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£9,670 Per person
21 days
Includes flights
Includes transfers
Includes activities
Includes hotels

This trip is ideal for those wanting to explore the French Polynesian islands with the least amount of effort, unpack once and explore a lot. On this 13-day cruise you will explore the Marquesas Islands which is home to UNESCO Heritage Sites, archaeological sites, and jaw dropping views.

Itinerary highlights

  • Visit a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and French Polynesia's second largest atoll.

  • Snorkel French Polynesia's largest atoll.

  • Meet local wood carvers and artists.

  • Explore Taipivai Valley and its sacred ritual sites.

  • Relax on the beautiful Vahine Island.

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  • Tahiti
  • Hiva Oa
  • Nuku Hiva
  • Rangiroa
  • Bora Bora
  • Tahiti
  • Raiatea
  • Vahine Island
  • Raiatea
  • Tahiti

Itinerary idea in detail

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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Tahiti.

Day 2 Tahiti


Fly with Air New Zealand to Los Angeles in Economy Class. On arrival transit to your onward flight to Tahiti with Air Tahiti Nui on an Air New Zealand code share.

Day 3 Tahiti


You will arrive early this morning and so a room has been pre-booked for you in Tahiti, so that you can check straight in and relax. You then have a full day at leisure in Tahiti to relax in the lagoon or by the pool. You might also like to take a trip to the Museum of Polynesia and the Isles which is a good introduction to Polynesian history and culture before you head to your cruise.

Day 4 Tahiti


This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the port where you will board the Aranui 5 and set sail on your cruise to explore the beautiful Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands.

Day 5 Tahiti


Enjoy your first day in the Tuamotu Archipelago and the islands of Takapoto. You will enjoy a short walk to a magnificent white sandy beach where we will have a picnic and you can swim and snorkel in the translucent lagoon and take in the mesmerising tropical lagoon fish.

Day 6 Tahiti

Hiva Oa , Tahiti

At sea - Sailing to the Marquesas. Relax on board the sun decks, take a dip in the pool, or learn about the Marquesan culture and history from your knowledgeable crew and the onboard library.

Day 7 Tahiti

Nuku Hiva , Tahiti

Explore Hiva Oa, the second largest of the islands in the Marquesas. Your tour this morning takes in Puamau which is close to the world famous tiki statue sites. After lunch on board you will set sail for Tahuata and spend the afternoon in the village of Vaitahu. The French Catholic church in the village is particularly impressive.

Day 8 Tahiti


Explore Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. Your next stop is Taiohae Bay, where you can explore Taiohae, the tiny administrative capital of the Marquesas, the valley of Hatiheu and the valley of Taipivai. You will enjoy lunch at Yvonne's Restaurant, who also happens to be the local mayor! Afterwards you will have the chance to walk to an archaeological site; which is above a coconut plantation. The path to the site is steep and often slippery when raining.

Day 9 Tahiti


Explore Ua Pou Island, Marquesas. As the crew unload their supplies you can explore the tiny town of Hakahau, home to talented wood carvers and breath-taking views that are well worth the walk up the hill! You'll enjoy lunch in a local restaurant here.

Day 10 Tahiti


Explore Hiva Oa, the second largest of the islands in the Marquesas. Enjoy a leisurely day exploring Atuona, the home of impressionist, Paul Gauguin. You will enjoy a Marquesan lunch and have the chance to visit the graves of the two most famous international residents: Paul Gauguin and Jaques Brel.

Day 11 Tahiti


Explore Fatu Hiva, Marquesas. This lush and remote island is a hub for Marquesan arts and crafts, so you will meet local people producing and designing tapa cloth, hand-painted pareo (sarongs) and monoi oil and watch skilled wood-carvers in action.

Day 12 Tahiti


Today, on Ua Huka, you will visit a museum with exquisite replicas of Marquesan art. You can choose to explore the island by four-wheel drive or ride the famed Marquesan horses to explore the mountain landscape, and views of the Pacific. You'll enjoy lunch at local restaurant and have plenty of time to visit studios of wood carvers before visiting the arboretum and the garden of fruits and flowers.

Day 13 Tahiti

Rangiroa , Tahiti

You cruise back to the Tuamotu archipelago today relaxing on board, discussing your adventures with fellow passengers or reading about the unique Polynesian culture which you have just been introduced to.

Day 14 Tahiti

Bora Bora , Tahiti

The cruise sails on to Rangiroa today, the largest atoll in the world where you can swim and snorkel in a translucent lagoon. Snorkeling and scuba diving are available too and you will also have the opportunity to purchase black pearls from local black pearl farmers.

Day 15 Vahine Island

Tahiti , Raiatea , Vahine Island

Today you will enjoy the blue lagoon of Bora Bora where you can spend the day at the white sand beach. Optional excursions such as island tours, swimming with rays and small sharks, and helicopter tours are available at an extra cost.

Day 16 Vahine Island

Vahine Island

Sail back to Tahiti where you will arrive this morning. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the airport for your Air Tahiti flight to Raiatea where a boat transfer will take you across the lagoon to your small luxury hotel, Vahine Island Resort. Dinner bed and breakfast is included in your stay.

Day 17 Vahine Island

Vahine Island

A full day at leisure on Vahine Island at your resort which enjoys a very relaxing location on the outer reef with fine views of the lagoon and islands. Take the time to talk to your hosts today as they are experts in the best ways to explore the lagoon and the islands of Taha'a and Raiatea which both occupy the same reef system.

Day 18 Vahine Island

Vahine Island

A full day at leisure at Vahine. The lagoon has some wonderful coral gardens for swimming and snorkeling. Look out for the turtles which live in the lagoon and are very inquisitive.

Day 19 International return flight

Raiatea , Tahiti , International return flight

Enjoy your last full day at leisure on Vahine. You may wish to arrange a visit to a vanilla plantation, take in a 'coconut show' or use the hotel's spa facilities for some last minute pampering.

Day 20 International return flight

International return flight

On-board your international return flight home.

Day 21 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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