Old San Juan Fortresses & Shopping
SJU-110 | San Juan, Puerto Rico |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Old San Juan
- Fort San Cristobal
- El Morro de San Felipe
You will see:
Approx. 3.5 hours
Let us take you back in history. Come aboard our air-conditioned transportation through the historic streets of Old San Juan for your first stop at the oldest Spanish fort in the New World, Fort San Felipe del Morro.
Built in 1539 to guard the entrance and defend the harbor of San Juan bay, this impressive result of Spanish engineering was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is part of the United States National Park Service. El Morro covers over 70 acres and has six levels that rise from sea level to 145 feet. El Morro Light Tower was built atop the fort in 1843, but was replaced with the current lighthouse in 1908 by the US military.
Upon completing an approximately one-hour escorted tour of El Morro, exit the fortress, re-board your transportation and proceed to Castillo de San Cristóbal, the largest fortification built by the Spanish in the New World. Here you'll spend another hour exploring this fine feat of engineering. When it was finished in 1783, it covered about 27 acres of land and basically wrapped around the city of San Juan. Entry to the city was sealed by San Cristóbal's double gates.
After nearly 100 years of relative peace, about a third of the fortification was demolished in 1897 to help ease the flow of traffic in and out of the walled city. Today the restored site features an extensive tunnel system, a guardhouse, main plaza, troop's quarters and real 200-pound mortar shells. Your tour concludes at Plaza Colon, where free time is provided to purchase souvenirs.
Tour sequence may vary based on traffic and local conditions. This tour is available on select itineraries. Please consult your Cruise Personalizer for availability.
12 & under reduced