This tour is ideal for those who wish to enjoy the full beauty of St. Lucia at a leisurely pace with minimal walking. Leaving by coach from the pier, you'll first drive through the town of Castries where various points of interest will be pointed out by your local guide before making the winding drive up The Morne for a wonderful panoramic view of the city, the harbor and even as far away as the neighboring island of Martinique! Continuing upward, you'll travel to the Morne complex to view the Inniskilling Monument, which was erected in honor of the 27th Inniskilling Regiment who captured the Morne from the French for the British in 1796. This area is also home to one of St. Lucia's highest educational institutions, the OECS Secretariat, as well as the island's main television station.
A short drive away is Caribelle Batik, where a brief stop gives you the opportunity to see an artist creating distinctive works of art by using hot wax. Perhaps you'll want to shop for one of her special treasures before it's time to leave. Your tour next journeys along scenic secondary roads that run through the hills skirting the city, passing through colorful small communities and providing picturesque views of both the Atlantic and Caribbean coasts of the island.
Your next stop is at a view point within the community of La Guerre, where you will have a spectacular view of what was once the largest banana plantation on the island, the Marquis Estate. From here, it's onward through other quaint communities while making your way to Monchy, where a magnificent view of Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island greets you before entering Stony Hill, the private residence of Dr. Sony and his wife Cynthia. Your gracious hosts will happily chat with you and regal you with many fascinating stories of island life while opening their garden for your enjoyment. You are welcome to stroll around the grounds or simply sit and appreciate the peaceful tranquility from one of several seats scattered around the garden, or a comfortable lounge overlooking the inviting pool. Not to be missed is a tour of their lovely house where you can enjoy a cool refreshing drink and sweet savory treats before it's time to head back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes a limited amount of walking and steps; however the sites are not wheelchair accessible and therefore it is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests. Lightweight clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.