This all-encompassing excursion makes a loop around Grand-Terre, presenting the island’s most dramatic scenery and a glimpse into its history in a museum of pre-Columbian artifacts.
Depart from the pier and begin driving across the island of Grand-Terre, the easternmost “wing” of butterfly-shaped Guadeloupe. Upon reaching the inland town of Morne-a-l’Eau, you will stop briefly for photos of the surrounding beauty before continuing to the nearby Edgar Clerc Museum.
The archaeologist Clerc devoted his life to piecing together the Caribbean’s prehistory, and his namesake museum is filled with more than a thousand pieces from Guadeloupe’s original inhabitants. Browsing the exhibits, you will see pre-Columbian ceramics and tools and discover a civilization that had mastered highly advanced agricultural and fishing techniques.
Following this eye-opening presentation, you will enjoy a tropical-inspired lunch at Plantation Sainte-Marthe, a modern resort on the slopes of a former sugar cane plantation. There is no need to rush, as you will also have time to linger poolside and walk the grounds.
Another, perhaps even more dramatic setting, awaits you at La Pointe des Chateaux, a finger of land at the very eastern tip of Grand-Terre. The most visited site on Guadeloupe, the point offers an absolutely stunning view of the sea relentlessly pounding the rocky cliffs.
Then, continuing your loop of the island, you will drive along the southern coast to Sainte Anne, a seaside village renowned for its appealing Creole atmosphere. Following a photo stop at its picturesque seafront, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of easy to moderate walking. There will be a 400 steps to negotiate to reach the viewpoint at La Pointe des Chateaux. The tour is not available to wheelchair and 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. The Edgar Clerc Museum is closed on Sundays. The tour sequence may vary.