Natural beauty is on display everywhere you look on this two-week journey through the Marquesas, Tuamotus, and the Society Islands. This itinerary offers plenty of time to explore at your own pace, from the pristine beaches and exceptional diving of the Tuamotu Archipelago to the Marquesas Islands of Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Tahuata, and Nuku Hiva, all of which are as rich in culture as they are in rugged, natural beauty. Continue on to the picturesque Society Islands.
2017: November 18
2018: April 14; August 11; October 20
DURATION: 15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS
EMBARK: PAPEETE, TAHITI
DISEMBARK: PAPEETE, TAHITI
SHIP: PAUL GAUGUIN
Day 1 – Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands Day 2 – At Sea Day 3 – Fakarava, Tuamotus Day 4 – At Sea Day 5 – Omoa, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas Day 6 – Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Day 7 – Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas Day 8 – Tiaohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Day 9 & 10 – At Sea Day 11 – Huahine, Society Islands Day 12 – Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands Day 13 – Bora Bora Day 14 – Moorea, Society Islands / Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands Day 15 – Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands PROGRAM INCLUSIONS NOT INCLUDED: Airfare (except with select offers); transfers; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and Internet service. Rates are date specific starting at $4595 per person, call for current rates & promotions
The islands of Polynesia are a gorgeous collection of volcanic atolls strewn across the grand Pacific Ocean, and the island of Tahiti is the largest of all 118. Explore the dynamic dining, nightlife, and shopping in the capital city of Papeete before embarking on The Gauguin.
Spend the day enjoying The Gauguin’s Polynesian ambiance: casual, leisurely, and graceful. Perhaps you’ll take in a lecture by one of our special guests, and then reflect on your day over classic French cuisine at L’Etoile.
Before modern navigation, this region was known as the “Dangerous Archipelago” for its shallow passages. Today, that same characteristic makes Fakarava a diver’s paradise. Those who prefer to stay on dry land can explore charming villages, ancient temples, and a 19th century coral church.
Take a day to enjoy shipboard life: relax poolside, watch the South Pacific pass by, play some table tennis, or learn about our next port in the Reading Gallery.
The island of Fatu Hiva is best described as wild and spectacularly beautiful. The jungle greenery begins at the water’s edge, with narrow ravines, deep gorges, and sheer cliffs that plunge straight down into the splashing surf.
Hiva Oa is the second-largest island in the Marquesas, and location of significant historical and cultural sites. Painter Paul Gauguin is buried in the island’s main town of Atuona, while the village of Pumau is where you’ll find the largest stone sculptures in the Marquesas. In fact, they’re considered relatives of the famous tikis of Necker Island, north of Hawaii, and Easter Island.
The smallest of the Marquesas archipelago at only 19 square miles, Tahuata is a leaf-shaped volcanic island that welcomes visitors with sheer cliffs, white-sand beaches, a charming seafront village with an ancient royal walkway, and a huge, Vatican-built Catholic church.
The island of Nuku Hiva is the governmental and economic center of the Marquesas. It’s also stunningly beautiful, with three major bays on the south coast and similarly gorgeous inlets on the north coast. Witness Mother Nature at her best with an optional 4×4 excursion through the Taipivai Valley.
The next two days will be at sea, which affords you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the amenities and entertainment onboard The Gauguin, like the award-winning spa, casino, and lectures by onboard experts.
Known as “The Garden Island,” Huahine’s lush rainforests and dramatic terrain surround sacred sites and legendary landmarks that are among the best-preserved archeological sites in French Polynesia. If Huahine’s expansive lagoon is calling your name, enjoy a SCUBA diving excursion or picnic on the beach.
Embark on your choice of exciting shore excursions today, or spend your whole day relaxing on Motu Mahana, our very own private islet. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking, or simply lounge on the beach with a chilled beverage from our floating bar. Les Gauguines will also be on hand to provide musical entertainment and demonstrate traditional Polynesian crafts. A delicious barbecue lunch is provided.
A bucket list destination for many, stunning Bora Bora welcomes you to explore lush peaks, white-sand beaches, colorful coral reefs, and romantic lagoons. Experience the natural beauty of the island with an optional snorkeling excursion, sunset jetboat ride, or a helicopter tour that flies you over Bora Bora’s iconic Mount Otemanu. You can also spend time at our private beach which offers volleyball, snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding.
Vibrant colors abound on Moorea, in everything from fresh fruits and flowers to multi-hued lagoons, and from spectacular mountain peaks to palm-fringed beaches. Shop for local handicrafts, embark on an optional dolphin-watching expedition with a marine biologist, and sample the local pineapples, said to be the most delicious in all of French Polynesia.
Tahiti’s capital city of Papeete welcomes you back with emerald hillsides, sapphire waters, and warm breezes. If you’re not ready for your South Pacific vacation to end, spend a few days here.
Private musical performances at exclusive venues and aboard ship
Entertainment provided by Les Gauguines, the Gauguinâ€™s own troupe of Polynesian entertainers
All meals aboard ship including: early riserâ€™s coffee & pastry, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner
All beverages including select beer, wine and spirits
Educational program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leaders
Watersports including complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding (selection may differ from port to port)
Complete pre-departure materials
Baggage handling and transfers abroad on the designated program arrival and departure dates
Port and embarkation taxes
Gratuities to guides and drivers
Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers
All onboard gratuities included for room stewards and dining staff
Prices are per person, double occupancy, and include 50% off standard cruise fares. Single supplement pricing is available upon request. Economy Class airfare from Los Angeles is included; air add-ons from home city are available on request. Air credit for non-use of this promotion is $1,550. Port, security, and handling fees of $195 per person are additional. Pricing for the third guest in the same stateroom is as follows: 17 years old and under, FREE; 18 years of age and older, $125 per night. Third guest is cruise-only; air and taxes are additional.
Offers are capacity controlled, for a limited time, and subject to change.
Cruise fares, airfares, and fuel surcharges are subject to change.
Day 1 – Embark the m/s Paul Gauguin in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
Day 2 – At Sea
Day 3 – Fakarava, Tuamotus
Day 4 – At Sea
Day 5 – Omoa, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas
Day 6 – Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas
Day 7 – Hapatoni, Tahuata, Marquesas
Day 8 – Tiaohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Day 9 & 10 – At Sea
Day 11 – Huahine, Society Islands
Day 12 – Taha’a (Motu Mahana), Society Islands
Day 13 – Bora Bora
Day 14 – Moorea, Society Islands / Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
Day 15 – Disembark in Papeete, Tahiti, Society Islands
NOT INCLUDED: Airfare (except with select offers); transfers; luggage and trip cancellation insurance; meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, and Internet service.
Rates are date specific starting at $4595 per person, call for current rates & promotions