This voyage offers the perfect escape from the winter as you slip away to
sunshine in the balmy Caribbean. The volcanic Azores are the appetiser for
your island-hopping adventure, then you can choose the pace of holiday
that suits you best. Relax on one of Antigua’s 365 beaches, ride the scenic
St Kitts Scenic Railway, and swim with Sea Turtles in the crystal-clear waters
of Barbados. All these fabulous experiences, and more, await.
Antigua St Kitts
There’s a chance to relax on board before reaching
the mid-Atlantic archipelago of the Azores. A day at
Ponta Delgada affords you the chance to explore the
crater lakes of the extinct Sete Cidades Volcano, one
of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal, and Terra
Nostra Park – one of Europe’s most beautiful gardens.
There are over 2,000 tree species here, along with
geothermal swimming opportunities.
Once in the Caribbean, a call to Philipsburg is your
chance to explore the 17th century battlements of
Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem, or perhaps opt for
the thrill of catamaran sailing on the Caribbean Sea,
and unwinding on sun-kissed beaches. Antigua’s
historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard –
which can be taken in from the 490-foot high
lookout at Shirley Heights – make for a fascinating
visit. The candy-coloured buildings of the capital, St
John’s, are also popular attractions. Alternatively, why
not relax on one of the island’s 365 beaches or
snorkel amongst a kaleidoscope of coral reefs.
Often regarded as the ‘Gibraltar of the Caribbean’,
Brimstone Hill Fortress on St Kitts has witnessed the
most battles fought in British and French naval history.
The extraordinary Conception Co-Cathedral is worth
a visit here, while the most authentic way to take in
the island is from the St Kitts Scenic Railway. Exquisite
natural landscapes await on St Lucia, with the
volcanic twin Pitons and Diamond Botanical Gardens
among the highlights. Equally rewarding is the Aerial
Tram, which delivers a spectacular bird’s-eye view
over the island’s rainforest.
Following on, you’ll arrive in the horseshoe-shaped
harbour of St George’s, Grenada. A striking aspect of
the ‘Spice Island’ is the infectious aroma of nutmeg,
cinnamon, cloves and vanilla in the air. What’s more,
Grenada is also famous for producing some of the
world’s finest chocolate. For the more adventurous,
an underwater sculpture park in Molinière Bay has
some 80 works on view.
Vibrant Bridgetown is the gateway to exploring
Barbados. With glorious azure waters that are perfect
for swimming with Sea Turtles, the Mount Gay Rum
Factory to discover, and excellent links to cricket, this
tropical island makes for a sublime finale.
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