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Adventures Afloat: French Polynesia Below the Surface: The Society Islands & Tuamotus

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Program #19386RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
It is strongly recommended that you bring your own snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) for optimal fit and experiennce; however, snorkeling equipment will be available availab le for use if needed.

Itinerary for Sep 29 — Oct 13, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: Situated just 15 km south of Faa International Airport, Le Méridien Tahiti overlooks beautiful white sand beaches, calming blue waves, and majestic mountains. Located along a lagoon, the resort has an exceptional view of the island of Moorea and offers 138 garden and lagoon view rooms and 12- over water bungalows. Rooms offer vivid colors with Polynesian flair. Additionally, there’s a vibrant international arts scene occuring at Le Méridien Tahiti. L’Atelier, its onsite art space, features contemporary artists from across French Polynesia and the world. Unlike most galleries, L’Atelier draws creative guests with exhibitions as well as with artists themselves. Its loft is an inviting setting for lectures, art workshops, and openings where guests will find fresh opportunities to peruse contemporary art. Guests are free to observe artists at work and/or enroll in an art class with the visiting artist (a fee applies).

Contact info:
P.O. Box 380595
97718 Tamanu, Tahiti, French Polynesia
phone: +011- (689) 470707
web: www.lemeridientahiti.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial phone, safe, satellite television, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, refrigerator, and coffee-make. Bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower and hair dryer. Terraces are available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a (2) restaurants- La Plantation offering a mix of Polynesiand and international flavors buffet-style or ala carte, and the gourmet restaurant Le Carre, located right by the lagoon. Live music and cocktails are available at the Astroblabe bar and casual drinks can be found at the Pool Bar. Le Meridien Tahiti also provides complimentary use of its sandy bottom swimming pool (largest in the South Pacific), kayaks and outrigger canoes, aqua gym classes, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, and ping pong. Meeting rooms and business facilities are also available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: See "Addtl Nights Comments"
A special group rate will be honored 7 days prior and 10 days after the “main program dates”, based on space availability. Participants will pay directly to the hotel for these accommodations and need a credit card for the guarantee. To book, contact Le Méridien Hotel Reservations Department Contact : Nathalie Merehau Tél : 47 07 29 -Fax : 47 07 28 E-mail : rez@lemeridien-tahiti.pf Participants must reference Road Scholar to receive special rates

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 29 - Flight to Tahiti/Arrive Papeete/Hotel Check In
Afternoon: US afternoon flights for Tahiti, French Polynesia. A snack and a meal are typically included on board flight; however subject to change dependent on airline policy.

Evening: Arrive Papeete, Tahiti. Transfer to hotel and check in.

Lodging: Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel

Type: Hotel

Description: Situated just 15 km south of Faa International Airport, Le Méridien Tahiti overlooks beautiful white sand beaches, calming blue waves, and majestic mountains. Located along a lagoon, the resort has an exceptional view of the island of Moorea and offers 138 garden and lagoon view rooms and 12- over water bungalows. Rooms offer vivid colors with Polynesian flair. Additionally, there’s a vibrant international arts scene occuring at Le Méridien Tahiti. L’Atelier, its onsite art space, features contemporary artists from across French Polynesia and the world. Unlike most galleries, L’Atelier draws creative guests with exhibitions as well as with artists themselves. Its loft is an inviting setting for lectures, art workshops, and openings where guests will find fresh opportunities to peruse contemporary art. Guests are free to observe artists at work and/or enroll in an art class with the visiting artist (a fee applies).

Contact info:
P.O. Box 380595
97718 Tamanu, Tahiti, French Polynesia
phone: +011- (689) 470707
web: www.lemeridientahiti.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial phone, safe, satellite television, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, refrigerator, and coffee-make. Bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower and hair dryer. Terraces are available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a (2) restaurants- La Plantation offering a mix of Polynesiand and international flavors buffet-style or ala carte, and the gourmet restaurant Le Carre, located right by the lagoon. Live music and cocktails are available at the Astroblabe bar and casual drinks can be found at the Pool Bar. Le Meridien Tahiti also provides complimentary use of its sandy bottom swimming pool (largest in the South Pacific), kayaks and outrigger canoes, aqua gym classes, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, and ping pong. Meeting rooms and business facilities are also available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: See "Addtl Nights Comments"
A special group rate will be honored 7 days prior and 10 days after the “main program dates”, based on space availability. Participants will pay directly to the hotel for these accommodations and need a credit card for the guarantee. To book, contact Le Méridien Hotel Reservations Department Contact : Nathalie Merehau Tél : 47 07 29 -Fax : 47 07 28 E-mail : rez@lemeridien-tahiti.pf Participants must reference Road Scholar to receive special rates

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 30 - Introductions & Orientation/Intro to French Polyn...
Introductions & Orientation/Intro to French Polynesia/Snorkeling Refresher

Breakfast: International Buffet Breakfast - Restaurant La Plantation, ground level.

