Guadeloupe, shaped like a giant butterfly, lies between the islands of Antigua and Dominica. As a French overseas department it has the same form of administration as any other French department. The main concentration of population is in Pointe-à-Pitre, its name derived from a Dutch fisherman of Jewish origin who was expelled from Brazil by the Portuguese. As the island’s main economic centre, Pointe-à-Pitre lies at the junction where the bridge spans the Salée River, dividing Basse-Terre from Grande-Terre. View more
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Embrace the inland and coastal splendour of Guadalupe during this picturesque, half-day island excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the panoramic Grande Anse, which offers splendid vistas overlooking one of the longest beaches of the archipelago. After a photo stop here, re-board your coach and continue along picturesque roads winding through sugar cane plantations en route to the fertile northern part of Basse-Terre Island.
Jardin Botanique de Deshaies
Upon arrival in Deshaies, proceed for a visit to the renowned Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. During your guided visit to this beautiful botanical garden, view a spectacular collection of flower and plant species, multi-coloured bougainvilleas, a lorry aviary, and languid flamingos in the pond.
Fort Royal Resort
Your last stop is at the lovely Fort Royal Resort. Upon arrival, receive a complementary welcome drink, relax on a sunbed on the caramel-sand beach, swim in the crystal-clear water, or join in a fun-filled game of beach volleyball. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and a towel from the ship. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour.
Enjoy nature and the beautiful scenery of Guadeloupe's west island during this half-day excursion.
Mountainous Basse-Terre is considered by many to be the most scenic part of Guadeloupe with its lush vegetation, exotic plants, mountains and waterfalls. Besides stops at natural highlights, the tour will also include a visit to a typical island rum distillery, offering a walk through the beautiful grounds and a sampling of Guadeloupe's unique brand of rum.
Valombreuse Floral Park
From the pier, drive through Pointe-à-Pitre and then out into the countryside, crossing the Salée River that separates Basse-Terre from Grande-Terre. Near the small town of Petit Bourg, stop to visit the Domaine de Valombreuse. Here, enjoy a wonderful array of cultivated and wild orchids, a garden full of tropical plants and an aviary. Refresh yourself with a fruit drink before crossing the national park of Guadeloupe and it's dense tropical forest. A stop will be made at the Cascade aux Ecrevisses (Crayfish Waterfall) before continuing on to Domaine de Severin.
Severin Rum Distillery
Departing the park, pass through Vernou, a residential neighbourhood with delightful homes surrounded with pretty gardens, before arriving at Guadeloupe's long-established rum distillery. Guadeloupe's economy depends largely on sugar and its by-products, including rum. A short introduction will acquaint you with the process of making rum. Then, take a walk through the sheds and see how the sugarcane is crushed and the juice extracted. A stroll through the lovely gardens and a sampling of the end product will complete your visit before rejoining your coach for the drive back to Pointe-à-Pitre.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some on uneven ground with steps to encounter. This tour is not suggested for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight comfortable clothing, sun protection, insect repellent and comfortable shoes are recommended. Guides may speak with a heavy accent and vehicles may fall below western standards; they are the best available.
Very few islands offer the surprising display of contrasting landscapes inter twining in the vegetal luxuriance of the tropical rain forest, mingling with the bluish warmth of the underwater world and the mineral power volcanic mountains. The Island of Basse-Terre is one of these gem stones.
Departing from Pointe-à-Pitre, venture into the island of Basse-Terre, and National Park which unveils its many charms to nature lovers. Your destination is the grey-sanded beach of Malendure and the Nautilus, a modern glass-bottom boat.
During your boat ride exploring Pigeon Island, your guide will comment on the marine life that colonised the coral reefs. This protected sanctuary is named after Jacques Cousteau, the famous French sailor, oceanographer and film director, whose first movie The World of Silence, featured several scenes filmed here.
Swim or Snorkel
The Nautilus will stop for an opportunity to swim or snorkel in the clear Caribbean Sea, amongst hundreds of fish. Snorkelling equipment will be provided. Back on board, the crew of the Nautilus will offer you complimentary local drinks, before going back to Malendure.
Re-joining your coach, head back towards the National Park and stop by the small, but spectacular, emerald-green Crayfish Waterfalls for a short, though worthwhile hike among exuberant plants and trees.
A short coach ride following your nature walk, returns you to the pier and your awaiting ship.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate to extensive amount of physical activity and is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair accessible. Guests wishing to swim or snorkel must be in good physical condition and able to swim in water too deep to stand. Guests are advise to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sun protection, insect repellent and bring a towel from the ship. This vessel may not be exclusive to Silversea guests.
Discover the spectacular flora and fauna of the Caribbean and Central America during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Parc des Mamelles
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to the spectacular Parc des Mamelles. This Guadeloupian National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, originated as a sanctuary for the care of injured or lost raccoons. Since then, it has played a major role in the care, development, and preservation of animals and nature alike.
Upon arrival, begin your guided walking tour through the heart of this unique habitat, which has attracted the interest of countless environment experts. A glance beyond the marked path reveals unusual wild animal species that inhabit the Caribbean and Latin America. In addition, you can get a bird's-eye view of the forest during an optional stroll along suspended walkways that traverse the rainforest's canopy. As you walk from tree-to-tree at heights that exceed 49 feet (about 15 metres), take in spectacular panoramic vistas of the park and Pigeon Island, also known as the 'Cousteau Reserve'.
Cascade aux Ecrevisses
After a complimentary beverage, re-board your coach and head to the Cascade aux Ecrevisses. Upon arrival, take a guided stroll through the dense tropical forest, which has been specially designed and maintained by the National Park to enable the discovery of the Guadeloupian rainforest. Along the way, marvel at the luxuriant vegetation, lianas, arborescent ferns, wild orchids, and a refreshing cascade. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 875 yards (about 800 metres), at times over uneven and slippery surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and bottled water from the ship. Guests must be at least four years old to participate on this tour.