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Caribbean Explorer

from £3995
Adventurous Caribbean Island Hopping in St Lucia, Martinique, and Dominica.
  • Product Code 45560
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Special Selection Hotels, Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 14 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Caribbean Island Hopping

Conjure up images of blue seas, white sandy beaches, palm trees stirred by gentle breezes, abundant mango trees and banana palms and you’ll imagine only the beginning of what the Caribbean has to offer. Exploring the Caribbean on this holiday brings with it a real sense of freedom as you discover four islands each with their distinct diverse flavours, rhythm and culture.

We begin our exploration on the lush green island of St Lucia, which is quite simply a beautiful island. Coastal walks, botanical gardens and exotic beaches are all waiting to be discovered. The island is a fusion of French, British and African traditions - an intriguing mix!

Taking a short ferry ride, we head to the French-Caribbean island of Martinique, where Napoleon’s Empress Josephine was born. We’ll discover Fort de France, enjoy a walk that takes us from the Atlantic to the Caribbean coast, through a rainforest, and of course have time for a swim from one of the beautiful beaches.

On to Dominica, a spectacular wild, green island of rugged mountains, lush rainforests, rushing rivers, and sparkling waterfalls. Relatively untouched by tourism, this is certainly an island for nature lovers offering a wide variety of hikes, some following routes developed by the Kalinago (Carib) population, long before Columbus arrived. Take the opportunity to relax in a sulphur spa and enjoy a boat trip. This is certainly an island for nature lovers as it offers a wide variety of hikes.

For our final stop on our exploration of the Caribbean we return to St Lucia for one last night in familiar surroundings before flying home. Our final day we will travel to the south of the island to Balenboche Estate for a tour and afternoon tea. A civilised end to a fantastic two weeks.

Please note our 2019 itinerary also visits Antigua where we’ll take a rain forest hike and explore the capital of St John’s.

Please note: We use local ferry services between islands, it may be necessary to adjust the itinerary should the schedules alter.



You might also be interested in our St Lucia:An Island Paradise holiday.

By travelling with us, in addition to experiencing the joy of visiting new places, you can make a difference in the communities you visit. With your help Heart & Sole is able to make a positive impact to communities in need and in less developed countries.

 

 

Holiday Highlights

  • Swim in the Caribbean's clear blue waters.
  • Discover Dominica’s sulphur springs.
  • Explore sandy beaches and absorbing coastal views.
  • Walk St Lucia’s Bridgend Trail and its Mamiku Gardens.
  • Gain a real taste for Caribbean cooking with a practical workshop.
  • Enjoy a lunch with the last of the remaining Kalingo people.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      2019 Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra) returning Antigua to Gatwick (British Airways)
      2020 Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra)  (British Airways)
      Internal flight (Liat)
      Airport transfers
      Ferry and flight transfers between islands
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Some lunches
      Experienced English speaking local guides
      Entrance fees
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Arrive at St Lucia's Hewanorra airport, and transfer by road to Rodney Bay on the north of the island, to the Bay Gardens Inn, our home for the next three nights.

  2. Day 2

    Our walk visits the village of Gros Islet and follows the coastline around Rodney Bay to Pigeon Island with views of the south of Martinique. We return by water taxi across the Bay.

  3. Day 3

    Our Plantation walk today takes us along the old Brigend Trail that was used during the French and English battle at Praslin. As we explore deeper into the forest, we should listen out for some of the endemic birds of the island. Our day ends at Mamiku Botanical Gardens with a short visit and perhaps a well deserved ice cream!

  4. Day 4

    Taking the ferry from Castries today, we make the crossing to Fort de France (approx 1.5hrs), on the nearby French island of Martinique. We'll view the Old Fort and Cathedral of the capital en route to the hamlet of Trois Ilets where we stay at the Hotel La Pagerie for four nights.

  5. Day 5

    Taking the ferry across the bay to Fort de France, we meet our coach to take us to the start of the River and Rainforest walk, which ends with a picnic lunch and is followed by a visit to the Balata Botanical Gardens. We return to the hotel by coach. Dinner is at the hotel.

  6. Day 6

    Our coastal walk today takes us from the hamlet of St Anne's, through mangroves, along unspoilt beaches and follows the Caribbean coastline. There will be time for a relaxing swim at a beach where we stop for our picnic lunch.

  7. Day 7

    Today we head across to the east side of the island and walk on La Caravelle Peninsula where we experience a mixture of bush and coastal paths.  A short climb to the old Lighthouse affords us panoramic views of the island.  Once again there will be time for a swim and picnic lunch. On the return journey to our hotel we shall look to include a visit to a rum distillery (with tasting!) 

