Hato Caves & Willemstad Walking Tour

CUR-370 | Curacao | See Special Notes

from $49.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Willemstad Willemstad
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
  • Hato Caves Hato Caves

You will see:

  • Fort Amsterdam Fort Amsterdam

Moderate

Excursion Length:
Approx. 2.5 hours

Tour Overview

What you will visit:
Hato Caves
A knowledgeable guide provides a walking tour through the dramatic, underground limestone grottos. Marvel at the imposing stalactites and stalagmites, which produce unusual shadows in the caves' eerie lighting. Your guide will point out the "Pirate's Head," the "Sea Turtle" and the "Giant," which you can see in the rock formations, as well as the famous Madonna statue. Within the caves, you will find unexpected crystal-clear pools. The caves are also a haven for a colony of rarely seen long-nose fruit bats. The caves were originally used as a hiding place for runaway slaves and prior to that as a shelter for island natives.

Willemstad
Travel through the historic district of Willemstad. The port of Willemstad is alive with historic treasures. One of the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Caribbean, it was selected in 1997 because of the city's dedication to the preservation of culture and its multicultural community that has grown over three centuries. The architecture and ambiance of Willemstad reflect influences from around the globe, and you'll be able to spot Latin accents, African heritage, and Dutch traditions throughout the tour.

Queen Emma Floating Bridge
Supported by 16 pontoons, the bridge swings open to allow ships to access the port. Affectionately called the "Swinging Lady," this historic bridge, originally built in 1888, has recently been totally restored.

What you will see along the way:

On the way to Fort Amsterdam, you will pass the beautifully colored merchant houses on the quay of the harbor entrance. A perfect photo opportunity, they reflect the quintessential juxtaposition of Dutch architecture and bright Caribbean flair. Fort Amsterdam is one of the most important of Curaçao's eight forts and is included as a World Heritage Site. Look closely and you will see a cannonball embedded in the southwest wall. At the rear of the courtyard is Fort Church, Curaçao's oldest Protestant church. At the completion of your tour, your guide will escort you back to the ship through the Rif Fort shopping area and the new Renaissance Hotel.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes

 

Tour sequence may vary. If the bridge is open due to ship traffic, you will cross the harbor by ferry. At the caves, there are 50 steps to ascend to enter.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Medical Restriction:

Should be in good physical condition

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

See detailed itinerary for information about walking distance

Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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