Wild Earth Travel

Wild Earth Travel is more a travel organization rather than a cruise company. Wild Earth Travel is founded by expedition leaders who followed their hearts and have a worldwide network of various cruise companies. These specialists have been following their passion for more than 30 years, creating the most beautiful expeditions in the furthest corners of the world. They know from first hand and foremost what itineraries are worth to visit. Apart from interesting destinations, they know where the routes and colonies are located of many animal species. Their experience gives them a unique position within the world of small-scale cruises and especially those of expeditions. These cruises are recommended for adventure travellers who are interested in nature and related cultures.
Do you like a cruise on a small ship, where you can expect a lot of personal attention? This is the right place where you can find a cruise that suits you best!
With Wild Earth Travel you can visit the wild habitat with its special species, all over the world. The highly selected partners of Wild Earth Travel with their professional crew and their local expertise offer you an enormous range of choices. And all expeditions are done under the guidance of experienced guides and specialists. You can choose from small sailing boats and catamarans up to various sorts of motor yachts. They have quite a range of expedition ships and small luxury ships up to imposing icebreakers. All equipped with comfortable and often luxury accommodations, intimacy, and comfort guaranteed. With Wild Earth Travel adventure and experience seem infinite. Go for it!
Through the years a huge supply of expedition and small cruise ships has been formed. The ships vary in size from 2 up to 300 passengers. No long rows for the buffets or excursions. Just have a good old-fashioned exploration of a destination with a small group of interested travellers. Most of the ships have all kinds of amenities to guarantee you a pleasant stay. Small ships, which are designed to reach special and remote places, will guarantee you an amazing experience!
Wild Earth Travel provides you with a cruise or expedition not only to enjoy but also to see and experience. In addition to all the relaxation, your trip is also worth learning!

Small Ships, Big Adventures

Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Expedition Cruise
Fram
19.03.2019
03.04.2019
15
Latin America, Andean Coast Expedition and Panama Canal - Northbound
Fare from € 3.570
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Travelroute
Day 1

The “Jewel of the Pacific”

This expedition starts in the wonderful, colourful and poetic city of Valparaíso. One of the best ways of seeing this scenic town is through its funiculars. These constructions, which are scattered around the entire natural amphitheater surrounding the city, allow sweeping views of the bay, and highlight the multi hued houses, creating a rainbow of color and light. Stroll Valparaiso´s narrow streets, climb its endless staircases and discover something new at every turn: a beautiful building, a remarkable art gallery or some little gastronomic ‘find’. Don’t forget to explore the port and fishing piers, where you’ll get a real feel for Chile’s quirky seafaring side. Buy or sample freshly caught seafood at the market and enjoy the fishermen’s banter. We also recommend a visit to the UNESCO-listed Historic Quarter before embarking on MS Fram.

Day 2

Home of the Humboldt Penguin

Sailing north, we arrive at Isla Chañaral. Together with Isla Choros and Isla Damas, these three islands form the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve. There is an impressive variety of fauna on these islands, but their most famous inhabitants are the Humboldt penguins, who thrive in the current which gives them their name, and who nest on these islands. There is also an important colony of sea lions, chungungos, magellanic penguins, llacas and bottle-nosed dolphins, seen frequently around Chañaral Island. In the summer season, it is possible to see more occasional visitors around the islands: marine turtles, dolphins, whales, albatrosses and cormorants. There are also a wide variety of birds, like the Peruvian diving petrel, red-legged cormorant, and the guanay cormorant, all of which are protected species.

Day 3

Lectures at sea

Learn more about South America’s history, ancient civilizations and cultures. The Inca civilization flourished in ancient Peru starting around 1400 B.C. The Inca Empire ranged 2,500 miles from Ecuador to southern Chile. It was the largest empire ever seen in the Americas and the largest in the world at that time, before its destruction at the hands of Spanish conquistadors in 1532. Undaunted by the often harsh Andean environment, the Incas conquered tribes and exploited landscapes in such diverse settings as plains, mountains, deserts, and tropical jungle. Famed for their unique art and architecture, they constructed finely built and imposing buildings wherever they conquered, and their spectacular adaptation of natural landscapes with terracing, highways, and mountaintop settlements continues to impress modern visitors. During these days at sea you can learn even more about the Incas, and other ancient cultures and their fascinating lives from the lectures held on board.

Day 4

Lectures at sea

Day 5

Lectures at sea

Day 6

The Nazca lines - an Archaeological Mystery

Puerto General San Martin is the gateway to the famous and mysterious Nazca lines and geoglyphs. These lines were carved out between 500 B.C. and 500 A.D. They are so difficult to see from the ground that they were not widely known until the 1930's when aircrafts spotted them while surveying for water. The figures come in two types: biomorphs and geoglyphs. The biomorphs are some 70 animal and plant figures that include a spider, hummingbird, monkey and a 1,000-foot-long pelican. The geoglyphs are geometric forms that include enormous straight lines, triangles, spirals, circles and trapezoids. The longest straight line stretches nine miles across the plain. These mysterious lines must bee seen from the air, so join the excursion to see just how impressive and mysterious these lines actually are from the skies.

Day 7

UNESCO Site and Ancient History

Callao is situated just outside Lima and is a vital route for trade both into and out of Peru. It is home to charming mansions with pretty balconies, museums, churches and the fortress of King Felipe. Lima's history predates the colonial presence in the country. In the north, visit the city of Caral, considered the most ancient city in the Americas, and to the south is the archaeological complex of Pachacamac. Lima is where Spanish conquistadores established the Viceroyalty of Peru in 1542, and began building significant churches, monasteries, mansions and balconies in the city. The arrival of modernity didn’t transform the historic center, which is recognized as a World Heritage Site. Join one of our excursions to see the museums with great works of art, archaeological sites, beaches, the boardwalk and experience the exquisite cuisine that gives Peru’s capital its unique personality.

Day 8

Gain Insight While at Sea

Spend some time on deck as we navigate further north along the coast of Peru and the Pacific coast. Breathe the fresh ocean air and scan for wildlife. Join our lecture team for interesting presentations to learn more about the west coast of South America, its nature, history and geography. Oceanography, climate change and environmental issues are also frequent topics of our lectures.

Day 9

Explore an Ancient Kingdom, Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon

The small port of Salaverry is the starting point for the excursion to the ancient Chimu kingdom (700–1400 A.D.). The Chimu founded their capital by the banks of the Moche River and called it Chan Chan (“sun-sun”), which covers an area of eight square miles. It was built using clay, mud, pebbles, straw and cane, creating the largest mud brick citadel of the Americas from pre-Hispanic times. It is a remarkable place, listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1986. Also discover Trujillo, a city that retains much of its colonial charm and has a splendid backdrop of the vast green and brown of the Andean foothills. There is also an excursion going to the main religious center of the Moche culture, built in the 5th century A.D. Admire the Temple of the Sun, the largest adobe structure in the world, and the Temple of the Moon, covered with beautiful and vibrant Moche designs.

Day 10

Sailing North

While we make our way further north towards Ecuador, take your time to relax on the open decks or gain more insight with our lectures. During the day there might also be other gatherings with the expedition team or photography workshops.

Day 11

Colourful Birds and Fish on the Silver Island

Isla de la Plata is a part of Parque National Machalilla, and is Ecuador’s only coastal national park. The island is known as Ecuador’s other Galapagos because of its abundance of marine birdlife. Isla de la Plata translates to Silver Island, and is the home to blue-footed boobies, nesting waved albatrosses, and frigate birds among others. The island is great for hikers and has plenty of bird watching trails. You can also explore the colourful life under water by snorkelling amongst large schools of fish, or take a refreshing dip in the blue ocean.

Day 12

Crossing the Equator

After the days you have had at sea so far, you have probably found the perfect way to spend this time. Find the time to finish one of the books you brought with you, look through and sort the pictures you have taken, or maybe simply relaxing on deck is your favourite “activity”. We will cross the Equator, and a remarkable celebration; the” Equator baptism” is waiting for you.

Day 13

A Deep-sea Fishing Paradise

Puerto Piña is a small coastal community located near the border of Colombia, largely populated by Afro-Colonial and indigenous Emberá people. Piñas Bay is Panama’s most incredible fishing spot, more than 200 deep-sea fishing world records have been set here, more than anywhere else on Earth. The area is also naturally beautiful with fascinating culture, so even non-fishers will find it a pleasant place to visit. The diversity of species in this area is astounding. There are roosterfish, swordfish, billfish, tuna, dorado, snapper, snook, dolphinfish, wahoo, barracuda, and blue, black and striped marlin. Most of the records set here have been for marlin and Pacific sailfish. Other marine species in Piñas Bay include dolphins, sharks, rays, and humpback whales. The Panamanian government protects the bay and does not allow commercial fishing ships to enter into it. There is a small white-sand beach here, Playa Blanca, where you can relax and sunbathe. The offshore waters have coral reefs that are good for snorkelling or kayaking and the trails in the jungle are great for hiking.

Day 14

Connecting Two Oceans

We enter the Panama Canal close to Balboa. Experience the thrill of canal transit and the intricacy of the lock's system first-hand, as MS Fram is lifted over 85 feet above sea level from one body of water to the next. The Panama Canal is one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. It had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn.

Day 15

UNESCO Site and Biosphere Reserve

Bocas del Toro, (“mouth of the bull”), is a pristine region, and home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, La Amistad International Park and Isla Bastimentos, Panama's first National Marine Park and Biosphere Reserve. Consisting of 9 islands and hundreds of smaller islets you can visit Bocas town with its colourful Caribbean vibe and atmosphere, before venturing into the expanse of Bastemintos National Park. Snorkel, dive and kayak among mangroves and coral reefs, or hike through the rainforest in search of wildlife.

Day 16

Home of the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle

Puerto Limón in Costa Rica is a compelling destination for adventurous explorers. The city itself has some fascinating architecture and colourful open-air marketplaces. The main market in the center of town is the place to go to buy everything from wooden carved items to traditional souvenirs. Cashew nuts are big in this city, so be sure to try the cashew wine, which is a specialty here. While the city is rather laid back during the day, at night Puerto Limon has quite an active social scene. The nightlife hops, with a number of bars and restaurants found all over the city. This is where your expedition comes to an end. Stay on to enjoy Costa Rica or fly home.

Please Note: this is an expedition where the elements rule, and the weather, wind and ice conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with us is unique.

Overview

Andean Coast Expedition and Panama Canal – Northbound

The Inca Empire was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. We sail along the coastline of this ancient realm from Chile to Costa Rica via Peru and Ecuador. Starting in Valparaíso, Chile, we head north to the Humboldt Penguin National Reserve to take a close look at penguins, turtles, dolphins, whales and birds.

Among Archaeology’s Greatest Enigmas
Next, you have a chance to discover the famous Nazca lines on an optional excursion. These lines have been subjects of mystery for over 80 years. They are found in a region of Peru just over 200 miles southeast of Lima, near the modern town of Nasca. In total, there are over 800 straight lines, 300 geometric figures and 70 animal and plant designs, also called biomorphs. Some of the straight lines run up to 30 miles, while the biomorphs range from 50 to 1200 feet in length (as large as the Empire State Building).

Lost Cities and a Giant Citadel
In Callao and Lima, gain insight into local art, traditions and highlights like the museum Larco that is built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid and Huaca Huallamarca, an ancient pre-Inca shrine. We also visit the ancient Chimu kingdom, the largest mud brick citadel of the Americas from the pre-Columbian era.

