Lonely Planet Writer

Discover the true legend of pirates with this new Caribbean history tour

Ahoy matey! Good news for any traveller that has ever dreamed of sailing the high seas and living the life of a pirate, as a new package has just been launched that takes guests across the Caribbean to discover the history and legends of buccaneers of the past.

The tour includes a trip to San Felipe de Barajas Castle in Cartagena.
The tour includes a trip to San Felipe de Barajas Castle in Cartagena. Image by jopstock

Offering an inside look into the region’s history as a haven for famous pirates such as Captain Henry Morgan, the Legends of Pirate’s Past Tour begins in Panama, where it passes through several World Heritage Sites (including a visit to the Panama Canal). Created by CheapCaribbean, the six-day tour includes a historical train ride across the province of Panama to the Province of Colon, a sightseeing car journey, and a visit to the fishing village of Portobelo. Following that, guests fly to Cartagena to take part in pirate history tours (both by bus and by boat), where they will be immersed in history and visit sites such as the Castle of San Felipe, Fort of San Fernando and the Battery of Santa Barbara.

The six day package sees guest staying in luxury lodgings in Panama and Cartagena.
The six day package sees guest staying in luxury lodgings in Panama and Cartagena. Image by CheapCaribbean

Throughout the guided excursions, visitors will be told tales of the past, as well as experiencing local culture, architecture and beautiful landscapes.

“Travellers are hungry to learn about the destinations they visit. Guests are advised to bring comfortable clothes for exploring, and the package includes meals and accommodation throughout the week. Through our ‘Legends of Pirate’s Past’ tour, we are offering them the chance to immerse in local history and walk in the footsteps of famous pirates that once explored the region. From Panama to Cartagena, the trip offers an inside look into the real Pirates of the Caribbean’ with visits to historic ports, forts, castles and more,” Michael Lowery, president of CheapCaribbean said.

Booking until 2 November with travel dates from 6 – 11 December, prices for the Legends of Pirate’s Past Tour start from US$3000 (£2283) from New York City.

More information on booking is available from the official CheapCaribbean website.