Haiti - Land of Mountains

Haiti - Land of Mountains

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Haiti - Land of Mountains

Visiting: Haiti

Tour operator:

Undiscovered Destinations

Tour code:

HLM

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Age range:

18-70

Interests:

Cultural, History

This tour is no longer available

Tour Overview

Haiti doesn’t even feature on the radar of most, which is why we’re so excited about offering a truly unique journey to this charming and resilient nation. On this small group tour we experience the world’s first black republic, with the magnificent Citadelle Henri Christophe and the Palais Sans Souci, charming colonial style architecture in Jacmel, as well as stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches and welcoming people.

Tour Pace - Relaxed

Highlights

  • Citadelle Henry Christophe and the Palace of Sans Souci
  • The stunning waterfalls of Bassins Bleu
  • View an authentic vodou ceremony
  • A slice of the authentic Caribbean that is difficult to find elsewhere

Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday) – Port au Prince
Arrive in Port au Prince. The rest of the time is free for you to relax or explore Haiti’s vibrant capital. A meeting will be held at 6pm for the group. Overnight Le Plaza or similar.

Day 2 (Friday) – Barbancourt Distillery and Cité Soleil*
This morning we will visit the famous Barbancourt Rum Distillery, founded in 1862. This is a working distillery and the tour is subject to availability. The Barbancourt Distillery is one of Haiti's oldest, and its rum is one of the country's most famous exports, widely regarded as among the finest rums in the world. Later in the day we will head to Cité Soleil, Haiti’s largest ‘shanty town’ and in the past a no go area for tourists and the local police. Thankfully, things have changed and you will get to see the work being done by the local community and the projects that are helping to change the image of this area. We are accompanied throughout by a local resident. Overnight Le Plaza or similar. (B)

*Please note: At present the U.K. FCO advise against all but essential travel to the Cité Soleil area of Port au Prince. For those not wishing to visit or concerned regarding their travel insurance cover, a free afternoon at the hotel is possible.

Day 3 (Saturday) – Port Au Prince and Vodou Ceremony
A tour of the historical parts of the city is followed by a visit to an authentic vodou ceremony. Later in the afternoon we head up into the mountains surrounding Port au Prince to visit the delightful village of Furcy. Take a stroll and enjoy the cool mountain air. Overnight Le Plaza or similar. (B)

Day 4 (Sunday) – Lake Azuéi
Today we head to Lake Azuéi, the largest lake in Haiti which is also known as Etang Saumâtre. Located 18 miles east of Port-au-Prince its eastern side is part of the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We will be meeting an environmental specialist who will tell us about the work they are doing for water in this area. There’s an opportunity to go out on a boat to see the fish cages and there is also the chance to go for a swim. For the more adventurous, kayaking on the lake is available (pay locally). We return to the hotel later in the afternoon. Overnight Le Plaza or similar. (BL)

Day 5 (Monday) – Jacmel and Bassins Bleu
A picturesque drive across the mountains takes us to the pretty old coffee port of Jacmel, well endowed with historic buildings and a pleasure to explore. We visit the stunning waterfalls of Bassins Bleu as well as some of the town’s most interesting sites including the old coffee warehouses built in the New Orleans style of architecture and the pretty cathedral. Overnight Hotel Cyvadier or similar. (B)

Day 6 (Tuesday) – Route du Café and Port Salut
This morning we leave the hotel and begin a tour of the Route du Cafe.. Jacmel is a well known coffee growing area and you will get a chance to see the coffee making industry in the region. After lunch (not included) we travel out to the Highway and get the bus down to Aux Cayes, in the South of Haiti. Once we arrive at Aux Cayes we get a ride to Port Salut and settle in to our hotel just 2 minutes away from the lovely long beach. Overnight at Le Rayn Vert (B)

