Trip reference number: ITN-STH001
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
St Helena has been very well known as one of the most remote Islands in the world. This is due to its inaccesibility as its was only thanks to the RMS St Helena that made an appearance every couple of weeks that potential visitors could visit the island. In October 2017, the first commercial flights started and there is now a weekly flight to and from the island.
Discover the island of St Helena with us on this week long tour that includes a knowledgable guide. Visit some extraordinary sights and views. The Island is teaming in history from the boer prisoners of war as to the exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. Wildlife is also fascinating as the island has some 455 invertebrate species with the opertunity to spot some rare birds such as the moorhen and the Fairy White Terns. You will also see colonies of Noddies, Boobies, petrels and Terns.
Day 1 leave Heathrow this evening on your overnight flight to Johannesburg. On arrival into Johannesburg you will make your onward connecting flight to St Helena.
Day 2 On arrival this afternoon you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel the Mantis St Helena, where you will spend the next 7 nights. You will be taken on a guided walk of Jamestown with one of the descendants of the boer prisoners of war that has remained on the island, you will then visit the castle and St James Church and the famous Jacob's Ladder that ascends 699 steps above the town and the court house.
Day 3 Today you will be taken on an orientation of the island by 4x4. One of the highlights will be stopping at Flagg Staff which offers magnificent views over the Island. You will also visit the Deadwood Plain as well as Fisher's Valley. Lunch is included today as you enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 4 After breakfast this morning, you will be taking on a boat cruise, here you will be on the look out for Schools of Bottle-Nose and Rough-Toothed dolphins as well as turtles, Devil Rays and Whale Sharks (in season in Jan - Mar) You will also be able to see old fortifications as well as outposts that are still standing. The afternoon will be at leisure, although you may choose to go on a snorkeling trip.
Day 5 Today you will visit the South of the Island stopping at St Helena Coffee Plantation, see the beautiful Sandy Bay (which isn't sandy) where you will have a picnic lunch on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. head back into Jamestown for a private tour of the Plantation house, this is home to the Govenor but also Jonathan, the worlds oldest living animal, a giant tortoise at 184 years! You will also see St Paul's Cathedral and Knoll Fort on your way back to the hotel.
Day 6 After breakfast this morning, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the island at your own leisure. This evening, a dinner has been arranged at one of the local families to experience some local cuisine and learn about life and the culture of the Island.
Day 7 Today you will be taken to Diana's Peak, where better to experience the endemic plants and animals found on St Helena than in the island’s only national park. Walk the path to reach the peak (the island’s highest point at 823m) for unbeatable views of the island and learn of the issues that face the native endangered species that live in the peak cloud forest. Finish the afternoon with tea on the lawns of Farm Lodge, an old East India Company planters house.
Day 8 Today you will visit Longwood House, owned by the French Government, which is one of the best Napoleonic museums in the world. Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to St Helena in 1815 and died on the island 6 years later. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Longwood Green followed by a walk to see Napoleon's tomb and the heart shaped waterfall. Stop off at the St Helena Distillery before returning to the hotel.
Day 9 After breakfast this morning, you will have some time for a last look around Jamestown before heading back to Johannesburg for your onward travel arrangements.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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