Silversea Luxury Cruises À BASSE TERRE (Guadeloupe)

BASSE TERRE (Guadeloupe)

Bienvenue en France. Yes, Basse Terre might be an integral part of the Caribbean, it is as French as Paris. So, amid magnificent scenery, excellent beaches and thick, verdant rainforest, you’ll find Roman Catholic churches, wide airy boulevards and a busy centre ville, reminding you that you are technically in France. While you might spot boulangeries and tabacs, there is no shortage of Caribbean charm here. A laid back ambience where things will get done “plus tard” or “demain” (later or tomorrow) prevails, you must remember not to hurry here. View more

Like the tortoise in Aesop’s fable, everything gets there, just all in good time. That’s not to say that things don’t work – au contraire – there is a European sense of pride and savoir faire. This stretches from the almost evangelical approach to the part-Creole, part-Caribbean, part-French cuisine to the beautiful, Baroque buildings. And let’s not forget the holiest spirt of them all, the local rum. A national drink if ever there was one, only nine distilleries are still in operation so if the opportunity arises to visit one, we urge you to do so. Guadeloupe is made up of two islands, Basse Terre and Grand Terre. Unlike Grande-Terre, the Basse-Terre landscape is cooler, greener and less inhabited. An eruption of the (still active) 4,813-foot La Soufriere volcano on its southern tip in 1976 resulted in an evacuation, with many families moving permanently to Grande-Terre. If you’re feeling brave, hike up to the top of the volcano to enjoy spectacular views.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions depuis BASSE TERRE (Guadeloupe)

Best of Basse Terre

Explore the capital of Guadeloupe Island during this scenic and informative, half-day excursion to historic Basse-Terre.


Basse-Terre, Walking Tour

Depart the pier for a guided, approximately 30-minute walking tour through Basse-Terre. The administrative capital of Guadeloupe, Basse-Terre was named after a sailing term meaning 'protected from the winds', and has been a perfect example of Creole architecture since the arrival of the first colonists.


Our Lady Cathedral, Nolivos Street, Indoor Market

During your walking tour, embrace the history and culture of Basse-Terre. Your first stop is at the Our Lady Cathedral, Built in 1736, the Cathedral features a Baroque facade cut into volcanic stone. Afterward, continue on to bustling Nolivos Street, the oldest shopping street, for an opportunity to browse the Indoor Market.


Soufriere Volcano, Bologne Distillery, Rum Tasting

Next, board a local bus and head for a visit to the Bologne Distillery. The Bologne Distillery has been famous for its black cane rum since the 17th century. The sugar cane utilised to produce this renowned rum is grown on the sides of the Soufriere Volcano. Upon arrival, proceed for tasting of black cane rum. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your bus and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Botanical Garden & Beer Tasting

This visit will give you the opportunity to discover the lush volcanic island of Basse-Terre.


"Domaine de Valombreuse" botanical garden

Depart from the pier for approx. 1 hour by bus along the Atlantic Coast to our first visit.

The "Domaine de Valombreuse" botanical garden is considered one of the most beautiful on the island. Visit the botanical garden and at the end of the tour have a local fruit juice


Goyave, Lekouz Beer House

After the visit, depart for the second stop in Goyave for another experience, at Lekouz Beer House, created to satisfy local people, Caribbean inhabitants and tourist.


Discover all the secrets of this beer and at the end, taste their flavors like a white lemongrass-ginger beer, a dark beer infused with toasted coconut or others.


After the visit, re-board your coach for an hour drive back to the pier

Canyoning at Black River (Level-2/A)

Swim, jump and slide in a lush, tropical paradise during this exhilarating, full-day canyoning excursion to the rainforest of Guadeloupe.


Basse-Terre, Lesser Antilles, St. Claude, Black River

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to St. Claude. At an altitude of 1,739 feet (about 530 metres), St. Claude is the highest city in the Lesser Antilles and offers a fresh perspective on the Caribbean. Upon arrival at the Black River, meet your mountain guides, receive your safety and tour instructions, and begin your fun-filled and exciting canyoning adventure.


Tropical Rainforest Trek, Riverbed, Rappelling, Waterfall, Crystal-Clear Pool, Jumping, Swimming

A site of an exceptional beauty, the Black River and its surrounds were born from a still-active volcano. Take a short, guided hike to the starting point, then discover one of the most beautiful tropical rainforests in the Caribbean. Descend the riverbed, then rappel down for an exhilarating slide into in the crystal-clear pool at the base of a spectacular, approximately 50-foot (about 15-metre) waterfall.


