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Rail, Fortress, and Great House $128.50

RAIL, FORTRESS AND GREAT HOUSE

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Scenic Railway

Step aboard the "Last Railway in the West Indies" for an unsurpassed opportunity to experience the scenery and culture of this unspoiled country. The "Island Series" railcars of the St. Kitts Scenic Railway are unlike any other railcars anywhere in the world. 

They are double-decked, with an upper open-air observation platform that puts you high above the top of the sugar cane and island vegetation for unobstructed 360 degree viewing. The lower air-conditioned "parlor" features huge six-foot vaulted windows, the colorful artwork of local artists and charming rattan furnishings.

Complimentary drinks (rum punch, frozen daiquiris, soft drinks, fruit juices, and bottled water) are served throughout the trip while you enjoy colorful narration. Leaving Needsmust Station, the train is soon surrounded by fields of sugar cane. The railway skirts the volcanic slopes of Mt. Liamuiga, crosses numerous tall steel girder bridges, provides glimpses of black sand beaches and crumbling plantations, and offers up sweeping vistas of the nearby islands of Nevis, St. Barths, St. Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius.

Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

Explore a 300- year- old Fortress, perched on a 40 acre hill-top 750 feet above sea level. The first cannons were mounted on Brimstone Hill in 1690 as the English and French fought for control of the island. The next 100 years saw the intermittent construction of an amazing work of architectural and engineering genius. This magnificent structure is well-preserved and provides spectacular panoramic views of the coastline, countryside and five neighboring islands. 

The Brimstone Hill Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is well-presented. There is a visitor center, museum, gift shop and well-informed and uniformed staff in attendance.
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Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden

Your tour then brings you to the newly restored Fairview Great House & Botanical Garden. Here you will enjoy a guided tour around the Great House, which is believed to have been originally built in 1701 by the French. This Great House has had many owners and inhabitants over the years, each leaving their mark and contributing to the unique history of the property. The inhabitants that have been recorded to reside at this site include the senior officer of the colonial French military in St. Kitts, as well as American legal luminary John Gardiner and Lawyer James Stephen advocate of the enslaved. The rich history of the site and the island is well displayed with its superbly furnished historical information room that brings to life the 1700s – 1800s with true impressions of what life was like on an Estate in St. Kitts during that era.

After touring the Great House discover the stone cobbled courtyard with the old kitchen building housing the original volcanic stone and brick oven, along with the old bathing room housing a large volcanic stone warmed bath. 
Take time to wonder in the 2 ½ acre Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to peek inside the gift shop and pick up some keepsakes that will remind you of this unique experience for years to come. 
Duration

Approx 4 ½ hrs

Person

Minimum: 4 Maximum: 20

Recommended

soft, comfortable shoes and cameras

Includes

Driver / Guide, Transportation and Entrance fees to Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park and Fairview Great House

***PLEASE ADD US$1.50 ON THE ABOVE LISTED TOURS (GOVERNMENT TAX)
Also available: Tour Customisation, Beach & Bar transfers & stops, Shopping Tours