  8. Day 8

    With an early evening transfer flight to our next island, Dominica, we have the opportunity to enjoy some free time and to recharge our batteries before leaving Martinique.  The hotel has a lovely pool to relax by, or perhaps the beach beckons.  Fort de France is a short ferry ride away and the hamlet of Trois Islet offers some souvenir shopping.

  9. Day 9

    We transfer by coach to Soufriere, where we walk part of the islands Waitakabuli Trail, before returning to visit the towns church and relaxing the muscles in the seas warm sulphur bath. We will have a picnic lunch before returning to the hotel. For those that want, there is the opportunity for optional snorkelling. Tonight, we will sample a true Caribbean culinary experience, where we will watch a demonstration, enjoy the dishes and there is also some rum tasting!

  10. Day 10

    From Belle Hall Beach, we’ll walk a segment of the Waitukubuli Trail through Douglas Beach Park and the dry swamp lands of the Cabrits National Park, finishing at the ruins of Fort Shirley. We’ll stop for lunch at the house of the village icon and chicken farmer, Gilles Carbon. We continue on foot, to Capuchin Bay where we board fishing vessels for a boat trip to Prince Rupert Bay, with the fisherman sharing their stories of life on the island. There will be time for swimming before we return to the hotel.

  11. Day 11

    An interesting coastal walk takes us through indigenous communities and finishes with a visit of the Kalingo Barana Auté village, where we can experience the authentic heritage of the last remaining Kalingo people of the Caribbean.

  12. Day 12

    A leisurely morning allows for a visit to the wonderful waterfall grotto of the Emerald Pool, where a short hike takes us through lush vegetation of the Trois Pitons National Park, the first park in the Caribbean designated a UNESCO heritage site, to a shimmering pool in the forest. Later, we will continue to the airport, where we take our flight to St Johns Antigua. Here we stay at the comfortable Halcyon Cove Hotel for two nights.

  13. Day 13

    We take a rainforest walk this morning, seeing historical Wallings Dam en route, before we reach Signal Hill, which offers magnificent 360 degree views of the island, including the first beach that Columbus landed on and Carlie Bay, one of Antiguas largest pineapple farms. This afternoon you will have time to relax at the hotel or perhaps visit the nearby beach. Ascent, 300m / descent 300m; 8km (5 miles)

  14. Day 14

    Our last day in the Caribbean, we will have a leisurely morning, perhaps enjoying a last swim, and the opportunity to visit St John's, the island's capital. The city is dominated by the evocative white baroque towers of St John's cathedral and our visit offers a chance to pick up some last minute souvenirs, enjoy lunch or perhaps visit the charming Antigua and Barbuda museum. We transfer to the airport in the late afternoon, for our overnight flight to London Gatwick

  15. Day 15

    We arrive into London Gatwick this morning.

Travel Details

  • Flights Gatwick-St Lucia (Hewanorra) /Antigua-Gatwick, British Airways or Virgin Atlantic.
  • Internal flight Dominica-Antigua , Liat.
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we Can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay

The Bay Gardens Inn hotel is a tropical paradise with a three Star Rating. It is located in St. Lucia’s premiere tourist area of Rodney Bay. Spacious modern rooms, each with a private terrace, gourmet meals, and a high standard of service make this one of the most requested hotels on the island. Rooms include

  • cable TV

  • telephone

  • balcony or patio

  • shower or bath

  • hair dryer

  • air conditioning

  • coffee maker

  • mini-fridge
  • safe

The hotel also has an outdoor swimming pool (with complementary pool/beach towel service) and free Wi-Fi throughout, although the signal strength can be variable. There is also an internet café on site. The hotel is located close to Reduit Beach which can be reached by a leisurely 15-20 minute walk (there is also a complimentary beach shuttle bus.)

 


Martinique Hotel la Pagerie, Martinique

The Hotel la Pagerie is surrounded by tropical gardens and a bar situated right at the edge of the swimming pool! The renovated and spacious rooms with colourful themes have wood furnishings, and come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. All include mini fridges, coffeemakers and furnished balconies. There's an open-air restaurant and two bars.


The Fort Young Hotel, Dominica

Originally built as a fort to guard the islanders, The Fort Young Hotel, has a prime location on Roseau’s main quay and is a focal point of the city. There are many ways to relax with a swimming pool, hot and cold jacuzzis, a gym with a view and a buzzing cocktail bar and cafe. And there’s the best known restaurant in Dominica where you can dine while watching the sun set into the sea. We stay in Fort rooms, which are in part of the original fort building and all have a balcony or veranda with views out to sea. The rooms are all en suite, with a/c, hairdryer, Wi-Fi and cable TV.


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