Morning: Formal Introductions and Orientation to French Polynesia. Class: Introduction to French Polynesia

Lunch: Lunch - Restaurant Le Carre

Afternoon: Snorkeling Refresher - outdoor pool and/or off the beach in front of the hotel property

Dinner: Dinner- Restaurant La Plantation

Evening: Free Evening

Lodging: Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated just 15 km south of Faa International Airport, Le Méridien Tahiti overlooks beautiful white sand beaches, calming blue waves, and majestic mountains. Located along a lagoon, the resort has an exceptional view of the island of Moorea and offers 138 garden and lagoon view rooms and 12- over water bungalows. Rooms offer vivid colors with Polynesian flair. Additionally, there’s a vibrant international arts scene occuring at Le Méridien Tahiti. L’Atelier, its onsite art space, features contemporary artists from across French Polynesia and the world. Unlike most galleries, L’Atelier draws creative guests with exhibitions as well as with artists themselves. Its loft is an inviting setting for lectures, art workshops, and openings where guests will find fresh opportunities to peruse contemporary art. Guests are free to observe artists at work and/or enroll in an art class with the visiting artist (a fee applies).

Contact info:
P.O. Box 380595
97718 Tamanu, Tahiti, French Polynesia
phone: +011- (689) 470707
web: www.lemeridientahiti.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, direct dial phone, safe, satellite television, WIFI (for a fee), minibar, refrigerator, and coffee-make. Bathrooms feature a separate bathtub and walk-in shower and hair dryer. Terraces are available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a (2) restaurants- La Plantation offering a mix of Polynesiand and international flavors buffet-style or ala carte, and the gourmet restaurant Le Carre, located right by the lagoon. Live music and cocktails are available at the Astroblabe bar and casual drinks can be found at the Pool Bar. Le Meridien Tahiti also provides complimentary use of its sandy bottom swimming pool (largest in the South Pacific), kayaks and outrigger canoes, aqua gym classes, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, and ping pong. Meeting rooms and business facilities are also available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: See "Addtl Nights Comments"
A special group rate will be honored 7 days prior and 10 days after the “main program dates”, based on space availability. Participants will pay directly to the hotel for these accommodations and need a credit card for the guarantee. To book, contact Le Méridien Hotel Reservations Department Contact : Nathalie Merehau Tél : 47 07 29 -Fax : 47 07 28 E-mail : rez@lemeridien-tahiti.pf Participants must reference Road Scholar to receive special rates

Check in time: 1:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 01 - Circle Tahiti Field Trip
Breakfast: International Buffet Breakfast - Restaurant La Plantation

Morning: Board an air-conditioned bus for a field trip circling Tahiti Nui. Depart Papeete and pass through many districts and villages. Notice how each area’s mayor tries to out do the others with enormous town halls. Passing Faaa Airport, notice that land for its runways was reclaimed from the lagoon. It was not until 1961 that modern jets were able to land here. Stop at the ancient Arahurahu marae which has been restored to its former grandeur. Next visit the Maraa Grotto, a beautiful garden and cave area, and continue on past the golf course which was once a huge cotton plantation worked by coolie labor from China. It was planted to fulfill the shortage of cotton in Europe caused by the American Civil War. A short distance further on, visit the Vaipahi Garden with its beautiful waterfall before stopping at restaurant Musee Gauguin for a buffet lunch. After lunch, drive a short distance to the Gauguin Museum located in Mataiea Village where Gauguin lived. While not many originals of Gauguin’s work are in the museum, it is fascinating and details his life and his work.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Continue on and pass through beautiful Papeari Village and along the inlet (Phaeton Bay) which has a number of fish traps; then cross the Isthmus of Taravao, pass the base where the military have been located since 1844. The ships of Antoine de Bougainville, anchored near the two small offshore islands in Hitiaa in 1786. At Mahaena, Tahitians fought an armed rebellion for three years against the annexation of Tahiti by France. Next stops will include Arahoho Blowhole, Fa`aurumai Waterfall, and Point Venus and Matavai Bay. Captains Wallis, Cook and Bligh anchored in the Matavai Bay area. Located here is a memorial to the arrival of the first Christian missionaries in 1797 and a lighthouse constructed in 1868, despite its 1867 date. Continue on to Pirae and pass One Tree Hill called Taharaa today.

