Hideaway Tour to St Helena

Posted in News on February 5th, 2014 by One Greenstone

Hideaway Tour 2014

The tour is led by Professor Colin Lewis, and uses the services of two well-known local specialist guides, Basil George and Vanessa Thomas.

Colin Lewis is an Emeritus Professor of Rhodes University in South Africa. He was born in Wales, lectured in Ireland at Dublin, and then moved to South Africa where he specialised in the study of climate change as evidenced by landforms and other features.

Colin has published over a dozen books and many research papers and has broadcast on radio and television in various parts of the world. He has also written for national and local newspapers.

Colin has visited St Helena on four occasions. He has published on the history of St Helena’s natural environment, on the carbon content of the ocean surrounding the island, and has researched the history of settlement on the island. Colin looks forward to your company on this tour to this isolated and wonderful island.

Tour Programme V214 – 11-29 September 2014

11-15 September: Sail from Cape Town to St Helena on board the RMS St Helena.  A variety of activities are included on board, and Prof Lewis will give an introductory talk and presentations during the voyage.

16 September: Arrival and settling in.  Afternoon town walk of Lower Jamestown, introduction to the Island and the people.

17 September: Morning Boat trip: sea birds, dolphins, coastal fortifications.

18 September: A full day tour exploring the Napoleonic sites of the Island – Briars Pavilion, Longwood House and The Tomb, along with other places of interest, including Halley’s Observatory and the world’s remotest golf course.

19 September: Eastern vistas of St Helena, visiting Deadwood Plain, site of a Boer camp and ideal location for spotting the endemic Wirebird.  This is followed by the chance to contribute to St Helena’s environmental future by planting an endemic tree at the Millennium Forest.

20 September: Set aside for your own interests and activities.  You could visit the Island Archives or venture to Sandy Bay beach, or enjoy the walk to the Heart-Shaped Waterfall.

21 September: A full day scenic Island tour starts with an optional morning service at St James Church in Jamestown, and includes a packed lunch at the SHAPE Centre in Sandy Bay.  Evening meal at the Wellington hotel

22 September: A half day tour, led by Island specialist Vanessa Thomas, focussing on the endemic plants of the Island.  The tour visits the Conservation Section of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department and the George Benjamin Arboretum.

23 September: A half day looking at aspects of the colonial landscape of St Helena.  Visits will include the grounds of Plantation House, the Island’s cathedral, the Boer Graves and the Castell Collection of old prints and etchings of St Helena.  The tour ends with tea in a typical St Helena home.  Evening meal at Sunflower café

24 – 28 September: Depart St Helena for Cape Town on board RMS St Helena.  Enjoy the on-board activities and life of the ship.

29 September: Arrive Cape Town

For reservations, pricing and cabin availability on the RMS St Helena,  please see here 

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