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Sailing the Orinoco (Cayenne - Fort de France)

10 days with Ponant   Rating: Deluxe

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Day 1 Cayenne (FRENCH GUYANA)
Embarkation from 16h00 to 17h00. Departure at 21h00.
Day 2 Iles du Salut (FRENCH GUYANA)
From 06h00 to 18h30.
Day 3 Paramaribo (SURINAM)
Day 4 At sea 
Day 5 Cruising the Orinoco-El Toro (VENEZUELA)
Day 6 Cruising the Orinoco-El Arroyo (VENEZUELA)
From 14h00 to 22h00.
From 07h30 to 20h00. 
Day 9 Bridgetown (BARBADOS)
From 07h00 to 18h00. 
Day 10 Fort de France (FRANCE)
Disembarkation at 06h00.
All This Included

From Cayenne to Fort-de-France, PONANT is inviting you to experience exceptional moments on a 10-day expedition cruise. Aboard Le Champlain, you will travel to 6 different lands and the highlight of the trip will be sailing along the legendary Orinoco River.  

Your ship will depart from Cayenne and sail to the Salvation Islands. In the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, these three tracts of land resting in the Atlantic Ocean were penal colonies where convicts, political prisoners and known criminals were exiled and held in prisons which you will be able to visit.  

When your ship calls at the old colonial Dutch city of Paramaribo in Suriname, you will have the opportunity to discover the magnificent Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral, built entirely from wood.

Le Champlain will then take you to the unique setting that is the Orinoco Delta, for unforgettable sailing surrounded by extremely dense vegetation. Immerse yourself in the special atmosphere that reigns here as you enjoy the sounds of jungle birds and moving encounters with the locals.

The end of your cruise will be marked by stops in the heart of the Caribbean, where you’ll be able to swim in idyllic surrounds. You will be free to enjoy the turquoise waters at the beaches in the Grenadines and Barbados, before disembarking in Martinique.

  • Port and safety charges
  • Open bar
  • Gratuities
  • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides in the meanders of the Orinoco, in the heart of tropical rainforest.
  • In the Salvation Islands, the possibility of strolling through the former prisons, in an idyllic setting surrounded by exotic vegetation.
  • Discovering the picturesque city of Paramaribo, its traditional market and its old churches.
  • Special encounters with the Warao tribes, whose name translates as “the boat people”.
  • Possibility of observing an incredible variety of endemic wildlife including spider monkeys, macaws, toucans, scarlet ibises, caimans, iguanas and river dolphins.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Champlain
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Fares may be subject to a fuel adjustment.
  • Subject to weather and river conditions. The expedition highlights, encounters with the wildlife and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.