but a bit difficult to get into/out of for mobility challenged Seniors. Very little wait for the tour at Bacardi and the guides were very thorough and instructive. Beautiful grounds at the distillery! And the rum was delicious!
Reviewer: Carl Muellner
Overall enjoyable tour, guide was knowledable, friendly, and cordial. Was able to answer all our questions and gave great descriptions on the tour. He admitted someone took his stool which would have helped us with limited mobility into/out of the van, but he parked by curbs to assist. There was no wait at the Bacardi Distillery and we enjoyed the facility. Great tour!
Reviewer: Sue Nelson
Really very interesting and very easy to get around! I would recommend it highly!
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.