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St. Martin - St. Maarten: Small Group, History Tour

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
St. Martin - St. Maarten: Small Group, History Tour

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icon4 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get to know the twin Dutch and French spirits of the island of St Maarten/St Martin during this 4-hour history tour from Philipsburg. Circumnavigate the island while learning about the natural history, geology, culture and traditions of this unusual place through your guide's engaging commentary. Stop by important landmarks and highlights that help paint the total picture of the island's past. Round-trip transportation from the cruise port is included.
  • 4-hour guided history tour of St Maarten/St Martin
  • Circle the island on this comprehensive tour
  • Learn about the history, geology, culture and traditions of this half-Dutch, half-French island
  • Visit a plantation, a fort and a salt pond
  • Stop for iced coffee, tea and a Caribbean cake
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Coffee and/or Tea
Snacks
Bottled water
Local guide
Gratuities
Souveniers
Personal Expenses
Personal parking fees
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Dock Maarten , Juancho Yrausquin Blvd, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Parking Lot Dock Maarten close to Philipsburg Cruise Terminal
8:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Staying at Oyster Pond or Philipsburg? Pick up is included if you chose pick up at your hotel, lodging address, residence address or company in, and areas between, Philipsburg and Oyster Pond (for example Divi, Belair, Oyster Bay, Holland House, Vicky’s Keys, Alicia’s Inn, Dawn Beach) We’ll meet you at your location at 8.30 am LOCAL TIME, no pick-up fee will be charged. Staying anywhere else on St Maarten or St Martin? For guests choosing pick-up at other hotels, lodging addresses, residence addresses or companies including cruise ship guests there are 2 options: 1. We can pick you up for an additional fee per person, depending on the location. Please check with your activities desk or contact us to see if your location is listed as a paid pick-up location. 2. We will pick you up at 8.30 am LOCAL TIME from the parking lot of Chesterfield’s Restaurant, Dock Maarten, in Philipsburg (See location on map below). Parking is available at $1 per hour. No pick-up fee will be charged. No Uber or similar services have started on our island yet, so you’ll need to get there by taxi or rental car. WALKING ROUTE DIRECTIONS to MEETING POINT for CRUISE SHIP GUESTS from the cruise ship terminal (it'll take you 10 minutes when walking a regular pace):: Exit the cruise ship terminal through the main exit, onto the main public road and turn left following the road to Philipsburg. After a five minute straight walk you'll see Johnny's Scooter Rental on your left, it's a small shack with a big smiley sign on top. Go to the parking lot behind Johnny's Scooter Rental. We'll be on that parking lot in a silver van. If you prefer not to walk, you can ask one of the many taxis at the cruise ship terminal to drop you off at Chesterfield's Restaurant for a couple of dollars. Bear in mind they, maybe, will wait for their car/van to fill up before they depart.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • One 5-minute uphill walk on steps to get to the Fort
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Seagrape Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during St. Martin - St. Maarten: Small Group, History Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St. Martin - St. Maarten: Small Group, History Tour.

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  • "Any traveller not interested in spending time on the beach or engaging in watersports might do well to consider booking this tour." See review

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star-5
This history nerd loved it!
Carol_H
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so very friendly. She showed us the important aspects of Sint Maarten that we otherwise would never have know about! And homemade trays to boot!
star-5
Excellent tour by David
Barbara_G
, Jul 2019
We very much enjoyed our historical tour of St. Maartin. David was very engaging and informative regarding many aspects of this interesting island. We appreciated his willingness to share some personal insights regarding his life on St. Martin, particularly with regards to his experiences during and after the hurricane in 2017. We were impressed with his ability to circumnavigate the island in what seemed to us visitors, very chaotic traffic. His home-made snacks were delicious and very much appreciated. Any traveller not interested in spending time on the beach or engaging in watersports might do well to consider booking this tour. We were very well-satisfied with our day.
star-5
Great History Tour of St Maarten
Kim_S
, May 2019
We loved learning all about the history of St Maarten and St Martin. Our guide was timely, well informed and shared great insight about living on the island. The best part is this is NOT a large touring company, it's small, privately owned and provides you the level of service beyond your expectations. It's a MUST if visiting the island!
star-4
Good intro to St. Maarten
Roger_W
, Apr 2019
Knowledgeable and personable guide. Nice overview of the history of the island. Vehicle was a bit cramped.
star-5
The Cruise ship was late, But our...
William B
, Feb 2018
The Cruise ship was late, But our tour guide waited for us. He was very nice and polite. Took us around the whole island telling us about the history. I do recommend this tour
star-5
The tour was fantastic. Our guide...
marilyn_b
, Feb 2018
The tour was fantastic. Our guide , David Botha, was so knowledgeable and very pleasant. He even brought us a snack that was home made. He was seagrape tours through Viator Tours. It could not have been better. We highly recommended it.
star-4
Very informative, relaxed tour. Highly...
Chona A
, Aug 2017
Very informative, relaxed tour. Highly recommended!
star-5
Picked up on time. We were the only...
Kathryn R
, May 2017
Picked up on time. We were the only ones, 4 of us, so felt like a private tour. Got taken to interesting spots and was given lots of interesting facts. Tea/coffee and cake were included and toilet stop along the way. It did rain at one stage and we were given rain ponchos. Really enjoyed this tour:)
star-5
The tour was very well done, very...
RobertL_G
, May 2017
The tour was very well done, very informative, and Iliya was very knowledgeable. All passengers were picked up at their respective locations, yet no time was lost or wasted. Not only was this tour a good historical overview of St Maarten/St Martin, it was also a good orientation of the island. For those individuals spending several days on the island, recommend taking this tour as soon as possible after your arrival. It will help tremendously.
star-5
excellent tour guide, small group in...
Kirk_Z
, Apr 2017
excellent tour guide, small group in minivan. Nice touch of snack in park during tour. See whole island and enjoyed the history.
star-4
got a good idea of what the island...
Krystal H
, Jan 2017
got a good idea of what the island looked like as a whole. good to know the history of it as well. recommend for 1st timers.
star-4
We had a great experience on our...
Yvonne_H
, Jan 2017
We had a great experience on our tour. We were picked up on time, and our guide provided a lot of interesting information about the history of the island. We never felt rushed and she allowed us to take as many photos as we wanted. She also provided a snack and regularly offered us water if we needed it. One regret is that we did not get to take a photo of the statues depicting the salt trade that were in the center of town. I am thinking it may have been because the statues are in the middle of a traffic circle which would make it tricky to stop and take a photo. We would definitely recommend this tour. It may be best to plan it for the beginning of the week because there were less cruise boats so that our stops were not as crowded.
star-5
Ilja was our tour guide. She did a...
Brenda_J
, Jul 2016
Ilja was our tour guide. She did a fantastic job of delivering the history of St. Maarten( The Dutch and French) side. The lunch in the park was good also.
star-4
This tour was great! Our guide was...
Donna C
, Mar 2016
This tour was great! Our guide was very informative and engaging. He took us to the forts on each side of the island and we had a nice break with tea and cake at a park created from an old sugar plantation site as well as making other stops to take pictures. Good for those interested in history.
star-4
We highly recommend this tour. It...
Michael T
, Nov 2015
We highly recommend this tour. It is a small group, very personal with easy customization to suit our interests and lots of time for interaction during the tour. We enjoyed the tour of the island and the well informed history background. A wonderful touch was the homemade iced coffee and cake served during the tour. WELL DONE!

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