Discover Nassau Town & Atlantis
Regardless of whether you are staying in Nassau or looking for the perfect shore excursion for you and your family when your cruise ship docks in Nassau, the Discover Nassau Town & Atlantis is the best way to experience the best that Nassau has to offer. Your tour, complete with a knowledgeable local guide, will explore the rich colonial history of Nassau finishing with a stop at the world famous Atlantis Resort and Casino.
Your tour begins when you meet your driver/guide just outside the cruise ship terminal and get into your air conditioned vehicle. Departing the pier, you will make stops at the historic forts of Fincastle, a small fort shaped like a paddle-wheel steamer. The fort was built to protect Nassau from invaders, but it never saw warfare. At this location you will have time to explore the fort, the Queen Victoria Staircase, light shopping on your own and take pictures.
You will then travel along Bay Street, the heart of Nassau’s shopping district, and home to the native Straw Market. Other highlights include views of the Government House (official residence of the Governor General of the Bahamas since 1801) the Governor’s Mansion, and Gregory’s Arch. This stone arch was named after Governor John Gregory who served around 1850. When you pass through the arch on Market Street, you cross the line that divides downtown Nassau from the rest of the country.
Next you will travel to Paradise Island an island connected to New Providence by two bridges that cross Nassau Harbor. Hog Island Lighthouse, constructed 1817, is at the western tip of the island and can be seen from the cruise port.
The highlight of Paradise Island is world famous Atlantis. Atlantis is a magnificent resort encompassing over 3,000 hotel rooms, 20 restaurants, a wide variety of stores, a 123-acre water park, beautiful beaches and the largest casino in the Bahamas. The total cost to construct Atlantis was over $2 billion. Your tour will make a short stop at Atlantis where you will have free time to explore the amazing lobby, casino, or the shops. After your free time, you will be driven back to your ship.
For those customers who wish to see more of Atlantis, a variety of options are available for purchase at the resort. The Discover Atlantis Pass ($39.38 – 4 years or older) enables guests to explore the Aquarium and entrance to the Dig, a maze of interconnected tunnels and chambers with ruins and underwater inhabitants depicting the Lost City of Atlantis. The “Discover Atlantis Beach Pass” ($65.72 per person – 4 years or older) provides access to the aquarium, the beach, restaurants where you can purchase food and drink and entrance to the Dig. The “Aquaventure Pass” (adults $168, children $103) provides access to the 141 acre Aquaventure Water Park along with the aquarium, beach, pools, the Dig, and restaurants where you can purchase food and drink. Those customers choosing to purchase either of these packages, or spend more time exploring Atlantis, will want to stay at the resort longer than the tour stop.
Guests wishing to end their tour at Atlantis, will need to arrange a taxi back to the ship pier at their own expense. There are many taxis available at Atlantis and the approximate cost of the ride to the ship pier is $5/person. It is up to the guest to make sure they are back to their ship before sailing time. The Discover Atlantis Beach and Aquaventure Passes are subject to availability and prices are approximate.
Have a large group or want to customize your tour with some special stops? Check out some of the other places in Nassau that we just don’t have time to fit in on our regular 2.5 hr tour.
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This was a great tour. I wanted to see Nassau and the area, and that's exactly what I received. Tyrone was great, such a sweet man. His staff was wonderful, warm and friendly. Once we disembarked from the cruise ship, it took just a minute to find his location, and all the other vendors knew him and pointed the way to the meeting place at the fountain. We were greeted by warm smiles and offered a cold beverage. Our driver, Kevin was great also. The rum distillery was my favorite, such a idyllic location. People complained about the chocolate factory, stating the samples were small, but it's a small business! If they gave out large pieces, they wouldn't have any left to sell!
It was a great experience since it was a first time visit to the island for most of us. Gave the highlights and driving around taught us some history of the island. If you want to see the aquarium at Atlantis this is not your tour. But it was nice to walk through the resort. We had five teenagers and my 10 year old son and they all enjoyed the tour. No one was bored. It was very easy to find them right outside the port and we had time to shop and walk through the straw market after the tour.