Nelson’s West Indies

Nelson's West Indies

Trip Scholar: John Harris

Maritime Historian, Merchant Navy and Royal Navy Reserve, University of Oxford
Available to Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge, family and friends

8 day tour
Price from £3,595

Go beyond the stunning beaches and lush scenery of the tropical Leeward Islands and delve into their colonial history. With sugar, slavery and sea power throwing Britain, Spain and France into continuous conflict in the 17th and 18th centuries, the islands of Antigua, St Kitts and Nevis have a fascinating story to tell.

Visiting all three islands, discover their well-preserved harbours, plantations and forts and learn about the slavers, plantation owners, slaves and sailors whose lives were all interlinked during this time.

Tour highlights

  • Learn about Horatio Nelson’s life set against the broader subject of the Naval History of the Caribbean and visit the site of his marriage on Nevis in 1787
  • Explore English Harbour in Antigua, the finest example of a Georgian naval dockyard in the world with a talk from a local historical expert
  • Visit the sugar and cotton estates on Antigua and Nevis as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Brimstone Hill Fortress on St Kitts
  • Delight in the islands colonial architecture including historic churches, botanic gardens and plantation houses, as well as historic barracks and formations
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Itinerary at a glance

Day 1: Tour begins at Admiral’s Inn, Antigua
Day 2: Falmouth Harbour & English Harbour, Dockyard & Museum
Day 3: Shirley Heights, Fortifications of Dow’s Hill & 18th Century Military Hospital
Day 4: Ruins of Fort Barrington, St John’s Museum & Betty’s Hope Plantation & Museum
Day 5: Inter-Island Flight to St. Kitts. Transfer to Ocean Terrace Inn
Day 6: UNESCO World Heritage site of Brimstone Hill Fortress & Carib Petroglyphs Romney Manor
Day 7: Water taxi to Nevis, Nelson’s Lookout Saddle Hill & Nevis Botanic ‘Garden
Day 8: Transfer to Airport to fly to Antigua. End of tour

Dates and Prices
Prices are in UK£, per person, based on double occupancy

5-12th May 2018 (6-12 May land only)
Room TypePriceSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailability
Standard£3,595TBAFrom £600Available

Share of twin or double bedded room with private bathroom, full board (except on Day 1 where dinner is just included and Day 2,3,5 and 7 where lunch is not included), all excursions mentioned with local guides including entrance fees, expert leader.

International flights (see optional flights below), lunch on Day 2,3,5 and 7, drinks, visa charges, travel insurance, tips to drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature.

Optional flights
Temple World can arrange flights from the UK to coordinate with this tour for those who need them.  Our recommended route is with British Airways who fly direct to Antigua in 8.5 hours. Tickets are around £600 per person including taxes, return.  We can arrange a group arrival and departure transfer for all those arriving on BA flights and private transfers for those arriving on other services, for a small extra sum.

Making your own way there
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to fly from outside the UK are advised to book their own flights. The start and end point for the tour is V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua.  You can arrive at any time of day on 5 May 2018 but check-in at the hotel is not normally until 2 or 3pm unless you have paid for early check in (we can arrange this but the hotel may charge a full extra night).

There are no activities on the first day.   A light dinner is available for those who wish to have a meal in the evening.

On the last day,  (12th May 2018) everyone will be taken to the airport for the flight back to Antigua.  This is the end of the tour. Those who are taking our flights will fly in the evening for overnight flight to London. We can arrange extensions with extra nights, guiding and transfers for anyone who needs them – please ask for a quote.

Very Important! Clients should not make any binding or non-refundable travel arrangements until their place has been confirmed on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure.



NHS Fit for Travel advises travellers to Madagascar are usually recommended to immunise against: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Polio, Diphtheria and Typhoid. There is a risk of Malaria across the country so you will need prophylaxis to cover your whole trip.  A Yellow Fever Certificate is mandatory if entering from a risk country.  Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 weeks before departure.
NHS Fit For Travel


Entry Regulations
Most nationalities can get a 30 day tourist visa on arrival for a fee (currently Ar 30,000 / around 23 Euro) payable in cash. The cost is subject to change without notice.
Madagascar Tourist Board
UK Foreign Office advice

Fitness Guideline

We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Moderate/Active.  Participants should be prepared to walk on uneven, slippery terrain or through rainforests and should be able to keep up with the group when sightseeing – this means walking at a reasonable pace for 30-40 minutes or standing for 20-30 minutes without a rest.
Full fitness profile of the tour

Trip Scholar

John Harris
John Harris is a maritime historian, who served in the Merchant Navy and Royal Naval Reserve before becoming Steward of Christ Church at the University of Oxford, an appointment he held for 25 years.  He is now Emeritus Fellow of his college.

