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St. Kitts Island Highlights

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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 Stars4.5Based On 118 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsGreat ExcursionFebruary 06, 2020

Reviewer: Richard Klofanda
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.

5 StarsSt KittsFebruary 04, 2020

Reviewer: Allan Mudford
Pleasurable 4 person group with knowledgeable driver/guide. Saw enough of the island to get a feel for the life and culture.

5 StarsSt-Kitts Island HighlightsJanuary 13, 2020

Reviewer: Janice
Very informative, fun and with a good guide. Would recommend for a great way to get to know this beautiful Island

5 StarsGreat views from Brimstone Hill FortressDecember 06, 2019

Reviewer: Sharon Johnson
The highlight of this tour was Brimstone Hill Fortress with sky-high views of St. Kitts and an interesting museum within the fort. The grounds of Romney Manor were beautiful and we especially enjoyed the 400-year Saman tree there.

5 StarsExcellent November 20, 2019

Reviewer: Cesar Del Valle Bermudez
An excellent and beautiful experience. The best tour guide, Sheldon. A great guy, with excellent knowledge. Wonderful places of St. Kitts and great nature sights from the Brimstone Hill Fortress.

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