Why not explore Guadeloupe on an ultimate full-day private tour? Experience island life through the eyes of a local as you visit Grande-Terre, with its white sand beaches, urban centers and sugar cane fields. Or you can visit Basse-Terre, a pristine land of mountains, with a volcano, rain forest terrain with lots of rivers and waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the local culture and visit historical sites while enjoying encounters with locals. The North of Grande-Terre is also known as the land of sugar cane. Originating in New Guinea and brought to the Antilles in the 17th century, sugar cane, a perennial plant and member of the grass family grows up to five meters tall and is now the second most common crop in Guadeloupe after the banana.
Guadeloupe Advisor has the ultimate tours to experience what Guadeloupe’s food culture is all about. Rum and Sugar being a very long and old tradition in Guadeloupe, Guadeloupe Advisor has put together a tour that you can take and book directly though there web site and go on the fantastic voyage and taste first hand what the local rum industry is all about.
To start off, you will be hiking through a sugar cane field until you reach the shore, following the old railroad, which was used to transport sugar from the plantation to the storage area on the port. Then, the road will take you to northern end of Guadeloupe called ‘la Grande Vigie Headland’. Located at the north end of Grande-Terre island, around six kilometres from Anse-Bertrand, this wild site reminiscent of Brittany in France offers nature-lovers some magnificent viewpoints over the high limestone cliffs of Grande-Terre, and in fine weather the islands of La Désirade, Antigua and Montserrat can be seen in the distance ! On a footpath around the headland you can explore this impressive natural heritage. The vegetation, exposed to the wind and sea spray, is arid and surprisingly similar to that of the Mediterranean environment.
Next they will walk you through the ruins of an old sugar factory with old walls, chimney and mill. This was the first on this part of the island to have a water well and suffer less from the dry season and lack of water. By getting the sugar out from the sugar cane you end up with sugar, of course, but also a famous drink called Rum. Everything you want to know from the making to distillation and aging will be on the tour. Our famous agricultural rum won’t be a secret anymore. We will finish the day with a visit of a rum factory and talk about its history, its ways and a start the tasting of rum from aged rum and local rum punches and different liquors.
Highlights Of The Tour
- Lunch will be given and lunch will be a local food tasting with snacks as well.
- Driver and commentary by tour guide with visits by a professional with talks about Guadeloupe history and culture along the way.
- Live commentary on board and encounters with local craftsmen.
- Hotel pickup and drop-off if selected
- Transport by private vehicle.
- Go swimming in the turquoise waters or in one of the refreshing rivers
- Location: Departure from the airport or Hotel
- Duration: Full-day
- Departure Time: 08:00 am