St. Kitts Island Highlights

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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration3 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromCruise Pier
Food/Beverage ProvidedNone
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. Sun glasses and sunshade are also suggested.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to navigate over paved, gravel and inclined pack dirt terraine. There are some steps at sites which are uneven. This tour can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and canes with advance notice.
Tour Details

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.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
None
Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible flat-soled walking shoes. Sun glasses and sunshade are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to navigate over paved, gravel and inclined pack dirt terraine. There are some steps at sites which are uneven. This tour can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and canes with advance notice.
4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  122 ReviewsReview This Tour
Interesting
March 14, 2020
Guide was extremely knowledgeable
Reviewer: Dani
4 Stars
Historical and Creative Tour
March 12, 2020
While there was a lot of driving on this trip, I really enjoyed our guide's fun demeanor. The Caribelle Batik stop was interesting to see the beautiful items and the way it's made. The grounds are full of flowers which are worth several pictures. The Brimstone hill Fortress was a great view of the island and a fun bit of exercise to the top. The rooms with exhibits were interesting and I would highly recommend both of these stops. We had an engaged family traveling who requested a roadside stop for some coconut water which was fine, but they tended to be ill behaved, didn't appear to tip the driver for the extra stop and would have left much of their garbage behind, had I not told them to not leave it for our very kind driver. Some people. The coast road was just beautiful and we enjoyed our tour.
Reviewer: Judi
4 Stars
St Kitts Highlights.
February 29, 2020
Good guide, transport. Time at Fort was excellent. Enjoyed Romney house and views.
Reviewer: P.J. Woods
5 Stars
St. Kitts Island Highlights
February 24, 2020
We really enjoyed the battlefield, but more time there would have been appreciated. The stops on this excursion were all great and the tour guide was a wonderful young fellow that knew the place well.
Reviewer: Cathy
4 Stars
Great Excursion
February 06, 2020
This a great way to see the islands fortress and vatik garden. The driver was very informative and we were in a small van with ten people. Well worth the money.
Reviewer: Richard Klofanda
5 Stars
St Kitts
February 04, 2020
Pleasurable 4 person group with knowledgeable driver/guide. Saw enough of the island to get a feel for the life and culture.
Reviewer: Allan Mudford
5 Stars