Bridgetown, Barbados

Bridgetown, Barbados

Introduction to Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados has a balmy, tropical climate, making this very British Caribbean island a favourite with well-heeled tourists. Admire the impressive stalactites and stalagmites in Harrison’s Cave; sail the gorgeous azure waters in search of sea turtles; or simply relax on one of the many sandy beaches, soaking up the laid-back atmosphere.

With its balmy climate, glorious azure waters and incredible beaches, this tropical city epitomises paradise. The capital and largest city of Barbados - Bridgetown, is always busy, with an inviting atmosphere and plenty to see and do. 

In Barbados, there is never a dull day. The city’s streets are lined with shops, boutiques, street vendors, bars and places to eat, so you will always find something to do. Broad Street, the main street of Bridgetown is always busy. It’s often packed with welcoming locals and is home to the largest department stores and duty free shops in the area. It's easy to see why Barbados is known as 'Little England' with Georgian houses, Parliament Square, and a statue of Nelson.

For a change of pace, you can always head down to the shore and soak up the rays on the glorious sands, or head out on to the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea on a catamaran, feel the soothing sunshine kiss you skin and go in search of the once endangered Hawksbill and Green Turtles before swimming alongside them - a once-in-a-lifetime, 'bucket list' experience.

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Harrison�s Cave, Barbados

HARRISON'S CAVE & SCENIC DRIVE (TOUR E)

Must do tour
  • Discover the subterranean environment of Harrison’s Cave
  • Admire the crystallised limestone and impressive stalactites and stalagmites
  • Gaze in wonder at the white flow stones and at the beauty of the speleothems which adorn the cave
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Formed from a particularly beautiful type of crystallised limestone, this stunning cavern is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the entire Caribbean.

Harrison’s Cave is a magnificent natural phenomenon, quite in a class of its own. Though created over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, Harrison’s Cave has only been accessible to the general public since 1981. The first recorded history of Harrison’s Cave dates back to 1796, but it then lay undisturbed until it was rediscovered in 1970 by Ole Sorenson and developed by the Government of Barbados.

The new Harrison’s Cave experience begins at the cliff-top location overlooking the valley floor. As you disembark, you will be able to enjoy the first exhibits located in the new car park.

The Visitor Reception Centre offers interpretative exhibits, which can be enjoyed at leisure. There are two options for descending from the cliff top to the valley floor; one of the two scenic tourism trails, including the cliff trail or valley trail; or one of the three breathtaking, state-of-the-art glass fronted elevators.

Entering the Cave Interpretative Centre (CIC), which showcases exhibits as well as interactive displays, you board your tram for a 40 minute underground journey. As the driver pulls away, your guide will commence their commentary on this memorable experience. Throughout the journey, pass through magnificent chambers, incredible stalactites and stalagmites, bubbling streams, tumbling cascades, plunging waterfalls and emerald pools.

Throughout the cave, the flowstone-covered walls glisten in the lights as the calcite laden waters drip down from the roof.

In many areas the stalactites have reached down to join with a stalagmite and formed spectacular pillars. At various points the tram will stop, allowing you to disembark and have a closer look at the beauty at hand. It is important to remember how long it has taken for these precious features to form, so please do not touch them. One of your stops will take place at the lowest point in the cave, where a waterfall plunges into an emerald pool.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? For your reference, you will spend approximately 90 minutes at Harrison’s Cave and Visitor Centre. There is walking involved through the entrance to the Visitor Centre, however guests with limited mobility can use the glass lifts in order to reach the cave. Those participants feeling a little more energetic can reach the caves via a series of wooden staircases. Please note that there may be a wait for the elevators should all guests choose this option to reach the caves. Participants will have to negotiate a few small steps in the theatre as well as a step in order to board the tram. Don’t forget to bring your camera. There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.


Coast to Coast, Bridgetown

FROM COAST TO COAST (TOUR A)

  • Admire the picturesque island of Barbados
  • Sit back and relax as the incredible natural attractions are showcased
  • Learn about the history and culture of the Island
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Discover the highlights of Barbados on a scenic tour of the island.

A drive along Broad Street, the main shopping area of Bridgetown, will take you by National Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square).

Continuing through the suburbs of Bridgetown, you will soon see the more rural scenery that Barbados has to offer. Pass by the Emancipation Statue, depicting a freed slave, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, and then Gun Hill Signal Station, high on a hill, will appear before you as you ascend through the parish of St George.

Your first stop is St. John’s Parish Church, perched on a cliff 243 metres (800 feet) above sea level, overlooking coastal St John’s and the Atlantic Ocean. The present building was constructed in 1836, after the hurricane of 1831 destroyed the one built in 1660. The pulpit is built from six different kinds of wood: ebony, locust, Barbados mahogany, manchineel, oak and pine. St. John’s Church also houses an interesting sculpture, depicting the Madonna and Child with the infant St John, while the graveyard contains the tomb of Ferdinando Paleologus, a descendent of the Byzantine Imperial family, who died in Barbados in 1678 after being a resident for over 20 years.

