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The Papillon Tour

9 Night Itinerary from £1,9951,395$1,794

Private Individual Tour

A part of Europe 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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Explore French Guyana's Amazon rainforest, European Space Centre and charming coastal resorts

A part of Europe 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

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

Journey Breakdown

The Papillon Tour
Travel Itinerary

Cayenne Days 1-2

Day 1 - Travel to Cayenne

Day 2 - Visit Cayenne and drive to Kourou

Itinerary Description

Day 1 - Travel to Cayenne

Depart for Cayenne and on arrival transfer to your chosen beachfront hotel. Spend the afternoon at leisure, enjoying the palm fringed shore.

Day 2 - 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 no Kourou.

European Space Centre Day 3

Day 3 - Giuded tour of the European Space Centre

Itinerary Description

Day 3 - Giuded 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 Days 4-6

Day 4 - Chasing the leatherback turtles

Day 5 - Explore Saint Laurent

Day 6 - Travel to Cayenne

 

Itinerary Description

Day 4 - Chasing the 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).

Day 5 - 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.

Day 6 - Travel to Cayenne

Leave for Cayenne to return your car and overnight.

Amazon Days 7-8

Days 7-8 - Overnight in an Amazon jungle lodge

Itinerary Description

Days 7-8 Overnight in an Amazon jungle lodge

An early morning departure for the Amazon. You will be driven to Regina where you continue, at a gentle pace, by motorised canoe. We travel up the winding L'Approuge River, uninhabited, save for the prospectors who dredge the river for gold. We stay for 2 nights at our jungle lodge on a full board basis over-looking the shallow rapids and accompanied by our expert guide, we explore the dense rainforest, broken only by the streams, wending their way through the lush vegetation.  

Amerindian villages Day 9-11

Day 9 - Relax in Cayenne or visit Amerindian Villages

Day 10 - Transfer to the airport

 

Itinerary Description

Day 9 - Relax in Cayenne or visit Amerindian Villages

Return to Cayenne for your last night in Guyana. Perhaps spend your final day relaxing on the fabulous beaches or take in an optional excursion to the indigenous Amerindian villages where you will meet the villagers and understand their unique way of life.

Day 10 - Transfer to the airport

Transfer to the airport for overnight flight home or onward flight (international flights not included).

 

 

The Papillon Tour
Travel Details

Price Breakdown

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

SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £1,995 - - - - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €1,394 - - - - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
SeasonLow SeasonHigh Season
Travel Dates
Room ArrangementTouristFirstDeluxeTouristFirstDeluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $1,793 - - - - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

Booking Terms & Conditions

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
  • 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
  • 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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