Five Peaks

Antigua, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Saint Kitts and Nevis

You get to do it all in this trip! Visit all five islands and bag the highest peak on all of them. It will take a lot of stamina, but you will be rewarded with a real insight into the culture and history of the islands and really begin to appreciate their differences and similarities. Plus, you will experience a hugely varied range of mountain scenery from the woodland of Antigua to the dense rainforest of Saint Lucia and you will have a chance to witness hundreds of species of birds, plants and mammals along the way, from monkeys to parrots to iguanas. This itinerary takes a total of twenty nights with nine nights in Antigua (three at the start, the middle and the end), three nights in Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and two nights each in Guadeloupe and Nevis. This is the minimum though you may well want to add in some extra rest days if you have the time for a longer stay in the Caribbean.

Day 1

Soon after your international flight lands at Antigua’s new international airport terminal you will be met in arrivals by your Hike Caribbean representative and whisked away for your first night at the luxury Sugar Ridge Resort. Why not take a dip into one of our pools, then eat up in Carmichael’s restaurant watching the sunset across Montserrat and the Caribbean Sea?

Day 2

Take some time to unwind from your long flight and enjoy all Sugar Ridge has to offer. Exercise is a great cure for jet-lag, so you can work out in our multi-purpose gym or take one of our daily yoga classes. Alternatively, relax with a treatment in our Aveda Spa or take our complimentary shuttle to the beach.

Day 3

The first hike of your holiday! Your guide takes you out of Sugar Ridge soon after breakfast and through steep bush and forest where you will see signs of old plantation buildings and a variety of trees and plants which your guide will help you identify. Finally, towards the top you join a small tarmac road which leads up to the highest point on the island. You can peak through the trees and catch glimpses of the coastline and the interior of the island.

Day 4

Time to leave the luxury of Sugar Ridge for your early evening LIAT flight direct to St Lucia. The flight takes just over an hour and you will be afforded great views of the sunsetting over the islands as you take off. You then have a transfer of an hour or so down to the South of Saint Lucia and your night in luxury resort of Fondoux Plantation.

Day 5

Your first day hike. You leave early and travel for 45 minutes to reach the trail head for Mount Gimie and then it’s a strenuous five or six hours round trip to the summit through lush rainforest. On the way back, you can bath in a waterfall plunge pool or wait to take a plunge in the sea while the sun sets at Fondoux Plantation or of course do both!

Day 6

A shorter hike today up Gross Piton but a very steep one so we hope your legs aren’t too tired from the previous day. It will be well worth it with amazing views of the coast and the island and back to Fondoux Plantation where you can relax on your return.

Day 7

Your final day in Saint Lucia and you will be leaving mid-afternoon for your flight to Guadeloupe but in the meantime why not take the opportunity to visit the Sulphur Springs St Lucia’s famous ‘drive-in’ volcano or just relax in the pools and beaches of your resort.

Later in the day your Air Antilles flight to Guadeloupe will take less than two hours with a brief stop in-route in Martinique where you won’t need to disembark. Your transfer to Le Jardin Malanga will take less than an hour where you will have time to settle into your new home for three nights.

Day 8

Your first day in Guadeloupe and you will be hiking to the highest point in the whole of the Lesser Antilles. You will be picked up by your guide who will take you to the trial head for another strenuous day’s trekking and the opportunity to see volcanic features as well as beautiful views of the islands.

Day 9

Today you get the opportunity to visit the Chutes Carbet which are three interlinking falls descending a total of 245 meters. This will only take up the morning of the day and the walking is relatively light compared to previous days which leaves you time in the afternoon to relax in your hotel or to see more of the island.

Day 10

Your final day in Guadeloupe and you will be leaving on a short LIAT flight of thirty minutes to Antigua in the late afternoon. This again offers you some spare time to relax in the gardens of the hotel or admire the amazing view of the Les Santes islands from the infinity pool or to visit other parts of the island. On arrival in Antigua your friendly Sugar Ridge team will be there to whisk you back to the resort.

Day 11

An opportunity to see some more of Antigua or to relax and re-charge after the first leg of your trip. There is no shortage of options from hiring bikes from Sugar Ridge to the beach or visiting the capital St Johns.

Day 12

Today we take you on a morning hike from Wallings Dam in the South-Western rainforest of the islands down through forest, then woodland and bush finally reaching the ocean at Rendezvous Bay close to Falmouth Harbour. After a dip in the sea or some sunbathing on the deserted beach you then hike back up to the Dam where you can have a go on the rainforest ziplines if you’re feeling brave!

Day 13

Time to leave the luxury of Sugar Ridge for your late morning LIAT flight direct to St Kitts. Your transfer to Belle Mont Farm will take less than an hour which will give you plenty of time to settle into your new surroundings.

Day 14

Your first day in Saint Kitts and Nevis you will be hiking to the highest point on the island Mount Liamuiga. Belle Mont Farm is close enough for you to walk directly to the trailhead or you can save your legs and take a short drive. You will return in plenty of time to relax and soak your tired limbs in the pool at Belle Mont Farm.

Day 15

On your second full day in Saint Kitts you can either relax at Belle Mont Farm or you have a choice of an optional excursion. Either taking a trip around the island visiting the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress and the capital Basseterre or you can take another hike in the Middle or Verchilds Range and the South East or Olivees Range and experience the different flora and fauna on those parts of the islands.

Day 16

You leave Belle Mont Farm after breakfast in time to catch the midday ferry from Basseterre across to Nevis. This gives you plenty of time when you arrive on the island to relax at Montpellier Plantation and to look upwards to your target of Nevis Peak the following day.

Day 17

Your be met at the hotel after breakfast and taken to the starting point for the hike up to Nevis Peak where you will meet your guide. Be prepared for some hard work, though, and you may have to pull yourself up on ropes to reach the summit! Later in the afternoon you can enjoy a well-earned rest by the pool or enjoy the gardens and pool at Montpellier Plantation.

Day 18

Your flight back to Antigua doesn’t leave till early evening so this gives you another full day to enjoy all that Nevis has to offer. The Capital Charlestown and its historic museums are well worth a visit or the botanical gardens or maybe just relax in the beautiful surroundings of Montpellier Plantation. On returning to Antigua in the afternoon we will whisk you back to your villa in Sugar Ridge.

Day 19

A day to unwind a relax sore limbs after the hiking of the last few days. We recommend a treatment in the spa or some time at the beach!

Day 20

Your final full day in Antigua and in the afternoon, we take you on a guided hike of the historic English Harbour area, including a short boat ferry across the bay to Pigeon beach. From here you will hike up to Shirley Heights to see the sunset and maybe enjoy a well-earned rum punch at the bar with its amazing views of the harbour and the coastline.

Day 21

Time to say goodbye. We transfer you back to the international terminal for your flight home though we suggest you have a quick dip in the pool at Sugar Ridge and a soak up the last drops of Caribbean sunshine before you make your way!

 

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