Port of call & excursions
- Port of call : Soufrière
- Length : 3h30
Tour begins with a leisurely drive through the town of Soufrière, passing by the town square and the cathedral.
Your journey will continue to your first stop, the Botanical Gardens and Diamond Baths. The garden was a famous spot for Napoléon's wife, Joséphine. Marvel at the tropical plants carefully arranged along the sides of the pathway. View the waterfall.
Then you will visit the Sulphur Springs, referred to as the Caribbean’s only “drive-in” volcano. This historic site is the result of volcanic eruptions some 300,000 years ago. Smell the sulphur as you enter the gates and inhale the natural scents (it has been proven that the sulphur water has many medicinal properties). You can admire the sulphuric fumaroles and steam jet outgoing from the floor whereas the sulphurous water of the natural baths boil at a temperature which can reaching 338 °F (170 °C).
After a short drive, you will reach Morne Coubaril Estate, a sprawling plateau farm. Producer of cocoa, coffee, coconuts, bananas and an assortment of other tropical products, this working plantation has been in the business of cultivation since the 17th century. It maintains some of the same harvesting and processing practices that have served it in good stead for hundreds of years.
Enjoy refreshment and relax, before heading back to Soufrière dock and your ship.
- This tour involves very few walking times on uneven and sometimes slippery ground with some steps with 40 steps to negotiate. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is not recommended for persons suffering from back problems. The tour is operated by minibuses which comfort is very basic but driving time is short in between venues.
Discover Les Saintes by boat
- Port of call : Les Saintes
- Length : 3h00
From the pier, board your motorboat and start your scenic journey around the isles of les Saintes. The archipelago of les Saintes consists of nine islands spread between Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas main islands.
Head first to the Marigot bay, a place in Terre-de-Haut Island well-known by local fishermen, before going around to reach îlet à Cabrit and other islets.
Sailing along the southern coast of Terre-de-Haut Island, you will then reach the small uninhabited island of Grand Ilet, a paradise for tortoises and seabirds. Following a stop at La Coche, continue to Terre-de-Bas where you can see an old pottery workshop, as well as tortoises and pelicans who settled there.
Back to Terre-de-Haut, you will then sail to the Pain de Sucre (Sugar loaf), a geological formation caused by an ancient basalt flow. There, enjoy some free time for bathing, snorkelling and having a refreshment, before sailing back to the pier and your ship.
- This tour involves very limited walking. We advise you to wear comfortable nonslip shoes, have your swimsuit under your clothes, take a towel and a bottle of water from the ship, and to protect yourself from the sun. Mask and snorkel will be provided. Refreshment are included in the tour. The motorboat is equipped with removable roof and a ladder, but no toilets. Passengers must be able to embark and disembark without assistance. This tour is limited to 12 participants.
Soufrière by sea & land
- Length : 7h00
During this tour, discover the tropical island’s natural beauty.
Depart from Marigot Bay and board a catamaran for a cruise along the west, passing beautiful bays. Time will be allowed for swimming in one of them.
The sail continues to the sleeping village of Soufriere, where you will disembark the catamaran and board a coach for a drive to the famous Sulfur Springs, often referred to as the world’s only “drive–in” volcano. This historic site is the result of volcanic eruptions 300,000 thousand years ago. Smell the sulfur fumes as you enter the gates and see it bubbling and boiling on the earth’s surface.
Your next stop is Morne Coubaril Estate – where they have recreated plantation life in years gone by.
After a creole buffet lunch served in enchanting surroundings, depart for the Botanical Gardens and Diamond Falls. The gardens are well known for their beautiful plants and the baths rejuvenating qualities is your first stop. Marvel at the colorful and unique tropical plants and impressive waterfall as you walk the pathways.
After the visit, return to your ship, at anchor in Soufriere.
- Wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles and protect yourself from the sun. We recommend you to wear your swimsuit under your clothes and to bring a towel from the ship. This tour is not recommended for persons suffering from hip, back, knee nor respiratory problems. Children must be at least 5 years old to participate and be accompanied by a parent.
Safari Adventure & Beach Break
- Port of call : Antigua
- Length : 3h30
From the pier, board your 4-wheel drive vehicle and start your adventure to discover inaccessible places by coach. Your guide will explain you the history of Antigua: its past and its life nowadays.
You will cross the picturesque village of Falmouth to Covent Hill overlooking the Falmouth’s port.
