St Kitts Rum
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.
Reviewer: John Kydd
Tour started with some history of the island from our guide, he was great! Our first stop was Clay Villa Plantation. The tour was impressive, the grounds and buildings were very interesting. Phillip was a fantastic host and very informative. After the tour we had a rum tasting with Phillip, it had some very flavourful rums and we had quite a good chat with our host. After Clay Villa we saw more of the island and heard about the history and toured a wildlife area, quite a tour and our guide was very freindly and informative
Reviewer: steven white
We pulled up to a plantation and were the only guest on the tour, to our surprise, Phillip the owner was very nice ,funny, and accommodating. Phillip showed us all over the property and told us the history of the family plantation, showed us things they had from generation to generation at the end took us to "his man cave" and tried a couple of local rums , nothing like the picture of wooden casks, but still nice.We then took small tour of the town before Phillip loaned us his driver to take us back to the shopping for an hour, then he took us to our next tour so we didn't have to get a taxi, he waited for us then took us back to the ship.. Very, Very nice guys, would do this again, but picture leads you to think gonna do something else.
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