Programme details:

A 15-day, 14-night programme, giving you a unique insight into the Seychellois Creole culture - their beautiful islands, their ways and beliefs and their wonderful hospitality.

Day 1 – Sat - Welcome to the Seychelles

Arrive in the Seychelles, Mahé Island and you will receive a warm welcome to the Islands. You then transfer to your hotel on Mahé.
Lunch at leisure at the Hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2 – Sun – Relax at leisure

You have breakfast at the hotel and spend the first day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3 – Mon – Victoria and Market

After breakfast at the hotel, you depart for a half-day historical walking tour of Victoria with local guide, including visits to:
- Victoria, the capital town of Seychelles, which was thus named in 1841 in honour of Queen Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert.
- The Victoria Clock Tower (A national monument). This is the most popular historical landmark in Seychelles.
- The Diamond Jubilee Fountain (A national monument). Unveiled rather belatedly on the 5th January 1900 by Lady Sweet Escott, the wife of the administrator, to celebrate 60 years of Queen Victoria's reign 1837 to 1897.
- The bust of Pierre Poivre (a National monument) who lived between 1719 and 1786 and who was a French Naturalist and administrator of Mauritius and Reunion (1767 - 1773). He made a tremendous contribution to the agricultural economy of Seychelles, without ever setting foot here!
- Victoria Market - the cultural and social heart of Victoria.
- The Hindu Temple - created almost 240 years after the first Indians arrive in Seychelles.
- The Immaculate Conception Cathedral - the modern successor of the Cathedral that was originally built in 1892.
- La Domus (a National monument) on the left-hand side of the Cathedral. This majestic and lofty two-storey building, which is a national monument is the residence of the Catholic Priests.
From Victoria transfer to the Marie Antoinette Restaurant for lunch.

After lunch, you transfer back to your Hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing

1930: Dinner and overnight at the Hotel

Day 4 – Tues – Island Hopping

Breakfast at the hotel and then you transfer from your Hotel to the inter-island quay, for the departure of Cat Cocos to Praslin at 0730. You arrive at Praslin, transfer to your hotel and will be checked in before 0930.
You can then spend the day at leisure.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5 – Wed – Back to the Seychellois Roots

Today, you start the day with a tour of the Vallee de Mai before proceeding to the Praslin Museum to spend a full day at the Museum discovering the real traditional ways of how the Seychellois lived. You can feed the bats and discover:
- the musical instruments used for entertainment in the old days
- the ways and means of transportation
- the witchcraft practiced for protection or to harm others
- medicinal plants
- play "Konos" (traditional way of playing with stones in groups) and make your own traditional games with the participation of young Seychellois children
- make your own kite, toys with coconut leaves, boats with coconut husk etc
- Check out your culinary skills and grill your own breadfruit, grate your own coconut, grill your own fish and have them served in banana leaves.

After lunch a "citronelle tea" will be served while you relax in the verandah, accompanied by a story teller to learn more of the "gris gris" story.
After a hard day's work, you will be driven to Anse Lazio for a swim!
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6 – Thu – Relax at leisure

Breakfast at the Hotel.
Have the day to yourself to relax and explore!
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 7 – Fri – Relax at leisure

Breakfast at the Hotel.
A second day to yourself to relax and explore the beauty of Praslin!
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 8 – Sat – Discover 3 islands in a day – Cousin, Curieuse and St Pierre

Today you transfer from your Hotel for a full day cruise to Cousin, Curieuse and St Pierre.

The tour will depart at 9am from the Baie Ste Anne jetty and head straight for Cousin Island. Cousin is one of the smallest granitic islands of the Seychelles and one of the biggest conservation areas. It is owned by the ICBP (International Council for Bird Preservation). The island is a haven for all types of birds including some notably endangered species, such as the Brush Warbler.
Just before lunchtime, you cruise to Curieuse Island, where you will have the time to relax and swim before indulging in a delicious BBQ buffet lunch.
After lunch, you will be taken on a guided tour of the island. Here, you will get an opportunity to see the Coco de Mer palms and giant land tortoises and visit the ruins of a leper colony.
At mid afternoon we depart from Curieuse to go to St Pierre for snorkeling. St Pierre is like a giant aquarium, teeming with fish life, so it should be enjoyable.
At the end of the afternoon, we sail back to the Baie Ste Anne jetty on Praslin.

