Now is the time to discover Haiti, the most facinating destination in the Caribbean. Get active with an overnight hike high in the mountains and then relax on some of the Caribbean’s best undiscovered beaches. With art, hiking, beaches, community and history this is one of the most comprehensive tours available of Haiti.
Day 01: Arrival in Port au Prince
Meet on arrival into Toussaint Louverture Intl. airport on the outskirts of Port au Prince and taken to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: In Port au Prince
Today we will then do an Historic City Tour including:
The old Gingerbread houses, dating from over 120 years
Champ de Mars, the Heroes’ square
An overview of the history of this tiny fighting island
Statues of the Heroes
The damaged Catholic Cathedral, St. Trinity’s Episcopalian and the loss of its native art murals, plus the National Palace
Visit to the Historic Pantheon museum
Afterwards a visit to Atis Rezistans, a group of artists who make wonderful and unusual pieces of art/sculpture out of things they find on the street. A uniquely Haitian experience.
On the Gulf of Gonâve, Haiti’s capital city has a long and chequered history. Founded as a base for French pirates, the city has suffered an almost endless catalogue of natural and civil upheavals, culminating in the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck the city on January 12, 2010, killing over 200,000 people. The city is beginning to re-emerge from the rubble though and rebuild many of the buildings destroyed. The National Palace, once one of the city’s most impressive landmarks has now been replaced again by one of the largest parks in the country, the Champs-de-Mer. In the streets and in Marche de fer (Iron Market) you can find life going on as it has for generations, with vendors selling everything from voodoo paraphernalia and masks, to tea sets and coconut belts, with artists making amazing art of of everything. Port au Prince is a microcosm of Haiti and provides a fascinating insight into the resilience and spirit of the Haitian people.
Day 03: Hiking in La Visite National Park to Seguin
Up early to travel by car to the end of the “Road” at Furcy for the start of your hike to the Auberge at Seguin. You will be walking through La Visite National Park, accompanied by a guide. When you arrive at the Auberge you will have lunch, a chance to look around and unwind and talk to the Auberge owner about the Forest and surroundings.
Day 04: Hiking in La Visite National Park to Jacmel
Next morning after breakfast hike down to Peridot, near Jacmel where you will be met by our local driver to take you to our beach hotel just outside of Jacmel for some rest and recovery from our amazing hike over the mountains. This is the start of our Jacmel Carnival weekend. A welcome Rhum or fruit punch will be offered at the Cyvadier Plage hotel on arrival. Included tonight is a buffet dinner plus a musical group.
Day 05: In & around Jacmel
Today you will enjoy a visit to Bassins Bleu, the lovely waterfalls, just outside Jacmel and then come back for lunch, followed by a Jacmel city tour with our local guide. Enjoy an included buffet dinner with the Xaragua Folklore Dance group.
Occupying traditional heartland of the Taino Indians, Jacmel was the old capital of the southeastern part of French Saint-Dominigue. Originally developed to boost sugar production from the outlying plantations, the town went on to become a major trading centre for coffee. Today the old historic part of Jacmel is still filled with wonderfully preserved examples of 19th century French colonial architecture and these mansions influenced the shotgun shacks famed today in the old French Quarter of New Orleans. With a vibrant and thriving arts scene, Jacmel is the undisputed handicraft centre of Haiti with murals scattered around the town plus many shops selling handicrafts, papier-mâché masks and carved wooden animals. Jacmel is also home to internationally renowned film and music festivals and was also the birthplace of two of Haiti’s most influential artists, the poet René Déspestre and the artist Prefétè Duffaut, whose stunning murals graced the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port au Prince.
Day 06: Drive to Port Au Prince
Drive to Port au Prince in the morning to the airport for your flight home.
|Port-au-Prince||02||Royal Oasis Hotel|
|Seguin||01||L’Auberge de Seguin|
|Jacmel||02||Cap Lamandou Hotel|
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 05 Nights accommodation hotel.
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Entrance fees to monuments.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.