Explore the Trace road, crossing the green rain forest heart of the island, and the city of Saint-Pierre historically called the « Little Paris of the Caribbean », the former capital in the shadow of the majestic Mount Pelée volcano.
A fully commented tour including stops at the « Sacred Heart » church of Balata, the Alma river, the Saut gendarme waterfall, the ruins of Saint-Pierre with a panoramic view on the Mount Pelée, the Depaz distillery and also a stop at the Carbet beach. You can swim in both the waterfall and the sea.
Our tour includes the tasting of 12 salty and sweet delicacies and drinks (soft and alcoholic) : Turmeric bread, Avocado « féroce », Banana pastry, Guava pastry, Coconut pastry, Banana wine, local hot chocolate and so on (depending of the availability of fresh products).
- Duration: about 4h30 Price: 65€ per adult / 45€ per children under 10 years old.
- Departure: 9 AM by the port of Fort-de-France (for cruise passengers)/ Return at 2 PM approx. Pick-up in front of Simon Hotel (in the downtown of Fort-de-France) for other passengers – pick up also possible in front of Hotel Batelière in Schoelcher.
- Capacity: 8 persons maximum.
- The English level of Christelle is fluent
Sonia – 03/22/2017
This was a great day trip to see the North end of the island! Christelle was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. She had pictures and trivia questions for us along the way. There were only 3 of us on the tour, which made it a very personable experience. We saw some major landmarks in the North including Sacré-Coeur (church). We started with a little sidetrack through banana plantations because of traffic, but we didn’t mind learning about banana production. Then, we drove through Fort-de-France where Christelle pointed out some significant buildings. We drove along Trace road through the rainforest, stopping at the Alma River and Saut Gendarme (waterfall); and saw some of the ruins in Saint-Pierre (former capital of Martinique ruined by the 1902 eruption of Mont Pelée). We also stopped at the Depaz Rum Distillery, where we were able to get up close in seeing how rum is made (even touring inside the factory), and taste a few samples. We ended our trip at a grey sand beach just south of the town. We had a few beautiful views of Mont Pelée from Saint-Pierre at this beach. Christelle’s pastries and homemade treats were delicious! Christelle spoke in French since we are bilingual, and we really thought that this enhanced our experience. I would strongly recommend this day trip. Although there are several suggestions for renting a car, we liked being with someone who knew the island well. The roads, although well kept, are winding with twists and turns as you climb and descend the mountains/valleys. If you’re also not comfortable driving a stick shift, then it is worth budgeting your trip to do a driving tour. Merci à Christelle!