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Chairman's Cruise Le Paul Gauguin Society Islands & Tuamotus 13nts Cruise Package

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Country
Tahiti
Travel Periods
03 June 2022 - 15 June 2022
Experience
Luxury
Travel Style
Cruise
Join Sarina Bratton AM, Asia Pacific Chairman, for an extraordinary 11-night voyage on board Le Paul Gauguin across Tahiti and the Society Islands and the Tuamotus. Set sail to discover French Polynesia, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Cruise to the heart of idyllic islands and atolls hemmed by stunning clear-water lagoons and surrounded by an exceptional coral reef. Included in this package is also a 2 night pre stay in Tahiti itself at the wonderful Hilton Hotel Tahiti.

Highlights

Live the life idyllic with a memorable day on Motu Mahana, our own private slice of paradise. On this exclusive islet, treat yourself to sand between your toes, the shade of swaying palm trees, a sumptuous barbecue lunch, and, of course, drinks sipped from coconuts.

Indulge in two full days in the Pacific paradise of Bora Bora. As if vistas of towering Mount Otemanu, romantic lagoon, and an unhurried pace of life weren’t enough, our exclusive white-sand beach offers ample places to relax.

Slow down and let stress float away on secluded Huahine. Explore the local village on foot. Wander through lush rainforests. Float in crystal-clear lagoons.

UNESCO World Heritage Site: Fakarava, a biosphere reserve, and the world’s second-largest lagoon, home to unique flora and fauna, gray sharks and untouched coral reefs.

Discover the “infinite lagoon” on Rangiroa, the biggest atoll in Polynesia, which is famous for its “wall of sharks”.

Fauna: manta rays, spotted eagle rays, common eagle rays, lemon sharks, blacktip reef sharks, sea turtles and multicoloured fish. 

Landscapes: lagoons, idyllic beaches, deserted coves, tropical forests and mountain peaks.

Discover French Polynesia’s traditional way of life and customs.

Entire Bonus

WELCOME OFFER: Save $800 per couple 

BONUS: Complimentary exclusive shore excursions

BONUS - Exclusive complimentary cocktail party before embarkation in Papeete

Le Paul Gauguin is an elegant luxury vessel, specially designed for navigation in Polynesian waters. Its shallow draft allows it to get in close to shallow lagoons and isolated islands, maximising stopover time. A true cocoon of comfort and elegance, the ship offers a warm and timeless atmosphere to its guests. Its 165 cabins and suites all have external views and are tastefully decorated. Quality materials such as precious woods, antique engravings and tiki details pay homage to Polynesian culture and contribute to the charm of life on board, making each trip unique.

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Included

Return Economy Class Flights with Aircalin from Sydney to Papeete
2 nights at Hilton Hotel Tahiti - 5* (pre cruise)
11 night cruise on board Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom (Category F, Deck 3)
Ponant's Covid Repatriation Insurance
Airport Meet & Greet with Flower Lei
Shared Transfer Tahiti International Airport to InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa
Shared Transfer InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa to Paul Gauguin Cruise Terminal
Shared Transfer Paul Gauguin Cruise Terminal to Tahiti International Airport
Daily American Breakfast at Hilton Hotel Tahiti
All shipboard meals on Paul Gauguin
Complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits, beers, soft drinks etc. on Paul Gauguin
Complimentary exclusive shore excursions
Personalised gifts & enrichment throughout the voyage
Access to a private beach at Motu Mahana
Complimentary 24-hour room service on Paul Gauguin
All shipboard entertainment on Paul Gauguin
Complimentary Wifi throughout the ship on Paul Gauguin
Complimentary water sports on Paul Gauguin
All onboard gratuities on Paul Gauguin

Your Journey

 

Day 1
Sydney → Papeete Airport → Hilton Hotel Tahiti

Depart Sydney on an Aircalin Charter flight at 1:45PM to Papeete. Arrive at Tahiti International Airport where a Ponant representative will welcome and escort you to your transfer to Hilton Hotel Tahiti located a short 5 minutes drive from the airport. 