Dinner: Dinner - Restaurant La Plantation

Lodging: Le Meridien Tahiti Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Four: Wednesday, October 02 - Museum of Tahiti/Papeete Open Market/Board Ship/S...
Note: Some walking on level ground during field trip and excursion; stairs to board the ship

Breakfast: International Buffet Breakfast - Restaurant La Plantation

Morning: Field Trip: Visit to the Musee de Tahiti et des Iles (Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands) for a fascinating exhibit of all that makes up French Polynesia - the geographic and oceanographic explanation of the islands, life in the sea and on land, progressive stages of its history, pre-European artifacts, a collection of memorabilia of political, cultural and social leaders. Return to hotel and check out before departing for the Papeete Open Market

Lunch: Lunch at the Papeete Open Market

Afternoon: Excursion: A walking tour of the Papeete Open Market to see the native fruits, vegetables and crafts of Tahiti. After field trip, depart for Port of Papeete. Board MS Paul Gauguin, Board, locate stateroom, get settled. Free time to explore the ship and pick up snorkel gear available at the Marina on Deck 3.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner- L'Etoile Restaurant: Deck 5, Aft Enjoy cuisine amid the classic furnishings and fluted shell lighting reminiscent of one of the refined dining establishments in Paris. Here delectable cuisine is artfully presented and guests receive the most diligent attention. L'Etoile is only open for dinner (7:00 - 9:30 pm).

Evening: Cast off for our adventure as the Paul Gauguin departs Papeete for our first stop in the Society Islands -Huahine. Just over a hundred miles from Tahiti, Huahine is actually composed of two islands - Huahine Nui and Huahine Iti ("Big Huahine" and "Little Huahine") - and is surrounded by a deep lagoon encircled by a coral necklace. The most traditional and undeveloped island in French Polynesia, Huahine exudes a laid- back small-town atmosphere.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Five: Thursday, October 03 - Huahine Snorkeling/Sail for Bora Bora
Note: Drift snorkeling off boat in lagoon. Must be able to swim and to climb ladders to get on and off boat.

Breakfast: The ship provides a couple of dining venues for breakfast. (Room service is available as well) La Veranda: Deck 6, Aft This restaurant offers breakfast (7:30 -10:00 am), in a setting whose ambience might recall leisurely dining on a yacht club terrace on the Cote d'Azur. Le Grill: Deck 8, Mid Greet the sun with a buffet breakfast at Le Grill (7:00 - 9:30 am)

Morning: Arrive in Huahine about approximately 8 am. Field Trip: Exploration and Snorkeling in Huahine. We’ll explore Huahine Iti aboard a comfortable motorized outrigger canoe, as you learn about the island's history, its sacred legends and insight into daily island life. There will be an opportunity for drift snorkeling at a beautiful coral garden and a stop at a beautiful white sand beach.

Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Huahine on your own or enjoy the ship's various amenities and activities. The MS Gauguin daily offers a variety of cultural and educational classes and opportunities. A schedule, called the "Ia Orana" will be delivered daily to your stateroom and inform you of that day's activities. Ship sets sail for Bora Bora at 5 pm.

Dinner: La Veranda - This restaurant becomes a reservations-only French Bistro at dinner (7:00 - 9:00 pm).

Evening: Optional Activity: Enjoy the nightly performance offered by the ship in the Le Grand Salon on Deck 5, forward. Watch spectacular performances, such as an electrifying Polynesian show featuring the arts of the islands in the main lounge. One night it might be the soaring acappella harmonies of himene songs. Another might feature a thrilling performance of otea - a complex line dance accompanied by drums telling the ancestral legends of the Polynesian people.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Six: Friday, October 04 - Lagoon Exploration/Bora Bora Excursion/Overnight ...
Note: Snorkeling off boat in lagoon. Must be able to swim and to climb ladders to get on and off boat

Arrive To: Arrive Bora Bora at approximately 8 am: Surrounded by offshore motu islets inside a protective coral necklace, Bora Bora is in the center of a multi-colored lagoon world-famous for its beauty. Generations of travelers, including novelist James Michener, have regarded Bora Bora as an earthly paradise

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Excursion: Motu and Lagoon Exploration - An opportunity to snorkel in Bora Bora's beautiful lagoon as well as to visit a scenic private motu

Lunch: Picnic lunch on the private motu

Afternoon: Continuation of snorkeling trip. Upon your return, you will have a free Afternoon to enjoy shipboard activities or venture on your own to Bora Bora for independent exploration. The Paul Gauguin will run tenders ashore to Vaitape, Bora Bora's main town.

