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2023 French Polynesia to Easter Island Expedition

Abercrombie Kent
USD $16,495

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Tour Itinerary

Embark on an adventurous expedition intothe heart of French Polynesia and its uniquehistory, spectacular marine environmentsand UNESCO-designated gems. Ledby A&K’s celebrated Expedition Team,snorkel the sapphire waters of the TuamotuArchipelago and experience the PitcairnIslands and their shared legacy with theHMS ‘Bounty.’ You also trace Polynesianculture to its roots in magnificent EasterIsland, which you explore for multiple days.

Countries Visited

Chile , French Polynesia

Cities Visited

Easter Island , Papeete

  1. Day 1
    Papeete, Tahiti
    Arrive early this morning in lively Papeete, abuzz with itscafes and markets. Guests arriving early transfer to theInterContinental Resort Tahiti for access to a day roombefore lunch and a scenic tour of the island. Visit the JamesNorman Hall Home, a memorial museum replica of thefamed writer'''s home, as well as Point Venus, the landing spotof the European explorers who discovered these islands.Next, drive up to Tahara'''a '''One Tree Hill''' for impressiveviews over Matavai Bay. This afternoon, board your luxuryexpedition ship and home for the next 13 nights.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Lunch   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Fakarava Atoll
    Located about 230 nautical miles east of Tahiti, the extensiveTuamotuan chain stretches for 600 miles and representsthe oldest, and arguably dreamiest, islands of FrenchPolynesia. Today, explore Fakarava, its second-largest atollwith a population of approximately 700 inhabitants. After aleisurely breakfast and relaxing morning on your ship, join your Expedition Team on excursions to shore via Zodiacs(sturdy inflatable boats), where you are treated to a welcomeceremony at Rotoava. Enjoy exploring the village with itsquaint streets, churches, local shops, town hall and school.Time permitting, set off on a scenic Zodiac excursion withyour Expedition Team to discover Fakarava'''s blue lagoon andpicturesque landscape. Conditions permitting, you may alsoenjoy a landing and beach time.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Marokau Atoll
    A vast contrast from Fakarava, tiny Marokau is home tojust over 90 inhabitants and was once a primary destinationfor collecting pearls in the Tuamotus''' lagoons. Soak in itsbreathtaking scenery during a relaxing morning on yourluxury ship before setting off on Zodiacs for an afternoonof exploration. Choose to join your Expedition Team foractivities ranging from birding walks to snorkeling as well asbeach combing and swimming. Return to your ship late thisafternoon, with time to relax and participate in fascinatinglectures led by your experts. After dinner, cocktails out ondeck under starry French Polynesian skies are in order.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    At Sea
    Cruise through the southern Tuamotu Archipelago as yourExpedition Team offers presentations on the sights thatsurround you and prepare you for your next stop in theGambier Islands.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Mangareva Island
    North of the Tropic of Capricorn and some 1,025 milessoutheast of Tahiti, find the largest of the Gambier Islands. Dubbed the '''Floating Mountain''' by Polynesian inhabitants,Mangareva boasts a singular village, a distinctive cathedraland exciting terrain. This morning, discover the beauty ofthe island with a local guide and your Expedition Team,beginning with an excursion to the Cathedral of St. Michael.Completed in 1848 and featuring twin towers, this historicchurch can accommodate 1,200 people ''' more than thepopulation of the island today. Alternatively, you may visita pearl shell-carving school, enjoy a hike to Mt. Duff withan elevation gain of 1,200 feet or set out on a guided walkin search of birds and wildlife. Conditions permitting,snorkeling may be offered to complete today'''s adventures.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    At Sea
    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as well as continued lectures andconversations with your Expedition Team. You may also takeadvantage of the ship facilities, including its panoramic decksand full-service spa.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Pitcairn Island
    After the infamous mutiny on the HMS '''Bounty''' in the SouthPacific Ocean on April 28, 1789, acting Lieutenant FletcherChristian and his fellow mutineers sought refuge on PitcairnIsland on January 15, 1790. Today, this namesake island ofthe Pitcairn Island Group is home to roughly 56 inhabitants''' all descendants of the mutineers and the Polynesians whoaccompanied them ''' making Pitcairn the least populousnational jurisdiction in the world. Today, set foot on theisland and back in time to discover its fascinating history.Join local guides in small groups and explore Pitcairn ona variety of walks, including an uphill trek to Adamstown. Bring your passport for the rare opportunity to have itstamped '''From the Middle of Nowhere''' at the museum andpost office, one of the most remote in the world. Later, returnto your luxury ship for recaps led by your experts and greatconversations over dinner.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Henderson Island
    Part of the Pitcairn Island Group and a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site, Henderson measures just over 14 square milesyet boasts remarkable diversity. Today'''s expedition stopoffers you the opportunity to explore this uninhabited islandwith your Expedition Team. Set your sights on gloriouslydesolate beaches. Join guided walks in search of the island'''srare flora and fauna, which include 10 endemic floweringplants and four endemic species of land birds, such as theHenderson crake and Henderson lorikeet. Sheer limestonecliffs surround this elevated coralline island ''' one of the lasttwo in the world unaffected by human contact. Conditionspermitting, enjoy another chance to snorkel, this time amidHenderson'''s brilliant waters.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Ducie Island
    Also in the Pitcairn Group, Ducie is home to tens ofthousands of seabirds, including masked boobies, variouspetrels and frigate birds. The island is also remote and rarelyvisited, making today'''s expedition stop a unique opportunityfor discovery. Set off on Zodiacs with your Expedition Teamto experience birding colonies in the thousands, a walk onrarely touched sand and the opportunity to snorkel alongDucie'''s outer reef.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    At Sea
    As your ship sails east toward Easter Island, enjoy the nexttwo days at sea to recharge from recent days of adventure.Engaging lectures are ongoing and shed compelling insightson the mythical speck of land you will soon have theprivilege to explore.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Easter Island, Chile
    Known as Rapa Nui to native Polynesians, Easter Island isset over 2,300 miles from mainland Chile and consideredthe most remote inhabited island on the planet. The greatestconcentration of its culture spans UNESCO-designated RapaNui National Park, a vast protected wildlife area and open-airmuseum showcasing the island'''s iconic moai statues.Explore it as part of a multi-day immersive experience thatbegins with a lively welcome ceremony. Visit the ruins of thesacred city of Orongo with its low, sod-covered buildingsand explore an internal lagoon. In the late afternoon, witnessa wonderful sunset with a cocktail at the archaeologicalcomplex of Ahu Tahai. The next day, choose to rise earlyto see the sun rise at Ahu Tongariki, the largest ceremonialground on Easter Island complete with fifteen moais,including one that weighs 86 tons. Later, travel to RanoRaraku Volcano, one of the most impressive sites on EasterIsland. Continue to Anakena Beach to enjoy a BBQ lunchfollowed by time at leisure to soak in this beautiful beachpeppered with palm trees and moais. You might also enjoymeetings with local Rapa Nui who teach the traditional artof body painting and ancient stone carving. Return everyevening to the comforts of your luxury expedition ship andstateroom, taking in the island'''s endlessly compelling viewsfrom your own private balcony.Hotel: 'Le Boreal'  
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    Easter Island
    Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarkingyour ship. Visit the Sebastian Englert AnthropologicalMuseum, which houses 20,000 artifacts from the island.Later, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continueon A&K'''s post-tour extension.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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