Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Introduction to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad, and in particular the capital Port of Spain, is culturally very diverse. Here there are museums and art galleries, street theatre and parks, fine shops and delightful cafés, ornate mosques and baroque churches. It’s a great city for walking. The lovely open spaces of Queen’s Park lead to Queen’s Royal College and the nearby rows of Edwardian mansions. From there, walk to the splendid shops of Frederick Street, before heading out to the 100 hectares of the Asa Wright Nature Centre and bird sanctuary.

The National Museum and Art Gallery, established over a hundred years ago, celebrates the history of the islands, its national festivals and the earliest settlers, the Amerindians. There are two smaller branches at Fort San Andres, on South Quay, and the Police Service Museum at the Old Police Headquarters.
 

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ANGOSTURA BITTERS & RUM DISTILLERY (Tour H)

  • Angostura is the world’s market leader for aromatic bitters
  • Marvel at the Barcant Butterfly Collection
  • Discover the history of this iconic brand
Price£35.00 - £45.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Shopping time includedShopping time included

The pink in a Pink Gin comes from Angostura Aromatic Bitters, made in Trinidad since 1875. Visit the distillery on this tour, and gain an insight into the history of this world-famous product.

Angostura Aromatic Bitters was developed by Dr Siegert in 1824, to use within his medical practice. In 1875, the family business moved to Trinidad; where the production has continued. The original recipe is held in secret by a selected few distillers, and has remained unchanged for 193 years.

Begin your tour of the facility – considered one of the most modern in the Caribbean – with a visit to the Barcant Butterfly Collection. Housing over 8,000 specimens, the collection is a legacy of a local lepidopterist; and was acquired by Angostura in 1974.

Continuing through the manufacturing facility, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with an insight into the production process. Your final part of the tour is to the rum distillery, where famous rums are produced for export around the world. Before returning to the ship you will be invited to sample some of these fine products.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour – approximately one and a half hours – over level terrain. The tour is suitable for wheelchair users as long as they can get on and off the tour transport unaided. Guests must be aged 18 years old or over in order to participate in the sampling of rums and bitters.


BELLE PARAMIN (TOUR K)

  • Discover the authentic French village of Paramin
  • Admire the stunning views of the Maravel Hills
Activity Tour
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This authentic French village, high in the Maravel Hills, has the unique feature of Patois (French Creole) which is spoken among the villagers and taught in schools.

Depart Port of Spain by bus and journey in to the Maravel Hills. Transfer to 4 x 4 jeeps for the remaining drive along steep, mountain roads to Paramin.

On arrival you will be greeted by village guides who will show you around. Paramin’s hilly terrain is perfect for the farming of herbs like rosemary, thyme, celery, chives and cilantro as well as produce including peppers, tomatoes and yams; all used to flavour Trinidad’s tasty cuisine. Visit the Catholic church with its beautiful stained glass windows and the Paramin Caves, before pausing to admire the view from Tippy Top – the highest point on the island. Have your camera to hand to capture the breath-taking vista of the Caribbean Sea, the Western Peninsula, and Port of Spain below.

Throughout your walking tour, you will be greeted by the friendly Patois-speaking villagers – it is not uncommon to see locals transporting crops in bundles balanced on their head!

After a refreshing drink and a snack of locally grown fruit, it is time to board your vehicles for the descent back to Port of Spain and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is an extensive amount of walking involved in this tour –over varying terrain. The roads traversed to reach Paramin are steep and winding, and so this tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from motion sickness – it is advisable to take precautionary medication if required. Be prepared to be bumped around. We do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility, wheelchair users, or guests who have respiratory conditions, asthma, heart or back problems, are recovering from surgery, or pregnant ladies. All jeeps are equipped with seat belts, which must be worn at all times; you are strictly forbidden to stand when the jeeps are in motion.


GASPAREE CAVES - TOUR G

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise around Trinidad’s offshore islands
  • Marvel at the magnificent natural caves on Gasparee Island
  • Explore the deserted island of Chacachacaree
Boat Tour
Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApproximately 6 ½ hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

The Gasparee Caves were once used by pirates to hide their booty; discover these subterranean natural treasures for yourself!

