Saint Helena Revealed – an Expert-led Escorted Small-Group Tour

An Expert-Led Tour Revealing the Remote Beauty and Fascinating History of

Saint Helena

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Unique and exciting Revealed Travel tour to St Helena combined with Cape Town and Table Mountain

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Revealing Saint Helena the best kept Secret of the South Atlantic

It took until 2016 for Saint Helena – located midway between Africa and South America, with 2000 km of ocean to the nearest mainland – to add mobile phone and web access to the 5-day boat trip to Cape Town that previously represented their only connection with the outside world.

Now, following the 2017 launch of the first-ever commercial flights to the newly-opened, spectacular, cliff-perched St. Helena airport, Revealed Travel – in partnership with the Times and Sunday Times Newspapers’ Expert Traveller Division – is offering you the opportunity to be amongst the first wave of tourists to explore the scenic beauty and fascinating history of Saint Helena – famous as the volcanic outcrop and tiny island in the South Atlantic where the exiled Napoleon breathed his last.

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Joining us on this expert-led tour will allow you to visit Saint Helena – one of the last truly undiscovered tourist destinations on the planet – combined with a trip to Cape Town and the iconic Table Mountain.

Take a look at the video below to view the beauty of Saint Helena – and then to review details of this unique Saint Helena tour please see further down this page for separate sections outlining: Tour Summary; the Expert-led nature of the tour; and the Full Tour Itinerary itself.

With thanks to the Saint Helena Tourist Board and various of their partners for the supply of some of the images and videos used on this page – nb. Napoleon headshot image in main banner (c) morphart/123RF  

 

TOUR SUMMARY

This unique, expert-led tour twins the highlights of Cape Town in South Africa with the delights of Saint Helena:

  • 12-night trip includes return international flights, transfers, accommodation, breakfast, selected meals, included expert-led guided excursions, ATOL Protection.

Fly to South Africa and wonder at the iconic Table Mountain and Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront – with options for visiting Mandela’s Robben Island, the Cape Peninsula penguins, a Township, Camps Bay beach, or Stellenbosch wine-tasting.

Fly on to Saint Helena to:

  • Discover fascinating local, colonial and Napoleonic history – with an expert-led-led tour of Longwood House headed by pre-eminent Napoleon expert the Honorary French Consul Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, with an included lunch in the newly restored Genral’s Quarters at Longwood House Napoleon’s former home on Saint Helena
  • Walk amongst stunning scenery and natural beauty set against a beguiling backdrop of interesting geological rock formations and endemic flora
  • Explore national parks, scenic waterfalls and view amazing wildlife and rare wire birds
  • Join a fabulous boat trip for some awesome dolphin and whale-watching
  • Enjoy a champagne reception Plantation House at the Governor’s Residence
  • Listen to after-dinner talks and presentations from St Helena enthusiast and respected UK journalist Michael Binyon, OBE – Times Newspaper Leader Writer and former Times Foreign Correspondent
  • Take up the option for soft adventure activities which can be booked locally including hiking, kayaking, biking, snorkelling & scuba diving (whale shark season is January-March)

Return to South Africa to enjoy a tribal feast as part of a cultural visit to Lesedi African Village.

Fly back to the UK

Group size: Maximum 24 per departure (avg 12 -16)

Departure Dates: 14 November 2018 or 30 January 2019

Costs: £4,699 per person (twin/double room). £499 single supplement

For Full Itinerary Details scroll further down page

Download PDF Trip Notes: Saint Helena Revealed Escorted Small-Group Tour Notes

Expert-led Tour

This Saint Helena Revealed tour has been designed with the input, support and endorsement of the Saint Helena Tourist Board.

The Saint Helena Revealed expert-led tour will be accompanied throughout, in-country, by Saint Helena enthusiast Michael Binyon OBE, Times Newspaper Leader writer, and former Times Foreign Correspondent.

You will be welcomed to the island by Saint Helena tour guide, historian and local Saints personality Basil George.This exclusive Revealed Travel/Times Expert Traveller trip includes the value-added insight of an expert Napoleonic history tour – led by one of the world’s leading authorities and authors on Napoleon, Honorary French Consul Curator and Director of Saint Helena French Domaines Michel Dancoisne-Martineau.

You will also gain a privileged insider’s view of Plantation House, the historic Saint Helena Governor’s Residence, when attending a champagne reception hosted by Her Excellency the Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha – Lisa Phillips.

Additionally, you will benefit from the services and daily support of Revealed Travel’s own experienced and professional, extremely well-travelled Tour Group Leader – David Gilmour.


FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1:

Wednesday 14th November 2018 or Wednesday 30th January 2019

Meet up with the rest of the tour group at London Heathrow prior to the groups overnight, direct flight to South Africa.

Direct overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa flying with British Airways in Economy Class (Total journey time – approximately 11.5 hours)

Depart London Heathrow 21:30pm, arriving Cape Town 11:05am (+1day)

DAY 2:

Arrive into Cape Town at 11:05. Meet and Greet private group arrival transfer to your Cape Town hotel.

Lunch at own expense, followed by post-lunch Tour Group Introduction Meeting at your hotel to launch the overall Group Tour.

Afternoon Included Guided Cape Town City Highlights Tour: V&A Waterfront, Table Mountain

Evening at leisure and dinner at own expense. Overnight at the Commodore Hotel, Cape Town.

DAY 3:

Day at leisure in Cape Town. Optional tours (supplement payable):

Stellenbosch Winelands & wine-tasting Tour, Township Tour, Cape Tour with Penguins, Robben Island & Mandela Legacy or some Beach R&R at Camps Bay or Simons Town.

Private group departure transfer from hotel to Cape Town Airport to fly to Johannesburg. Depart CPT 19:50, Arrive JNB 21:50.

 1 night at the Garden Court Airport Hotel on a B&B basis

DAY 4:

Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Saint Helena on SAA Airlink in Economy Class (6 hours) – Departing JNB at 9:00am, arriving HLE at 13:15, via fuel stop at Windhoek, Namibia.

Private meet & greet group arrival transfer to your Saint Helena hotelSaint Helena Introduction and Welcome from local Saint Helena Historian and Personality – Basil George.

7 nights accommodation at the Mantis Hotel on a B&B basis

DAY 5:

Full-day Saint Helena Introductory Tour with packed Lunch & included Afternoon Tea.

Historical walk of Jamestown, introduction to St Helena and its people, Jacob’s Ladder and Key Local Historic Sites: Colonial; Boer War Graves; Fortifications (not Napoleonic – covered later in the week on the Tuesday)

Group Dinner with after-dinner Talk 1 of 2 by Michael Binyon OBE – Times Leader Writer and former Times Foreign Correspondent

DAY 6:

Half-day morning at leisure

Afternoon Half-day Tour – Marine Life and Island Boat Trip – A combined Whale Watching, Dolphin Watching, Turtles and Bird-Spotting Tour.

Humpback Whales can be seen between June and December and Whale Sharks from December to March. From the boat you can see some of the island’s defences, including the forts and batteries that were built by slaves and convicts during the 18th and 19th centuries.

DAY 7:

Expert Napoleonic History Tour at Napoleon’s Longwood House. Included lunch reception led and escorted by Honorary French Consul and Curator, Director of Saint Helena French Domaines, pre-eminent world authority and Napoleon expert Monsieur Michel Dancoisne-Martineau, plus:

After-lunch Talk 2 of 2 from Michael Binyon OBE – Times Leader Writer and former Times Foreign Correspondent

Half-day afternoon at leisure

DAY 8:

Half-day morning Walking Tour (2 options, depending on interest, fitness levels etc.):

  • Guided Walk to Diana’s Peak – The highest point on the island and a scenic insight to local Geology and Endemic Flora. Difficulty rating – 5/10

OR

  • Guided ‘Post Box’ Walk to the Heart-shaped Waterfall, following the trail from Jamestown. Difficulty rating – 3/10

Half-day afternoon at leisure following on from the morning tour.

DAY 9:

Half-day morning at leisure

Half-day guided visit to see Jonathan – Saint Helena’s iconic Giant Tortoise, combined with a guided visit of the historic Plantation House and Library – location of the Saint Helena Governor’s Residence. Here you will enjoy an included Afternoon Champagne Tea & Cake Reception hosted by Her Excellency, Governor of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha – Lisa Phillips, followed by:

Presentation from Michael Binyon OBE – Times Leader Writer and former Times Foreign Correspondent

DAY 10:

Final full day on Saint Helena – Day at leisure

Additional excursions and activities that can be arranged locally include:

World Class Diving & Snorkelling, Jamestown Museum, plant a tree at Millennium Forest, visit the Boer Cemetery & the Churches of St Helena, meet a Donkey, explore the Castle Gardens and the High Knoll Fort, an additonal Post-Box Walk or take a trip to the St Helena Distillery

DAY 11:

Final morning at leisure in Saint Helena.

Private group departure to the airport for an afternoon flight back from Saint Helena to Johannesburg, via a brief stop touchdown at Windhoek, Namibia on SAA Airlink.