Next, descend towards the Atlantic coastline and Bathsheba, where a short stop will allow you to enjoy the spectacular views of the east coast hills on one side and the pounding Atlantic surf on the other.

Further along the East Coast Road, pass Barclays Park – a 50 acre gift to the Government of Barbados from the bank of the same name, to commemorate the island’s independence in 1966. The area is known as the Scotland District because Scottish settlers remarked that the hills reminded them of the Scottish Highlands, and has since been declared a national park.

Your drive continues through lush vegetation and past chattel houses until you reach the Highland Adventure Centre, located near the centre of the island in the parish of St Thomas, at an elevation of more than 300 metres (1,000 feet) above sea level. On the well-maintained grounds stands a gazebo and a bar where you will enjoy a cool refreshment. From here the view of the east coast is truly breathtaking. The deep blue of the Atlantic contrasts with the unspoilt beauty of nearby Mount Hillaby, which at 347 metres (1,138 feet) above sea level, is the highest point of the island.

Your tour then progresses westwards, across the northern part of the island, to Holetown, where a monument commemorates the landing in 1605 of the first British settlers, who claimed the island ‘in the name of James I of England’.

Continuing southwards, drive along the west coast, where the clear sea gently kisses some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and many of the rich and famous have their ‘getaways’. This section of the island is often referred to as the ‘Gold Coast’, because of the number of very wealthy people who have come to live here over the years. It also boasts some of the finest hotels and restaurants.

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Is this tour right for you?

IIS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour does involve a small amount of walking and standing, including approximately 20 minutes at St. John’s Parish Church, 30 minutes at the Highland Adventure Centre and 15 minutes at Bathsheba there will also be two steps to negotiate here. Guests may remain on the tour bus at the stops if they wish. There is also an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados.


ATLANTIS SUBMARINE ADVENTURE (TOUR T)

  • Explore beneath the waves of the Caribbean Sea
  • Observe exotic fish and colourful corals in their natural environment
  • Marvel at views previously reserved for scuba divers
Boat Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 2½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Experience the award-winning Atlantis Submarine – one of the most highly recommended attractions in Barbados.

Departing from the quayside a short drive will bring you to the Atlantis office. You will be welcomed by the friendly, professional crew; and following an informal safety briefing, board Ocean Quest for the short cruise to the Atlantic dive site. Here, you shall make the easy transfer to the Atlantis XV Submarine. As you descend into the air conditioned comfort of the submarine, take your seat in front of one of the large viewing windows and prepare for your underwater adventure! As the submarine makes it’s descent to a depth of 45 metres (150 feet), your knowledgeable co-pilot will point out the varied marine life and points of interest, including a shipwreck usually seen only by scuba divers. Admire colourful coral formations, and tropical marine life including barracuda, turtles and stingrays.

Soon your expedition is over, and it is time to resurface. Enjoy a refreshing drink as you take the Ocean Quest back to Bridgetown.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that whilst this tour includes minimal walking, there are some steps to negotiate, including seven at the Atlantis office, and an 11 step ladder to get in and out of the submarine. Wheelchair users and guests with limited mobility may participate in this tour, providing they are able to use the gangways without assistance and are able to safely negotiate the ladder. The submarine ride will last for approximately 40 minutes. What marine life may be seen cannot be guaranteed. The submarine may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen. Don’t forget to bring your camera along with you. For reference, children must be at least four years old and at least 90cm (three feet) tall in order to participate. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing and accessories in Barbados.


ATLANTIS SUBMARINE NIGHT DIVE (TOUR TX)

  • Experience a different side of the Barbados nightlife
  • Watch the vibrant colours of the reef come alive under the bright lights of the submarine
  • Marvel at views previously reserved for scuba divers
Boat Tour
Price£80.00 - £95.00
DurationApproximately 2½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

There are only two places in the world where you can enjoy this unique night experience, and Barbados is one of them.

 

Departing from the quayside a short drive will bring you to the Atlantis office. You will be welcomed by the friendly, professional crew; and following an informal safety briefing, board Ocean Quest for the short cruise to the Atlantic dive site. Here, you shall make the easy transfer to the Atlantis XV Submarine. As you descend into the air conditioned comfort of the submarine, take your seat in front of one of the large viewing windows and prepare for your night-time underwater adventure!

As the submarine makes its descent to a depth of 45 metres (150 feet), the high-powered spotlights will give a very different view. Night predators lurk in the shadows, whilst the vibrant colours of the corals, not visible during the day, come to life under the bright lights. The shipwreck takes on a more menacing aura as the submarine moves in for a closer look. Your knowledgeable co-pilot narrates the approximate 50 minute underwater adventure, and will point out and explain the amazing sights on the other side of your window.

Soon your expedition is over, and it is time to resurface. The twinkling lights of the Barbados coastline are always in sight as you take the Ocean Quest back to Bridgetown, where a short cocktail reception awaits. Take the opportunity to meet the submarine pilot and crew, and relax with your fellow passengers, as you enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres before your return to the cruise terminal.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that whilst this tour includes minimal walking, there are some steps to negotiate, including seven at the Atlantis office, and an 11-step ladder to get in and out of the submarine. Wheelchair users and guests with limited mobility may participate in this tour, providing they are able to use the gangways without assistance and are able to safely negotiate the ladder. The submarine ride will last for approximately 50 minutes. What marine life may be seen cannot be guaranteed. The submarine may not be exclusive to Fred. Olsen. Don’t forget to bring your camera along with you! For reference, children must be at least four years old and at least 90cm (three feet) tall in order to participate. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing and accessories in Barbados.


