Meander down the lushly landscaped paths of two vastly different gardens: Kingstown's nearly 250-year-old Botanical Gardens and the more mountainous Montreal Gardens.
Depart from the pier and begin driving through Kingstown, the volcanic island's energetic capital. In the center of town, you'll pass the somber War Memorial, which was erected in 1925 to honor the dozens of Vincentians who fought and died in World War I.
Then, it's on to the city's Botanical Gardens, which are among the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, having been established in 1765. An oasis of serenity, the gardens contain countless exotic species and rare items such as a breadfruit tree that's the third generation of one donated by the infamous Captain Bligh of the HMS Bounty. You might also see colorful torch lilies, brain fruit palms, towering mahoganies and flowering Soufrieres, the national tree of St. Vincent, which isn't found anywhere else but on the island.
A different sort of garden awaits you in the mountains above the fertile Mesopotamia Valley. A former plantation, Montreal Gardens is blessed with rich volcanic soil and a lovely terraced terrain. It's here that Welsh-born landscape designer Timothy Vaughn renovated 7.5 acres of land and turned it into a spectacular collection of gardens, each with its own design and personality. There's a formal garden, a color garden accented with splashes of brilliant flowers, and a rainforest garden whose serenity is enhanced by a mountain stream. Following your guided tour, there will be some time for refreshments before re-boarding your coach and transferring back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking and there will be some hills to negotiate which some could find strenuous. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.