Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Hailed as the true Caribbean, the dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago offers a very unique holiday experience found nowhere else.

The warm, tropical marine climate here is especially enjoyable during the winter months, and while the lush rainforests and pristine white-sand beaches combine to make a perfect winter escape, it is the country’s rich history, lively culture and warm, welcoming spirit of the people that will make you feel totally at home.

On this holiday we will experience the best of both islands, starting with Trinidad in the bustling capital of Port of Spain. This exciting city hosts the famous Carnival festival, great restaurants and shopping, popular Cricket matches and historic buildings layered within a multicultural setting and homegrown calypso attitude. While in Trinidad our touring will include a city tour of Port of Spain, a breath-taking coastal drive and beach excursion, renowned wildlife sanctuaries, a cultural tour highlighting the island’s strong Indian influences, and an evening “Panyard” visit to experience the original steel drum music the country is passionately dedicated to. In Trinidad we stay at the Hilton Port of Spain, ideally situated in the hills overlooking the city, featuring all the amenities of a First Class Hilton hotel, including a restaurant, bar, gift shop, room service, pool, tennis court and fitness room. Guestrooms are modern and include a private balcony.

After a few days in Trinidad we will take a short flight to the smaller island of Tobago for a 6-night stay. Tobago is a relaxing tropical paradise where time almost stands still. Beautiful beaches, active coral reefs and lush rainforests with exotic flora and fauna make Tobago a nature lover’s dream. An island tour and exhilarating catamaran cruise show off the island’s endless beauty. Our accommodation in Tobago is Coco Reef Resort & Spa, a perfect combination of Old World charm and modern amenities. The private white sand beach is one of the best on the island with a specially built lagoon to create a tranquil swimming area. You can choose from a range of water sports, book a spa treatment, or simply relax by the pool.

Excellent local cuisine is available in two restaurants offering both buffet and a la carte dining options. Guestrooms include a balcony or terrace.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Departure

We depart in the evening for our overnight flight to Port of Spain with Westjet (this is the only direct flight from Canada to Trinidad).

Day 2: Port of Spain, Trinidad

We arrive in Port of Spain in the early morning and transfer to our hotel, where we have an early check-in and breakfast. After a morning to relax we enjoy an afternoon city tour of the historic buildings including the Parliament, Holy Trinity Cathedral, the National Library and Independence Square. A visit to the Lady of Young Lookout offers a wonderful view over this unique port city. We will visit the Angostura rum factory, where the Caribbean’s leading brand of rum is produced, to see the distillery, learn about the founding family, sample a variety of local rums and have lunch.

Day 3: Asa Nature Center and Caroni Sanctuary, Trinidad

Today we visit the Asa Wright Nature Centre - the oldest nature centre in the West Indies and world renowned for bird watching. Join a leisurely nature walk or relax on the viewing veranda and spot wildlife and birds (more than 150 species of birds have been recorded). After a buffet lunch we visit the Caroni Bird Sanctuary to take a scenic boat ride through the mangroves. Keep your eyes out for kingfishers, cardinals, flycatchers and the national bird of Trinidad – the Scarlet Ibis.

Day 4: Central Island Tour, Trinidad

This morning we enjoy a tour of Central Trinidad, highlighting the island’s diverse culture. First we visit a local market with fresh produce, and then a bazaar - great for finding that authentic souvenir. We will see Hindu temples including the Temple in the Sea, built when the South Asians of the island were not permitted to build on cane land. We will have an opportunity to gaze up at the 85 foot high Hanuman Statue. Considered a protector of the gods from evil powers, this sculpture is the largest such statue outside of India. We will also see the East Indian Museum and enjoy a visit of a local pottery shop with the chance to try your hand at the works! A buffet lunch is included.

Day 5: Tobago

We take a short flight to the small island of Tobago, our home for the next 6 nights. Upon arrival we transfer to the hotel. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 6: Island Tour, Tobago

Our full-day island tour begins in the capital, Scarborough, where we visit historic Fort George - one of the last colonial forts in Tobago to be built and the best preserved on the island. We then continue up the coast to the Argyle Cocoa Plantation for a tour, and of course a sample of the chocolate! Lunch will be at Jemma's famed tree house restaurant with an array of local dishes. We return to our hotel via a drive across Tobago's mountain ridge passing many small coastal villages, secluded beaches and lush tropical vegetation.

Day 7: Tobago

At leisure to enjoy our beach resort. This evening we will have dinner at the Blue Crab Restaurant in Scarborough, an experience you won’t soon forget!

Day 8: Catamaran Cruise, Tobago

Today we enjoy a wonderful day on the water, complete with a BBQ lunch. Relax and enjoy beautiful views of the coast with a tropical breeze as we sail along. Look out for flying fish or dolphins that play close by. There will be time for swimming or snorkeling (equipment provided on board) in the warm, turquoise Caribbean Sea.

Days 9 & 10: Tobago

Two days at leisure to relax at our resort, take an optional tour or visit nearby Pigeon Point. Dinner will be included at nearby Café Coco.

Day 11: Trinidad

We fly back to Trinidad and transfer to our hotel. This evening we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and visit an authentic “panyard” to enjoy the incredible sounds of the steel drum - the instrument Trinidad is most famous for.

Day 12: Maracas Beach, Trinidad

Today we drive the stunning North Coast Road to popular Maracas Beach. Admire the views of the Paramin Hills to the west with its plantations of herbs and spices, and thick rainforest to the east. Upon reaching the Caribbean Sea we stop for a spectacular panoramic view of the ocean, small islands that dot the coast and surrounding bays. There will be free time to enjoy a stroll on the beach, perhaps take a short swim or relax in the sun. Lunch at the beach will be “Shark & Bake” - a local Trinidadian specialty.

Day 13: Home

We transfer to the airport for our early morning flight home.

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