Silversea Luxury Cruises A St Helena

St Helena

Although primarily known as the island where Napoleon was exiled after his defeat at Waterloo, the fascination with St. Helena goes back many more centuries. Its main attraction may very well be its remoteness, which enabled the Portuguese to keep their discovery of the island in 1502 a secret for the next 80 years. It was this isolated location that the British thought perfect to keep the defeated Napoleon. St. View more

Helena, a "green gem set in a ring of bronze", as a poet once called it, is surrounded by a magnificent coastline, with 1,000-foot-high cliffs dropping down to rocks pounded by the Atlantic surf. The countryside offers astonishing contrasts, ranging from wind-eroded desert with multicolored ridges and valleys to flax and tree covered hillsides, soft pastures and vegetation-filled valleys. Jamestown is the island's tiny capital and only town, boasting a number of 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Other attractions include Jacob's Ladder, 699 steps leading from the valley floor to the top of Ladder Hill. Exploring Jamestown is like a delightful treasure hunt. The garden of Plantation House, the governor's residence, is a favorite with visitors because of the giant tortoises that live on the grounds (one of which is reputedly 200 years old). Equally popular is Longwood House, where Napoleon spent the final six years of his life in exile. Because of the island's remoteness, even in today's jet age the only way to get there is by sea. Visiting St. Helena is rather like going back in time. Despite electricity, paved roads and cars, the island has retained a way of life reminiscent of bygone days. The 5,500 islanders are British and proud of it. Tuna and wahoo fishing add much to the island's economy and serves as a recreational sport to the resident. Soccer is the most popular game followed by cricket and tennis. The golf course at Longwood is pleasant, but not championship material. The island is visited approximately six times a year by a shipping service en route from England to South Africa. On these calls and the occasional call of a cruise vessel, the old wharf and tiny Jamestown come to life and both residents and visitors thoroughly enjoy this exciting event.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions depuis St Helena

Island Scenic Tour

Experience the splendid beauty and historic sites of St. Helena Island during this scenic, half-day excursion to Jamestown and its environs.


Main Street, Napoleon's Tomb and Longwood House

Depart the pier for the short drive along Main Street in Jamestown, the island's capital, which features lovely Georgian-style buildings. After a brief photo stop at Two Gun Saddle, continue along Napoleon Street for a visit to Napoleon's Tomb, where Napoleon Bonaparte was laid to rest before his body was taken to France in 1840. From here, proceed for a guided tour of Longwood House, Napoleon's last residence. Now a museum, Longwood House features nine rooms with artefacts belonging to the emperor.


Sandy Bay Ridges and Plantation House Grounds

Next, re-board your coach and proceed along the picturesque Sandy Bay Ridges, which is renowned for its splendid panoramic vistas of Mount Pleasant and Sandy Bay. A stop is then made at the grounds of Plantation House, residence of the governor. During your visit, see Jonathan the Tortoise, the island's oldest inhabitant and a local celebrity.


Ladder Hill

Your final stop is at Ladder Hill, which features spectacular views of the Ladder Hill Fort, its battery and guns, 700-step Jacob's Ladder, Jamestown, the harbour area, and your ship. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier, with a souvenir stop en route.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket from the ship. Flash and video photography is not permitted at Longwood House. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

St. Helene Walking Tour

Take a stroll through the history of St. Helena Island during this scenic and memorable walking tour of Jamestown.


Castle Square, Jacob's Ladder and St. James Church

Depart the pier with your guide and begin your guided walking tour of lower Jamestown. From the seafront, pass by the Mule Yard, then through the archway to enter Castle Square, Jamestown's town square. See the 700-step Jacob's Ladder, then walk past St. James Church, the oldest church in the Southern Hemisphere.


Castle, Gardens and Georgian Hotel

Next, a visit is made to the castle, its terrace and lovely gardens, which are highlighted by a cool, relaxing atmosphere and lovely monuments. Afterward, a stop for tea and refreshments is made at one of Jamestown's historic Georgian hotels. At the conclusion of your visit, walk back to the pier, with a souvenir stop en route.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking on tarmac and grass surfaces. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket from the ship. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

High Knoll Fort

Explore the history of St. Helena Island during this picturesque sightseeing excursion to the High Knoll Fort and Plantation House.


High Knoll Fort

Depart the pier for the short drive along the western side of island to the High Knoll Fort. En route, pass by the historic Ladder Hill Fort, Half Tree Hollow, Deadwood Plain and Diana's Peak, which rises 2,700 feet (823 metres) above sea level, and is home to many of the island's endemic plant and animal species. Upon arrival at the hilltop High Knoll Fort, leave your coach for the short walk to the High Knoll Gate, then begin your guided tour of the fort. Learn about the interesting history of the fort, and ascend the stairs leading up to its tower for spectacular panoramic views and photo opportunities of St. Helena Island.


Plantation House

Next, proceed for the drive to Plantation House, the official residence of St. Helena Island's governor. Upon arrival at the grounds of Plantation House, see Jonathan the Giant Tortoise, the island's oldest inhabitant and a local celebrity.


Ladder Hill and Jacob's Ladder

From here, re-board your coach and proceed for a photo stop at Ladder Hill, which offers wonderful vistas of the Ladder Hill Fort, its battery and guns, 700-step Jacob's Ladder, Jamestown, the harbour area, and your ship. You may opt to climb the 700 steps to access the top of the 600-foot (183-metre) Jacob's Ladder for splendid photo opportunities over the island. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence short drive back to the pier via Ladder Hill Road, with a souvenir stop en route.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, at times over gravel, grass, uneven ground and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 20 steps to access the top of the High Knoll Fort's tower. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guest are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a light jacket from the ship. The tour sequence may vary. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

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