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National History Park - Citadel, Sans Souci, Ramiers

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Haitian Creole Tour, Citadel and Sans soucis

We had such a wonderful visit at the citadel and sans Soucis yesterday. A lot of the tourists I tour with always want to challenge themselves of the hiking to the citadel, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Cap-Haitien, Haiti
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Cap-Haitien, Haiti
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had such a wonderful visit at the citadel and sans Soucis yesterday. A lot of the tourists I tour with always want to challenge themselves of the hiking to the citadel, and when you do that, it gives you a taste of how hard the slaves worked to build this amazing castle, on no foundation but on the rock... More 

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Salina, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hiking to the top of the Citadel takes stamina, although mules are available. The Citadel, built to fend off a possible attack by Napoleon, is an enormous fortress built on the hilltops. A new parking area at the base, with restroom and diagrams is helpful. Be aware that there are many safety hazards once you are in the Citadel: no... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This is a must see before leaving Haiti. Getting to Sans Souci is relatively easy from Cap. I hired a taxi for $50 to get me there and back, and give that it can take an hour in Cap traffice, that was a bargain. The entry for both,withno guide and no horse, is a mere $5. I hired a guide... More 

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Kellogg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

A tough location, but worth the effort. If you are not in good shape, plan on renting one of the numerous horse to ride up the access road--it is very steep. Do some research on the history before you go. There are folks there who will tell you a bit, but know as much as possible before you go. Bring... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The Citadel is wonderful - when you get there ! Unless you are very fit you need a horse. Negotiate a price first and the tip for the drivers - they always ask for more. Access is not easy, its up a very steep cobbled road, but it is well worth the effort. Make sureyou have a guide to take... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

The frighteningly beautiful Citadelle Laferriè built by Henri Christophé, King of Haiti. Yes, the very same Henri Christophé that was present (with hundreds of other Haitian men) at the 1779 Battle of Savannah. A battle that assisted America in its fight of gaining its full independence. Oh! You didn't know that? Hmmm. I wonder what else the schools failed to... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

When you get to the base of this magnificent remains of the palace, your mind generates the complete picture in your head and then the greatness of the place hits like a ton of brick. You can imagine the beauty prior to its destruction. Not be missed.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The ruins were viewed from afar but the view was breathtaking. There is a fee to visit the ruins up close.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went to visit both the Citadel and Sans Souci with a guide from the hotel where we stayed. The ruins are beautiful, I enjoyed Sans Souci even more than the Citadel, but both were amazing. Definitely a must-see if you're visiting Cap-Haitien.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The ruined palace was interesting to visit, but expensive, because we were told that we had to hire a guide (my sister, who lives in Haiti, seemed to think this was legit). His English was okay, but he clearly had memorized specific phrases and kept repeating the same thing over again. Note - we were unable to visit the Citadelle... More 

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