Dinner: Dinner at leisure on your own aboard ship.

Evening: Optional Activity: You may wish to take tenders directly to the famous “Bloody Mary” Bar and Restaurant. This bar features sandy floors and is very popular with visitors.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Seven: Saturday, October 05 - Overview of Bora Bora/Free Time/Sail for Rangiroa
Note: Must be able to climb aboard 4X4 vehicles.

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Field Trip: Overview of Bora Bora, including WWII American military history and relics. Bora Bora was a U.S. supply base during World War II; naval gun sites can still be seen. Don't forget your camera as you will witness amazing vistas overlooking this breathtaking lagoon.

Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Bora Bora or relax. Ship sets sail for Rangiroa at 4pm.

Dinner: Le Grill - At night Le Grill is transformed into a cozy indoor/outdoor restaurant serving grilled specialties in a more casual atmosphere.

Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Salon. Check your daily "Iorana" for a list of this evening's performance as well as other activities available. Sail to Rangiroa at 4 pm.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eight: Sunday, October 06 - Morning Class/Snorkel Rangiroa Aquarium/Evening S...
Note: Snorkeling off boat in deep water. Must be able to swim and to climb ladders to get on and off boat.

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Class: Topic Instructor's Choice

Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda

Afternoon: Ship arrives at Rangiroa at 12 pm. Rangiroa, in the Tuamotu Archipelago, is the second-biggest atoll in the world (behind Kwajalein in Micronesia). With its string of coral encircling a turquoise and jade-green lagoon, it is also one of the world's greatest dive destinations. There are 240 tiny islets, or motu, each no more than three feet in elevation, completely encircling the deep lagoon for more than 110 miles. The lagoon is more like a vast inland sea. The motu separate two legendary bodies of water, Moana-tea (Peaceful Ocean) and Moana-uri (Wild Ocean). Field Trip: Snorkel Rangiroa's Aquarium. Depart the pier via local boat for the ride to Motu Nui Nui, a natural, open-water aquarium renowned for its marine life. Along the way, you will observe an abundance of colorful fish, coral and marine life.

Dinner: L`Etoile Restaurant

Evening: Ship sets sail for Fakarava at 5:30 pm Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Salon

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Nine: Monday, October 07 - Fakarava Exploration/Sail for Tahaa
Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Ship arrives Fakarava in the Tuamotu Archipelago at 8 am. Fakarava is an untouched world where nesting birds and marine life live in harmony with the land and water. So pure is the environment here that Fakarava is now classified a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) biosphere reserve.

Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Fakarava on your own or enjoy the ship. Shore excursions are available through the ship for an extra fee.

Dinner: Dinner on your own aboard ship at your favorite dining spot.

Evening: Set sail at 5:30 pm for Tahaa. Tahaa is the only island in the Society Islands that can be completely circled by a ship inside a lagoon. Tahaa also produces 80% of all the vanilla in French Polynesia. Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Salon. Check your daily "Iorana" for a list of this evening's performance as well as other activities available.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Ten: Tuesday, October 08 - Class/Free Afternoon
Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Class: Topic Instructor's Choice

Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon to enjoy shipboard activities.

Dinner: Le `Etoile

Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Salon. Check your daily "Iorana" for a list of this evening's performance as well as other activities available.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, October 09 - Tahaa Field Trip/BBQ Beach Party/ Sail for Moorea
Note: When taking a tender to Motu Mahana, it will be a wet landing, in which you will go down a ramp into knee-deep water and then wade ashore. Wear reef shoes or some other footwear that can get wet.

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Arrive Tahaa at approximately 9am. Disembark ship for field trip. Visit a private family pearl farm to see and learn about pearl cultivation, history & legends of the island. From there, journey to a vanilla farm to learn more about this important island industry. We’ll view other highlights of Tahaa along the way as we explore this beautiful island.