We will also explore the only coastal national park in Ecuador, visit a small coastal community known for excellent fishing in Panama and sail through the Panama Canal. The last day will be spent in Bocas del Toro and the Bastemintos National Park. Here you can dive and kayak among mangroves and coral reefs as well as hike through the rainforest in search of wildlife, before we reach the end of this expedition in beautiful Costa Rica. The combination of extreme nature, visits to several fascinating cities, South American culture and captivating lectures makes this expedition a one-of-a-kind experience.

Highlights

Discover some of the most important and fascinating ancient sites in South America • Explore the mysteries of the Incas and other lost cultures • Visit a mix of exciting cities, national parks and beautiful islands • Sail through the Panama Canal

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Ship information

MS Fram

Vessel Type: Expedition

Length: 114m

Passenger Capacity: 276

Built: 2007

MS Fram is designed for sailing in polar waters, holds the highest safety standards and is the perfect size for optimum nautical manoeuvrability and guests comfort. With space for only 276 guests, you are sure to get to know many of your fellow travellers. You will share stunning sights and memories of a lifetime long after returning home. The Norwegian word Fram means “forward”, lifting expectations of the voyage at hand.

MS Fram was built in 2007 with one mission in mind, to bring her guests closer to nature, wildlife and unforgettable experiences. As well as offering numerous lounges in which to relax, our more active guests can use our well-equipped gym. Meanwhile, on deck, our Jacuzzis guarantee you surreal memories when passing the towering icebergs of Antarctica or Greenland.

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Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Tip Top IV
20.03.2019
02.04.2019
13
Latin America, Pacific and Oceania, 14 Day Natural History Galapagos Experience
Fare from € 6.620
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Travelroute
Day 1

Arrive in Quito

The trip begins in Quito, Ecuador. On arrival, you will be transferred directly to the Hotel Mercure Alameda where we will spend the night. We think very highly of the Hotel Mercure Alameda. It is said that, of the finer hotels in Quito, they have the most personal service. Our experiences strongly support this impression. Meals on your own.

Day 2

Quito

Today is a free day in the High Andes city of Quito, with a spectacular old town district that is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Nearby sightseeing possibilities include Indian markets, the Equatorial Monument, tropical cloud forests, the Amazon Basin, and active volcanoes. A wide range of half-day, full-day and multi-day expeditions are available. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight Quito; Hotel Mercure Alameda.

Day 3

Baltra & North Seymour

A morning flight will take you from the High Andes, to another world; the Galapagos Islands. On arrival in Galapagos we will immediately transfer to the yacht waiting at the nearby harbour. This afternoon we will begin our program of shore excursions with a visit to the island of North Seymour. In addition to being a major nesting area for the blue-footed booby, North Seymour is home to the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galápagos. Both marine and land iguanas are found in good numbers here, and sea lions often surf the rocky shore break.

Day 4

Tower

Located in the northeast portion of the Galápagos, Tower is an outpost for many sea birds (as is Española to the south - perhaps this is why they are our two favourite islands). Depending on conditions we often will have a chance to snorkel and kayak within the bay. • Darwin Bay is an anchorage within a caldera, with surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim. Along the small beach there is a forest of salt bush where adjacent colonies of great frigate birds and red-footed boobies nest. There are two endemic gull species found in Galápagos; lava gulls and swallow-tailed gulls – both frequently nest here. • A visit to Prince Philip’s Steps begins with a Panga Ride along the cliffs, watching for red-billed tropicbirds and the occasional fur seal, while squadrons of frigate birds fly overhead in their endless piratical pursuits. On shore dwarf Palo Santo trees are home to a colony of red-footed boobies, while Nazca Boobies nest below on the ground. Along the lava fields storm petrels fly overhead in great numbers, while short-eared owls hunt for them among the lava cracks.

Day 5

Santiago

James Bay/Puerto Egas is home to Fur Seal Grotto - not only a beautiful site, but this is your only chance to get close to the endemic fur seals. Some of the best tide-pooling is also here, drawing a wonderful variety of shorebirds and seabirds, with yellow-crowned night herons and American Oystercatchers being the most commonly seen. Inland you might have a chance to see painted locusts, grasshoppers, and possibly even the Galápagos snake. Galápagos hawks are also common on the inland trail. Santiago • Playa Espumilla is a golden sandy beach where sea turtles nest, and ghost crabs and wading birds abound. Beyond the mangroves that frame the beach lie saline lagoons; further in you can find some of the 10 finches that inhabit Santiago, along with the vermillion and broad-billed flycatchers. • A cruise past Buccaneer Cove shows where sailors cleaned ship, hunted meat from the abundant sea lions along the beach, and collected firewood and water. Impressive tuff cliffs frame the southern cove, while eroded cinder to the north has been carved by time into fanciful shapes.

Day 6

Isabela & Fernandia

The cold waters approaching Punta Vicente Roca offer some of the best opportunities for whales and dolphins, and maybe the chance to snorkel with a Mola mola. Fernandia• This is the youngest of the Galápagos Islands. Punta Espinosa is a wonderful visitor site, with the largest colony of marine iguanas in the islands, in addition to flightless cormorants, Galápagos Penguins, herons and Galápagos Hawks. This is often the best place to see marine iguanas in the water as they feed on the barely submerged rocks along the shore.

Day 7

Isabela

Tagus Cove is a natural harbour featuring steep cliffs replete with graffiti from ship’s crews dating as far back as 1836 carved into the face. The cliffs are populated by marine iguanas, penguins, crabs, sea lions, and in the crevices outside the bay, Brown Noddy terns and the occasional Galápagos Martin. Ground and tree finches, hawks, yellow warblers, large-billed flycatchers and perhaps the woodpecker finch can be viewed along the way. • Elizabeth Bay is a mangrove inlet explored by zodiac, with an amazing concentration of green sea turtles and rays. The neighbouring Marielas Islets are home to the largest colony of Galápagos Penguins, with penguins often seen in the water at Elizabeth Bay.

Day 8

Isabela

Urbina Bay was the site of a dramatic volcanic uplift in 1954, where 4 miles of coastline suddenly rose nearly 15 feet, with the coastline driven three quarters of a mile farther out to sea. The marine remnants and giant coral heads are a stark reminder. Inland land iguanas, and an occasional tortoise, are often found here. Along the shore flightless cormorants and brown pelicans typically nest. We might have a chance to snorkel along the rocky bay. • Situated against a backdrop of 3 volcanos, Punta Moreno features views of Isabela’s Sierra Negra & Cerro Azul, and Fernandina’s Le Cumbre. The trail traverses sharp Pahoehoe lava to verdant interior and coastal brackish lagoons. You’ll find all 3 types of cactus colonizing this relatively recent lava flow. The shoreline features Blue-footed Boobies and nesting flightless cormorants while the lagoons are home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and flamingos feeding on abundant brine shrimp.

Day 9

Floreana

Punta Cormorant is one of the most interesting landings (on an olivine beach), with an emphasis on plant life and shore birds. A brackish lagoon is home to flamingos, pintail ducks, and commons stilts. Panga cruising and snorkelling at the offshore islet of Champion (where you might also get a glimpse of the endemic Charles Mockingbird on shore). • Post Office Bay is one the most historically famous island locations - be sure to bring a postcard or two ashore with you to "mail". • Black Beach & the Highlands - while not official park visitor sites, both are rewarding. Much of the early human history of the Galápagos, and especially the Wittmer family, played out in the highlands of Floreana. A visit to the highlands is also your only opportunity in the archipelago to search for the endemic medium tree finch. The seaside Wittmer hotel features an exhibit of early photographs of sailing expeditions and explorers to call on the island.

Day 10

Santa Cruz

A trip to the Highlands (by mini-bus) traverses all 7 vegetation zones of the Galápagos. In addition to two enormous pit craters, other volcanic formations include some of the largest known lava tunnels in the Galápagos. Not surprisingly, the lush highland vegetation is home to a variety of land birds, including vermillion flycatchers, Galápagos Flycatchers, woodpecker finches, dark-billed cuckoos, and Barn Owls. Tortoises are often seen in the wild here. • Puerto Ayora is the scientific heart of Galápagos, including the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) and Galápagos National Park tortoise center, as well as the primary population center. This will be the only opportunity to see the rare Galapagos saddleback tortoises.

Day 11

Espanola

Punta Suarez is a paradise for birders, with waved albatross, Nazca Boobies, blue-footed boobies, Galápagos Hawks, Galápagos Doves, and also marine iguanas (the most colourful in the islands) all vying for center stage. • Gardner Bay is a tranquil white sandy beach known for sea lions, lava lizards, finches, yellow warblers, & Hood Mockingbirds, to name just a few. Gardner or Tortuga Rocks offer great snorkelling, as well as the occasional chance to kayak.

Day 12

San Cristóbal

This is the easternmost island in the archipelago (and also the provincial capital). • Punta Pitt is a coastal tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds, including blue-footed, Nazca & red-footed boobies (the only site where all 3 species might be seen together), frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels. • Cerro Brujo is a very striking, eroded tuff cone. One of the first places visited by Charles Darwin, the beautiful white coralline sand beach and lagoon are home to brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, plus a variety of shore birds. Stroll the beach and you will soon realize that you are being watched by hundreds of shy ghost crabs. San Cristóbal is also home to the endemic Chatham Mockingbird. • Kicker Rock is a similarly eroded tuff cone, this time rising almost 500 feet from the ocean. The yacht will cruise around Kicker Rock as the sunlight plays off the contours of the cliffs and formation (complete with blue-footed boobies, Nazca Boobies, and frigate birds).

Day 13

Mosquera

This is a tiny islet, really more of a long, narrow sand spit, with a huge population of sea lions. Additional occupants include Sally Lightfoot Crabs and lava lizards, plus a wonderful variety of birdlife flying over. It makes a perfect "last landing" to reflect on the wonders of Galápagos experienced during your 11 days in the islands. • Baltra - A mid-morning departure will have us back in Quito this afternoon. On arrival (late afternoon) in Quito, we will be transferred directly to the Hotel Mercure Alameda where we will spend the night. We will have a group Farewell Dinner at one of the leading restaurants in Quito.

Day 14

Departure from Quito

Transfer to the airport today for your return flight home. Or, if you prefer, remain on in Ecuador for a few days exploring the High Andes, Amazon Basin, or tropical cloud forests…

Additional charges: Galápagos National Park Entrance Fee/Migration Card + Fuel Surcharge. From: € 410,- pp

Overview

14 Day Natural History Galapagos Experience

Galápagos Photography Tour
Our trips are different. This voyage spends 11 days in the Galapagos Islands. Out trips are the longest regularly available tours of the Galapagos.

‘’It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality than they are hurried from it’’, Charles Darwin, 1845

Our trips are educationally-oriented and are accompanied by a Tour Leader / Biologist in addition to a local Naturalist Guide. The tours are oriented to the passenger who wants to observe and learn as much as possible about the Galapagos – the animals and plants – on land and in the water.

The tours are also oriented to photographers (although you don’t have to be a photographer to get full value and enjoyment from our trips). We do offer some light photographic advice and, more important extensive, unique, and excellent photo opportunities.

