Trinidad and Tobago Culinary Experience
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A wonderfully luxurious vacation with a highlight on culinary aspects of the islands, with a mixture of culture, history and fantastic opportunities to enjoy the beaches and unique areas of this beautiful part of the world. Snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, cooking on stones, beach BBQ's, food tastings, a rum distillery tour, secluded beaches, and much much more is included in this once-in-a-lifetime holiday.
ADDITION RATE INFORMATION
Rate based on double occupancy. No single rooms available for this tour, please ask about being paired with a same sex roommate.
5% GST not included. International flight not included.
35% deposit upon reservation, final payment due 60 days before departure date. OR Payment plans available for this tour: $250.00 deposit and equal monthly payments.
Day 1: Arrive Port Of SpainPort of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Your international flight will arrive into Port of Spain today. Dependent on your flight time, you may have some free time today. Ask us for suggested international flights. Your tour leader will be waiting at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to the hotel.
Day 2: City Tour And Angostura Distillery TourLaventille, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
We enjoy breakfast in the hotel before heading off to drive through the capital of Port of Spain. We pause for a brief tour of the National Museum, Queen’s Park Savannah and hear some of the highlights of the magnificent buildings. Then onwards to the breathtaking view at the “Lady Young Look out" where you can have your first taste of corn soup and souse while enjoying this spectacular view. From here we continue on to the town of Laventille and the well-known Angostura Distillery. Here we can see the Emperor Butterfly collection and the interesting historical items of the Seigert family line. We also have a tour of the Distillery, to see the production from start to finish of the Angostura Aromatic Bitters, a well-known concoction of herbs, spices, barks and peels of fruits and trees, with an added secret ingredient that remains a mystery to the world.
To end our tour, we get to taste the smooth 1824 Angostura 1919 Premium Rum, which has been finely distilled and matured. Stored and aged in hand-crafted charred-oak bourbon barrels, it intrigues the palate of any traveler to the island.
We return to the hotel and can enjoy the services and restaurant, or head into another part of the city to enjoy the area and the food.
Day 3: City Exploration And Food TourPort of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
We can enjoy breakfast in the hotel this morning before heading out to explore some of the city on our own. We will head over to the Queen's Park Savannah, which is the largest open space in Port of Spain. It occupies 260 acres of level land, with plenty of trees surrounding it from all over the world. Then we can take a look at Stollmeyer's Castle, built in 1904. The castle, which is said to be Scottish Baronial in architecture, stands as a distinctive building in Port of Spain and is rumored to be modeled on Balmoral Castle in Scotland. If we have time we can also visit the Emperor Valley Zoo and botanical gardens before heading back to the hotel.
Our afternoon food tour starts at 2 pm. Our local guide and transport will pick us up from the hotel to set off for a 3-hour driving tour of enjoyable Trini snack eating. We head out of Port of Spain and start off the afternoon by having some pholourie along with a slice of pepper roti. Your street snack journey proceeds onward to munching on roast corn, following which you will have a variety of pies to choose from. The drive then takes you to savor freshly-made saheena and kachourie with some amazing chutney. The tour will head back to Port of Spain to satisfy your sweet tooth with a dizzying array of Trini sweet items. You will then wash this all down with water from a freshly-cut coconut. Don't worry if you don't understand some of the food item's names, you will learn along the way. After a few hours of tasting local snacks, the guide and transport will take us back to the hotel. The evening is free.
Day 4: Yacht Tour And Evening Food TourGaspar Grande, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
We depart this morning after breakfast for a short drive along the northwest coast. The drive brings us to a modern marina, where we board the Bertram Yacht. Our first stop is the small island of Gaspar Grande. We embark on a short, easy hike to the cave entrance. Our easy descent on broad well-lit steps leads us to an amazing 80ft underground cave with a deep pond (“Blue Grotto”). This is a chance to view stalagmites and other unusual rock formations. Upon return to our boat we continue the cruise, and have a chance to relax, swim in secluded bays, and listen to local music (if you like). There are bathroom facilities and an air-conditioned area available. During the cruise, light refreshments and water or soft drinks are provided. After a wonderful time enjoying the ocean, we return in our transport to the hotel where we prepare for our evening out.
