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Leaving from Martinique, you will 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. Then discover the idyllic beaches of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, renowned for the richness of their underwater world. After a day in Grenada, Le Dumont-d'Urville will then sail towards the Venezuelan coast, in order to reach the Orinoco, one of South America’s major rivers. During your outings in dinghies, you will fall under the spell of the very special atmosphere here, between the birdsong from the surrounding jungle and the unforgettable encounters with local populations. 
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fort de France | Embark
Day 2 : Pigeon Point | Soufriére
Day 3 : Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island
Day 4 : Tobago Cays
Day 5 : Saint George's, Bermuda
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : El Toro, Orinoco
Day 8 : Puerto Ordaz, Orinoco
Day 9 : El Arroyo, Orinoco
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Paramaribo
Day 12 : Salvation Islands
Day 13 : Cayenne

Highlights

  • Visit Pigeon Island, designated National Park since 1979
  • Cruise between the sunny Caribbean and the breathtaking Orinoco
  • Explore underwater life in the Grenadines, between coral & multicolor fish
  • Admire the tropical beauty of Cayenne, the capital of French Guyana

Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Bequia
  • Cayenne
  • El Arroyo
  • El Toro
  • Fort de France
  • French Guiana
  • Grenada
  • Grenadines
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Martinique
  • Paramaribo
  • Puerto Ordaz
  • Salvation Islands
  • Soufriere
  • St. Georges
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • Tobago Cays
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands
  • Windward Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Tobago Soufriere bay, St Lucia Port Elizabeth, Bequia Beautiful beach, Tobago Cays St. George's, Grenada

Day 1 Fort de France | Embark

Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France amazes you with the splendor of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbor mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views.  Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colorful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.

Day 2 Pigeon Point | Soufriére

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Linked to St. Lucia by a sand causeway, Pigeon Island has been a designated National Park since 1979. The tropical vegetation of this wild, protected island is home to abundant birdlife. It is easy to explore on foot; the remains of Fort Rodney offer an insight into the region's naval history as well as fabulous views. Two beautiful beaches nestle on the southern side of the island, where you can take a dive adventure, an exciting mix of diving and snorkeling.

Nestled in the crook of a breath-taking bay, the former capital of St. Lucia is brimming with attractions. Soufriére is famous for The Pitons, volcanic spires that tower over the entrance to the town, and fall in love with its authentic Creole charm and warm friendly atmosphere. As well as diving and swimming off exquisite beaches, don't miss Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens for the mineral baths, one of the natural wonders of the Caribbean.

Day 3 Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, strongly attached to its tradition of whale hunting, is popular with visiting yachties and divers.  Port Elizabeth, the island's main town, has a lively atmosphere and a tropical rainforest and white-sand beaches provide a natural setting for peaceful walks.

Day 4 Tobago Cays

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands, Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays 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 divers, swimmers and snorkelers.

Day 5 Saint George's, Bermuda

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 center. 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 photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they are able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7 El Toro, Orinoco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Puerto Ordaz, Orinoco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Built in 1952 as the administrative center of the "Orinoco Mining Company”, where iron was shipped to international markets, Puerto Ordaz is now one of the most modern cities in the country. From the union of this city "San Felix", was born the city of "Ciudad Guayana" in 1961. Another very important industry in this area is the hydropower with the Guri dam, the second largest hydroelectric plant in the world. Even if Puerto Ordaz is an industrial city, it has some unexpectedly beautiful nature parks.

Depart by coach to Cachamay Park. This pleasant zoological park located by the river is only half a mile south of Puerto Ordaz. It offers beautiful views on the 600-feet wide Caroni River falls. The Caroni River, or "Rio Caroni", is the largest tributary of the Orinoco. Its waters are renowned for black diamonds.
Find in the heart of this park a large sample of the main trees of the Bolivar state, including the amazing palms. The fauna variety of the Cachamay and La Llovizna Parks are representative of the Orinoco River, land of the caimans, jaguars, howler monkeys, sloths, turtles, otters ... and the countless species of colorful birds that occupy the lush tropical vegetation.

Your second stop brings you to La Llovizna Park (or drizzle Park) where you can admire the spectacular waterfalls of Salto La Llovizna at the confluence of the Orinoco River and the Rio Caroni. The numerous waterfalls provide electricity for much of the country. The hydroelectric or Macagua Gury, was inaugurated in 1997. It contains, among other things, a superb museum, the Ecomuseum Caroni, bordered by a spectacular place called "Place of Water".

Day 9 El Arroyo, Orinoco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call is also an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the 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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 11 Paramaribo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The 17th-century capital of Suriname is graced with attractive Dutch, French, Spanish and British colonial architecture. Since 2002, the inner city of Paramaribo is placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List of historic monuments.
From the pier, board your coach to the Hindu Temple for a visit of one of the largest in the Caribbean. It took 25 years to build, financed by donations only; 35% of the population of Surinam is Hindu.

Next, visit Fort Zeelandia and its museum. This fortress (originally called Fort Willoughby) was built by British colonists in 1651, around a small trading post created by the Dutch. It was captured again by the Dutch and given its present name in 1667. During the government of Dési Bouterse in the 1980s, it was the scene of the "December murders" of 1982 and was used to hold and torture political prisoners.
Visit also the cathedral. One of the preserved buildings is the Saint Peter & Paul Cathedral at the former Gravenstraat (now called Henck Arronstraat), completely built in wood. This cathedral is the largest wooden building in South America.
A photo stop will be made at the Mosque and Synagogue, and you will also see the Palm garden. Before returning to the pier, see the inner historical city tour.

Day 12 Salvation Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 Cayenne

  • 1 Breakfast
Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches and old creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call will give you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne It provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.

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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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