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'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey'

What makes this trip special?

The beating heart of Trinidad

The beating heart of Trinidad

Port of Spain

Port of Spain is the economic, political and cultural centre of Trinidad and one of the most important capitals in the Caribbean - an eclectic, cosmoplitan and vibrant city, home to one of the most celebrated carnivals in the world. There is plenty to see and do here and it is also a great base from which to do daytrips to other parts of the island.

Wonders of the West Coast

Wonders of the West Coast

West Coast

A journey down the west coast is a must for any visit to Trinidad. For birders and photographers Pointe-a-Pierre wildfowl trust and Caroni swamp (where spectacular scarlet ibis come in to roost) are a delight. The cities of San Fernando and Waterloo and the geological phenomena of Pitch Lake are also worth a visit.

Magnificent flora and fauna

Magnificent flora and fauna

Asa Wright Nature Centre

Asa Wright Nature Centre is Trinidad's premier birding and natural history lodge, a former coffee-cocoa-citrus plantation surrounded by the forests of the Northern Range. Over 170 bird species have been recorded from the main house verandah and well-laid out trails.

Stunning coastal scenery and local village life

Stunning coastal scenery and local village life

Northern Tobago

Northern Tobago is the place to get away from it all - much less developed than the south of the island with picturesque villages, cliff-backed sandy bays and rich coral reefs popular with divers. Little Tobago island, accessed by glass-bottomed boat from the mainland, is bird sanctuary popular with walkers and birders.

Ancient rainforest reserve

Ancient rainforest reserve

Tobago Forest Reserve

Tobago Forest Reserve is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemisphere, a haven of flora and fauna with several accessilble forest trails (most notably the Glipin Trace).

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

Picture-perfect white sand beaches

Southern Tobago

Southern Tobago's beautiful palm-fringed beaches with clear calm waters are a popular spot to swim or take glass-bottomed boats out to nearby coral reefs. This is the most developed part of the island with the main concentration of hotels, restaurants and shops.

Itinerary map for Trinidad & Tobago 'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey' holiday

Itinerary

  • Day      Overnight
  • 1 Port of Spain
  • 2 Port of Spain
  • 3 Port of Spain
  • 4 Port of Spain
  • 5 Port of Spain
  • 6 Port of Spain
  • 7 Grande Riviere
  • 8 Grande Riviere
  • 9 Speyside
  • 10 Speyside
  • 11 Speyside
  • 12 Speyside
  • 13 Speyside
  • 14 Speyside
  • For the detail of each day click the ‘Day-by-day’ tab above.

Day-by-day itinerary for 'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey'

DAY 1

Port of Spain

You are met on arrival at Trinidad’s Piarco airport by your local guide, who will escort you on each day’s trips on the island, and driven to your chosen guesthouse or hotel in Port of Spain, your base for the next 6 nights.

DAY 2
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Sightseeing in Port of Spain taking in all the highlights. You’ll also have the chance to try local culinary favourites and fresh tropical fruit drinks, or shop for fabrics, batik swimwear, hot sauces, rum, coffee, preserves and more.

DAY 3
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The West Coast

Visit Point-a-Pierre Wild Fowl Trust, then the city of San Fernando–a maze of hilly winding streets with views in all directions. Continue south to one of Trinidad’s most curious geological phenomena, the Pitch Lake.

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Yerette's Hummingbird garden & Caroni Swamp

Today, by special arrangement, visit Yerette’s the home of Theo & Gloria Feruson whose back yard is a haven for hummingbirds which come in great numbers to the many feeders. Your hosts can tell you a lot about these dazzling, bold, jewelled birds while you can try to photograph and identify the 14 species seen here. Later take a boat in Caroni Swamp, for the splendid spectacle of lines of Scarlet Ibis flying in to roost.

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Asa Wright Nature Centre

Visit the world famous Asa Wright Nature Centre in the lush rainforest of the Northern Range’s Arima Valley. You will have lunch in a local home in the forest range and return in the afternoon via Blanchisseuse and Maracas Bay.

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Lopinot

Today you visit Lopinot, a village community deep in the Northern Range, which takes its name from a French count who was granted the land here that he developed into a cacao estate (an example followed around the island, making Trinidad chocolate among the best in the world). His Great Plantation House and some of the historic drying sheds can be visited on a short path between wonderful acient trees. The even better part of Lopinot is its people, so stroll around, say hello, and be sure to visit their hummingbird café/chocolatier and its gardens. There are nice walks around the village too.

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The East Coast

Head for the magnificently wild east coast, driving beside long palm-backed beaches from Manzanilla to Mayaro. Visit Nariva Swamp and Bush Bush Nature Reserve. Drive north to Grande Riviere for 2 nights at Mount Plaisir Estate.

DAY 8
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Grande Riviere

Take a `wet’ river walk through the forest along the shingle bed of the shallow, clear Shark River, or relax at the beach, perhaps before a night’s turtle watching (Mar-Aug).

DAY 9
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Tobago

You are driven to the airport for the short flight to Tobago, where you are met by your private Tobago guide who takes you to Speyside where you will stay for the next 6 nights at either Speyside Inn or Blue Waters Inn

DAY 10
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Charlotteville & Little Tobago island

Visit Charlotteville–a pretty fishing village, returning for lunch at Jemma’s Tree House in Speyside. Afternoon glass-bottomed boat trip to Little Tobago Island.

DAY 11
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Speyside

A free day (without guide) to relax at Speyside. Snorkelling and novice diving can usually be arranged locally. In May and June watch for manta rays off the village jetty.

