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: Gary Weinstein
Small tour group, personable driver. The driver lived locally and was able to provide insights and stories that made the tour truly interesting.
Reviewer: Linda Cudnik
Our tour guide was very informative. Great guy. Very educational
Lovely tour and only 4 in our group! Easy to find, right off the ship. Loved the fort we went to even though raining pretty good! Our driver went there first, then to the batik shop so it would not be so crowded. A nice relaxing tour - very nice.
drive along the coast was very senic. The hill top had a large fort with great views on Brimstone hill. The plantation visit was short with gardens and gift shop.
Reviewer: Maureen Somerville
I had visited the island before and not enjoyed that tour, but the guide on this tour was exemplary, knowledgeable and personable. I thoroughly enjoyed it.