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Highlights of Haiti

8 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Port-au-Prince
Arrive at any time. Included arrival transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Today is arrival day, so there are no planned activities until the evening welcome meeting. You are free to arrive at the Port-au-Prince airport at any time where you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the city, which is approx. 30 minutes from the airport.

Day 2 Port-au-Prince
Enjoy an included city tour focusing on Haitian history, culture and the vibrant local arts scene. Visit the Iron Market (Marché en Fer). Meet a Vodou priest at Noailles and see the fascinating iron-working community of Croix-des-Bouquets. Fill up on Creole cuisine and culture along the way.

Enjoy an included city tour focusing on the history, unique culture and vibrant local arts scene. See the devastating effects of the 2010 earthquake alongside colourful arts, crafts and traditional goods at the artist community of Atis Rezistans, where, out of the rubble, artists began to create new life, spawning an entire community. Visit the Iron Market (Marché en Fer) for artifacts related to the traditional Vodou (Voodoo) culture in Haiti. Meet a Vodou priest and find beautiful metal art treasures in the fascinating iron-working community of Noailles at Croix-des-Bouquets. Fill up on delicious Creole cuisine and unique cultural experiences along the way. With time, opt to get a bird's eye view at the Belvedere on Boutilliers Hills, scanning the Bay of Port-au-Prince and city below. (B, L, D)

Day 3 Port-au-Prince/Cap-Haïtien
Fly to Cap-Haïtien and visit the famous Citadelle Laferrière, a UNESCO-designated mountaintop fortress. After, visit the sugarcane fields and learn to make Haitian rum.

Fly to Cap-Haïtien, on the northern coast. Visit the famous Citadelle Laferrière and the sugarcane fields. Learn to make famous Haitian rum with a "guildive". This traditional rum distillery (utilizing sugarcane juice) comes from an old French word derived from mispronouncing "kill devil", a welcomed side effect of drinking the rum. (B, L)

Day 4 Cap-Haïtien
Enjoy a walking tour including the cathedral and main city market. Learn to make kasav, a traditional food of the native Taino people.

Explore the city on foot to learn more about the area. With free time in the afternoon, opt to visit the beach on this northern shore. Enjoy learning how to make traditional kasav (a flat bread), a food of the native Taino people. The experience includes visiting a traditional facility where manyok (yucca) is transformed into kasav, which is eaten with meals as a flatbread. This dish and its preparation comes directly from the native Taino people who first inhabited the islands before Columbus' arrival. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Cap-Haïtien/Jacmel
Fly back to Port-au-Prince and continue to Jacmel. This town is known for its vibrant art scene, carnival celebrations, and sandy beaches. Take a city tour focused on the art community here. Pop into artists' studios to view the local papier mâché creations and wander past colourful mosaics on every wall. (B, L)

Day 6 Jacmel
Visit the most famous attraction in the area, Bassin-Bleu. After a fun ride and a hike down hill, arrive at the natural blue pools and waterfalls. Jump in and cool off.

Visit the most famous attraction in the area, Bassin-Bleu. This is a series of waterfalls and pools in the hills above Jacmel. The water is turquoise blue due to the minerals in the rocks. After a fun ride and a hike down hill, arrive at the pools and dive in! Jump off the rocks and cool off in the fresh pools. (B, L)

Day 7 Jacmel/Port-au-Prince
Visit a local grassroots project, the G Adventures-supported Art Creation Foundation for Children. The program teaches at-risk children different types of traditional art while providing meals and a "second home". Enjoy a homemade meal here and learn about the great work this organization is doing. Travel back to Port-au-Prince for a final night with the group. (B, L)

Day 8 Port-au-Prince
Depart at any time. (B)
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All This Included
There is a place in the Caribbean where the tourists don't go; a tropical, rugged place of waterfalls, secret caves, and mountains that scrape the sky. It's a place of bold flavours, intoxicating music, mischievous gods, and colourful art; where the only thing stronger than the rum is the spirit of the people who live there. It's a place where only true travellers go; a place for the brave and the curious. The name of that place? Haiti. This eight-day encounter draws back the veil on this extraordinary, vibrant, and indomitable nation. Experience the energy of Port-au-Prince, the colourful art of Jacmel, the iconic (and UNESCO-protected) Citadelle Laferrière, nurture the arts with at-risk children, and learn the folklore behind Haitian Vodou. Haiti has a future. Be a part of it.
  • Your G for Good Moment: Art Creation Foundation, Jacmel Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Foodie Moment: Rum Distillery Visit, Cap-Haïtien Your Foodie Moment: Kasav Making Demonstration, Cap-Haïtien
  • Arrival transfer
  • Citadelle Laferrière visit (Cap-Haïtien)
  • Rum distillery visit
  • Cap-Haïtien city tour
  • Bassin-Bleu visit (Jacmel)
  • Port-au-Prince city tour including Noailles at Croix-de-Bouquets artist communities, Iron Market, and Rezistans artists
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels (7 nts)
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • Transportation: Plane, private vehicle, walking.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Highlights
  • Get familiar with the art culture of Haiti
  • Cool off in the turquoise pools of Bassin-Bleu
  • Visit a foundation teaching arts to at-risk youth
  • Learn about Vodou culture and savour creole cuisine
Accommodations
Hotels (7 nights)
Jacmel, Haiti: La Colline Enchantee (or similar)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Le Plaza Hotel (or similar)
Cap-Haïtien, Haiti: Auberge du Picolet (or similar)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 11, avg 8
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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