Summary : Leaving from Martinique, head in the direction of the beautiful island of Saint Lucia. Close to the Soufriere volcano, you will be enchanted by the two emblematic rocky pitons, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which form the backdrop to the island. Discover the idyllic beaches of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, renowned for the richness of their underwater world. In a setting of white sand, turquoise water and lagoons, enjoy some remarkable places to swim. After a day in Grenada, sail towards the Venezuelan coast, in order to reach the Orinoco, one of South America’s major rivers. Fall under the spell of the very special atmosphere here, between the birdsong from the surrounding jungle and the moving encounters with local populations. Finally, chart a course towards the picturesque town of Paramaribo in Surinam, before a call at the Salvation Islands.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. Embark the vessel in the afternoon.
Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufrière ?is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town, and you will fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.
In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. This secluded island is popular with visiting yachters and divers. Port Elizabeth, the island's main town, has a lively atmosphere. Further afield are tropical rainforest and white-sand beaches providing a natural setting for peaceful walks.
Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cayes comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac, and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cayes in the southern West Indies is a marine park that has some outstanding marine fauna in its turquoise lagoons. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for swimmers and snorkelers.
All the islands of the West Indies are attractive, but some truly stand out. Grenada, also known as “the Spice Island”, is a small, hilly island forged by volcanic activity, with crater lakes and mountain slopes covered with dense tropical rainforest, minuscule villages and numerous plantations. Its elegant capital, Saint George’s, lies in a horseshoe-shaped harbor on the west coast. It is a particularly picturesque town and has preserved its colonial architecture with its red-tiled roofs and pastel colors. When your ship drops anchor here, discover this island off the beaten path, the wild beauty of its tropical rainforest, its immaculate beaches and its many waterfalls.
Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
Meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); port and safety taxes; use of snorkeling gear; crew gratuities; 24-hour room service; butler service for guests staying in Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.
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