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Seychelles Discovery Cruise with Seychelles Beach Stay

9 Day Escorted Tour With 4 Day Extension

Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Easygoing Pace

Relax at the end of your cruise on one of the palm-fringed, white sandy beaches for which the Seychelles Archipegalo is famed.

2020 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy 3-nights at our beach hotel on Mahe
  • Walking tour through the mangrove forests of Curieuse
  • Encounter thousands of birds on uninhabited Cousin Island
  • Enjoy swimming breaks and snorkelling excursions
  • Lay back on the soft sands of Anse Lazio beach
  • Beach barbecue and guided tour of Moyenne Island
  • Breath-taking views from the top of Aride Island
  • A Creole night on board with dinner, music & dancers
  • Explore the idyllic villages of La Digue
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Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Mahe

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to the Seychelles via Dubai.

Day 2
Mahe to St Anne Island

Dinner

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the cruise terminal in Port Victoria. Board your ship and set sail while you sip on a welcome cocktail on the deck. Cruise towards spectacular St Anne Island where you will stop for a refreshing swim in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a welcome dinner on board and anchor for the night, with the chance to take advantage of onboard amenities which include a bar and mini spa.

Day 3
St Anne Island to Curieuse

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast with a view, set sail for Curieuse, distinctive for its dramatic red soil and swaying Coco de Mer palm trees. Look out for turtles and the island's rare black parrot as a park guide leads you along a walkway through lush mangrove forests. Return to the beach for an oceanfront barbecue and time to swim and sunbathe, with your ship anchoring offshore for the night.

Day 4
Curieuse to Anse Lazio

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, cruise to Cousin Island, an uninhabited nature reserve teeming with colourful birdlife, giant tortoises and turtle nesting grounds. Keep your binoculars handy as you walk amongst the 250,000 birds which breed in this avian sanctuary. After lunch, sail to world-renowned Anse Lazio beach where you'll have the rest of the afternoon to relax on the powder-soft sands ringed by palm trees and azure waters.

Day 5
Anse Lazio to Praslin Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey to the island of Aride, home to numerous seabird colonies and the Wright's gardenia, found nowhere else on earth. Take a scenic walk to the top of the island and soak in breath-taking views of ocean and isle before sailing onward to St Pierre Island. Snorkel amongst the resplendent reefs found in these waters then cruise into the sunset as you travel to Praslin Island where you'll anchor for the night. Enjoy a lively evening dinner with a Creole night on board complete with musicians and dancers.

Day 6
Praslin Island to La Digue

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a morning of cruising through the emerald expanse of ocean surrounding the Seychelles, arrive in Felicite or Grand Soeur this afternoon and encounter vibrant marine life on a snorkelling excursion, with the option to go scuba diving (at a fee). Continue onward to the laidback isle of La Digue, arriving in the evening and docking overnight in the port.

Day 7
La Digue to Moyenne Island

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore La Digue and its outlying beaches. Alternatively, a half-day optional excursion travels to L' Union Estate for a tour of the coconut plantation then visits magnificent Anse Source D' Argent beach and the village of La Passe, before returning to the ship. Weigh anchor in the late afternoon and journey to Moyenne Island for your overnight stay.

Day 8
Moyenne Island to Mahe

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore the small island of Moyenne as you wander past towering mahogany trees and giant tortoises on a short, guided tour. After a beach barbecue, soak in your last rays of sunshine as you swim and snorkel off these shores. Set sail in the afternoon, reaching Mahe's Victoria port in time for a festive night of music and

Day 9
Mahe

After breakfast, disembark and transfer to your beach hotel for your extension in the Seychelles.

Day 10-11
Mahe

Enjoy the facilities of your hotel while you relax on Seychelles' white sandy beaches at the end of your cruise.

Day 12
Mahe to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
November 2020
from £3,508
2 Dates
20th Nov - 1st Dec
£3,508
Sold Out
27th Nov - 8th Dec
£3,508
December 2020
from £3,318
1 Date
4th Dec - 15th Dec
£3,318

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort and Spa
3 nights
, Seychelles
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Tour Reviews

Perry Smale

04 Dec 19

Everything about the ship was faultless - facilities, crew and quality of cabin.

Laurie Burchell

25 Oct 19

Great little hotel. Fabulous room. Excellent food and restaurants. Beach was fantasti

Important Information

A visa is not required for your trip to the Seychelles. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Your flight is to Seychelles International Airport (Mahe) with Emirates (EK), via Dubai, departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding 7kg. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

It is your responsibility to check any health & vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa. org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2, and the maximum will be 42. If in the unlikely event there are less than 2 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

There will be an English speaking tour director on board the boat however they will not accompany guests on land.

The currency in the Seychelles is the Seychelles Rupee, but Euros are also widely accepted in the major cities. It is preferable if you have smaller denominations. Cash machines will also be available throughout the tour in order to withdraw money in the local currency.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals where these are not mentioned in your itinerary and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £200-£300 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. All expenses on board such as drinks are charged to your cabin and paid for on check out. Tipping is a common practice in the Seychelles and it is customary to tip approx. USD$11-$13 per person per day which is split between the whole crew. Tips can be given at the end of the cruise. Tips are accepted in Euros, US dollars and local currencies.