St. Kitts Scenic Rail and Sail Tour
The narrow gauge St. Kitts Scenic Railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. Originally built between 1912 and 1926 to deliver sugar cane from the fields to the sugar mill in Basseterre, the "Last Railway in the West Indies" now provides a new way for visitors to circle the island with this unique tour that includes the train ride and a cruise on a Catamaran sailboat.
The Railway portion of the tour hugs the Northeastern coastline where spectacular vistas of the ocean, surf, cliffs and lush vegetation surround you. The train rolls across tall steel bridges spanning deep "ghuts", or canyons, and winds through small villages and farms. Dark green rain forests are skirted by rippling fields of sugar cane, with the volcanic cone of Mt. Liamuiga rising above the railway.
Arriving at La Valle Station, you will be transferred the short distance to New Guinea to board your state-of-the-art Catamaran. Sailing along the western coastline of St Kitts you enjoy excellent vistas of Brimstone Hill Fortress, the British "Gibraltar of the West Indies", and many of the small fishing villages. Abandoned sugar estates nestle amongst the cane fields on the slopes of the mountains. Pass Old Road Town, the first British settlement, founded by Sir Thomas Warner in January 1624, and sail around "Bloody Point", where the French and the British came together to destroy the power of the Carib Indians in 1626.
During the cruise back to Basseterre, you can enjoy our open bar and light refreshments. The Catamaran will return you right to Port Zante's Marina, located beside your ship.
The 18 miles by rail and 12 miles by catamaran make a complete 30-mile circle around the island.
Duration: 4 hours (approx. 10 minutes from cruise ship to rail station, 2 hours on train, 10 minutes on shuttle bus to catamaran dock, 1 hour 30 minutes on catamaran, and 10 minute return to cruise ship pier by shuttle bus).
PLEASE NOTE: the tour may operate in reverse as "SAIL/RAIL".