This evening our tour begins with a pick up from the hotel at 7 PM. We will meet our guide and then be on our way on a 3-hour enjoyable food tasting. We head outside of Port of Spain and start off tasting corn soup, followed by geera pork sandwiches. Our street culinary journey proceeds on to doubles, following which we will head back to Port of Spain to enjoy a delicious roti. As your tummy begins to grin with happiness, you will be taken to have some homemade ice cream, which comes in flavors of various local fruits, for dessert. Our experience ends with beverages made from fresh local fruit and cane juice. At the end of the evening we will return to the hotel.
Day 5: Lime River And CookoutLime River, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
We depart the hotel later in the morning for the Northern Range of the island, where there are numerous small streams, rivers and tributaries that are nestled secretly among the verdant tropical rain forest. The river banks are lush and green and the overhead canopy shades us as we set up our picnic. This wonderful outdoor experience is quite rustic as you are served a local dish cooked on three stones at the river. This usually consists of curried chicken, beef, duck or goat, and is served with steamed rice or roti, local vegetables, sauces, and a fresh tossed salad. A Rum Punch or the famous Carib Beer accompanies this. Another dish that can be experienced is Fresh Fish Broth. This is mouthwatering and extremely good for the body. This meal consists of fresh fish caught in the waters around the island, ground provisions and vegetables with local herbs and seasonings.
The best thing about this is that you get to learn how to prepare this yourself! After your meal, you can take a nap or swim in the crystal clear water flowing in the river and bask in the cool streaks of sunshine peeping from the trees above. Later in the day, relaxed and content, we return to the hotel.
Day 6: Waterfalls And BeachesNorth Coast, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
A great breakfast in the hotel sets us up for the day. Our local guide and transport pick us up at the hotel to head out on the old North Coast road. We stop along the way to walk up to the Avoucat Waterfall. Here we can sit among the rocks and under the gushing waters of the falls and have a total natural body massage.
We continue along the North Coast Road to Las Cuevas Beach, a small fishing community. You will enjoy interacting with the locals of the area and we have the chance to swim in the crystal-clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Moving on from here, we arrive to Richard’s Street Culture Cuisine to try the famous Bake and Shark. Deep fried fish is prepared with local spices and fresh herbs from the island – fantastic!
We enjoy Maracas Bay, a picturesque shoreline with surf waves that gently ebbs the landscape, before returning to the hotel and have a free evening.
Day 7: Port Of Spain To TobagoScarborough, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago
Today we are going to transfer to the island of Tobago. We travel by boat and arrive into port on Tobago where we will be met by our local transport who will take us to our resort. Sailing time is not set yet for this date, so we may take a morning ferry and have the afternoon free before our evening activity, or we may arrive mid-afternoon and have just a couple of hours before we head off for the evening. We are spending five nights here in the resort and you have two spa services (massage, aromatherapy, facial or sauna) included with your stay; let us know when you would like these so we can schedule them in advance for you.
We will depart at about 4:30 pm to head off for our evening tour and dinner. This tour gives you the opportunity to see the sunset from two sides of the Island and enjoy dinner at one of the fine dining restaurants in the respective area. We return to the hotel later in the evening.
Day 8: Buccoo Reef, Nylon Pool And Evening “Sunday School”Buccoo Reef, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago
We depart this morning at about 10:30 am to enjoy the area. The Buccoo Reef and Bon Accord Lagoon Complex is a wetland of International importance, and has been a protected marine park since 1973. We will enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour, which is a fantastic way to see beneath the surface without getting wet! Coral Gardens has 40 species of coral, including staghorn and star coral, sea fans and other octocorals; a natural feeding ground for a huge variety of brilliantly-coloured tropical fish. We can bath in the metre deep Nylon pool in the middle of the ocean, and feel like we really are in paradise. We return to the resort and have free time before our evening activity. Enjoy the pool or beach or one of the water activities available.
