Hidden Gems of The Caribbean (12 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Ship: Le Ponant
Fort-de-France, Martinique to Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Dates: 25 Nov 2018 - 06 Dec 2018

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25 Nov 2018
Air travel
Fort-de-France, Martinique

Board your independent flight to Martinique. Upon arrival, transfer to the Cap Est Lagoon Resort for dinner and overnight.

26 Nov 2018
Fort-de-France, Martinique

Martinique is home to a fascinating and dynamic mélange of French traditions and Caribbean Creole culture. Birders depart early for Presqu'île de la Caravelle National Park to search for such island endemics as the Martinique oriole and white-breasted thrasher. Or, choose to visit Balata Church, a miniature version of the Basilica of Montmartre in Paris, then continue to Domaine d'Émeraude, a botanical garden and interpretive center devoted to the island's natural history. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Fort-de-France for a city tour. Board Le Ponant this afternoon.

27 Nov 2018
Fort-de-France, Martinique
28 Nov 2018
Tobago Cays, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
Saint George, Grenada

St. George, the quaint, bustling capital of Grenada, sits on a supremely scenic horseshoe-shaped bay. Wander through the maze of narrow streets to admire colorful colonial buildings, forts, and churches. Enjoy a hike along densely forested trails to view an idyllic waterfall.
These five small, uninhabited islands are part of Tobago Cays Marine Park. With pristine coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, and deserted white-sand beaches, this area is renowned for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Caribbean with vertical and gently sloping walls, and multiple wrecks.

29 Nov 2018
St. Lucia, Saint Lucia

Be on deck as the ship approaches St. Lucia for stunning views of the Pitons, two volcanic peaks rising more than 2,400 feet from the turquoise sea. Birders seek the St. Lucia parrot, St. Lucia oriole, and St. Lucia pewee. Take a hike through Edmund Forest Reserve, or choose a tour that visits the Diamond Falls botanical garden, a mineral bath, and a cocoa plantation.

30 Nov 2018
Dominica, Dominica

Birders depart early for a hike to Syndicate Falls to search for Dominica's two endemic and endangered birds—imperial and red-necked parrots. Or, choose a cultural tour of Carib Territory, a reserve where approximately 3,000 native Kalinago reside. Learn about their customs, history, and culture, with the chance to view exquisite handicrafts, including baskets, wood carvings, and canoes. Both groups return to the ship for lunch, with an afternoon of snorkeling or diving in a marine protected area. Or, choose to explore Fort Shirley, built by the British between 1770 and 1815.

01 Dec 2018
Iles des Saintes, Guadeloupe

Eight small islands makes up Les Saintes, endowed with superb beaches, gorgeous bays, fascinating historical sites, and exceptional snorkeling and diving. Spend the morning strolling through one of the tiny French-flavored villages. In the afternoon, snorkel and dive to enjoy the underwater delights.

02 Dec 2018
Montserrat, Montserrat

Towering 3,000 feet above sea level, Montserrat's Soufrière Hills Volcano slumbered uneasily for at least a century before erupting violently in 1995. Covering the capital city of Plymouth with pyroclastic flows, the southern two-thirds of the island are still off limits. Learn more about this devastating event at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and enjoy grand views of the volcano and surrounding areas. Take a hike in the Runaway Ghaut, a steep ravine that carries rainwater to the sea from high in the mountains. Learn about the luxuriant vegetation as you explore the rainforest-like environment.

03 Dec 2018
Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Popular with the yachting set, Barbuda boasts pretty pink beaches and an easygoing attitude. It is also home to a large magnificent frigatebird colony. Other species we are likely to find here include tropical mockingbirds, pelicans, ibis, oystercatchers, herons, a variety of ducks, and the endemic Barbuda warbler. After lunch on board, step ashore on Antigua for a scenic drive along the coast to Dow's Hill to learn about the island's history and enjoy splendid views over the island. Continue to Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout with fantastic views over English Harbour. Your tour ends at Nelson's Dockyard where you have free time to browse the shops, tour the small museum, and perhaps dine on your own at one of the many seaside restaurants.

DAY 10
04 Dec 2018
Statia, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba

Take a stroll around the sole town and capital, Oranjestad, with its collection of Caribbean-style cottages and elegant colonial buildings in various states of disrepair. Soak up history and sweeping views from the extensively restored Fort Oranje, a mighty citadel complete with cannons, triple bastions, and cobblestone parade grounds. Or, hike to the top of the Quill, a dormant volcano with a lush cloud forest occupying the crater.

DAY 11
05 Dec 2018
Saba, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
Saint-Barthélémy, Guadeloupe

Saba's volcanic peak rises majestically from the water like the tip of an emerald iceberg. In Saba Marine Park, protected since 1987, divers explore volcanic pinnacles encrusted with corals and sponges, which are frequented by nurse sharks, parrotfish, barracuda, sharks, stingrays, and turtles. Land-based explorations include a hike along the Crispeen Trail for fantastic views over the island. In the afternoon, step ashore on St. Barths, take a stroll through Gustavia, the relaxed capital, and visit the 17th-century forts, or browse the town's many duty-free boutiques. View marine life while staying dry during a thrilling ride in the Yellow Submarine. Or, take a hike along the Colombier Beach Trail, where there is a good chance to see nesting red-billed tropicbirds.

DAY 12
06 Dec 2018
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten

Disembark and enjoy a short island tour en route to the airport. Board your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

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About the Ship

Papua New Guinea
Le Ponant

Le Ponant is a sleek, three-masted sailing vessel that is ideal for expedition cruising. She is equipped with two restaurants, a lounge, bar, and reading nook. All ocean-view staterooms feature an en suite bathroom, minibar, safe, radio, air conditioning, and telephone. Le Ponant carries a fleet of Zodiacs and has facilities for snorkeling and diving.

What's Included


    • All gratuities

    • Accommodations in our hotel and on board Le Ponant as outlined in the itinerary

    • All onboard meals; soft drinks, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner

    • All group meals on land

    • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates

    • Services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows

    • All group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included

    • All air transportation

    • Excess baggage charges

    • Airport arrival and departure taxes

    • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures

    • Passport and/or visa fees

    • Travel insurance

    • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (except as listed above), e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

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Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

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Shore Excursions

Saint George, Grenada - 28 Nov 2018

St. Lucia, Saint Lucia - 29 Nov 2018

Dominica, Dominica - 30 Nov 2018

Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda - 03 Dec 2018

Statia, Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands, Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba - 04 Dec 2018

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