Day 9 – Sun – Full day – La Digue

After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer from the hotel to the Praslin jetty for the boat that will take us from Praslin to La Digue.
La Digue is a timeless oasis, hidden away in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, guarded by warm azure waters and fringed by teeming reefs. In many ways, La Digue is the Seychelles of yesterday, which welcomes visitors with smiles, with warmth and with colour. Home to the country's most beautiful beaches, La Digue also boasts friendly people and the most tranquil, serene and relaxing atmosphere in Seychelles. Cars are shunned in favour of bicycles and ox-carts and the pace of life is necessarily slower, whether it's relaxing on the beach, pedalling to a restaurant for a light tropical lunch or donning your Sunday best to join in a traditional Church service.
You can rent a bike and discover the island on your own and lunch at any restaurant at your own convenience. This is a day to just discover La Digue in your own way.
Later that evening we catch the last ferry back to Praslin.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 10 – Mon – Experience a day at sea with local Fishermen (for groups only)

An early wake-up call at around 5am - but you will not regret it! The Hotel will prepare your breakfast for you to take away on your special and traditional fishing day with the local fisherman.
At 6am you are welcomed by the local fisherman, with whom you prepare the bait, the nets and the fishing equipment and get ready for departure.
At around midday you return back, help sell some of the catch to the inhabitants, clean the boat and pull it to shore. You will help gut the fish and prepare your own catch for dinner.
This evening you join with local families in a traditional home for a typical Creole dinner and enjoy the true ambiance of traditional Creole music and dance.

This is only available on request and if you book as a group of 4 or more.

Day 11 – Tue – Return to Mahι and meet a local family (for groups only)

Today you transfer from your Hotel to the jetty for your boat transfer to Mahé. At 9am the Cat Cocos departs from Praslin to Mahé, arriving on Mahé an hour later.
This morning, we transfer to Val d'En d'Or to visit the farming families and spend half a day in the fields with a local farming family to experience their way of life.
We then drive to Mr. Ferdinand Vidot, the famous medicinal doctor, who will show you the Seychellois Creole approach to health:
- Discover the various medicinal plants.
- Ways of curing different disorders or illnesses.
- What type of plants to grow around your home.
We then visit the home of a Seychellois and learn how to bake "Galette"(Galette is a local biscuit made of cassava) and later in the afternoon, drive back to the hotel.
Dinner & overnight at the Hotel.

This is only available on request and if you book as a group of 4 or more.

Day 12 – Wed – Full day Reef Safari or a day at leisure

You may wish to spend this relaxing at the Hotel, but we offer you the option at an additional cost of 75 Euros per person of taking a full day Reef Safari.

Transfer from the hotel to our spacious catamaran for an adventurous excursion to the Ste Anne Marine Park. We stop in the shallow crystal clear waters of the park to feed the fish and explore the underwater world from the comfort of our semi-submersible.
The tour continues with a cruise around the sprinkle of islands that encircle the Marine Park with a swimming and snorkeling stop over the edge of the reef. A delicious and exotic Creole lunch awaits you on board the catamaran.
Spend a leisurely afternoon on the beach or relax and enjoy a final cruise around Cerf Island before heading back to Victoria.
Dinner & overnight at the Hotel.

Day 13 – Thu – Walk and Cruise

Again, this is an optional day's activity at an additional cost of 75 Euros per person. Alternatively you may wish to relax at your Hotel.

After Breakfast, join us for a thrilling day of adventure and experience the Seychelles from its most enchanting perspectives.
Today, it will be a mixture of nature and the Ocean. Starting the day with a 1.5 hour hike and through cool, enclosed palm fringed walkways, our trained guide will present the flora and fauna along the pathways, many species being endemic to these islands. Witness the breathtaking ocean views as you cross the numerous fresh mountain springs that flow across the granite formations to the crystal blue waters below. The trail has only short ascents and descents and follows the contours of the coastline. At the end of the trail awaits the superb, secluded, sandy white beach of Anse Major. Whilst spending some time swimming and enjoying a refreshing drink, your comfortable private catamaran 'Catalina' awaits in the turquoise bay. Once on-board, 'Catalina' will cruise around the untouched coastline of North West Mahι, stopping at some amazing snorkelling bays, where you can feed the fish or snorkel with the bountiful marine life. Drinks are available for purchase whilst a delicious Creole barbeque buffet spread whets the appetite.

The afternoon is devoted to relaxation in the calm, clear bays of this untouched part of Mahι. Sing along to the tunes of our local guitarist who will enhance the ambiance of this enthralling cruising experience. As the sun sets the 'Catalina' leisurely winds its way back towards Victoria. Upon your arrival at the port, transfer back to your Hotel.

Day 14 – Fri – Eco trail Jardin du Roi – Gratte Fesse

This is another option day at an additional cost of 40 Euros per person.
Discover the hidden treasures of Seychelles' largest island and invigorate your senses with a challenging mountain eco-trail, combined with the exploration of the original spice plantation "Le Jardin du Roi'.
The two and a half hour walk is graded as "Medium" and is just to introduce you to the different types of indigenous vegetations such as cinnamon, casuarina, millionaire salad, coco plum, coco maron, magasav, cashew tree, bwa calou and vanilla orchid. As you go higher you will discover the most spectacular views. The most interesting part is that you can view both sides of Mahι, the East and West Coast.
A home made fruit juice from the garden will be offered to every participant.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel.

Day 15 – Sat – Relax at leisure

Breakfast at the hotel and a last day relaxing at the Hotel.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your evening departure

 

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