Departing Port of Spain, it is an approximate 30-minute drive to the Western Peninsula, where you will join your vessel for the day, Enjoy 2. After 15 minutes, you will arrive at Gaspar Grande (also known as Gasparee Island). With your guide, explore the spectacular system of limestone cavern and caves. The largest of these caves is known as the Blue Grotto, and as well as the interesting stalagmite and stalactite formations, your descent to 80-feet (24 metres) below the surface will be rewarded with views of the stunning tidal pool.

Back at ground level, continue your relaxing cruise around the offshore islands, stopping at Chacachacaree island, a former hospital for lepers. Learn the history of the island, hike to the lighthouse at the top of the island, take a swim or simply top up your tan – the choice is yours.

Enjoy a light lunch, served on board; before setting sail back to Chaguaramas for the short drive back to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is an extensive amount of walking involved in this tour –over varying terrain. There are 100 steps to negotiate to descend the caves. The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility. Closed toe shoes, with a good grip are essential when visiting the caves. For reference, this tour may operate in a different order to that described.


LOPINOT VILLAGE (TOUR L)

  • Visit the restored village of Lopinot
  • Witness traditional Venezuelan traditions
  • Gain an insight into plantation life 200 years ago
Price£45.00 - £55.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Step back in time with a visit to a former agricultural estate, located in the picturesque foothills of the Northern Range.

Nestled in Trinidad’s Northern Range, and a 30-minute drive from the ship, the old Spanish village of Lopinot was originally settled by Venezuelan peasants who worked the cocoa plantations producing the renowned Trinitario cocoa beans.

Named after Charles Joseph de Lopinot de la Fresilliere – a French Count who came to Trinidad in 1800 – this restored agricultural estate maintains original Venezuelan traditions, with indigenous music, food and songs. Browse the Count’s estate house, now filled with historical artefacts.

Savour a traditional local snack; and some delicious, locally produced dark chocolate. Considered the home of Parang music, watch as a senior member of the community serenades you with his cuatro (a small four-stringed instrument similar to the guitar).

All too soon it is time to leave this beautiful setting and return to Port of Spain, and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour – approximately one and a half hours – over varying terrain, including grassy areas. There are several steps to negotiate within the plantation house. The tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with limited mobility.


STEEL PAN EXPERIENCE (Tour EXC)

  • Visit the Stairlift Steel Orchestra for an experience to remember
  • Enjoy a steel pan lesson with leading pannists from the orchestra
Activity Tour
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApproximately 2 ½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

In a little over 80 years, the steel pan has made its way from Trinidad’s poorest neighbourhoods to being an iconic sound in calypso music. This exclusive tour allows you the opportunity to visit a pan yard to learn about this unique instrument and to try your hand at playing!

From the quayside, it is a short transfer to Steel Explosion Pan Yard, where you will be welcomed by the pannists – some of the finest in the world.

After an introduction to the steel pan – the only non-electronic instrument to be invented in the 20th century – Tony will tutor you on some simple techniques. Once you have mastered the art, you can try putting a few notes together – or perhaps even play a simple tune!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is minimal walking involved in this tour, although you will be standing for the duration. It is considered suitable for all guests providing you are able to get on and off the tour transport unaided.


TOUR A - CITY HIGHLIGHTS & PAN THEATRE

  • Take in the highlights of Port of Spain
  • Gain an insight into the history of probably the most iconic sound of the Caribbean – the steel pan
  • Enjoy a short concert in a local pan theatre
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

This tour offers a combination of sightseeing around Port of Spain and an introduction to steel pan music.

Leaving the pier, pass the striking parliament building, known as the Red House, and admire the architecture of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – a row of imposing colonial mansions originally built in the early 20th century. Continue around the Queen’s Park Savannah – the world’s largest roundabout which hosts the renowned Trinidad Carnival – before proceeding to the Botanical Gardens. One of the oldest botanic gardens in the world, the site houses 700 trees, along with a small burial plot in which former Governors of Trinidad have been buried since 1819.

Proceed to the Pan Theatre, pausing briefly at Lady Young Lookout for an excellent panoramic view of the city.

