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ST LUCIA: AN ISLAND PARADISE

from £2725
St Lucia is one of the chain of Windward Islands in the Caribbean. The island has much to offer within the inland tropical rain forests.
  • Product Code 45600
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 15 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays St Lucia

Imagine blue seas, white sandy beaches, green palm trees being stirred by gentle breezes, abundant mango trees and banana palms, and exotic flora and fauna – and you’ll only be scratching the surface of what St Lucia has to offer.

During our time on this mountainous island, we’ll discover waterfalls, coral reefs, botanical gardens plantations. The sulphur springs at Soufrière remind us that the island is still an active volcano.

One of the Windward Islands, St Lucia is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. Inland, away from the coast, tropical rain forests cover much of the island. We’ll explore many of the hiking trails and discover some of the world’s most beautiful plants and fruits, whilst admiring the local bird and wild life as we walk.

Of course the twin peaks of the Pitons are the jewel in St Lucia’s crown and have been awarded a World Heritage Site status. Rising majestically from the sea to the grand height of 798 metres, they dominate the southwest coastline. A stunning view awaits you when you reach the top of Gros Piton. Although at the top of the grade it is well worth the effort!

Some of our walks may finish at a beach where you can swim in the warm Caribbean waters. We’ll visit a rum distillery and the Balenbouche sugar mill plantation, where we have tea. There will also be time to explore the capital Castries with its bustling market.

A fusion of French, British and African traditions, St Lucia’s Creole culture is an intriguing mix. While English is the official language, you will hear Patois spoken on the streets. Delicious Creole cuisine blends French traditions with island ingredients and many towns have French names such as Soufrière, Anse La Raye, Vieux Fort and Gros Islet.



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Holiday Highlights

  • NEW 2019 upgraded hotel.
  • Walking through the lush vegetation of the Descartier Forest trail.
  • A tough but rewarding climb to the summit of Gros Piton.
  • Visit bustling Castries, where locals come to sell their fruits, meats and spices at the market.
  • The picturesque seaside town of Soufrière, the oldest town on St Lucia.
  • A visit to Balenbouche Estate.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra) (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Knowledgeable local guide
      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
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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 5

  1. Day 1

    Fly from London Gatwick to Hewanorra Airport St Lucia. On arrival we transfer by road to the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay for 14 nights' accommodation.

  2. Day 2

    Today we visit the fishing village of Gros Islet Pigeon Island National Historic Park and Rodney Bay.

  3. Day 3

    Enjoy the Pointe de Caille coastal walk and then visit the beautiful Mamiku Botanical Gardens where you can see exotic blooms and learn the history of the estate.

  4. Day 4

    Walk the Descartiers and Edmond Rainforest trail seeing trees that reach over 30 metres in height and following one of the old French trade routes which joined the east and west of the island.

  5. Day 5

    Today is at leisure for you to explore on your own relax by the pool or at the beach. You may wish to visit the town of Castries with its market vendors arcade cathedral and Derek Walcott Square.

  6. Day 6

    Visit Pointe de Cap the most northern point of the island with its WW2 history followed by Pointe Hardy viewpoint and a coastal walk to Cas- En -Bas. There will be time for swimming.

  7. Day 7

    We'll walk the Millet Bird Sanctuary Trail keeping a look out for parrots followed by a visit to a rum distillery and then onto Marigot Bay.

  8. Day 8

    We visit Soufriere, Morne Coubaril Estate and the Sulphur Springs and Volcano with the option to snorkel at Anse Chastenet beach.

  9. Day 9

    Today we walk the Forestiere to Barre D'Isle rainforest walk. This takes on another ancient trade route along the backbone of the Island from North to South.

  10. Day 10

    Walk at Fond d'Or Nature Historic Park.

  11. Day 11

    Day at leisure. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local Creole Restaurant followed by the optional visit to Gros Islet street party.

  12. Day 12

    A lovely walk down to Porte Dauphin.There are splendid views across the valley and the chance to meet the local farmers.

  13. Day 13

    One of the Caribbean's most famous landmarks is the Pitons and today we'll ascend and descend Gros Piton which stands at 798m - approximate walking times are 2- 2.5 hours to ascend and 1.5 - 2 hours to descend.

  14. Day 14

    Visit Monchy on the Atlantic coast followed by a magnificent Atlantic coastal walk finishing at Cas-en-Bas for swimming.

  15. Day 15

    After a relaxing morning at the hotel we will transfer to Hewanorra Airport visiting Balenbouche Estate, an old sugar mill plantation, en route for a late lunch including wonderful organic produce from the estate and a tour. We will finish at the airport for check in for our return flight to London Gatwick.

  16. Day 16

    Arrive London Gatwick.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to St Lucia (Hewanorra) (British Airways or Virgin Atlantic)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.1hr30mins
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Bay Gardens Hotel

Untitled Our NEW hotel for 2019 The Bay Gardens Hotel, offers its guests spacious island-inspired en suite rooms all with views of their lush gardens. Room facilities include:

  • Hairdryer (in the bathroom)
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hospitality Tray (including kettle)
  • Telephone
  • WIFI
  • Mini-fridge
  • Room Safe
  • Iron
  • Private Terrace

The property offers three swimming pools, an onsite restaurant and easy access to local shops and attractions. 
 


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