Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Set Sail and Discover the Remote South Atlantic Hideaway of St Helena

A series of new voyages departing in 2012 to the far-flung British Outpost, St Helena, have been introduced by St Helena Line. Lying 1,500 miles north-west of Cape Town, with a rich history and dramatic natural beauty, there’s nowhere remotely like it!
Taking bookings now, the new 18-night Hideaway Tour departs Cape Town on 7 May, 2012 on board one of the world’s last working Royal Mail Ships, the 128-berth RMS St Helena and costs from £2,765 per person. Leading the tour will be Colin Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Rhodes University (South Africa), hugely knowledgeable about St Helena – its history and natural environment. Prof. Lewis will offer a special insight into this British outcrop – the place of Napoleon’s exile.
After a relaxing five-night voyage at sea on board the part passenger, part cargo ship, passengers will arrive on St Helena’s shores on the 12 May, where they’ll be joined by Island residents Basil George and Vanessa Thomas for a fascinating and diverse eight-day itinerary.
Highlights include a trip to Napoleon’s last residence - Longwood House (arguably one of the finest Napoleonic museums in the world), plus other sites of historic importance, including Napoleon’s Tomb. A boat trip, tour of the grounds at Plantation House where the Governor resides, an evening talk from the National Trust of St Helena and a walking tour of the capital, Jamestown, are also included.
A Botanical Day will allow the chance to uncover some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna plus the opportunity to spot the endemic Wirebird. The RMS arrives back in Cape Town on the 25 May.
The Hideaway Tour costs from £2,765 per person based on two sharing an A deck cabin. The price includes eight nights’ B&B accommodation on St Helena, entry fees and guide costs, all meals on the RMS and some meals in St Helena. Return international flights to Cape Town are not included.

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