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Save up to £1,180pp on French Polynesia to Easter Island Expedition 2023

Valid for travel October 27 - November 9 2023

Valid for travel October 27–November 9 2023. Offer can be withdrawn at any time. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.

Capacity

199

Holiday Length

13 nights

Price guide

From £12,950pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and excluding international flights. Please reference the Departure dates & prices box below for more details and ask your travel specialist for more information.
Holiday type

Cruise

Highlights

French Polynesia to Easter Island Expedition 2023

Embark on an adventurous expedition into the heart of French Polynesia and its unique history, spectacular marine environments and UNESCO World Heritage gems. Led by A&K’s celebrated expedition team, snorkel the sapphire waters of the Tuamotu Archipelago and experience the Pitcairn Islands and their shared legacy with the HMS Bounty. You also trace Polynesian culture to its roots in magnificent Easter Island, which you explore for multiple days.

Inclusions

  • Exclusively chartered, all-inclusive voyage led by A&K’s expedition team and local guides
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Private balcony with every on-board accommodation and butler service with every suite
  • Maximum personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary programme featuring French-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea and pastries
  • 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed
  • Choice of curated, included shore excursions with expert guides
  • Traveller’s valet® laundry service
  • All gratuities, port charges and taxes
  • Complimentary wifi on board and in hotels
  • On-board service from an English-speaking staff, including an accredited physician 24/7 A&K on-call support
  • Visit Pitcairn Island known for the infamous mutiny on the HMS Bounty on 28 April 1789
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rapa Nui National Park and open-air museum which is home to the iconic moai statues
  • See the sun rise at Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial ground with 15 moais before travelling to Rano Raraku Volcano 
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Henderson Island and view the limestone cliffs that surround this coralline island
  • Experience Mangareva Island, located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn on the Gambier Islands, dubbed the ‘Floating Mountain’ 
  • Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel along Ducie’s outer reef 
 
 

2023

   
Cabin Per person from Special offer from
Classic Balcony Stateroom £14,125 £12,950
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom £16,090 £14,910
Premier Balcony Stateroom £17,265 £16,090
Superior Balcony Stateroom £20,015 £18,835
Prestige Balcony Stateroom £25,900 £24,725
Premier two-room Suite £32,180 £31,005
Prestige two-room Suite £33,750 £32,575
Owner’s suite £38,460 £37,285

 

Prices above are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £9,690

Departure date

The departure date for this Luxury Cultural Expedition Cruise is:

October 27 - November 9 2023 (13 nights)

Accommodation

This departure is aboard Le Boreal

Featured experts

Michelle Valberg

PHOTOGRAPHER, NIKON AMBASSADOR

An award-winning photographer who has travelled to every continent, Michelle is a Canadian Nikon Ambassador, Canadian Geographic
Photographer-in-Residence and the author of four books.

Commander Susan Kilrain

GUEST LECTURER

A distinguished aerospace engineer, Navy test pilot and one of the first three women to pilot the space shuttle, Susan’s first mission was tied
to Easter Island, also home to an emergency landing runway for NASA.

Journey details

Due to the nature of Luxury Expedition Cruises, itineraries are for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain onboard.

COVID-19

Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this programme. See our Frequently Asked Questions.

Arrive Papeete, Tahiti

Arrive in lively Papeete, abuzz with cafes and markets. Guests arriving early are met and transferred to the InterContinental Resort Tahiti for access to a day room before lunch and scenic tour of the island. Visit the James Norman Hall Home, a memorial museum replica of the famed writer’s home, and Point Venus, the landing spot of European explorers. Next, drive up to Tahara’a ‘One Tree Hill’ for impressive views over Matavai Bay. This afternoon, board your luxury expedition ship and home for the next 13 nights.

Fakarava Atoll

Located about 425 nautical kilometres east of Tahiti, the extensive Tuamotuan chain stretches for 965 kilometres and is the oldest islands of French Polynesia. Explore Fakarava, its second-largest atoll. After a leisurely breakfast join your expedition team on excursions to shore via Zodiacs, where you are treated to a welcome ceremony at Rotoava. Enjoy exploring the quaint streets, churches, local shops, town hall and school. Time permitting, set off on a Zodiac to discover Fakarava’s blue lagoon and picturesque landscape. Conditions permitting, you may also enjoy a landing and beach time.

