Port-Au-Prince City Tour
Taking a day to tour Port-Au-Prince will add a great layer to your Caribbean vacation. Experience the history, the nature, and the magnificence of the capital and the largest city of the beautiful Caribbean nation in Haiti.
Our first stop will be the National Palace. The 2010 earthquake has left a piece of history in Port-Au-Prince. The National Palace, now restored, had collapsed during the earthquake, but still offers one of Port-au-Prince's most startling reminders of the deadly earthquake. One of Port-au-Prince's tent cities was located across the street, which has now been cleared and is home to one of the largest park in Haiti, the Champs-de-Mars.
Port-au-Prince's largest cathedral, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, is just down the road from the National Palace. A shell of its former glory, residents continue to pray outside its broken husk, and funerals are frequently held in a plaza behind the main building.
For an extra $1.00, you will be led on an individual guided tour of Haitian history, culture, and fathers of the nation through murals and paragon items, including Christopher Columbus's flagship anchor of the Santa Maria, the centerpiece in the exploration age section of the museum.
Then we will browse Port-au-Prince's pulse point, the Iron Market (Marche en Fer). Recently renovated and restored, Iron Market lets you take a fascinating look at Haitian life through its displays of goods, produce, and artwork. This will be your destination to take back souvenirs at a bargain price as you will find a rich inventory of handcrafted art: sculptures, masks, staves, paintings, globes, tea sets, coconut belts, and more.
As the tour reaches its last leg, we take you to tour the Rum Barbancourt distillery that includes an elegant al fresco rum tasting. Nominated by Cigars and Spirits, the gentlemen lifestyle magazine, #1 of the World’s Best 5 Rums of 2014, this 15- year-old, rich, and refined sipping rum is only available in limited quantities. It explodes with flavors of citrus, cinnamon, and pepper. Previously reserved for the Barbancourt family, the rum was made available to the public in the mid-1960s. Sugarcane and rum are an integral part of Haiti's heritage.
Finally, we head over to the L'Observatoire, which offers a magnificent mountaintop view of Port-au-Prince, surrounding countryside, and the sea while you enjoy an evening meal or just a cocktail. This al fresco restaurant serves Haitian specialties (we recommend that you try Acra, the delicious Haitian fritters). Evenings can get chilly so we do suggest a light jacket or a sweater, just in case. We believe that the entire day’s experience around the city will find an apt ending as you relive your day around the city enjoying the food and the view.
Note: This tour is available if you are staying in Port-au-Prince or at the Côte des Arcadins.
Tour Duration: Approximately 7 hours
Pickup Time: Mornings
Note: Pickup times and locations vary depending on the hotel you are staying at. We will be contacting you shortly with the exact time and pickup location.
This tour operates:Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Pickup Location: Hotel lobby or specified meeting point.
Additional Info: Pickup locations vary by hotel location. We’ll be contacting you with the exact location.
- Round-Trip Transport
- Professional Guides
- Lunch and Refreshments
- Not Included:
- Comfortable Clothing
- Hiking Shoes
- Cash For Souvenirs
- Insect Repellent