Highlights

Maximize and get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime adventure travel experience. Our Workshops provide an in-depth orientation to the islands beyond the scope of most “vacation- type” tours • Spend a longer time in the islands than most tour groups. We feel that 11 days is the minimum time necessary to see most of the important Visitor Sites (including the outer islands) and be assured of a maximum viewing opportunity of the significant plant and animal species. We include 3 days in the volcanically-active western islands, where we whale-watch, see penguins, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises in the wild • In addition to the legally-required Naturalist Guide, we provide a Tour Leader/ Biologist who gives daily lectures on natural history. The Guide’s role is to escort people on shore, to provide some wildlife interpretation, and to make sure the rules of the National Park are enforced. Having a Tour Leader adds a serious educational orientation to the trip • Our two daily island visits are longer (2-4 hours each) than most tours. We also go on shore earlier in the day (typically landing between 6 and 7am. vs. 8am for most other vessels) to enhance viewing and photographic opportunities.

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Ship Overview

Tip Top IV

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 27 metres

Passenger Capacity: 16

Built / refurbished: 2006 / 2015

The 125 ft, steel-hulled, TIP TOP IV was built in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 2006, and totally refurbished in 2015. The design includes all modern navigation instrumentation and safety features. She has a crew of 7 and carries just 16 passengers in 10 air-conditioned double cabins (4 on the bridge deck and 6 on the lower deck). All cabins feature 2 lower twin beds, which can also be modified to create a double bed if guests prefer. The interior is very spacious and attractive, and features a library/conference room, and a spacious dining room. There are extensive outside viewing (both sun and shade) areas. Twin diesels give her a cruising speed of 12 knots. Shore landings are made via twin 17-foot inflatable zodiacs. Special equipment on board includes basic snorkelling gear to loan as well as kayaks.

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Small Ship Cruise
Pegasus
23.03.2019
30.03.2019
7
Africa, Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden
Fare from € 1.390
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Travelroute
Day 1

Mahe Inter Island Quay - St. Anne Island

Embarkation 15:00 to 16:00 pm. After the Welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship. Overnight at anchor near St Anne. Welcome dinner.

Day 2

St. Anne Island - Curieuse

We leave St Anne Island early in the morning to reach Curieuse. This morning we visit this uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm, along mangrove forests. Later we return to the beach for a BBQ under the trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3

Curieuse - Cousin Island - Anse Lazio

In the morning we sail for Cousin Island. Optional excursion to the Bird Sanctuary which is in the care Bird Life International. A quarter million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles. Later in the afternoon we reach Anse Lazio. In the afternoon we sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Time for water sports, snorkelling or optional diving. Evening at anchor.

Day 4

Anse Lazio – Aride - St. Pierre - Baie St. Anne, Praslin

In the morning we leave for Aride. Our optional excursion will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view of the island. The island is home to the Wright's gardenia found nowhere else on earth and to bird species like the Audubon's shearwater, the Seychelles warbler. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night.

Day 5

Baie St. Anne, Praslin – Felicite – La Digue

Baie St. Anne, Praslin. Optional excursion to the famous Vallee de Mai Reserve, a World Heritage site. You will explore the pathways under tall palm trees which produce the famous Coco de Mer and you might sight a black parrot only found in Praslin. Afternoon sailing to Felicite for swimming, snorkelling or optional diving excursion on this uninhabited island. Evening sailing to La Digue. Evening arrival at La Digue. Anchor in front of the Port. Overnight.

Day 6

La Digue - Moyenne Island

Half day excursion in La Digue, the most photographed and quaint community in the Seychelles. Our optional excursion will take us by bus to the Veuve Nature Reserve and through Union Plantation to l’ Anse Source d’ Argent beach. Arrival at L’ Union Estate and tour of the copra kiln, traditional coconut oil mill and the colonial plantation house. Time at Anse Source D’ Argent one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Marvel at some of Seychelles most impressive rock formations – truly unique, whilst enjoying a refreshment. Time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe, the islands main village, before returning to the ship. Late afternoon sailing to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe. Evening arrival at Moyenne. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7

Moyenne Island – Mahe, Inter Island Quay

Short guiding around the island and time for swim. Beach BBQ on the island. This is a last opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. We leave Moyenne Island for Mahe's Victoria Port in the afternoon. Late afternoon, we reach the Inter island Quay, Mahe. Captain's Farewell Dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe.

Day 8

Mahe (Victoria)

Disembarkation 9:00 to 10.00 am

Overview

Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden

The Seychelles Islands are the perfect destination for both summer and winter cruises due to their warm year round climate.

Discover the Seychelles the best way: By small ship! Hop from island to island in this unspoilt paradise and visit a variety islands renowned for their fauna and flora, and beaches. Snorkel or dive to see an amazing underwater world. Walk into centuries old rain forests with unique and endemic species of wildlife and spot the rare black parrots, the world famous Coco de Mer palm trees or the giant tortoise.

We hop from Island to island, taking plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the amazing beaches. The pace of life here is slow, and why rush?

Highlights

Visit Curieuse – the uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises • Enjoy water sports – snorkelling or diving • Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Please Note: more Seychelles cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Pegasus

Vessel Type: Small Ship
Length: 45 metres
Passenger Capacity: 44 (in 21 cabins)
Built / refurbished: 1992 / 1997 / 2016

The twin-hulled Pegasus, built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997 and renovated in 2016, accommodates up to 44 guests in 21 cabins, in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. On board you will enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll our 2,550 square feet / 240 m2 of open deck. You can relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge, browse in the well-stocked library or enjoy ocean view dining in the convivial and spacious restaurant area. A platform on Pegasus stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. We have also added for your relaxation a zen mini spa located on the Lower Deck.

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Luxury Expedition
Stella Australis
25.03.2019
29.03.2019
4
Latin America, Fjords Of Tierra Del Fuego
Fare from € 1.610
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Travelroute
Day 1

Punta Arenas

Check in at 1385 O’Higgins Street (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM) on the day of your cruise departure. Board the M/V Stella Australis (6 PM). After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the captain and his crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night we cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as we enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Day 2

Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets

By dawn the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. The snowcapped peaks of Karukinka Natural Park stretch along the north side of the sound, while the south shore is defined by the deep fjords and broad bays of Alberto de Agostini National Park. We go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbours copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains. Leaving Ainsworth Bay behind, we sail west along the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, we board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth and nurture their chicks. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor. In September and April -- when the penguins live elsewhere -- this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a glacier at nearby stunning Brookes Bay.

Day 3

Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

Overnight we sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, Stella Australis tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. By morning we are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king. Back onboard the ship, we continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries -- Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

Day 4

Wulaia Bay - Cape Horn

During the early morning we navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yámana aboriginal settlements, the bay was described by Charles Darwin and sketched by Captain FitzRoy in the 1830s during their voyages on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station -- which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area -- passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of difficulty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand delivered by future travellers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.In the afternoon we cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, we shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbours legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition -- and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland -- Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the "End of the Earth." The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005. The Chilean navy maintains a permanent lighthouse on the island, staffed by a lightkeeper and his family, as well as the tiny Stella Maris Chapel and modern Cape Horn Monument.

Day 5

Ushuaia

The following morning we sail into Argentine waters and dock in Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city. Stella Australis is scheduled to arrive at 8:30 or 9:30 AM depending on the date of departure.

Additional charges: port tax, migration fee and national park fee: € 55,- pp

Please Note: the excursions described in the itineraries can normally be carried out. Notwithstanding the above, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A., Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A., and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A reserve the right to reschedule, shorten, or alter all or part of the itineraries and/or excursions without prior notice, in order to safeguard the wellbeing and safety of passengers, preserve the environment, or due to any extraordinary circumstances, acts of God or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change. There is no guarantee of wildlife sighting because the precise location of these animals cannot be confirmed.

Overview

Fjords Of Tierra Del Fuego

Our cruise to Patagonia follow the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego highlights the stunning, natural beauty of Patagonia and several of its most important historical sites. This four-day journey includes visits to wildlife rich Ainsworth Bay, massive Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley, as well as mystical Wulaia Bay and the legendary Cape Horn.
Highlights
Experience a great adventure to the “uttermost End of the Earth”. See the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range. Get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants. Enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier. Take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint. During the cruise there will be interesting presentations on the wildlife, history and geography of this legendary region. The presentations will take place both on board (with audio-visual support) and on land.

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Ship information

Stella Australis

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 89 metres

Passenger Capacity: 210

Built: 2010

The Stella Australis offers tourists a relaxed stay, while providing breathtaking sights from the decks. Indulge in first class Chile travel onboard the Stella Australis. When you book our Patagonia cruise tours you have to opportunity to relax on a spacious cruise ship to Patagonia, with a beautiful atmosphere, and fine dining. Before you embark on your Patagonia adventure enjoy the comfort of cabins that provide you with incredible ocean views and lavish decor. Wine and dine, mix and mingle, and enjoy our fabulous entertainment on your Patagonia vacation.

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Small Expedition Yacht
Coral Expeditions II
25.03.2019
01.04.2019
7
Australia and NZ, Great Barrier Reef Cruise (North)
Fare from € 2.040
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cairns

Board at Cairns’ Trinity Wharf at 4:00pm - cruise Trinity Bay - welcome drinks - views of Double Island and the pretty seaside village at Palm Cove - Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet.

Day 2

Historic Cooktown and the Reef

Discover historic Cooktown - stroll the wide main street and see buildings dating back to the 1870s - walk to the botanic gardens where you may see kangaroos and wallabies - visit James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from his ship ‘Endeavour’ - snorkel over the reef on a desert island- glass bottom boat tours - optional SCUBA diving.

Day 3

Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the morning on Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most beautiful tropical islands - discover the legend of Mary Watson - snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens - optional early morning hike to Cook’s Look for stunning views over the reef - afternoon at Ribbon Reef #9 on the rarely visited outer Barrier Reef - snorkel and SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours.

Day 4

Ribbon Reefs

Full day to discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs - Ribbon Reef #3 - Rachel Carson Reef - snorkelling, optional SCUBA diving - glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist - marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank.

Day 5

Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay

Return to Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 8:00am and enjoy some time to explore -
re-embark at Cairns’ Trinity Wharf at 10:00am - cruise Trinity Bay - Thetford Reef snorkelling - glass bottom boat tours - fish feeding display - optional SCUBA diving - Sudbury Cay drinks ashore - Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet.

Day 6

Hinchinbrook Channel and Pelorus Island Beach BBQ

Cruise the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel, separating Hinchinbrook Island from the mainland - possible sightings include crocodiles, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugongs - interpretive commentary and mangrove tour - discover a private tropical island - guided bushwalk - gourmet Aussie beach BBQ meal - snorkel and dive over the island’s fringing reef showcasing a giant clam garden - kayaking and glass bottom boat tours - relax on the sandy beach.

Day 7

Dunk Island Rainforest and Nathan Reef

Rainforest walk on tropical Dunk Island with naturalist guides - look for the striking electric-blue Ulysses butterfly - afternoon to discover colourful Nathan Reef - snorkel, SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours - interactive marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank.

Day 8

Fitzroy Island and Cairns

Idyllic bushwalks and hikes - snorkel over the fringing reef - beachcombing on the white sands of Nudey Beach - enjoy the resort facilities - cruise concludes at Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 1:30pm.

Please Note: due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons itineraries may be subject to change without notice.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef Cruise (North)

For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, our 7-night Cairns – Lizard Island – Hinchinbrook Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Combining both our 3 and 4-night cruises you will discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the Reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard and Dunk, and the stunning Sudbury Cay.

Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in unrivalled style, our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.

Please note: post cruise transfer to city centre hotels or Cairns airport is included.

Highlights

The complete Great Barrier Reef experience • Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails • Secluded gourmet beach BBQ • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds • Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours • Informative presentations and educational documentaries • History and cultures of the region and early explorers
• Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef

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Coral Expeditions II
Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran
Length: 35 metres
Passenger Capacity: 46
Built: 1996 refurbished in 2015
Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in our region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a private en-suite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.
The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars over the Great Barrier Reef.
Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment.

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Luxury Expedition
Silver Cloud
28.03.2019
15.04.2019
18
Africa, Explorer’s Africa
Fare from € 8.290
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cape Town, South Africa

Embark Silver Cloud for your 18-day Expedition: Explorer’s Africa. Once onboard, meet some of your fellow explorers as you become acquainted with the ship’s luxurious amenities. Before we set sail a mandatory safety drill will take place. This evening, after settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and other important members of the crew.

Day 2

At sea

Our knowledgeable team members -experts in a variety of scientific fields- would like you to gather in the Theatre Lounge to enjoy the first in a series of informative lectures presented during the voyage. Perhaps learn some tips and techniques to take better photos during a photographic workshop offered by our resident Photographer. Tonight, we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party where the Captain will introduce his senior officers.

Day 3

Lüderitz, Namibia

From the small town of Lüderitz, wedged between the Namib Desert dunes and the wild Atlantic seaboard, we will visit the abandoned diamond-mining town of Kolmanskop. In 1908, a sparkling diamond was found among the sand and the news spread like wildfire, causing fortune hunters to converge in droves on Kolmanskop. When the town reached its pinnacle, Kolmanskop developed into a lively little haven of German culture. When richer diamond deposits were discovered further south operations were moved. Today it is mostly a ghost town; the stately homes, abandoned decades ago, are gradually becoming sand-covered. However, a museum has been established and a number of buildings restored. While in Kolmanskop enjoy oyster tasting and a glass of sparkling wine. After this eventful day in the Namib Desert it is time to head back to Lüderitz for a short walking tour of the town and its three most important landmarks, Goerke Haus, Felsenkirche and the Lüderitz Museum.

Day 4

Walvis Bay, Namibia

One of your destinations during our two days in Walvis Bay is the Namib Naukluft Park. Passing endless waves of sand dunes, the scene that comes to mind when you think of African deserts, you will finally enter the Welwitschia Drive, where the landscape is dotted with the extraordinary Welwitschia mirabilis. Unique to the Namibe Desert, this prehistoric plant has adapted to its harsh habitat. It only produces two leaves in its lifetime which can be over 500 years. After stopping to view and discuss these amazing and resilient desert plants in their dramatic landscape, the tour continues to what can best be described as ‘lunar landscape’. Enjoy the breathtaking views, before heading onwards to a local community where you will enjoy an orientation tour of the school, having the opportunity to interact by giving some of your time to the children and community. You will then drive to a pristine location where refreshments await you before returning to Walvis Bay to rejoin the Silver Cloud. We will also be operating a full day shuttle service to Swakopmund, located 19 miles north of Walvis Bay at the mouth of the Swakop River. Upon arrival you can explore this quaint town, a beach resort area and a fine example of German colonial architecture, on your own. Founded in 1892 as the main harbor for German South-West Africa, a good part of the population still speaks German today. Several buildings, including the Magistrate’s Court, or Kaiserliches Bezirksgericht, the Lutheran Church and the old Railway Station building -now the main reception area of the Swakopmund Hotel- will give an idea of the former splendor. Another excursion in Walvis Bay will be an early morning boat cruise in the protected outer lagoon area where the water is calm and abundant with birdlife. Enjoy wonderful photographic opportunities as playful Heaviside’s and bottlenose dolphins frolic around the boat and pelicans fly low overhead. Cape fur seals may even come aboard for a fishy snack! Other birds we will see include flamingos and cormorants. If we are very lucky, we may even see leatherback turtles. We will pass fishing factories and foreign ships in the port and conclude our excursion with a taste of fresh Walvis Bay oysters and local ‘champagne’.

Day 5

Walvis Bay, Namibia

Day 6

At Sea

Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for the upcoming ports-of-call in Angola. Other onboard diversions include Spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences -not only in The Restaurant, The Grill and La Terrazza, but also as cooking demonstrations.

Day 7

Namibe, Angola

Today we will head out to the Namibe Desert looking for Welwitschia mirabilis, an endemic plant found only in the Namibe Province of South Angola and the Namib Desert. Continuing through desert landscape we will reach The Arch Lagoon -“the lost oasis”. The lagoon, locally known as “Lago do Arco do Carvalhao”, is formed by a magnificent rock formation, and is a unique display of art in nature. The lagoon will only have water if it has rained sufficiently during the wet season. Before returning to the ship, we will visit the little town of Namibe to visit the old city with its baroque architecture, old stadium and churches.

Day 8

Lobito, Angola

The city of Benguela was founded in 1617 around Sao Filipe Fortress and was one of the bases for Portuguese expansion in Africa. We will drive through the city to the most famous church in Benguela. The “Igreja do Populo” was built by the Portuguese during the colonial era, being the first stone building in southern Angola. From there we will walk to the heart of Benguela City, where the courthouse surrounds the company gardens, the department of justice and the town hall. The gardens are lined with beautiful palm trees and flowers and offer a picturesque setting. En route back to Lobito we will stop at the city of Catumbela and will stop at the abandoned Sao Pedro fort for some photos, and will see the big Catumbela River and the 1905 steel bridge –a construction by Eiffel’s engineering company, which was in use until 2010. Once back at the pier there will be a festival with traditional dances and singing. During the afternoon we will be on our way sailing north, having time for more lectures and other on-board activities.

Day 9

Luanda, Angola

Luanda is the capital of Angola, and home to more than four million, making it one of the largest Portuguese speaking cities in the world. This bustling city presents us with many places to explore, including the 1575 Fortress of Sao Miguel de Luanda with its striking blue tiles and collection of weapons used during centuries of conflicts of the region. Another ‘outstanding’ structure is the mausoleum for Angola’s first president, Agostinho Neto. The anthropology museum houses an array of traditional masks along with art, sculptures, tools, and weaponry, as well as jewellery, clothing and musical instruments – the Benfica market seems to have several similar items for barter and sale. We will also drive to Cidade Alta, or “Uptown” – a pleasant, airy and calm suburb with several pink colonial buildings and then head to the Baixa, or “Downtown”, to view the Houses of Parliament – both new and old.

Day 10

At Sea

Participate in onboard activities, relax in one of the lounges, or peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library. Let our onboard Ornithologist give you a glimpse of the fascinating birds of Sao Tome and Principe. King Neptune might want all ‘pollywogs’ to pay homage to the ruler of the seas before Silver Cloud crosses the Equator. Take a stroll on deck and enjoy the solitude and splendour of the vast sea and at night see if you can already notice the stars and constellations of the northern hemisphere’s sky.

Day 11

At Sea

Day 12

São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

Silver Cloud drops anchor this morning off the island of São Tomé. We plan to use our Zodiacs to go ashore and start our tours of Sao Tome, the capital city to the islands of Sao Tome and Principe and the surroundings. One of the stops will be at the impressive São Nicolãu waterfall, which not only invites to have a swim in its pool, but also is surrounded by mossy rocks, covered in liverworts, ferns, wild raspberries and impatiens that will delight botany lovers. We continue our tour higher into the mountains to the Monte Café coffee plantation, where we will be given a tour of the coffee processing facilities –obviously tasting some of the local coffee as well. A typical lunch will be served at another plantation before returning to the city centre with its colonial architecture including the pink and white presidential palace, the 16th century Cathedral de São Tome, as well as Faro São Sebastião, which now is the São Tome National Museum. We will stroll through the city streets en route to the local market. For those who would like to explore other aspects of the island of São Tome on their own, a half day tour of the city of São Tome will be offered, giving time for some independent exploration. In the evening Silver Cloud will set sail for Principe and Bom Bom Island.

Day 13

Bom Bom Island, São Tomé and Principe

This morning we will go ashore at Bom Bom Island, just offshore from ‘mainland’ Principe’s north coast, to either enjoy the beaches and the facilities of the Bom Bom Resort, or to walk towards Santo Antonio, Principe’s main town. Our onboard Ornithologist and naturalists will lead walks to explore the island’s wildlife and scenery –others might decide to walk all the way to sleepy Santo Antonio passing small fields of plantain, cacao and manioc and watching the daily life of this tropical island. If you prefer to stay at the resort you can take kayaks to paddle along the shore or snorkel in the clear waters, looking for colourful fishes. In the afternoon, Silver Cloud will set sail for Limbe and our onboard Historian might enlighten you about the German influence in Cameroon during the Briefing & Recap.

Day 14

Limbe, Cameroon

We start our tour after taking the Zodiacs ashore to visit Limbe in the northern region at the foot of Mt. Cameroon. Our first stop is the Limbe Botanical Gardens founded by Germans in 1892. It served as a trials and acclimatisation centre for the introduction of exotic crop species such as coffee, cocoa, rubber, oil palm, banana, teak and sugarcane for distribution within “Kamerun” and other German colonies. In its heyday it was said to be one of the most important tropical botanic gardens in the world. We will also visit the “Jungle Village” for a cultural presentation of various dances from all over Cameroon. Cameroonians are famed for their skilled wood carvings including masks, and Silversea has arranged for various craftsmen to come to display and sell their goods today. This unique opportunity will permit you to purchase some very unusual souvenirs. We will also visit the Limbe Wildlife Centre. This is home to some critically endangered wildlife species and we will have the opportunity to see a variety of primate species including Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzees, drill monkeys, western lowland and Cross River gorillas, plus several species of long-tailed monkeys such as the locally endemic Preuss’s guenon. During a short lecture we will learn more about the centre’s work as well as their struggles and successes in educating the local population on the importance of conservation. For those bent on getting closer to Mount Cameroon, a drive to Buea, the former capital of German Cameroon, and the Mount Cameroon National Park with a hike on its lower slopes through forest and savanna awaits. Silver Cloud will set sail for Cotonou, Benin in the evening.

Day 15

At Sea

This leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team. Attend lectures about Benin and Togo and their role in the infamous slave trade or relax in one of the lounges with that book you’ve been meaning to read, and meet up with new friends for cocktails. Perhaps a wine seminar or teatime’s Team Trivia will call your attention.

Day 16

Cotonou, Benin

Silver Cloud will dock this morning at Cotonou, Benin, referred to by many as the ‘Latin Quarter of Africa’. Today’s full day tour will head out on tour to Ouidah and Lake Nokoue. The town of Ouidah is known as the religious capital of the country due to the numerous festivals with singing, chanting, drumming and dances that take place here. Historically, Ouidah was also one of the busiest of the West African slave embarkation points. We will walk along the “Route des Esclaves” down to the shoreline where there is an imposing arch with bas-relief sculpture to memorialise the people who were shipped out from here. An unusual feature of Ouidah is the Sacred Forest of Kpasse with its Python Temple and voodoo statues which we will visit, as well as the small local museum. We will also travel to Lake Nokoue where we will board small motorboats to visit Ganvié, a fishing village made up of bamboo houses resting on teak stilts, perched above the water. The village was founded more than 200 years ago when Tofinou people fled to the lake to escape slave raiders. All travel between homes is done in wooden boats on the waterways that separate them. We will have the chance to see the floating market, before we go ‘ashore’ at one of the houses to see a mesmerizing presentation by Egungun dancers. Lunch will be had at a beach resort. Birders will be looking for Whiskered Terns, Little Egrets, Yellow-billed Kites and Pied Kingfishers.