Depart Saint Helena 14:30pm, arrive JNB 22:30pm same day. Upon arrival, transfer to nearby Johannesburg airport hotel

1 night at Garden Court Airport Hotel on a B&B basis

DAY 12:

Included Guided Private Escorted Group Tour of the multi-cultural Lesedi Village

Lesedi includes homesteads to 5 tribes: The Zulus, the Xhosa, the Pedi, the Basotho and the Ddebele.

The tour ends with a private group transfer to Johannesburg airport ahead of the British Airways direct overnight flight home in Economy Class (11 hours 10 minutes):

Depart JNB 20:15, arrive LHR 05:25 (+1day)

Departure Dates and Prices

Departures:  14th November 2018 or 30th January 2019

Number of Nights: 12

£4,699 per person based on 2 people sharing 1 twin/double room

Optional Single Occupancy Supplement of £499 per person to guarantee a Single Room

How to Book

Call us on telephone number 01932 424252

Or email us at enquiries@revealedtravel.co.uk.

Deposit required upon booking: £1,775 per person. Balance due: 10 weeks before travel.

Price includes:

  • Return UK-South Africa-UK Open-jaw Overnight International Long-haul Direct Flights in Economy Class on British Airways
    • Fare, Tax, Hand and Checked Hold Luggage, Online check-in and Seat Selection, In-flight Refreshment and Meals, In-flight Entertainment, Boarding Pass, ATOL
      • London Heathrow – Cape Town / Johannesburg – London Heathrow
  • One-way Cape Town to Johannesburg Direct Flight in Economy Class on a British Airways/Kulula code share
    • Fare, Tax, Hand and Checked Hold Luggage, Online check-in and Seat Selection, Boarding Pass, ATOL
      • Cape Town – Johannesburg
  • Return South Africa-Saint Helena-South Africa Daytime International Long-haul Direct Flights in Economy Class on SAA Airlink via a brief fuel stop in Windhoek Namibia
    • Fare, Tax, Hand and Checked Hold Luggage, Online check-in and Seat Selection, In-flight Refreshment and Meals, In-flight Entertainment, Boarding Pass, ATOL
      • Johannesburg-Windhoek-Saint Helena / Saint Helena-Windhoek-Johannesburg
  • 12 Nights away
    • 10 Nights’ quality hotel accommodation as listed in Itinerary (3 nights South Africa and 7 nights Saint Helena) for 2 people sharing 1 room (Twin/Double) – including tax and service charges:
      • 1 night Cape Town, South Africa
      • 1 night Johannesburg, South Africa – outbound
      • 7 nights’ Saint Helena
      • 1 night Johannesburg South Africa – inbound
    • 2 Nights on plane – 1 on way out, and 1 on way back
  • 10 x Breakfasts; 1 Packed Lunch and 1 Afternoon Tea on day of Jamestown Historical Tour;  1 x Lunch reception at  Longwood House (in the newly restored General’s Quarters in Napoleon’s former home); 1 x Champagne Tea Reception at Governor’s Residence;  1 x Included Group Dinner on Day 5 (plus all long-haul in-flight meals)
  • All transfers (arrival, departure, point-to-point touring) for all pax. and luggage
  • 7 x included expert guided excursions, activities/tours/sight-seeing on a shared group basis as listed (2 tours in South Africa and 5 x tours in Saint Helena) – with driver and English-speaking guide and hotel pick-up and drop-off – combined with client time at leisure for self-discovery and relaxtion
  • First day Saint Helena introduction and welcome talk from Saints Guide Kevin George and his Father Saints Historian Guide and Local Personality Basil George
  • After-dinner Talks and Services of Michael Binyon OBE – Times Newspaper Leader Writer and former Foreign Correspondent
  • Services and in-country support from Revealed Travel Group Tour Leader – David Gilmour
  • The services of Revealed Travel’s local ground agents who will coordinate group stay and ensure that everything runs smoothly.
  • ATOL Financial Protection for all payments (deposit and balance) – and all flights and all ground arrangements
  • Research, sourcing, design, preparation and management of your tailor-made holiday itinerary
  • Booking Admin and Processing; Ticketing and Payment Fees, Travel Documents; Supplier Failure and Travel Interruption Insurance; Foreign Exchange Fees

Booking Terms & Conditions

This Times Expert Traveller holiday is organised and operated and fulfilled by Mercator Enterprises Limited trading as Revealed Travel ATOL 10528; ABTA Y488X; Latin America Travel Association Member, www.lata.travel.

For full Booking Terms & Conditions see  http://sthelenarevealed.co.uk/booking-terms-conditions.

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