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 An exciting Island-hopping tour between the Islands of Seychelles: Mahe,
      Praslin, La Digue & Aldabra as well as Mauritius with Rodrigues

Whether you wish to spend your time underwater exploring the wonders of
the Indian Ocean, or catching the rays of the sun, or to explore the nature
and its unique fauna and flora, you will love it here. The people are
amongst the world's friendliest - a polyglot of nationalities and religions co-
existing in harmony. Hospitality is their game and these islands boast some
of the world's most unique sites. The islands of the Seychelles have some of
the most beautiful beaches in the region and deserve their reputation as
the 'Eden of the Indian Ocean'. Creole culture is very evident and the
Seychellois are very colorful people. The largest island, Mahé, and its big
neighbor Praslin, are the liveliest in the archipelago. The remote Islands of
Aldabra is next… It is important to understand the nature of this ‘voyage’,
which is more on the expedition/adventure/exploration side. The Islands
and seas visited, as well as the routes taken are not always 'usual' ones nor
tried and tested ones. They are remote and not regularly visited by tourists
or boats in general. Every hour may bring something new and unexpected so
it is to understand that this will require some flexibility of mind and a love
of real adventure.

Mauritius - it is surrounded by beautiful white sandy beaches, blue lagoons,
palm trees and coral reefs. The beauty of the island is overwhelming. Those
who love nature will be absolutely astonished by the magnificence of the
mountains, nature reserves and wildlife parks. Anyone and everyone would
feel at home in Mauritius. The people (Mauritians) are of different
nationalities: Indians, Africans, Europeans and Chinese. They are all united
and live in peace with each other. These people are full of charm, very
courteous and helpful.
Day 01: Arrival Victoria, Mahe Island – Seychelles
The most convenient flights into Seychelles are from London or Paris with Air
Seychelles or Air Mauritius. Upon arrival at Mahe Island we are warmly
received, island style, and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Hotel on Mahe Island (2 nights)                              (B,D)

Day 02: Victoria - Mahe Island
Day free to recover from the long flight and to take advantage of the silver
sand beaches, or better still, stroll through the local bazaars in the capital city.
An optional tour to the nearby islands is available.                          (B,D)

Day 03: Mahe / Praslin (flight)
After our breakfast, we’re taken to the airport for our short flight to another
very popular island, Praslin. Praslin - the second largest island of Seychelles - it
is also famous for its ‘Vallée de Mai’- a World Heritage Site - an extraordinary
primeval forest, home to the famous Coco de Mer palm - the largest nut in the
World. From Praslin, we board a traditional schooner for a brief journey to La
Digue (the fourth largest island) with its spectacular formations of granite
boulders. An ox-cart ride on La Digue takes us to L’Union Estate to visit copra
sheds, tortoise pen and old colonial houses. Later we return to Praslin.
Overnight: Hotel on Praslin Island (2 nights)                                (B,D)

Day 04: Praslin Island
Today we’ll have a free day again to enjoy the white-sand beaches. Marvel at
the sight of the most beautiful beaches of Seychelles – Anse Source d’Argent.
Enjoy a typical Creole lunch at a specially selected restaurant. Spend some
time sunbathing or swimming in the midst of paradise on Earth.          (B,L)

Day 05: Praslin / Mahe (flight) & Mahe / Assumption (charter flight)
Morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Victoria and
connect with our charter flight to Assumption. After our arrival we’ll start
embarkation, as one the ships of Silhouette Cruises will be positioned over
there. In Assumption due to Guano mining most of the original flora and fauna
was destroyed, but the beach is spectacular and the nature is slowly regaining
its former glory. Afternoon we’ll dive at Assumption.
Overnight: aboard ‘Sailing Yacht Sea Star’ (7 nights)                 (B,L,D)

Day 06: Assumption / Aldabra (sail)
Early morning we sail to the World Heritage Site of Aldabra, which is the
world’s largest raised coral atoll. We visit first the Aldabra Research station,
then dive or snorkel at the West Channel. Many of the endemic land birds can
be seen ashore, including Aldabra Drongo, Aldabra Fody and Madagascar Sacred
Ibis as well Aldabra Rail, together with the world's largest population of giant
tortoises. Later in the evening we’ll search for sea turtles laying eggs on
Grande Terre. We return to our Yacht for dinner and overnight.          (B,L,D)
Day 07: Aldabra
Our full day here starts with diving at the main channel of Aldabra,
experiencing the exhilaration of being swept along by the tide pat shoals of
both pelagic and reef fish to the shallow waters of the lagoon. Then we’ll visit
the mangroves forest around the channel. In the afternoon visit the Booby
colony at Johnny Channel and the world’s second largest colony of frigatebirds
(10.000 pairs of two species, Great Frigatebird and Lesser Frigatebird), snorkel
at the mangroves forest and the channel in high tide. Visiting the Johnny
Channel depends on the time of high tide therefore the itinerary might vary.
Day 08: Aldabra
Another explorational day spent on this precious Island of Aldabra. We will
explore the East channel today, the Passe Houareau. The second biggest
channel in size from the various Aldabra channels offers perfect opportunity to
dive and snorkel in the channel and at its mouth to the Ocean. After a leisurely
afternoon, in the evening will sail towards Cosmoledo Islands.           (B,L,D)