Day 17

Lomé, Togo

Silver Cloud will dock early in the morning and we will head out for tours of Togo’s hinterland. We start one of our tours driving through the old colonial town with its modern-looking independence square before reaching one of the many museums and one of the markets for a look at the old and modern life of Togo. Another of the tours will head for Ewe village, where we will be welcomed by traditional dancers and the local school children. This will be one of the best opportunities to learn about village life in Togo and to hand over your contribution of school supplies. Fascinating fabrics will be on sale and you will be able to see how they are prepared locally. Heading further north we will reach Kloto forest and divide into smaller groups to learn about the medicinal and commercial plants found in and near the secondary forest. During lunch local musicians and dancers will entertain us, and souvenirs will be on offer nearby. You will also have the unique opportunity to partake in a voodoo ceremony –or at least to have a look at how these ceremonies take place when we are invited in one of the suburbs to see this practice. Our onboard Videographer/Photographer will present the Voyage-DVD recounting the many different sites and encounters of our West African voyage.

Day 18

Lomé, Togo

Day 19

Accra, Ghana

Following breakfast on board, we disembark Silver Cloud in Tema, Ghana’s largest seaport and Accra’s harbour.

Please Note: expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members as well as guest speakers and their lecture topics scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Overview

Explorer’s Africa

Experience disparate cultures while travelling from the bleak but beautiful Skeleton Coast to the Gold Coast. Follow the trading routes of Henry the Navigator from the west coast of Africa into the Atlantic to see some of the least visited places on Earth. This is expedition cruising at its source — a unique blend of beauty, nature, culture and history that gives truly one-of-a-kind experiences and lifelong memories.

Highlights

Go off-roading in 4×4 vehicles and see colourful salt works, gravel desert plains and spectacular rock formations • Identify pelicans, flamingos, herons, kingfishers, waders, cormorants, sandpipers, plovers and many rare endemic birds including the endangered Damara Tern • Tour an abandoned diamond-mining town and contemplate the solemn history of slave trade sites • Visit a stilt village, local school, and see how coffee is produced

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Silver Cloud

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 157 m.

Passenger Capacity: 200-260

Built: 1994 Refurbished & Rebranded: 2017

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.

A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew ratios in expedition cruising. With her 18 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

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Small Ship Cruise
Pegasus
30.03.2019
06.04.2019
7
Africa, Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden
Fare from € 1.390
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Travelroute
Day 1

Mahe Inter Island Quay - St. Anne Island

Embarkation 15:00 to 16:00 pm. After the Welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship. Overnight at anchor near St Anne. Welcome dinner.

Day 2

St. Anne Island - Curieuse

We leave St Anne Island early in the morning to reach Curieuse. This morning we visit this uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm, along mangrove forests. Later we return to the beach for a BBQ under the trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3

Curieuse - Cousin Island - Anse Lazio

In the morning we sail for Cousin Island. Optional excursion to the Bird Sanctuary which is in the care Bird Life International. A quarter million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles. Later in the afternoon we reach Anse Lazio. In the afternoon we sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Time for water sports, snorkelling or optional diving. Evening at anchor.

Day 4

Anse Lazio – Aride - St. Pierre - Baie St. Anne, Praslin

In the morning we leave for Aride. Our optional excursion will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view of the island. The island is home to the Wright's gardenia found nowhere else on earth and to bird species like the Audubon's shearwater, the Seychelles warbler. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night.

Day 5

Baie St. Anne, Praslin – Felicite – La Digue

Baie St. Anne, Praslin. Optional excursion to the famous Vallee de Mai Reserve, a World Heritage site. You will explore the pathways under tall palm trees which produce the famous Coco de Mer and you might sight a black parrot only found in Praslin. Afternoon sailing to Felicite for swimming, snorkelling or optional diving excursion on this uninhabited island. Evening sailing to La Digue. Evening arrival at La Digue. Anchor in front of the Port. Overnight.

Day 6

La Digue - Moyenne Island

Half day excursion in La Digue, the most photographed and quaint community in the Seychelles. Our optional excursion will take us by bus to the Veuve Nature Reserve and through Union Plantation to l’ Anse Source d’ Argent beach. Arrival at L’ Union Estate and tour of the copra kiln, traditional coconut oil mill and the colonial plantation house. Time at Anse Source D’ Argent one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Marvel at some of Seychelles most impressive rock formations – truly unique, whilst enjoying a refreshment. Time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe, the islands main village, before returning to the ship. Late afternoon sailing to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe. Evening arrival at Moyenne. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7

Moyenne Island – Mahe, Inter Island Quay

Short guiding around the island and time for swim. Beach BBQ on the island. This is a last opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. We leave Moyenne Island for Mahe's Victoria Port in the afternoon. Late afternoon, we reach the Inter island Quay, Mahe. Captain's Farewell Dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe.

Day 8

Mahe (Victoria)

Disembarkation 9:00 to 10.00 am

Overview

Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden

The Seychelles Islands are the perfect destination for both summer and winter cruises due to their warm year round climate.

Discover the Seychelles the best way: By small ship! Hop from island to island in this unspoilt paradise and visit a variety islands renowned for their fauna and flora, and beaches. Snorkel or dive to see an amazing underwater world. Walk into centuries old rain forests with unique and endemic species of wildlife and spot the rare black parrots, the world famous Coco de Mer palm trees or the giant tortoise.

We hop from Island to island, taking plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the amazing beaches. The pace of life here is slow, and why rush?

Highlights

Visit Curieuse – the uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises • Enjoy water sports – snorkelling or diving • Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Please Note: more Seychelles cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Pegasus

Vessel Type: Small Ship
Length: 45 metres
Passenger Capacity: 44 (in 21 cabins)
Built / refurbished: 1992 / 1997 / 2016

The twin-hulled Pegasus, built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997 and renovated in 2016, accommodates up to 44 guests in 21 cabins, in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. On board you will enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll our 2,550 square feet / 240 m2 of open deck. You can relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge, browse in the well-stocked library or enjoy ocean view dining in the convivial and spacious restaurant area. A platform on Pegasus stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. We have also added for your relaxation a zen mini spa located on the Lower Deck.

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Luxury Expedition
Silver Explorer
30.03.2019
13.04.2019
14
Pacific and Oceania, Pearls of the Pacific
Fare from € 6.040
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Travelroute
Day 1

Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Embark Silver Explorer and depart on your exciting 13-day Silversea Expedition – “Pearls of the Pacific.” This afternoon, after settling in and before setting sail, you will participate in a mandatory safety drill. We invite you to familiarise yourself with your new home away from home and meet some of your fellow travellers at the Sail Away Cocktail. Watch for dolphins often seen at the exit of Papeete’s harbour. Your Expedition Leader will introduce important members of the crew and the Expedition Team, before the Restaurant Manager and Executive Chef invite you to enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.

Day 2

Bora Bora, Society Islands

No superlatives can adequately describe the spectacular beauty of Bora Bora’s emerald-green hills and tranquil sapphire-blue lagoons. Silver Explorer will enter the narrow channel into the lagoon at dawn. Be out on deck to watch the sun rise behind Mount Pahia and Otemanu and look for dolphins playing at the entrance to the lagoon. Select from a variety of excursions and activities today. Enjoy a leisurely, open-air ‘le truck’ tour of Bora Bora’s highlights: ancient marae stone temples, the Faanui Protestant Church, scenic lookout points with spectacular vistas of the lagoon and distant islands, old WWII remnants and popular Matira Beach. Sample local fruits and watch a pareo (sarong) demonstration before returning to the ship. Alternatively, climb into a specially designed, open-air, off-road vehicle, to circle the island and visit some of its most dramatic sites that are only accessible by four-wheel drive. Veer inland following a trail that leads up the mountain to an amazing 360-degree panorama. From this height, you can view Bora Bora’s breathtaking multi-coloured lagoon. See canons remaining from the American’s presence during WWII. If you would like to see Bora Bora’s underwater world, a snorkel safari permits you to swim with rays and with reef sharks.

Day 3

At sea

Leaving French Polynesia behind, Silver Explorer will sail west towards the Cook Islands and Aitutaki. Let our lecturers entertain you with talks about Polynesia’s natural history and human settlement or take the time at sea to indulge in a Spa treatment. The Connoisseur’s Corner and Panorama Lounge with coffee, tea, cocktails, fine spirits and cigars will offer shelter from the sun –while our Executive Chef and his team will tempt you with South Pacific delicacies.

Day 4

Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Aitutaki is rightly known as one of the most spectacular destinations in the Cook Islands. Its reef completely encompasses a large turquoise lagoon. We board the Zodiacs and will enter a narrow channel leading to the island’s main village -but before coming ashore a local warrior will appear and challenge all visitors. Local tradition requires stepping across a special stone, and then visitors are free to do as they please on the island. Our excursion continues aboard local boats, crossing the spectacular lagoon to the small islet of Tapuaetai for a delicious barbecue luncheon in a lush South Pacific setting. Look for Red-tailed Tropicbirds or take your snorkelling gear to see the underwater world. You can also stroll along the beach out onto a sand cay.

Day 5

Palmerston, Cook Islands

During the late morning, we approach the low-lying atoll of Palmerston and Home Islet where three families, all descendants of William Marsters (1831-1899) live a simple life. Several of the men will come out to guide our Zodiacs into the lagoon. Once ashore, the whole community will be there to greet us. This will be followed by a presentation of speeches, prayers and church songs. Afterwards we will tour the island in small groups to see its highlights: the church, the oldest house, the cemetery, the school, the underground gardens and “Duke’s Pool” where we will be invited to swim and snorkel.

Day 6

Beveridge Reef, Niue

Attend lectures or seminars during the morning. At lunchtime Silver Explorer will approach Beveridge Reef and look for a protected area to offer swimming and snorkelling at this eastern outpost of Niue. Only small portions of the reef are above sea level at high tide so we will use our Zodiacs as snorkelling platforms from where to explore this rarely visited part of the Pacific.

Day 7

Alofi, Niue (Crossing the Dateline)

Today Silver Explorer will drift in front of “the Rock” -as Niue is locally known. The island is one of the largest raised coral atolls in the Pacific. As such it has no lagoon and the coastline shows steep cliffs. Once ashore, we will take locals busses to see some of the scenic and historical highlights of the island. The coast features various caves that can be visited and there are two areas where snorkelling can be done. Not only are Niue’s waters crystal clear, the island is also known as a hotspot for black-banded sea kraits –we should be able to see them at the landing sites or while snorkelling. In the afternoon, Silver Explorer will head for Tonga and all of us become time travellers! Crossing the dateline in a westerly direction (but actually not yet leaving the western hemisphere) we will lose a day. Our lecturers will use this time to prepare you for Tonga.

