France – Martinique
Flight leaves around 12 noon and arrives at Aimé Cesaire International airport in the evening. Meeting and greeting for a group or individual transfer to Les Trois Ilets from where you will visit the South of the Island.
Check-in for 4 nights at Hotel La Pagerie, Hotel Bakoua, or Hotel Bambou.
Transfer to Fort-de-France aboard the shuttle Madinina. On your guided tour of the Capital you will visit:
The Saint Louis Cathedral, and its stainless-steel structure built from 1893 to 1894
The spice market
The museum space Aimé Césaire. Poet and writer of international renown, Champion (“Chantre”) of the negritude, friend of André Breton and Picasso, Aimé Césaire was the mayor of Fort-de-France from 1946 to 2001. Died in 2008, his name is registered with those of the great men buried in the Pantheon
The Schoelcher Library also built with a stainless-steel structure, selected for an exhibition representing Martinique in Paris in 1889 and then dismantled piece by piece to be rebuilt in Fort de France. Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian and Arabic styles are part of the decoration.
“Sacré Coeur” Church of Balata, beautiful basilica overlooking the city. It is a perfect replica of the Basilica of the “Sacré Coeur” of Montmartre in Paris, but on the scale of 1/6th.
Botanical garden of Balata/ lunch on-site/ guided visit of the garden
In the afternoon continue the visit of Fort de France with:
Regional Museum of History and Ethnography located in an ancient bourgeois villa. In this small museum, you will see the reproduction of a typical interior of the past and a great collection of traditional creole costumes.
Free time for shopping
Return to Trois-Îlets.
In the commune of the Trois-Îlets, visit of the Cane House installed in an old distillery. It traces the history of sugarcane and its interference with the slave trade. Documents and models show 300 years of history and economy from the plantation of the cane, through the all the phases of Rum production. Among the exhibits, you will be able to read the “Black Code” and trace some African origins based on names. Visit of the Museum of La Pagerie. A page of French history took place in this property where Marie-Joseph-Rose de Tascher de la Pagerie, called “Yeyette” by her family, was born in 1763. Her second husband was the famous Napoleon Bonaparte who gave her the name of Josephine and crowned her, himself Imperatrice of France in 1804.
Transfer to the “Anses d’ARLETS” and then to “Damant” Village driving along the South Caribbean Coast. Stop at the “Anse Caffard” / Visit of the Cap 110 Memorial / Stop at the panoramic viewpoint of the Diamond Rock. Departure to St-Anne crossing the communes of Ste-Luce and le Marin. Arrival to the “Salines” beach/ lunch on site at a restaurant Free time. Think about bringing towels and swimsuit. Return to your hotel.
Today’s outing will be on a catamaran to sail the Caribbean Sea along the northern coast of the island (maybe we’ll be lucky to see dolphins) until the town of St-Pierre. Saint Pierre, the former capital, which was fully devastated in just a few minutes in the early morning of May 8, 1902, by the volcanic eruption of the Montagne Pelée. On-site, you’ll board the little train touring train to visit the ruins of Saint Pierre and learn about the story of this town known before as the small Paris of the Caribbean. It has been one of the most famous disasters of humanity. Transfer and lunch at habitation Ceron with the possibility to visit the sumptuous blooming park with centuries-old trees. Transfer to Fort-de-France by the Caribbean coast where you will enjoy a beautiful sunset. Return to the Trois-Îlets.
Check out from the hotel. Direction “La Savane des Esclaves”.This little park was created by Gilbert Larose who desired keep alive the local traditions in the daily life of modern Martinique. With lots of perseverance, Gilbert reconstructed homes and gardens to show to young generations and visitors the way their ancestors used to live. Gardens are producing all the seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as the medicinal plants used now for some of them in the french pharmacology. Departure to the Atlantic coast. stop in Le Francois, visit of the “Habitation Clement”, one of the most popular sites on the island. You will see the magnificent 18th century Clement family home restored, furnished and reopened in 2005, The home revives wonderfully the past life of its owners. You will revive, step by step, the agricultural production of Rum, walking through the remains of the old distillery. You will also enjoy some Art Exhibits, as you walk along the alleys of the park where Mr. Hayot, owner of the Foundation Clement since 1986, has created a contemporary Art Center to promote the works of Martinican and Caribbean artists. En route to the Peninsula of the Caravelle. Check-in at Hotel French Coco. The beach and the village of Tartane are a few minutes’ walk away.
Departure from the hotel to the end of the Caravelle Peninsula. Guided visit of the ruins of Chateau Dubuc or to the Caravelle Lighthouse. Transfer to Ste -Marie. Visit of the Distillery St-James/ lunch on-site / Visit the Banana’s Museum. or Transfer to Ste -Marie. Visit of the Banana’s Museum / Lunch in a restaurant located on the Atlantic Coast. Departure to Macouba. Visit of the Distillery J -M. Return to the “French Coco” hotel.
Early morning departure for your Norwegian airline flight back to JFK