Mega Island Tour
This tropical St. Kitts excursion starts with a pickup at the pier where you, your guide, and other guests will set off on a sightseeing tour as you drive through the historical, bi-cultural (French/English) city of Basseterre. The drive to Basseterre is approximately a 20-25 minute drive from the port.
Along the way, you will pass the National Museum, the Berkeley Memorial, and Independence Square (formerly Pall Mall Square) while listening to your guide explain the island's complex history. Since 1750, Independence Square was the center of government and business. In fact, as you will hear on your St Kitts tour, African slaves were housed nearby and traded in the square until it was outlawed in the 19th-century. Thereafter, you'll head off to the coast for the Carving of De Rocks, but not before passing some of the other historic city's prime landmarks, including the city's many churches.
Tropical St. Kitts has had a dangerous history, well-deserving of its current peace. On your route to the Carving of De Rocks, you will pass the War Memorial, dedicated to remembering those servicemen who gave their lives in the World Wars. You will also see more St. Kitts sights on your tour, including the Bird's Nest, the Bloody Point, and Old Ruins Plantation. Your guide will explain the incredible significance of each of these landmarks.
Next, head through the lush rainforest, more than a quarter of the land mass to pass by the sugar plantations, previously farmed by slaves for two centuries, and on to the beautiful Botanical Garden and Romney Manor, a 17th century sugar plantation. There you will find Caribelle Batik (entrance fee included in tour price), which produces high-quality crafts made in the traditional batik style for you to admire or purchase as a souvenir. The Botanical Garden, Romney Manor, and Caribelle Batik are all located near to each other, therefore you will be able to walk around and explore the area for about a half hour before setting off to the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress.
Following Caribelle Batik, you will venture off on a 20-minute drive to Brimstone Hill Fortress (entrance fee included in tour price), built in the 1600's by the British to defend the island, and now converted into a museum. Once you arrive, you will have approximately 45 minutes to explore, take pictures, and embrace all the amazing sights this historic landmark provides.
After the fortress, you take about a 15-minute drive to the historic Black Rocks for beautiful views of the island. Your guide will point out other highlights and historical facts along the way. Timothy Hill is the last stop on this tour where you will visit the South East Peninsula, where the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea meet. Have your cameras handy, as this is a sight to capture before heading back to your ship! Reserve this complete St. Kitts tour for a pleasant day of sightseeing.
Please Note: This tour includes all entrance fees, which are needed for admission to Caribelle Batik and Brimstone Hill Fortress. Wheelchairs may be accommodated with advance notice for an additional fee of $25 US (not included), which is paid directly to the local representative before the tour departs.
Reviewer: Darlene MacLaren
Our tour quide was excellent and very knowledgeable about his island of St Kitts. We loved all the interesting historical background he provided as well as current information. The views from Brimstone Hill Fortress and the lookoff, he took us to, were incredible. My friend loved his pictures with the monkey at the lookoff, but be aware a tip/payment is expected (the same as other places in the Caribbean ) Would highly recommend this tour if you want a good feel for beautiful St Kitts.
Reviewer: Roberta Cutler
We drove around the island, got a nice look at most things there. Stopped at Romney Manor, which is ruins of an old plantation and sugar mill. Picturesque. Then we went on to Caribelle Batik, which is a must see and quite interesting; the guide didn't tell us much about it, but the ladies working in there we very informative and gave a good demonstration on how it's made. For the people who may be a bit unsteady on their feet, there are stone steps which are very uneven and you can't always count on handrails being there. Uneven walking at Romney Manor as well, as you are walking over uneven ground and into ruins. We didn't see much of the botanic gardens. Then on to Brimstone Hill, and old fort at the top of a VERY steep hill that you climb up, but the view is worth it! (there is a handrail on the ramp going up the hill) It was interesting watching the tour bus driver sqeezing through the very narrow gates on the drive up, very impressive!
This was an extremely long tour and included a beverage and snacks. Notice I said a beverage, for the length of the tour; I felt that there is a need for additional beverages..... I don't necessarily mean Adult Beverages. As a diabetic ... dehydration is not my friend ... I would have appreciated additional Diet Soft Drinks or Bottles water. The excursion was so long that the driver was thinking that we would return at 4PM, if we had we would have been denied boarding because all aboard was 4 PM and we would still have to walk about a quarter mile to the ship....
This tour was great. Visiting the fortress was our favorite part.
Reviewer: Shirley Ripka
We just had an absolutely lovely day! Lots of stops and breathtaking views. Highly recommended. We have booked several excursions with Shore Excursions and they never disappoint.