Day 7 (Wednesday) - Marie Jeanne Caves and Aux Coteaux
The tour today starts with a visit to the Marie Jeanne Caves, a stunning underground cave system, reached by a 15 minute walk up a gravel path. The caves offer spectacular view of stunning, colourful rock formations and unspoiled fauna. Closed shoes are recommended (not sandals). From the Marie Jeanne Caves we continue to Coteaux and the "500 Marches de la Médaille Miraculeuse" meaning literally ‘500 steps to the Miraculous Medal’, dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is a fairly steep walk up the steps but those who do will be rewarded with a great view. Overnight at Le Rayn Vert (B)

Day 8 (Thursday) – Travel to Cap Haitian
After breakfast, we will take a taxi back to Aux Cayes to board the 10am return bus to Port au Prince. On arrival in Port au Prince, we travel to the airport for or flight up to Cap Haitian, where we will be met on arrival and transferred to our hotel. Overnight at Hotel Roi de Christophe (B)

Day 9 (Friday) - La Citadelle La Ferriere and the Palace of Sans Souci
Today we visit the country’s most incredible site – the vast Citadelle, an imposing fortress built atop a mountain to resist a French invasion that never came. We take a gentle horse ride (led by handlers) or walk to the top and explore the site with a local guide. We also visit the palace of Sans Souci situated below the Citadelle and dating back to the same time. Lunch is taken at a local community restaurant before we return to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel Roi de Christophe (BL)

Day 10 (Saturday) – Cap Haitian
We take a walking tour of Cap Haitian. It has a wealth of French colonial architecture, which has been well preserved. During and after the Haitian Revolution, many craftsmen from Cap Haïtien fled to French-controlled New Orleans as they were under attack by the mostly African slaves. As a result, the two cities share many similarities in styles of architecture. Especially notable are the gingerbread houses lining the city's older streets. The tour will also include some of the major historical forts nearby. On our return to Cap Haitian we travel out to our hotel for the last two nights, based on a beautiful beach. Overnight at Cormier Plage (BD)

Day 11 (Sunday) – Cormier Plage
A relaxing day by the beach. The hotel has tennis courts for the more energetic or maybe you would prefer to lie in one of the hammocks and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. There are no plans for today so you are free to fill your final day in Haiti as you please. Overnight at Cormier Plage (BD)

Day 12 (Monday) – Cap Haitian
Transfer to Cap Haitian airport for departure flight. Tour ends. (B)

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Traveller - Comfortable

Inclusions:

Arrival and departure transfers

Domestic flight

All accommodation

Services of English speaking guide / tour leader

Meals as listed (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary

 

Excluded:

International flights

Any airport taxes

Travel Insurance

Visas

Drinks

Check out our Q&As

  • I’m a single traveller – will I feel out of place?

    In a word, no. We get a good mix of single travellers and couples on our group tours.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    We are happy to allocate a twin room to two single same-sex travellers. If there is no one else to travel

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, sorry this is not possible.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    We offer fully transferable group tour deposits (excluding any flight payments which are always non-refundable). You can change your group tour booking up to 10 weeks before departure and not lose your deposit – we will put your deposit towards any new group booking as long as you travel within 2 years of the original departure date.

  • Can I alter the tour?

    On our scheduled departures this isn’t possible, simply due to the fact that you’ll be travelling with other people. However, if you like the look of one of our advertised trips but want to tweak it slightly, then we can offer tailor made itineraries just for you, to accommodate your specific requirements.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    There are no hard and fast rules about what type of people travel on Undiscovered Destinations’ group tours – we attract people from all ages, nationalities and walks of life. What you are likely to find though is that travellers share a similar outlook about travel. We tend to attract people with a curiosity about the lesser visited corners of our planet.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    We have been going since 2004.

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    Undiscovered Destinations requires a minimum deposit of 350 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 70 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of undiscovered destinations charges.

    Up to 71 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 70 days before tour starts: Forfeit 40% of booking price.

    At 34 days before tour starts: Forfeit 60% of booking price.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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