Great City Tours of Nassau & Paradise Island
Below you will find the top guided as well as self-guided city tours of Nassau and Paradise Island that are most popular with the tourists.
You can book most of the tours below as well as scan through many other private as well as group city tours of Providence island (including Nassau and Paradise Island) using this Viator Website Page
where you can check the details, user reviews, rates and book the tours of your choice.
Self guided walking tour of downtown Nassau
I have designed a downtown walking tour which you can easily do on your own in about 90 minutes plus any extra time you may like to spend on a site. The sites covered includes important historic buildings, churches, museums, landmarks etc. Visit Nassau downtown walking tour here
for tour details.
Nassau Land and Sea tour
This tour is conducted by Seahorse Sailing Adventures ... the first part in their catamaran on sea and the second part in their air-conditioned bus. The catamaran tour starts at Prince George Wharf in Nassau (where the cruise ship dock is located). You will cruise through Nassau Harbor and pass by Hog Island Lighthouse, Fort Montagu, The Nassau Sailing Club, The Cloisters etc as the guide shows you and explains the historical background of each.
Once back to the dock, you will board the bus and visit several great attractions in Nassau including historic Fort Fincastle (here you can explore local shops), Queen Victoria Staircase, Bay street which is full of glittering shops and home to the famous Straw Market, Government House, picturesque Gregory's Arch and more. The guide will keep explaining each site you visit.
Finally the tour takes you to Paradise Island which is connected to Nassau by two bridges. You will visit the famous Atlantis Resort complex where you can explore the lobby, casino and the shops (note that Casino entry is included in the tour package). The tour then heads back to the cruise ship terminal. You can of course stay back and further explore many other attractions in Atlantis including Aquarium, water park, beaches, pools, restaurants etc by separately purchasing a day pass in Atlantis.
Tour Duration: 3 hours
Indicative Cost: $59 for Adults, $29 for Children under 12
Bus tour of Nassau Historic Sites
The company Majestic Tours operates this bus tour to show you some of the best historic sites in Nassau. Some of the attractions covered are government buildings in Parliament Square including The Houses of Assembly, Senate Building, Supreme Court etc reflecting colonial architecture, Government House which is the official residence of Governor General of Bahamas (Queen's representative), wonderful Gregory's Arch, old prison, Christopher Columbus statue, Straw Market etc.
Tour duration: 2.5 hours
Indicative price: $48.38 per Adult, $24.19 per Child under 13 years.
Address: Hillside Manor, Cumberland Street, Nassau
Phone: (+1242) 322-2606; (+1242) 677-2600
Art Walk and Dine
This is a guided art walking tour by Islandz Tours followed by traditional Bahamian lunch. You will be taken to several well known art galleries and art studios in Nassau including National Art Gallery of Bahamas, Antonius Roberts Studio and Gallery at Hillside House, the D’Aguilar Art Foundation etc. The guide will also show you some stunning public art murals along the way.
You will not only appreciate stunning artwork but also learn about the culture and history of Bahamas. At the end you will be served Bahamian lunch at Hillside House which includes cracked conch, steamed chicken, grouper fingers, peas and rice, salads etc. The total tour duration is 2 hours.
Indicative tour cost: $55 per person including lunch.
Bahamian Heritage Center (Tour)
Located at Cable Beach in New Providence about 8kms west of downtown Nassau, Bahamian Heritage Center is ideal for getting know the rich heritage and culture of Bahamas. There is a guided tour every day (except Tuesday) at 11am, 12noon and 1pm showing you how Bahamas culture evolved through a harmonious blend of British, Spanish and West African influences.
It will take you back in time and show you life of the past era through many exhibits and artifacts. Features include display of artifacts, story telling in Guamalemi Square, Crab Habitat, Granny's Kitchen, Rock Oven, Maypole, Greasy Pole, Lil Ole Chapel, Domino Square, Heritage Shop, Amphitheater.
Indicative cost: $20 per person ($10 for children below 16). Price includes packed lunch.
Phone: (242) 327-8153, 327-8154, 3Z7-7922
Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tour
This is a great culinary walking tour that also exposes many facets of Bahamian culture. It's conducted daily by Tru Bahamian Food Tours in small groups of up to 12. As you walk along the colorful streets of Nassau, the guide will show you many different historic landmarks and buildings that are architectural gems, local flora and fauna, hidden venues where live music takes place, dancing and more.
You will be taken to six different places for tasting authentic Bahamian food and drinks. Such eateries includes local family owned restaurants, local cafes and specialty food stores. You will get to savor classic Bahamian dishes such as conch fritters, baked macaroni and cheese, rum cake, Bahamian gelato etc. At the end you will take back home Bahamian food recipe and a Nassau dining guide.
Tour Duration: 3 hours. Tour leaves from George Street off Bay Street, Nassau.
Indicative cost: $69 per adult, $49 for child between 4-12, below 4 free.
Phone: (844) 850-2318; (242) 601-1725
Private Taxi Tours
In Nassau (Providence Island), you can hire a taxi by the hour on an hourly rate and tour the city (including Paradise island). There are several taxi operators who offer such tours and they are very knowledgeable about the island. Along the way the drivers who also double up as guides will fill you in with a lot of information about the island including its history, people, culture and more.
You can customize the tours anyway you like. If you want to visit some specific sites of your interest, let them know and they will work out the best optimized route. Otherwise, tell them the time you want to spend in the tour and they will take you to some of the top attractions.
Sunset Jeep Adventures
If sailing is not really your thing then the Sunset Jeep Adventure may be the next offbeat nightlife option where you can explore the beautiful spots of Nassau along with the sunset colors. Guests get to hop on in a 4x4 Convoy that’s expertly guided through historic spots like St Francis Cathedral, Greek Orthodox Church and the GrayCliff.
A running commentary is provided by the tour guide about historical sites and development of the Bahamian society along with plentiful opportunities to soak in the tropical sunset views. Drinks will be served on the beach while watching the sunset. Inclusions are transport to and from Nassau Hotel, tour guide services, tropical beverages.
The tour starts at 6.00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and lasts for 2 hours. Charges per passenger is about $80. The sunset jeep tour is one of a kind and is organized by 'Best on Bahamas'. You need to call on the following numbers to make an advance booking.
Phone USA: 800 688 5871; Phone BAH: 1-800-205-0729
Happy Trails Stables is the only horse riding center in Nassau offering trail rides. They are located at Coral Harbor, about 25 minute drive from Nassau Downtown and have complimentary pickup and drop services. They offer 6-days a week morning trail ride for 90 minutes.
Once there, they will offer a brief riding lesson and then take you on the trails. You will go through the bushes and then reach a nearby quiet pristine beach in about 15 minutes. The beach is usually in Coral Harbor, or Adelaide village. Their stable is spanned across 2.3 acres and has 19 stalls, tack rooms, welcome bar and stabling area.
Two-wheeled battery operated self-balancing machines are a nice way to explore the harbor-side and the downtown shopping area in Nassau. They offer pick up and drop service from the cruise terminal. Once you reach their base about 1 mile away from the cruise terminal towards west downtown, they give you a 15-minute instruction on how to ride.
Then you are on your own to roll on... the tours goes by the harbor-side all the way to Junkanoo beach and returns as you pass the glittering shops and eateries along the way. Tour lasts for 90 minutes including instructions and costs $75 per person.
Phone: 242-376-6809, 242-424-7696
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