Day 8

Neiafu and Nuku, Vava’u Archipelago, Tonga

The Vava’u Archipelago is quite famous for its raised islands and has one of the most picturesque harbours. We will either be alongside in Neiafu or anchor close to elegant yachts in the bay, and once ashore, begin our visit with an excursion to the Botanical Garden. A knowledgeable local guide will describe the heritage of the island’s plant life and specifically point out species that have medicinal properties. Enjoy traditional entertainment and a chance to shop for arts and handicrafts before returning the ship. For guests wanting a more leisurely morning, a walking tour of Neiafu might be of interest. In the afternoon Silver Explorer will relocate to Nuku Island via the Ava Pulepule Kai Channel. You can spend the afternoon ashore and relax on the beach or swim and snorkel. We might also take to the Zodiacs to explore some of the islands. Various types of seabirds nest or roost here, and we may even see flying foxes hanging in the trees and swiftlets that nest in caves.

Day 9

Uoleva, Ha’apai Group, Tonga

Our final stop in Tonga will be in the rarely visited Ha’apai Group, south of Neiafu. Silver Explorer will anchor in front of Uoleva, an island of palm forests, endless beaches, and clear blue water. Today will be a day to unwind, to swim and snorkel, and to feel the true South Pacific. Depending on permits and conditions, our Hotel Department will arrange for a beach barbecue and beach bar –so that you can make the most of your day ashore.

Day 10

At sea

Today will be a day to scan the seas for seabirds as we head for Fiji, travelling on a course that was taken almost exactly 230 years ago by Lt. William Bligh and his loyal crew members after the mutiny on the Bounty near Uoleva. Our lecturers will want to talk about Fiji’s natural history and topics relevant to the area Silver Explorer will be travelling through. You can also make use of the Spa and Gym, or relax on the Sun Deck.

Day 11

Vanua Balavu, Fiji

Vanua Balavu, the third largest of the Lau Islands, is protected by a reef area that promises excellent snorkelling: snorkelling from the beach, snorkelling from an anchored Zodiac or perhaps even drift snorkelling –depending on conditions. We also hope to visit one of the villages, where a yaqona (kava) ceremony will be held to welcome us. A hike from one village to the next or up into the higher areas of Vanua Balavu will appeal to those wanting to stretch their legs. As the Lau Group was once under Tongan rule, we are looking forward to a folkloric presentation in which Fijian and Tongan music and dance have formed a special union. If conditions permit we will also take our Zodiacs to explore the bay and the many photogenic little islands.

Day 12

Cobia Island and Ringgold Isles, Fiji

Cobia Island is part of the Ringgold Isles, a small group of islands to the northeast of Taveuni. Cobia is the lush remnant of a former volcano with two small white sand beaches. The crater’s rim has disappeared on the northeastern side and has permitted seawater to come in, forming a beautiful blue lagoon. One of the main attractions on the island would be a hike to the summit of the crater. To do so we will land on the south side of the island for those that want to climb the crater’s rim for a spectacular view of the interior of the crater. After the hike you can relax on the beach or go snorkelling in the clear waters; visibility is said to exceed 120 feet. Conditions and permits pending, we might also explore the lagoon inside the crater by Zodiac. The seven Ringgold Islands are considered rat-free after and hold internationally important numbers of nesting seabirds. Bridled Terns have been observed on two of the islands. Lesser Frigatebird, Black Noddy and Brown Booby are said to represent over 1% of the global number for each species, thereby qualifying the island group as an Important Bird Area. Other birds include Red-footed Boobies, Brown Noddies, Common White Terns, and Bristle-thighed Curlews. Three of the islands have significant numbers of turtle nests and the sea surrounding the Ringgold Islands is the main foraging area for hawksbill and green turtles. The Pacific Black Skink, listed under Fiji’s Endangered and Protected Species Act, has also increased in numbers. We will explore some of the islands with our Zodiacs and depending on conditions might go ashore, will be looking for the birds and might also look for underwater creatures while snorkelling.

Day 13

Nabukeru, Yasawa Islands, Fiji

Silver Explorer will anchor in Buasali Bay, right off the village of Nabukeru and next to one of the Yasawa Islands most famous islands: Sawa-i-Lau. We will go ashore to visit the village and its school, which is shared with the neighbouring village of Tamusua. Village visits are normally accompanied by a kava ceremony in which the guests (in this case us) bring a gift of yaqona (kava roots) and then drink the ground up roots mixed with water. Apart from the village and school visit, a climb to the hilltop behind the two villages for spectacular panoramic views of the northern Yasawas will be offered. If you do not want to partake in the strenuous hike, relax on one of the beaches, go swimming and snorkelling in the bay, or venture into the island of Sawa-i-Lau. This limestone island has caves in which one can swim. Enjoy sundowners on deck as Silver Explorer leaves Buasali Bay for our final destination, Lautoka.

Day 14

Lautoka, Viti Levu Island, Fiji

We will arrive in port in the morning. Following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.

Please Note: expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and sea conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Overview

Pearls of the Pacific

From black pearls and underwater wonders to blue lagoons and raised coral islands, this is a voyage of adventure and discovery. Explore underwater wonders, view unimaginable vistas in Bora Bora and be transfixed by the awe-inspiring beauty of Aitutaki’s lagoon. Meet local communities and be overwhelmed by the friendliness of the Pacific Islanders. Join us to look for the Pearls of the Pacific.

Highlights

Explore Bora Bora’s underwater wonders, circle the island in “Le Truck” ashore and see the many islets, the mountains and spectacular lagoon during an optional helicopter flight from the air. Swim and snorkel in some of Polynesia’s best and also least known lagoons looking for colourful reef fish, rays and sharks and relax on some of Polynesia’s most beautiful beaches. Visit small communities and be overwhelmed by the Polynesian and Melanesian friendliness towards visitors
Look for Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Lesser Frigatebirds, Common White Terns, Brown and Black Noddies, Brown and Red-footed Boobies and other seabirds and shore birds on isolated islands.

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Ship information

Silver Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 metres

Passenger Capacity: 132

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008

Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.

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Booking
Small Ship Cruise
Pegasos
13.04.2019
20.04.2019
7
Africa, Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden
Fare from € 1.230
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Travelroute
Day 1

Mahe (Victoria port, Inter island Quay) - St. Anne

Embarkation 15:00 to 16:00 pm. After the welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St. Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship. Overnight at anchor near St. Anne. Welcome dinner.

Day 2

St. Anne - Curieuse

We leave St. Anne island early in the morning to reach Curieuse. This morning we visit this uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm, along mangrove forests. Later we return to the beach for a BBQ under the trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3

Curieuse - Cousin island - Anse Lazio

In the morning we sail for Cousin Island. Excursion to the Bird Sanctuary which is in the care Bird Life International. A quarter million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles. Later in the afternoon we reach Anse Lazio. In the afternoon we sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Time for water sports and snorkeling. Evening at anchor.

Day 4

Anse Lazio - Aride - St. Pierre - Baie St. Anne/Praslin

In the morning we leave for Aride. Our excursion by the island’s rangers will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view of the island. The island is home to the Wright's gardenia found nowhere else on earth and to bird species like the Audubon's shear-water, the Seychelles warbler. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night.

Day 5

Baie St. Anne, Praslin - Felicite - La Digue

Baie St. Anne, Praslin. Optional excursion to the famous Vallee de Mai Reserve, a World Heritage site. You will explore the pathways under tall palm trees which produce the famous Coco de Mer and you might sight a black parrot only found in Praslin. Afternoon sailing to Felicite for swimming, snorkeling or optional diving excursion on this uninhabited island. Evening sailing to La Digue. Evening arrival at La Digue. Anchor in front of the Port. Overnight.

Day 6

La Digue - Moyenne Island

Half day optional excursion in La Digue, the most photographed and quaint community in the Seychelles. Our optional excursion will take us through Union Plantation to l’ Anse Source d’ Argent beach. Arrive at L’ Union Estate and tour of the copra kiln, traditional coconut oil mill and the colonial plantation house. Time at Anse Source D’ Argent one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Marvel at some of Seychelles most impressive rock formations – truly unique, whilst enjoying a refreshment. Time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe, the islands main village, before return to the ship. Late afternoon sailing to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe. Evening arrival at Moyenne. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7

Moyenne island - Mahe - Inter Island Quay

Short guiding tour around the island and time for swim. Beach BBQ on the island. This is a last opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. We leave Moyenne Island for Mahe's Victoria Port in the afternoon. Late afternoon, we reach the Inter island Quay, Mahe. Captain's Farewell Dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe.

Day 8

Mahe (Victoria port, Inter island Quay)

Disembarkation 9:00 to 10.00 am.

Additional charges: Port Charges: € 345,- pp

Overview

Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden

The Seychelles Islands are the perfect destination for both summer and winter cruises due to their warm year round climate.
Discover the Seychelles the best way: By small ship! Hop from island to island in this unspoilt paradise and visit a variety islands renowned for their fauna and flora, and beaches. Snorkel or dive to see an amazing underwater world. Walk into centuries old rain forests with unique and endemic species of wildlife and spot the rare black parrots, the world famous Coco de Mer palm trees or the giant tortoise.
We hop from island to island, taking plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the amazing beaches. The pace of life here is slow, and why rush?

Highlights

Visit Curieuse – the uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises • Enjoy water sports – snorkelling or diving • Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Please Note: more Seychelles cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Pegasos

Vessel Type: Small Ship
Length: 45 metres
Passenger Capacity: 44 (in 21 cabins)
Crew: 16-18
Built / refurbished: 1992 / 1997 / 2016

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 147 feet of comfort, beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards. Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic double hulled Mega Yacht that sails the seas under the name PEGASOS, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 10 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Pegasos loves to seduce her select 44 guests with her simple lines and comfortable lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, large windows offering pristine views of all destinations, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains. Mingle with likeminded travelers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 21 ocean view cabin sanctuaries all offering windows or portholes connecting you with Mother Nature’s wonders. Pegasus’ experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.
Home at Sea Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge - Bar, Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant, Audiovisual in Lounge, Mini library, Beach Towels, Snorkeling equipment, Kayak, Board Games, Swimming Platform, Wi-Fi
Comfort Zone Windows: Sun, Upper & Main deck cabins, Triple Occupancy cabins: Category A, Flat-Screen TV, Mini Safe, Mini Fridge, Individually controlled A/C, En suite bathroom with shower, Hairdryers, Telephone for internal use, Central music

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Booking
Sailing Cruise
Sea Star & Sea Bird
13.04.2019
20.04.2019
7
Africa, Sailing around the Seychelles
Fare from € 2.142
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Travelroute
Day 1

Mahe

Embarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 10:30hrs, followed by the Captain's welcome briefing. Depart Port Victoria at 12:00hrs, sailing from Mahé to a late afternoon anchorage at Round Island, just off the isle of Praslin. In the evening, introduce yourself to Creole cuisine with a welcome barbecue dinner onboard.

Day 2

Praslin

Sail to Praslin, Seychelles' second-largest inhabited island, for disembarkation to the famous World Heritage Site, the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. This ancient forest is home to the curiously shaped double coconut, the coco de mer, as well as the Black Parrot, unique to Praslin. Explore the valley's eerie pathways beneath its canopy of massive palms, before returning onboard for afternoon opportunities to dive, snorkel or enjoy other water sports.

Day 3

La Digue

A morning sail brings the vessel to La Digue, a sleepy island community where ox-carts and bicycles still remain the most common mode of transportation throughout the island. La Digue is home to the endemic Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, and is perhaps most famous for its massive granite boulder formations at Anse Source d'Argent, which is thought to be the most photographed beach on earth. Explore the entire island by bicycle, perhaps stopping by Union Estate, a sprawling network of traditional island activities, including a copra mill, vanilla plantation, and shipyard.