Barbados Photo Adventure

BARBADOS PHOTO ADVENTURE (TOUR EXC)

  • Explore Barbados with a top local photographer – Ronnie Carrington
  • Capture the awe-inspiring views on camera
  • Learn how to hone your photographic eye and secure that all-important inspirational shot

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationVery Limited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

If you have an interest in photography, a sense of adventure and a desire to see the ‘real’ Barbados, then this is the tour for you!

This award-winning tour was designed by Ronnie Carrington, a top local photographer and producer, who has recorded aspects of Barbadian life, landscape and folk culture. His photographic and video assignments have taken him to every corner of Barbados in search of both the traditional and the unusual, and he has tailored this tour with locations that have been selected for their historically fascinating and pictorially pleasing qualities. From sugar cane fields, colourful villages and intriguing architecture to Atlantic breaker waves pounding against coral boulders along the east coast – you can experience Barbados from a totally different perspective!

Escorted by Ronnie himself, you will make your way through quaint villages, sugar plantations and over to Bathsheba on the rugged Atlantic coast – the most photographed area in Barbados.

Next, travel to the Atlantis Hotel and pause to enjoy a cocktail. The hotel was one of the first on the east coast, and was made possible by the railway line (Belleplaine), which was completed in 1883. During your stop at the Atlantis Hotel, admire the impressive views and capture images of the 9 mile (14 kilometre) stretch of beach.

Don’t forget your camera!​

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which will be over uneven and sloped ground. There are around five steps to negotiate at Atlantis Hotel. Guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados. A soft drink alternative to the cocktail is available at the Atlantis Hotel. 


BEACH EXTRAVAGANZA & DINNER SHOW (TOUR J)

  • Sit back and relax as you enjoy a colourful and lively Bajan floor
  •  Savour a typical Bajan buffet dinner at a beachside restaurant
Price£75.00 - £85.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Discover the Island's rich Afro Caribbean heritage, as you witness this unique evening show.

The evening will allow you to trace the history through the melodious sounds of three Caribbean bands and a complete cast of performers.  Immerse yourself in the Bajan scenes, re-enacted by the symbolic cultural characters who engage in the many elements of social past times.

Follow the nonstop action as the towering stiltwalkers, once known as the guardians of the village, showcase their acrobatic skills.  The excitement heats up with the flaming limbo dancer and the iconic fire eater Cassius Clay.

Come and experience the electrifying rhythms and be mesmerised by the carnival beauties and movementations of "Muddas Sally".  Complementing the entertainment package is a spice infused BBQ  Dinner straight from the grill with free flowing drinks throughout the evening.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? The show will last for approximately 45 minutes. This tour involves limited walking; however guests must be able to negotiate steps on and off the tour transport. The terrain is mainly flat with cobblestone pathways in some areas. The dress code is casual. Drinks will include House Rum, Vodka, Gin, Beer, Bajan Rum Punch, Soft Drinks and Pina Coladas. Any drinks required outside of those stated above are payable locally. As a guidance the BBQ dinner will include Barbeque steak, grilled chicken kebabs, pan seared fish, roasted potatoes, a medley of vegetables and garden salads . Local currency is accepted for purchases. The venue and show will not exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests.


Beach Hopping

BEACH HOPPING - ISLAND STYLE! (TOUR G)

  • Admire many highlights in the historic capital of Bridgetown
  • Discover the island on a colourful open-air Jitney bus
  • Relax and soak up the Caribbean sun at three different beach stops

 

Beach Tour
Price£25.00-£35.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The best way to experience the top beaches in Barbados is the number one Bajan bus.

​This lovingly restored open-air Jitney bus, used on the sugar cane plantations in bygone days, is the perfect mix for sun and fun. Brightly coloured and equipped with an array of calypso songs, the Bajan bus will take you to three of the best beaches in Barbados.

​En route to the south coast, your knowledgable guide will entertain you with funny stories and anecdotes about the island.

​Your journey will take you through the historic capital of Bridgetown, where you can admire such highlights as the Barbados Parliament Buildings - the third oldest parliamentary institution in the Western Hemisphere - National Heroes Square, with its historic statue of Lord Nelson, and Independence Square.

​As you make your way to the first stop at Accra Beach, you will loop through the historic Garrison area. Bridgetown's spectacular Garrison was established in 1789 and was the heart of British defence in the Caribbean for more than 100 years. The area is home to magnificent 18th and 19th century brick buildings and the finest cannon collection in the world. This entire area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

​Accra Beach is the popular beach on the south coast - a hit with both locals and tourists alike. Take time here to relax, stroll along the boardwalk or simply enjoy the quaint little shops on the Rockley Strip. Sit on the beach, relax and be served with unlimited drinks as you enjoy this unforgettable experience.

