Set sail aboard the magnificent four-masted Sea Cloud to explore the lush islands and vibrant cultures of the Lesser Antilles. Hike in the mountainous rain forests of Dominica, discover an active volcanic crater in Saint Lucia, and explore the idyllic Grenadines. Amid a spectacular tropical backdrop, enjoy opportunities to swim and snorkel at reefs and white-sand beaches, and discover the hidden corners that make this place so special.
This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.
Arrive in Barbados and settle into your cabin aboard the elegant Sea Cloud. Cast off this afternoon, and enjoy dinner and our first Caribbean sunset.
Begin the morning on deck, where sailors climb the lines to raise the Sea Cloud's sails by hand. Enjoy a full day skimming across the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Relax with a book, photograph the ship and its exquisite details, and attend talks by our experts on the natural history of the islands we will soon explore.
Spend the day exploring rugged Dominica, known as "the nature island" for its spectacular beauty and many protected reserves. Hike in a mountain rain forest where wildlife and birds abound, and discover waterfalls and hot springs created by active volcanoes. Join our historian at the ruins of Fort Shirley, an 18th-century British garrison, and learn about Dominica’s turbulent colonial history. Head to a secluded beach to swim or snorkel before casting off for a sunset sail.
Sail to Terre-de-Haut in the Îles des Saintes and explore the main town, dotted with brightly painted houses. Walk up to Fort Napoléon, a 19th-century French barracks that now houses a museum and cactus garden, and then go snorkeling or swimming. The next day, delve into the unique culture of Bequia, once home to a diverse group of seafarers, whalers, and buccaneers. Take a drive around the island, stopping to visit a model boat museum. In Port Elizabeth, browse the local market and stroll the waterfront Belmont Walk, or choose to go snorkeling or swimming.
Spend the morning sailing the idyllic Grenadines, known for their golden beaches, superb coral reefs, and relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We’ll anchor to swim in coves inhabited by green and hawksbill sea turtles and snorkel spots rich in tropical fish, rays, and other marine life.
Arrive at Saint Lucia and anchor under the island’s iconic twin peaks, Les Pitons. Visit the fishing port of Soufrière, and then set off on a thrilling drive into Saint Lucia’s active volcanic crater. Explore its otherworldly landscape of mud pools and sulfur springs, then discover island wildlife on a nature walk with the backdrop of Diamond Falls.
Disembark in Barbados this morning, and take a driving tour of the island that includes St. James Parish Church, St. Nicholas Abbey, and the fishing village of Bathsheba. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.