Puerto Rican Essentials: Art, Music & History

Travel to the city of Ponce, on the south side of the island, where you will learn about the unique Creole architectural style and enjoy the Puerto Rican Music Museum. Be amazed by the natural beauty of the landscapes of the island of Vieques and enjoy a kayak tour throughout its Bioluminescent Bay, one of the brightest in the world. Discover the cultural offer in old San Juan, its museums and the music conservatory.
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
El Yunque, National Forest
Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Your Tour:

8 nights

9 days

15 meals

Up to 4 miles / day

Tour overview

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Discover this wonderful Caribbean island, better known as : “The Island of Enchantment”, where natural paradisiacal corners mix up with an enormous cultural heritage and dream beaches. On this tour you will get to know these wonders through a culturally immersive trip that will help you understand this small and attractive island completely.

Program activities, schedules and personnel may change due to local circumstances.

In such an event, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

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Day 1
Arrive in San Juan, Orientation & Welcome Dinner (D)
Day 1
Day 2
Lecture, Museo of the Americas and Music Conservatory (B)
Day 2
Day 3
Old San Juan walking tour and El Morro Fort (B, L)
Day 3
Day 4
Visit Casa Blanca Museum (Ponce de León’s Home), La Fortaleza and the MAPR (B,L)
Day 4
Day 5
Day trip to Ponce (B, L)
Day 5
Day 6
Visit Casa Cortés Art Gallery & Chocobar, and music workshop (B, L-snack)
Day 6
Day 7
Day trip to El Yunque National Rainforest, Luquillo beach and kayak at the Bio Bay of Fajardo (B, D)
Day 7
Day 8
Visit Casa Bacardí , Casa del Libro Society, Farewell dinner (B, D)
Day 8
Day 9
End of program (B)
Day 9

Day by Day

Day 1

Overnight: San Juan

The tour coordinator will greet everyone, and we will review the program schedule, emergency procedures and answer questions. After orientation we will set out with our tour coordinator to take a walk and explore the area around the hotel.

At a restaurant, we´ll enjoy a welcome dinner with a delicious set menu.

Day 2

Overnight: San Juan

We will set out with a local expert for a lecture on the history of Puerto Rico and its artistic past. Then, we will take our private bus to the Museo of the Americas, where we will enjoy its four permanent exhibitions: Popular Arts in the Americas, The African heritage, The Indigenous of America and Conquest and Colonization: birth and evolution of the Puerto Rican nation. After this visit, we will have time to have lunch on our own and we will set up a meeting point to follow the itinerary later. In the afternoon, we will enjoy the visit to the Music Conservatory, a unique place in San Juan, where we will discover a magnificent building and learn the influence of the music in the island.

Day 3

Overnight: San Juan

After breakfast, we will depart by bus to the town of Cataño, from where you will see the breathtaking view of the Bay of San Juan and El Morro Fort. From Cataño, we will take a ferry to cross the Bay of San Juan where we will enjoy a walking guided tour around San Juan, covering the major points of interest, ending with the visit to the San Cristobal Fort, the largest fortress built in the New World, where students will have a guided tour of the castle. Before leaving the area, we will stop to enjoy a group lunch together. At the end of the trip you’ll have the opportunity to return to the hotel or if you wish, explore the area on your own. 

Day 4

Overnight: San Juan

After breakfast, our bus will pick us up and take us to Casa Blanca, the home of Ponce de León. Located in San Juan and founded in 1521, this museum is considered the oldest structure in Puerto Rico, preserving authentic details of the time. After this, we will walk to La Fortaleza, the first fortification built to defend the city of San Juan and official residence of the governor since the 16th century. After this interesting visit, we will go together to enjoy a group lunch.

Right after lunch, the bus will take us to the Fine Arts Museum of Puerto Rico (MAPR), the most important art gallery in the country. We will finish the day here and you’ll have free time to explore on your own.

Day 5

Overnight: San Juan

 

In the morning our private bus will be waiting for us to go to the southern city of Ponce. On the way, we will stop in Hacienda Buena Vista, a coffee plantation, where we will learn about the whole process from the harvesting to the roasting of the coffee. Then, we will continue our trip to the beautiful city of Ponce and after a short walking tour, we will visit the Parque de Bombas (Fire Station) to discover this unique and colorful building. After this, we will go to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch together. With our batteries recharged, we will continue to the Castillo Serrallés, a castle turned into a museum with information about the sugar cane industry and its impact on the economy of Puerto Rico. Then, we will take the bus to return to San Juan.

