Jewels of the Caribbean
Three of the most dazzling of the Caribbean islands are revealed on this laid-back tour from St Lucia to Grenada to Barbados
Compare and contrast three of the loveliest jewels in the Caribbean crown St Lucia, Grenada and Barbados. Discover their spectacular natural features, their history and culture, and of course their stunning beaches!
Excursions and visits
Day 1 UK-St Lucia
After taking Sagas included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart in the morning for your daytime flight to St Lucia. Youll spend four nights on an all-inclusive basis at the Bel Jou (4Q), which sits high on a hill with views over Castries and the sparkling Caribbean Sea beyond. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner is served tonight. D
Day 2 St Lucia
Spend the day relaxing, perhaps on the terrace by the pool. Or you can explore the lush gardens that surround the hotel, watching out for an array of exotic birdlife. Early this evening you can enjoy a sundowner cruise in the waters around the island to capture great views of the famous volcanic peaks the Pitons. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks, including rum punch, whilst you sit back, relax and listen to the sounds of local music as the sun goes down. Return to the hotel for dinner. B, L, D
Day 3 St Lucia
Enjoy another day at leisure. Explore the local beaches and the surrounding area, including Rodney Bay and Pigeon Island, courtesy of the hotels complimentary shuttle bus. The bus also runs to the islands capital, Castries, approximately a 15-minute drive away. Alternatively, these optional excursions may be available. B, L, D
Creole traditions and beautiful viewshalf day
Experience some of the islands creole traditions on a visit to Fond Latisab. You’ll see how cassava bread is made and be shown the traditional practice of cooking on macambou leaves. There will also be a log sawing demonstration a two-handed operation done to the rhythm of a traditional chak chak band. Before you leave, taste cassava bread, washed down with a draught of local juice.
Northern Life Castries and Pigeon Island
Take the opportunity on this excursion to combine shopping and history as you tour the city of Castries. Visit the Cathedral and the Derek Walcott Square before heading to the bustling Castries Market. From here, head north to Pigeon Island, one of St Lucias national landmarks. If you feel adventurous, you may like to trek up to Fort Rodney, or just sit and enjoy some cool refreshments.
Spirit and rhythms of St Lucia half day
Enjoy a drive through Castries up Morne Fortune to the colonial home of St Mark’s House, perched high on the hill. At the historic Morne complex visit Caribelle Batik, then continue up the Morne to Eudovics Art Studio. with its hand-carved wood sculptures. After seeing the craft in action and enjoying some local snacks and refreshments, travel the beautiful west coast to visit the island’s only rum distillery, with a chance to sample a little of the delicious results!
Day 4 St Lucia
An included excursion this morning takes you along the island’s rugged eastern coast to Mamiku Botanical Gardens, set in twelve acres of woodland gardens around the ruins of an 18th-century estate. See orchids, hibiscus, bougainvillea and medicinal plants, keeping a look out for interesting bird life too. Later, you might like to relax with a cocktail and a good book on the terrace by the pool. Or a range of optional excursions may be available your tour manager can advise. B, L, D
Day 5 St Lucia-Grenada
Take the short flight to the ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada. Stay five nights at the small-and-friendly Coyaba Beach Resort (4Q) which has a quiet, unspoilt location beside the beautiful and world-famous Grand Anse beach. Settle in and explore your new surroundings at leisure. B, L, D
Day 6 Grenada
This afternoon enjoy a guided walk through the island’s capital, St Georges. Visit the museum, which was built by the French in 1704 and is part of the Fort George complex, to see historical artefacts and exhibits related to the island. Next stop is Fort Royal, built between 1706 and 1710, and later named Fort George in honour of King George III when the British took over the island. You’ll visit the glorious, privately-owned Sunnyside Gardens crammed with brilliantly-coloured trees, shrubs and flowers, then Fort Frederick to admire the views. Return to the hotel via Morne Jaloux and Gran Anse Valley. B, L, D
Day 7 Grenada
Relax at the hotel or stretch out on the fabulous beach. Alternatively your Saga tour manager can advise what optional excursions may be available. B, L, D
Island highlights tour full day
On this full-day tour, which includes lunch, you’ll visit a local spice estate, then head to the town of Sauteurs and Carib’s Leap at the tip of the island. Its name, which means ‘jumpers’ in French, comes from the last remaining Carib natives in Grenada who in 1651, rather than face domination by the conquering French, threw themselves off the 40-metre-high cliff! Next stop is Belmont Estate, a 17th-century plantation that offers the chance to observe what life was like back in the day, followed by a local rum distillery where you can sample the island’s famous tipple.