Overnight stay in Tahiti at Hilton Hotel Tahiti in an Garden View Room. 

Sydney → Papeete Airport → Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Check in at Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Day 2
Hilton Hotel Tahiti

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at the resort and enjoy a leisurely day relaxing in your room or take advantage of the  hotel's facilities. 

An exclusive paradise with Moorea Island views, Hilton Hotel Tahiti is the quintessential island escape, with everything you need for a true French Polynesian getaway. Unwind by the large pool overlooking Moorea Island, featuring six private cabanas, or dine in one of the three restaurants. 

Overnight stay in Tahiti at Hilton Hotel Tahiti in an Garden View Room. 

Breakfast
Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Hilton Hotel Tahiti pool bar
Day 3
Hilton Hotel Tahiti → Le Paul Gauguin

Spend a relaxing morning at the Hilton Hotel Tahiti. Once you have checked out of the hotel our representative will be there to transfer you to the Paul Gauguin Cruise Terminal which is located in town a nice 10 minutes drive from InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa. Receive a warm welcome onboard the Paul Gauguin from the crew and sail towards Papeete, Tahiti Island.

The day is spent getting to know crew and fellow guests while exploring the vessel that will be ‘home’ for the next 12 days. Meet Les Gauguins & Les Gauguines, Tahitian hosts and entertainers that bring the spirit of Polynesia to life on every Paul Gauguin voyage.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a stateroom F-Deck.

Breakfast, Dinner
Hilton Hotel Tahiti → Le Paul Gauguin
Welcome to Le Paul Gauguin Cruise
Day 4
Rangiroa, Society Islands

A secluded atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, Rangiroa, meaning “vast sky” in Polynesian, is very aptly named. The lagoon of the largest atoll in Polynesia is reminiscent of the heavens, imprisoned by hundreds of islets formed by sand that veers from immaculate white to pink. But the beauty of Rangiroa, classed by Captain Cousteau as one of the most beautiful diving spots in the world, is most evident in its underwater life: you will have the occasion of admiring all the richness of the site on a snorkeling tour or on a glass-bottom boat tour. Rangiroa is also the high seat of Polynesian pearl culture.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rangiroa, Society Islands
Rangiroa Marine life | Credit: PONANT / Olivier Blaud
Day 5
Fakarava, Society Islands

Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere ReserveFakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travellers here are surprised by the immensity of the lagoon, whose colours evoke an infinite palette. The atoll, renowned for its immaculate beaches and preserved nature, is home to rare bird species, plants and crustaceans. You’ll disembark in a Zodiac® and berth in front of the Veke Veke guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with garlands of flowers and traditional music. You will then be able to go for a walk along the beach or put on flippers, mask and snorkel to make the most of the warm waters of Fakarava and observe its brightly coloured coral.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Fakarava, Society Islands
Fakarava Snorkel | Credit: PONANT
Day 6
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At Sea
Pool at Paul Gauguin | Credit: PONANT / Tim McKenna
Day 7
Huahine, Society Islands

Located less than 200 kilometres north-west of Tahiti, Huahine Island is a secret gem in French Polynesia. You’ll love the mysterious atmosphere emanating from its voluptuous contours, its wild vegetation and stunning remote creeks.   If you explore both parts of the island, la Grande Huahine to the north, and la Petite Huahine to the south, will reveal some of its hidden treasures, as well as some archaeological remains from the Polynesian past. You can meet the local population in the main town of Fare, or in the string of villages along the coast.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Huahine, Society Islands
Paul Gauguin cruising Huahine | Credit: PONANT / Florian CourreÇge
Day 8
Motu Mahana, Taha'a Island, Society Islands

