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Guadeloupe: the great tour
- 20 days
- All seasons
- Culture / Heritage
- Faune and flora
- Adventure / Sports & Leisure
- Free time
- Relaxation / Well-being
Welcome to Guadeloupe! 3 weeks will allow you to appreciate the contrasts of the island's landscapes and cultures as well as the hospitality of its population. The ideal, for a long-term stay of this type, remains to choose accommodation according to your activity zones in order to limit the return trips. Here is a proposed itinerary that you can modify according to your desires.
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- Le Gosier
- Le Moule
- Morne A L' Eau
- Route De La Traversée
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Details of the stay: Guadeloupe: the great tour - 20 days
Day 1 : Arrival in Guadeloupe, direction North Basse-Terre
Arrival day. The fatigue of the trip, combined with jet lag, will soon be felt. Choose accommodation in the North Basse-Terre (Deshaies, Sainte-Rose, Lamentin) in order to limit your trip, especially since night falls quickly and it is then less easy to find your way around. Deshaies is the city where you will find the largest choice of accommodation in North Grande-Terre
Day 2 : Acclimatization day
You will be woken up very early due to jet lag. Take the time to relax by the pool or during your first swim in the sea. Find your future itineraries thanks to a detailed map that you will find at the airport, in the rental car, in your accommodation... Go around the town where you live to find nearby shops
Day 3 : Deshaies
Stroll along the coast around Deshaies. Grande-Anse beach is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Guadeloupe with miles of golden sand. The visit of the Botanical Garden is almost unavoidable: it is a first approach to the local flora but in a much more disciplined version than the one you will discover in the Guadeloupe National Park. Continue the walk to Sainte-Rose, where the Creole Art Museum of Guadeloupe, the Rum Museum, the Domaine de Séverin and beautiful old houses are all reminders of a flourishing agricultural past. Beautiful walks to do up to the Sofaïa Bath or on the way of the smugglers
Day 4 : La Côte-Sous-le-Vent
Head towards the Côte-Sous-le-Vent to Bouillante, where the Réserve Cousteau promises beautiful encounters and unforgettable landscapes, between discovering cetaceans, scuba diving or PMT, discovering the seabed aboard a glass-bottomed boat, walking underwater equipped with an integral helmet like a cosmonaut.... It is also the starting point for hikes immersed in nature through routes organized for half a day, a day or even two days with a night in a bivouac.
Day 5 : Route de le Traversée
If the Crossing Road provides the link between the east of the island and the Leeward Coast without having to make a detour to the north or south of the Basse-Terre, it also serves some of the most beautiful sites in the Guadeloupe National Park. You can, at your leisure, swim in the invigorating water of the crayfish waterfall, take beautiful walks at the Col des Mamelles which culminates at 786 m, discover the endemic fauna of the West Indies and the flora in its natural environment at the Guadeloupe zoo, stroll at the top of the trees with the Tapeur..
Day 6 : Hiking - Carbet Falls
Experienced hikers, this is your special moment! Direction the east coast for the discovery of the Carbet Falls. At this level, it is preferable to choose accommodation on this side of the Basse-Terre. Make sure you have all the necessary hiking equipment and check with Guadeloupe National Park officials for information on the condition of the trails and the weather ahead. Heavy rains can quickly make roads impassable or turn a small river into a violent torrent, so stay alert and careful.
Day 7 : Hiking - La Soufrière
Departure for the south with the excursion to the Soufrière, nicknamed "Vieille Dame". Same precautions as for Carbet falls. At the top, the view is extraordinary. With a single glance, you visualize all the Lesser Antilles, embracing Marie-Galante, the Saints and Désirade. With binoculars, it is often possible to distinguish Dominica and even Martinique.
Day 8 : South Basse-Terre
Finish the visit of the Basse-Terre by its extreme south with a walk in the city commented by a guide from the Maison du Patrimoine et de l'Architecture. Go through the Bologna distillery and Fort Louis Delgrès.
