Colonial Tour


The city was Built on a former Taino Indian site. It was founded by a Frenchman, Bertrand D’ogeron in the 1670. Due to its strategic geographical location and fertile lands, it quickly became the richest colony of the new world. Cap Haitian was the among the first modernized city in the Caribbean and was baptized as the ‘’ Paris of the Antilles”. The city was twice destroyed by fire during the revolutionary war between the French and the Haitians in the 1802, which drove out the the French residents including the architects who built “ the French quarter.’’ in the city of New Orleans. Again, the city was leveled to the ground by an earthquake in 1842, killing one third of its resident.

Take a step back into the past on a walking tour of Cap Haitian by visiting its historic sights and monuments. A charming and lively city with an ideal balance of tradition and old world charms, the city is filled colonial architectures, restaurants and art shops within its old walls creating a dramatic and unique ambiance. Experience the rich heritage and history of Cap as you walk around the city. Start the tour at the Boulevard for a nice promenade while enjoying the beautiful view of the ocean and constant splashing of the water against the Quai, Stroll through old neighborhoods, visit some of the ancient palaces constructed by King Henry Christophe as his retirement palace. Continue to The Famous Cathedral of Notre Dame, built in the early part of the 18th century, the Cathedral is one of the most iconic architecture in Haiti, with its gold covered dome and perfect location, it is one of the most visited in country. Then, while you are there, learn the history of Place Dame and the colonial homes that have survived the 1842’s earthquake which destroyed most of the city and perished nearly all of its residents.

Cap Haitian is home to many internationally recognized figures such a Pauline Bonaparte, the little sister of the French General Napoleon Bonaparte, Joseph Laroche, the only Black person abroad the Titanic when it perished in 1912, Oswald Durant, Antenor Firmin, Philome Obin and many others.


  • The bronze dome covered Cathedral of Notre Dame
  • Place D’armes du Cap
  • Palais Royal_present University King Henry Christophe
  • Hostellerie King Henry Christophe
  • Place Carenage
  • 17th Century French Prison
  • Place l’arsenal
  • Fort Picolet
  • Private Residence of Pauline Bonapatre
  • College Notre Dame for panoramic view of the City)
  • And more

What’s Included

  • The expertise of DNH Tour certified tour ambassador for the duration of the tour
  • A small, friendly group of 6-15 people
  • All admissions — at no extra cost
  • Free purified bottle of water
  • All tips for guides and driver
  • Guaranteed tour price, locked in the moment you make your deposit
  • Flexibility should you need to transfer, or cancel/reschedule your tour
  • Fine print: You are responsible for the cost of your drinks and free-time sightseeing.

Frequently asked questions

Will I get back to the ship on time?

Yes. Although the cruise lines would like you to believe that independent tours carry this risk, we are well aware of your ship’s departure time, and our tours are designed to get you back to the ship with time to spare.

How do I book shore excursions?

If you know which tours you want to take, you can reserve them directly through our web site by adding them to your shopping cart and checking out just like you would do with a typical online purchase. If you are uncertain which tours you would like to take or want some advice or guidance on your tours, just email us.

How do I receive my booking confirmation and voucher?

Shortly after you reserve a tour, we will e-mail your confirmation which will include your tour vouchers as well as instructions on how and when to meet up with your guide for each tour.

When should I reserve my shore excursion?

Because some tours book up well in advance of the tour departure date, we recommend reserving your excursions as far in advance as possible.

Where do I go to start my tour?

Your booking confirmation will contain clear instructions on where and when to go to start each of your tours. It will also include instructions on what to do in the very unlikely event that you encounter difficulties in meeting up with your guide.

What is your cancellation policy?

With very few exceptions, you can cancel a tour up to 7 days in advance of tour departure and receive a full refund. The few exceptions to this rule are clearly noted in the tour description. If you would like to cancel a tour, simply email us, and we will be happy to assist you. Once you are within the 7 day tour departure window, the tour becomes non-refundable. This is because our operators have set aside space to accommodate your request and will often not be able to fill that space with another customer so close to departure.

What currency are the excursion prices shown in?

All prices are in US Dollars.

Will you refund my money if I miss my tour because the ship is late or cannot make it into port?

Yes. You will receive a full refund for your tour if you cannot make a tour departure due to a ship delay or a missed port call. You will of course also receive a full refund if weather or an equipment problem prevents the tour operator from delivering the tour. Simply let us know within two weeks of date of the tour, and we will issue a full refund.

Am I expected to tip the Guide/Driver?

Tipping is not encouraged and therefore it is not advisable.

How do I make changes to my tour reservations?

If you need to make changes to your reservation or to cancel a tour, just email us for immediate response.

Are children’s prices available?

Yes. Many of our tours offer children’s prices for children under the age of 12 years.

Are there any age restrictions on tours?

For most tours, there is no minimum age for children as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.

May I take more than one tour in a single port of call? You can always additional sites or activities to your existing itinerary as long as you have a group of 6 participants of more.

Do you recommend for physically challenged passengers?




 $55.00 per Person  None required  None
 Group discount Available  Easy
 Walk at least 1 mile

*Important message: All participants must be physically fit and able to walk long distance in the sun.