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thenford grey is the best tour we have been on, very clean a/c van great tour of entire island with a beach break

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www.viptoursstkitts.com. King Socrates provides excellent service.

 

Hi, I went to the VIP site but they don't list any prices or the types of vehicles used. Before i start writing to them, do you know if he can a group of 8 if he has a van and are they air conditioned.

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We hired Thenford Grey himself for this "Island Tour". The cost was $40 per person and ran from 8:00am until about 2:00 pm with beach time available at Cockleshell Beach at the end of the tour. Thenford first took us through the historic city of Basseterre which was founded in 1625 by French settlers. After the city highlights we stopped at the ruins of an old sugar cane processing factory and Romney Manor-Caribelle Batik which was once owned by Captain Samuel Jefferson, the great, great, great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. The Plantation House which sits amidst 25 acres of lush tropical gardens, is now a batik factory and store. The gardens feature a large collection of exotic plants, palms and trees from all over the world. We saw numerous green tailed monkeys in the short drive between the ruin and the Manor. We then spent an hour at Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park which sets atop a volcanic cone that is 800 feet high and offers 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and neighboring islands. Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is a World Heritage Site. (The $8.00 entrance fee was included). The Fortress is indeed impressive. I could have easily spent 4 hours exploring this impressive site. A lot of monkeys make their home in the vegetation surrounding the fort. Thenford shared a lot of local history with us as we explored the island. We also saw a live cockfight (two roosters going at each other) in the middle of the street. Our last stop was Cockleshell Beach where we had an opportunity to swim, collect shells, and grab a beer. On the way, we saw wandering goats, cows, and more monkeys. Recommended!

 

More: http://www.lavasurfer.com/info/caribbean-secrets.html

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We just did the "Fan ta sea" catamaran snorkeling tour on the Explorer of seas last week and this is the company that did it. It was fantastic! The cats were huge and in excellent condition, the crew really terrific and waited on us the entire time, we had an open bar with soft drinks also and snacks, and a great beach BBQ buffet! It was 6 hours and 119.00 pp I think and we did book it thru the ship and worth every penny. I would definitely do it again!:)

Leeward Islands ChartersVisit_Website.gifPO Box 586

Basseterre

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Email: saillic@thecable.netWelcome aboard the Spirit of St.Kitts, or her sister ship Eagle,both luxurious 70 foot catamarans. Share fun with new friends from around the world. It's an open bar and our friendly crew is glad to provide the refreshments, great island music and hospitality that make this day unlike any other sailing experience.

We are thinking of doing the Fan ta sea catamaran when we cruise in November on Mercury.I'm the swimmer/snorkler etc.My wife and friends aren't.On our last catamaran to St John's i had to put my wife in a dingy to get her ashore.Does Fan Ta sea take you right up to the beach or do you have to swim to the beach? Thanks John

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We are thinking of doing the Fan ta sea catamaran when we cruise in November on Mercury.I'm the swimmer/snorkler etc.My wife and friends aren't.On our last catamaran to St John's i had to put my wife in a dingy to get her ashore.Does Fan Ta sea take you right up to the beach or do you have to swim to the beach? Thanks John

This tour is alot of fun the guys dance & party along with you.They serve you as much rum punch you can drink. Your wife will be ok because they pull into shore at the beach. Have fun!:D

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We toured with Thenford Grey when we were in St. Kitts in November. His tour was very reasonably priced ($40/pp at that time) and he is a very knowledgeable and personable guide. We met at about 9 am and he returned us to the port at about 3 or 330 pm. Admission to all sites are include in his tour price. His van is great! It's new and holds almost 30 people, although we were only 10 on our tour. We had a wonderful day with Mr. Grey and are looking forward to visiting St. Kitts again.

 

We are booked with him on our cruise next week. His tours are very good and very reasonably priced.

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is a fine guide. nice woman. just make it clear that you expect to see HER and not a substitute! there is no one netter than she!

 

Travellingguy, wow! I know that there were a couple of threads on CC about some attacks on tourists, and perhaps that is what Ilva was referring to. When we were touring with her, she did point out some areas in town that we should stay away from, if we wished to sightsee on our own upon our return to town. The island is very poor and unemployment is very high. If you go on a tour with a reputable operator you should be fine. Ilva is a reputable operator. I don't believe she was trying to threaten you, but perhaps trying to scare you away from using a taxi driver who is not well known? I can't say for sure. Any of the tour operators would be fine. They only take you to areas where there is lots of tourist traffic. At no time did I feel unsafe on St Kitts, but neither did we venture back into town on our own.

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My daughter, son-in-law, my 3 yr old grandson and I all went into the rainforest with Greg's tours out of Basseterre. He took us on an island tour, gave us time at the Batik shop and proveded a light lunch. The rainforest is not for any one with breathing issues...I stopped and rested by a creek while the others moved on. No snakes, no bugs just quiet. FYI Ballyhoos restaurant is great.

