SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

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Cartagena, Colombia



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Cartagena: Cartagena City Highlights
The magnificent city of Cartagena, once a preferred target for pirates and the treasure chest of the Spanish Main, is yours to explore as you embark an air-conditioned bus or mini-bus today. On tour, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide as you travel past marvelous Republican architecture. You will see the Manga residential area, where some of the aging mansions have been restored to their original splendor. Stop for a half hour to explore the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. At Las Bovedas (the Dungeons), about 20 minutes is allowed for handicraft shopping and for rubbing elbows with the local artisans who proudly display their works for you. Pass through Simón Bolívar Square and the Inquisition Palace before continuing on to the Cathedral, also called The Minor Basilica, it was the first church built in the city in 1537. Next stop is the Church of San Pedro Claver—the patron saint of slaves. You will continue to the modern residential area of Bocagrande, famous for its wide variety of shops. Here, you will find Colombia’s famous native gem—the emerald—along with handicrafts and leather goods shops. You will have approximately 40 minutes to shop before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who remain in town for shopping will have to return to the ship on their own. 


price $55
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

snacks

sightseeing
Cartagena: Colombian Coffee Experience
With this excursion you will fill your cup with the bold history of Cartagena and the rich goodness of pure Colombian Coffee. Your adventure will begin with a 15-minute motor coach ride to San Felipe Fortress, built in the 17th century. You will make a photo stop there before continuing on for a sightseeing tour of the Old City. You will visit a beautifully restored colonial house where you will let a good idea about colonial architecture and restoration.Then on to an experience to awaken the senses, touch, sight, taste, and smell and discover the amazing flavors of excellent Colombian Coffee.  You will have a introduction to Colombian Coffee, an overview of the coffee process, raw materials, quality assessments, smelling and tasting exercises, finishing with tasting 3 different coffees through alternative coffee rituals.  You will then have the opportunity for a walking tour along the narrow streets and squares of the walled city, followed  by a panoramic sightseeing  tour of modern Cartagena and its bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.






price $109
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2.75 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Cartagena: Old City by Horse Carriage
Transfer by coach to Plaza Santa Teresa where your horse and carriage stand ready to transport you around Cartagena’s beautiful Old Town—back in time to the days of the conquistadors. You’ll ride along the inviting, narrow cobblestone streets and through squares inside the walled city, admiring the flower-filled balconies that glow in the light spilling from colonial mansions. Stop for 10 minutes to photograph the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. Surrender to the majesty of this historic city, where age-old squares are surrounded by towering colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings—it’s easy to picture life 200 years ago in this wealthy and cosmopolitan city. Visit the former city dungeons at Las Bovedas, which have also been used as military barracks, a munitions depot and a jail, but today local artisans display their work there. You’ll have 15 – 20 minutes for shopping before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who wish to remain in town to shop can return to the ship on their own later in the day. 


price $59
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

snacks

culture

sightseeing
Cartagena: Romancing the Stone
You will board your motor coach for the 15-minute drive to San Felipe Fortress, the largest Spanish fort built in the 17th century.  You will have time to take photos before taking a sightseeing drive through the Old City, admiring the marvelous Republican architecture of the houses in the Manga residential area..You will be taken to the Emerald Museum – Bocagrande to learn about emeralds. You will go into an actual size replica of a mine tunnel and experience what mining is like as you watch the emerald-bearing veins. Then you will be taken to a special room for a lecture and a video on emeralds. You will learn how emeralds are extracted from the mines and brought to the different cutting and polishing centers. You will see the cutting and polishing machines and be shown step by step how each stone is cut and polished and you will have the opportunity to practice cutting a stone if you wish. Visit the jewelry making workshop and watch the process of fabricating sterling silver or 18K gold emerald jewelry before you visit the spacious and comfortable showroom. Then, enjoy a cocktail and have the opportunity to shop with an extra discount for you, before returning to the ship. On your way back to the ship you will have a sightseeing tour of modern Cartagena - Bocagrande, Laguito, Castillo Grande and the bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $49
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Santa Marta, Colombia



4 HRS

Strenuous

wildlife

snacks

walking

sightseeing
Santa Marta: Eco Walk in Tayrona National Park
Tayrona National Park is located on the Atlantic coast northeast of Santa Marta.  Home to numerous species of animals, birds, reptiles and vestiges of the Tayrona culture, the landscape is covered by lush vegetation and huge unique white rock formations breaking the waves of the Caribbean Sea.  You will board a bus for the 45-minute ride to Tayrona. Upon arriving at the park, you will take a nature trail walk along the 9-stone path to learn about the flora, fauna and Tayrona culture and you will view one of the stunning beaches.  Then you will head to the Mirador Eco-Habs Resort set in the beautiful tropical environment for refreshments.  Take time to visit "La Piscinita" (the little pool) beach, where you can go for a brief swim and rest or chat with the Tayrona Natives.  Small lizards and birds are common sightings.  After soaking in the pristine and serene natural beauty of the park, it’s time to head back to the ship.
 