​Departing Accra, you make your way to Pebbles Beach and Brownes Beach. Nestled in Carlisle Bay, the only sheltered bay on the island, this stretch of sand is a perfect location to admire the stunning views of the city and the harbour in the distance.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note you will spend approximately 45 minutes at each of the beach stops. Please come wearing your swimming costume under casual clothes and do not forget to bring a towel and sun protection. All beaches visited will have bathrooms and changing facilities, however as these are public facilities we cannot guarantee the cleanliness or standard. This tour may not be escorted, therefore all guests are asked to exercise due care and attention when swimming or bathing. Guests will be required to negotiate approximately three steps to board the Jitney bus. The amount of walking undertaken during this tour will be in the periods of free time and is at the discretion of the individual. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados. It is possible that the route and/or the beach locations may be altered depending upon the weather and sea conditions. For reference there is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.


Best of Barbados

BEST OF BARBADOS (TOUR C)

  • Admire the beautiful orchids as you meander through the landscaped gardens of Orchid World and Tropical Flower Garden
  • Enjoy a visit to Sunbury Plantation - steeped in history and home to some fascinating antiques

 

Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 4.25 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Combine an enchanting visit to Orchid World, where you can delight in the many varieties and colours of the orchids in bloom, with traditional refreshments at a grand example of a Barbadian sugar estate great house.

You begin with a drive along Spring Garden Highway, up University Hill, and then out into the countryside. Continue past the famous coral stone-carved British Lion before arriving at Orchid World, where there are numerous varieties of orchids on display within the five orchid houses, along with a beautiful array of tropical flowers and plants all set within the landscaped grounds. Enjoy time to stroll through the houses and admire the many varieties of this exotic plant on show.

Next, continue to Sunbury Plantation House, which is set in the heart of the tranquil St Philip countryside. Sunbury is a superb example of a Barbadian sugar estate great house. Built over 300 years ago, this historically listed building is magnificently furnished and showcases one of the country’s finest collections of antiques, china and silver, as well as a most interesting display of old prints. The cellars house the largest collection of horse-drawn carriages in the Caribbean.

Here you will also have an opportunity to discover how to make Bajan rum punch and sample the local delicacy - cod fish cakes - before returning to your ship via the Emancipation Statue and Bridgetown.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is walking involved in this tour whilst touring the orchid houses and grounds (where there are steep paths), as well as at the Sunbury Plantation House (where there are steps although a ramp gives access to the ground floor); rough ground may be encountered. The content of the refreshments sampled is subject to change. Driver-guides may be used for this tour. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados.


CARIBBEAN TRANSPORT

In many of the Caribbean ports, Coasters (a type of mini bus) will be utilised as your mode of transport. Regrettably the Coasters used do not have luggage compartments and are therefore not equipped to store wheelchairs or walking aids.

There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.

In many of the Caribbean ports, Coasters (a type of mini bus) will be utilised as your mode of transport. Regrettably the Coasters used do not have luggage compartments and are therefore not equipped to store wheelchairs or walking aids.

There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.

Is this tour right for you?

In many of the Caribbean ports, Coasters (a type of mini bus) will be utilised as your mode of transport. Regrettably the Coasters used do not have luggage compartments and are therefore not equipped to store wheelchairs or walking aids.

There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.


Barbados Catamaran Cruise

CATAMARAN LUNCH CRUISE (TOUR B)

  • Sail through the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea
  • Admire the beautiful palm-fringed beaches as you glide by
  • Go in search of enchanting sea turtles
Boat Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 5.5 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Picture yourself relaxing on the deck of a sleek catamaran, the crystal clear Caribbean Sea lapping at the sides, beautiful palm-fringed beaches gliding by, and warm sunshine kissing your skin. With a gentle wind blowing in your hair, and the sweet sounds of the Caribbean in your ears, you will soon realise that life doesn’t get any better than this.

Upon arrival at your catamaran, you are invited to indulge in a light continental-style breakfast (with a Caribbean twist).

Cruise along Barbados’ scenic coastline to a sheltered bay, where you can swim in the azure waters, laze on the beach, or go for an optional snorkel tour over a beautiful coral reef teeming with tropical fish. Then it’s time for lunch, featuring local dishes and cool refreshments from an open-bar (soft drinks, water, tropical punch and rum punch – only after snorkelling).

Let your cares drift away, as you bask in the sunshine or relax in the shade. At your second stop, you will have the unique opportunity to view and swim with enchanting sea turtles.

The crew will then weigh anchor, as the catamaran heads back to Bridgetown. An unforgettable few hours.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility. There is a step ladder to get to/from the beach at the sheltered bay (you may have to wade through water). Swimming takes place directly from the boat. Come already wearing your swimming costume underneath casual clothes, and wear appropriate footwear. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection. Snorkels, masks and life vests (which are compulsory) are included, and instructions are provided. No fins are allowed whilst swimming with the turtles. You will be swimming in deep water (approximately six metres/20 feet). We cannot guarantee that you will always see turtles, as these endangered creatures live in their natural, free environment. All activities are subject to sea and weather conditions. A waterproof camera is a must to capture this wonderful experience. The catamaran (which is equipped with a bathroom and freshwater showers) is not exclusive to Fred. Olsen guests, and will be shared with other cruise ship passengers or hotel guests. Please note that participating children must be five years of age or over and accompanied by an adult. Alcoholic drinks are only available after swimming/snorkelling. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados. For reference there is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.


