Waterfalls, dramatic countryside and a crafts village – you’ll see it all on this no-holds-barred tour of Guadeloupe. Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe’s western wing, is first on the to-see list. This is one of the 7 national parks of France – a landscape thick with rainforest and jagged peaks. You’ll get a close-up look at Crayfish Waterfall before heading back over the bridge to Grande-Terre. In Morne-à-l’Eau, we’ll stop by a cemetery with chessboard-painted tombs and gravestones. In the original capital of Guadeloupe, Le Moule, keep an eye out for Zevallos House. This 19th-century place looks like a plantation house straight out of the Deep South. The drive through Saint-François is quite the head-turner, serving up white-sand beaches and a wriggling coastline. Soon, you’ll spy the most easterly point on the island, dramatic Castle Point. The crowning cross was built to bless ships as they passed by. Before returning to the ship, there’s a quick pit stop to visit a local market.
A lazy day on the beach awaits you on this trip. We’ll whisk you off on a speedy water taxi to Le Gosier, one of the most popular spots in Guadeloupe. Fleur D'Epee Beach Resort will be your host, and it lines up loungers, parasols and a bar. After a couple of hours, you can hop back on a return water taxi, soaking up the views of Guadeloupe’s coastline along the way.
The iconic Carbet Falls is the star of this tour. First, though, you’ll stop off at a Hindu temple. Some 40,000 indentured Indian workers came to Guadeloupe in the 19th century, and colourful Hindu temples sprung up in their wake. That’s just the warm up, though – Carbet Falls is the real show stealer. This trio of waterfalls is one of Guadeloupe’s most well-known natural beauties. For the best views, head for the viewing platform. After getting a good look, you’ll head off on a guided walk through the rainforest to the second falls. This one plunges more than 300 feet in to a pool below. The drive back to the ship goes via L’Allée Dumanoir, a kilometre-long avenue lined with sky-scraping royal palm trees.
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