He is currently studying and researching at Greenwich Maritime Institute, where his particular focus is the Georgian Navy’s base at English Harbour, Antigua.

John lectures on maritime topics on summer schools, battlefield tours and cruises.

Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.


Antigua is known not just for it’s fascinating history but also for it’s stunning white sandy beaches ringed with coral reefs making them an absolute delight to indulge and relax on. We have detailed our top four beach resorts below, some offering bed and breakfast and others offering all inclusive. Pick your favourite and then get in touch with us to plan your perfect escape.


St James Club and Villas
Set on a secluded peninsula, this unpretentious, all-inclusive beach resort provides a haven to rest and pamper in.

The 40 informal, tropically inspired rooms feature luxury facilities with the most luxurious offering direct beach access. A number of suites have floor-to-ceiling windows, bay views, and living rooms with wet bars. There are also villas with kitchens and dining areas.

The resort offers 4 restaurants, plus a kids’ club, windsurfing, sailing and kayaking lessons. Other amenities include 2 beaches and 6 pools, plus a spa, 6 tennis courts and a fitness room.

Prices from £820 per person for seven nights with all inclusive.




Blue Waters Resort
Nestled on the northwestern corner of Antigua, Blue Waters Resort and Spa provides the perfect beach retreat. 

Guests can choose from a range of accommodation dependent on the amount of space and privacy they are after from leading guest rooms to suites and stand alone villas.

A range of activities can also be enjoyed from tennis, water sports, chartered boat trips, golf and a luxurious on-site spa and salon.  Other amenities include 6 restaurants and bars to enjoy. There is also a kids and creche club along with dedicated family pools. Blue Water also have exclusive adult only pools for those seeking calm and tranquility.

Prices from £927 per person for seven nights accommodation with breakfast.




Nonsuch Bay
Located on a secluded and unspoilt bay in Antigua, Nonsuch Bay caters to both couples and families providing the perfect destination to relax and unwind. The resort has 40 spacious, well appointed suites and beach front cottages with large shaded balconies offering lovely views of the tropical coastline and beautiful turquoise sea. Large Villas are also available. All rooms have sumptuous amenities.

Enjoy the resorts private beach as well as five other deserted beaches on the nearby Green Island, just a short boat ride away. A wide variety of beach and water sports are available including a fleet of Catamarans, Kayaking and Snorkeling. The 40 Knots School offers Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Windsurfing and Kite surfing from a launch beach on Green Island.

Prices from £1,211 per person for seven nights accommodation with all inclusive.




Cocos Adult Only Hotel

Perched on a lush green hillside and encircled by miles of heavenly blue sea, the COCOS Hotel provides a secluded sanctuary for couples and adults only. This rustic yet luxurious boutique resort is located on the sunset side of the beautiful Caribbean Island of Antigua and comprises of a collection of 30 quaint wooden Cottages positioned on a picturesque ocean bluff. All Cottages boast large private balconies with hammocks, deck chairs and breath taking ocean views with avant-garde outdoor showers. Some cottages even come with your own private cliff-side infinity pool.

A quiet and intimate resort ideal for couples seeking a romantic getaway.

Prices from £1,390 per person for seven nights accommodation with all inclusive.




Carlisle Bay
This perfectly placed resort surrounds itself with turquoise blue waters, white sandy beaches and emerald green hills.

The resort has 82 well appointed suites, all with large balconies and stunning sea facing views that have a relaxed and contemporary design throughout. All rooms come with a day bed, air-conditioning, espresso machine, yoga mat as well as other gorgeous and indulgent amenities that you would expect from a five star hotel.

Enjoy a range of activities available including tennis, water sports, sailing, library, yoga and a fitness center.

Prices from £1,579 for seven nights accommodation with breakfast.



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