St. Kitts Island Highlights
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: Caroline Fulmer
We took this tour in December of 2017. Our guide was terrific, and the tour was exactly as described. We loved the view from the fort and we were glad we climber to the top even though it was a long way up.
Reviewer: J Hawkins
Our guide was easy to find--waiting for us at the pier...and soooo pleasant. We boarded the van and off we went--he was funny--he was knowledgeable and he was patient! I was amazed at the vast knowledge our guide had about the history of the island--and he was able to answer all our questions. He was so incredibly polite, and kind to the guests that had mobility issues. We visited Caribelle Batik/Romney Manor and Brimstone Hill Fortress, with a mini tour of the newer section of the island. I would recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Walter Weadock
Great driver, very informative and entertaining. Clean van and worth the time and cost.
Reviewer: Jorge Rozon
This tour was fantastic! We learned a lot about the island! The tour guide was very informative and professional. He made the tour a true pleasure! I cannot remember his name but I do remember that he mentioned that he was a soccer professional player in St Kitts!!!
We visited few historic sites and got a nice over view of the island.