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8-night The Essential Seychelles Cruise

Cruise Line:
Ponant Cruises
Ship:
Le Bougainville
Destination:
Roundtrip Victoria
Departure Date:
12/26/2019
Length:
8
Offer ID:
1311835

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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Victoria, Seychelles
12/26/2019
12/26/2019

Victoria on Mahé is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, and the only major port in the Seychelles. It's also the only town in the country - every other settlement is a village. The courthouse and main post office have been untouched since colonial times, but rebuilt streets emanating from the center give the town a clean and modern look. The Natural History Museum in the center of town houses an eclectic collection with bones of the extinct Seychelles crocodile, giant robber crabs, dried out fish, a deformed piglet in a jar and lots of glassy-eyed stuffed animals. Other displays include the wreckage of a ship which came to grief off the Amiranteds in 1570 and a display of gris gris artefacts. For history of the country's people, visit the National History Museum or the Seychelles People's United Party Museum, which celebrates the history of the party.
Victoria's Botanical Gardens are highly recommended for short and shady walks among a variety of native and introduced trees. Within the gardens is a cafeteria, a pen of giant tortoises and an orchid garden.

Victoria, Seychelles
12/27/2019
12/27/2019

Victoria on Mahé is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, and the only major port in the Seychelles. It's also the only town in the country - every other settlement is a village. The courthouse and main post office have been untouched since colonial times, but rebuilt streets emanating from the center give the town a clean and modern look. The Natural History Museum in the center of town houses an eclectic collection with bones of the extinct Seychelles crocodile, giant robber crabs, dried out fish, a deformed piglet in a jar and lots of glassy-eyed stuffed animals. Other displays include the wreckage of a ship which came to grief off the Amiranteds in 1570 and a display of gris gris artefacts. For history of the country's people, visit the National History Museum or the Seychelles People's United Party Museum, which celebrates the history of the party.
Victoria's Botanical Gardens are highly recommended for short and shady walks among a variety of native and introduced trees. Within the gardens is a cafeteria, a pen of giant tortoises and an orchid garden.

St. Anne Island, Seychelles
12/27/2019
12/27/2019

St. Anne Island is a 10 minute boat road from the island of Mahé in Seychelles off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. St. Anne was discovered in 1742 by Lazare Picault and established the first French settlement. St. Anne neighbors the following islands: Cerf, Round and Moyenne. The island is Seychelles' largest Marine National Park set amidst lush tropical gardens surrounded by white sandy beaches and glistening blue water.



Visitors can hike through St. Anne National Park, snorkel the reefs, swim with turtles and dolphins or island-hop the neighboring islands! It’s a luxury destination for everyone!

St. Joseph’s Atoll, Seychelles
12/28/2019
12/28/2019

St. Joseph Atoll is a nature preserve belonging to the Amirante Islands located in the Indian Ocean. St.Josephs Atoll (Saint Joseph Island) is home to the largest number of nesting hawksbill sea turtles in Seychelles, the island is a special reserve that has helped keep the conservation and safety of such marine life. 

Curieuse, Seychelles
12/29/2019
12/29/2019

Curieuse is a small two-mile long island in Seychelles. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters an is home to the Coco-de-mer palm. Wildlife enthusiasts will be interested to know that as part of the Marine Park the island has a population of about 250 Giant Tortoises, brought over from Aldabra in the 1980s, and a breeding scheme has been in place there for several years.

Aride, Seychelles
12/30/2019
12/30/2019

Aride Island is a granitic tropical island and a nature reserve. Aride is located north of Praslin Island in Seychelles, off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is a sanctuary inhabited by rare species of seabirds and reptiles.



The island was claimed by the French in the 1770s and between 1817 and 1829, served as an unofficial leper colony. It was then colonized by the British and later in 1979 declared as a Special Nature Reserve under the Seychelles government. This untouched sanctuary is now managed by the Island Conservation Society that protects and monitors Aride's Flora and Fauna, a long running scientific program to preserve all wildlife population, vegetation, and inhabitants. To protect the island from vermin that hitchhike via large ships, visitors are required to travel to Aride via helicopter or by skipper boat transporting its passengers from the ships stationed away from Aride's shores.



Visitors are welcomed in small groups, touring the conservation center, historical plantation lodge, and the nature trail that leads through the Cadbury memorial to the spectacular view of Aride.

Big Sister Island, Seychelles
12/31/2019
12/31/2019

Big Sister Island is locally known as Grande Soeur northeast of Praslin located off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. ‘The Sisters Islands’ is a group of two islands: Big Sister and Little Sister. The Sisters Islands neighbors the Félicité and Coco Island. Big Sister Island is surrounded by live coral and pristine blue waters.



Visitors are few in numbers making the local inhabitants such as the schools of fish and sea turtles, approachable. Visitors who arrive on this island can trek the tropical vegetation with a panoramic coastal scenery, snorkel the prolific marine life, and explore nature's haven.

Praslin, Seychelles
1/1/2020
1/1/2020

The white, sandy beaches of Praslin is lined with beautiful palm trees, some reaching 100 feet. Three of the rarest birds in the world are found here: the Seychelles Black Parrot, Blue Pigeon and Bulbul. It is also home to the Coco-de-Mer, a unique and stranger-than-fiction coconut.

La Digue, Seychelles
1/2/2020
1/2/2020

La Digue is a delightful island oozing with refreshing old world charm. Transportation by bicycles and ox-carts preserves peace and tranquility. For nature lovers, the gigantic granite boulders or the near extinct Black Paradise Flycatcher is reason enough to explore this fascinating island.

Victoria, Seychelles
1/3/2020 5:30:00 AM
1/3/2020

Victoria on Mahé is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, and the only major port in the Seychelles. It's also the only town in the country - every other settlement is a village. The courthouse and main post office have been untouched since colonial times, but rebuilt streets emanating from the center give the town a clean and modern look. The Natural History Museum in the center of town houses an eclectic collection with bones of the extinct Seychelles crocodile, giant robber crabs, dried out fish, a deformed piglet in a jar and lots of glassy-eyed stuffed animals. Other displays include the wreckage of a ship which came to grief off the Amiranteds in 1570 and a display of gris gris artefacts. For history of the country's people, visit the National History Museum or the Seychelles People's United Party Museum, which celebrates the history of the party.
Victoria's Botanical Gardens are highly recommended for short and shady walks among a variety of native and introduced trees. Within the gardens is a cafeteria, a pen of giant tortoises and an orchid garden.

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
12/26/2019
Number of Nights
8
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 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.
Remarks:
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Offer ID:
1311835

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