How can we visit the island of Tobago and not attend Sunday School? Don’t worry, it is definitely not a church service! At Sunday School, in the village of Bucco we are treated to the sound of sweet steel pan music by a local pan side. We will skip dinner before going because there are many local roadside vendors who serve tasty seafood that will have you licking your fingers after the meal. We depart at approximately 8 PM to head over in our transport. Between 9pm and 11pm you can dance away to the steelpan music from the Buccaneers, enjoy a drink from the bar, and some local cuisine from the many barbecues and food stalls. There are craft and even gambling stalls at this lively gathering frequented by all the locals.
Day 9: Secluded Beaches And Sea TurtlesCastara, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago
We depart this morning at about 9 AM to head along the pretty Caribbean coastline to Castara. Here we visit a traditional fishing village with a stunning beach and clay oven bakery. A little further is Englishman's Bay, where we will spend time exploring, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beautiful beach. Lunch today is at Eula's, a traditional wooden building on the beach (may be substituted for similar). The dining room is upstairs and has stunning views over the bay. You will experience a traditional lunch in an idyllic location. Later we return to the hotel for some free time.
Our evening activity today is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Engross yourself in the ancient nesting rituals of the sea turtles. There are 5 species of marine turtles in Tobago, with the most common being giant leatherback, green and hawksbill. All of the turtles and their eggs are legally protected. Watch the turtles come ashore and lay their eggs, and if you are very lucky, their hatchlings emerge from the sands. Turtles return to nest on Tobago beaches from March until August only. Please note the turtles may not appear on our chosen evening as they are wild animals with a mind of their own. It may be necessary to change evenings and we may be collected at short notice.
Day 10: Tobago Chocolate And Culinary ExperienceTobago Cocoa, Tobago, Trinidad & Tobago
An early morning as we depart at 8 AM to head off to visit the thriving, privately-owned cocoa plantation, Tobago Cocoa. Here we see how cocoa pods are grown, and the beans then dried from which some of the world's finest 'Gold Award' winning dark chocolate is made. Have your life sweetened with Tobago's dark and lovely chocolate. Departing here we have a chance to cool off with a swim in the Argyle Waterfalls. Keep a watch for Caymans and other local wildlife along the way. We return to the resort mid-afternoon and you have the rest of the day free.
Day 11: Snorkeling With Dolphins And Beach BarbecueTobago, Trinidad & Tobago
We enjoy breakfast before departing at 10 am. This dolphin watching trip is one of the most favored trips on the island. Who doesn’t love dolphins? They are friendly, sweet and fun to swim and play with.
On this coastline trip we have fun fishing, sightseeing, and snorkeling. We travel along in a comfortable speedboat equipped with toilets and state-of-the-art sound systems. You can view an amazingly scenic coastline where waterfalls and rainforest meet the sea. When dolphins are spotted, we encourage you to safely play & swim with them or any turtles or manta-rays that also occasionally greet us with a visit. We have the chance to snorkel at many fantastic reefs as well.
We encourage you to try your hand at fishing. You never know, you could be the one to pull in a giant! Grill your catch, why not, (chicken also provided) after you’ve settled on the famous “No Mans land”. It’s about fun and frolicking, spotting sea life, and enjoying life on the beautiful island. We return to the hotel at about 4 PM and you have the evening free.
Day 12: Tobago To Port Of SpainPort of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
We are transferred back to the port for our 2.5-hour boat journey back to Port of Spain. We are transferred back to the hotel and the rest of the day is free.
Day 13: Free Day Port Of SpainPort of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Enjoy the hotel or the area on your own today. Ask your tour leader for suggestions, or simply relax on the beach or by the pool. Tonight we have dinner together as a group for the last time.
Day 14: Out To HomePort of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
This is your departure day. Time to say goodbye to new friends and this wonderful area. Your tour leader will transfer you to the airport at the appropriate time. Depending on your flight time, you may have some free time today.
Small group tour, limited to 6 travellers.
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