Summary : Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Vallée de Mai nature reserve in Praslin, and the Aldabra coral atoll with the largest population of tortoises in the world. Discover the Aride nature reserve, a treasure of the Seychelles with colorful vegetation and more than one million birds. Experience the bare red earth of Curieuse, a granite island in the Seychelles. Explore the coral island of Desroches, an intimate destination home to lush vegetation of coconut palms, takamakas and filaos. Stroll the most famous beach at La Digue, Anse Source d’Argent, flanked by sparkling granite bolders and whispy coconut palms. Snorkel and dive in an exceptional setting with an experienced instructor on board on this trip of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$7,220 to $27,480
Embark the vessel in the afternoon.
Settle into life on board and the ship's many comforts.
Located in the very heart of this faraway archipelago, the Aldabra Atoll is considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, where a large population of sea turtles has found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast tract of land is formed by 4 small coral reef islands separated by narrow passes and containing an emerald-water lagoon lined with mangrove and fine-sand beaches. As your ship slowly nears the clear, reflective waters along its shoreline, do not miss your chance to discover this natural wonder, which is considered to be the largest atoll in the world.
During your cruise, your ship will stop in Nosy Komba, otherwise known as “lemur island”. Not far from the Madagascar mainland, this volcanic island shaped like a gigantic turtle shell is covered in dense tropical rainforest. This vegetation is home to amusing black lemurs – furry orange-brown and black creatures that are surprisingly agile and call to each other from among the trees. The many small beaches and the emerald-colored water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit.
The Seychelles exude calm and beauty against a backdrop of leafy coconut trees, white sand and crystal-clear water. In addition to the tranquility of its green lagoons and its idyllic beaches, this remote paradise also boasts exceptional flora and fauna. In the many parks and nature reserves, come and observe colorful birds, giant turtles and the numerous marine species living in the turquoise waters. Before reaching the archipelago’s capital, Mahé, your ship will introduce you to La Digue. Time stands still here on this small stretch of land protected from all motorized traffic, where the only mode of transport is the bicycle or the oxcart.
Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
This ship is NEW for the 2018 season! As with any new vessel, we strongly suggest selecting a departure date at least six weeks after launch. Please ask for details.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
Meals on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; luggage transfer between pier and ship; mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals, afternoon tea; open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available upon request); port and safety taxes; crew gratuities; 24-hour room service; butler service for guests staying in Suites. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; passport and visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable; any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned; scuba diving; spa charges; beverages other than those mentioned; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Lorraine Turci, © Ponant