Day 6

Overnight: San Juan

After breakfast, we will depart by private bus to Old San Juan to visit Casa Cortés Art Gallery and get to know its history where we will also be able to taste its famous chocolate. Then we will have a light lunch and will go together to a Puerto Rican dance academy, where we will learn about the traditional music, instruments and basic dance steps, an amazing opportunity to be immersed in the local culture. After this, you’ll have free time to explore on your own.

Day 7

Overnight: San Juan

In the morning our private bus will be waiting for us to go to El Yunque National Rainforest, the only tropical rainforest in the national forest system. With nearly 29,000 acres, it is one of the smallest in size, yet one of the most biologically diverse. Come experience the breathtaking scenery, clear mountain rivers, and outdoor recreation through a short hiking adventure. Afterwards, we will take our bus to Luquillo beach where you’ll have the opportunity to taste a traditional lunch in its kioskos on your own and enjoy the afternoon at the beach. In the late afternoon we will depart to Fajardo, a nearby town, to enjoy a delicious group dinner and to experience the most exiting activity of the trip: a kayak tour through the Bioluminescent Bay of Fajardo. We will return to the hotel in San Juan in the evening.

Day 8

Overnight: San Juan

After breakfast, we will depart by private bus to Casa Bacardí, where we will learn about the emblematic rum that is distilled in a beautiful building in Cataño. After this, we will depart to Old San Juan to have lunch together and visit the Casa del Libro, a society founded by a group of citizens with the purpose of creating a specialized library of outstanding copies of the best in book production and design throughout the centuries. Today its collection in variety and quality compares favorably with its European and American counterparts. 

Finally, you’ll have some hours of free time until the farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 9

Transfer to the airport at a designated time.

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Tour Inclusions

Tour Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement $575.

For a minimum of 15 pax.

Additional Experiences

Customize your trip according to your interests by adding any of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

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Conservatory Music PR

Visit to Conservatory Music of Puerto Rico

The Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico is a public institution offering university-level studies in music. Located in San Juan’s historic Miramar, it grants degrees in piano, vocal music, guitar, orchestral instruments, jazz and Caribbean music, composition. In this tour, we will visit the conservatory and learn about its different projects.
Loiza

Half-Day Trip to Loiza Aldea

In this trip, you will discover the Afro-Caribbean community of Loíza. You will learn about its cultural heritage, attend a demonstration of Bomba y Plena dance and finally spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach at Piñones.
mMusic and dance workshop

Puerto Rican Music and Dance Workshop

A local music group will explain the names and sounds of instruments used in traditional Puerto Rican song, along with the typical clothes used in different clothes associated with different dances and music genres. Finally, we will learn the basic movements of emblematic dances such as Bomba y Plena, salsa and cuembé.
Charter a Helicopter

Charter a Helicopter

Customize an amazing tour by air. From Old San Juan to beaches of the outer islands, this aerial perspective will give your clients the best views of the Island. See San Juan from the sky in a helicopter tour.
Navigate Northern PR

Navigate Northern PR (Day trip)

This route will take us to the northern region of Puerto Rico, where we will navigate the towns of Arecibo, Vega Alta y Vega Baja. Our first stop will be the beautiful waterfalls of Río Tanama in Arecibo, where you will be immersed in nature at one of the island’s most striking waterfalls. This semi-adventure tour includes a short hike along the river to one of Puerto Rico’s hidden treasures: Playa Vega Baja in the scenic town of Vega Baja. This immense and remote beach is perfect for those wishing to rock-climb or just enjoy natural views, far from city crowds and other tourists. Last but not least, we will visit El Manantial de Tortuguero, a lovely natural pool surrounded by pristine, leafy landscapes and the songs of local bird species. This outing takes 5-6 hours, including travel time.
Casa Paoli

Visit to Casa Paoli (Folkloric Research Center of Puerto Rico)

Casa Paoli is a renovated historic house where tenor Antonio Paoli was born. It is currently dedicated exclusively to educational purposes, and its main function is the study of Puerto Rican culture. To this end, samples of the island’s folk traditions are collected, classified and shared. We will visit the premises and learn how this initiative began.