Stroll the winding pathways that lead through Guadeloupe’s lush Botanical Gardens, an idyllic setting that showcases a marvelous collection of tropical plants.
Depart from the pier and drive across the narrow strait of Rivière Salée that leads to Basse-Terre, the westernmost island of butterfly-shaped Guadeloupe. Along the way, you will pass through fields of sugar cane, one of the main ingredients in the rum produced here, and then stop for photos at Grande Anse, Guadeloupe’s longest and perhaps most beautiful beach.
A short time later, you will arrive at the Botanical Gardens in Deshaies, a natural setting with more than a thousand exotic and unusual species. The property’s previous owners, which include the revered French comedian Coluche, planted many of the species.
Walking along the serene paths that wind through the lushly landscaped acreage, you may see enormous banyan trees with bromeliads clinging to their branches, brightly colored hibiscus and bougainvillea, and papyrus, a water-loving plant that originated in Africa.
The orchid collection is equally outstanding and includes a number of endemic species. To add to the tropical flair, there is also an aviary and flamingos are often seen wading at the edges of the ponds. After wandering about the gardens for nearly two hours and stopping briefly in the gift shop, you will re-join your coach drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of easy walking. 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 an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in any guided walking portions of the tour. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.