Lunch: Barbeque Beach Party on Motu Mahana. A "motu" refers to a reef islet formed by broken coral and sand surrounding a tropical island, lagoon, or atoll.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to enjoy Motu Mahana, where the ship will be offering a barbeque lunch (weather permitting) and a Polynesian Show including music, dancing, and demonstrations. The ship will be running regular tenders to Motu Mahana, so feel free to catch any one when you're ready. The last tender back to the ship from Motu Mahana is approximately 4 pm. Ship sets sail for Moorea at approximately 5 pm.

Dinner: L'Étoile Restaurant

Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Salon. Check your daily "Iorana" for a list of this evening's performance as well as other activities available.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, October 10 - Free Time/Dophin Field Trip/Overnight in Moorea
Note: Must be able to get on and off small boat.

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service.

Morning: Arrive Moorea at approximately 8am. Heart- or butterfly-shaped and incredibly beautiful, Moorea is 15 miles across Tahiti's "Sea of the Moon". Surrounded by white sand beaches, marae (ancient stone worship sites), and spectacular mountain vistas, it is twice as old as Tahiti. Moorea has two stunning, neighboring, fjord-like bays - Cook's Bay and Opunohu Bay - which give the island its distinctive butterfly shape.

Lunch: Onboard ship at leisure. Lunch is offered daily at Le Grill and La Veranda.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Dolphins of French Polynesia – A boat-based Field Trip around Moorea to observe dolphins, hopefully including schools of acrobatic "Spinner Dolphins", and to learn of their remarkable lives at sea. Tender back to ship after field trip.

Dinner: Polynesian Dinner - La Veranda

Evening: Optional Activity: Tonight's Performance - Le Grand Salon. Check your daily "Iorana" for a list of this evening's performance as well as other activities available.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Most luxurious ship to sail in Tahiti on a year-round basis with a capacity of only 332 guests onboard. Designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, visiting small ports that larger ships cannot reach . Crew to guest ratio of 1 to 1.5. All oceanview accommodations, nearly 70% with balconies. Space to guest ratio of nearly 58 to 1, one of the highest of any ship serving the North American market. “Highest-Ranked Small Luxury Cruise Ship” -Condé Nast Traveler, Readers’ Poll (2008).

Ship Information: Overall Length: 513 feet (156.5 meters) Beam (width): 71 feet (21.6 meters) Draft: 16.9 feet (5.15 meters) Passengers: 332 Officers: Crew: 217 International Passenger Decks: 7 Shipyard: Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire, France Gross Tonnage: 19,200 Cruising Speed: 18 knots Ship's Registry: Bahamas Propulsion System: Diesel Electric

Contact info:
11100 Main Street, Suite 300
Bellevue, WA 98004 USA
phone: 800-848-6172
web: www.pgcruises.com

Room amenities: All oceanview staterooms feature temperature control, queen-size bed (a limited number can have twin-bed configuration) bathroom with full –size bathtub and shower, bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, TV, CD/DVD player, personal safe, and a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, bottled water and beer. Luxurious bathrobes and cotton slippersare also provided in each bathroom as well as luxury beauty products that include shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, and bath gel. Complimentary in-room movie channels and movies available. The standard electrical voltage aboard ship is 220 volts. In the bathrooms, you will find a 110-volt AC outlet to accommodate most U.S. standard shavers. There are both 220-volt and 110-volt AC outlets in the suite/stateroom beside the dressing table mirror. For safety reasons, travel irons are not permitted onboard. Guests can make telephone calls directly from their suite or stateroom. Fax messages are received and sent through the reception desk. There are nine computers and a printer. Internet and Wireless access is available.

Facility amenities: Two elegant restaurants and one pool-side grill, all with open-seating dining. Complimentary in-room dining and Complimentary 24-hour room service. A choice of 3 dining options: 1) L'Etoile - international a la carte menu 2) La Veranda - indoor/outdoor breakfast and lunch as well as reservations-only French bistro for dinner. 3) Le Grill - casual al fresco poolside dining, serving breakfast, lunch and South Pacific-inspired cuisine for dinner. Complimentary beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, soft drinks, bottled water, coffee and tea served throughout the ship. Well-being and vegetarian selections and special dietetic menus upon request. WiFi hotspots are available throughout the ship. There is an Internet café with terminals or guests can bring their own laptop. Onboard laundry and valet services, including pressing and dry cleaning, are available with charge and may be arranged through your stewardess for same-day service. The Medical Center is designed to provide medical care for temporary illnesses and accidents. The ship’s licensed and registered doctor and nurse are on 24-hour call for professional and emergency services, which are available at customary charges. The onboard fitness center includes a lap pull-down, seated rowing machine, ellipticals, treadmills, a stair climber, recumbent bicycle, upright bicycle, and free weights with bench. The onboard state-of-the-art retractable Watersports Marina for complimentary kayaking, windsurfing and waterskiing, optional PADI dive program and certification. Luxurious Spa and Salon with a wide array of services. The ship also has a La Boutique Gift shop, outdoor swimming pool and pool bar, reading Gallery & DVD library.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Friday, October 11 - Overview of Moorea /Sail to Papeete, Tahiti
Note: Boarding busses, some walking.

