Historic Island Extravaganza
Experience the best of St Lucia, from its quaint ambience and cultural flair to the downright exotic. First, tour the city of Castries; then you will drive up the Morne and back down into a valley packed with banana plantations and small villages. Here you’ll see the locals going about their everyday lives. At the center of the island, Barre d’Isle, you will discover a variety of lush vegetation, including tree ferns, bamboo and fir trees. Continue along the east coast to view the rugged, picturesque Atlantic coastline and pass through the second-largest town on the island, Vieux Fort. Then head out of town along the high road—although it is somewhat winding and bumpy, the view from Moule a Chique will take your breath away. Next, pass the airport and continue through the countryside to the serene Balenbouche Estate. The Balenbouche Estate House is one of the few surviving original plantation houses in St Lucia. Its colonial architecture dates back to the early 19th century, and the rooms furnished with antiques from around the same period. This estate holds the key to a rich history, dating back 1,800 years when the first Amerindian people from Central America arrived in large dugout canoes. Traces of a pre-Columbian presence at Balenbouche Estate include rock basins and petroglyphs on the banks of the Balenbouche River, as well as a collection of artifacts such as stone axes, tools and beautifully crafted clay pottery. Enjoy refreshments before you stroll through the gardens. Your next stop is at the Choiseul Craft Market, where you will see an array of indigenous arts and crafts. En route to the Soufrière area, you’ll stop at the Sulfur Springs—the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano. Watch the bubbling pools emit steam and try to acclimate to the strong scent of sulfur as your guide tells you all about the geo-thermal activity. By then, you’ll surely be ready for a delicious lunch at the Morne Coubaril working plantation. After lunch, see how the workers of yesteryear carried out their tasks. The ride to the jetty affords you magnificent views of the Pitons—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Tour begins in Castries and ends in Soufrière. The ship will sail to Soufrière to pick up tour participants. Minimum age is 5 years.