Day 8 Grenada
This morning an included excursion takes you to Grand Etang Lake. Take a walk around this volcanic crater lake in the Grand Etang National Park, looking out for the island’s many species of birds, and enjoy a picnic lunch supplied by the hotel. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 9 Grenada-Barbados
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the short flight to Barbados where youll stay for four nights on an all-inclusive basis at the elegant, Spanish-style Sugar Cane Club Hotel & Spa. This adults-only hotel has a secluded setting in lush gardens on the north east coast of the island. A complimentary shuttle bus runs several times a day to and from the sister hotel, the Almond Beach Resort, set on the one-kilometre long Heywoods Beach. B, L, D
Day 10 Barbados
This morning, discover more of Barbados on a half-day Northern Delights tour. Youll drive along the west coast, known as the Platinum Coast due to its fine white sandy beaches, to the city of Speightstown. Here youll visit the Arlington House Museum, an 18th-century building where youll enjoy audio-visual presentations of the islands history. Next youll tour the antique-filled Jacobean plantation mansion, St Nicholas Abbey, built in 1600. Behind it is the Rum and Sugar Museum which tells the story of the plantation, plus youll visit the steam mill and rum distillery to discover how St Nicholas Abbey Rum is produced and, of course, enjoy a refreshing rum punch Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D
Day 11 Barbados
Spend the day at leisure, exploring your surroundings. Or head out on an optional excursion. Your tour manager can advise on what is available. B, L, D
Atlantis III submarine expeditionthree hours
Join the adventure of a lifetime and view the underwater beauty of Barbados without getting wet! First, step aboard the Ocean Quest for a scenic crossing to the dive site where you’ll board the Atlantis III submarine. As the submarine dives to depths of 150 feet, you can enjoy viewing shoals of exotic fish and a shipwreck through the large portholes. An informative commentary from the knowledgeable co-pilot will help you identify the amazing sights beyond, in a world normally only seen by scuba divers. The cruise lasts for around two hours.
Cool Runnings catamaran lunch cruise five hours
Feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face as you sail along the west and south coast aboard a luxurious catamaran. A buffet lunch and a free bar is included. You may even be able to swim with turtles bring your swimwear along in case the opportunity arises.
Barbados in bloom three hours
Contrast the tropical delights of Barbados on this colourful tour. The aptly named Flower Forest welcomes visitors with its multicoloured flower displays. Just some of the varieties that you may see include hibiscus, ginger lilies, bronze musas and Brazilian buttons. Next youll travel along the Atlantic coast to the Andromeda Botanical Gardens where six acres of grounds are decorated with bearded figs trees, orchids and ferns, along with trickling streams and waterfalls. Boasting over 600 different plant species, the gardens were originally part of a private estate until being opened to the public in the seventies. After included refreshments, return to the hotel passing through rolling countryside peppered with quaint villages en route.
Harrisons Caves two hours
Venture into the sub-terranian depths of Barbados on a tour of Harrisons Caves. Weave your way by tram through this crystallised limestone cavern and discover subtly-lit grottoes of stalactites and stalagmites, along with glassy pools and a 40-foot-high waterfall that plummets into a turquoise lake. En route to the caves, youll also visit Sharon Moravian Church, one of Barbados few 18th-century buildings that have avoided any modifications over the decades.
Day 12 Barbados
Spend the day at leisure, enjoying the beach or the hotel facilities. B, L, D
Day 13 Barbados-UK
Spend your last morning in Barbados at leisure. This afternoon transfer to the airport for your direct flight back to the UK. B, L
Day 14 Barbados-UK
Arrive in the UK early this morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.