Lunch, Return to Starting Point, Pier Transfer

Following your canyoning and swimming fun, change into dry clothing, then relax with a lunch of sandwiches, energy snacks and mineral water. After lunch, return on-foot to the starting point, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Carbet Falls and Beauvallon Garden

Experience the spectacular tropical splendour of Guadeloupe Island on foot during this panoramic, half-day rainforest trek and floral park excursion.


Basse-Terre, Capesterre-Belle-Eau, National Park, Rainforest Trek, Second Carbet Falls

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Capesterre-Belle-Eau, located in the south-east of Basse-Terre Island. Upon arrival, head to the National Park and take a guided hiking trek through a portion of its lush, verdant rainforest. Located on the lower slopes of the La Soufriere Volcano, this National Park is a famous spot for hiking.


Second of the Three Carbet Falls, Cascade

Along the way, a stop is made at the second of the three Carbet Falls, a symbol of Guadeloupe Island. This beautiful waterfall features a spectacular cascade measuring more than 361 feet (about 110 metres). Following your rainforest walking trek, re-board your coach a photo stop at Trois Rivières.


Grande Anse Trois Rivières

A quick stop to take a picture from a black sand beach of the Archipelago of Les Saintes.


Beauvallon Garden, Montbazin House, Tropical Tree and Plant Varieties, Wild Parrots

Located on the property of the former Montbazin House, the approximately five-acre (about two-hectare) Beauvallon Garden is home to rare botanic species from tropical locales, and features more than 80 palm trees varieties, included the talipot. During your visit, see trees that include the baobab, mango, nutmeg and cinnamon, and plants such as orchids, vanilla and others, laid-out harmoniously in this garden. If you are lucky, you may spot the wild parrots that come to eat at this exceptional site. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.

Death in Paradise

Located on the northwest side of Basse-Terre Isalnd, the fishing village of Deshaies was once cut off from civilization until a road was opened connecting it to the neighboring town of Pointe-Noire. Pirates and other buccaneers put Deshaies on the map, thanks to its proximity to the islands of Montserrat and Antigua.


Since 2011, The British TV series, Death in Paradise, has been filmed in Deshaies.


La Perle Beach,

Depart from the pier by coach for approximate 15 minutes' drive to the first stop at La Perle Beach where, at the beginning of each filming season, the Commissioner's House is rebuilt.


Deshaies, walking tour with visit of the Police Station Museum

After this short stop, depart to the village of Deshaies where you will have a walking tour with your guide. Along the streets in this picturesque village, see the local bars, the fishermen pier, the Catholic Church and visit the Police Station Museum.


After this walking, re-board your van and go to Grande Anse beach.

This spot has been introduced in the series only from the 9th season. Stop and see the series' settings. You will enjoy a creole snack and some free time


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes to the pier.

Horseback Discovery

Discover this countryside nature of Guadeloupe and the Southern Basse-Terre Island's highlights by riding American horses. Cross and see bananas and pineapples fields.


Depart from the pier with a van for approx. 45 minutes ride to Goyave where you will start your horseback ride.


The main surprise during this tour, will be the crossing of an emerald water a river on the back of your horse. The horseback ride will last for approx. 2 hours and 30 minutes; at the end you will enjoy a local refreshments (fruit juice) before returning to the boat.


After the deserved refreshment, re-board your van for the 45 minutes' drive back to the ship

La Soufriere Volcano Hiking Trek

Discover the spectacular natural beauty, rainforest and summit of La Soufriere during this unforgettable, full-day hiking excursion up the Lesser Antilles.

Basse-Terre, St. Claude, Yellow Baths, Volcano Hiking Trek

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to St. Claude. At an altitude of 1,739 feet (about 530 metres), St. Claude is the highest city in the Lesser Antilles and offers a fresh perspective on the Caribbean. Upon arrival, transfer via minivan to the Bains Jaunes (Yellow Baths), a naturally-warm mineral bath, then begin your guided hike up the roof of the Lesser Antilles.

Tropical Rainforest, Rocky Mountainside, La Soufriere Volcano, Summit Visit, Panoramic Views

During this vigorous trek, traverse the lush, tropical rainforest, then walk on the rocky mountainside en route to the approximately 4,813-foot (about 1,467-metre) summit of the imposing La Soufriere Volcano. Upon arrival, take in breath-taking panoramic views of your surrounds, and discover an alien environment where the strong smell of sulphur and deep, rumbling sounds remind you that this volcano is an active one.

Yellow Baths, Beausoleil Picnic Area, Creole Lunch

Leaving the summit, walk back down to the Yellow Baths, then transfer to a picnic area at Beausoleil. Upon arrival, proceed for a Creole picnic lunch. After lunch, re-board your minibus for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.