A country of immense historical and cultural interest with a dramatically mountainous interior. A visit to Haiti is sure to be a memorable holiday.
Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean with lofty peaks plunging steeply down to thin strips of coastal plain. Art and architecture in Haiti are extremely imaginative and the West African voodoo religion is still an important part of everyday life. There are good beaches in the north and south from which it is possible to dive and snorkel and this suggested holiday idea encompasses a wonderful mixture of the extraordinary history and culture on offer.
The holiday begins in the capital of Port au Prince, with its eclectic markets, excellent museums and iconic gingerbread houses.
The sleepy fishing village of Jacmel is one of the only towns left in Haiti with much of its original French colonial history and architecture intact. Built to boost the sugar production it soon evolved as a coffee trading centre and little has changed over the last century. The ornate mansions found in Jacmel were the model for the architecture in New Orleans, and many today, are artisan shops.
From Port au Prince fly to Cap Haitien. An astonishingly picturesque part of the country which harboured much of the anti-establishment movements before the Haitian Revolution against the French. The main attraction here is the extraordinary Citadelle Laferriere, a massive stone fortress, brimming with cannons, atop Pic La Ferriere, almost floating above the green peaks below.
Conclude your holiday on the north coast in Labadee at the delightful hotel Norm’s Place. Fabulously secluded this is a tiny rustic hotel constructed from the ruins of an old French plantation house. From here it is possible to snorkel, kayak and tuck into some great creole food.
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You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport, Bed & Breakfast
Fly Atlanta to Port au Prince
Port au Prince is Haiti's clamorous capital city, chief port and commercial centre, situated on a magnificent bay in the Gulf of Gonaives.Established by the French in 1749, PAP (as it's commonly abbreviated) was originally called L'Hopital and replaced Cap-Haitien as the capital of the French colony of Saint-Domingue in 1770 and was retained as the capital of the newly independent country of Haiti in 1804. This is a gritty city that has been hard hit by earthquakes. Most of the Haitian elite live in the suburb of Petionville, high up in the hills to the south-east where you will find modern development and European-style social clubs but the house of the local voodoo priest is still the heart of the urban poor community.
Transfer to your hotel
You will be staying at Le Plaza, Bed & Breakfast
Full day City & Surrounds TourMeet your guide this morning for a tour of the city that will focus on the turbulent history of Port au Prince. Highlights include 18th & 19th century gingerbread houses, Champ de Mars (the Heroes' square), Statues of the Heroes, the damaged Catholic Cathedral (St. Trinity's Episcopalian), the National Palace, the Historic Pantheon museum and the iron market, which all provide a great insight to Haitian history and way of life. Lunch will be included at the Sugar Cane Museum Cafe. After lunch continue with a visit to Croix Des Bouquets Metal Art Sculpture Village. Every house is a metal sculpture workshop and every workshop has its own different designs, all made out of recycled steel drums or parts of old cars. Trees of Life, little metal trivets with dragonflies or butterflies on, beautiful Haitian designed crosses, little angels with gold wings, original Voodoo designs.You name it, you can get it here.
Port au Prince to Jacmel by road
Lunch is included in Port au Prince at the Plaza Hotel before setting off for for Jacmel. The Plaza is located on Champ de Mars Square in the heart of the capital and this is a good opportunity to have an orientation chat with your guide before emabarking on the drive to Jacmel. This will be a 3 hour journey, initially through sprawling suburbs and then along the sothern coast of Port au Prince Bay. At Leogane, the road swings south and crosses over a rugged and barren landscape to the town of Jacmel.
Jacmel is a frayed-at-the-seams south coastal town that was once a prosperous coffee port. The mixture of New Orleans style ironwork and gingerbread architecture lends plenty of character and romance. The city was founded by the Spanish in 1504 and annexed by the French in 1698. The city is located on a beautiful bay and is a popular weekend destination for residents of Port au Prince. It hosts one of the Caribbean's best carnivals over Lent and is also the handicraft centre of the country.
You will be staying at Cyvadier Plage, Half board
Full day tour to Bassin Bleu & Etang BossierVisit Bassin Bleu, a series of natural rock pools and waterfalls, by 4x4 vehicle this morning. It's a fairly bumpy drive to this magic location, followed by a short walk which crosses the river over a series of stepping stones. One particularly steep descent is assisted by the use of ropes. You are rewarded by the sight of three pools (Palmiste, Clair and Bleu) that are linked by a series of waterfalls. The pools are a deep turquoise blue colour and great for a dip, don't forget to bring your bathing costume.Return to Jacmel for lunch at Casa Koze (included), after which continue on a hike to and around Etang Boissier, a lake in the hills above Jacmel and one of Haiti's greener spots.
Jacmel to Port au Prince
Transfer back to Port au Prince this morning. This will be a private journey so feel free to stop for photos, refreshments and sight seeing along the way. On the way visit the Artist Rezistans, the award winning urban artists from the Grande Rue who make wonderful art out of anything they find on the city streets. Lunch will be included on arrival in Port au Prince at the famous Gingerbread Oloffson Hotel.
Afternoon at Leisure
Fly Port au Prince to Cap Haitien
Sans Souci and La Citadelle Full Day TourJust half an hour's drive from Cap-Haitien is the town of Milot and the ruins of the Sans Souci Palace. This was the home of Henri Christophe (a former slave and subsequently the first king of independent Haiti). San Souci was the administrative centre of Henri's realm and he created an opulent head quarters in the style of lavish European palaces such as Versaille. Rebellion, earthquakes and an unforgiving Caribbean climate have reduced the palace to a ruin, but what a ruin and what a location. Lunch is included at community restaurant, Lakou Lakay. Continue this afternoon to the extraordinary fortress of La Citadelle, built by Henri Christophe as a defence against possible French re-invasion (that never came). Christophe's rebellion defeated Napoleon's army and established the world's first black republic. Recognised by UNESCO, this enormous structure is perched on top of the 900m high Pic La Ferriere with fantastic views of the green peaks below and towards Cap-Haitien. Access to the Citadelle is via a steep winding (but paved) path. An hour on foot or 20 minutes on horse back.Cap-Haitien (Okap in Creole) was an important city in the colony and was the capital of the Northern Kingdom of King Henri Christophe. It's a good base from which you can visit the town of Milot, which is where you will discover the ruins of the famous Sans Souci Palace and the Laferièrre Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an essential excursion for any visitor to Haiti in order to understand the complex and turbulent history of this fascinating country.
You will be staying at Roi Christophe, Bed & Breakfast
Transfer/tour to Norm's Place
Leave your Cap Haiten hotel this morning for a road and boat journey that heads west along the Caribbean coast to the idyllic beach-front rustic inn owned by Norm & Angelique. Your guide and captain will arrange a stop along the way at Paradise Beach for a BBQ. Please note this may happen on a different day during your stay, depending on the weather.
Labadee is a port on Haiti's north coast that is leased by Caribbean cruise liners as a fenced enclave for cruise passengers who possibly don't know that they are in Haiti. There is a beautiful beach and facilities for day visitors. It's certainly an interesting glimpse of how so many visitors 'experience' Haiti. However, continue a short distance along the coast and you'll find yourself on isolated beaches where mountains descend to the Caribbean and hot springs issue into the sea.
Walking Tour into Labadee VillageTake a short walking tour into Labadee, the village which supplies the local workforce for the Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
You will be staying at Norms Place, Full board
Boat trip to Paradise BeachToday take a boat trip to Paradise Beach for a barbecue lunch and time to relax and have a swim.
Fly Labadee to Port au Prince
You will be staying at Le Plaza, Half board
Transfer to the airport
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