Discover French Polynesia. July 11 - 23, 2022

Tour 801 

DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA featuring 7 night WIndstar Cruise, Heiva festival providing a kaleidescope of colour and dance, and Bastille Day celebrations..  

Escorted departure Departs Auckland monday 11 July, 2022 and returns early saturday 23 July, 2022.   

Includes: return air fares from Auckland, Air New Zealand economy class "works" with meal and checked baggage (upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class for extra cost),  4 nights with breakfast and dinner at  Le Meridien resort, circle Tahiti Nui island tour,  7 night Wind Spirit" cruise, island tour of Raiatea,  "In the steps of Tupaia".  

Discover the history of Tupaia who accompanied Captain Cook on his first visit to New Zealand. Visit the sacred marae in Raiatea and Tahiti.  Day room in Papeete provided on last day. Why not enjoy more of Polynesia and stayover in Papeete and fly to Rarotonga saturday 23 July to join our DISCOVER THE COOK ISLANDS tour.

Itinerary: 

Monday/Sunday.                      AUCKLAND - PAPEETE 

Depart Auckland Monday morning with Air New Zealand. Cross the dateline and arrive Papeete sunday afternoon.  Transfer to the beautiful Le Meridien Resort.  

Monday         PAPEETE            (B) 

Enjoy our included circle island tour including remote villages,and beaches and the Paul Gaugin museum. Also site of the sacred Marae from which Tupaia joined Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand. Lunch at a local restaurant included.  

Tuesday  - Wednesday        PAPEETE 

Two days to relax or explore at your leisure. The colourful Haeva Festival is scheduled with participants from all the islands.

Thursday                  PAPEETE DEPART         (B) 

Free morning to enjoy the Bastille Day parade if you wish before transferring to "Wind Spirit". Settle in and sail at 6pm. Enjoy your first dinner as we cruise to Moorea.             

Friday                         MOOREA                        (BLD)  

Arrive Mooreea 6am and sail at 5pm. Optional tours available - extra expense. Take a photography tour with a professional photographer, hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail. Visit dolphins in their natural habitat or enjoy swimming and/or kayaking from the "WInd Spirit's" watersports platform.

Saturday                      RAIATEA                        (BLD)      

Arrive 8am - Sail 6am sunday. Full day to explore Raiatea known as the sacred island and renowned as the first island settled in French Polynesia over 1,000 years ago and from which Maori are reputed to have started their migration to New Zealand some 800 years ago.

Tour included on escorted departure only covering the mountains, villages and history, including the first royal marae of Polynesia.

Sunday.        MOTU MAHAEA      (TAHAA)        (BLD)  

Arrive 8am - sail 5pm    A short cruise across the lagoon brings you to Tahaa where you will spend the day on a private island complete with white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and tropical drinks ashore. Optional tour of the Vanilla Plantations and sacred sites of the island. 

Monday         BORA BORA                               (BLD)   

Arrive 9.00am. Sail 9pm tuesday                                   Two full days to enjoy one of the most beautiful and most photographed islands in the world. Optional tours ashore and time to swim and snorkel or explore some of the tiny islands in the lagoon.                    

Tuesday         BORA BORA                              (BLD) 

Explore the island further or relax on board and admire the magnificent spectacle of the island. Full use of water sports equipment available. Sail at 9pm. 

Wednesday     HUAHINE                                  (BLD)  

Arrive 7am - sail 5pm  Optional tour of the volcanic "Garden of Eden" including the tortured landscapes, lush forests, villages, ancient temples, and sacred lake of the ancient wizard kings. 

Thursday           PAPEETE                                (B) 

Arrive 7am.  Disembark after breakfast. Stay on in Tahiti or use your time to shop. Next flight back to Auckland departs 2.35am Friday morning arriving Auckland 6.30am saturday morning). Dayroom at a hotel in Papeete or at Le Meridien provided for group departure only

This tour is dependent on no covid issues. Flight schedules have not been confirmed for next year as at 01 June, 2021. 

 

ADD RAROTONGA    Add more amazing islands by staying in Papeete for 2 nights and fly to Rarotonga saturday.         

 

"In the steps of Tupaia". Discover the history of Tupaia who accompanied Captain Cook on his first visit to New Zealand and visit the sacred marae in Raiatea and Tahiti believed to be the origins of the Maori discovery  of Aotearoa - New Zealand and migration to New Zealand some 800 years ago.

Tour 801      

DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA

Discover the fabled islands of French Polynesia in the wake of Captains Cook and Bligh but in much greater comfort.

Tour cost (all departures) includes:

** Return air fares from Auckland with Air New Zealand - works including baggage and meal. 

** Arrival and departure transfers in Papeete 

** 4 nights accommodation and breakfast at Le Meridien Resort (based on departing Auckland monday morning with Air New Zealand. Other options available) 

** 7 night "Wind Spirit" cruise including all meals and use of watersports equipment while on board.                            

Prices are variable. Choose your date and contact us for the best available prices at the time. Provisional cost per person in New Zealand dollars share twin - subject to confirmation on requesting booking.  

B Grade       $6,900

BX Grade     $7,400                 

A   Grade     $7,800

AX grade      $8,100

Owners Suite   $10,500 

B and A cabins are fore and aft. AX and BX cabins are in the middle of the ship.A cabins are on the middle deck and B cabins on the lower deck. 

"Wind Spirit", 5,736 tons                                               6 triangular sails 

148 Passengers 

For individual departures throughout the year please ask as prices vary depending on departrure date.

Operaton of this tour is dependent on no Covid restrictions. You are welcome to register without cost or obligation until closer to the time. 

 

"Wind Spirit" Dreams of Tahiti cruise departs Papeete most thursdays 

 

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