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda, Le Grill or room service

Morning: Field Trip: Visit to Belvedere Viewpoint with beautiful vistas of the island, stop at a well preserved and rebuilt historical Marae, view a farming valley inland of Cook's Bay the University of California Berkeley's Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station & the Atitia Cultural Centre, where we will have a delicious lunch featuring local dishes and tour the garden and grounds.

Lunch: Polynesian lunch at Cultural Centre

Afternoon: Continuation of overview of Moorea field trip. Tender back to ship; sunset sail to Papeete, Tahiti.

Dinner: Le Grill

Evening: Arrive Papeete, Tahiti. Free Evening at pierside in Papeete Harbor or aboard ship. Pack and leave your luggage outside your door before you go to sleep so the crew can prepare to take it off the ship tomorrow morning. Make sure you have everything you need for tomorrow in an overnight-bag you'll keep with you.

Lodging: MS Paul Gauguin

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Saturday, October 12 - Disembark Ship/Free Time/Wrap up Class/late eveni...
Disembark Ship/Free Time/Wrap up Class/late evening flight to Los Angeles

Breakfast: Onboard Ship at leisure - Choice of La Veranda or room service. (Le Grill is not open for breakfast the day of disembarkation)

Morning: Disembark ship at 10 am and depart for Le Meridien Tahiti. Arrive Le Meridien hotel- check into day rooms Free Time to enjoy the property and explore, relax, swim, or snorkel before lunch.

Lunch: Restaurant La Plantation

Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax and prepare for tonight's departure. Social Hour in late afternoon before dinner.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner - Restaurant La Plantation

Evening: Late evening flight departure and arrive Los Angeles the following day

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Sunday, October 13 - Arrive Los Angeles
Arrive To: Flight arrives in Los Angeles in the morning.



Free Time Opportunities


Bora Bora
Bloody Mary'sBloody Mary’s isn’t just a restaurant, it’s an experience, especially at dinner. You walk on sand floors, sit on coconut stools under a thatched roof and are surrounded by exotic plants. The food impresses, too; you choose your meal from an extensive display at the entrance, with a presentation in English. Fish lovers will get a buzz here, with a tantalising array of lagoon fish and pelagics, but dedicated carnivores are also well catered for, with meat cooked the American-barbecue way. A bit touristy, but it’s a concept that has been cult since 1979, and it’s a favourite with celebrities. Such renowned artists as Jimmy Buffet, Julio Iglesias, Steven Bishop, Commander Cody and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones, to name a few, played and sang concerts in the restaurant at one time or another.
For additional information, visit: www.bloodymarys.com
Tahiti
James Norman Hall Home MuseumFrom 1920 to 1951, this was the home of one of Tahiti's famous resident authors, James Norman Hall, the co-author of Mutiny on the Bounty, Pitcairn's Island and other tales of adventure in the South Pacific
For additional information, visit: www.jamesnormanhallhome.pf/
Robert Wan Pearl MuseumIf you want to learn more about the Poe Rava (the local name for the Tahitian cultured pearl), a visit to the World’s first museum devoted to pearls. The Robert Wan Pearl Museum provides a comprehensive guide to the history and legends of pearls, crossing different cultures and civilizations. Visitors to the museum learn how the pearls are grafted and can see a collection of the world’s most beautiful cultured gems. Entry to the Robert Wan Pearl Museum is free (as of 2013). Open from Monday to Saturday, 09:00 am to 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:45) Closed on Sundays and public holidays. Private tours conducted by prior arrangement (minimum 2 people) Address: THE ROBERT WAN PEARL MUSEUM BP 850 Boulevard Pomare (Facing Paofai Gardens, close to the Temple of Paofai) Telephone: +689 46 15 54
For additional information, visit: www.robertwan.com/en

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Included
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13 nights of accommodations
39 meals: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 13 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips
6 Hands-on experiences
7 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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