Elegant Hotels launches exclusive heritage tours of Barbados with island expert and enthusiast, professor Henry Fraser
Monday 28, February 2011
Elegant Hotels knows that holidaymakers like to get under the skin of the destinations they visit, particularly when travelling to far flung locations.
Although most guests seek to relax and enjoy the Caribbean sun, sea and sand on a holiday to Barbados, many also want to enhance their stay through experiences and by learning about the culture and history of the Island.
In response to this ever growing guest demand and to celebrate the Island’s “Year of History & Culture” throughout 2011, Elegant Hotels has partnered exclusively with Barbados history and heritage specialist, Professor Henry Fraser, to offer guests the opportunity to explore and experience Barbados through an intimate and expert-led guided tour.
Elegant Hotels’ heritage tours launch on Thursday 3rd March and are available to guests staying at all five Elegant Hotels’ resorts. The experience will offer fantastic photo opportunities as well as memorable facts and anecdotes about the relatively little-known history of this enchanting Island. Professor Fraser will showcase the most dramatic scenery in Barbados, taking in historic Speightstown (Little Bristol), St. Nicholas Abbey, Cherry Tree Hill, the Scotland District and the unique, sole surviving working sugar mill, Morgan Lewis Mill. The tour will also incorporate walkabout visits to the famous Codrington Theological College (c. 1740), the Principal’s Lodge (the Codrington Mansion, c. 1660), and the ancient, Gothic St. John’s Parish Church, which is steeped in history and dramatically situated almost 900 feet above the sea on Hackleton’s Cliff with venerable memorial sculptures, tombs (including that of the last descendent of the Paleologus family, Ferdinando Paleologus) and a panoramic view from the sun dial of the entire East coast.
The tour concludes with a delightful and authentic four course buffet lunch at the splendid Fisherpond Great House, a seventeenth / eighteenth century mansion filled with mahogany and oriental antiques, paintings and objets d’arts, located in the heart of the Island in the fertile valley of Sweet Vale. Fisherpond was the winner of Michael Winner’s Global Restaurant Award in 2009.
The 6 hour heritage tours are priced at $123 per person including transfers, expert guide, four course lunch and VAT. Professor Fraser will personally host the tours on a weekly basis, every Thursday, from 9am until 3pm, collecting and returning guests staying at all five Elegant Hotels’ properties.
For a more intimate experience, private tours will also be available to guests wishing to book on an ad hoc basis, however, rate will vary depending on numbers.
* Minimum of 10 guests required for group tour, maximum of 15. Subject to availability.
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