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Private Old San Juan Walking Tour provided by Private Tours of Old San Juan

Private Old San Juan Walking Tour

Private Old San Juan Walking Tour
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Last updated: 23 Oct 2020
A note from Private Old San Juan Walking Tour
We want to protect your health (and ours). You will be asked to show your negative COVID test (that is required to fly into Puerto Rico).
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 15210P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Certified professional and local guide • Private walking tour • Entry/Admission - Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Transportation to/from Old San Juan
Duration
3h
Departure details
Plaza Colón, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico Next to the statue of Christopher Columbus
Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico We are flexible in terms of the finishing point. We'll be happy to take the tourists to a taxi stand, to the parking garage, to their hotel (if is in Viejo San Juan) or to a nice restaurant.
Inclusions
Certified professional and local guide • Private walking tour • Entry/Admission - Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Transportation to/from Old San Juan
Departure details
Plaza Colón, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico Next to the statue of Christopher Columbus
Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico We are flexible in terms of the finishing point. We'll be happy to take the tourists to a taxi stand, to the parking garage, to their hotel (if is in Viejo San Juan) or to a nice restaurant.
Duration
3h
Return details
Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico We are flexible in terms of the finishing point. We'll be happy to take the tourists to a taxi stand, to the parking garage, to their hotel (if is in Viejo San Juan) or to a nice restaurant.
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Please Note: Listed price is per group. 1 adult = 1 group.
Please include the size of your group in the special requirements field during booking
Groups larger than 6 are subject to an charge of $10/ additional member.
Please send me your phone number, so I can get a hold of you the day of the tour.
Children must be accompanied by an adult
At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
Dress code is smart casual. Bring comfortable shoes. Be prepared for a hot/sunny day, and possible rain.
It is recommended that you bring a hat, and sunblock. and plenty of drinking water
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Plaza Colón
    Plaza Colón, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico
    Next to the statue of Christopher Columbus
    See address & details
  • 1
    Old San Juan
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
    Pass by
    La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina
    Plaza de Armas
  • 2
    Plaza Colon
    Stop: 25 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Catedral Basilica Menor de San Juan Bautista
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    La Puerta de San Juan
    Stop: 5 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Iglesia de San Jose - Built in the early 16th century, this is the second oldest church in the Western Hemisphere.
    La Rogativa
  • You'll end at
    Plaza de Armas
    Plaza de Armas, San Juan, 00916, Puerto Rico
    We are flexible in terms of the finishing point. We'll be happy to take the tourists to a taxi stand, to the parking garage, to their hotel (if is in Viejo San Juan) or to a nice restaurant.
    See address & details
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Ken
8 contributions
Great start to Puerto Rico vacation
Apr 2021 • Family
Javier was wonderful. Very knowledgeable about a wide range of the history of Puerto Rico, architecture, religious heritage, as well as many current political and social issues. He is clearly passionate about giving a great experience. We enjoyed our walk of Old San Juan and sipping pina coladas with him at Barachina. We even got to see his home while on the tour. Highly recommend.
Written 18 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

ects_southpaw
Darien, CT5 contributions
Amazing tour guide and person!
Feb 2021
Javier is by far the best guide in Old San Juan. We heard this from local passers by all throughout our tour. He is highly educated too. We benefitted from his amazing knowledge not just of the city and its buildings but of the historical events that shaped the city, its political framework and cultural aspects too. Javier guides with a refined yet very laid back approach. We never felt rushed and he didn't end the tour right on the clock. He has a lovely and warm demeanor and is a genuinely sweet guy. We loved him! It should also be noted that he charges per tour and not per person! He is much more affordable than his agency tour operator competitors. Highly recommend.
Written 24 February 2021
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415dbrown
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Wonderful tour guide
Dec 2020
Javier was delightful! Very knowledgeable and professional but not boring. It was a well worth the money. Old San Juan is beautiful. We will be back!
Written 29 December 2020
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Anastassia L
Atlanta, GA3 contributions
Wonderful tour & incredible guide
Mar 2020
Our tour with Javier could not have been better. We loved his honesty, insight, and passion. He took us all around the old town of San Juan and explained the history of the city and people of Puerto Rico in a seamless and entertaining way. When we went to certain historical sites, Javier gave us an overview and also gave us time to explore a bit on our own. Javier was down to earth and did not make us feel stupid when we had a "stupid question", which was so refreshing. At the end of our tour, he gave us a bunch of recommendations for places to eat and local bars, and we had great experiences at the ones we went to. Everyone in our group said that they loved Javier's tour and we all would hire him again the next time we come to San Juan! 10 stars if I could give it!
Written 12 March 2020
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Walk S
Thank you very much for your review. I honestly enjoy spending quality time with good people like you. Hope to see you soon, Javier
Written 13 March 2020
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Andrea L
New York City, NY92 contributions
Amazing day!
Feb 2020
I can not say enough great things about our day with Javier! We had one day in San Juan and were traveling with our 12 year old so needed a combo of history and little bit of fun to keep our son engaged. Javier couldn't have been a more amazing guide! He knew just when my son was zoning out and would loop him back in with fun facts only a 12 year old could appreciate, which we as parents appreciated! Javier is so kind and thoughtful, he wanted to make sure we were enjoying the day and not also over loading us with too much info (the man is a walking wikipedia and I am sure could talk for hours on just about any subject). He brought us to places we may not have found on our own as well as made sure we saw sights that were more touristy. I have to chuckle at the other reviewers comment about being too political, it is sort of hard to cover the history of an area with out addressing some politics! LOL we did not find Javier in anyway to be "too political", he was mindful and thoughtful of whatever came out of his mouth and was a wonderful guide! We were sad when the day was over and hope we will meet him again! He also gave us a great dinner recommendation which was a local place that had very delicious food!
PS - he is also a unicycling champ, which my son was so excited to hear all about as he just started unicycling so Javier gave him lots of great tips and even a quick demo!
Written 7 February 2020
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Walk S
Thank you, Chris. Had a lot of fun walking with you. Hope to see you soon on a Unicycling competition. :-)
Written 8 February 2020
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Travas B
4 contributions
Active Family
Jan 2020 • Family
If you don't want to take pictures from a window then Javier Ruiz is the guide for you. During this journey you see the world through a locals eyes, the good bad and ugly. This is where history met adventure, and the diversity in locations kept the family of 5 busy the entire time!
Written 24 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

