Delve into some of the attractions that have come to define Martinique, including a rum-producing plantation, banana fields, a historic church and Balata Garden.
Drive east toward Martinique's economic hub of Lamentin to Clement's Plantation House, an historic home surrounded by sugar cane fields. Decorated with period furnishings, Clement's gained new significance in 1991 when U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush and France's President François Mitterrand met there to discuss international affairs. During your visit, perhaps enjoy a stroll through the home's park and samplings of sugar cane and rum.
Continuing on, you will stop briefly in a banana field, where your guide will explain the crop's immense importance to Martinique.
Don't be surprised to hear French spoken throughout the island, as it's the official language, and Balata Church certainly solidifies the relationship between France and Martinique, an overseas department of the country since the mid-1940s. This charming church is a scaled-down version of the revered Sacré-Coeur Basilica in France.
Your final stop is at the peaceful and relaxing Balata Tropical Gardens. The garden's shaded paths are lined with tropical species such as torch gingers, parakeet flowers, hibiscus and an abundance of orchids. What's truly amazing about his fecund wonderland is that in the mid-1980s, it was farmland with very few of the colorful and fragrant plants that now grace its acreage. Created by landscape gardener Jean-Philippe Thoze, the garden is a fine example of the island's fertility, as it is flourishing after having been planted a mere two decades ago. Following a visit of approximately 45-minutes, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking/standing and includes negotiating a significant number of steps and uneven ground. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. As the tour travels over winding roads, it may not be suitable for those who suffer from motion sickness. Light-weight, casual clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; insect repellant and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.