Crystal waters, giant tortoises, mangroves. In Seychelles, discover Aldabra, a giant World Heritage-listed coral atoll.
Think turquoise water, multi-coloured sands, jungle-clad mountains, relaxed vibe and French influences.
Madagascar's tiny island sure packs a punch with lush, virgin rainforests teeming with lemurs, lizards, chameleons and more.
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Mahé, the tropical capital of the Seychelles, welcomes you today. There’s hardly a more beautiful place to begin the adventure. We’ll meet you at the airport and take you to the ship, moored in the island’s spectacularly blue waters. Toast to your amazing setting, before tonight’s dinner on board.
Stay: 12 Nights, MS Caledonian SkyDaily :
Wake this morning at the island of Praslin, the second-largest island of the Seychelles. Explore World Heritage-listed Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve via its winding paths through high canopied palm forests, home to the extremely rare coco de mer palm. Meet back at the ship and enjoy lunch as it sails to Grande Soeur. This idyllic uninhabited island boasts white, sandy beaches and flourishing tropical forests. You may like to spend your time meandering along some of the many walking paths, keeping on the look out for giant tortoises, or making the most of the warm turquoise waters with a swim or snorkel.Daily :
Spend time on Desroches Island enjoying nature walks with your onboard naturalist and the island’s conservation team in search of giant tortoises and nesting turtles.
The 28 islands in the Amirante group were discovered by Vasco de Gama in 1501 and are considered to be some of the most pristine in the world. On Desroches Island, enjoy your first Signature Experience. Snorkellers have the chance to swim over vibrant coral gardens.Daily :
Directly south from our last stop are the three islands in the Alphonse group, where dazzling white beaches are lined with vibrant green forest. Here you might see tortoises, scurrying crabs and an array of bird species. Go snorkelling in the circular lagoon and walk across the island’s meandering tracks.Daily :
Head to the sun deck to relax and enjoy the tropical scenery as your ship makes its way to the stunning Aldabra Atoll.Daily :
Drifting around the atoll by Zodiac, you’ll be amazed by the clear seas bursting with life. You’ll most likely be able to see right to the ocean floor.
Awake just off Aldabra Atoll today. Here you’ll experience a Signature Experience. Once your feet are on the sand, stroll along the shoreline looking out for frigate birds, coconut crabs and giant tortoises which are a common sight here. If you’re lucky, you might be able to see the extremely rare white-throated rail, the last surviving flightless bird in the western Indian Ocean.Daily :
A real highlight is the opportunity to plunge into the warm water from the edge of your Zodiacs for an exciting snorkelling adventure in the open water.
Open your curtains to Cosmoledo, where a ring of twelve jungle-covered islands circle a spectacular lagoon. Today you will have the chance to explore a number of the islands via Zodiac. As an important bird and biodiversity area, you might be able to spot the three species of booby found in the Seychelles. Also look for sooty terns and great frigate birds. Enjoy a Signature Experience. After lunch, your ship heads towards Madagascar.Daily :
Walk through Mount Amber National Park, weaving through the humid rainforest looking for lemurs, chameleons and endemic birds including parrots. Or, you may prefer to discover the city with a guide.
It’s the wildlife that brings travellers to Madagascar. And with good reason. The island is home to some truly strange species, many of which can only be found here, a result of the island breaking away from Africa more than 80 million years ago. At Diego Suarez, choose your sightseeing.Daily :
Scan the foliage carefully for chameleons and lizards, and look towards the treetops for black and white ruffed lemurs. There are some interesting bird species to spot, including the Madagascar buzzard, kingfisher and paradise flycatchers.
Arriving at the tiny island of Nosy Mangabe, you have 520 hectares of virgin rainforest to explore. The area has been an important research centre since the mid-1960s when several aye-ayes and lemurs were released into the forest. Thanks to the Zodiacs, we are able to land on the beach from where we will set off into the forest. Your time in the forest is enhanced by a Signature Experience.Daily :
Step ashore at Antongil Bay to reach Madagascar’s largest protected area, Masoala National Park. Push through a tangle of vines, ferns, orchids and towering palisander trees on the trail of chameleons, the red-ruffed lemur, the red-fronted brown lemur and the ring-tailed mongoose. Frogs are abundant and will be easy to spot, especially the brightly coloured mantella frogs. Afterwards, cool off with a dip back at the beach before meeting your ship.Daily :
As your ship sails away from Madagascar, you have time to rest and enjoy time on board your ship.Daily :
Choose to descend into the central highlands. Enjoy views from the Nez des Boeufs mountain and see the Piton de la Fournaise crater. Sample creole fare at lunch before visiting La Cité du Volcan museum. Or, explore a vanilla plantation in St Andre and enjoy some free time in St Denis.
Arrive at Réunion Island, officially a part of France. Interestingly, if you were to make the 11-hour plane trip here from Paris, you would enter the country as a domestic passenger. Shape your day with your choice of sightseeing.Daily :
This morning your cruise ends as your ship docks in Port Louis. Disembark after breakfast and be introduced to the wonderful sights of the Mauritian capital before arriving at your exquisite resort set on the shores of the India Ocean. Enjoy time to relax this afternoon perhaps lie by the pool or the beach, take a yoga class, indulge in a spa treatment or play a round of golf on the European Tour branded course, acclaimed as ‘the best on the Indian Ocean’.
Stay: Two Nights, Port Louis, Heritage Le Telfair or similarDaily :
Perhaps take part in a local cuisine cooking class. Think Indian curries with a French twist, and a bounty of seafood. You could also join a tour to the Bois Cheri, Mauritius’ oldest and largest tea plantation and visit its working factory and museum. The third option is see the remarkable coloured sand dunes of southern Mauritius including a visit to the 7 Coloured Earth Geopark.
This morning, if you can tear yourself away from the comforts of your beachside abode, you can choose to take part in one of three specially chosen activities, all of which include lunch. Afterwards, there will be plenty of time to relax and indulge back at the resort, before a farewell dinner this evening.Daily :
Your holiday in paradise has sadly come to an end. After breakfast this morning you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.Daily :
Perfectly located by the Indian Ocean, the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort is designed for an island getaway.
Land ashore or venture out on a Zodiac to explore the landmarks and hidden gems on your expedition cruise.
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