PACKAGE #253

Asia To AfricaIsland Hop: Maldives & Seychelles

You’ll be the envy of all your mates when they see the stunning photos from this trip! Idyllic lagoons, crystal clear water, exotic marine life so beautiful you won’t be able to stay out of the water… this fantastic all-inclusive package is what the good life is all about!

You will board Le Lapérouse in Malé, the capital of the Maldives. Those island specks scattered across the warm, blue waters of the Indian Ocean, transport you to a marvellous and infinitely beautiful world. The archipelago counts some 1,200 islets and 19 atolls protected by coral reefs, offering travellers their transparent waters, home to millions of brightly coloured fish.

While snorkelling or scuba diving, you will have the chance to observe the magnificence of the marine life, which includes coral, whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles.

At the heart of the archipelago, discover Baa Atoll. This exceptional site, listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2011, is a perfectly preserved tropical paradise. The fifty-odd islets that make up the atoll offer visitors long stretches of white sand and beaches with crystal-clear water, lined with palm trees.

For diving fans, the Maldives are sub-aquatic heaven!

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, it’s onto the beautiful Seychelles.

The first stop on your cruise: Sainte Anne Marine National Park, whose coral reefs are home to stunning species, guaranteeing unforgettable snorkelling.

On Curieuse Island, reputed for its red earth and for the Aldabra giant tortoises that have taken up residence there, take an excursion to the heart of the mangrove. You will then discover Aride, an unspoiled delight of the Indian Ocean, home to thousands of birds including some endemic species.

In Praslin, don’t miss the chance to visit the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve. There you will find sea coconuts, gigantic endemic fruits with a very evocative shape, nicknamed the “love nut”.

Palm trees, granite rock, white sand and crystal-clear water await you on Grande Sœur and La Digue. The beaches on these two stunning islands are each more beautiful than the next, guaranteeing moments of relaxation that will live up to your fantasies of the Seychelles.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. (See below for more details on ports of call)


Departing on 31 January 2021, your 23 night package includes:

• Return economy class airfare** from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Male and ex Mahe on return inc tax

• One way transfer from Male airport to hotel

• 1 nights accommodation in a Male hotel with breakfast

• One way transfer from Male hotel to port

• 8 night cruise aboard Le Laperouse from Male to Colombo including: All meals while on board the ship | Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner | Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands) onboard cruise | Evening entertainment and shipboard events | Onboard cruise ship room service 24h (special selection) | Port taxes

• One way transfer from Colombo port to hotel

• 1 nights accommodation in Colombo with half board

• One way transfer from Colombo hotel to airport

• One way (overnight flight) economy class airfare from Colombo to Mahe, Seychelles

• One way transfer from Mahe airport to hotel

• 1 nights accommodation at the Le Meridien Fisherman`s Cove Resort with breakfast

• One way transfer from hotel to port, Mahe Island

• 8 night expedition cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier round trip from Victoria (Mahe Seychelles) including: All meals while on board the ship | Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner | Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands) onboard cruise | Evening entertainment and shipboard events | Onboard cruise ship room service 24h (special selection) | Port taxes | All shore excursions and zodiac trips

• One way transfer from port to airport, Mahe

Plus! Also receive:

Complimentary return luxury chauffeur driven transfers from your home to/from your nearest international airport (with 35 km)

An AMAZING 23 night package - Call or message us for the latest pricing

Must be booked and deposited by 30 September 2019.

Note: Subject to availability - there are very limited cabins at this price and are on a first in, first served basis. Offer may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice.


Le Laperouse and Le Jacques Cartier

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.



As the first and sixth ships in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse and Le Jacques Cartier will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.



Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.



Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.


Cruise Highlights

Colombo


A former trading post along the Silk Route, the old quarter of Colombo offers you the fabulous sight of its picturesque streets. The city was known to Arab, Persian and Chinese traders as early as the 8th century and this former village, nestled between two dunes, was a trading post on the mythical Spice Route. Today the economic capital of Sri Lanka, the city offers picture-postcard scenery with its beaches stretching languorously along the south-western coast of the country. Here the sand dazzles you and the sea invites you to dream…

Rashdoo


Rasdhoo is one of the smallest atolls in the Maldives. Once occupied by Buddhist communities, the atoll is made up of five islands, two of which are uninhabited. Sitting at the heart of a stunning lagoon protected by a coral reef, this atoll is truly a paradise for lovers of the underwater world. It is an ideal location for scuba diving and snorkelling, offering the possibility of observing species that are emblematic of the Maldives, such as hammerhead sharks, rays, and turtles.

Male


The economic, political, financial and cultural centre of the Maldives, Malé is an exception in the landscape of this insular state in the Indian Ocean. Located on the eponymous island, the city has high colourful skyscrapers bordering narrow streets through which its 100,000 inhabitants hurry every day: a lively atmosphere that contrasts with the gentle lifestyle and idyllic setting of the rest of the archipelago. During your port of call, make sure you discover the Grand Friday Mosque. It is richly decorated and renowned as one of the largest and oldest mosques in the country.

Mahe


Discover Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles and also the largest of the archipelago, home to the capital, Victoria. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand, framed by the emblematic granite rocks, and whose crystal clear waters are renowned for their rich underwater life. The island is also famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 metres high and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Mahé is also an island full of history where fine colonial properties rub shoulders with Creole houses – and don’t forget the marvellous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

Aride


Aride is an island in the Seychelles situated a few kilometres north-west of Praslin. Listed as a nature reserve, this pearl of the Indian Ocean will seduce you with the beauty of its landscapes of wild cliffs and fine-sand beaches. Protected from human impact and sometimes called “bird capital”, it is home to several endemic plants as well as exceptional wildlife. Most notably, it is the refuge of an impressive number of seabirds (Seychelles magpie-robins, terns, noddies, and more), and reptiles, such as Wright’s skinks, which can be found in the island’s wooded areas. Sea turtles can also be observed on the island’s beaches, and boxfish can be admired while scuba diving in the surrounding waters.

Grand Soeur (Big Sister) Island


Located 6 km north of La Digue, Grande Soeur Island is renowned for its two sumptuous beaches and its translucent waters, protected by a coral reef. An ideal spot for snorkelling and observing the sea turtles that co-exist here with the many multi-coloured fish. The pristine Grande Sœur Island is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles.

La Digue


La Digue Island is a veritable concentration of all the beauty of the Seychelles. Located 6 km south-east of Praslin, this small piece of land that looks like paradise is the third-largest island in the Seychelles, despite its modest size (5 km by 3km)! Turquoise waters just asking you to swim in them, lush vegetation sheltering giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with those emblematic large granite rocks with their pink highlights like at the famous Anse Source d’Argent: the perfect picture postcard… Authentic and preserved, the island follows a peaceful rhythm, with the only means of transport along its little roads being bikes or traditional oxcarts.


Terms and Conditions - Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (19Aug19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2020 rates/schedules and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 30Sep19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking.

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Modern
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Fly Australia to Maldives
2
Arrive Male, Maldives
Transfer Hotel
3
Embark Le Laperouse
4
Male Atoll, Maldives
5
Mulaku Atoll, Maldives
6
Ari Atoll, Maldives
7
Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives
8
Baa Atoll, Maldives
9
Noonu Atoll, Maldives
10
At Sea

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2018
  • Crew TBA
  • Capacity 184

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions

Le Laperouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, Le Lapérouse embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.  Le Laperouse is the first ship to offer the underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to see and hear the undersea world. Images Courtesy Ponant.

 

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