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The Essential Seychelles

11-day luxury cruise from £4,380 pp incl. flights


Short description

Discover eight islands in the Seychelles on a single luxury cruise with Ponant.

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  • Explore in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • Spot everything from stingrays to giant tortoises
  • Discover 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 Desroches Island
  • 1 Night Curieuse Island
  • 1 Night Aride Island
  • 1 Night Grande Soeur Island
  • 1 Night Praslin Island
  • 1 Night La Digue
  • 1 Night Mahé


Recommended for:
Expedition cruise | Ocean 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. 

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
Desroches Island

Coconut trees, she-oak, white-sand beaches, warm and clear waters: everything here is conducive to daydreaming and relaxation in an intimate setting where the blue sky completes the picture postcard. You are on Desroches Island, the largest in the Amirantes group in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles. This 6 km long coral atoll covered in lush vegetation is surrounded by spectacular seabeds where encounters with sharks and manta rays are not uncommon. On the beach, you may be lucky enough to observe sea turtles, there to lay their eggs. In the island’s north, a lighthouse that is still in operation stands guard, and the small village is home to a chapel and a cemetery.

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 and depart for the UK

After disembarkation procedures are completed you will proceed to the Botanical Garden for a visit to a colony of Aldabra giant land tortoises and fruit bats. You will also have a chance to view the world famous “Coco de Mer” (double coconut) palm and wander the grounds full of endemic and imported flowers. 

You will then drive up the spectacular Sans Soucis Road to Mission Lodge View Point to get an overview of the coast of Mahé and Victoria the “world’s smallest capital”. Learn about the history of the Seychelles Islands, once a haven for pirates and corsairs. Mahé is named after Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Mauritius.

Following an included lunch, check into the Savoy Hotel where a room will be available for aftrenoon and evening use until your evening departure to the UK. 

Day 11
Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK after your overnight flight



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


Accommodation rating: Deluxe

11-day luxury cruise from £4,380 pp incl. flights


  • Scheduled flights from the UK in economy class (upgrades available)
  • Pre- and Post- cruise arrangements with day room use on day of arrival and departure 
  • Transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to cruise and vice versa
  • 8 night cruise aboard Le Bougainville, Le Bellot, Le Champlain or Le Jacques Cartier depending on travel date in a Deluxe Stateroom
  • Full-board basis with fine-dining and wine range of included alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Explore 8 islands with their emblematic Seychelles landscapes
  • Landing in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides
  • Optional diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor or snorkelling with your expedition team

Winter season 2021-2022 - selected departure dates in January and February 2022

Winter season 2022-2023 - selected departure dates from January to March 2023

Price varies by departure date and suite availability, please call for details.

Ask about extending your stay at one of the Seychelles' luxury beach resorts. 

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