Please note: Ecological walking at the park includes extended periods of walking and standing. Ecological walking is optional and guests can stay at the beach and/or park facilities if they choose. 


price $85
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4 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

wildlife

sightseeing

beach
Santa Marta: Quebrada Valencia Ecological Experience & Waterfall
You will board a bus for the 1-hour drive to Valencia Waterfall. This impressive cascade of crystalline water among rocks and crags, offers an unequaled spectacle making this place a must see.  The natural waterfall, descends from the Sierra Nevada, which is the tallest mountain bordering the sea in the world with perpetual snows, forming a series of natural pools that are suitable for enjoying a refreshing swim and observing a variety of fishes.   It is surrounded by a variety of exotic vegetation and fruits, such as cacao and plantain. Quebrada Valencia belongs to the countless ecological and tourist destinations that Santa Marta offers. You will take a 30-minute hike then you will have free time to get to know the area, dive into its waters and enjoy the beauty of the landscape.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $49
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

snacks

culture

sightseeing
Santa Marta: Santa Marta Highlights
This tour provides a glimpse of the third most important port and second tourist city of Colombia. You will board your motor coach to begin your tour of Santa Marta.  You will visit The Gold Museum to admire the museum’s pre-Colombian artifact exhibit and a small, yet priceless, collection of Tayrona gold and pottery pieces. Then you will head to the first church in the city, the Church of Santa Ana, built in 1529 by Fray Thomas Ortiz, a Dominican friar. Your next stop will be at San Pedro de Alejandrino Villa. Dating back to the 17th century, San Pedro de Alejandrino had its origins as a country estate outside the city limits. In 1830, the great liberator Simon Bolivar used it as a refuge for his last days. The interior of the house has been restored and the extensive gardens have been returned to their former glory. Following the tour, re-board the coach and drive to the Irotama Hotel to enjoy a delightful display of Colombia’s history and culture during a folklore show featuring traditional songs and dances, soft drinks are included.

Please note: The terrain at the villa is uneven and there are steps to get up to the gold Museum. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $55
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Willemstad, Curacao



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Willemstad: City Tour Highlights Tour
This Willemstad City Highlight Tour will offer you the opportunity to experience the unique history, culture and amazing photo stops on Curacao. You will board your motor coach for this comfortable tour that will bring you to the heart of "Otro Banda" at the Kura Hulanda Village for a walking tour. After crossing the highest bridge in the Caribbean, the Juliana Bridge, you will continue to beautiful Pietermaai and Punda City Center. While driving through the Jewish Quarter you will be on your way to Fort Nassau which will offer you additional stunning photo opportunities.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $59
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Willemstad: City, Ostrich Farm & Cave Adventure
You will board your Hyundai Coaster on a sightseeing drive through Willemstad on your way to the Ostrich Farm where you can observe the fascinating behavior of this very special bird. You will see first-hand how an ostrich develops from an egg to the biggest and fastest running bird in the world. You will have a chance to hold an enormous egg or a little fluffy day-old chick: and even get to see one hatch. Also you can feed the birds as they poke their heads into the jeep or jump on the safari truck for a funny interactive guided tour! Then you will be off for the famous Hato Caves. These old coral reefs that actually emerged out of the sea when the island was formed are "living caves"; and centuries-old stalagmites and stalactites are still being formed, a drop at a time. The guided tour will take you along gently sloping trails through the caves' different chambers, past still pools, even a fresh-water waterfall (a very rare sight on this dry island). These caves were once the homes of the Indians.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $75
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife
Willemstad: North Shore Jeep Safari
With a fleet of off-road 4x4 Land Cruisers, your drivers will offer a guided adventurous way to explore Curacao and discover new places you have never been before. You will be picked up at the dock and guided to the Land Cruisers. There you will get a briefing on safety in reference to driving in open vehicles, specifically in the “wild Curacao” terrain. After you have been seated in the vehicles you will be driven towards the wild terrain, where your 4x4 outdoor adventure will start. Driving through Curacao’s wild nature terrain, with cacti, divi-divi trees, and possible spotting of wara wara birds of prey, lizards, flamingos and wild pigs will certainly be one of the highlights of your tour. During a visit to the famous “Driftwood Bay” you will get information about the bays on Curacao and you have a chance to search for driftwood pieces, often used as souvenirs.

