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Cayenne to Fort-de-France - Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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Leaving from Cayenne in French Guiana, head to the famous Salvation Islands. This visit the former prisons which once held political prisoners and convicts, deep in the lush vegetation. Later enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Amazon River, this mythical and impressive river in the heart of Brazil. Through the “green corridor” of the Strait of Breves, discover the banks of the Amazon and their many treasures: lush vegetation, fascinating wildlife, villages built on piles, wooden canoes navigating between houses. Visit Abacate, a typical village of the Amazonian shores. Discover Port Elizabeth and its small, colorful and typical Creole houses nestling amid lush vegetation, with white-sand beaches and turquoise water that beckons you in for a swim.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cayenne | Embark
Day 2 : Cayenne | Salvation Islands
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Belem, Amazonia
Day 5 : Abacate, Strait Of Breves
Day 6 : Aquiqui, Amazonia
Day 7 : Macapa, Amazonia
Days 8-9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Paramaribo
Day 11 : At Sea
Day 12 : Port Elizabeth, Bequia Island
Day 13 : Fort-de-France | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise between Amazonia and the Caribbean
  • Explore rich variety of endemic wildlife: toucans, hawks, ibises and other
  • View the great city of Belem, its market and its fort
  • Cruise the Equator between Cayenne and Belem

Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

  • Amazon
  • Brazil
  • Caribbean
  • South America
  • Amapa
  • Aquiqui
  • Belem
  • Bequia
  • Breves
  • Cayenne
  • Fort de France
  • French Guiana
  • Grenadines
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Macapa
  • Martinique
  • Para
  • Paramaribo
  • Salvation Islands
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Suriname
  • 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 Cayenne | Embark

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 allow you 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.

Day 2 Cayenne | Salvation Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head from the Cayenne to Salvation Islands.

Lying off the coast of Kourou, an essential element of any trip to Guiana, the Islands of Salvation were known as the "Islands of the Devil" because of the strong sea currents that made access to them perilous. Once infamous for being the site of a jail with very harsh conditions of detention, where Alfred Dreyfus was exiled, today they are a peaceful place where coconut palms cast shade over the crystal-clear waters. During your cruise, we invite you to make a timeless journey to visit the many remains of the prison that are still visible, including cells and the abandoned hospital.

Day 3 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 will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 4 Belem, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Gujar on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.

Day 5 Abacate, Strait Of Breves

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As you sail in the heart of the Breves Narrows, a “green corridor”, you will be completely immersed in the Amazonian culture. Along the meanders of this lush, narrow channel, your ship will be escorted by the small, wooden dugout canoes of the local inhabitants out to greet you. Enjoy this spectacular sailing experience from the exterior decks, as our naturalist-guides let you in on the secrets of this incredible ecosystem and of the people who have managed to tame it.

Day 6 Aquiqui, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Aquiqui River is one of the many tributaries of the Amazon River. A veritable ecological corridor, this natural area is home to a varied fauna, notably including many aquatic birds. You will enjoy an extraordinary encounter with the Caboclos, a people living in total harmony with nature, and have the chance to talk to them about their way of life, their beliefs and their customs. And maybe you will be lucky enough to observe the cocoi herons, roadside hawks and anhingas, as well as monkey squirrels and iguanas.

Day 7 Macapa, Amazonia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore beauty and nature of Macapa, Amazonia.

Day 8-9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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 will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 10 Paramaribo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The many facets of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, a small South-American country nestling between French Guiana and Guyana, will undoubtedly surprise you and fill you with wonder. This former colonial town was established by the Dutch in the 17th century. The historic city is home to many buildings made of wood and red bricks: a simple architecture that has been enriched over the centuries under the influence of the growing ethnic diversity of the population. Be sure to visit Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral and the presidential palace in the historic inner city, now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Commewijne Plantation & Peperpot Nature Park, Paramaribo City Tour.

Day 11 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 will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 12 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. You will love the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From the rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer you a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Catamaran & Snorkelling, Catamaran Sunset Cruise.

Day 13 Fort-de-France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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. 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.

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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
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “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
  • 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).
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  • 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
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