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depart from London Gatwick and on arrival, mid afternoon in Bridgetown,
Barbados, transfer by coach to:
Beach Hotel & Spa
Box 73W Rockley, Christ Church, Barbados WI
one night. Dinner this evening will be in the hotel.
After checking out of our hotel we start our day with a visit to Welchman Hall Gully, an area of collapsed caves and one of the island’s few remaining sites of indigenous plants. Our next stop is the Andromeda Gardens where we see many tropical plants, the regular winners at the Chelsea Flower Show.
our second full day in Barbados we start with a short walk around the island’s
capital, Bridgetown. We continue past the Garrison area and Savannah to Gun
Hill Signal station for fine views across much of Barbados. Finally, we visit
one of the earliest sugar cane planters, where there is a museum of farm
implements and pictures depicting the life of slave workers. We return to
Braemar and set sail into the Caribbean late afternoon.
we travel with a local guide up to the main ridge of Tobago. We walk along the
Gilpin Trace Trail, well known for its birds. We then drive down to the coast
for some more bird spotting and sightseeing.
(2 ½ miles), 100m ascent & descent, 2 ½ hours
We have a day at sea on Braemar to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities as we sail west towards Bonaire in the Lesser Antilles Islands. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library.
Kralendijk where we come ashore we drive up into the hilly interior with our
local guide. From the Millennium Cross where there are great views across the
island we descend the Seru Largu trail, mostly on dirt tracks, passing kunukus
(small farms) as well as Brazil, saddle and mesquite trees on the way. Our
guide is great at pointing out birds and explaining the use of medicinal
plants. At the bottom of the trail you can complete a circular walk back up the
hill, or take the coach. After lunch on the ship we can swim or visit
Kralendijk’s excellent craft market
(4-5 miles), 130m descent (optional 130m ascent), 2 ½ –3 hours
come ashore in Oranjestad. From here we drive to the Arikok National Park
Visitor Centre. Our walk with a park ranger takes us through the park’s rugged,
hilly terrain with views over the breathtaking coastline. Particular features
of the park are the rock bridges on the coast and candelabra cacti.
(3 ½ miles), 100m ascent & 150m descent
have at sea to enjoy the comforts of Braemar as we sail east to the spice
island of Grenada.
we explore Grenada’s southern peninsulas. We start with a short drive past
colourful local houses to the Tower Estate, where we visit the gardens
containing exotic trees, and also an organic vegetable garden. From here we
continue to La Sagesse Beach for a short walk. This is an idyllic Caribbean
beach – waves lapping the white sands overhung by palm trees. After a picnic
and a swim we return to the capital St George’s for free time.
Castries where we come ashore we drive to the Dauphin area, one of the first
places to be settled on the island. Our walk takes us along an unpaved track to
interesting rock formations and petroglyphs. After a short walk along the beach
to look at the sargassum seaweed in the ocean, we continue uphill past farms to
meet our coach. A buffet lunch is included today at Greenwood Terrace gardens
where there are 300 fruits and flowering trees.
(4 miles), 200m ascent & descent, 2 – 2 ½ hours
Our local guide Dassa will accompany us to the summit of Signal Hill for excellent views over the south side of the island. After the walk there will be free time in St John’s for sightseeing or visiting the beach.
4km (2 ½ miles), 250m ascent & descent, 2 hours
We come ashore at Basseterre on St Kitts. We have a half day excursion with a local guide to the Valley of the Giants, so called because of the huge rainforest trees which grow there. During our walk we have the opportunity to climb to a ridge from where there are fabulous views over the rainforest. We also make a stop at Romney Manor, home of the Caribelle Batik Factory, which has wonderfully landscaped gardens overlooking the Caribbean coast.
4km (2 ½ miles), 200m ascent & descent, 3 hours
Maarten is split between the southern half with a Dutch heritage and the
northern, historically French St Martin. We come ashore in Philipsburg from
where a coach and guide take us to Anse Marcel. From here we walk around the
northern tip of the island along the ‘Sentier des Froussards’. There are very
attractive views throughout the walk, and a stop at the Petites Cayes beach
half way around is very pleasant. We will see red gum trees, tamarinds,
frangipani trees and several species of cacti such as ‘tête à l’anglais’, an
(2 miles), 100m ascent & descent, 2 hours
Braemar docks in Road Town on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin
Islands. At the time of writing the island is still recovering from Hurricane
Irma in 2017, so our itinerary might change. Our current intention is to visit
the Botanic Garden, then walk with our local guide in the Sage Mountain area.
This is a forest walk on the edge of a former plantation. We then continue to
Cone Garden Bay for a swim, before having the rest of the afternoon available
to sightsee in Road Town.
have another day to relax aboard Braemar as we head northwest towards the
Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
not planning a final day of packing and thumb twiddling at the airport. Before
you board your flight, you will have had a taste of the Dominican Republic
around La Romana, where we come ashore. We go to the National Park of the East,
an area of subtropical forest, underground lakes, mangrove swamps and two small
islands. Our forest walk takes us to caves and there should be lots of local
flora and fauna, as well as traces of the indigenous Taino culture. A great day
before we transfer to the airport and bid farewell to the Caribbean!
little ascent & descent, 1½ - 2 hours
arrive back in Gatwick in time for breakfast.