St. Kitts Island Highlights

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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 3 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided None
Recommended 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.

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. On your St. Kitts Highlights tour, 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 excursion, 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 St. Kitts tour will return to the pier via the Basseterre Caribbean Sea coastal road.

4.5 Stars4.6 / 5  |  134 ReviewsReview This Tour
very satisfied
May 24, 2023
It was a well organized tour at lower price than that from Celebrity.
Reviewer: Kaijian Shi
5 Stars
Best tour of the island
May 22, 2023
Our driver and guide was amazing. Best possible way to explore the island.
Reviewer: Nathalie
5 Stars
Island Tour
April 06, 2023
Not bad for the course. Friendly natives of the island.
Reviewer: Keller Jr.
5 Stars
St Kitts tour
March 22, 2023
Driver was very informative, stopped for photo ops. As St Kitts is a small island it would have been nice to take the entire circuit around the island rather than back track along the same road to the pier.
Reviewer: Carolyn Harding
4 Stars
St Kitts highligjts
March 13, 2023
Good tour guide who was willing to take us to a nice beach afterwards
Reviewer: Erin Brawner
3 Stars
St. Kitts Island Highlights
February 28, 2023
Excellent tour, extremely knowledgeable guide, he was very informative. Romney Manor was very interesting and beautiful (even in the rainy drizzle). The trip to Brimstone Hill Fortress was an adventure itself, another bus broke down and it was wonderful to see all the guides get together to make sure all the guests were accommodated on other buses (same tour company). The roads leading to the fortress are very small and it takes an expert driver to navigate in and out of the fortress on the bus, amazing drivers. Great excursion.
Reviewer: Colleen Mackenzie
5 Stars