This St. Lucia Highlights, Sightseeing, and Shopping Excursion gives you a chance to get to know the island life for a half day. See the capital city, the historic Morne Fortune Hill, a working batik, the chocolate factory, and the lush gardens of the Sony Estate.
Your day starts from your St. Lucia cruise terminal on board an air-conditioned coach. Your experienced St. Lucia shore excursion guide will show you the interesting areas and highlights in Castries, the capital city. See the palm-lined Vigie Beach, a local market filled with high-end items, and the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception with its colorful murals. Up the winding hilly road to Morne Fortune - Hill of Luck - you'll be treated to panoramic views of the city, harbor, and, if the conditions are right, the nearby island of Martinique. At the Morne complex, your guide will fill you in on the history and importance of the historical site and its monuments. See the original fort built by the French, ancient tombstones, and centuries-old architecture that saw many battles between the French and English.
Your drive continues to your first stop at Howell Estate. Built in 1896 as a home, it's now a cafe, art studio, and duty-free shops including Caribelle Batik located within Romney Manor. Set among leafy green gardens and amazing views there will be a batik demonstration by local artists and a presentation on chocolate making. You can then indulge at their boutique and bring some of these goodies home.
On the way to your final sightseeing excursion stop at Stony Hill, you'll be treated to lush green forests, rocky hills along winding secondary roads, and tiny local villages. There will be photo opportunities of the stunning Caribbean and Atlantic coasts. Sit back and become one with nature. Stony Hill is a small, private house-turned-hotel owned by the Sony family. Sitting on 3 acres of verdant gardens it boasts a waterfall, orchid nursery, and commanding views of Pigeon Island and Rodney Bay Village. It has become a popular setting for weddings featuring a large courtyard set in breathtaking gardens and a beautiful pool. While relaxing here you can enjoy complimentary tasty refreshments fresh from the garden tropical fruits.
After this amazing shore excursion day, you'll board again your comfortable transportation to return to your St. Lucia cruise terminal.
With this St. Lucia sightseeing shore excursion, you will satisfy your craving for history, art, tasty treats, shopping, and nature. All rolled up into one sightseeing excursion adventure, we are sure you will put St. Lucia on your list of places to return to soon!