From here, your safari will be start. You will cross the Natural Park of Body Pond to discover the endemic tropical plants who live here.
Then, you will enter into the heart of the tropical forest of Antigua, while your 4-wheel drive vehicle move on the panoramic road of Fig Tree who overlooks the littoral.
After leaving the forest, you will go to the south of the island and its pineapple plantation landscapes.
After your adventure, you will enjoy some free time at the Turner’s beach to relax or swim on the Caribbean Sea.
Finally, get back to the pier and your ship.
- This tour is not recommended for persons suffering from back or neck problems. The jeeps are equipped with 8 or 10 seats. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and your swimsuit under your clothes, bring a towel from the ship and protect yourself from the sun. Refreshment during the tour is included. The flora observation is not guaranteed. The beach is an untouched beach without any facilities. This tour is only conducted in English.
Best of Antigua
- Port of call : Antigua
- Length : 3h00
From the pier, embark your coach to Dow's Hill interpretation center. This fort on the southern coast overlooking the Nelson's Dockyard, has been renovated into an interpretation center where you will see a multimedia presentation on Antiguan culture and folklore.
Continue to the Blockhouse Ruins, built in 1787 and standing 446ft above the sea atop a sheer cliff above the Atlantic Ocean. You will overlook Indian Creek where the first Arawak Indians settled and lived. You can also see the St. James' Club on Mamora Bay and Eric Clapton's new house.
Next, visit Shirley Heights, the most southerly viewpoint in Antigua. The Shirley Heights fortress was built by the British to house the fleet stationed at English Harbor and was named after Sir Thomas Shirley. From 487ft above sea level cape, you will enjoy a panoramic view on Atlantic Ocean and English Harbor.
Then, enjoy a guided walk, followed by free time at Nelson's Dockyard village. Named after Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, the village was built in 1725, to provide a base for a squadron of ships patrolling the West Indies maintaining England's sea power. Today it is one of the biggest attractions of the eastern Caribbean, being the world's last remaining Georgian naval dockyards still in use today.
Before joining your ship, you will enjoy a refreshment.
- This tour involves some walking times on uneven and fat ways with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Refreshment during the tour is included. US dollars are accepted but not credit card.
Santo Domingo, the colonial town
- Length : 4h00
Santo Domingo is the oldest capital of the New World. Delimited by walls, the old city town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This shore excursion will allow you to visit the most important monuments erected by the colonists.
From the pier, you will board your coach and start your drive to the Columbus Lighthouse. Columbus Lighthouse was built in 1986, in tribute of Christopher Columbus, using plans drawn by Scottish architect J.L. Gleave in 1931, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Discovery of the Americas by Europeans. The monument was inaugurated in 1992. From the lighthouse, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the sea and the city of Santo Domingo.
Then, you will join the colonial city centre. Your first visit will be made at the Ozama Fortress. Erected in front of the mouth of the Ozama River, the Santo Domingo Fortress, or Fortaleza Ozama Fortress, was the first military construction in the colony. The simple and solid construction, in a very medieval style, was built by the Spaniards between 1502 and 1507 at the request of the governor, Nicolás de Ovando.
After your visit, you will proceed to the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor. Dedicated to Marie of the Incarnation, the Cathedral is fronted with a golden-tinted coral limestone façade. The church combines elements of both Gothic and Baroque architecture, with some lavish plateresque styles, as exemplified by the high altar chiselled out of silver. There is also a treasury, which has an art collection of ancient woodcarvings, furnishings, funerary monuments, silver, and jewellery.
Before enjoying free-time, you will stroll on the Las Damas street. Built in 1502 at the request of the governor Nicolás de Ovando, it is the first street of the New World. You will pass in front of Casa Reales and the Alcázar de Colón.
Finally, you will re-board your coach and head back to the pier.
- This tour involves approximately 2 miles (3 km) of walking on uneven and cobblestone streets with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable shoes, repellent lotion and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate clothes are required to enter in religious sites: shoulders and knees must be covered.
Essential St Kitts
- Length : 4h00
From the pier, board your coach and start your drive to Basseterre and discover Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, Romney Manor Botanical Gardens and Fairview Great House.
Basseterre is a historic capital with a mix of traditional French architecture and Victorian architecture. Here, you will discover old churches, West Indian cottages, and a former slave market.
