Explore the picturesque southern shore of Grand-Terre island, whose rich history comes alive as you tour an 18th-century fortress and stop in two seaside villages.
Depart from the pier and drive along the southern coast of the island of Grand-Terre, the easternmost “wing” of butterfly-shaped Guadeloupe. Before long, you will arrive at Fort Fleur d’Epée, which was constructed in the mid-18th century. Surrounded by a deep moat, the hillside fortress played its greatest role during the Seven Years War between the French and English, as it was the scene of numerous battles. While stopping here, you can explore its battlements, powder magazine and several underground rooms, including the dungeons.
Continuing down the shoreline, you will see the red-topped lighthouse on Grosier Island, which was established in 1883. The beacon is so well recognized that it has become a symbol of Le Grosier, a charming village named for a species of large pelicans that inhabits its lagoon. During a photo stop at the village’s esplanade, you might ask the guide about the battles fought at Le Grosier during the Seven Years War.
Later, you will drive through Les Grands Fonds, a luxuriant rural area that serves as a welcome introduction to seaside Sainte Anne. You will enjoy some free time in the village for shopping or to sample some of the renowned seafood before driving back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests’ discretion during the stops. 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.