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Seychelles

The Essential Seychelles

12-day cruise from £3,950 pp incl. flights

Special offer: Save up to 20%

Summary

Short description

Experience the very best of the Seychelles

Highlights

  • Relax on white-sand private islands
  • Spot everything from stingrays to giant tortoises
  • Explore verdant jungled interiors
  • Unwind on your private balcony
  • Indulge with all-inclusive drinks and fine dining

In Brief

  • 1 Night Mahé
  • 1 Night Sainte Anne Marine National Park
  • 1 Night St. Joseph Atoll
  • 1 Night Curieuse Island
  • 1 Night Aride Island
  • 1 Night Grande Soeur Island
  • 1 Night Praslin Island
  • 1 Night La Digue
  • 1 Night Mahé

About

Recommended for:
Expedition cruise

Simply, this is the Indian Ocean at its finest. Not only will you relax in the winter sun of its beach idylls but you’ll uncover the archipelago’s hidden charms, from its wildlife-reserve jungles to its dramatic underwater world. Expect to spot the likes of giant tortoises, sea turtles and stingrays, with snorkelling a special highlight. Along the way, you’ll sail in island-hopping luxury, with an all-inclusive spread of fine French dining washed down with open-bar champagne. It all culminates with a luxury beach stay.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK

Make the most of your complimentary airport lounge access before boarding your overnight flight.

Day 2
Mahé, Seychelles

You’ll be met on arrival in Mahé, the Seychelles’ largest island, and brought to your luxury ship. Featuring just 92 cabins, each with a private balcony, it’s an intimate, yacht-like delight, paired with all-inclusive delights. Fine French gastronomy, including a fantastic al-fresco grill, is washed down with open-bar favourites that feature the likes of champagne and fine wines. Then, along with complimentary Wi-Fi, facilities range from fitness and steam rooms to a swimming pool and theatre. If you’ve time on Mahé, there’s also a handful of colonial building to discover, along with a great selection of beaches and interior hikes.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 3
Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Your first port of call is the very first marine park in the Indian Ocean. Sainte Anne is one of the region’s premier destinations for scuba-diving, snorkelling and glass-bottom boating, with excursions taking in magnificent coral gardens animated by reef sharks and colourful tropical fish.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
St. Joseph Atoll

The St. Joseph Atoll is privately owned by the Save Our Seas Foundation, preserving it as a tropical-island idyll. It’s entirely surrounded by reef and tiny islets, making for fantastic dives and snorkelling. It’s an off-the-beaten-track jewel, with an excellent chance to spot stingrays and turtles.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Curieuse Island

Curieuse has two salient features: its dramatic red earth and its hundreds of Aldabra giant tortoises. You’ll also be able to chart its heritage as a leper colony and, among its palm trees, discover that it’s the only island on which the sea coconut grows in the wild. It’s also a marine park, with underwater adventures bringing you among green sea turtles.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Aride Island

The wild cliffs and fine-sand beaches of Aride make it a particular favourite port, whether you’re after relaxation or exploration. Often referred to as the Seychelles’ “Bird Capital”, it’s home to an impressive array of seabirds, along with the likes of skinks and turtles. Strap on your snorkel.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 7
Grande Soeur Island

Grande Soeur is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles. With a pair of sumptuous beaches, its translucent waters are protected by a vibrant coral reef, making the snorkelling excellent – not least for the sea turtles and multi-coloured fish.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Praslin Island

The Seychelles’ second-largest island is a vision of idyllic beaches set among grand granite rocks. Then, when you’ve torn yourself away from the turquoise waters, head into the island’s interior for the UNESCO-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. Here, among the rich verdure and palm trees, you’ll discover the unique sea coconut. Weighing up to 20kg, they’re sometimes called “coco fesse” for their resemblance to a giant pair of buttocks.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 9
La Digue

Although measuring just five by three kilometres, La Digue packs in a lot into its modest size. Indeed, it’s often said that you can see all of the Seychelles’ beauty here between its palm-fringed beaches, turquoise waters and lush vegetation that shelters giant tortoises. Its large granite rocks, with their emblematic pink highlights, make for fantastic photography. There’s also plenty of peaceful rural charm, with bikes and traditional oxcarts the only transport on the island.

Stay: Le Bougainville (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Mahé

You’ll end back on Mahé for everything from white-sand relaxation to coral snorkelling and spectacular volcanic hikes. Disembarking, an included transfer will see you to your luxury beachfront accommodation, complete with spa treatments. It’s the perfect end to your trip, not least for the sumptuous included dinner.

Stay: Savoy Resort & Spa (Deluxe)

Days 11-12
Depart for UK

After a last breakfast, your included transfer will see you to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Prices

12-day cruise on board Le Bougainville (Ponant) from £3,950 incl. flights

Departure:

Save up to 20%
Book by: 30 September 2019

Save up to 20%. This offer is valid until September 30, 2019, is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice. Fares based on 11 Jan 2020 cruise departure.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Landing in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
  • UNESCO site: the Vallée de Mai nature reserve in Praslin.
  • Discover 8 islands in the Seychelles on a single cruise.
  • The Aride nature reserve, a treasure of the Seychelles with some 73 hectares of colourful vegetation and more than one million birds.
  • The bare red earth of Curieuse, a granite island in the Seychelles.
  • Anse Source d’Argent, the most famous beach of La Digue, surrounded by large blocks of granite and edged with coconut palms.
  • Possibility of observing tortoises on Saint Joseph and Curieuse.
  • Encounters with the locals.
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team.

Includes:

  • International flights via Paris and shared overseas transfers
  • Accommodation in your selected stateroom
  • All meals on board
  • Open Bar including a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) are served on request and at any time of the day
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access 24 hours a day
  • Access to the Fitness room, steam room, swimming pool (sea water, heated), solarium, lounges, theatre & leisure area
  • 1 night post-cruise hotel stay at Savoy Resort & Spa

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