J'Adore-Voyager
New York City151 contributions
Wonderful Tour with Javier
Jan 2020
We had a great tour of San Juan with Javier. The city is just beautiful and I can't imagine anyone better than Javier to see it with. His passion for the city and its people is infectious. I particularly appreciated his deep knowledge of history and current social and political events. This was not just "look that way" but a real immersion into this lovely old city. See San Juan and see it with Javier!
Written 18 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nancy A
4 contributions
Old San Juan tour was great!
Jul 2019
We visited Puerto Rico for the first time in July. We wanted a walking tour of Old San Juan to get the history of the area and could not have had a better time with Javier. We were a family of four with two kids, ages 10 and 12. We were in town during the height of the government protests, but he was able to explain it all to us and really give us a local's experience. We had to alter our route a bit, but still saw and learned a lot. When our tour was over he gave us some lunch recommendations, and a great local artist recommendation in Loiza. We were able to go at our pace and see sights that interested us. Our kids really enjoyed the cat rescue, Save A Gato, and we played with the kitties for a few minutes. Those are the kinds of things you don't get to do on big group tours. Such a great tour! I highly recommend it!
Written 16 August 2019
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Kathy53518
Reading, PA24 contributions
Wonderful private tour of the island!
Jun 2019 • Family
Upon our arrival on Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas we spoke to a local bus driver who took us on a private tour of the entire island, Old San Juan, new San Juan, all the cemeteries, beautiful island vistas, and places where we could get off the bus and take pictures.
Written 2 July 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

janemnuna
2 contributions
Javier Ruiz was extremely knowledgeable and engaging
Jun 2019 • Friends
Javier gave us a wonderfully entertaining and informative tour of Old San Juan. He couldn't have been more accommodating. He knows his history and current events. He is a wonderful Ambassador for Puerto Rico.
Written 27 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Prtrip21
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Great Day
Javier was an amazing guide and we had a blast! Would definately do it again. We had a great time at the rainfore
Elaine D
Elaine D
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Private Old San Juan Fort/Food Tour
We spent a whole afternoon with Javier on a private tour. We spent time visiting the two forts in Old San Juan lea
darkmattersbook
darkmattersbook
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FANTASTIC TOUR, WONDERFUL GUIDE
Fantastic tour, a private experience with an extremely knowedgable tour guide. We were the only people at the water
marybF2456TO
marybF2456TO
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Excellent historic walking tour
Excellent historic tour. So glad we did this! Thanks Javier. What a great way to start our trip in Puerto Rico.
christinejS8102MU
christinejS8102MU
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Great tour!
I had a wonderful experience! Tour guide is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. I would highly recommend thi
dana1228
dana1228
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Amazing
We did a riding tour of Old San Juan. He was very knowledgeable about the entire area. We had an excellent tour.
amandav584
amandav584
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Amazing guide!
Javier was an amazing guide! He catered our trip perfectly for our family. We traveled with our 3 very young child
citygirlNj
citygirlNj
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Worth the time
We enjoyed the tour very much! We especially enjoyed the personal stories that Carlos told us. He was very knowledg
vjkline
vjkline
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AMAZING personalized tour of Old San Juan
Javier is a great guide! He took us to places based on our interest and we were able to see and learn a huge amount
58marthada
58marthada
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Javier, Tour Guide worth your time
Javier provided a heart-felt private waking tour of beautiful & historic Viejo (Old) San Juan. My Father & I had a
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823roxanneb
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Off the cruise and in the van
As we got off our cruise we wanted to see San Juan. Took the bus! Very good guide. Saw the government buildings, st
Brian R
Brian R
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He never showed up
We booked this tour a couple of months in advance and paid the deposit. We went to the agreed-upon meeting place a
FulltimeTraveler131
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Javier was an excellent guide, so happy to have a local with us.
We booked Javier directly a few weeks ahead of arriving on our cruise ship. We could have walked around the old c
Robbye P
Robbye P
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Couple wanting to shop
James picked us up at the cruise terminal in a beautiful air conditioned car. It was a last minute booking and we r
wgabb
wgabb
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Excellent private tour of San Juan!
Javier was an excellent tour guide who (1) was well versed in local history and lore, (2) showed us several less we