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Martinique and Guadeloupe

Exceptional natural beauty, a rich history, vibrant culture, distinctive cuisine and legendary hospitality all combine to make the French Caribbean islands among the most enchanting destinations in the New World.
We begin with a 6-night stay at La Pagerie Hotel in Martinique’s most famous beach resort area, La Pointe du Bout. The hotel is in the colourful town of Les Trois-Islets overlooking the “Baie des Flamants” and the capital - Fort-de-France. Our exploration of Martinique will include Fort-de-France, the Northern region with majestic Mount Pelée, the Carbet Mountain range rainforests, the former capital of Saint Pierre with its wonderful coastline, the Southeastern region with its many fascinating museums and authentic villages, and Martinique’s most beautiful beach - Les Salines.

Next we discover Guadeloupe, an archipelago of 5 islands with distinct landscapes, breathtaking azure seas and white sand beaches - a watersport and nature lover’s paradise!  We will enjoy 7 nights on Grande-Terre Island at La Créole Beach & Spa - a beautiful beachfront property with daily activities, entertainment and delicious international buffets. Our sightseeing will include the large butterfly-shaped main island of Grande-Terre with its lively town, Pointe-à-Pitre, the scenic countryside of Grand-Fonds with its spectacular cliffs, and Basse-Terre with its volcanic mountains covered in lush vegetation, charming hamlets and marine cul-de-sac lagoons.

Tour Highlights in Martinique:

   • Guided walking tour of Fort-de-France
   • Northern Region - Balata Botanical Garden, Award winning Depaz Rum Distillery, St. Pierre’s Volcano Museum, Carbet Beach and more!
   • Southeast Region - La Pagerie Museum, l’Habitation Clément and the most beautiful Les Salines Beach
   • Savane des Esclaves (slavery) open-air Museum
Tour Highlights in Guadeloupe:
   • Guided tour of Pointe-à-Pitre 
   • Grande Terre Island and Grand Fonds countryside,   Saint-François Pointe des Châteaux Peninsula, Sainte-Anne market and stunning white beaches
   • Northern Basse-Terre Island; Guadeloupe National Park with its Crayfish Waterfall, Deshaies Botanical Garden and Sainte-Rose Ecomuseum

Itinerary / Excursions

We depart Montreal for Martinique. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in Pointe du Bout, Les Trois-Islets. The rest of the day is free until this evening’s Welcome Dinner at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.
We walk over to the marina and board the sea-shuttle to the capital, Fort-de-France. Our guided walking tour will show us the main highlights; the colourful central market with its endless stalls of local spices and produce, the Aimé Césaire Museum, and the famous Fort-de-France landmark - the Bibliothèque Schoelcher (library), built in France for the World Exposition of 1889, then dismantled and shipped here. Afternoon at leisure to further explore Fort-de-France or to relax at our hotel.
We cross the bay by sea-shuttle and embark on a full-day tour of the Northern Region. We first visit the beautiful Balata Botanical Garden with its collection of tropical flowers and view points. Then we travel through the lush rainforest flanking Mount Pelée to a local restaurant for a delicious Creole lunch. We continue along the coast and visit the Depaz Distillery for a taste of the award winning rum. Next we discover the Volcano Museum, and learn how the former capital (St, Pierre) was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. We finish with a stop at lovely Carbet Beach before returning to our hotel.
A free day to explore the colourful streets, boutiques and galleries of Pointe du Bout, or to enjoy the local beach or the beautiful tropical gardens of our hotel.
Our full-day tour begins at Le Musée de la Pagerie (Pagerie Museum), housed in a well-preserved house on an old plantation (the birthplace of Napoleon’s first wife). Then we visit Habitation Clement - an 18th century sugar plantation and rum distillery. The garden here is a designated “Remarkable Garden”. We continue to the southern tip of the Island and the famous Les Salines beach, where we enjoy lunch and some time to stroll and swim in the turquoise water.
We visit La Savane des Esclaves (the Savannah of Slaves). This re-creation of a “free slave” village (circa 1800) depicts the life of slaves who escaped plantations to live off the land. Then we explore the Pottery of Trois-Islets. Established in the 17th century, it is one of the oldest active brick factories in the New World. The village is home to many authentic Creole houses occupied by artisans, potters and cafés. Afternoon at leisure.
We fly to Guadeloupe’s Grande Terre Island, for a 7-night stay. Afternoon at leisure.
A full day to enjoy our resort and its lovely beach and facilities.
Our tour of beautiful North Basse-Terre Island begins with a drive over the bridge and then along the “Route de la Traversée” through the tropical forest that leads to the National Park. After a stop at the pretty Crayfish Waterfall, we’ll follow the coastline to the commune of Deshaies, where we visit the Botanical Garden showcasing exceptional tropical plants and rare varieties of birds (colourful Lorikeets, Macaws, Caribbean Flamingos, etc.) Then at the unique Ecomuseum we’ll have a walking tour and learn about the history and traditions of the local medicinal garden. We finish with a workshop on cocoa (roasted cacao beans) and the traditional 'baton de Kako' - a 100% cocoa paste.
Relax at our beach resort, or perhaps visit another Island of the Archipelago.
We discover Pointe-à-Pitre, with its busy seafront and port, lively markets with fresh fish, spices and produce, monuments, traditional homes and street arts. Included is a visit of the impressive Mémorial ACTe Museum (Slave Trade Museum), with its symbolic architecture and unique exhibits.
The first stop on our tour of Grande-Terre is the commune of Sainte-Anne, known for its market offering culinary specialties and souvenirs. Then at Pointe des Châteaux (where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean), we’ll see cliffs sculpted by the sea into dramatic castle-like formations, and the panoramic view that takes in neighbouring islands. After driving through cane fields and old plantations, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before continuing to Morne-à-l'eau Cemetery - an historic monument featuring tombs decorated with black and white tiles. As we return to our hotel we’ll enjoy the hilly landscape of lush valleys, planted with fruit trees and crops, enclosed by limestone hills.
A final day of leisure in this incredible place. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.
We bid a warm farewell to Guadeloupe and head back home via Montreal.
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