Feet in the sand, on the islet of Motu Mahana, our sumptuous little private paradise, you will share a very special experience around an authentic traditional Polynesian barbecue. A veritable jewel in the Taha’a lagoon, pristine atoll of the Society Islands, Motu Mahana offers an infinite palette of shades of turquoise, an idyllic backdrop for observing the majestic ballet of the tropical fish. The volcanic island of Taha’a, dominated by Mount Ohiri and Mount Puurauti, will reveal its fertile and luxuriant nature, ideal for cultivating the magnificent black pearls of French Polynesia, as well as vanilla. This rare spice, greatly in demand by gourmets, is the main economic resource of what is also known as Vanilla Island.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Motu Mahana, Taha'a Island, Society Islands
Motu Mahana | Credit: PONANT
Day 9
Raiatea, Society Islands

A volcanic island located halfway between Huahine and Bora-Bora, Raiatea is like the mother of Polynesia. It was on its rocky flanks that the oldest traces of local habitation were found. According to legend, it was even the cradle of the gods... You can admire several sites that bear witness to this past, including the first Polynesian holy site, the Te-Po religious centre, including the marae Taputapuatea, a sort of altar made of stone and coral. Although beaches are rare on Raiatea, here nature is totally captivating, and the coral islets offer myriads of ravishing creeks.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Raiatea, Society Islands
Beautiful Raiatea | Credit: PONANT
Day 10-11
Bora Bora, Society Islands

Paradisiacal atoll of the archipelago of the Leeward Islands, west of French Polynesia, mythical Bora Bora offers a natural spectacle of captivating beauty. You’ll be won over as much by the white sandy beaches as by its famous lagoon, one of the most beautiful in the world, where colourful fish frolic in waters of incomparable turquoise. The island is covered with tropical vegetation, and dominated by the majestic outline of Mount Otemanu. A promenade through this volcanic landscape will enable you to discover a number of villages and meet local communities.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bora Bora, Society Islands
Bora Bora Private Beach | Credit: PONANT / Tim McKenna
Day 12-13
Moorea Island

A part of the Windward Island archipelago just to the west of Tahiti, famous Mo'orea will leave you with a series of unforgettable images and memories. Bask on its heavenly beaches, enjoy a dip in the turquoise waters of its lagoon, and soak up its luscious vegetation and the heady flowers that carpet the inland areas. Get the most out of this natural gem with a trip to the Mo'orea Belvedere. Exceptional views of Mount Rotui unfurl before your eyes, with the Opunohu Bay and its valley to the left, and the famous Cook's Bay, surrounded by notched, cathedral-style peaks, to the right.

Overnight stay onboard Le Paul Gauguin in a Stateroom F- Deck 3

Moorea Island
Moorea Cook's Bay | Credit: PONANT / L.Paulin
Day 14
Paul Gauguin → Papeete Airport → Sydney

Tahiti’s capital city Papeete is where we’ll part ways and say “until we meet again.” A representative will be waiting for you as you disembark to transfer you to Tahiti International Airport for your International flight back to Sydney. 

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
CFP franc

Hotel options

Hilton Hotel Tahiti
Hilton Hotel Tahiti

Tahiti
Escape to the beautiful hotel, located five minutes from Faaa International Airport, the city center, and the Maritime Port. Unwind by the large outdoor pool overlooking Moorea Island, featuring six private cabanas, or dine in one of three restaurants. We also have a spacious ballroom, perfect for weddings and meetings.

14 days
from AUD12,350
per person, twin share
Tahiti
Luxury
Cruise
03 June 2022 - 15 June 2022

Excluded

  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package

Important notes

  • Please note that this product is not part of our flexible booking policy as the supplier terms and conditions apply. Our team will advise of the exact booking conditions at the time of booking.
  • The scheduled itinerary is subject to delay, modification, or port-of-call cancellation due to weather and other causes beyond the control of the ship captain, the ship manager or Paul Gauguin Cruises. If necessary or appropriate, as determined in the discretion of the captain, the ship manager or Paul Gauguin Cruises, the ports of call and itineraries may be changed.

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.

In partnership with

Tahiti Tourism
Ponant

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