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St Helena Historical Discovery

  • Napoleon's residence Briars Pavilion & Longwood House
  • Historical Town Walk with local legend Mr Basil George
  • Guided tour of Plantation House
  • High Knoll Fort, the Boer Cemetery, St Paul’s Cathedral, Prince’s Lodge & Deadwood Plain.
  • Coffee plantation tour

Overview

St Helena Island is a truly remarkable island, located in the South Atlanic, with a rich history dating back approximately 500 years. It is Britain's second oldest colony.

It was an important port for the East India Company and it was a prison for key British prisoners as well as approximately 6,000 Afrikaners captured during the Boer War. This was also where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. His home, Longwood House, is only one of the  historical places and fortifications to visit and to experience during your stay on the island.

Live the Journey will travel to St. Helena Island from 20 to 27 November 2021. Discover centuries-old military fortifications and the historical legacies of St Helena Island on this 7-day tour.

Images courtesy of Mantis St Helena Island and Des Jacobs.

Itinerary

DAY 1: JOHANNESBURG - ST HELENA ISLAND

09h00 - Depart OR Tambo International Airport
13h15 - Arrive St Helena Island Airport
Transfer to Mantis Hotel.
Check in and enjoy a cocktail made with locally produced liqueur.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2: ST HELENA ISLAND

09h30 - Full day guided tour of the Island of all the prominent attractions and scenery, including the Boer, East India Company and Slave Legacies. Experience the lush scenery around the island. Heritage attractions on route are: High Knoll Fort, the Boer Cemetery, St Paul’s Cathedral, Prince’s Lodge & Deadwood Plain.
You will have the opportunity to visit the weather station and see the release of the hydrogen-filled balloon, which carries a bio-degradable transmitter into the atmosphere, sending back weather data.
End the day at Rupert`s Bay next to Rupert`s Valley to watch the local fisherman coming to shore with their catch of the day.

Enjoy dinner at Bertrands Cottage in Longwood.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

DAY 3: ST HELENA ISLAND

Enjoy a half day cruise to view the St Helena coastline on the leeward side of the island. View a few of the old fortifications and outposts built by the slaves and convicts during the 18th and 19th century.
Also view marine life such as the display of pan-tropical dolphins/whale-sharks.

Return to the hotel for lunch.

Historical Town Walk, with local legend Mr Basil George through lower Jamestown. Learn about the island, its people and its rich history. This gentle stroll takes in The Castle, St. James Church, the oldest church in the Southern Hemisphere, view the famous Jacob’s Ladder, the Court House and Castle Gardens. It is an opportunity to learn about this volcanic island and the lives of the people who live on this British Atlantic outpost.

Explore the well curated museum of St Helena, which not only traces the varied history of the island, but also has artifacts from the number of shipwrecks that dot the coastline.

Dinner at Anne’s Place.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: ST HELENA ISLAND

This morning enjoy a tour of the coffee plantation. Here you will follow the process of the 200 year old Arabica bean, one of the world’s most sought after coffees.

Visit to the G-Unique Boutique to meet the owner. Receive information about the local handmade jewellery that is produced in the workshop made from local wood and locally grown beads. A heritage range “Sankofa”has been created which commemorates the history of the Africans on St Helena Island.

Enjoy dinner at Rosies Restaurant located at Ladder Hill.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner

DAY 5: ST HELENA ISLAND

Guided visit to the Briars Pavilion, Napoleon's first residence; then on to Longwood House, where the emperor spent most of his time in exile and where he passed away.

Picnic lunch on the grounds of Longwood House.

Guided by the owner, visit the most remote distillery and sample the local products.

Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6: ST HELENA ISLAND

Morning free to explore the island on your own or just enjoy coffee at a local cafe

12h00 - Visit the Plantation House where you will be received by the Governor. A guided tour of Plantation House the home of Her Excellency the Governor. The tour comprises viewing of the upstairs and downstairs rooms, followed by a visit to the grounds to view Jonathon and friends up close. Jonathan is one of several tortoises that live on the grounds of Plantation House. Jonathan is the most famous because he is the oldest (approx. 186 years old) animal on the island and the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world. Jonathan was brought to the island from the Seychelles in 1882, along with three other tortoises.

Enjoy afternoon tea hosted by the Governor at the Plantation House. The Governor will address the group and will answer questions and share information.

Dinner at the Blue Lantern Restaurant.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner

DAY 7: ST HELENA ISLAND

Enjoy a guided hike to the highest point of St Helena Island, Diana`s Peak National Park … 2 700 feet. You'll be driven to Cabbage Tree Road to start your ascent to Diana's Peak (walkers need to have a reasonable level of fitness as there is an ascent of 574 feet). Experience the micro and macro life in a cloud forest, from the many endemic plants and invertebrate species, to the breathtaking views of the island.

Enjoy a picnic lunch at the picnic spots at the Millennium Forest.

Afternoon at leisure.

Farewell dinner with wine paring at Mantis Hotel.

Accommodation: Mantis St Helena Hotel 4*
Meals included: Breakfast , Packed lunch, farewell dinner

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Morning at leisure and maybe a dare … take the opportunity to climb the 699 steps of Jacobs Ladder. You have past it a couple of times the last few days .. do you have the courage to take on this challenge before leaving the island?

14h30 - Depart St. Helena

21h15 - Arrive in Johannesburg at the OR Tambo International Airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

END OF SERVICE

Dates

20 November 2021 - 27 November 2021

Rates

Land Package

PER PERSON SHARING: GBP£ 2,275.00 (± ZAR 42,087.00)
PER SINGLE PERSON: GBP£ 2,970.00 (± ZAR 54,945.00)

Average rate of exchange used GBP 1.00/ ZAR 18.50 for Rand price indicated. Please use as a guideline only – final cost subject to rate of exchange at the time of confirmation and payment.

Included

  • Return airport / hotel transfers
  • 7 x Nights’ hotel accommodation at the Mantis St Helena Hotel
  • Full day guided historical tour, including the Boer, East India Company and Slave Legacies
  • Marine boat cruise
  • Historical Jamestown walk
  • Visit to Jamestown museum
  • Guided Coffee Plantation tour
  • Visit to G-Unique Boutique jewellery store
  • Guided visit to the Briars Pavilion and Longwood House
  • Guided visit to the distillery
  • Visit to the Plantation House hosted by the Governor
  • Guided walk of Diana’s Peak
  • All meals as indicated on itinerary

Excluded

  • Economy class return international flight Johannesburg to Saint Helena inclusive of taxes  - approx. R13 970 per person (subject to change due to daily exchange rate fluctuations)
  • A landing tax of GBP 20.00 payable upon arrival
  • Domestic flights within South Africa to and from Johannesburg
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry
  • Gratuities at time of services
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa Fees (If Applicable)
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance


NOTES:

  • All services and flight fares are subject to fluctuation due to rate of exchange.
  • St Helena only accepts British Pounds as currency.
  • Tour package valid for South African passport holders only.
  • South African Passport Holders do not, at present, require a tourist visa to enter St. Helena for stay of up to 90 days.
  • Proof of Medical Insurance covering aeromedical evacuation up to £500,000 is required by St Helena authorities when entering St Helena.