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Martinique and Guadeloupe During Carnival Month

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.

Saint Pierre Caribbean bay in Martinique beside Mount Pelée

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Tour Inclusions

  • Flights with Air Canada and Air France
  • First Class hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 4 lunches and 10 dinners (wine, water & coffee included with dinners)

Costs

  • Per person, double occupancy, from Montreal (Village View Rooms in Martinique and Superior Rooms in Guadeloupe)  - $5,997.00
  • Single Supplement  - $1,190.00
  • Upgrade to Garden View Rooms in Martinique and Seaview Rooms in Guadeloupe - $250 per person in double occupancy. $490 single occupancy
  • Ottawa - add $150.00 (with round-trip transportation to the Montreal Airport)
  • *All add-on fares below include an overnight (February 13) in Montreal en route to Martinique
  • Toronto or Winnipeg - add $190.00
  • Halifax or Edmonton - add $390.00
  • Calgary or Vancouver - add $790.00

All Senior Discovery Tours Include:

  • All Airfare, Airport Taxes, & Surcharges
  • Carefully Selected Accommodations, Hotel Taxes, Gratuities & Luggage Handling
  • All Gratuities For Hotels, Drivers, Guides & Cruise Staff
  • Sightseeing & Excursions With Expert Local Guides
  • Cultural Experiences, Most Meals & Authentic Dining
  • Comprehensive Travel & Health Insurance Plan
  • A Dedicated, Professional, & Experienced Tour Manager
  • Roundtrip Transportation To/From Airport (From Most Canadian Cities)
  • All Prices Guaranteed in Canadian Funds

We begin with 6 nights 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.

Next is Guadeloupe - an archipelago of 5 islands with distinct landscapes, breathtaking azure seas and white sand beaches. We will enjoy 6 nights at La Créole Beach & Spa - a beautiful beachfront property with daily activities, entertainment and delicious international buffets.

We will be here during The Martinique Carnival - one of the world’s best carnival celebrations, featuring local music and colourful parades in villages all over the island.

Tour Highlights

  • Tour Highlights in Martinique:
  • Southeast Region - Authentic villages, La Pagerie Museum, l’Habitation Clément and Les Salines Beach
  • Guided walking tour of Fort-de-France
  • Northern Region - Balata Botanical Garden, Award winning Depaz Rum Distillery, St. Pierre’s coastline and Volcano Museum, Mount Pelée, Carbet Mountain Range Rainforest and Beach, and more!
  • Tour Highlights in Guadeloupe:
  • Guided tour of the lively town of Pointe-à-Pitre
  • Scenic Grande Terre Island, including the Grand Fonds countryside and spectacular cliffs, Saint-François Pointe des Châteaux Peninsula, Sainte-Anne market
  • Scenic Grande Terre Island, including the Grand Fonds countryside and spectacular cliffs, Saint-François Pointe des Châteaux Peninsula, Sainte-Anne market
  • Northern Basse-Terre Island - volcanic mountains covered in lush vegetation, charming hamlets and marine cul-de-sac lagoons
  • Guadeloupe National Park with its Crayfish Waterfall, Deshaies Botanical Garden & Sainte-Rose Ecomuseum

Day 1:  Martinique

We depart Montreal for Martinique. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel in Pointe du Bout, Les TroisIslets. The rest of the day is free until this evening’s Welcome Dinner at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

Day 2:  Fort-de-France

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.

Day 3:  North Island Highlights

We cross the bay by seashuttle 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.

Day 4:  At Leisure

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.

Day 5:  Southeast Island Highlights

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.

Day 6:  At Leisure

A full day to unwind and enjoy our hotel facilities. You may also want to visit La Savane des Esclaves (the Savannah of Slaves) - a re-creation of a “free slave” village (circa 1800) depicting the life of slaves who escaped plantations to live off the land. Or, you may visit the Pottery of Trois-Islets - 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.

Day 7:   Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe

We fly to Guadeloupe’s Grande Terre Island, for a 6-night stay. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 8:  Basse-Terre Island Highlights

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. Lunch is included today.

Day 9:  At Leisure

Relax at our beach resort, or perhaps visit another Island of the Archipelago.

Day 10:  Pointe-a-Pitre

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.

Day 11:  Grande-Terre Island

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.

Day 12:  At Leisure

A final day of leisure in this incredible place. This evening is our Farewell Dinner.

Day 13:  Home

We bid a warm farewell to Guadeloupe and head back home via Montreal.