Day 1 St Lucia
Make your own way to St Lucia where you can meet us for the scheduled group transfers to your hotel. This tropical paradise of white-sand beaches backed by the sparkling Caribbean Sea is home to the famous towering twin volcanoes, the Pitons, which loom over the island's west coast. On arrival, transfer to your hotel in Rodney Bay Village, which is your base for the next seven nights. Get to know your your travelling companions over a welcome drink and dinner this evening.
Day 2 St Lucia Tour
Join your Tour Manager for an included tour of St Lucia today, which begins with a drive through the countryside. We'll stop off for a stroll to discover some of St Lucia's more exotic plants and have the chance to sample freshly picked fruit. We'll also learn the art of Creole cooking before trying traditional dishes such as pepper pot stew, callaloo and plantain, and seeing how rum is distilled before enjoying a tasting. Meals included: B
Day 3 Rodney Bay - at Leisure
Discover more of the Rodney Bay area at your own pace today or spend your time relaxing in the Caribbean sun.
Alternatively, join our half-day optional excursion to St Lucia's capital Castries, which will introduce you to its hidden gems. We'll visit the local market, where you can try out your bartering skills as you shop for souvenirs, and we'll also see the process of silk-screening and watch a sculptor at work. There's the chance to enjoy some duty-free shopping before we head back to the hotel.
If you would like to do something more active, you can choose to join a different optional excursion altogether. You will embark on a hike of the Gros Piton, the highest of the island's famous volcanic peaks, which is reached via a scenic journey. We'll set off early and travel along the picturesque Morne Fortune hill, past banana plantations and through the traditional villages of Anse La Raye and Canaries, where we'll stop to taste local bread. We'll then drive through Soufriere to the foot of the Gros Piton. The hike - with one Local Guide per four climbers - is moderate to begin with and becomes more strenuous as we go higher, so we recommend this excursion to experienced hikers only.
Day 4 Rodney Bay - at Leisure
Today you could join our optional dolphin and whale-watching excursion. During this exciting boat trip, you can also look out for many other types of incredible marine life that can be seen in the waters surrounding St Lucia. Alternatively, spend today relaxing on the beach or enjoying the facilities at your hotel, which include two outdoor pools and a spa. Later, you could choose to join our optional sunset catamaran cruise. On this two-hour trip, you'll be served canapés, 'champagne' and a rum punch or two, while listening to the sounds of a steel band and taking in the lovely views.
Day 5 Land & Sea Safari
Today we include a thrilling land and sea safari which takes us down the west coast to Soufriere. As we travel in an open-air Jeep we'll enjoy fascinating detours through small villages along the outskirts of the rainforest. If you're feeling thirsty along the way, don't worry, the vehicle will be well stocked with soft drinks and beer. We'll visit the Sulphur Springs and Diamond Botanical Gardens and Waterfalls, before heading to a working cocoa plantation for lunch. Experience a selection of local dishes including a variety of rice dishes, salads and steamed vegetables, and try their traditional chicken dish and spicy creole fish. You will also learn about plantation life on the island and how the cocoa beans are traditionally dried and polished. Our return journey is made by boat, so top up your tan or relax in the shade and admire the gorgeous views of the Caribbean coast. There's a stop for snorkelling, and the boat will navigate Marigot Bay, which you may recognise as the setting for many films, including Dr Dolittle.
Day 6 Rodney Bay - at Leisure
Why not spend today relaxing on the beach or enjoying the facilities at your hotel, which include two outdoor pools and a spa.
Day 7 Rodney Bay - at Leisure
Reduit Beach, just along from Rodney Bay, where the Bay Gardens Resort sister hotel is located, is simply stunning with gently shelving, clear waters and soft sand. Why not head here for a day at leisure. The hotel's free shuttle bus operates hourly from 9:30 and only takes ten minutes. This evening, gather with your travelling companions for an included farewell dinner.
Day 8 Departure
Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see www.justyou.com/transfersMeals included: B