Delve into the island’s turbulent political past on this Grenada historical tour with an expert Caribbean Horizons guide, stopping at various historical sites.
INTO THE PAST – GRENADA HISTORICAL TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
- ·Enjoy a scenic drive to the airport and St George’s visiting various historic sites·
- Learn about Grenada’s turmoiled political history including the 1979 Revolution
- · Visit monuments to American and Cuban lives lost during the Intervention
- · Take in the views at Fort Frederick and a brief historical overview
- · In St George’s, visit Fort George, Sendall Tunnel, the National Museum and more
Full Tour Description
Grenada’s history has been a fascinating and at times tumultuous story from its early Amerindian settlers to the present day. This Grenada historical tour was designed in consultation with Grenadian historians Alister and Margaret Hughes and invites you to travel through time and discover the island’s captivating past. Learn about the Kalinago Indians who arrived in Grenada over 1,500 years ago. Browse the capital’s beautiful Georgian architecture along the Carenage, the inner harbour often referred to as the ‘Portofino of the Caribbean’. Here you’ll find the beautiful ‘Christ of the Deep’ statue, commemorating a heroic rescue mission undertaken by Grenadian fishermen. Your expert Caribbean Horizons guide will share stories of Julien Fedon, a revolutionary in the 1700s, and of the more contemporary 1979 revolution and American Intervention in 1983. At the Maurice Bishop International Airport you’ll visit two monuments commemorating American and Cuban lives lost during the conflict. In St George’s, visit various historical sites and monuments such as Fort Frederick, Fort George, Sendall Tunnel, the National Museum, and more.
If you’re interested in delving deeper into Grenada’s past, check out our Grenada Petroglyphs – Rock Art Tour.
Interested in rock art? Here’s a comment on a custom tour:
Dear Anne– I was delighted to see the name “Caribbean Horizons” in my e-mailbox this morning. I had been planning to write you to say how much I appreciated your arranging my tour of rock art sites, and tell you about my experience, and you have made it possible for me to do so just by clicking “reply.” “Professor Mac” was a wonderful guide. Here are some of the things I especially appreciated: > He seemed to be very familiar with the rock art sites, and his familiarity made my visit to those sites more rewarding than it otherwise would have been. For example, when we were at the Mt. Rich site, he knew that a particular rock that was overgrown with vines had images on it, and cleared away the vines to reveal the faces, and when we were at the Duquenesque bay site, he knew why one of the inscribed faces had been lost (someone built a fire too close to the rock on which the faces were inscribed). > During our drive, the windows were down, and when we passed through towns people would sometimes offer us food to purchase (fresh coconuts or grilled food); I didn’t know how to politely refuse, but Mac would just smile and say “not today.” > He pointed out things he thought might be of interest that were unrelated to rock art. For example, he showed me a field that had lemon grass growing in it. There is lemon grass in the best produce markets where I live, but I had never seen it growing. Similarly, he pointed out cashews growing. These are perhaps my favorite nuts, so I was fascinated to see green cashew-shapes hanging from the branches of a tree alongside the road. > At one stop we were looking back over a small bay, and he pointed out a fisherman in a small boat setting his nets, (the fisherman was very small in the overall panorama, and I hadn’t actually noticed him). The picture I took, using my telescopic lens (and which I then blew up) is one of my favorites from the entire trip. I might mention that because the fisherman was distant from me, I felt at liberty to include him in my photo. As we drove through small towns, I often saw things I would have liked to photograph, but didn’t want to intrude my outsider’s curiosity on people’s daily lives, so refrained from taking photographs. I now realize I should have told Mac about my concern that it would be impolite to take photos, and sought his guidance! > His manner was polite and genteel, either because that is his personal style, or because he was trying to respect my own seriousness of purpose (wanting to see cultural sites instead of going to the beach). And in general he was very knowledgeable about Grenada history, and able to answer my questions. I hope you will convey my comments to him. And of course I very much appreciate your own knowledge of the island and training of your guides, and your willingness to arrange tours for people with special interests. Sincerely, –Trudy Ward 2/29/08 Emerald Princess
Things to note:
- · Group tour with minimum 4 pax
- · Travel in AC vehicle with experienced tour guide
- · Tour times: 9am – 1.15pm or 1.15 – 5.25pm
- · Suitable for all ages
- · Wear comfortable clothing and shoes