Chocolate & Rum Exeperince, Barbados

CHOCOLATE & RUM EXPERIENCE

  • Embark on a scenic drive through Bridgetown, capital of Barbados
  • Indulge yourself with a visit to the Green Monkey Chocolatier
  • Learn about rum making at the world-famous Mount Gay Rum Factory
Price£80.00 - £100.00
DurationAPPROX. 3.5 HRS
LimitationVERY LIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Take in some of the sights of Bridgetown, before visiting the Green Monkey Chocolatier to witness the creation of handmade artisan chocolates, and the Mount Gay Rum Factory, where you can savour a taste of this famous spirit.

Leaving the port, embark on a brief scenic drive through Bridgetown, passing Lord Nelson’s Statue and the Parliament buildings. Your journey continues along Bay Street, part of the historic Garrison area, with stunning beach views and the harbour in the distance. Loop around the Garrison – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to horse racing in Barbados - before passing George Washington House, the canons – part of the oldest collection in the world - and the Clock Tower.

Enjoy a visit to the Green Monkey Chocolatier, where chocolates are created in the traditional, artisan way using only the finest ingredients and without preservatives. All of the ingredients are natural – no oils or extracts – just pure, true flavours. The cream is fresh and has an extremely high fat content, which provides a smooth, velvety texture – the combination of these factors gives a taste that is indescribable. Sample some of these exquisite, luxury chocolates and maybe purchase some as gift – or to treat yourself!

Continue your tour to the Mount Gay Visitors Centre, where rum has been distilled for over 300 years, making it the oldest existing brand of rum in the world. Enjoy a guided tour here to discover the history and heritage of this famous rum and how it is produced in a state-of-the-art facility. Complete your visit with samples of this popular spirit and some time at leisure to browse the gift shop.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, some of which may be over cobbled pathways, with some steps to negotiate at both stops. The walk through the terminal building to the tour vehicles is approximately 300 metres (1,000 feet). All guests must be able to board the tour vehicle unaided. Please note that the wearing of camouflage clothing and accessories is illegal throughout Barbados.

 


Concorde Experience & Island Drive (Tour OX)

  • Relish the opportunity to step onboard Concorde
  • Explore the island with a scenic drive
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Few places in the world are home to a real Concorde, but here in Barbados you will find a G-BOAE aircraft!

Setting off from the port, a leisurely drive along the south coast of the island will bring you to the state of the art facility that houses this impressive aircraft. The Barbados Concorde Exhibit is one of Barbados’ most popular attractions and provides you with the opportunity to experience what it was like to fly on Concorde, as well as learning some of the history of flight development – in particular the advent of supersonic flight.

A short film will leave you feeling as if you have just witnessed a spectacular take off, and you will be invited to relax in a replica departure lounge – modelled on the famous Concorde Room at Heathrow Airport – before stepping onboard this iconic aircraft.

The interior is surprisingly small and intimate – try out the original leather seats, and peek into the cockpit.

Back to reality, it is time to leave Alpha-Echo and relax on a short journey through the countryside, passing quaint villages with friendly locals. Enjoy a refreshing beverage at a local rum shop before returning to Bridgetown and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour, over flat terrain, with steps to negotiate to enter the aircraft. Unfortunately this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados.


Farewell Barbados

FAREWELL BARBADOS (TOUR P)

  • Admire the sights of Barbados and enjoy a relaxing lunch on the last day of your holiday
  • Enjoy peace of mind that you will be transferred to the airport in ample time for your return charter flight home

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR IS ONLY BOOKABLE FOR GUESTS RETURNING TO THE UK ON A FRED. OLSEN CHARTER FLIGHT. TO BOOK, PLEASE VISIT THE SHORE TOURS DESK ON BOARD.

Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

A great way to spend the last day of your holiday, as you take in some of Barbados’ highlights before being transported to the airport.

Setting off from the port, you will take a drive along Broad Street, through the heart of Bridgetown, admiring a statue of Lord Nelson, and the Parliament buildings en route. Continue past the Governor General and Prime Minister’s Residence, as well as Bussa - the Emancipation Statue. Heading inland, you will pass by the stone lion at Gun Hill Signal Station, which is carved from a single piece of coral.

Continue to St John’s Parish Church, a fine classic Gothic church perched on a cliff, 243 metres (800 feet) above sea level, overlooking coastal St John’s and the Atlantic Ocean. The present building was constructed in 1836, after the hurricane of 1831 destroyed the one built in 1660. The pulpit is constructed from six different kinds of wood: ebony, locust, Barbados mahogany, manchineel, oak and pine. St John’s Parish Church also contains an interesting sculpture depicting the Madonna and Child with the infant St John, while the graveyard contains the tomb of Ferdinand Paleologus, a descendent of the Byzantine Imperial family, who died in Barbados in 1678 after being a resident for over 20 years.

