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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 sand beaches lapped by azure seas. Exploring the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe gives you a real sense of the Franco-Caribbean heritage the French Antilles have to offer. 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 where 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 Soufriere 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.

 

Our outward journey takes us via St Lucia with a one night stay. On the return we stay one night in Barbados, making the most of our stopover with a visit to Sunbury Plantation. A wonderful note on which to finish a Caribbean holiday!

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    20 Nov 2017
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    20 Nov 2017 - 04 Dec 2017

    Day 1 - St Lucia
    We fly from London Gatwick to St Lucia, arriving late afternoon. We transfer to the north of the island, seeing some of the island’s interior as we travel. We stay for one night at the Bay Gardens Inn in Rodney Bay and have buffet dinner at the hotel.

    Day 2 - Martinique
    We take a morning flight from St Lucia’s northern airport to Martinique. We transfer by coach around Fort de France bay to Trois Ilets, where we stay at the Hotel La Pagerie for five nights’ accommodation. We’ll have an orientation visit of the area this afternoon, and have some beach and pool time.

    Day 3 - 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 4 - Martinique
    Taking the ferry across the Fort de France bay, a 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 and then enjoy a free afternoon beside the hotel pool, at the beach or maybe a little shopping. Dinner is on your own this evening, giving the opportunity to try one of the many restaurants close to the hotel.

    Day 5 - Martinique
    Located in the northern region of Martinique’s east coast, La Caravelle is a narrow arm of land stretching for six miles straight out into the Atlantic. The entire peninsula is marvelously unspoiled and a protected haven for a wide variety of tropical flora. We’ll hike in the area and also visit the ruins of Chateâu Dubuc.

    Day 6 - 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 7 - 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 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
    Today we take a walk to the Lesser Antilles’ highest waterfall, Chute du Carbet. We walk through rainforest and can enjoy a cooling dip as our reward. Our waterfall walk is the most challenging on the holiday with ascents/descents of 650m. As we will be in rainforest, with sometimes uneven ground, you need to be surefooted.

    Day 10 - 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 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - Barbados
    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 flight to Barbados, where we stay for one night at Infinity on the Beach with dinner.

    Day 14 - -
    Our last day in the Caribbean sees us on the Heritage Trail, visiting a Georgian Plantation house and garden which has been restored with original furnishings. A snack lunch will be included at Sunbury as part of our visit. We leave Barbados on an overnight flight for London

    Day 15 - -
    Arrive UK


  • Accommodation

    In comfortable, well-appointed hotels.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

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

    Supplement for single room: £825


  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • A picturesque walk on the Les Saintes island of Terre de Haut.
    • Soufriere volcano hike.
    • Swimming in azure seas.
    • Wild Caravelle peninsula.
    • Franco-Caribbean heritage and culture.
    • Sightseeing boat trip.

  • 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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