After meeting your driver/guide at the pier, you will start your St. Kitts excursion with a quick driving orientation of the town of Basseterre, one of the oldest towns in the Eastern Caribbean. Although destroyed over the years by colonial wars, fire, earthquakes, floods, riots, and hurricanes, there are still several well-restored buildings. As you drive along, your driver/guide will tell you more about life on St. Kitts and point out some of the towns more famous sites including the Clock Tower, Independence Square - once a slave market, centuries old Georgian churches and original wooden buildings that make this charming capital quintessentially West Indian.
Your scenic journey into the past takes you to Wingfield Estate whose restored ruins, aqueduct, machinery, tall chimney boiling pots and rum distillery of bygone times brings to life the fascinating history of the estate and how rum was made. Time at the ruins is approximately 30 minutes.
The historical past of St. Kitts comes alive during a visit to Clay Villa Estate House and gardens. This 10 acre historic property dates back to 1763, and is the only free working estate never to profit from slavery and whose family members are of the native Carib (Amerindian) people. The current owners will give you a tour of the family museum and the original Overseer's House (still a family home) with its many collections of worldly and local treasures. You will also have chance to visit eco friendly gardens full of beautiful, fragrant, lush, tropical plants, fruits and wildlife. Although not on a grande scale as the plantations of the American South, this small property is a is a true Kittitian Legacy. You will have approximately one hour at the villa.
At Clay Villa you are invited to partake in tasting a selection of three island made rums and enjoy a thirst quenching rum/fruit punch which will have you asking for more. Total time at Clay Villa, including the rum tasting is approximately 80 minutes.
Depart Clay Villa for the port, passing along the way the ruins of the St. Kitts Sugar Factory and the rum bottling and blending plant at Bird Rock, where excellent rums such as C.S.R., Brinley's and Belmont Estate are produced.
A minimum of 2 guests are required for this tour to operate. Minimum age is 18yo.
Highlight of the 7 day cruise. The property was lovely, Jermaine was a bundle of energy and font of knowledge, and the Clay Villa owners are the real deal. We wanted to stay for dinner and converse (cruise ship would have sailed without us) I'd go back to see them in a heartbeat
This was a very enjoyable excursion, in fact, this was our favorite excursion of our cruise! Our driver was very friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The tour it self was very interesting, the grounds of the estate were beautiful, the artifacts were interesting and the owner of the estate was informative and interesting. The rum tasting was very nice as I didn't even know some of the types of rum even existed!!
Reviewer: Stanley Marshall
Our tour was outstanding,our driver/guide had a great knowledge of St kitts and the places we visited
Something new other than a cruise tour
Philip was a great tour guide! The property was beautiful and the history fascinating. Rum tasting was fun and overall was a delightful day.