St. Kitts Island Highlights
Sale Price: $59.00
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: Leonard Mowry
Just loved this tour. Saw great sites and it was well navigated. Loved the Fort..
Reviewer: Linda harll
Enjoyed this excursion.
Reviewer: Cynthia Freeman
The excursion was great. So much history..especially loved the time at the fort. The views were so beautiful and learned a lot about the island as we were driving round!
Reviewer: Tim and Fiona McLendon
This shore excursion was outstanding for history buffs like us. Our to guide, Freddie was super knowledgeable and very friendly. We recommend highly this tour of St.Kitts.
Reviewer: Doug Brown
All worked extremely well - meeting up, experienced and friendly guide/driver, bus condition, stops, timing, communication - a highly recommended way to get a good overview.