Your St. Kitts Island Highlights Tour is chock full of interesting sites and informative background. It begins in the capital city of Basseterre. Founded in 1627 by the French, it served as capital of the French colony. By 1639, the town had become a large, successful port and was made the capital of the entire French West Indies colony, which included the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
When the British took control of the island in 1727, the city was made capital of the island. You will see the British influence in the Georgian architecture, cobblestone streets, and the squares and monuments.
The city of Basseterre has had a tragic history, having been destroyed repeatedly by colonial wars, fire, earthquakes, floods, riots and hurricanes. Despite this, a considerable number of well-restored buildings still exist in downtown Basseterre.
Next on your St. Kitts tour, you will visit Caribelle Batik, set on the grounds of Romney Manor. Using ancient Indonesian methods to keep the dye from reaching the material, Caribelle has created many designs for which they have become associated. During your St. Kitts excursion, you will see the artists demonstrating the techniques while you listen to an explanation from one of the experts. Then it's on to Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort is a monument to the ingenuity of the British military engineers who designed it, and to the skill, strength and endurance of the African slaves who built and then maintained it. It is one of the best-preserved historical fortifications in the Americas. At the fort, a video presentation on the fortress is shown. This magnificent fortress, sitting impressively atop 38 acres of limestone and sulfur composites, is the result of 100 years of slave labor and has endured many wars fought between English, French and Spanish troops for its control.
From the fortress, your tour will return to the pier via the Basseterre Caribbean Sea coastal road.
Reviewer: Gail Hayek
St. Kitts Island's history is interesting and colorful. This tour is a wonderful blend of the new and the old important and historical aspects of the island. Our tour guide, Roosevelt, made the history come alive as well as speak to us about every day life on the island. He entertained us throughout the tour and even showed us a strange looking "fruit" that turned out to be a cashew!! We would take another island tour and we would definitely want Roosevelt to be our guide.
Reviewer: Sonia Roy
This was the best excursion of our trip. We had an excellent tour operator and the stops along the way were amazing. We really enjoyed the sights and the extra history he was able to share.
Reviewer: Randeep S Bassi
Great tour and guide
Out tour guide was personable and knowledgeable. We went to a Batik clothing maker located in a beautiful garden area and toured the old fort which guarded the island. Lots of history there. Our driver said he was the best driver on the island and I told him I believed that. Made it quickly on the roads and he guided our bus through the narrowest of passages effortlessly.
Reviewer: Andre Beaulieu
Very nice, driver bring lot of information.