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Caribe Francais

Exploring the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe

You’ll get off the beaten track here and discover exotic flora and fauna, colourful birdlife, historic forts, and white sandy beaches, lapped by azure seas. Exploring the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe gives you a real sense of the Franco-Caribbean heritage of the French Antilles. Both islands are overseas regions of France, yet the scenery is distinctly that of the Caribbean combined with Gallic flair and flavours.

Our journey begins on Martinique, where Napoleon’s Empress Josephine was born. Bustling Fort-de-France is its capital, and here you’ll find the historic fort, the Grande Marché and cathedral. Our hotel is in Trois Ilets across the bay from the capital, which is easily reached by ferry. Our island walks take us from the Caravelle peninsula with its extensive plantation ruins and Château Dubuc to Anses d’Arlet with beautiful beaches and waterside restaurants. We’ll take a boat trip along the island’s coast and admire the stunning views of Mt Pelée, which dominates the island.

Nearby Guadeloupe is an archipelago, with its two main islands in the shape of a butterfly. We’ll spend our time walking on the more mountainous western island of Basse-Terre, home to the wild Guadaloupe National Park. Here we’ll explore the Soufrière volcano, hike to a waterfall and visit Rifflet, the location for TV’s Death in Paradise. Our walk takes us along its picturesque coastline and to the Reserve Cousteau, where we’ll enjoy a glass bottom boat trip. We’ll also island hop over to Terre de Haut, the largest of the Les Saintes islands to enjoy a walk and visit its only village, Bourg des Saintes.

NEW FOR 2018 - We are no longer visiting St Lucia and Barbados for one night as we are now going to experience a solely French Caribbean holiday by flight direct to Martinique and back from Guadeloupe via Paris.

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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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    27 Feb 2018
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    20 Nov 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    27 Feb 2018 - 12 Mar 2018

    Day 1 - Martinique
    We arrive into Martinique and transfer by coach around Fort de France bay to Trois Ilets, where we stay at the Hotel La Pagerie for five nights’ accommodation.

    Day 2 - Martinique
    We head to Anse d’Arlet this morning visiting the memorial to slavery at Le Diamant en route. A beautiful coastal walk ends at a beach in time for lunch and a swim.

    Day 3 - Martinique
    Taking the ferry across the Fort de France bay, a guided walking tour of the island’s capital shows us the magnificent cathedral, Grande Marché and the fort from where the city gets its name. Perhaps stay for lunch at a local restaurant after lunch we will take a coach from Fort de France to the Clement Rum Distillery with our guide. We then travel back by coach to the hotel.

    Day 4 - Martinique
    We head for the south-eastern part of the island to do a coast walk. Starting along the Atlantic side, we walk through mangrove and stunning pristine beaches and rough seascapes. As we continue, we will walk past a petrified forest and then we leave the Atlantic seascape for the quieter Caribbean side. We find a beach for lunch then continue and finish the walk in Sainte-Anne.

    Day 5 - Martinique
    We’ll join a cruise today that takes us along the western side of the island to visit St Pierre, once the island’s capital before the eruption of Mt Pelee in early 1900. We’ll enjoy lunch onboard, have chance for a swim and visit St Pierre to learn about its fascinating history. We might be lucky enough to see dolphins as we sail!

    Day 6 - Guadaloupe
    We transfer to the airport this morning for the short flight to the island of Guadaloupe. The transfer to our hotel in Le Gosier is short and we’ll have plenty of time to explore the area on arrival. We stay at the Creole Beach & Spa for six nights’ accommodation. Le Gosier is famous for its pelicans, and you will see many of these wonderful birds around the coastline.

    Day 7 - Guadaloupe
    Have you watched the TV series “Death in Paradise?” if so, today will be extra special as we travel to the north-east coast of Basse-Terre, where the programme is filmed. We’ll enjoy a wonderful coastal walk with magnificent views and an opportunity to see local birdlife. After a stop at a beach bar for a refreshing drink, we’ll have a photo stop in Rifflet / Deshaies, before heading to the Reserve Cousteau for a glass bottomed boat cruise. What an amazing day!

    Day 8 - Guadaloupe
    Our day starts with a drive to St Claude, on the western island of Basse-Terre (via a bridge) where we walk the Soufriere volcano. This is the highest mountain in the Lesser Antilles and its peak has a volcanic nature. A magnificent day awaits!

    Day 9 - Guadaloupe
    A free day today to enjoy the beach, the hotel or perhaps a little shopping. You may wish to take an optional boat trip to Le Gosier island. Your choice!

    Day 10 - Guadaloupe
    We take a coach for a Coastal Walk from the outskirts of Pointe des Chateaux the most easterly part of Grand Terre. Very dramatic finish to the tour. After this, we continue to St Anne for swimming, and visiting the market.

    Day 11 - Guadaloupe
    Included in the Guadaloupe archipelago are the smaller group of islands of Les Saintes. Taking a ferry ride from Trois Rivieres, we will visit the largest of the islands, Terre de Haut, enjoying a walk that takes us past Napoleon’s fort and visit the island’s only village of Bourg des Saintes.

    Day 12 - In Flight
    The island’s capital, Pointe a Pitre, is a short drive from our hotel and we have the opportunity to explore before we leave the island. Perhaps visit the Memorial ACTe museum (a innovative building and exhibitions for the island), aquarium or enjoy a stroll through Place de la Victoire, the focal point of the city. We take a late afternoon transfer for our early evening flight back to the UK via Paris.

    Day 13 - -
    We arrive back into London this morning.


  • Accommodation

    In comfortable, well-appointed hotels.

  • What's Included
    • Return international flights from the UK, inter- island flights and transfers.
    • Half board accommodation.
    • Knowledgeable and experienced local guides.
    • All local transport and activities.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Walking picturesque Terre de Haut.
    • Climbing Soufrière volcano.
    • Swimming in the blue Caribbean Sea.
    • Discovering Franco-Caribbean heritage.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c90mins).
    • Flights Gatwick-St Lucia (Hewanorra) (c9hrs) / Bridgetown-Gatwick (c8hrs) British Airways. 
    • Inter-island travel by ferry or air.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class available on British Airways, please ask for a competitive quote.

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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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