Next, enjoy stunning views of the east coast as you make your way to Sunbury Plantation House. Sunbury is a superb example of a Barbadian sugar estate great house. This beautifully maintained plantation house is filled with antiques and memorabilia of a bygone era.

Sunbury House dates back to 1650. The house was destroyed by fire in 1995, and was gracefully restored and re-opened the following year. Today it possesses one of the country's superior collections of antiques. The cellars, originally used for storing yams and other root vegetables grown on the plantation, now house a unique collection of antique carriages - the largest collection in the Caribbean - as well as many items used in the domestic life of the plantation. They also house a very old collection of optical machinery and sight testing equipment, some of the first to come to the West Indies, including the first lens grinding plant. In the landscaped grounds there are more fine, authentic examples of old carts and machinery used in the last century to cultivate the land. Sunbury Plantation House, located in the tranquil St Philip countryside, is a living monument to plantation life of a bygone era, carefully restored and lovingly cherished by its owners for posterity, for the enjoyment of generations to come. Not only can you enjoy exploring this great house, but you can also savour a typical Barbadian lunch, before continuing on to the Concorde Exhibit.

The Barbados Concorde Exhibit is one of Barbados’ most popular attractions and provides guests with the opportunity to experience what it must have been like to fly on Concorde, as well as learn some of the history of flight development. At the exhibit you will be invited to watch a short film, have a seat in the original leather seats and peek into the cockpit. You will also have the opportunity to relax in a replica VIP departure lounge and fly the Concorde using flight simulators. Barbados is one of the few places in the world where you can visit a Concorde exhibit, so don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? After taking in the highlights of Barbados, you will be taken to the airport in time for your charter flight home. This tour is only suitable for guests who have chosen to return home using the Fred. Olsen charter flights; if you have booked independent return travel please contact the Tours desk for timings of this tour before booking. Please note that there is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour, and the walking at Sunbury may be over grassy and gravelled terrain. There will also be steps to negotiate at Sunbury Plantation. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados. There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.


George Washington House, Barbados

GEORGE WASHINGTON HOUSE & SCREW DOCK EXPERIENCE (TOUR H)

  • Visit the world’s last remaining screw dock
  • Step back in time with a visit to the Maritime Museum
  • Explore George Washington House and gain an insight into Bajan life 250 years ago
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLIMITED CAPACITY
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover Barbados’ maritime history with a visit to the Blackwood Screw Dock – the last of its kind - before visiting George Washington House, which briefly housed the first President of the USA in 1751 and is now owned and maintained by the Barbados National Trust.

Your tour begins with a short drive through the capital of Barbados – Bridgetown - to the newly renovated Blackwood Screw Dock, passing Lord Nelson’s Statue and the Parliament buildings.

Bridgetown Dry Dock was built in 1887, while the construction of the screw lifting dock began in 1889 and was completed in 1893. Ships came in to the Bridgetown Careenage to be lifted out of the water for repairs and to be cleaned. During World War II, the dock was used by the British Navy for ship repairs.

During your time here, discover this unique and historic site with a tour of the Maritime Museum, and view a variety of artefacts, displays and photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries. You can also enjoy a refreshing drink at Blackwood’s Tavern or relax on the nearby beautiful beach.

Continue your journey along Bay Street, which is part of the historic Garrison area, with stunning beach views and the harbour in the distance. Loop around the Garrison – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to horse racing in Barbados - before passing the canons – part of the oldest collection in the world - and the Clock Tower.

As you arrive at George Washington House – formerly known as Bush Hill House - you will be treated to an overview of the Garrison historic area. Here, you will embark on a tour of the house where in 1751 George Washington spent six weeks of his life at the age of 19. It is believed that Barbados is the only country that he visited outside of Colonial America. Now owned by the Barbados National Trust, the house displays a collection of period furnishings and artefacts to give you an insight into life in Barbados 250 years ago.

Finally, visit the gift shop at the National Museum where you have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs of your time in Barbados.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON 

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate of walking, some of which may be over cobbled pathways, and there are some steps to negotiate at George Washington House. The walk through the terminal building to the tour vehicles is approximately 300 metres (1,000 feet). All guests must be able to board the tour transport unaided. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing and accessories in Barbados.

 


Huntes Garden, Barbados

HUNTE'S GARDENS (TOUR F)

  • Admire the magical masterpiece that is Hunte’s Gardens
  • Meet the garden’s owner – Anthony Hunte - and listen to his colourful stories
  • Enjoy the spectacular coastal views at Bathsheba
Gardening Tour
Price£30.00-£45.00
DurationApprox 4.25 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Created by Anthony Hunte, a legendary horticulturalist with an unusual flair, Hunte’s Gardens are sure to appeal to keen gardeners and enthusiasts alike.

 

The location of the gardens – in the centre of Barbados’ rainforest in a sink-hole-like gully – offers a multi-dimensional experience, with vigorous plants growing densely on many levels – from open and sunny spaces down to the mysterious, dark heart of the real Caribbean jungle.

