19384
Pacific Islands/Tahiti/French Polynesia
Heart of French Polynesia: Tahiti & the Society Islands
In 1890, Paul Gauguin left Europe to find inspiration in Tahiti. Experience the beauty of Gauguin's French Polynesia as you learn about its fascinating history and culture.
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Program No. 19384RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
7,795
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Flights start at
FREE
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At a Glance

Learn firsthand about French Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin’s love of these islands. In 1891, when Gauguin arrived in Tahiti, he captured the languid grace of the natives in oil paintings. The descendants of his original models still call this piece of French Polynesia home. Learn about their culture and soak in nature’s beauty as you call on Huahine and its reef-bound lagoon, its companion island Tahaa, Bora Bora and Moorea.
Activity Level
Active
Walking 1-2 miles per day on field trips; some uneven terrain and stairs without railings.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore Tahiti’s spectacular natural formations including Arahoho Blowhole and Faaurumai Waterfall.
  • Discover Huahine, and its archaeological sites; learn about Polynesian agriculture at melon fields and a coconut plantation.
  • Experience idyllic Bora Bora for two days and snorkel in its spectacular lagoon.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
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Dorothy Levy
Born in California, Dorothy always knew her father’s homeland, Tahiti, was her real home. A leader in the Pacific Cultural Renaissance, Dorothy was instrumental in developing a Tahitian language immersion school that was used as the model for public schools all over Tahiti. She founded an association called “Opu Nui” which worked closely on archaeological projects and reviving cultural knowledge. She has led Road Scholar programs for more than 20 years.
Dorothy Levy
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