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ST LUCIA: AN ISLAND PARADISE

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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.

Guided Walking Holidays St Lucia

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's landscapes. During our time on this mountainous island, we’ll discover waterfalls, coral reefs, botanical gardens & plantations. The sulphur springs at Soufriere are a reminder that the island is still an active volcano. 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 wildlife 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 very much at the top of the grade it is well worth the effort!

Some of our walks may finish at a beach where you can take a dip 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 Soufriere, Anse La Raye, Vieux Fort and Gros Islet.



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 less developed countries.

 

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk through the lush vegetation of the Descartier Forest trail.
  • Hike the tough but rewarding ascent to the summit of Gros Piton.
  • Visit bustling Castries and explore the picturesque seaside town of Soufrière, St Lucia's oldest town.
  • Visit Balenbouche Estate sugar plantation for tea.
  • Experience local culture with dinners in local restaurants on some evenings.
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, with some meals in local restaurants and two lunches
      Knowledgeable English speaking 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
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

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

  2. Day 2

    Today we visit the village of Gros Islet and then begin our walk which follows the coastline along to Pigeon Island National Park. Here there are two quite steep but short hills to climb, Signal Hill and the fort, connected by a saddle with wonderful views of Martinique and the south of the island. The Island has numerous forts including the 18th-century British fort and Fort Rodney both used by the British to spy on neighbouring Martinique.  

    Distance: 4 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 150m

    Duration: 2.5 hours

     

  3. Day 3

    We’ll walk the Millet Bird Sanctuary Trail, a pleasant circular walk, where if we are lucky, we may spot parrots, orioles and finches. A good part of the walk is in the shade and it has some short steep ascents and descents with steps.

    Distance: 4 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 200m

    Duration: 2 hours

     

    Later we will visit a rum distillery and Marigot Bay, before taking a boat across the bay to visit Frigate Bay.

  4. Day 4

    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. 

    This is a leisurely walk along good tracks to an Atlantic headland and on to a quiet secluded beach called The Honeymoon Beach where it is possible to have lunch in the shade and swim, if you don’t mind seaweed as large quantities of seaweed have drifted ashore on the eastern side of the island.

    Distance: 4 miles

    Ascent / Descent: flat

    Duration: 2.5 hours

  5. Day 5

    We walk from Forestiere to Derniere. This lush rainforest walk will introduce us to some of the local flora and fauna. Many of the tracks will be rough underfoot and there are some steep sections, but the rest of the walk should be easy to moderate and taken at a slow pace to enjoy the flora, and with a bit of luck some wildlife too.

    Distance: 4 miles

    Duration: 4 hours

    Ascent / Descent: 600m

     

     

  6. Day 6

    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.

     

  7. Day 7

    Walk Desbarras to Oleon. This strenuous but exhilarating walk takes us through countryside terrain, sub-tropical forest and thick forest that opens up to reveal wide open spaces. We are rewarded with spectacular ocean views as we emerge from the lush greenery. We will walk through a gentle flowing river (your shoes may get a little wet!) to an area known as the Iguana Sanctuary, where if we are lucky, we may spot an Iguana basking in the sunshine. This is also an area inhabited by the elusive Mongoose, so if we are very lucky, we might just see one.

     

    Distance: 4.5 miles

    Duration: 4 hours

  8. Day 8

    Today we travel to Soufriere by boat and walk to Sulphur Springs and Sapphire Falls. Soufriere is the oldest town in St. Lucia and the Island’s capital under French rule.  It is extremely picturesque as the twin Pitons form a backdrop to the lovely harbour and beach. We will take time to explore this delightful town. Sulphur Springs is the "world's only drive in volcano" , here we can enjoy a mud bath, which is said to detoxify the body and helps heal sun burns, eczema, arthritis, sore joints, and more. Then bathe beneath the waterfalls at Sapphire Falls. What a way to soothe the walking aches and pains. 

    Distance: 5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 200m

    Duration: 3.5 hours

  9. Day 9

    Our day begins with a visit to Fond Latisab Creole Park. Here we can learn and immerse ourselves in Creole traditions and culture. We can take a pleasant walk through the gardens, home to numerous birds, butterflies, and tropical flora and fauna.  We can taste a variety of fresh fruits and visit an authentic Creole kitchen to sample local delicacies. Our walk continues across a gentle flowing river (you may get wet shoes!) and through farmland, where we can observe farmers busy tending to their crops, to a historical waterwheel, from where we will get the bus back to Rodney Bay.

     

    Distance: 3 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 60m

    Duration: 3 hours

     

  10. Day 10

    Today is a free day for you to relax, swim and enjoy the facilities of the Bay Gardens Hotel. If you wish to further explore the island, our tour leader can give you some suggestions. 

  11. Day 11

    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.

    This lovely rainforest walk is at the top end of the grade. This is a linear walk but there is another option for those who are not comfortable with this route.

    Distance:  6 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 550m

    Duration: 4.5 hours

  12. Day 12

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

    This is a lovely varied coastal walk,   with some superb views along the Atlantic coast.  Often client’s say it is the best walk of the tour.  We take it at a leisurely pace and savour the atmosphere.

    Distance: 6 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 100m

    Duration: 3.5 hours

  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.

    Distance: 4 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 700m in total

    Duration: see above

  14. Day 14

    A lovely walk In the province of Dauphin, a circular loop from the village of La Bourne to the beach of Porte Dauphin and returning along the riverbanks.

    There are splendid views across the valley and the chance to meet the local farmers. We will have lunch at Greenwood Terrace with a visit to the gardens and museum here. 

    Distance: 5 miles

    Ascent / Descent: 200m

    Duration: 3.5 hours

  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
  • 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 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
  • 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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