3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS VISIT TO NORTHERN HAITI FROM PROVO
$900 per person for package (2 person minimum)
- Pre-brief in Provo about what you will see and do
- Round trip flight from Provo
- Meet and Greet at Cap-Haitien Airport by our ground staff
- All Transfers to and from hotel
- All tours and guide
- Two nights (double occupancy) at Cormier Plage Beach Hotel
- Two outstanding dinners and breakfasts at Cormier Plage Beach Hotel
- Tour of city of Cap-Haitien
- Excursion to the mountaintop Citadelle fortress with fire fighter escort
- Lunch stop at café in Cap-Haitien
Note: Lunch is the only “extra,” and we include stops for that.
For overnight trip to Haiti, we recommend traveling after your stay in Provo. Return flight lands every day at noon. Schedule an afternoon flight back to US, Canada, or UK after 3pm. We’ll be glad to advise you on your entire trip and hotel in Provo as well.
Read on for what you will see and do
On arrival in Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest port city on the north coast, you are met by our extremely capable and dependable Haitian team Jenny and Dominique. They will take you for a tour of the port city, which is also Haiti’s second largest. Here you will see the old French colonial architecture reminiscent of the French Quarter in New Orleans, among other sites.You will stop at a superb cafe on the waterfront or in town for a creole lunch before heading to your beach hotel, Cormier Plage, about a 5 mile (8 km) drive with spectacular seascape scenery. If there is any hotel that captures old West Indian ambiance, this is it. Truly one of the most exotic and charming hotels you will every stay in. Hang out at the Tarantula Bar, one of the coolest beach bars anywhere in the Caribbean that just naturally invites people to meet and share stories. (And in Haiti, everyone has a story.) Enjoy outstanding fresh local cuisine for dinner that evening and really, really relax listening to the gentle waves and swaying palm trees.
The next morning, eat a sumptuous breakfast that includes fresh local fruit to get ready for the trek to the Citadelle fortress. Our team picks you up at the hotel and takes you to the town of Milot, about a 1 hour and 30 minute drive, at the base of the 3000 ft mountain. Now, you can either hike the challenging 7 km (4.5 mile) road/trail or take a pony. We can also drive you to the “Second Parking Lot” that is just 1.3 miles (2 km) from the Citadelle, but the last 1.3 miles (2 km) is steep, but much shorter. (Pony ride with handler is about $15.) Which ever option you choose, you will be accompanied by one or more fire fighters from the Cap-Haitien Fire Department (“Pompiers) all the way to the top.
The massive mountain top Citadelle fortress, the largest in the Americas, was built by King Christophe following the Haitian revolution (1791-1804). The revolution was the only successful slave rebellion in history. The imposing structure was meant to protect against another French invasion by Napoleon to reclaim the colony. The state-of-the-art cannons for its day, deceptive entries and stairways to trick and trap the enemy and crossing rifle slots for snipers, made it well neigh impossible to take for any would-be challenger to take the formidable fortress. The mind blowing story of how these blocks and huge cannons were dragged to the top is stark testament to the human will and human cost of completing this structure. If that’s not enough, the jaw-dropping view from the ramparts of the mountains and clouds will astound you.
On the way down from the Citadelle, you’ll have another fabulous Creole lunch to refuel and refresh before proceeding back to the hotel to relax the rest of the day. The team is back to pick you up early the next morning (following breakfast) to take you back to the airport for the return trip to Provo.
Medical: Although we take precautions to minimize the risk of getting sick, is there, as it is in most islands of the Caribbean. Malaria, dengue fever, zika, and other diseases are present. We suggest that you consult your physician or knowledgeable medical travel specialist before traveling to Haiti to ask about vaccinations and protective drugs. We also recommend obtaining short term medivac insurance for the dates you will be in Haiti. We can help you arrange this. We like to be over-cautious!
Essentials: Bring loose fitting long sleeve white or light colored shirt. Shorts and long pants Light jacket or windbreaker. Sturdy walking/running shoes. Pair of slippers or sandals. Change of clothes. Mosquito spray, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, swim suit.
Fair Warning: Haiti will be the most compelling trip you will ever take, and you will likely talk about it for the rest of your life. It’s that good. Biggest complaint we get: “We want to stay longer!”