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Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles

The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles

Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial (CDP)
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On this 16-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial, relax on idyllic beaches, visit must-see sites, and meet local communities. Surrender to the unique charm of the Scattered Islands, tiny specks that are part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands. This beautiful archipelago with very few inhabitants is home to exceptional fauna and flora and boasts the highest concentration of sea turtles in the world. After an unforgettable call at Nosi Komba, Madagascar, set sail for the Seychelles, a dream destination for fans of lagoons and turquoise water. End this incredible trip by visiting Victoria on Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Durban, South Africa | Embark
Days 2-3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Europa, Eparses Islands
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Juna de Nova, Eparses Islands
Day 7 : At Sea
Day 8 : Glorieuses, Eparses Islands
Day 9 : Nosi Komba
Day 10 : Assomption
Days 11-12 : Aldabra
Day 13 : At Sea
Day 14 : Alphonse
Day 15 : La Dingue
Day 16 : Mahé | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit Aldabra Atoll, home to the world’s largest population of tortoises
  • Discover the Scattered Islands, a geological sanctuary with reserve status
  • Dive in the Seychelles and snorkel with an experienced instructor on board
  • Explore the most beautiful and paradisiacal islands in the Indian Ocean

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Dramatic sunset over La Digue Island in the Seychelles Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. Mahe - Morne Seychellois National Park Coral grouper, diver, & school of fish Lagoon in the Seychelles

Day 1 Durban, South Africa | Embark

As your vessel cruises along the coast of Durban, from the exterior decks you are able to admire the long beaches washed by waves from the Indian Ocean and the skyscrapers that overlook the jacaranda-lined avenues. Not far from there, be captivated by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancestral land of the Zulu people. The undulating, soft green hills are home to a multitude of small villages with traditional round huts. In the heart of the Phezulu Safari Park, the beliefs and rituals of the fascinating Zulu culture is revealed to you and are treated to a show that pulsates to the beat of Zulu drums.

Day 2-3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Day 4 Europa, Eparses Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the South of the Mozambique channel, between the African continent and Mozambique, the island of Europa is the largest and best preserved of the Scattered Islands. This ancient atoll of volcanic origin is covered by natural and practically virgin vegetation, a blend of dense forest and mangrove. A small piece of France at the end of the World, the island is surrounded by coral reef, home to an impressive array of marine wildlife. In addition to the many bird colonies that have made the island their home, such as the red-footed booby, the tern or the tropicbird, the white sandy beaches have become the most important laying ground for green turtles in the entire Indian Ocean.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Juna de Nova, Eparses Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the Scattered islands, virgin and pristine lands often described as “ocean sanctuaries”, and more particularly the island of Juan de Nova. Located deep inside the Mozambique Channel, once known as Saint Christopher, this unusual islet owes its existence to its coral reef, which has slowly developed over time to form an almost submerged land made of coral and sand. Home to the biggest colony of sooty tern in the Indian Ocean, this tiny strip of land is classed as a nature reserve and it enchants you with its rocky hillsides, sand dunes, and translucent lagoons.

Day 7 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Glorieuses, Eparses Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles. 

Day 9 Nosi Komba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your cruise, your ship stops in Nosy Komba, otherwise known as “lemur island”. Not far from the Madagascar mainland, this volcanic island shaped like a gigantic turtle shell is covered in dense tropical rainforest. This vegetation is home to amusing black lemurs – furry orange-brown and black creatures that are surprisingly agile and call to each other from amongst the trees. The many small beaches and the emerald-colored water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit.

Day 10 Assomption

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11-12 Aldabra

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Located in the very heart of this faraway archipelago, the Aldabra Atoll is considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, where a large population of sea turtles has found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast tract of land is formed by 4 small coral reef islands separated by narrow passes and containing an emerald-water lagoon lined with mangrove and fine-sand beaches. As your ship slowly nears the clear, reflective waters along its shoreline, do not miss your chance to discover this natural wonder, which is considered to be the largest atoll in the world and once fired the imagination of many an explorer.

Day 13 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Alphonse

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 La Dingue

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A sprinkling of islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles exude calm and beauty against a backdrop of leafy coconut trees, white sand, and crystal-clear water. In addition to the tranquility of its green lagoons and its idyllic beaches, this remote paradise also boasts an exceptional fauna and flora. In the many parks and nature reserves, come and observe colorful birds, giant turtles, and the numerous marine species living in the turquoise waters. Before reaching the archipelago’s capital, Mahe, your ship introduces you to La Digue. Time stands still here on this small stretch of land protected from all motorized traffic, where the only mode of transport is the bicycle or the oxcart.

Optional Excursion: 

Discover La Digue: Length: 3h30. Experience the Old World beauty and charm of the Seychelles during an orientation tour of picturesque La Digue, one of the prettiest islands in the Seychelles. During the scenic drive from La Passe Harbor to L'Union Estate, find daily life here to be punctuated by oxcarts and a relaxed pace. Upon arrival at L'Union Estate, see the old Creole house and coconut factory that serve as a distinct reminder of life on the island many years ago. Next, visit La Digue's beaches. The island's beaches are considered to be amongst the finest in the world, especially Anse Source d'Argent, a bather's paradise and photographer's dream. For centuries, the soft white sands and dramatic granite boulders have enchanted visitors to the island.

Day 16 Mahé | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Say farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew and start your journey back home. 

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Per person starting at
$8,080
Cabins on the Le Lyrial
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Superior Stateroom
Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. balcony located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
35 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
37 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
1 cabin, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Suite
3 cabins on Deck 6, 290 sq. ft. + 54 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, sofa, armchair and pedestal table, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
11 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Privilege Suite
8 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
1 cabin, 484 sq. ft. + 96 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Privilege Suite
7 cabins, 398 sq. ft. + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, desk, minibar, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Owner's Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Owner Suite
On Deck 6, 592 sq. ft. + 129 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, sofa, table with 4 chairs, armchair and table, 2 televisions, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.

Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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