Please note: This tour is not for those with back or neck problems.


price $75
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife
Willemstad: North Shore Jeep Safari
With a fleet of off-road 4x4 Land Cruisers, your drivers will offer a guided adventurous way to explore Curacao and discover new places you have never been before. You will be picked up at the dock and guided to the Land Cruisers. There you will get a briefing on safety in reference to driving in open vehicles, specifically in the “wild Curacao” terrain. After you have been seated in the vehicles you will be driven towards the wild terrain, where your 4x4 outdoor adventure will start. Driving through Curacao’s wild nature terrain, with cacti, divi-divi trees, and possible spotting of wara wara birds of prey, lizards, flamingos and wild pigs will certainly be one of the highlights of your tour. During a visit to the famous “Driftwood Bay” you will get information about the bays on Curacao and you have a chance to search for driftwood pieces, often used as souvenirs.

Please note: This tour is not for those with back or neck problems.


price $75
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2 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

walking
Willemstad: UNESCO World City Heritage Walk
The unique architecture and special maritime history plus the fact that Curacao is on the famous UNESCO World Heritage list will make this walk a fascinating one! After a short briefing by your guide you will walk to the Rif Fort where the guide will explain the history of the area. On your way to the city center of Punda, with its world famous colored houses, you will cross the St. Anna Bay by public ferry. At the ‘handelskade’ you will find Punda’s shopping area and you will learn about the history of this area. Another of Curacao’s “must see” areas is the famous “floating market” where merchants from Venezuela sell their fruit and vegetables A refreshing welcome drink will be waiting for you at the Maritime Museum where you can see the nautical history of Curaçao. At the end of the tour you can walk back to the ship through Punda on your own, with opportunities for shopping and/or more sight-seeing or walk back with your guide.

Please note:  This tour is on flat level ground and will include about 1.5 miles of walking.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection and bring your camera.  The walk is wheelchair accessible as long as wheelchair guest is accompanied. 


price $35
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Kralendijk, Bonaire



1.5 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Kralendijk: Bonaire Glass Bottom Boat
You will be fascinated as you look into the window of another world. The 32-foot glass-bottom boat will give you an incomparable view of the underwater world of the Bonaire National Marine Park. You will just need to sit back on the comfortable seats and enjoy this narrated eco-tour of one of the best preserved and protected reefs of the world. The tour will start directly from the pier. As you head to Klein Bonaire you will hear an introduction to the marine park.  The unspoiled, uninhabited island is just 0.6 miles out of Bonaire. At Klein Bonaire you will drift for 30 minutes along the reefs to encounter the marine life through the glass viewing panel (9.8’ x 2.62’). Then you will head back to the cruise terminal while passing along the beautiful coastline of Bonaire. From the start till the end you have the chance of meeting many marine creatures that habitat the reefs. The viewing window is large enough for everyone to observe the reef simultaneously. 

Please note: There are two steps into the boat. 


price $49
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Kralendijk: Bonaire Highlights
Bonaire is known for its pink flamingos, nature reserves and superb diving and snorkeling sites. Today's relaxing drive will cover both the scenic and historic highlights. Board your motor coach at the pier. Your route will carry you north along the coast, past many of the island’s fine vistas and dive sights. You will pass by Lake Goto (Goto Meer), the island’s land-locked salt-water lagoon, for a look at the long-legged pink flamingos. Continue your drive across the island, passing by the fresh water well "Dos Pos" and through the village of Rincon, the oldest settlement in the ABC islands.  You will visit the Cadushy Liqueur distillery, the world's only distillery which produces cactus liqueur. Here you will be invited for a taste and you can learn how the cactus is processed into liqueur. A short ride will bring you further up the hill to the Mangazina di Rei, a large and solitary white building in a timeless setting above an open field dotted with small traditional houses. The Mangazina di Rei (1824) was used by the Dutch government to store provisions and farming tools for the islanders’ slaves. The souvenir shops offer salt products, one of a kind jewelry pieces, arts & crafts as well as a variety of local and Caribbean music. As you make your way to the southern part of the island, you will have a stop for photos of the salt pans – the color contrast between the blue Caribbean, pink salt pans and towering white mounds of dry salt are quite spectacular. Your route will also carry you past the white slave huts, small shelters built for the slaves forced to labor in the salt ponds.