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We just got back from the cruise on Carnival Victory. We had booked a tour with Grey

's tours months in advance and thought we had it all worked out. We arrived at the appointed meeting place and found out that he had left 30 min. early. After trying to track him down for over an hour he sent someone that said that he was his brother. The stop in St. Kitts is short and left us looking for a tour and not enough time to go to the beach. Very disppointed in Grey's Tours.

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We just got back from the cruise on Carnival Victory. We had booked a tour with Grey

's tours months in advance and thought we had it all worked out. We arrived at the appointed meeting place and found out that he had left 30 min. early. After trying to track him down for over an hour he sent someone that said that he was his brother. The stop in St. Kitts is short and left us looking for a tour and not enough time to go to the beach. Very disppointed in Grey's Tours.

 

Agnes44...we were on the same cruise. I am sorry you there was a mixup with your tour. I went on Grey's tour...there was a group of family and friends who booked him as well (although there would have been room for more). This group said there were extra seats and asked my friend and I if we wanted to go...so we did. We left at 8:30am. The mix up probably explains why he had to take a "personal" call during the first part of our tour.

 

Mr. Grey was very professional and knowledgable. He was also very acocmodating to the various needs and wants of our group. He escorted an elderly women on the group down ramp from Brimstone Fortress holding her armevery bit of the way. He changed the tour to ensure that we wre back at the ship in time for the "legend" karoke practice (4 men on the tour were in the show).

 

I would highly recommend him. Again, I am sorry that this happened...especially, on a day, as you said where we did not have much time in port.

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have heard of rosie and jim taxis has anyone been on their tour? If so where did it go and did you enjoy it ??

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have heard of rosie and jim taxis has anyone been on their tour? If so where did it go and did you enjoy it ??

 

2 years ago in early October we used Rosie. She is absolutely the best. Her birthday and mine are the same day and she had a present for me. She went all round Acupulco and in the afternoon she took us to her parents home for some drinks and fruit. She is a very knowledgable woman and does a great tour. She has a few vans and her drivers are all nice people. She provides water and soda.

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The wife and I will be leaving in less than 2 weeks. I was thinking about doing Ziplining through St. Kitts Tour Store. Does anyone know if it is possible to do Brimstone Hill Fortress afterwards or would it be cutting it too close? We will be in St. Kitts from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Would we have to get a taxi back at the docks to get to the Fortress? If so, any idea what that would cost for 2 adults or a better way to do it? Or would we be better off doing the Ziplining then Cockleshell Beach? How far are the Fortress and beach from the port?

 

Thanks,

Dennis

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I would do the Zipline then Brimstone but it would leave little time for the Beach. The Zipline is about 20 min out of town one way, Brimstone is about 10 min drive past the Zipline. There are better beachs on your cruise than Cockleshell. The fort is worth seeing as is Caribelle Batik which is next door to the Zipline. The fort cost about $8 to get in & Caribelle is free.

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For those of you who have done a tour with Thenford Grey, were there any beverages or snacks provided on the tour or was there an opportunity to stop somewhere for lunch?

Thanks,

Mary

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What beach would you suggest in St. Kitts.

 

I would do the Zipline then Brimstone but it would leave little time for the Beach. The Zipline is about 20 min out of town one way, Brimstone is about 10 min drive past the Zipline. There are better beachs on your cruise than Cockleshell. The fort is worth seeing as is Caribelle Batik which is next door to the Zipline. The fort cost about $8 to get in & Caribelle is free.

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Either Cockelshell or South Frigate Beach, both are on the Caribbean side of the Island & both offer beach activities plus beach bars/restaurants. The drive to Cockleshell is worth the extra taxi fare.

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What are the taxi fares to Frigate and Cockleshell?

 

Either Cockelshell or South Frigate Beach, both are on the Caribbean side of the Island & both offer beach activities plus beach bars/restaurants. The drive to Cockleshell is worth the extra taxi fare.

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After a lot of emails and research and reading I decided on a tour that would give us just what we all wanted in a nice a/c van. Thanks for the info .... great prices also for the things included in the tour and the beach stop. Just getting to cockleshell beach I found out is 13$ round trip per person if you are in a taxi with 5 people. it is higher if there are less people. So finding a tour that brings you to the beach and back to the ship, and the major sights with narration and history and seeing the fort as well as other main things to see for 6 hours is wonderful info. If you want the info I can send it to you but I am not allowed to say it here. I am not understanding all this since everyone talks about tours and which one they took with names,...but I do not want any trouble with the moderators since i am unsure of this rule.

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I wonder what happened to the old adage "You get what you pay for".

 

For tours that cost like $ 40.00 and less - what is one really getting?

 

You are allowed to discuss tour operators for islands and names are allowed.

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