Come and discover the history and culture of the secret isle of the south Atlantic. Yes, Napoleon died here but this island offers so much more. The remotest inhabited island is where you can get away from it all. Scenic rugged hiking tails, quint villages and a unique community as well as unique endemic wildlife make this the Galapagos of the south Atlantic. Come discover the land where telephones are still just a rumor.
Arrive St Helena and settle into accommodation.
3.00 pm Welcome & Introduction followed by Historical town walk with tea & cake afterwards.
Enjoy a historical stroll around the older part of Jamestown as an introduction to St Helena and its people. The guide will highlight many interesting Georgian buildings including St James Church which is the oldest Anglican Church in the Southern Hemisphere and other points of interest, discussions could also include our way of life.
09:00 Sandy Bay fortifications with picnic lunch on the coast
14:00 Tour to SHAPE.
St Helena’s Active Participation in Enterprise (SHAPE). Opened in 2008, this center is the headquarters of a new initiative which employs people with disabilities to produce local, quality crafts. All money made from sales is put back into the enterprise, thus making it self-sustaining. The fortification lines were built in the 1700’s as part of the whole attempt to fortify the Island. It is one of two of the remaining accessible lines standing today. There is also the only remaining accessible lime kiln (of which many of the historical buildings were constructed) at Sandy Bay beach.
9.30 am Marine & coastal fortifications boat tour; dolphin sightings are highly likely.
The viewing of St Helena’s Wild Life, which includes a Pod of 500-600 Pan tropical Dolphin’s, The Island’s sea birds, and possibly a Hump Back Whale or Whale Shark, (depending on the time of year as they are seasonal visitors). The fortifications that provided signal and outpost which were significant in the Island’s protection. Also Lemon Valley which was the designated Slave medical area and the first Slave burial site. All viewings are from the boat – No landings.
9.00 am Walk to Fairyland and Peak Dale (green walk with sea views) – easy/moderate Hike.
St Paul’s Built Heritage (10:30 AM start) 3 hours. St Paul’s is one of eight districts and have a number of interesting visitor attractions. St Paul’s Cathedral: Built in the 1800’s and is the only cathedral on St Helena.
1.30 pm Historical St Paul’s
Princes Lodge (to view a large collection of old St Helena prints) It’s an early Georgian property, set in beautiful grounds which houses the world’s largest collection of St Helena prints.
Plantation House grounds (to see Jonathan and the other giant tortoises) The Governor’s residence and the grounds is to home to several giant tortoise, among them is Jonathan the tortoise said to be the oldest of his kind in the world.
Boer Cemetery: Where the graves of the Boers died whilst imprisoned between 1900 – 1902.
High Knoll Fort followed by picnic tea and cake in the fort. (Built as a redoubt early 1800, offers beautiful views of the island.)
Flagg Staff walk (easy/moderate Hike)
Napoleon & Longwood!
Briars Pavilion: Take a look at the first house in which Napoleon Bonaparte lived.
Longwood House: Napoleon’s place of death
Millennium Forest: A recently built forest of the Island’s endemics, planted by the Islands community and its visitors. (Visitors can sponsor and plant a new tree to enhance the forest)
Deadwood Plain: site of the Boer Camp 1900 – 1902 and possible sightings of the endemic wire bird
Napoleon’s Tomb: The original burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte.
AM: Visit a local coffee plantation – sainthelenaisland.info/coffee.htm
1.30 pm Walk to Upper Jamestown & New Bridge: view different building in the styles of Churches, school, residences, hospital & the old water catchment.
AM: Visit the Donkey Sanctuary – sthelenatourism.com/blog/st-helena-through-the-eyes-of-a-donkey-home
PM: Visit the St Helena Island Distillery – http://sthelenatourism.com/blog/connoisseurs-guide-to-st-helenas-spirits
7.30pm Farewell dinner