Barbados Small-Group or Private Option Island Highlights Half-Day Tour


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From $85.00

51 reviews   (4.39)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 3 hours

Departs: Barbados, Barbados

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Overview

Take a journey through Bridgetown up the West Coast of Barbados through the towns of Holetown and Speightstown, making stops at Cherry Tree Hill & Morgan Lewis Windmill. Stop for some Bajan treats and a refreshments before your visit to Bathsheba, St John's Church and make your way down pass Gun Hill to the Garrison Historic area before completing your Highlights tour of Barbados.


What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

Bottled water

Drive along the platinum coast of Barbados through the historic first settlement town.

Drive through the Capital Bridgetown a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Friendly, knowledgeable & licensed tour guide

Hotel or Cruise Port pickup and drop-off

Light Eats Bajan Treats

Photo opp at the Morgan Lewis Windmill (endangered historical site)

Snacks

Visit Cherry Tree Hill and enjoy its fabulous sweeping views of the east coast

Visit the coastal town of Bathsheba and view the mushroom rocks

Visit The Garrison Savannah a UNESCO World Heritage site and see a few of the cannons on display

Visit to St Johns Parish Church, one of the oldest on the island built on a cliff with great views

What's Not Included

Fuel Surcharge of between US$1.50 and US$5.00 payable on the day of tour in cash to the guide.

Gratuities


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 93

Additional Info

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infant meals not included
  • Our tours run with small groups of 8 persons maximum. If you are travelling as a family or group travelling together we can accommodate up to 12 persons. Groups or families booking 8 or more persons will have their own driver guide and vehicle for their e
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Port of Bridgetown
Pick up Location of the tour

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Broad Street
Bridgetown.

On the 5th of July 1628 that 64 settlers headed by Charles Wolverstone arrived. The location of Bridgetown was the most suitable place for a port. Its swampy lands however made it bad for the settlers’ health.

The settlers named the town after a bridge that had been constructed by the early inhabitants of the island, the Amerindians. The Bridge of itself was called the Indian Bridge

The principle streets in Bridgetown were laid out by John Swan and in keeping with tradition Swan street was named after him. The main street Broad Street was named Broad Street as it is the broadest street in the town.

In the early years the streets in town were ill kept and in 1656 legislature passed and act where persons not keeping the space in front of their property clean could be fined 100 pounds of sugar for each day of noncompliance.

Bridgetown's Swamp was filled in and replaced with a canal.

The lower part of the Constitution is called the Careenage. It was named the Careenage because it ships were careened on to a side to be repaired

• Admission Ticket Free

Morgan Lewis Sugar Mill
Morgan Lewis Windmill is located in the scenic hills of St. Andrew in Barbados and commands a most commanding view of the phenomenal east coast. Built in 1727, this typical wind-driven mill once crushed sugarcane to produce juice during the 18th and 19th centuries. Morgan Lewis Windmill stopped its operation in 1947 and was subsequently handed over to the Barbados National Trust for preservation as a museum. Morgan Lewis Windmill is among the World Monuments Fund list of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Approximately 850 feet above sea-level, this spot offers an excellent view of the "Scotland District" which covers the parish of St.Andrew and is named after the Patron Saint of Scotland.

It is believed that the name "Cherry Tree Hill" originated from the large number of cherry trees which once existed at this location.

Today the road is lined with mahogany trees, which were introduced into Barbados after the Treaty of Paris in 1763. As you descend the hill the mahogany trees give way to swaying sugar cane.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Bathsheba Beach
Legend has it that Bathsheba, wife of King David, bathed in milk to keep her skin beautiful and soft. Legend also says that the surf covered white waters of Bathsheba, Barbados rich in minerals and life is said to resemble Bathsheba's bath in both appearance health giving value.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

St. John's Parish Church
Built in 1846 to replace the church that was destroyed by the Great Hurricane of 1831, this classic Gothic church is solid and soaring. The church grounds are serene and the cliff-edge site commands a sweeping view of the picturesque east coast. A noteworthy statue and funerary plaques add to the interest, and a small guidebook gives you details. In the churchyard rests Ferdinando Paleologus, a descendant of Emperor Constantine the Great, whose family was driven from the throne in Constantinople by the Turks. Ferdinando died here in 1678, after being a resident for over 20 years. Though always English, Barbados has attracted multinationals for quite some time.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Gun Hill Signal Station
Gun Hill is the finest of a series of signal stations built in 1818. These stations sighted ships approaching Barbados and signaled to each other, advising of the type of vessel and whether if was a friend or foe! In case of attack, the forts and soldiers could be quickly readied to defend the island. In the signal tower a chart shows just what detailed information could be relayed with the use of a few flags. The signal stations were also used to warn of slave rebellions on the island.

• Admission Ticket Free

Barbados Garrison
The location is the Historic Garrison Savannah, close to the capital, Bridgetown. The Garrison Savannah has been the home of horse racing in Barbados since 1845. The officers of the British Regiment, who were stationed in Barbados, used what was then the parade ground to match their horses in races and the wealthy merchants and planters later joined them.

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Reviews

Great tour
Pam H, 12-07-2022
Winston was our tour guide , he was fantastic. On time , polite , and full of knowledge. We had only one hiccup..... we got a flat tire on the van ! But we were at Bathsheba. So we got to enjoy the beautiful beach and coastline for a bit longer than planned . Winston apologize profusely , but things happen and our tour went on . Great day out seeing the sights of beautiful Barbados.
Beautiful Island
Scrambledm1, 03-03-2022
There were four of us and we were the only ones on this tour. So for us, it was a “private” tour. We did this first so we’d get the lay of the land before setting off on our own. So glad we did. Calvin Bryan was so knowledgeable about the island. He gave us a great tour. He was even able to answer whatever questions we had. The sights that we saw were beautiful.
Fantastic tour
Pamela_H, 15-07-2022
Winston was fantastic, he knows his Barbados history and how to change a tire !
We got a flat when we were stopped at Bathsheba. So we got to spend a little extra time there . It was beautiful there so it was not a problem .
Highly recommend!
BreBC, 23-01-2022
Narin our tour guide was excellent!! He has a great personality, on time, & is knowledgeable overall. We had a great time sightseeing, learning about Barbados history, culture, & current information. We highly recommend him for your tour! Well done Glory Tours.
Great half day tour(4hours)
sue1309, 27-06-2022
First time visiting the island and went with friends,the four of us did a half day private tour, our tour guide was Charles who was very informative and funny( we had a couple of places in mind we wanted to go, such as a stop off at the Chattel village in holetown and a trip round the other side of island to Bathsheba). We were also happy to be guided by Charles recommendations to see places we hadn't thought of on the way, would highly recommend this tour,gives you an idea of other side of the island.




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