Marvel at the boundless natural beauty and thriving agriculture on Basse-Terre by visiting a banana plantation, a rum distillery that uses local sugar cane, and a fragrant floral garden.
Depart from the pier and drive west onto Basse-Terre, the less developed of the main islands that comprise Guadeloupe. Driving through the rural countryside, you will notice that much of the land is used for agriculture, particularly growing bananas and sugar cane.
Dozen of varieties of bananas flourish on Guadeloupe, as you will discover while touring the fields of a banana plantation on a cart towed by tractor. Afterwards, you will learn about the island’s sugar cane production at lovely Longueteau Estate, a colonial home with a distillery that processes the crop to produce rum. You will also have the opportunity to taste a selection of Longueteau’s distinctly flavored premium rum.
Continuing on, you will stop at nearby Le Domaine de Valombreuse, a fragrant floral garden boasting hundreds of species of tropical plants. While meandering through the serene 20-acre oasis, you may see brightly colorful heliconia, exotic varieties of ginger, and blooming birds of paradise punctuating the lush landscape. It’s an ideal setting for a leisurely lunch, which you will enjoy at the garden’s fine restaurant.
More exotic, tropical scenery awaits you in sprawling Guadeloupe National Park, where you will visit Crayfish Falls, known as Cascade des Ecrevisses on French-influenced Guadeloupe. Afterwards, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes just over 3-hours of easy to moderate walking. There will be some uneven and natural terrain to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. 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 tour sequence may vary.