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French Guiana Holidays

Explore French Guyana's Amazon rainforest, European Space Centre and charming coastal resorts

9 Night Itinerary from  £1,929

Papillon Tour

France in the tropics, land of the old, infamous Papillon penal colony, pristine rainforest and the vast European Space Centre averaging twelve satellite launches per year.

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Tour Route

Travel Highlights

  • A fascinating combination of French lifestyle in the pristine tropical rainforest
  • Explore the old remnants of an ancient, infamous penal colony
  • Visit Europe's modern, state of the art Space Centre with massive European rocket Ariane V that  launches satellites.
  • Relax on the beach at Cayenne or visit Amerindian Villages
  • Stay in charming Saint Laurent du Maroni. From March to August, watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the beaches along the coast.
  • Spend 2 nights at an Amazon jungle lodge including all meals and guided tours

This itinerary can be tailored to your preferences by our specialist advisors, who can provide a guaranteed price based on your choice of route, duration, flights, hotels, transport and excursions.

Tour Itinerary

2747 Cayenne

Cayenne - 2 Nights

Day 1 - Travel to Cayenne

Day 2 - Visit Cayenne and drive to Kourou

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Thursday, 25 July 2024

Arrive in Cayenne

Arrive in Cayenne (international flights not included) and transfer to your chosen beachfront hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying the palm fringed shore.

Friday, 26 July 2024

Visit Cayenne and drive to Kourou

The following day you will receive your self-drive car, maps and be fully briefed. Visit the colonial city of Cayenne visiting the museum and sampling the local food drawn from French, Caribbean and Asian influences before driving to Kourou.

Vega And Ariane 5 Launch Pad

European Space Centre - 1 Night

Day 3 - Giuded tour of the European Space Centre

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Saturday, 27 July 2024

Guided tour of the European Space Centre

Kourou is a town with a modern French atmosphere, strangely incongruous in the tropical haze. It is famed for the European Space Centre, encompassing a vast area of coastline and a guided tour of the Space Centre centre is included. We will visit the fascinating museum and assembly rooms. Lying opposite Kourou, in the Atlantic Ocean, are the infamous Iles du Salut, including " Devil's Island", where the penal colony functioned from 1852 to 1953. We visit the Ile Royale, where the prison cells remain, partly entangled by the lush vegetation and the children's graveyard at tiny church housing an interesting collection of paintings of prison life.

Saint Laurent Du Maroni

Observe sea turtles on the beach from February to August - 3 Nights

Day 4 - Observe leatherback turtles

Day 5 - Explore Saint Laurent

Day 6 - Travel to Cayenne


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Sunday, 28 July 2024

In search of leatherback turtles

Depart in your self-drive car for Saint Laurent du Maroni, situated on the Suriname border, formerly the penal transportation camp and now a tranquil colonial town. Drive to Les Hattes, via Mana, to witness the beautiful leatherback turtles struggling up the beach to lay their eggs (April-August).


Monday, 29 July 2024

Explore Saint Laurent

Return to Saint Laurent where we explore the abandoned penal centre. In the evening, enjoy an included dinner overlooking the Maroni River on an old sailing boat, converted into a restaurant, its candlelit atmosphere making a perfect relaxing end to the day.

Tuesday, 30 July 2024

Travel to Cayenne

Leave for Cayenne to return your car and overnight.

2750 Amazon

Stay in a comfortable lodge and explore - 2 Nights

Day 7 - Amazon jungle lodge

Day 8 - Exploring the Amazon rainforest

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Wednesday, 31 July 2024

Amazon jungle lodge

More discoveries in the rainforest today, in the company of your expert local guide.

Thursday, 01 August 2024

Exploring the Amazon rainforest

Today we take guided treks into the rainforest with knowledgable guides.

2751 Amerindian Villages

Optional visit to a Amerindian village - 1 Night

Day 9 - Relax in Cayenne or visit Amerindian Villages

Day 10 - Transfer to the airport


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Friday, 02 August 2024

Relax in Cayenne or visit Amerindian Villages

Today you can choose to enjoy the ambiance of French Guiana capital city, or join an excursion to the nearby Amerindian villages. 

Saturday, 03 August 2024

Transfer to the airport

Transfer to the airport for your onward connection.

Price Guidelines

Season High Season
Travel Dates September to April
Room Arrangement Tourist
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £1,929

Prices are a guideline and per person. Please request a quote for Special Events, Christmas, New Year's Eve & Easter.

What's Included

  • Excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Self drive vehicle for transport
  • Accommodation in a room for Double Occupancy
  • Breakfast throughout
  • Transport, meals and guided excursions in the Amazon Lodge

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