Your first stop will be made at the Romney Gardens and Caribelle Batik Studios. This 12-acre garden setting is quite simply stunning. It is at this glorious location that local artists produce the fabric and apparel for which Caribelle Batik has become widely acclaimed.
From the top of the Brimstone Hill fortress, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, you will discover a panoramic view of the coast, the surrounding countryside and the neighbouring islands. The first cannons were brought to Brimstone Hill in 1690. The English and French engaged in frequent naval battles to gain control of this part of the world. This construction is an astonishing and ingenious architectural work. It is also one of the largest and best preserved in the Caribbean.
You will then visit Fairview House for a journey back in time. This beautiful, 300-year-old property is a perfect example of a colonial house from that period on the island. During your visit, you will learn about the history of the owners of the house and the daily life of its inhabitants during the colonial period. From the veranda and the gardens, you will have a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and the twin island of Nevis.
Then, you will enjoy a scenic drive of the historical capital of Basseterre before rejoining your ship.
- This excursion involves approximately 1 hour of walking on flat and uneven ground with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is only conducted in English.
Discover Les Saintes by catamaran
- Port of call : Les Saintes
- Length : 3h00
From the pier, board your catamaran and start your scenic journey around the isles of les Saintes. The archipelago of les Saintes consists of nine islands spread between Terre-de-Haut and Terre-de-Bas main islands.
You will start your discovery by sailing in the bay, one of the most beautiful bay in the world, along îlet à Cabrit, which lay in the bay.
Sailing along the southern coast of Terre-de-Haut Island, you will then reach the small uninhabited island of Grand Ilet, a paradise for tortoises and seabirds. Following sailing toward La Coche and Les Augustins.
Back to Terre-de-Haut, you will then sail to the Pain de Sucre (Sugar loaf), a geological formation caused by an ancient basalt flow. There, enjoy some free time for bathing, and having a refreshment, before sailing back to the pier and your ship.
- This tour involves very limited walking. We recommend you wear comfortable nonslip shoes, have your swimsuit under your clothes, take a towel and a bottle of water from the ship, and to protect yourself from the sun. Refreshment is included in the tour. The catamaran is equipped with a ladder and toilets. Passengers must be able to embark and disembark without assistance. This tour is limited to 12 participants.
Embera Indian village
- Length : 3h30
The banks of the Darien are spectacular, from the mangroves in the magnificent San Miguel Bay, discovered in 1513 by Vasco Nunez de Balboa during the first crossing of the Isthmus of Panama, to the rocky shores between Garachiné and Jaque where the forest tumbles into the sea from sheer cliff faces. Declared a reserve in 1980, the Darien National Park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 and a Biosphere Reserve in 1983.
This tour is a journey into the lives of the Emberá Indian Tribe. They originated from the Columbian Amazon and migrated into the Isthmus in the second half of the 18th century. They live along the river banks, so their houses are on stilts to protect them from flooding.
From your ship, a 10-min Zodiac® ride will lead you to the beach. Next, walk for 15 minutes and meet the community. Feel free to wonder the village, discover the 10-minute walk waterfall, ask questions or interact with these quiet people. A series of dances have been arranged to add to this cultural exchange.
To finish, they will introduce you to their many customs and explain the methods used to make their local crafts.
- We advise you wear comfortable walking shoes, cotton garments and protect yourself from the sun and rain. Total walking distance is at guests’ discretion. We recommend you bring some small denomination notes in US dollars in case you wish to buy some of the local crafts. This tour is conducted in English only.
Cultural and heritage highlights
- Length : 4h00
From the pier, board your coach and start your drive to Morne Viewpoint for a panoramic view of the harbour.
Depart the Morne viewpoint for a short drive to Eudovic's Art Studio, known for its local woodwork and intricate carvings. Watch an actual wood carving demonstration. You will have the opportunity to purchase a work of art as a small souvenir.
Continue with a scenic drive through the Island's countryside and small communities to Fond Latisab Creole Park. Experience local traditions such as Cassava bread making, cooking on Macambou leaves, and authentic two-handed sawing to the rhythm of a Shak Shak band. Learn about the various plants and herbs and, not only watch, but participate in Creole Folk dance. A truly creole experience.
Enjoy cool refreshments before returning to your ship.
- This tour involves approximately 20 minutes of walking on uneven terrain with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Credit Card & US Dollars are accepted at Eudovic's, but cash only at Fond Latisab. The refreshment is included in your tour. This tour is limited to 80 participants.
* Subject to availability.