British Virgin Islands Explorer

Not only do wonderful beaches dot the blissful British Virgin Islands, but also easy hiking trails, unrivalled duty-free shopping, great eats and a fascinating pirate history.

  • 21 Jan – 28 Jan 2023
  • 7 nights
  • From £1,799pp
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Leaving Antigua’s endless beaches in our wake, we’ll sail from capital St John towards the British Virgin Islands, a former pirate stronghold which, somehow, effortlessly blends celebrity swank with an unpretentious, barefooted restfulness.

After a day at sea, we’ll reach our first BVI: dinky Jost Van Dyke which has 150 residents. Forget high-rise hotels or casinos: settled by sugarcane-producing Quakers, this is a simple, low-key idyll where you’ll instead find sensational snorkelling and beachside bars serving cocktails as calypso music plays.

Next comes private Peter Island, where gentle hiking paths compete with the divine shore at palm-fringed Deadman’s Bay — named after an outlying islet on which Blackbeard supposedly marooned a load of treacherous men. We won’t leave you behind, however, as Golden Horizon sails on to Sint Maarten. Water taxis connect to more paradisiacal coves, but you may prefer to investigate capital Philipsburg’s terrific duty-free shopping.

Back in the BVIs, we dock at main isle Tortola. Here, along with scarfing conch patties or jerk-pork roti wraps beside mango chutney, you can follow rainforest trails up to the islands’ highest point or snorkel in glass-clear waters. Any aches can be soothed in Golden Horizon’s spa during another day at sea as we return to St John’s.

Forget high-rise hotels or casinos: settled by sugarcane-producing Quakers, this is a simple, low-key idyll where you’ll instead find sensational snorkelling and beachside bars serving cocktails as calypso music plays.

A view down the coast of Tortola towards Jost Van Dyke island

Voyage Itinerary:

  • Day 1: St John’s, Antiqua
  • Day 2: Sailing
  • Day 3: Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
  • Day 4: Peter Island, British Virgin Island
  • Day 5: Philipsburg, St. Maarten
  • Day 6: Tortola, British Virgin Island
  • Day 7: Sailing
  • Day 8: St John’s, Antiqua

In our current changing world, all ports of call & ships itineraries, are subject to change without notice. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.

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