Day 4

Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur

In the morning the vessel sails toward Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur (the Sisters) for excellent snorkelling and diving, and for a relaxing visit of these unique and completely uninhabited tropical islands. In the afternoon, visit Coco Island, one of Seychelles’ tiny granite jewels, a fantastic spot for snorkelling within a kaleidoscope of tropical fish.

Day 5

Booby Island and Aride Island

Sail to Booby Island for a morning of diving and water sports. After lunch, sail to Aride Island, a globally important nature reserve with more native bird species than any other island, including five endemics and the world's largest population of 3 species (Lesser Noddy, Audubon's Shearwater and Seychelles Warbler). The nature trail leads to a spectacular cliff-top view with the largest frigatebird roost outside of Aldabra. Aride is the only natural location in the world for Wright's Gardenia and 400 species of fish have been recorded around the island.

Day 6

Curieuse

In the morning disembark at Curieuse for a visit of this virtually uninhabited island. Experience the island's vast mangrove forests and its giant tortoise farm, along with the historic ruins of this former leper colony. After a barbecue lunch on the island, enjoy an array of water sports or simply relax and enjoy the island's beautiful beach and turquoise waters. Sail to St. Pierre, the small granite outcrop just off Praslin for more water-sports.

Day 7

Ile Seche

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely sail back towards Mahé, with a last stop at St. Anne for more snorkelling or diving, followed by a farewell barbecue. Overnight at Ile Seche.

Day 8

Mahe

Disembarkation at the Inter-Island Quay at 08:30hrs.

Additional charges: conservation fee (payable in cash on arrival) € 182,- pp

Diving - available at extra charge onboard. From € 40,-
Each Day's First Dive: € 40,- / Subsequent Dives: € 20,- e.g. for 2 dives in a day the charge would be € 60,- per day. Full diving equipment rental € 10,- per piece or € 30,- for full set (per day). Introductory dive (1 to 1 with instructor) € 70,- per dive.
Diving Packages - available for pre-booking. From € 187,-
Dive Package (8 guided dives with instructor) - € 187,- not including rental equipment NON-TRANSFERABLE/NON-REFUNDABLE.
PADI Open Water Certification Course - (with E-learning)
Water training exams + certification € 387,- PADI Advanced Open Water Course € 325,- + € 40,- for Cert. Envelope.

Overview

Sailing around the Seychelles

Isolated in the Indian Ocean and the only mid-ocean islands of granite formation to be found on earth, the Seychelles archipelago is often mentioned in the same breath as the lost ‘Garden of Eden.’

The highest peaks of a submerged mountain range that broke apart from the supercontinent of Gondwana millions of years ago, the Seychelles’ inner islands are the most ancient islands on earth – no other mid-ocean isles of granite formation can be found anywhere else. This curious geological feature was one of several curiosities about the islands that led the famed British General, Charles Gordon, to declare Seychelles the site of the biblical Garden of Eden.

Situated some 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Africa, and northeast of the island of Madagascar, this tiny island group boasts a population of just 90,000 inhabitants, with a warm, tropical climate all year-round and some of the most stunningly beautiful beaches in the world.

Mahé, the largest island, is home to the majority of the population and represents the archipelago’s commercial and transportation hub, with the country’s only international airport linking the islands to the rest of the globe. The island is characterised by its towering granite peaks, lush mist forests and dozens of striking coves and beaches.

The second largest island, Praslin, is home to the legendary Vallée de Mai, the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Coco de Mer grows in abundance. This double coconut, which curiously resembles the shape of a woman’s pelvis, was another facet of General Gordon’s theory about Seychelles as the Garden of Eden – he believed it to be the real forbidden fruit.

La Digue, the third-most populous island, moves at an even slower pace: bicycles remain the most common mode of transportation, for both its residents and visiting tourists. The huge granite boulders that adorn the coastline at Anse Source D’Argent have led some to believe that it could very well be the most photographed beach in the world.

While Mahé, Praslin and La Digue may be the principal islands, dozens of smaller ‘satellite’ isles nearby offer further opportunity to explore and admire. Every island has a character and charm all of its own, with colorful individual histories and unique natural features, some with steep granite cliffs and others comprising pristine coral atolls. Together, they make up a surprisingly diverse destination of great natural beauty, rare flora and fauna that have been cocooned in isolation for millions of years, and a friendly multi-cultural people eager to welcome you to their shores.

Highlights

Diving and snorkelling in the Seychelles reveal the best of the magical underwater world that the Indian Ocean has to offer. Unique granite boulder formations, coral reefs and wrecks are home to colourful tropical fish, turtles, sharks, rays and many other species. Some of the best dive sites in Seychelles’ inner islands are easily accessible on our cruises. Each vessel is certified as a PADI dive resort, and has a dedicated PADI dive instructor onboard to accommodate the needs of both seasoned and novice divers alike. • All of our cruises include complimentary equipment for kayaking, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and snorkelling (masks and fins). We also offer the opportunity to enjoy traditional bottom-line fishing in certain areas, with our chef ready to prepare fresh Seychelles-style sashimi or grilled fish in the event of a successful catch. • For Sailing enthusiasts Sea Star and Sea Bird feature a modern furling system. • Each day onboard presents a new opportunity to explore isolated bays and coves, colourful marine parks, and protected nature reserves or uninhabited islands. Spotting the incredibly rare Magpie Robin and other endemic birds, visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, or getting up close and personal with a giant tortoise, are just a few of the many special experiences that await on the islands we visit.

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Ship information

Sea Star & Sea Bird

Vessel Type: Motorised Schooner

Length: 40m Sea Star / 42m Sea Bird

Passenger Capacity: 22

Built: 2002 / 2000

The SY Sea Star is a 40-metre custom-built yacht with three masts and five Bermuda sails, with classic wood finishings across its 9 spacious guest cabins and common areas.

The SY Sea Bird was redesigned in 2007 to begin cruising in Seychelles, is a two-masted 42-metre yacht with four Bermuda sails, sleek contours and modern interiors across its 9 en-suite guest cabins and common areas.

 

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Booking
Luxury Expedition
Silver Cloud
15.04.2019
01.05.2019
16
Africa, The Mediterranean, African Adventure
Fare from € 10.625
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Travelroute
Day 1

Accra, Ghana

Embark Silver Cloud for your Expedition. Once on board, become acquainted with the ship’s luxurious amenities. A mandatory safety drill will take place before we leave port. During sail away meet some of your fellow explorers. This evening, after settling in and having set sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team.

Day 2

Takoradi, Ghana

This morning we set out to explore the Gold Coast area. We drive to Elmina Village where we will tour Elmina Castle, which was built in 1482 and is one of the oldest European-built structures outside of Europe. Between the picturesque old town alleys and the numerous flat-bottomed pirogue boats in the harbour, we enjoy one of West Africa’s greatest photo opportunities. We continue to the notorious Cape Coast Castle which was built in 1653 for the trade in timber and gold. The Castle was later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. We will visit the museum and view the dungeons that once held hundreds of men and women as they awaited deportation across the Atlantic as slaves. Alternatively, travel inland to visit the Kakum National Park, a 357-square-km park comprising undisturbed virgin rainforest. Join our natural history staff and local guides for a walking tour through the forest and on a canopy walkway, offering an opportunity to see much of Ghana’s indigenous plant life, as well as rare butterflies, birds and game.

Day 3

Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Despite the fact that Yamoussoukro is Ivory Coast’s capital, the city of Abidjan with its port still is the commercial centre of the country. Our morning excursion will take us to see some of Abidjan’s highlights –like the modernistic St. Paul’s Cathedral (one of Africa’s largest cathedrals) and the National Museum. We will also drive to the historic town of Grand-Bassam, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the first capital of the country and was chosen by UNESCO as an example of a late 19th- and early 20th-century colonial town planned for Europeans and Africans. If conditions permit we will try to get to the “Parc National Iles Ehotilé” east of Abidjan. This area encompasses 6 islands in a large lagoon fed by several mayor rivers. It was declared a RAMSAR site in 2005. Some 128 species of birds have been recorded. One of the islands has thousands of straw–coloured fruit bats which the local population sees as a sign of their ancestor’s presence.

Day 4

At sea

Our knowledgeable Lecture Staff members are experts in a variety of scientific fields and will keep you informed with entertaining and fascinating lectures about the European exploration and native cultures and wildlife. Attend a photography workshop and let the Executive Chef show you how special delicacies are prepared on board.

Day 5

Tokeh, Sierra Leone

While we spend the morning at sea, our lecturers will be able to present topics relevant to Sierra Leone and other small West African countries. Our first glimpse of Sierra Leone will be the area south of Freetown. Once the ship has been cleared into the country, we will be able to go ashore by special permission and spend the afternoon at the foot of the Western Area National Park and the private beach of Tokeh. The use is exclusively for Silversea guests and we will have a cultural performance to welcome us into the country. In the evening we will have local meals on the beach.

Day 6

Freetown, Sierra Leone

We arrive early in the morning in the bustling West African city of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. In 1787, British philanthropists founded the ‘Province of Freedom’, which later became Freetown, a British crown colony and the principal base for the suppression of the slave trade. By 1792, 1,200 freed slaves from Nova Scotia had joined the original settlers, the Maroons. Another group of slaves rebelled in Jamaica and travelled to Freetown in 1800. During our tour we anticipate visiting a local community clinic where we will see the work of volunteers and the Greatest Goal Ministries, a US non-profit organisation. In addition, we hope to attend a soccer match arranged by the Greatest Goal Ministries, played on the beach near Lumley. All soccer team members were affected by the horrible civil war and have lost one or both of their legs and form part of an amazing amputee soccer club! Sierra Leone is a member of the World Amputee Football Association and our presence will help promote self-esteem and self-confidence of the participants. We might also visit the Western Area Forest Reserve (accepted by UNESCO as a tentative World heritage Site) to see the Tacaguma Chimpanzee Sanctuary, south of Freetown and close to the Congo Dam, to learn more about these primates and their struggle to survive in a country where the bush meat trade is still a very serious problem.

Day 7

At sea

Binoculars and camera in hand, head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals. Attend informative lectures that will prepare you for our visit to The Gambia. Peruse an array of titles and topics in the well-stocked Library, enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs at the Connoisseur’s Corner or indulge in any of the other special amenities offered aboard ship.

Day 8

Banjul, The Gambia

The Gambia is quite a unique country: the English-speaking country is surrounded by French-speaking Senegal and runs parallel to the Gambia River on both sides. The European history started with a Baltic German intent of colonization in the mid-17th century. Our drive through Banjul will take us to the National Museum where we will see displays of historical and cultural artefacts, including musical instruments. A visit to Banjul’s main urban market –Royal Albert Market- will show the typical hustle and bustle of a lively market offering a large selection of nearly everything you expect, including wooden masks. Ornithologists all over the world consider The Gambia to be a birdwatchers’ paradise where over 500 species can be seen. This morning we head to the Tanji Bird Reserve where our guides lead us on a forest walk. The reserve is an important stop for European migrants and more than 250 bird species live in the reserve, which includes the Bijol Islands. Alternatively, visit the Makasutu cultural forest situated on the banks of a beautiful meandering tributary of the River Gambia, and encompassing many different ecosystems including dense forest, savannah and mangrove regions. The forest is home to hundreds of varieties of birds, three species of monkeys, monitor lizards, pygmy deer, and mongoose.

