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Marquesas, The Tuamotus and Society Islands

There is so much to discover in French Polynesia’s idyllic heart, and history and culture are at the forefront of our exploration of Motu Mahana, Fakarava and more. We spend 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. You'll also have plenty of time to relax at sea on the luxurious *Le Paul Gauguin*. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime trip!

Your Tour Includes

  • 14 nights cruise aboard Le Paul Gauguin
  • All meals on board
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • All drinks (excluding premium brands)
  • Evening entertainment
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Itinerary

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Join *Le Paul Gaugiun* this afternoon and set sail this evening.

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During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board your 5-star vessel. Why not treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre.

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Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travellers here are surprised by the size of the lagoon and its spectacular colours 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.

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A day without a port of call is a great opportunity to enjoy the shows on board, do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space.

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Your ship will take you to Omoa, a peaceful fishing village far from civilisation, nestling in a magnificent bay on the island of Fatu Hiva. In the valley, you will be able to spot some *tohua*, former sacred sites, as well as the many burial caves lost in the island’s abundant tropical forest. During your port of call, you’ll discover the Maison Grelet, a museum that houses remarkable wooden sculptures and local works of art. Right in front of you, the village’s artisans will demonstrate how they make *tapa*, a bark cloth obtained through the technique of beating layers of wood, and explain the manufacturing processes of *umu hei*, a bouquet garni made from a delicious mix of fragrances.

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You’ll immediately understand why this remote and unusual chain of islands bathing in the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean inspired Jacques Brel’s final album. During your cruise, we will stop at Hiva Oa, considered to be the “garden of the Marquesas Islands.” A special kind of power and charm emanate from its craggy skyline and black sand beaches. This port of call will provide you with an opportunity to visit the small village of Atuona, home to the tombs of Jacques Brel and Paul Gauguin, as well as a cultural centre devoted to the memory of the famous French painter.

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Located on Tahuata, the smallest of the inhabited Marquesas Islands, the village of Hapatoni will open its doors to you. A road built in old stones will lead you from the seashore to the village cathedral. You will also find a craft centre presenting various sculptures and engravings in bone or wood. Marquesan art is, in fact, recognised all over French Polynesia. Further on, vegetation takes over, inviting you to walk among its beautiful green valleys. Here, the population will give you a proper welcome with traditional singing and dancing. A moment of conviviality you’ll remember!

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Taiohae Bay welcomes you in a sumptuous setting. Your ship will drop anchor a few kilometres from the black sandy beaches, nestled between majestic valleys. You will find yourself in the middle of the main village on the island of Nuku Hiva. You can follow the footpaths on foot or in an all-terrain vehicle. From the top of the hill of Mount Muake, a breathtaking panorama allows you to clearly identify the rocky islands that emerge on either side of the bay. Further on, the site of Piki Vehine shows its tikis, sacred statues used for religious practices. In addition, do not miss the Notre Dame des Marquises cathedral, built using stone taken from the 6 Marquesa Islands.

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Depending on the season, why not let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing, or visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the waves and even marine life.

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

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A paradisiacal atoll of the archipelago of the Leeward Islands, west of French Polynesia, Bora Bora offers a natural spectacle of captivating beauty. You’ll be won over by the white sandy beaches and 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 take you to a number of villages and allow you to meet the locals.

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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.

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Early this morning we sail to Moorea Island, just to the west of Tahiti. 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 Moorea 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. This evening we arrive in Papeete, capital of French Polynesia. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere where urban buzz combines with the laid-back Polynesian lifestyle, and it isn’t lacking in culture, either. You can enjoy sites narrating the history of the archipelago, including the colonial cathedral and the Maison de la Reine Marau. The Vaipahi public gardens will win you over by their abundant plant-life. The large municipal market offers local specialities: fresh fruit, spices and all kinds of fish abound on their stalls.

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Disembark *Le Paul Gauguin* today.

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Disembark *Le Paul Gauguin* today.

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Accommodation

You will spend 14 nights aboard the 5-star Le Paul Gauguin, an elegant and luxury vessel designed for the Polynesian waters.

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?