A picturesque path offers you many surprises, thanks to the impressively created series of mini-gardens embedded within the main unit, combining vibrant colours and textures of rare exotic plants to offer you an uplifting experience.

During your visit you will be met by owner Anthony Hunte and escorted into the gardens and around his extraordinary house (converted from an old stable). Throughout, you can enjoy his interesting, colourful stories, along with a glass of rum or fruit punch.

Explore acres of this impressive space independently, or simply relax on one of the garden benches hidden amongst the greenery and enjoy the accompanying classical music playing subtly in the air. Be sure to bring your camera, as birds and other wildlife have been known to visit.

Your return journey will take you past fields of sugar cane and through sleepy country villages as you descend towards the Atlantic coastline and Bathsheba. Stop briefly to enjoy impressive views of the east coast hills on one side and the pounding Atlantic surf on the other.

En route back to the quayside, pass the west coast, also known as the ‘Platinum Coast’. Not only is it home to Holetown – the site where the first settlers landed in 1627 – it is now also home to the rich and famous.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2017/2018 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that the amount of walking inside the gardens is at guests’ own discretion. There are approximately 60 steps to negotiate around the gardens, and around 12 steps onto the patio of the house, therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.  There are also two steps to negotiate at Bathsheba. What flora and fauna may be seen is subject to seasonal change and cannot be guaranteed. There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados.

 


4X4 Jeep Safari

ISLAND SAFARI (TOUR D)

  • Explore the splendour of Barbados on an exciting 4x4 jeep safari
  • Discover the rugged landscape & marvel at the impressive views
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApprox 3 hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Uncover the hidden gems of Barbados on a 4x4 safari as you explore areas off the beaten track!

Your adventure begins as you travel to the interior of the island, for a view of what Barbados probably looked like when it was first settled in the 16th century. Meander through the lush countryside, past sugar estates with their timeless great houses. You should keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the mischievous Barbadian green monkey.

Appreciate one of the most spectacular coastal views of the rugged eastern shoreline from the cliff edge before descending to the unspoilt east coast road, known affectionately as Cattlewash to the locals. Here you can feel the sea spray of the pounding Atlantic Ocean as you admire the surrounding dramatic and picturesque scenery.

Your tour continues its way through quaint villages of the Scotland District before you head to the Platinum Coast, known for its upmarket five-star properties. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2016/2017 CARIBBEAN SEASON

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests choosing this tour should be prepared to get bumped around, therefore it is unsuitable for people with heart, neck or back problems, pregnant ladies, those with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Children must be five years of age or over and accompanied by an adult. For your reference, each vehicle is fitted with padded roll bars and seatbelts (which must be worn at all times). Because of the nature of this tour, light casual clothing and closed shoes should be worn. Don’t forget sun protection. Although the 4x4 vehicles (typically Toyota Land Cruisers) have plastic side panels which can be pulled down, in the event of rain, you may get splashed! The itinerary may be subject to change without prior notice, for example, in the case of unfavourable local conditions. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados. Please be advised that although the jeeps are equipped with a PA system, it can occasionally be difficult to hear the commentary. There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles.


KENSINGTON LEGENDS (TOUR K)

  • Enjoy a tour of one of the Caribbean’s premier sporting facilities
  • Gain an insight in to the life of a West Indies cricket legend
  • A must for cricket fans
Price£190.00 - £210.00
DurationApproximately 1½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Visit the Kensington Oval, considered the home of West Indies cricket, and enjoy tea with a sporting legend.

 

Departing from the quayside a short drive will bring you to the famous Kensington Oval, a venue steeped in history and home to West Indies cricket. Legends including Sir Garfield Sobers, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Malcolm Marshall and Joel Garner have all played some of their finest games here.

Kensington Oval hosted the first England touring side in 1895, the first combined West Indies side – against MCC – in 1911 and was the scene of West Indies first test match in 1930. More recently, the ICC World Cup final was played here in 2007.

During your guided tour you will be invited to take a seat in the media centre and enjoy a brief video on the history of the Oval and some of the famous players before touring the grounds. Then it is off to the Legends Museum for a browse before enjoying tea and pastries with a Barbadian and West Indian cricket legend. Listen to some of the cricket tales, get autographs and even pose for photos with the cricket legend.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/18 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour will include approximately 30 minutes of walking and there may be some steps to negotiate. Unfortunately this tour is not accessible for wheelchair passengers and is not recommended to passengers with limited mobility. Tea & mineral water will be available at the Legends Museum. Don’t forget to bring your camera along with you. Souvenirs will be available for you to purchase (at your own expense) for autographing. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing and accessories in Barbados.


MADE IN BARBADOS (TOUR M)

  • Discover some of the island’s best local produce
  • A wonderful opportunity to purchase a unique souvenir
  • Learn about rum making at the world-famous Mount Gay Rum Factory
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Embark on a scenic journey to discover Barbados and some of the island’s most talented artists.

