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Cook Islands and Society Islands cruise on the Paul Gauguin

16 days from €10,285pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

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Itinerary highlights

  • Visit the small and beautiful island of Aitutaki.

  • Spend the day relaxing on the private island of Paul Gauguin, Motu Mahana.

  • Snorkel the stunning waters of Moorea.

  • Explore and learn about black pearl farms.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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Including international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

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

Day 2 Tahiti

Tahiti

Your South Pacific adventure starts today, with international flight to Tahiti, which arrives early the following morning.

Day 3 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

On arrival in Tahiti, you will met and transferred to your hotel which has been pre-registered to allow for immediate check in. Spend your day relaxing and recovering.

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Day 4 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

Enjoy a leisurely morning before being transferred to the pier after lunch where you will join your Paul Gauguin cruise. The ship will set sail this evening.

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Day 5 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

Your first port of call is Huahine, known as "The Garden Island" for its lush rainforests and dramatic terrain. While here, you can cruise the expansive lagoon, explore the island's culture, or picnic on the beach.

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Day 6 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

A day at sea. Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin's Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you will take in a lecture by one of the special guests, then dine in the evening over classic French cuisine at L'etoile as you cruise to Aitutaki in the Cook Islands.

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Day 7 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

A spectacular day to enjoy the pristine lagoon and white sand beaches of Aitutaki. Go snorkelling, explore the island and perhaps visit the village of Arutanga which is home to the oldest church in the Cook Islands.

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Day 8 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

Rugged Rarotonga is the most mountainous of all the Cook Islands and you could spend time here exploring its natural beauty. Snorkel in Muri Lagoon, wander the lush Takitumi Conservation Area or take a hike into the island’s dense interior with Pa, a local naturalist.

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Day 9 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

A full day cruising back across the South Pacific towards Bora Bora allows time to relax on deck, read about the amazing islands you are about to visit or perhaps indulge in a spa treatment?

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Day 10 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James Michener described Bora Bora as "The most beautiful island in the world." You might wish to explore the island with a number of activities, such as a tour of the island paradise that affords breathtaking island views or glide over crystalline waters on a glass bottom boat to see the island`s famous marine life without getting wet, take a thrilling helicopter ride over the ship and island, or simply spend a few hours lolling on the island`s beautiful beach.

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Day 11 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

A further full day at leisure in the lagoon of Bora Bora.

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Day 12 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

Motu Mahana, an islet adjacent to Taha'a, is your very own South Seas paradise, featuring white-sand beaches with swaying palms, crystal-clear waters, and gentle breezes. As an exclusive Paul Gauguin experience, you will spend a full day on this idyllic island doing exactly as you please. Relax in the shade of a palm tree, engage in a game of volleyball, snorkel in the motu's turquoise lagoons and enjoy a delicious al fresco barbecue lunch with Polynesian entertainment.

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Day 13 On-board ship (Tahiti)

On-board ship

Covered in an abundance of fresh fruits and flowers, spectacular mountain peaks, peaceful multi-hued lagoons, and palm-fringed beaches, Moorea features a magnificent beauty that is unsurpassed. White-sand beaches lapped by the translucent shimmering lagoon water and shaded by palm, coconut, and ironwood groves stretch for miles. During your visit, you might wish to take an optional air-conditioned coach ride around the island to admire the stunning views.

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Day 14 International return flight

Tahiti , International return flight

A further day at leisure in and around Moorea. Perhaps join a dolphin watching cruise in the lagoon with a local marine biologist or head inland into the mountains to the fruit farms and take in the breathtaking views of the coastline from up here.

Day 15 International return flight

International return flight

On-board your international return flight home.

Day 16 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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