Discover Willemstad’s Dutch architecture, pastel colored buildings and ornate facades on a guided walking tour of this historic city. Your tour begins at the ship where you’ll be met by your guide. After a short walk to the center, you’ll pass the main square of the city. From here, you’ll walk to the Museum Kura Hulanda. This museum is housed in recently restored buildings and situated right at the city center harbor of Willemstad. Travel along the waterway to the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. Cross the waterway by bridge or ferry, then head to Willemstad’s historic downtown district. See Fort Amsterdam, built in 1635 and today is home to the Governor’s Palace.
You’ll pass various government buildings and the old fort’s wall arches, which now house a promenade of seaside cafes and shops. Continue along Main Street, passing the floating market where fresh fruits and vegetables are brought from Venezuela by schooner. Your knowledgeable guide offers island history and provides commentary throughout your tour. Enjoy a brief stop at the local market place, where they sell food and other interesting items. On your way back to the ship, you’ll pass the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, built in 1732. Walk through the small streets of Punda back to the floating bridge. From here, you can return to the ship or spend more time in the city.