Please note: If a guest with limited mobility can make it up the steps into the motor coach, one foldable wheelchair can be accommodated per coach. 


price $55
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5 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife

beach
Kralendijk: Cert. Scuba Diving
Find out why Bonaire is rated the #1 dive destination in the Caribbean, and has been for the past 20 years. This tour has been designed for experienced divers who hold at least a PADI open water SCUBA certificate or a BSAC Ocean Diver certificate.  You will be picked up from the yacht and taken by van to Bonaire Marine Park for distribution of your diving equipment and an introduction to the marine park. You will take two dives from the shore and discover why divers from all over the world come back to Bonaire time and time again for the spectacular reefs and marine life. During the surface interval between your dives, your diving instructor will take you for a small tour of the island and point out the sights.

Please note: Participants will be required to complete a liability release form with a medical statement. The maximum dive will be 60 feet and participants should have completed 15-20 prior dives, be certified open water divers, and have a valid SCUBA diving certification card with you. No participants with ear disorders or infections, flu or cold symptoms, a heart condition, asthma, high blood pressure, recent surgeries or under medication for any of the above conditions will be allowed to dive, nor will pregnant women be allowed to dive. Please bring a towel and wear your bathing suit under your clothing.  There is an additional $10 fee which must be paid in cash at the dive center for diving at Bonaire National Marine Park.


price $195
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

snorkeling

wildlife

beach
Kralendijk: Discover Scuba Diving
What better place on earth to try your first SCUBA experience than in Bonaire’s award-winning National Marine Park.  You will be transported from the pier to the diving school where your professional dive instructor will introduce you to SCUBA in the classroom.  You will be issued diving equipment and head to the pool for basic SCUBA lessons in 4 feet of water, then on to buoyancy lessons in the pool at 11 feet of water. Finally you will walk to the beach for an open water dive to a maximum of 26 feet, in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the protected reefs along with a great variety of marine life.

Please note: Participants will be required to complete a liability release form with a medical statement. The maximum dive will be 60 feet and participants should have completed 15-20 prior dives, be certified open water divers, and have a valid SCUBA diving certification card with you. No participants with ear disorders or infections, flu or cold symptoms, a heart condition, asthma, high blood pressure, recent surgeries or under medication for any of the above conditions will be allowed to dive, nor will pregnant women be allowed to participate. Please bring a towel and wear your bathing suit under your clothing. 


price $159
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1 hour

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

sightseeing
Kralendijk: Kralendijk by Eco Powered Tuk-Tuk
You’ll join your Tuk-Tuk and your guide at the pier and head through the island’s capital, Kralendijk, on a sightseeing tour. Originally from Thailand and used as mini taxis, the Bonaire Tuk-Tuks are powered with an emission free and environmentally friendly electric motor. In Kralendijk your first stop will be small Fort Orange, built in 1639 to defend Bonaire’s main harbor. You’ll also see flat saltwater areas where you can often find some of the island’s bird life, with some luck even flamingos. Your Tuk-Tuk guide will take you by the square and through the streets of the capital taking in the local life. A visit will be made to the island’s largest church, before taking the scenic route along the ocean boulevard back to the pier.

Please note: This is an easy excursion that only requires two steps to board your Tuk-Tuk. 


price $35
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2.75 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating
Kralendijk: Mangrove Eco Cruise by Rib at Lac Bay
Lac Bay National Park is like a small-scale Eden. On this trip you will set out on an open-air 4x4 Safari truck (Unimog) for the 30-minute scenic drive to Lac Bay watching for wildlife along the way. You will board inflatable RIB boats and tour past the mangrove forests, barrier reefs and unspoiled beaches that make up this lovely area. These electric-powered boats are eco-friendly and quiet, so you’ll be able to listen to the sounds of your surroundings, rather than an engine, as you explore the area narrated by your knowledgeable guide. Keep an eye out for the brown pelicans, blue heron, and pink flamingos that flock to breed among the mangroves.  You will moor up on the beach, where you’ll have some free time to take a dip in the warm Caribbean Sea or relax on the sands. Refreshments are available here for purchase. You will return to your waiting yacht via Safari truck.

