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The Essential Seychelles

12-day cruise


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Experience the very best of the Seychelles

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  • 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


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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

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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