Amazing Grace Train Trek
You'll gain a new appreciation for the resiliency of Kittitians during this 3.5-hour St. Kitts tour.
From Port Zante you will board an air-conditioned minivan or bus for an epic and comfortable ride through Basseterre, the capital of Saint Kitts.
Make your way to Independence Square where slaves were housed and sold at auction. This square used to be owned by Samuel Jefferson, ancestor of United States President Thomas Jefferson. During your St. Kitts excursion, you will also wind your way through the charming villages of Boyds, Trinity, Old Road, Middle Island and Halfway Tree and observe local life. Not to be missed is Challengers, the first free village in the Caribbean.
At Bloody River you will learn about the fierce fight between the Kalingo natives and the British and French forces trying to gain supremacy of the island.
Upon arrival at Sandy Point you will have 30 minutes to visit the Amazing Grace Museum, a gallery commemorating the life and music of John Newton. Newton penned the famous song Amazing Grace and lived in Saint Kitts while he served as the Rector of Saint Anne's Parish Church. Discover how his remarkable transformation from a slave trader to an abolitionist was influenced while living here.
At La Vallée Train Depot you will board the train for a picturesque 90-minute ride along the Saint Kitts Scenic Railway. This railway features double decked cars and is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. While en route your expert tour guide will explain the landscape and share stories about Saint Kitts heady sugar cane production days. Zip along the rugged coastline with a refreshing drink in hand as onboard singers serenade you. Be on the lookout across the water for the sister island of Nevis as well as Saint Barts, Saint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.
Mount Liamigua, a volcano and the island's highest point, will meet you as it rises above the western part of Saint Kitts. You will also pass the point where the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea meet.
If you love history and gorgeous scenery you won't want to miss this tour! Reserve your spot today.
Reviewer: Richard Stewart
We were transported to the train station and began our tour. Unfortunately the train broke down within a mile of the start of the trip. We talked to the train staff to say we were on a different tour group. She informed us our provider was sending transportation to get us. We were very disappointed to not have the tour. When we were picked up by a very nice lady (I don't recall her name) who was born on Nevis and she offered to give us a tour since they train had broken. We agree and it was fabulous. She knew the island, the history (past and present) and took half her day when she wasn't supposed to be working. We toured the Amazing Grace experience and all the major sites. With just four of us it was intimate, comfortable and one of the best experiences in our many trip to St Kitts. My hats off to the tour company for making what should have been a bad experience into a wonderful day. I will definitely use them again any time I am in the area.
Reviewer: Marilyn Riback
This is a fantastic tour. Not only do you see things not visible from the road, the train is a blast. The narration is highly informative. They serve free drinks, and even had entertainment. If you are going to St. Maarten this is a must! Our tour also included a stop at the Amazing Grace museum. Although small, the story of John Newton's transformation and how he came to compose Amazing Grace is fascinating.
Reviewer: Clark D
Wow, we really enjoyed the trek by van and train. One other couple and us, our driver/ guide was great and we got to the train first so we had great seats. The van ride back to the ship took us all around the island with local color from our guide. Well worth the $.
Reviewer: Philip Harms
This is a nice tour. The train ride is good to sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the largely uninhabited interior of the island. The stop at the Amazing Grace museum is additional to what boat tours offer. The museum stop is a quick but interesting video.
Reviewer: Peter Romero
The operator, driver, train crew, et al were very helpful and considerate. We would highly recommend this tour to everyone.