Please note:  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.  This tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs.


price $55
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2.75 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating
Kralendijk: Mangrove Eco Cruise by Rib at Lac Bay
Lac Bay National Park is like a small-scale Eden. On this trip you will set out on an open-air 4x4 Safari truck (Unimog) for the 30-minute scenic drive to Lac Bay watching for wildlife along the way. You will board inflatable RIB boats and tour past the mangrove forests, barrier reefs and unspoiled beaches that make up this lovely area. These electric-powered boats are eco-friendly and quiet, so you’ll be able to listen to the sounds of your surroundings, rather than an engine, as you explore the area narrated by your knowledgeable guide. Keep an eye out for the brown pelicans, blue heron, and pink flamingos that flock to breed among the mangroves.  You will moor up on the beach, where you’ll have some free time to take a dip in the warm Caribbean Sea or relax on the sands. Refreshments are available here for purchase. You will return to your waiting yacht via Safari truck.

Please note:  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.  This tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs.


price $55
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3 HRS

Moderate

snorkeling

wildlife

snacks

beach

boating
Kralendijk: Samur Sail, Beach & Snorkel
Imagine yourself on a voyage through time when seas were full of sailing ships in an exotic land where ships were not only transportation but also works of art. The Samur is an authentic Siamese Junk, hand carved throughout with legends of fantasy and full of superstition fed by rituals thousands of years old. By Zodiac you will be transferred from the cruise ship pier to the Samur. You will set sail and glide smoothly under red sail to the beach of the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire. During the sail the Captain will give information about the conditions at the reef (which creatures you will find) and the story about the Siamese Sailing Junk. The crew will hand out snorkel gear (sized fins, mask and snorkel and inflatable snorkel vests). Drinks will be served, fruit juices and sodas. After about 45 minutes you will arrive at Klein Bonaire and will be transported by Zodiac to the beach. There you can snorkel from the beach and also have the opportunity to go by Zodiac further to the outer edge of Ebo's Reef. The comfortable drift snorkel with the light current back to the beach along the reef edge lasts about 20 minutes. Enjoy the pristine white sandy beach of this uninhabited island. You will be at the beach about 1 hour. On the way back to your waiting yacht the crew of this unique ship will pamper you with rum punch, fruit juice, soft drinks and platters of tropical fruits.

Please note: Guests with knee, hip or back problems must be able to board the inflatable Zodiac.


price $65
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife

beach
Kralendijk: Washington Nat'l Park Tour
Very few cruise ship guests will have the opportunity to visit Washington National Park due to limited space and its remote location. You can be one of the lucky ones. Departing from the pier on your Safari truck, you will take a short drive through the quaint capital, Kralendijk.  Colonial buildings combined with modern architecture show you today’s Bonaire. Heading toward the hills, and the rough eastern coastline the landscape is packed full of cacti while waves crash and spurt jets of water into the air.  At the park entrance you will visit the natural history plantation museum and the open-air cultural park. Then it will be time for the off road part of your tour. The park is home to many species of cacti, herds of wild donkeys, goats, friendly iguanas, as well as more than 180 species of birds. You will wind through the park to salt lakes and sand dunes, a beautiful hidden cove beach, Boca Kokolishi where flocks of flamingos or the spray of crashing waves will be the only interruptions of this majestic serenity.

Please note:  Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.  This tour cannot accommodate wheelchairs.

price $79
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Oranjestad, Aruba



3.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Oranjestad: Island Exploration Tour
You will be picked up from the yacht and board an air-conditioned coach for an informative tour of the island. You will see the rugged beauty of the island’s interior and the contrast of the soft, sandy coast line. You will see how the people of Aruba live and be taken to sights that are off the beaten path.  Highlights of this tour include the California Lighthouse, a structure over 90 feet high, built of local stones, the Ayo Rock Formation, that is the Stone Henge of Aruba. You will be able to climb the rocks to take pictures if you wish.  You will also see Bushiribana, the ruins of one of Aruba’s famous gold mines, and the Natural Bridge, a gorgeous stretch of coral limestone that is 25 feet high and 100 feet long, making it one of the largest in the world.  Other experiences include climbing through the gold ruins, sampling aloe beauty products, and learning about Aruba’s rich cultural history.

Please note: A signed liability waiver is required from each participant before departure. There are no restrooms on these coaches, but arrangements have been made for stops. Restroom charges are included in the per person price. Wear comfortable walking shoes and your sunglasses.This tour is non-refundable 72 hours prior. 


price $99
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