Following hotel pickup by air-conditioned coach, the first stop on your Papeete city sightseeing tour is the Municipal Market. Browse crafts and other local goods as well as seafood and fruits sold by vendors among colorful produce stalls.
Next, you’ll visit the centrally located Cathédrale Notre-Dame, completed in 1875 and restored in 1987. Admire the cathedral’s stained-glass windows and learn about the mix of Tahitian and European design. Contrast the colonial architecture with the chic shops of the Vaima shopping center, where you have time to wander and browse.
Your guide then takes you to the Papeete Town Hall (Hotel de Ville), which replicates the colonial palace of Queen Pomare — the queen of Tahiti from 1827 to 1877. Learn more about this landmark before departing downtown Papeete for the Black Pearl Museum, whose informative exhibits detail the underwater treasure in art, history and literature. Discover the cultivation process of Tahitian black pearls and don’t miss the stunning gift shop, including pieces that have been worn by royalty.
After 3 hours exploring the charming capital of French Polynesia, you are returned to your hotel.