Steel pans are the only musical instrument invented in the 20th century, developed in Trinidad in the 1930s. Gain an insight into the history of this iconic sound, before you are invited to listen to a short concert. Sip a refreshing rum or fruit punch, whilst the steel band plays a number of classic, contemporary, and pop songs along with traditional calypso.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves minimal walking, and so is suitable for all guests providing they are able to get on and off the tour transport unaided. There will be a short walking tour of the Botanical Gardens, lasting approximately 20 minutes, on flat, paved ground. If you do not wish to participate, it is possible to remain on the bus.


TOUR C - CARONI NATURE SANCTUARY

  • Enjoy a cruise through the Caroni Swamp – the largest mangrove wetland in Trinidad
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the many species of flora and fauna that inhabit the sanctuary
Boat Tour
Price£35.00-£45.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

The Caroni Nature Sanctuary is renowned among ornithologists as it offers the opportunity to spot Trinidad’s national bird – the scarlet ibis.

Departing the quayside, an approximate 30-minute drive will bring you to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary. Transfer to open, flat-bottomed boats for a cruise along the peaceful waterways of this diverse ecosystem.

Your naturalist guide will point out some of the reserve’s residents, including caiman, goggle eyed fish, anteaters, tree boas and some of the 100 bird species – including the scarlet ibis. This bright red bird feeds, nests and reproduces here; and the mangrove forms the major roosting place for this protected species.

After your relaxing boat ride, having enjoyed the almost surreal beauty of this sanctuary, it is time to return to the main landing for the transfer back to Port of Spain.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? All creatures in their natural environment are unpredictable, therefore we cannot guarantee sightings of any wildlife. This tour involves minimal walking, and so is suitable for all guests providing they are able to get on and off the tour transport unaided. Binoculars are not essential, but may add to your enjoyment. Insect repellent and a bottle of water would be handy additions to your bag. Don’t forget to bring a hat and sun protection. For reference, the boats used, which are boarded from a pier, are uncovered, so be prepared to get wet should a tropical shower ensue. Toilets are available at the Sanctuary visitor centre.


TOUR D - MARACAS BEACH

 

  • Visit Trinidad’s most beautiful beach
  • Enjoy two and a half hours at leisure
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

Discover what makes Maracas Bay the most popular weekend destination for locals.

As you leave the pier, pass the striking parliament building, known as the Red House, and admire the architecture of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – a row of imposing colonial mansions originally built in the early 20th century.

Proceeding out of town, and along the Northern Range, you will enjoy wonderful views of the Caribbean Sea. Pause at Maracas Lookout, where you will be able to capture magnificent views of Port of Spain, and Maracas Bay.

Arriving at Maracas Beach, you will have approximately two and a half hours to spend as you wish – swim in the inviting blue waters, top up your tan or perhaps sample some ‘bake and shark’ – a delicious sandwich originating on this very beach!

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TOUR E - CITY HIGHLIGHTS & CULTURAL SHOW

Enjoy a scenic tour of Trinidad and take in the site of its traditional cultural show on this cruise tour.

Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 - 4 hours
LimitationMinimum of 80
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Departing from our cruise ship at the quayside we shall begin our scenic cruise tour of the Port of Spain. Our cruise tour will pass by the lighthouse and the striking parliament building known as the Red House. We will be invited to marvel at the ‘Magnificent Seven’ a row of imposing colonial houses originally built at the turn of the last century as private residences. Continuing by Queen’s Park Savannah, we will make a brief stop at the tropical Botanical Gardens and President’s House, a cool shady enclave of exotic trees and tropical flowers.

Following our short stop, we shall rejoin our tour vehicles for a brief journey to Lady Young Lookout for a panoramic view of the Port of Spain – don’t forget your cameras as on a clear day it is possible to see as far as Venezuela!