Day 9 : The Saints
Take advantage of this geostrategic position to plan a getaway to Les Saintes from Trois-Rivières. The crossing takes about 20 minutes. You can arrive in Terre-de-Haut, more touristic, or in Terre-de-Bas depending on the company. In any case, both islets have accommodation. However, plan your accommodation in Terre-de-Bas in advance, as there are far fewer offers. Devote one day to each islet. A shuttle operates several times a day between the two islands. Terre-de-Haut can be visited on foot, by bike, scooter or electric car. As for Terre-de-Bas, you will find quads, buggies, scooters, rental cars or shuttles for a guided tour
Day 10 : Holy People - day 2
Day 11 : Pointe-à-Pitre
Go back to the Grande-Terre and discover the city of Pointe-à-Pitre by crossing its shopping streets and its market on Victory Square. Stop at the Schoelcher museum, the Saint John Perse Museum and discover the architecture of the City Pavilion, the Memorial act, dedicated to the memory of slavery. The Heritage Department organizes exciting thematic tours.
Day 12 : Marie-Galante
Departure for Marie-Galante from the port of Bergevin, in Pointe-à-Pitre. With its 158 km², it is in 3rd position of the French islands of the West Indies, after Martinique and Guadeloupe. Count at least two days for a discovery worthy of the name of the "Galette", still known as the island of a hundred mills. Its hotel infrastructure is very diversified
Day 13 : Marie-Galante - Day 2
If you spent a sports day the day before, take the opportunity to do nothing on this day, and vice versa
Day 14 : South Grand Land
Pass Gosier and Sainte-Anne, famous for its beautiful beaches, including the Club Med. Follow up to Saint-François and follow the direction of the Pointe des Châteaux. You arrive on a strip of land in the wild landscape where the sea up. Climb up to the monumental cross to enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding islands! Many small beaches on your right.
Day 15 : North Great Earth
Take the direction of Saint-François then that of Le Moule. You will find the house of Zévallos, built by Gustave Eiffel. You can continue to the Damoiseau distillery, the only distillery in Grande-Terre, then to the Edgar Clerc Museum. Then, direction Anse-Bertrand to discover the tip of Grande-Vigie and thePorte d'Enfer, gigantic natural sites whose famous cliffs rise imposing. The waves, in all weathers, come to crush on the rock in a deafening noise. Return by the same route or by the Great Deep Sea route, now well indicated
Day 16 : Port Louis
Dive in Port Louis to appreciate the diversity of underwater landscapes of the archipelago that do not resemble those of the Cousteau Reserve and/or leave for the discovery of the mangrove from Petit-Canal or from Morne-à-l'Eau in fisherman's boat, electric, sea mountain biking, kayaking...
Day 17 : "Day charter" in Petite-Terre
Renowned for its rich seabed, its only inhabitants are iguanas, crabs and birds. Four NFB guards take turns residing on the island, near the" ª. This nature reserve is a sanctuary for fauna and flora, including crabs, iguanas and seabirds. Hunting and fishing are strictly prohibited. Several catamarans offer this day trip from the Saint-François marina. While sailing, it takes about 2 hours to get there
Day 18 : The Desirade
We reach the island of La Désirade, located off the coast of Pointe des Châteaux after 45 minutes by boat from Saint-François. Its municipalities (Les Galets, Beauséjour, Le Soufleur and Baie-Mahault) are linked by a single road. Beautiful walks to be planned to discover an amazing fauna between pelicans, frigates, touloulous, anolis, iguanas, agoutis... some of which hide among the cactus. The discovery can be done alone or in small groups with a guide
Day 19 : Beach and sports activities
Enjoy a relaxing day on a beach or practice your favourite sporting activity at one of the nautical bases of Le Gosier, Sainte-Anne or Saint-François. You can also discover the archipelago through an aerial tour to enjoy extraordinary panoramas, by plane, ULM or helicopter and why not in free fall!
Day 20 : Pointe-à-Pitre before the return
This is the time of return. Please note that most hotel facilities have a luggage storage service and a shower to enjoy swimming until the afternoon. Registration is open 4 hours prior to departure.
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