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About Pointe a Pitre

Idyllically situated at the junction of Guadeloupe's two main islands Basse-Terre and Grande Terre. Head for the suburb of Le Gosier for Guadeloupe's main seaside resort and explore pretty streets where colonial and modern buildings square up to one another. Stroll through beautiful and abundant tree-lined parks and head for the market square to browse local wares. Navigating the narrow streets is quite a task by day, while by night the bustle transfers to the Place de la Victoire central square. This pretty park, shaded by palms also features sandbox trees thought to have been planted by notorious 18th century politician Victor Hugues.

 

Guadeloupe's French roots resonate in its commerce - stock up on luxurious French imported perfumes and other products from many of Pointe-à-Pitre's little 'Rues'. The harbour-front Centre Saint-John Perse offers speciality shops and restaurants, transforming old warehouses and cruise-terminal buildings into a glossy complex in contemporary French Caribbean style.

 

Shore excursions in Pointe a Pitre

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Botanical Garden & Paradise

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Visit the Botanical Gardens and explore the village of Deshaies, where ‘Death in Paradise’ was filmed.

Departing the port of Pointe-à-Pitre, you’ll head towards the very fertile northern part of the island of Basse-Terre to the fishing village of Deshaies. A photo stop will be made along the way at Gadet viewpoint for an impressive view of one of the longest beaches of the archipelago.

Continue to the beautiful Jardin Botanique de Deshaies, the ideal place for nature lovers. Here, you will find without a doubt the most gorgeous collection of flowers and plant species in the whole of the Caribbean. During your visit, don’t miss the multi-coloured bougainvillea’s alley, the captivating orchids and the rowdy Lory aviary among several attractions.

Afterwards, take a short drive to the centre of Deshaies, which is the setting for the popular TV series, ‘Death in Paradise’. Enjoy some free time to explore the village, where you’ll find the ‘Police Station’ and ‘Catherine’s Bar’, that feature regularly in the TV programme. Alternatively, you may choose to do some shopping or purchase a drink and relax on a nearby terrace admiring the scenery.

Essential information

There is approximately 1½ hours of walking on this tour, over some uneven ground. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended.

Botanical Garden & Paradise

Botanical Garden and Beach

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 4¾ hours

Visit the Botanical Gardens of Deshaies, then relax on the beach.

Setting off from Pointe-à-Pitre, your drive will take you through the sugar cane plantations towards the northwest coast of the island of Basse-Terre and the fishing village of Deshaies.

Visit the lovely Le Jardin Botanique de Deshaies. As you walk through the gardens you’ll catch sight of the vibrant colours of the hibiscus, bougainvillea and orchid collections. Listen out for the birds in the aviary and visit the pond to see the flamingos nestled amongst the water lilies.

Then it’s a short drive to Fort Royal seafront resort to relax and chill out. Sit back on your sun lounger and admire the caramel tinted sands and cooling turquoise waters and sip a refreshing drink served at the bar.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves approximately 1½ hours’ walking in the Botanical Gardens, which may be uneven in parts. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

Grand Terre Panorama

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy the sights and scenery of Grande Terre, Guadeloupe’s eastern half, on this leisurely panoramic tour.

Setting off from the port, your drive will take you along the south coast to the popular resort of St Anne. Here, a brief stop will be made for you to view the promenade and perhaps browse the local handicraft stalls.

Heading further along the coast, your drive will take you towards La Pointe des Châteaux, a peninsular that extends into the Atlantic Ocean. This exposed area has formed distinctive windblown rock formations from the crashing waves and is amongst the most visited sites on the island.

Afterwards, your return drive will take you through the town of Le Moule, passing by the historical house of Zevalos. Before arriving at the port, you’ll also enjoy a short photo stop at Morne-à-l’Eau, to view the unique and unusual cemetery with its architectural black and white design, representative of the West Indies.

During your tour, a soft drink will be served in a local café.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. The level of walking at each stop is at the discretion of the passenger. Since October 2013 French decree no. 2011-1336 requires that providers of transport services, where the journey starts or ends in France or French overseas territories, are required to provide passengers with the carbon footprint for such services. We are pleased to be able to communicate the carbon footprint for our French tours. These have been calculated for us by our local operators. Each carbon footprint assumes that there will be 40 passengers on a coach,so your carbon footprint may vary from that published according to actual passenger numbers. The carbon footprint for this excursion has been calculated as 5.51 kgs CO2 per passenger.

Guadeloupe Highlights

Activity medium

Duration: 4¾ hours

An ideal option to capture the highlights of Guadeloupe.

A scenic drive along roads bordered by sugarcane fields and picture perfect landscapes will deliver you into the heart of this French island.

The Domaine de Valombreuse Floral Gardens take their name from the shady fertile valleys of the region of Petit Bourg. Take a stroll around the gardens to see some of the 300 species of exotic plants and hear the song of the colourful birds.

No visit to Guadeloupe would be complete without a visit to the Cascades des Ecrevisses in the Guadeloupe National Park. Here you’ll be able to take photographs of the small cascade of water that falls into the tropical pool below.

Afterwards you’ll head to the traditional and rustic Longueteau Distillerie, where a presentation to explain how they turn the sugar cane into rum will be given. You will also be given the chance to taste some of the Caribbean’s ‘rum agricole’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves walking and standing, varying from 1 hour at the botanical gardens, 30 minutes at Cascades des Ecrevisses and 40 minutes at the rum distillery. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended. This tour itinerary may operate in reverse. Passengers must be over 18 to taste the Rum.

History of Guadeloupe

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Learn about Guadeloupian ancestors and history with a visit to the Memorial ACTe, the must-see Caribbean Interpretive Centre.

Begin your tour with a leisurely drive to the fortification of Fleur d ’Epée. Built between 1750 and 1763, the fort is located many metres above Grand Bay allowing a panoramic view over the neighbouring islands of Marie Galante, Les Saintes and Basse-Terre. During your visit, you’ll see the spacious entrance hall and the network of underground rooms.

Continue your drive to downtown Gosier, where you’ll have a photo stop to admire the spectacular view of the city landmark towering above.

After a short transfer, you’ll reach the Memorial ACTe, a Caribbean Centre of Expression and memory of slavery and the slave trade. This interesting and unique exhibition seeks to bring together viewpoints and disciplines, drawing not only upon history, but also upon ethnology, social anthropology and history of the Arts. Follow your knowledgeable guide on an interactive visit to discover historical and cultural aspects of Guadeloupe.

After the visit, you will have some free time to enjoy a complimentary drink, before taking the coach back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and on foot. There is approximately 45 minutes of walking on this excursion over some uneven ground. Bags, phones and cameras are not permitted inside the Memorial ACTe Centre and will need to be stored in lockers at the museum. There is a 1 Euro charge to use these lockers.

 

A selection of cruises to Pointe a Pitre

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