A country of immense historical and cultural interest with a dramatically mountainous interior. A visit to Haiti will be one of you most memorable holidays.
Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean with its peaks plunging steeply down to the thin strips of coastal plain. Art and architecture in Haiti are extremely imaginative. There are good beaches in the north and south and from which you and dive and snorkel. The West African voodoo religion is still an important part of everyday life in Haiti. This holiday idea will take you across the country discovering its extraordinary history and culture.
Begin your journey at the sleepy fishing village of Jacmel. It is one of the few, if the only towns left in Haiti with much of its original French colonial history and architecture in tact. 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 that can be seen in Jacmel were the model for the architecture in New Orleans, and many today, are artisan shops.
Continue to the capital of Port au Prince, with its eclectic markets, excellent museums and iconic gingerbread houses. Stay at the Hotel Olloffson, steeped in history and has been a regular haunt of actors, artists and writers, including names such as Graham Greene, Jackie Onassis and Mick Jagger.
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 Haiti 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.
Finally 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 you can snorkel, kayak and tuck into some great creole food.
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The City of Miami known as the 'Magic City' is located in Southeast Florida and is home to a wide variety of cultures with a buzzing nightlife, a stunning beach and some world class shopping it is a great city to spend a night or two at the start of your holiday.Once you have cleared customs and immigration and collected your luggage, please arrange your own transport to your hotel. (Yellow taxis outside Miami airport have a standard rate of $30 each way to South Beach).
You will be staying at Miami International Airport Hotel
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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 ironwork and gingerbread architecture lends plenty of character and romance.
You will be staying at Hotel Florita
Full day tour to Bassin Bleu & Etang BossierVisit Bassin Bleu 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. 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 with your driver/guide and so feel free to stop for photos, refreshments and sight seeing along the way. Lunch will be included at a restaurant en-route, recommended by your driver. On the way back we will 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.
You will be staying at Hotel Oloffson
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 which your tour continues 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 Vodou designs.You name it, you can get it here.
Day at leisure in Cap Haitien
You will be staying at Habitation Jouissant
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 the 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.
Drive from Cap Haitien to Labadee (Road Journey)
You will be staying at Norms Place
Drive from Labadee to Cap Haitien (Road Journey)
Fly Cap Haitien to Port au Prince
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