Your tour begins on the West side of Bay Street in the comfort of our fully Airconditioned vehicle, where you meet your Tour guide at Mcdonalds opposite the Hilton Hotel and for Cruise Ship Passengers Pick up location would be at VIA Cafe right in front of the Cruise Terminal/Prince Charles Dock(Festival Place) or your location (if you select the transfer add-on).
You will then travel along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau’s shopping district. Highlights on Bay Street include views of Bay Street Pompey Museum also known as Vendue house which was formerly the market place for slaves, “Vendue” is a french word meaning sold. The tour moves on to the native Straw Market where those who’ll like to shop for souvenirs can do so, then we move to The Masonic Temple, built circa 1882-1885. Other points of interests include Parliament Square where the House of Assembly and Senate is located, which were built in 1815 by the Loyalist. They are modeled after buildings that are found in New Bern, the old capital of North Carolina. Queen Victoria’s Statue, erected in 1905 from funds donated by the public who held her in high esteem, is in the front of the Senate building. Opposite Parliament Square is Rawson Square where the bust statue of Sir Milo B. Butler is erected, he is the first Bahamian Governor General. He is considered a National Hero for his exploits during the civil rights movement that lead to majority rule in 1967.
Next stop will be at the local Rum Cake Factory (Tour Stop), where you get to taste a delectable, sample and possibly purchase rum influenced cake. The pastries are marinated in the local Don Lorenzo rum.
Doctors Hospital which provides private healthcare formerly known as Rassin Hospital. Colins house which was erected in 1929, home of former prominent politician and businessman, Ralph S. Collins. Princess Margaret hospital is a 530 bed facility was founded in 1809 as the Bahamas General Hospital and was renamed in 1955 in honour of Princess Margaret during her visit to Nassau. Next is the Nassau Public Library, an Octagonal shaped building which was constructed as a Jail between 1798 and 1799. Converted into a Library in in 1873.
We will make our next stop at the historic Fort Fincastle (Tour Stop), a small Fort shaped like a paddle-wheel steamer. The Fort was built to protect Nassau from invaders, but it never saw warfare. The stop extends to the Water Tower on Bennetts Hill. At this location on the first part of your tour, you will have about 30 minutes to explore the fort and the Queen Victoria Staircase, do some light shopping on your own, and take all the photos you want.
Gregory’s Arch, this Stone Arch was named after Governor John Gregory, who served around 1850. When you pass through the arch on Market Street, you cross the line that divides downtown Nassau from the rest of the country. The Government House (official residence of the Governor-General of the Bahamas since 1801) looking down to shirley street is a statue of Christopher Columbus. Stop over at Graycliff Hotel and restaurant which is a 5 star facility where you will get to sample some variety of Chocolates and enjoy some Wine tasting as well, see how Cigars are hand rolled. On to John Watlings distillery (Tour Stop) located on the famed and hallowed grounds of the 1789 Buena Vista Estate in historic downtown Nassau, John Watling’s Distillery is the home to JOHN WATLING’S Rum, the “Spirit of The Bahamas” – It is where its namesake rum and other spirits are handcrafted by Bahamian hands, using local materials and employing traditional English rum-making methods
On to the final spot which is Fort Charlotte (Tour Stop), the largest Bahamian fort, named after the wife of King George III and was built by Lord Dunmore in 1787. Option of having to buy some local dishes at famous the Fishfry. After your free time you will be driven back to your ship, hotel or private residence, depending on your selection on your booking.