Exploring the French Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe (#2272)

Date and Time

Monday, December 26, 2022 - Sunday, January 1, 2023




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The charming French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe beckon us to their beautiful beaches, invite us to the lushness and intrigue of their national park, and offer a foodie's dream, the "nouvelle cuisine Creole." Indeed, these islands, which together have been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, are a bit of a secret: less crowded and more affordable than other islands, yet virtually unheard-of among Americans. As the travel writer and editor, Ann Abel, writes, "They're undiscovered. Even during the height of tourism season, they aren't a place where it feels like everything revolves around tourism…. And then there's the nature. The two largest islands, Grand-Terre and Basse-Terre, are close enough to be connected by a short bridge, and together their outlines form the wings of a butterfly. If that's not enough poetic nature, the native people who first inhabited this land called it Karukera, meaning 'the place of beautiful waters.'" Together, we will experience Guadeloupe's stunning rainforest, soft-sand beaches in several different shades of color, award-winning Mémorial ACTe museum dedicated to the memory of enslaved people around the world, and strong food culture and French-Creole cuisine. While we will seek out adventure - hiking to waterfalls, to an active volcano, and along its picturesque coastline - our holiday also includes time for rest and relaxation, walks on the beach and staring at the sea, beverages pool-side, and gorging on fresh croissants, pains au chocolat, baguettes, and cheese. (You're in France!) For our 7-day idyllic 'in style' holiday, we have arranged comfortable, colorful, eco-chic accommodations, group meals that highlight the local cuisine, and a special dinner on New Year's Eve. Join us on this unique AMC Adventure Travel holiday-week adventure!

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $2,350 member / $2,450 non-member

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Hiking 4 Moderate


Adults (18+)


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Marianne is an active AMC leader based in Québec City after 4+ years in the Boston area. Born, raised and educated in Europe, she's a native French speaker, has lived in five countries and traveled in 30+, including most of Europe. A community organizer since her teenage years, she has substantial experience in leading various groups and enjoys sharing her curiosity for local culture, history and politics. Marianne is fluent in French and German.


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Michelle is an Assoc. Leader with the AMC's Adventure Travel program. She has summited the Northeast's 115 4,000-footers, and NH's 48 4,000-footers in winter; section-hiked the ~260-mi New England Trail; and adventured in 30+ U.S. national parks and ~30 countries. She pursues her wanderlust via solo and group travel and hiking, and has an affinity for the polar regions having visited Greenland, Iceland, and Antarctica. She is a certified Leave No TraceTM Trainer and Wilderness First Responder.