Day 9

Dakar, Senegal

Entering the harbour of Dakar Silver Cloud will pass later Goree Island. Located just off the coast of Dakar it will be one of our next destinations. Just off Dakar’s western shore is the small group Îles de la Madeleine. Not only is this group a National Park, it has also been placed on the Tentative List as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We intend to do a Zodiac cruise around the islands to see dolphins, sea turtles, and the only colony of Red-Billed Tropicbirds known in Africa. Permission pending, we might even land for some hikes. This small island Goree is notable in history as a major centre in the slave trade and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our primary focus will be the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves) built by the Dutch in 1776 as a holding point for slaves. Now a museum, we will tour through the dungeons where slaves were held, and hear of how they were sold and shipped. Goree also houses the IFAN Historical Museum to learn more about the history of Senegal, the Musee de la Femme (The Women’s Museum) to look at the role of Senegalese women in traditional and modern West African culture, and the Maritime Museum to better understand Senegal’s seafaring history. A special highlight of the visit will be a lantern lit Senegalese dinner on Goree Island with traditional music as entertainment.

Day 10

Joal-Fadiouth and Saly, Senegal

Silver Cloud will have headed south during the night to reach Joal-Fadiouth. Joal was once an important trading post in Senegal, today it is Senegal’s most important fishing port. Joal and Fadiouth are connected by a bridge and the specialty of Fadiouth is the use of sea shells in art and construction. Surrounded by an estuary with many small islets and mangroves, some islands are man-made using shells. Even the cemetery is located on one of these sea shell islands and surprisingly has both Muslim and Christian burials close together. Saly is a well-known resort area with nice beaches –just the right place to relax before heading to Morocco and its desert.

Day 11

At sea

Let our lecturers prepare you for a different aspect and face of Africa: the desert and the surprising variety of Morocco. You can also head out on deck to watch for seabirds and marine mammals or attend a seminar.

Day 12

Dakhla, Morocco

Dakhla is located at the tip of a thin peninsula and we will head ashore this afternoon to explore and to capture a sense of this area with our cameras. Historically, this was once a Spanish colony named Villa Cisneros and an Old Spanish lighthouse still stands on the outskirts of town. Disembark the ship and depart on 4×4 vehicles across the modern part of Dakhla toward the mainland. We will drive along the Laguna of Dakhla, a paradise for migratory birds, especially flamingos. We will venture into incredible scenery until we reach a Sahraoui camp set up overlooking the Laguna and a beautiful white sand dune. Discover for a few hours the Sahraoui culture, exclusively nomadic and centred on dromedaries, with a tea ceremony, ride a camel, visit the replica of a Sahraoui family encampment and discover the breath-taking view from the top of the White Dune. 4x4s will be available to go birding from the campsite with the onboard Ornithologist (depending on the tide and bird presence in the area). There will also be the opportunity to swim in the Laguna. Return to Silver Cloud with a new appreciation of the remoteness of this region and the nomadic nature of the local culture.

Day 13

Laayoune, Morocco

Leaving the Silver Cloud in El Marsa we will drive into the desert to reach the city of Laayoune. Once there, we will start with the dromedary souk and the El Mechouar Square. After viewing the Moulay Abdelaziz mosque from the outside we continue to the artisanal complex known for its silver work. Laayoune started as a Spanish town and still has the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi and a Spanish school. As our final stop in Laayoune we will drive to a lookout point overlooking the dam on the Saquia El Hamra River. During our return we will stop in the desert at a camp exclusively set up for Silversea and will be able to relax with refreshments and special sundowners.

Day 14

At sea

Let our lecturers entertain you with topics related to North Africa and the Sahara. Other onboard diversions include spa treatments, a workout in the Fitness Centre, and, of course, exquisite dining experiences.

Day 15

Safi, Morocco

Our destination today is exotic Marrakech. The drive from Safi towards the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains will be quite long, so we intend to visit a Bedouin camp set up almost in the middle of nowhere on our way. Coffee, tea, juices and canapés will break up your journey. Once we reach Marrakech our local hosts will lead us to a village of tents set up especially for us. The whole surrounding, the delicious food and the music, in short the atmosphere, will have you believe Rudolph Valentino might just be around the corner. After lunch will visit the tranquil Majorelle Gardens, designed by the French artist Louis Majorelle with lush greenery, palm trees, cacti, still pools and shady nooks, before strolling through the labyrinth of alleyways in the ancient, 12th century Medina. Not only will we visit the Medersa Ben Youssef, built in 1570 it is the biggest Koran School of the whole Maghreb (West), but will then discover the labyrinth of souks. You can browse through the antique, spices, textile and carpet shops. The many colourful souks have local and Berber handicrafts in leather, brass, copper, silver, and gold for you. Not only souvenir hunters will have a wonderful time experiencing local life. Our guided tour ends with a visit to the famous Djemâa el Fna Square, where we will find a permanent theatre of musicians, acrobats, snake charmers, food stalls and storytellers - truly out of “1001 Arabian Nights”. After an exciting and eventful day we return to Safi.

Day 16

At sea

During our last day of the voyage make use of the Gym or Spa – you will also have time to edit your photos, to attend a lecture or seminar, and to relax. Today the onboard Videographer will show his/her “Voyage-DVD”, reminding you of the many varied impressions you will have had during the last two weeks. The Captain will invite to his Farewell Cocktail and the Executive Chef will want to surprise you with a special Farewell Dinner.

Day 17

Lisbon, Portugal

Following breakfast on board, disembark Silver Cloud.
Please note: expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members as well as guest speakers and their lecture topics scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Overview

African Adventure

From the deserts of the Sahara, to the mountains of Morocco, the contrasts you will experience are vast. Characteristic and noble, the countries are almost untouched by tourism and offer a rare look at a complex continent. With Zodiac cruises in Mangrove, stunning birdlife, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and desert excursions, this African adventure is much more than it may appear.

Highlights

Explore the Gold Coast area – drive to Elmina Castle and then visit the notorious Cape Coast Castle • If conditions permit get to the “Parc National Iles Ehotilé” east of Abidjan • In Sierra Leone spend the afternoon at the foot of the Western Area National Park and the private beach of Tokeh • Enjoy a Zodiac cruise around Îles de la Madeleine to see dolphins, sea turtles, and the only colony of Red-Billed Tropicbirds known in Africa • Enjoy exotic Marrakech

Please Note: More Africa cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Silver Cloud

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 157 m.

Passenger Capacity: 200-260

Built: 1994 Refurbished & Rebranded: 2017

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will be the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today.

A limited number of guests, particularly with just 200 in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew ratios in expedition cruising. With her 18 zodiacs, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of 19 passionate and dedicated experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

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Pegasos
20.04.2019
27.04.2019
7
Africa, Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden
Fare from € 2.050
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Travelroute
Day 1

Mahe (Victoria port, Inter island Quay) - St. Anne

Embarkation 15:00 to 16:00 pm. After the welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St. Anne for a refreshing swim stop off the ship. Overnight at anchor near St. Anne. Welcome dinner.

Day 2

St. Anne - Curieuse

We leave St. Anne island early in the morning to reach Curieuse. This morning we visit this uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm, along mangrove forests. Later we return to the beach for a BBQ under the trees. In the afternoon you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Overnight at anchor.

Day 3

Curieuse - Cousin island - Anse Lazio

In the morning we sail for Cousin Island. Excursion to the Bird Sanctuary which is in the care Bird Life International. A quarter million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles. Later in the afternoon we reach Anse Lazio. In the afternoon we sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Time for water sports and snorkeling. Evening at anchor.

Day 4

Anse Lazio - Aride - St. Pierre - Baie St. Anne/Praslin

In the morning we leave for Aride. Our excursion by the island’s rangers will take you all the way to the top of the island for an amazing view of the island. The island is home to the Wright's gardenia found nowhere else on earth and to bird species like the Audubon's shear-water, the Seychelles warbler. At noon we sail for St Pierre Island. We reach St Pierre after lunch for a 3 hour snorkeling and swimming stop. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night.

Day 5

Baie St. Anne, Praslin - Felicite - La Digue

Baie St. Anne, Praslin. Optional excursion to the famous Vallee de Mai Reserve, a World Heritage site. You will explore the pathways under tall palm trees which produce the famous Coco de Mer and you might sight a black parrot only found in Praslin. Afternoon sailing to Felicite for swimming, snorkeling or optional diving excursion on this uninhabited island. Evening sailing to La Digue. Evening arrival at La Digue. Anchor in front of the Port. Overnight.

Day 6

La Digue - Moyenne Island

Half day optional excursion in La Digue, the most photographed and quaint community in the Seychelles. Our optional excursion will take us through Union Plantation to l’ Anse Source d’ Argent beach. Arrive at L’ Union Estate and tour of the copra kiln, traditional coconut oil mill and the colonial plantation house. Time at Anse Source D’ Argent one of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Marvel at some of Seychelles most impressive rock formations – truly unique, whilst enjoying a refreshment. Time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe, the islands main village, before return to the ship. Late afternoon sailing to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe. Evening arrival at Moyenne. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7

Moyenne island - Mahe - Inter Island Quay

Short guiding tour around the island and time for swim. Beach BBQ on the island. This is a last opportunity for snorkelling and swimming. We leave Moyenne Island for Mahe's Victoria Port in the afternoon. Late afternoon, we reach the Inter island Quay, Mahe. Captain's Farewell Dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe.

Day 8

Mahe (Victoria port, Inter island Quay)

Disembarkation 9:00 to 10.00 am.

Additional charges: Port Charges: € 345,- pp

Overview

Seychelles 8 Day Cruise in the Garden of Eden

The Seychelles Islands are the perfect destination for both summer and winter cruises due to their warm year round climate.
Discover the Seychelles the best way: By small ship! Hop from island to island in this unspoilt paradise and visit a variety islands renowned for their fauna and flora, and beaches. Snorkel or dive to see an amazing underwater world. Walk into centuries old rain forests with unique and endemic species of wildlife and spot the rare black parrots, the world famous Coco de Mer palm trees or the giant tortoise.
We hop from island to island, taking plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the amazing beaches. The pace of life here is slow, and why rush?

Highlights

Visit Curieuse – the uninhabited island, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises • Enjoy water sports – snorkelling or diving • Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

Please Note: more Seychelles cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Pegasos

Vessel Type: Small Ship
Length: 45 metres
Passenger Capacity: 44 (in 21 cabins)
Crew: 16-18
Built / refurbished: 1992 / 1997 / 2016

Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 147 feet of comfort, beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards. Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, classic double hulled Mega Yacht that sails the seas under the name PEGASOS, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 10 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Pegasos loves to seduce her select 44 guests with her simple lines and comfortable lounges redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, large windows offering pristine views of all destinations, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains. Mingle with likeminded travelers in our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to one of our 21 ocean view cabin sanctuaries all offering windows or portholes connecting you with Mother Nature’s wonders. Pegasus’ experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.
Home at Sea Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge - Bar, Indoor & Outodoor Restaurant, Audiovisual in Lounge, Mini library, Beach Towels, Snorkeling equipment, Kayak, Board Games, Swimming Platform, Wi-Fi
Comfort Zone Windows: Sun, Upper & Main deck cabins, Triple Occupancy cabins: Category A, Flat-Screen TV, Mini Safe, Mini Fridge, Individually controlled A/C, En suite bathroom with shower, Hairdryers, Telephone for internal use, Central music

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