Marokau Atoll

A vast contrast from Fakarava is tiny Marokau, home to about 90 inhabitants and once known for collecting pearls in the Tuamotus’ lagoons. Soak in its breath-taking scenery during a relaxing morning on your luxury ship before setting off on Zodiacs for an afternoon of exploration. Choose to join your expedition team for activities ranging from birdwatching walks to snorkelling or beach combing and swimming. Return to your ship and participate in fascinating lectures led by your experts. After dinner, cocktails out on deck under starry French Polynesian skies are in order.

At sea

Cruise through the southern Tuamotu Archipelago as your expedition team offers presentations on the sights that surround you and prepare you for your next stop in the Gambier Islands. 

Mangareva Island

North of the Tropic of Capricorn is the Gambier Islands, dubbed the ‘Floating Mountain’. Mangareva boasts a village and cathedral. This morning, discover the beauty of the island with a local guide and your expedition team, beginning with an excursion to the Cathedral of St Michael. Completed in 1848 it can accommodate 1,200 people – more than the population of the island today. You can also visit a pearl shell-carving school, enjoy a hike to Mount Duff with an elevation gain of 365 metres or set out on a guided walk to view the birds and wildlife. Conditions permitting, snorkelling may be offered.

At sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as well as continued lectures and conversations with your expedition team. You may also take advantage of the ship facilities, including its panoramic decks and full-service spa.   

Pitcairn Island

After the infamous mutiny on the HMS Bounty in the South Pacific Ocean on 28 April 1789, acting Lieutenant Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers sought refuge on Pitcairn Island. Today, set foot on the island and discover its fascinating history. Join local guides to explore Pitcairn on a variety of walks, including an uphill trek to Adamstown. Bring your passport for the opportunity to have it stamped ‘From the Middle of Nowhere’ at the museum and post office. Return to your luxury ship for recaps led by your experts.

Henderson Island

Part of the Pitcairn Island Group and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Henderson measures just over 22 square kilometres yet boasts remarkable diversity. Today, explore this uninhabited island with your expedition team. Set your sights on gloriously desolate beaches. Join guided walks in search of the island’s rare flora and fauna, and four endemic species of land birds, such as the Henderson crake and Henderson lorikeet. Limestone cliffs surround this coralline island – one of the last two in the world unaffected by human contact. Conditions permitting, enjoy another chance to snorkel.  

Ducie Island

Also in the Pitcairn Group, Ducie is home to tens of thousands of seabirds, including masked boobies, petrels and frigate birds. The island is also remote and rarely visited, making today’s expedition stop a unique opportunity for discovery. Set off on Zodiacs with your expedition team to experience birding colonies in the thousands, a walk on rarely touched sand and the opportunity to snorkel along Ducie’s outer reef.  

At sea

As your ship sails east toward Easter Island, enjoy the next two days at sea to recharge from recent days of adventure. Engaging lectures are ongoing and shed compelling insights on the mythical speck of land you will soon have the privilege to explore.  

Easter Island, Chile

Easter Island is considered the most remote inhabited island on Earth. Today, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rapa Nui National Park and open-air museum which is home to the iconic moai statues. Visit the ruins of the sacred city of Orongo and take a scenic sundowner at the archaeological complex of Ahu Tahai. The next day, see the sun rise at Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonial ground with 15 moais. Travel to Rano Raraku Volcano and continue to Anakena Beach to enjoy a barbecue. Meet the local Rapa Nui who teach the traditional art of body painting and ancient stone carving. 

Depart Easter Island

Bid farewell to your expedition team before disembarking your ship. Visit the Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum, which houses 20,000 artefacts from the island. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on A&K’s post-tour extension.  Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted at the sole discretion of the captain due to weather and sea conditions, medical emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances beyond A&K’s control.

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