Three Islands, Three Cultures
Antigua, Guadeloupe and Montserrat
We love this itinerary as you get to see a bit of Britain, France and Ireland but in the Caribbean sunshine rather than the wet and cold! You also get to compare a real live volcano in Montserrat with a not so live one in Guadeloupe – but at least you can hike up that one. It takes thirteen nights (fourteen days) in total with nine nights in Antigua (three at the start, middle and end), and two-nights each in Guadeloupe and Montserrat. We will take you up to Shirley Heights on your last day in Antigua and with fair weather you will be able to see all the islands you’ve been to at the same time!
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?
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.
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.
Time to leave the luxury of Sugar Ridge for your early evening LIAT flight direct to Guadeloupe. 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.
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.
Today you get the opportunity to visit the Chutes Cabret which are three interlinking falls descending a total of 245 meters. This will only take up the morning of the day and you will be leaving later in the day on a short LIAT flight of thirty minutes to Antigua in the late afternoon.
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.
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!
Up early for a transfer to Antigua airport and a short flight over to Montserrat with Fly Montserrat. The trip is so short you barely get above the clouds and a great opportunity to see the coasts of both islands or you may spot a shark or a whale in the ocean between the islands. We take you to see the Montserrat Volcano Observatory on the way to your accommodation at Olveston House.
Today your guide arrives at Olveston House to discuss your hiking options for the day amongst the routes available in Montserrat. If you fancy something strenuous then you can take the hard to follow path up through the Central Hills to the top of Katy Hill or for something less arduous take the Oriel walkway with the change of spotting Montserrat’s native bird.
Before leaving Montserrat in the afternoon we take you over to the old capital Portsmouth which was destroyed in the recent volcanic eruptions. You can walk the deserted streets and see the houses buried in volcanic ash and mud. After your short flight back to Antigua you are welcomed home by your Sugar Ridge friends and back to your villa.
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!
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.
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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