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St. Kitts Island Highlights

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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.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 98 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsBotanical Gardens and Brimstone Hill FortFebruary 07, 2019

Reviewer: Tracey
Wonderful tour! Our guide “Magic” was very knowledgeable about his island and was a skilled driver! Enjoyed visiting the lush, beautiful Botanical Gardens and seeing the Caribelle Batik local handiwork. The highlight of the tour was the fort and the views it offered from atop the hill, amazing!! We would recommend this tour

5 StarsExcellent guideDecember 17, 2018

Reviewer: Robin Scott
Excellent guide and comprehensive tour. Beautiful scenery.

4 StarsTour of St. KittsDecember 08, 2018

Reviewer: Rae Ann
We were able to see Brimstone Hill which was an amazing fort! The Batik factory on Romney Estates was very interesting and the estate was lovely! Our tour guide was very good.

5 StarsBeautiful Island of St. KittsOctober 27, 2018

Reviewer: Mani Lopez
This tour is a must do for anyone visiting St. Kitts as it encompasses everything you would want to see and know about the island if you ever choose to visit it directly. The true highlight of this tour was the fort.

4 StarsReviewOctober 25, 2018

Reviewer: Sue Bergquist
Really enjoyed the St. Kitts tour. Loved going to the fort. It is well worth the hike up to the top for the views and to explore. Even got to see a couple of monkeys playing in the trees.

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