See Martinique's boundless diversity by touring a church, rum distillery and a museum devoted to the island's volcanic history.
Drive from Fort de France through the lush countryside to the village of Balata, where you will visit its famed church. It's noteworthy for being an exact replica of Paris' beautiful Sacré-Coeur Basilica, although on a smaller scale.
After a brief stop to admire the views of Fort de France and beyond, you will continue on, driving through a dense rainforest. Here, the air is noticeably cooler, the vegetation more exotic, and the scenery awe-inspiring. Your next destination is the Chateau Depaz Estate, which has been producing rum made exclusively from fresh-cut blue cane grown in its fields since 1651. The method of production is the most expensive known and results in a spirit treasured by connoisseurs the world over. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to sample some of this unique Depaz rum.
A short drive then brings you to the coastal village of Saint-Pierre, which was devastated in the violent volcanic eruption of Mount Pelée in 1902. Almost the entire population perished as a result of this devastating natural disaster and you can learn about the fascinating details in the Volcano Museum in Saint-Pierre. The photos of the destruction are quite a contrast to the scenery now, which you will see on the drive back to Fort de France, passing through one quaint fishing village after another. Le Carbet, where Paul Gauguin lived and painted in 1887, is particularly picturesque.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy to moderate walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. 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 and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Cameras are not permitted in the Sainte-Pierre Museum. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.