Departing quayside, sit back and enjoy a short scenic drive through Bridgetown to Edgehill Heights, in the parish of St Thomas. Your first stop is Earthworks Pottery. Established in 1983 by local artist Goldie Spieler, Earthworks is now run by her son, David, and has a team of 24 talented potters. Red clay ceramic pieces, fired to stoneware temperatures make their pottery ideal for use in both homes and restaurants. If you have a specific desire that can be produced in clay – for example a house number, or decorative tiles – they will make it for you. Everything is hand-finished and hand-decorated with their underglaze colours. Come and have a chat with the potters while they work – they love visitors to engage with them and their craft.

Located next door is the ‘On the Wall’ gallery, where you will find the best of Barbados’ art. The Art House Café enjoys an open veranda overlooking the valley, where you can relax and enjoy the cool breeze while sipping a cold drink (at your own expense). You may also wish to browse some of the other crafts produced here – hand-made batiks are being made in the Batik Studio, whilst the ‘Ins and Outs Emporium’ offers a wide range of locally produced foods, linens, soaps and fine crafts.

Continue through the lush countryside, passing quaint homes, making your way back to the southwestern side of the island and the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. Mount Gay Rum Distillery celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003, making it the longest-standing rum producer in the world. View a state of the art multimedia presentation, before being escorted around the distillery by your knowledgeable guide. Discover how Barbados’ number one brand is produced, aged, blended and bottled; before visiting an authentic Barbadian chattel house to sample some of the Mount Gay Rums and, if you wish, purchase a bottle of the famous liquor to take home with you.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/18 CARIBBEAN SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour includes approximately 90 minutes of walking and standing, and there are several steps to negotiate. The terrain at Earthworks is varied, including cobbles and gravel paths. Unfortunately this tour is not accessible for wheelchair passengers and is not recommended to passengers with limited mobility. Guests must be aged 18 years or over in order to participate in the rum tasting. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage clothing and accessories in Barbados.


SEA TURTLE & SHIPWRECK SNORKEL (TOUR U)

  • Explore two of the island’s best snorkelling sites
  • View hidden bays, inquisitive turtles and historical shipwrecks
  • A thrilling way to discover the coastline
Boat Tour
Price£80.00 - £95.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Step aboard a sleek power boat for an exhilarating ride along the Barbados coast.

Begin your tour as you are whisked away to Turtle Bay, home to the endangered Hawksbill and Green turtles. A short safety briefing will ensure that you are familiar with basic underwater safety and snorkel techniques, before you begin your snorkelling adventure alongside friendly and knowledgeable guides. After approximately 45 minutes, this intimate experience must come to an end, and you will embark on an exhilarating ride along the west coast, passing hidden bays. Your guide will regale you with local folklore and historical facts along the way. Arriving at the south coast, your snorkelling adventure will continue as you have the opportunity to discover the historic Berwyn Shipwreck in Carlisle Bay. The Berwyn lies seven-10 feet (two-three metres) below the surface, and was sunk in 1919. The age of the wreck, coupled with the relatively calm waters, contribute to the wide variety of marine life – tropical fish, eels, and frog fish are just a few of the species found swimming amongst the coral and sponges.

Before returning to Bridgetown, a final stop is made at one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, where you can swim, or simply enjoy the Caribbean sun whilst sipping a refreshing drink.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2017/18 CARIBBEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this is an activity tour and guests must be confident swimmers in order to participate. A steep step will need to be negotiated in order to get in and out of the powerboat at the snorkelling stops. Please note that we cannot guarantee what marine life will be seen, as these creatures will be in their natural free environment. You are advised to come already wearing your swimsuit underneath casual clothes, and don’t forget a towel and adequate sun protection. Snorkelling equipment is provided. Toilets are available on the beach. Guests who do not wish to snorkel are welcome to join the tour, the price will be the same. For reference, the journey from the beach stop to Bridgetown will be made by land cruiser.


Sunset cruise, Barbados

SUNSET CRUISE (TOUR I)

  • Savour an unforgettable sunset as you enjoy a leisurely cruise
  • Sip champagne as you relax and admire your impressive surroundings
  • An experience not to be missed!

 

 

Boat Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Sit back and unwind as you take in a relaxing sunset cruise.

A drive of approximately 15 minutes will take you to your boat departure point. From here you set sail along Barbados’ scenic west coast, with the spectacle of a tropical sunset as your backdrop. Enjoy the warm breeze and admire the shimmering sea as you watch the horizon for the sun’s dazzling descent.  

During your cruise, your friendly crew will be on hand to ensure you relax and enjoy your evening. Choose from a selection of Caribbean hors d’oeuvres as you sip champagne and watch the sun slowly set. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016/17 CARIBBEAN SEASON & THE 2017 AROUND THE WORLD GRAND VOYAGE

Is this tour right for you?

​IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? While a clear sky is preferred for sunsets, please note that we cannot guarantee weather conditions on the day, and this tour will not be cancelled due to overcast weather. There is an approximate 300 metre (1,000 feet) walk through the terminal building to reach the tour vehicles. Approximately two steps will need to be negotiated to board the boat. Please note that it is illegal to wear camouflage in Barbados. An open bar of local beer, champagne, rum, rum punch, soft drinks and fruit juices will be available. Shoes must be removed whilst onboard the catamaran, which will covered.

 


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