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Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius

Madagascar Cruise

  • Le Lyrial
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 260 Capacity
  • 14 Days
  • 2020 View Departure>
    • 2020
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Summary : From Mauritius to the Seychelles via Madagascar and Reunion Island, take a 14-day cruise aboard Le Lyrialto enjoy beaches, nautical activities, and discovering endemic fauna and flora as well as places of breathtaking natural beauty that few tourists visit. Discover Île Sainte-Marie, once a lair of pirates, with its authentic and untouched character. Explore Nosy Komba, also known as “lemur island”, home to large colonies of these small, agile primates. Experience Nosy Mitsio and its immaculate beaches, and Majunga from which you’ll be able to explore Ankarafantsika National Park. Reach the Glorioso Islands, part of the Scattered Islands. This beautiful archipelago with very few inhabitants is home to exceptional fauna and flora including, in particular, marine turtles. On the small island of Alphonse, you will have the opportunity to snorkel and scuba dive among the brightly-colored sea life. Before disembarking in Victoria on the island of Mahé, a veritable picture-postcard awaits you in La Digue: palm trees, granite rocks, white sand and crystal-clear waters.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins

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Itinerary
Day 1
Port Louis, Mauritius

Embark the vessel in the afternoon.

Day 2
Pointe des Galets

There are four excursions today from which to choose (some have an extra fee):

Piton Maido & Geranium Distillery (included)

Cirque de Salazie & Vanilla Plantation (included)

Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 4WD (extra fee)

L'Entre-Deux & Domaine du Café Grillé (extra fee)

Please inquire with an Expedition Specialist for more details.

Day 3
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the staff photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the ocean and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 4
Tamatave (Toamasina)

There are three excursions today from which to choose (some have an extra fee):

Ivondro Palm Grove (included)

Ivoloina Reserve (included)

Pangalanes Canals (extra fee)

Please inquire with an Expedition Specialist for more details.

Day 5
St. Mary's Island

There are three excursions today from which to choose (some have an extra fee):

South Island Tour (included)

Île aux Nattes and snorkeling (extra fee)

Farniente at Princesse Bora Lodge (extra fee)

Please inquire with an Expedition Specialist for more details.

Day 6
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the staff photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the ocean and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7
Day 8
Majunga

There are three excursions today from which to choose (some have an extra fee):

The Red Circus (included)

Sacred Lake (included)

Ankarafantsika National Park (extra fee)

Please inquire with an Expedition Specialist for more details.

Day 9
Nosy Komba (Lemur Island)

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 amongst the trees. The many small beaches and the emerald-colored water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit.

Day 10
Glorieuses, Scattered Islands

The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.

Day 11
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the presentations on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the staff photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the ocean and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 12
Alphonse Island

Alphonse Island is located off the Seychelles archipelago. Discovered in 1730 by the Knight Alphonse de Pontevez, this island specialized in coconut processing in the past, but is now a veritable natural reserve, home to different species of marine mammals, sea turtles and many birds. Alphonse Island is also renowned for its rich underwater life and coral, among the best preserved in the Indian Ocean. A marvelous spectacle that can be admired with just a mask!

Day 13
La Digue / Victoria, Mahé

La Digue Island is a veritable concentration of all the beauty of the Seychelles. Located southeast of Praslin, this small piece of land that looks like paradise and is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, despite its modest size (5 km by 3km). Turquoise waters just asking you to swim in them, lush vegetation sheltering giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with those emblematic large granite rocks with their pink highlights—the perfect picture postcard. The island follows a peaceful rhythm, with the only means of transport along its little roads being bikes or traditional oxcarts.

Day 14
Victoria, Mahé

Disembark the vessel after breakfast.

Notes

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.

Reverse Itinerary: 4/9/2020

Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.

Included:
 
Shipboard accommodations; snorkeling; gear on loan (snorkeling gear except wetsuit); Wi-Fi onboard ship; all meals onboard ship; 24-hour room service onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; gratuities onboard ship. Butler service is included for guests staying in Deck 6 Suites. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:

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; optional excursions; spa charges; premium alcohol; laundry services, hair salon; personal expenses; onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions; cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s); fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos ©: Eva Robert, Ponant

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