Our next stop is the venue for our show, upon arrival we will be greeted with a welcome drink and shown to our seats. As Trinidad is home to the Caribbean carnival, it is the perfect place to watch a traditional cultural show.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: Please note that we will have approximately 20 minutes of walking and standing at the Botanical Gardens and President’s House. There will also be approximately four steps to negotiate. We will spend approximately one hour at the show’s venue; there are toilet facilities available. Our welcome drink will typically be fruit juice or rum punch. Please note that taxis are sometimes used for transportation; our driver will also act as our guide

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TOUR F - ASA WRIGHT NATURE CENTRE

  • Visit one of the most important conservation areas in the Caribbean
  • Keep your eyes peeled for the many species of wildlife that inhabit this beautiful setting
Activity Tour
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Visit the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Centre, a 200-acre bird sanctuary and conservation centre located deep in the hills of the Northern Range.

Departing Port of Spain, relax on an approximate one and a half hour drive in to the Arima Valley. On arrival at the Asa Wright Nature Centre, you will be welcomed by your knowledgeable guide who will escort you on an informative nature walk through the lush tropical forest with its exotic trees and colourful flowers. Keep a watchful eye for some of the amazing variety of birdlife, such as toucans, manikins and hummingbirds, as well as the beautiful and graceful butterflies that live in this unique environment.

Following your approximate 90 minute walk, return to your vehicle for the journey back to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is an extensive amount of walking in this tour, over varying and uneven terrain, with some inclines. This is an active excursion, and is only suited for those in good physical condition. Wildlife in its natural environment is unpredictable, and we cannot guarantee any sightings. Comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes are essential, and long trousers and a hat are highly recommended. A bottle of water, insect repellent and sun protection would be handy additions to your bag. Please note that taxis are sometimes used for transportation; your driver will also act as your guide.


TOUR G - TRINIDAD JEEP ADVENTURE

This unique jeep adventure cruise tour offers the opportunity to visit places rarely visited by even the local population!

 

Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

We will begin our cruise tour with a brief 15 minute bus journey to the town of Maraval, where we will board our 4 x 4 Jeeps for the ascent to the Paramin hillside. Here we will see first hand, the rich agricultural landmass where farmers grow various local herbs. The area also provides a breathtaking panoramic view from the highest mountain village in the Caribbean!

During our stop, we will take a walk through the village and learn how the locals share their knowledge about growing herbs and preparing them for market.

Continuing, we shall travel along the hilly north coast road descending along the Maracas Royal road towards the Maracas lookout where we will make our second stop for a wonderful photo opportunity. Our final stop will be at Maracas Bay where we will have some free time to perhaps enjoy a swim in the gentle waters or simply stroll along the white sandy beach.

CRUISE TOUR NOTES: Please note that this is an adventure cruise tour and passengers must be prepared to get bumped around. Due to the varying terrain crossed we do not recommend this cruise tour to passengers who suffer from neck or back problems or pregnant ladies. If you would like to go swimming, we would advise that you come already wearing your swimsuit under casual clothes that you do not mind getting wet or dusty. Don’t forget your towel and adequate sun protection. Home-made refreshments will be served at Paramins Hills. Children must be four years of age and above to participate. For your reference each jeep can accommodate 4 or 7 passengers.

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YERETTE – HOME OF THE HUMMINGBIRDS (TOUR M)

  • Leave the bustling port behind for a magical experience in the private garden of Theo Ferguson
  • Try your hand at capturing the world’s smallest bird on camera!
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Theo Ferguson is a bird photographer and an expert on hummingbirds. His private garden is a virtual haven for a myriad of hummingbird species.

Journey in to the Maracas Valley, where Theo and his wife, Gloria have created a sanctuary for these fascinating birds.

Learn about the history, anatomy and fantastic characteristics of hummingbirds during an interactive and entertaining talk.

Next, head out into the garden to admire these colourful creatures – and attempt to capture them on film as they flit between the feeders. 14 of the 18 species found in Trinidad frequent Yerette, including the copper-rumped hummingbird, long-billed starthroat, ruby topaz and the white-tailed sabrewing to name a few.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is minimal walking involved in this tour, over varying terrain, including inclines. There are steps to negotiate to enter the house. It is considered suitable for all guests providing you are able to get on and off the tour transport unaided.  The roads traversed to reach Yerette are steep and winding, and so this tour may not be suitable for guests who suffer from motion sickness – it is advisable to take precautionary medication if required.


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