Beyond The Ordinary
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. On this St. Kitts tour, you will also drive past the Carib Brewery, where the local beer is produced.
A visit will be made to Clay Villa Estate House and gardens, located approximately 15 minutes outside of town. 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.
You will then drive to nearby Romney Manor, the location of Caribelle Batik, gardens and shops. Along the way, you will pass Bloody Point - where over 2000 native Caribs were massacred in 1626 by French and Britsh soldiers. At Romney Manor, you will have approximately 35 minutes to see a demonstration of the traditional batik style of cloth dying, stroll the tropical gardens or do a little shopping.
Departing from Romney Manor, you will drive through the countryside to your next stop, Timothy Hill, approximately 25 minutes away. From your hilltop spot, you will be rewarded with scenic views of some of St Kitt's picturesque coastline and beaches. After time for photos, you will be driven back to the cruise pier.
A minimum of 2 guests are required for this tour to operate.
Reviewer: Randy Hillman
Wow, this was “out of the ordinary”.... we were met on the pier and given a review of St Kitts with a scenic drive around the island. Then on to Clay Villa, a private 30 acre residence/ plantation over 300 years old. We were escorted thru all by Philip, the owner. Everything was beautiful and the antiques with stories included made for a very enjoyable day. Highly recommend this tour.
Reviewer: regina jimenez
Beyond the Ordinary was an outstanding tour. What a surprise when we got off the cruise ship with hundreds of people waiting for their different tours and my husband and I just walked past them with our guide. No one else was on the tour so we had the undivided attention of the guide. He gave us history facts the whole time he was driving from site to site: the plantation, the batik plantation and an amazing view of where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea come together.
Reviewer: Linda Bodzin
Our driver picked us up and took us all over St. Kitts. We were the only ones in his taxi. He talked about the history, culture and places of interests. We went to Clay House, the Batik factory and other areas of their beautiful island. Fun day!
Reviewer: Paul Collier
I am will to pay a little more for a small excursion group. There were just four of us. The young man guiding us was very good at his job. The Clay Villa tour was outstanding! The Romney Manor was also outstanding. The Batik exhibit and shop were a highlight. This tour made us fall in love with tis tiny nation!
Reviewer: Rudy KUPPERS
Basically a taxi takes you around showing and explain the sites and history of the island. We were the only ones on this tour so got a lot of personalized care. The driver was fun and full of information.