French Guyana is a corner of Europe in the rainforest with it's Space Centre and satellite launchers

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

The Papillon tour of French Guyana is an intereesting combination of French lifestyle, the pristine tropical rainforest, the old remants of an ancient, infamous penal colony, and Europe's modern, state of the art Space Centre with the massive European rocket Ariane V to launch satellites. From March to August, you can watch leatherback turtles lay their eggs on the beaches along the coast.

Journey Breakdown

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The Papillon Tour
Travel Itinerary

Cayenne
Day 1-2

Day 1 - 2 Travel to Cayenne

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Day 1 - 2 Travel to Cayenne

Depart for Cayenne and on arrival transfer to your beachfront hotel, spend the afternoon at leasure, enjoying the plam fringed shore. The following day you will receive your car, maps and be fully briefed. Visit the colonial city visiting the museaum 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 to the European Space Centre

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Day 3 - Giuded tour to the European Space Centre

56 km west of the Capital lies Kourou, 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 guided tour of the centre is included, with a visit to 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
Day 4-6

Day 4-6 Chasing the leather - back turtles

 

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Day 4-6 Chasing the leather - back turtles

Depart 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 leather-back turtles struggling up the beach to lay their eggs (April-August). Return to Saint Laurent, explore the abandoned penal centre, and enjoy dinner overlooking the Maroni River, on an old sailing boat, converted into a restaurant, its candlelit making a perfect relaxing end to the day. Leave for Cayenne to return your car and overnight.

Amazon
Day 7-8

Day 7-8 Overnight in jungle lodge

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Day 7-8 Overnight in 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 overnight at our jungle lodge 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  9-11 Relax on the beach and return to UK

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Day  9-11 Relax on the beach and return to UK

Return to Cayenne and spend your final day relaxing on the beaches or take in an optional excursion to the Amerindian villages. Overnight and take your return flight home on day 11.

Travel Details
Papillon

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

Price Breakdown

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

Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room £1,917 - - - - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room €1,400 - - - - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -
Season Low Season High Season
Travel Dates
Room Arrangement Tourist First Deluxe Tourist First Deluxe
Multiple Travellers - Twin Room $1,492 - - - - -
Multiple Travellers - Own Room - - - - - -
Single Traveller - Own Room - - - - - -

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