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1 1/2 hours
HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SIGHTS ON A FUN TOUR THROUGH DOWNTOWN WILLEMSTAD
Experience the beauty of Curacao on a tour that takes you through historic Willemstad. Your tour begins at Fort Amsterdam and continues by many interesting sights, including the Floating Market on Sha Caprilleskade, where Venezuelan merchants sell fish and vegetables from their boats. Your train continues to Scharloo, a former residential neighborhood lined with picturesque homes built during the 1880s. You will stop at Bolo di Bruit, known as the “wedding cake” house and the city’s most photographed building.
Leaving Scharloo, you pass Pietermaai Cathedral, the largest and most impressive on the island. You will also pass by the Mikve Israel Emmanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in continuous use in the Western Hemisphere. In addition, you see Queen Wilhelmina Park, the scene of frequent cultural events, and Waterfort Arches, an imposing fortress that was the site of the Willhem III Barracks. Finally, you visit Fort Amsterdam, built in 1635 to guard the vital entrance to the harbor from enemy ships. The tour ends at Fort Amsterdam.
• 0:00 Start tour at Fort Amsterdam
• 0:15 Board Willemstad Trolley Train
• 0:35 Arrive Pietermaai Cathedral
• 0:50 Depart Pietermaai Cathedral
• 1:00 Pass by Synagogue
• 1:25 Arrive Fort Amsterdam
No food or beverages will be served on this tour.
Jewish holidays are observed as well as other occasions and Saturdays. A photo stop will be made at the Pietermaai Cathedral. If the Cathedral is open passengers may enter. Entrance to the Jewish synagogue is not guaranteed at lunch time during the week and on Saturday or Sunday.
A photo stop will be made at the Pietermaai Cathedral. If the Cathedral is open passengers may enter.