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Best of Barbados

Step aboard an air-conditioned coach for a scenic drive through the rolling hills of the Barbadian countryside to Gun Hill Signal Station. This location provides a magnificent and captivating view of the island. Its historical use was to sight ships approaching Barbados and signal to warn of the approaching vessel. Built in 1818, the signal station was beautifully restored and landscaped by the Barbados National Trust and now houses a collection of military memorabilia. An officer at the signal station carved the statue of the lion on the hillside below out of a single piece of coral in 1868. Continue on to Orchid World, which sits on six acres of land, some 800 feet above sea level in the central parish of St George. A meandering path winds its way between beautiful outcrops of coral, rock gardens, cool shady gullies and ponds. Hummingbirds and the soothing sound of running water add to the natural beauty of the surroundings. The orchids themselves are quite spectacular, with thousands growing in shaded houses and outside on freestanding palisades. Many visitors are fascinated by the sight of orchid plants growing in mid-air with their roots completely free of any soil. Wonderful photo opportunities abound for the professional and amateur photographer. Next you’ll visit Sunbury House, which dates back to 1650. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1995, and was gracefully restored and re-opened in 1996. It possesses one of the country's superior collections of antiques. The cellars, originally used for storing yams and other root vegetables grown on the plantation, now house a unique collection of antique carriages—the largest collection in the Caribbean—as well as many items used in the domestic life of the plantation. It also houses a very old collection of optical machinery and eye-testing equipment, some of the first to reach the West Indies (including the first lens grinding plant). Here, you will learn how to make Bajan Rum Punch and a local delicacy—cod fish cakes. The demonstration will leave plenty of samples to go around. In the extensively landscaped grounds, you’ll find more fine examples of authentic antique carts and machinery—used in the last century to cultivate the land. The Sunbury Plantation House, located in the tranquil St Philip countryside, is a living monument to a bygone era. It has been carefully restored and lovingly cherished by its owners for the enjoyment of generations to come.
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5 out of 6(83%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Best of Barbados
Review 1 for Best of Barbados
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Tour Lives Up To Its Name

Date:February 9, 2013
Fizzgigg
Location:Las Vegas, Nevada
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
This tour was truly the Best of Barbados. Rodney, our tour guide, was very thorough in describing the neighborhoods, businesses, island history and highlights of life in Barbados. The tours of the Orchid Farm and Sunbury House plantation were terrific. The rum demo in the patio area of Sunbury House was a nice treat, It was so relaxing to sample rum drinks, cod/plantains while the rain was falling around you, Our only disappointment was not being able to shop in town because the stores were closed-it was New Year's day. But, trust me, it was a small disappointment--the tour was that good. Even though we had rain intermittenly throughout the day, it was still a great tour! Thank you Rodney!!
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+5points
5out of 5found this review helpful.
Review 2 for Best of Barbados
Overall Rating
4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Overall very good

Date:January 26, 2013
TravelDan
Location:Actually Jan 2013,
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
The part that made this excursion so positive was, believe it or not, the plantation. It was an extensive tour and we saw everything from spices to exotic fruits and an extremely lush landscape with a spectacular floral display. Been to Barbados a few times, this is the only thing i'd recommend other than an independent beach day.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+5points
5out of 5found this review helpful.
Review 3 for Best of Barbados
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Best of Barbados

Date:February 13, 2012
BobbieL
Location:Washington State
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
We had an excellent tour guide who was very interesting in the plants and orchids in the lovely botanical gardens. She had a good sense of humor and was also very adept at providing lots of interesting historical and current information about Barbados. We were surprised to see that Barbados is a rather flat (not volcanic) island. However the view from St John's church of the Atlantic coast was excellent and we very much enjoyed visiting the church and grave sites. The Sunbury plantation visit was also very interesting and we were surprised by the number of antigues on display there. All in all we felt we had a very good introduction to Barbados.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+7points
10out of 13found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Best of Barbados
Overall Rating
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Rather a Taste of Barbados...

Date:January 31, 2012
Holidaygirl
Location:Norfolk, UK
Cruise Date Year:2011
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Unfortunately on this tour our guide was more interested in the number of Chefettes on the island, than sharing any historical or cultural information with us. Having sped past Gun Hill with no opportunity to take a photo, we continued on whilst she pointed out crops or counted down from 14, as we spotted another of the famous Barbadian fast food outlets! We led ourselves around Orchid World and were left to our own devices at St John's Parish church. Fortunately the guide at Sunbury Plantation house provided information there. This experience resulted in a lacklustre and disappointing introduction to Barbados, which is a shame as since we've returned, we've seen on TV just how beautiful and interesting the island really is...Our comments were passed to the excursion desk on our return with a suggestion that it would probably be better to call the tour a Taste of Barbados, as it comprised of a bus tour that was minimally narrated and self lead visits to quite basic tourist spots?
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
+11points
12out of 13found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Best of Barbados
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Cultural Highlights

Date:January 17, 2012
Prof
Location:Sherwood Park Alberta
Cruise Date Year:2012
Cruise Date Month:January
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The British colonial heritage is richly evident in this well-paced overview of the island: highlights include a stroll through a brilliantly coloured orchard garden with views to the coast, a tour of a reconstituted plantation house full of the evidence of past lives, and a parish church which gleams with dark wood.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+4points
4out of 4found this review helpful.
Review 6 for Best of Barbados
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

The Best Of Barbados

Date:November 29, 2010
msshawtay
Location:Oaklnd, CA
Cruise Date Month:November
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
I thoroughtly enjoyed this tour thanks to both our tour guide "ANNETTE" and driver "DAVID". She was very knowledgeable and he was one of the best drivers I've experienced. The locations we visited during this excursion were educational and beautiful. Orchid farm, museum and the church, all beautiful. Would do this excursion again.
Cruise Date Year:2010
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+9points
9out of 9found this review helpful.