Day 09: Cosmoledo
We will sail overnight and arrive sometimes in the morning to Cosmoledo. After
breakfast will visit the deserted settlement and later dive the West Island of
Cosmoledo (Menai), where turtles abound. A race of Madagascar White-eye
turtle (named menaienis) is unique to the island.                     (B,L,D)

Day 10: Cosmoledo
We visit, dive and snorkel the North Island today, where colonies of boobies of
three species (Red-footed, Brown and masked) are nesting and underwater
walls are home to perfect marine life.                                  (B,L,D)

Day 11: Cosmoledo / Astove (sail)
Early in the morning we sail towards Astove Islands. Upon arrival we start with
the abandoned settlement here, including the incongruous Veevers-Carter
house and old chapel, then we’ll cross the island to reach the lagoon and to
dive the West Walls. After spending the whole day around, we’ll leave in the
evening and sail towards Assumption.                                    (B,L,D)

Day 12: Assumption / Mahe (flight)
Early in the morning we arrive to Assumption. After disembarkation we are
transferred to our charter carrier and fly back to Mahé. Once here, we’re
transferred to our hotel in Victoria.
Overnight: Hotel in Victoria (1 night)                              (B,D)

Day 13: Victoria - Mahe’ / Mauritius (flight)
After this expressive & unique visit to Seychelles Islands, we bid farewell as we
are transferred to the airport for our flight to Mauritius. Once here we’ll enjoy
the hospitality of the local people as well and taken through the city to our
hotel. The evening is kept free to independently exploring, or shopping, or
walking on the beach.
Overnight: Hotel Preskil Beach Resort (3 nights)                    (B,L,D)

Day 14: Mauritius
As the day starts we’ll take with our guide a day-trip, covering the Island of
Mauritius. We will get a picture of the history of this island, the variety of
people and their origins, their mixed culture and languages. We’ll have several
stops, including the Aapravasi Ghat or Immigration Depot in Mauritius (WHS), a
complex of buildings in Port Louis, which contains remains of the island's first
facility to receive indentured laborers from India. After our lunch by the sea,
we continue to explore the natural beauty of this superb place.           (B,L)

Day 15: Mauritius
Today we’ll have free for leisure and personal activities.                  (B)

Day 16: Mauritius / Rodrigues Island (flight)
It is now time to visit the last Island on our hopping tour of the India Ocean
Islands. A short flight gets us to Rodrigues where we are met and transferred to
our hotel. After independent exploring, we are in for a treat as we join the
locals for a sumptuous dinner.
Overnight: Hotel Mourouk Ebony (1 night)                                 (B,L,D)

Day 17: Rodrigues / Mauritius (flight)
Today in the afternoon will fly back to Mauritius Island, as we start preparing
ourselves for departure. Our farewell dinner it will be offered by our friendly
and always smiling hosts, at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Preskil Beach Resort (1 night)                                 (B,D)

Day 18: Mauritius / London (or Paris – fly out)
After an impressive and thrilling journey, we bid farewell to this precious
Indian Ocean Islands area, as we are transferred to the airport for our flight
back home.                                                                 (B)

                         End of tour and our services

Tour details for ‘Focus on Aldabra Island’

Tour price include:
   • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary, including tax and service
      charges at hotels
   • Return airport transfers with Air Conditioned cars (where available)
   • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
   • English speaking local guide for the mentioned sightseeing
   • Air Conditioned transportation during Tours and Sightseeing
   •   Entrance fees to parks, tourist objects, museums, monuments (other
       then Aldabra)
   •   Parking fees, road taxes, drivers overnight wages
   •   Cruise, Boat ride, ferry ride where mentioned (other then Aldabra)

Tour price does not include:
   • International airfare into Seychelles and out from Mauritius (must be on
      Air Seychelles & Air Mauritius out of Paris or London)
   • The Aldabra ‘package’ (see details as under)
   • All Domestic and Regional airfares (as per flights mentioned in the
      itinerary, other then Aldabra)
   • Airport taxes for Domestic / Regional flights and border taxes (if any)
   • Visa fees (if any) on arrival
   • Excess baggage fee on local carriers and Yacht (only 25 kg pp is allowed)
   • Any personal expenses such as laundry bills, phone bills, drinks
   • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
   • Tips or other such costs
   • All other costs not mentioned

Departure dates for 2008/2009: please inquire!

Tour cost: TBA

Aldabra package cost:
   • The full Aldabra package: Charter flight form Mahe to Assumption RT &
      Sea Star Yacht on full board is USD / CAD: 5,475.00 per person in
      double cabins.
   • Please note that in addition to the above, landing fees are (at the
       moment): Aldabra: 200 Euros per person
                Assumption: 25 Euros per person
                Cosmoledo: 25 Euros per person
                Astove: 25 Euros per person

Tour   highlights and World Heritage Sites (WHS):
  •     Victoria city on Mahe Island
  •     Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve (WHS)
  •     Aldabra Atoll (WHS)
  •     Mauritius Island & Aapravasi Ghat (WHS)
  •     Rodrigues Island