DAY 12
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Tobago Forest Reserve

Follow the Gilpin Trace nature trail into the Tobago Forest Reserve. You will see bright red heliconias, palms, lianas, butterfl ies, land crabs, and some of Tobago’s 3000 species of orchids. After a picnic lunch in the forest there’s a gentle walk to reach the Argyll Waterfall. It is possible to bathe in the cool waters at the foot of the falls.

DAY 13
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The West Coast

Explore fishing villages and dramatic scenery along Tobago’s western shore, starting with Bloody Bay then continuing southwards, to Parlatuvier and Castara Bay.

DAY 14
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Southern Tobago

Head to the south of the island to enjoy soft white sands and calm turquoise waters at Pigeon Point. Take another glass-bottomed boat to Nylon Pool and Buccoo Reef. Rest of the day free at Pigeon Point.

DAY 15
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Transfer from Speyside to Tobago’s Crown Point airport for the short flight back to Trinidad. Call by Pax Guest House for a celebratory high tea before returning to the airport for your international flights home.

Guide prices for 'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey'

options based on all year low season mid season high season peak season other season
Guide price 2 people sharing £2,725 £2,840
Prices are per person and include:
  • all travel in Trinidad & Tobago
  • all accommodation
  • meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
  • excursions as described
Prices do not include:
  • international flights
  • travel insurance
  • items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
  • any optional excursions you may buy locally

Customer reviews for 'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey'

Recent reviews are shown here from holidays based on this initial design. In each case the itinerary may have been modified (a little or a lot) to suit the individual traveller.

Average customer rating 96%

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Turtle watching, the scarlet ibis coming into roost, Yerette hummingbirds

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Central Tobago, little tobago, Scarlet Ibis - Cuttie River Lodge

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Queen's Park cricket club museum in Port of Spain

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Asa Wright, Caroni Swamp, Cocoa Plantation

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Having such a knowledgeable guide and seeing all the birds, especially the scarlet ibis on Caroni Swamp. Also Pitch Lake was good.

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Asa Wright & Cuffie River

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El Tucuche! Private garden tour & night tour.

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All equally enjoyable.

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We enjoyed this tour enormously the guides were well-informed.

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Asa Wright

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Port of Spain and the East Coast

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Seasonal information for 'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey'

Along this route in January

Day Location Max °C Monthly rainfall
1 Port of Spain 30°C rainfall 63mm
2 Port of Spain 30°C rainfall 63mm
3 Port of Spain 30°C rainfall 63mm
4 Port of Spain 30°C rainfall 63mm
5 Port of Spain 30°C rainfall 63mm
6 Port of Spain 30°C rainfall 63mm
7 Grande Riviere 28°C rainfall 153mm
8 Grande Riviere 28°C rainfall 153mm
9 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
10 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
11 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
12 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
13 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm
14 Speyside 28°C rainfall 135mm

Typical weather for January

rainchart

Max °C figures are the average daily maximum temperatures for the month. Rainfall is the average precipitation for the month.

Hotels for 'Trinidad & Tobago Odyssey'

Days 1 - 6

Alicia's Palace

St Ann's

This is the sister property to Alicia's Guest House. It is perched high on a hill top in the upmarket, leafy suburb of St Ann's. It has 30 air conditioned rooms all with private bathroom and easy access to the swimming pool, terrace and sundeck. Breakfast is served on the verandah which offers a magnificent view over Port of Spain  to the Gulf of Paria. As the hotel ranges over a steep site there are a lot of steps around the property. It would be a 15 minute walk down from the Palace to Queen's Park Savannah but happily the hotel offers a frequent shuttle bus service to their sister property - just 2 mins walk from the park.

Alicia's Palace
Days 7 - 8

Mount Plaisir Estate

Grande Riviere

An easy-going hideaway hotel directly on the beach in the quiet village of Grande Riviere on Trinidad’s remote NE coast, below the forests of the Northern Range.

There are 7 beach front suites, with electric fans and private bathrooms, each with flexible accommmodation suitable for couples or up to as many as 6 people. The hotel is built in a colourful rustic style, decorated with local crafts. The atmosphere is laid back, there is good cooking to a simple menu, and friendly staff.

The good-sized beach in front of the hotel is a great place to see leatherback turtles. They nest in numbers between March and August. Hatchlings make their hazardous journey to the sea between May and September.

The hotel can arrange walks in the forest with a local guide or horseback riding on old roads and trails in the forest. Riding on the beach is possible outside the turtles’ nesting season. For birders the main attraction is the Trinidad Piping Guan, a rare endemic which can be found in forests behind the village.

Mount Plaisir Estate
Days 9 - 14

Blue Waters Inn

Speyside
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Average rating 4.1 (55 ratings)

Set in the semi-private and stunning Batteaux Bay in Speyside, Blue Waters Inn is a resort style property with 38 rooms in total.

Spacious Blue view standard rooms and Deluxe Blue View Studios  all have sea views. The Deluxe Blue View Suites are free standing buildings.  Likewise the Deluxe blue view bungalows also face the beach but have two bedrooms. Blue view Bungalow 9 is also similar to the suites, but has the addition of a patio with an outdoor beach shower and an outdoor grill.  The Villa Blue is the same but with two double bedrooms.

On site there is a  restaurant, bar and dive shop, free use of kayaks, wind-surfers, sun tanning beds, tennis court, TV room/library and a number of nature trails in the grounds.  There is a small swimming pool the depth of which starts at 3 ft. with a step down to 7ft.

Blue Waters Inn