All Aboard the "Sugar Train:" Plantations and Villages of Old St. Kitts

2.75 Hours
Group Activity

From (USD) $89 Per Adult / $45 Per Child

All Aboard the "Sugar Train:" Plantations and Villages of Old St. Kitts

2.75 Hours
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From (USD) $89 Per Adult / $45 Per Child

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      All Aboard the "Sugar Train:" Plantations and Villages of Old St. Kitts

      Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
      From (USD) $89 Per Adult / $45 Per Child
      • St. Kitts Scenic Railway: Once a crucial link in the island's sugar trade, this open-topped, double-decker train shows off St. Kitts' gorgeous scenery in grand fashion.
      • Brimstone Hill Fortress: This World Heritage Site is a monument to British ingenuity and one of the best-preserved historical fortifications in the Americas.
      • Old Road Town: Dating to 1624, Britain's first Caribbean settlement thrived because it grew tobacco rather than sugar like the rest of the Caribbean.
      • Dieppe Bay Town: The eastern Caribbean's oldest European community was colonized in 1538 by France, destroyed by Spain, and taken over by Britain in 1713.
      • Scenic Circle: The 18 miles by rail and 12 miles by bus make a complete 30 mile circle around the island. No stops are made along the route.
      • Make your own way: Meet us at the train station. Transfers between hotels or cruise ships is not included. Coming from the ship's pier? Select our shore excursion option of this tour.
      About this Basseterre tour

      For those who owned the sugar plantations, life on St. Kitts was island-idyllic: handsome mansions surrounded by waves of sugar cane, swaying palms, lush rainforests, jagged mountainscapes. (For those who toiled in the fields, of course, life was less idyllic.)

      The government shut down its sugar industry in 2005, leaving the last railway in the West Indies as a reminder of the sweet side of life on St. Kitts. Today, the "sugar train" is a wonderful way to experience the jaw-dropping natural beauty of this island paradise. It recreates the pleasant side of plantation life, with six-foot vaulted windows, cushioned rattan chairs, inlaid tables, a bar, and paintings by local artists on the walls. Upstairs, an open deck affords 360-degree views of historic villages, fields of sugar cane, deep canyons, lush rainforest, and the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga. Now that’s what we call a sugar rush! 

      White gold

      Domesticated 10,000 years ago in New Guinea, sugar gradually spread to Asia, India, and Persia. As demand skyrocketed, the race was on for suitable lands – Columbus planted cane in Hispaniola, and soon there were slave plantations throughout the Caribbean. Sugar addiction fueled a worldwide trade worth billions, although, considering the health risks of excessive consumption and the legacy of slavery, it's been a decidedly mixed blessing.

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      Tour Participation Requirements
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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