The Antiguan Experience

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Summary
Shore Excursion SizeStandard
Shore Excursion TypeCultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration4 Hours
Activity LevelModerate
Shore Excursion Leaves FromCruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage ProvidedLunch and Beverages
Recommended DressWe recommend wearing your swimsuit under comfortable clothing with walking shoes. Sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a towel and change of clothes are suggested.
RestrictionsGuests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.
Tour Details

The Antiguan Experience

St. John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea, it is the commercial center of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua. As you approach St. John's, the skyline is dominated by the magnificently evocative white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral. Built in 1845, the church is now in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures.

Depart the pier area and set off through the villages of Antigua discovering their individual and interesting qualities.

Your first destination is a private home with an amazing and wonderful history. Be provided a history lesson about this property and the stories that accompany it. When you arrive you will find yourself on the top of a panoramic vista overlooking a valley that is dotted with cows and sheep. The home may look modest from the outside but you will be astounded upon stepping inside. Artifacts from the original settlers who bought the land in the 16th century surround you. The owner, who is also a direct descendant of the original family, will graciously walk you through the areas of her home that are open to you and will answer questions about her prized collections. Endemic trees and medicinal herbs are grown in the backyard and not only will your guide provide knowledge on the healing powers of these plants, but you will also enjoy a freshly brewed cup of herbal tea.

Continue on to a local pineapple farm where you will get to see the production of this important crop. You will see the fruit in all of its stages of growth, and even get to enjoy it later on when you are at the beach, but next you are headed to Fryes Estate.

At the estate you will see two of the island's oldest sugar mills, now in ruins and immensely picturesque. We can't let you forget that you're on a Caribbean island and, therefore, your next stop will be a beautiful beachfront setting.

Whether you prefer to lounge on a chair in the shade of an umbrella and gaze at the azure blue water or jump into it, you'll love this refreshing time on a private beach of white sand. Families will enjoy the beach games or water sports activities while building up hearty appetites. Luckily, this free time is followed by a delicious and typical West Indian lunch. The food is tantalizing and the staff are very welcoming as you dine in the midst of the music of steel pans and a local artist reciting poetry.

Shore Excursion Size
Standard
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
4 Hours
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Lunch and Beverages
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing your swimsuit under comfortable clothing with walking shoes. Sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a towel and change of clothes are suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. This tour is NOT wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  77 ReviewsReview This Tour
Jacqui highlight of Antiguan Experience
March 10, 2020
We very much enjoyed our Antiguan Experience. It provided a nice variety and the beach experience was an ideal amount of time. The Caribbean lunch was good and a nice break from the ship food (another story). My wife loved her beach massage ($1/min). Jacqui was very knowledgeable and entertaining making this the best excursion on our 11 day cruise.
Reviewer: Jim & You Barth
5 Stars
The Antiguan Experience
March 02, 2020
Jackie - our tour guide - was the best guide ever. She had a great sense of humour, told stories about the island - took us to a lunch spot right on the beach. And Jackie had the most marvelous singing voice. We all just loved her. I will always remember her.
Reviewer: Karen Austin
5 Stars
Pretty good
February 29, 2020
Shame about the weather but it did clear up later.A knowledgeable guide,us two brits with American and Canadians,all good company,nice tour,good lunch by beach and a very amusing guide,worth booking.
Reviewer: C minty
4 Stars
Antiguan Experience
February 27, 2020
Jacqie was exceptional . she was meant to be a tour guide. so full of information and so much fun. showed us so much a highlight of the cruise
Reviewer: Gene Schleiger
5 Stars
Memorable Tour
February 22, 2020
Jacqui, our multi talented tour guide, was phenomenal. She was always smiling and singing and her love of her island showed as she described all the sights along the way. Lunch at the beach break was great along with a steel drum concert. She, as a painter, gave away a few of her paintings as prizes. It was one of the most enjoyable excursions I had ever taken.
Reviewer: Cathleen Showman
5 Stars
Antigua
February 19, 2020
I love this tour. And Jacki Was excellent. It was a very enjoyable tour especially the beach.
Reviewer: Nancy sapone
5 Stars