Oct 27- Nov 5, 2022      Small Group

“Island Hopping Through the Garden of Eden”


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You deserve to go remote for some Vitamin Sea.  The trips you daydreamed of while quarantining simply pale by comparison on this solo escape to one of the most sought-after and secluded destinations in the world. With its glistening waters, the Seychelles are beloved by AFSers. We did it by land. but now we unpack just once on a cruise to 12 different stunning islands.  Imagine exploring this incomparable archipelago that rivals the Maldives from the luxury of our own private yacht on our all-inclusive cruise voyage. 

This glimmering collection of unique coral islands is truly a world away and filled with adventure.  Each island outshines the next with its own distinctions, offering sugar-sand beaches, emerald tropical forests filled with the rarest species of plants,  birds and animals. The crystal waters are teeming with sea life seen nowhere else on the planet!  Get to know the gentle giant tortoises of Curieuse or swim around giant rock monoliths of le Digue. Be the envy of Instagram with shots from the warm waters of Praslin where you can explore an underwater world with world-class snorkeling and diving. Every day offers an a-ha moment as you unwind away from the crowds in islands like nowhere else on earth.

 Midway between India and Africa, the country of more than 100 islands has virtually closed itself from the world right now, forbidding cruise ships until 2022.  We’re an exception as a private charter.  Smaller is better!   Limited to 24 AFSers.  The twin-hulled Pegasos only allows 40 guests, so think yacht, not a cruise ship. As we sail from island to island, we’ll be pampered by a crew that serves our every need, and our private chef tempting us with local delicacies. Lounge on Upper Deck to savor the salty breeze, enjoy the water sports and the Zen mini spa on the Lower Deck.

 So many vacations were canceled by the pandemic, this is one that will more than make up for vacations lost… and safely!  No visas, no shots, no dress code and no Starbucks.  November’s the perfect time to visit.  No crowds to fight and every day you will wake up in paradise.  Air is so easy on Emirates via Dubai or Air France via Paris.  Add a stop-over or go to Mahe a day early to play. The Seychelles Islands are truly heaven on earth so come join us as we leave the world behind for our own utopia.

 

 

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Oct 26 0r 27  Depart USA to the Seychelles Islands.  Book Air France on own for flexibility.  You can fly in early to relax to explore fun Mahe – many affordable villas, hotels and guest houses.  Get a taste of the Creole culture, shopping and enjoy the great beaches.

Oct 28 –  Overnight on own at a hotel of your choosing.

Oct 29  Saturday – Mahe to St Anne Island   D

All aboard!  Our trip officially begins today as we board our luxury yacht at the Interisland Marina in the capital of Victoria on the island of Mahe. Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles islands and where all international flights arrive. We will need to be onboard at least an hour ahead of our departure between by 3pm.
We’ll get acquainted with our vessel with a cocktail and safety drill before setting sail to nearby St Anne, famous for its amazing Marine National Park.  We have time for a refreshing swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean at our anchorage near St Anne.  Go to www.seychelles.travel – a great site for full details on every island we visit.

A fabulous welcome dinner awaits, prepared by our very own chefs.

Oct 30   Sunday – St Anne Island – Curieuse      B/L/D

We leave St Anne Island early in the morning to reach the uninhabited island of Curieuse. Once a leper colony, this island is now a refuge for dozens of giant tortoises, complete with a turtle nursery! A park ranger will guide us on a walking excursion through the farm and along the mangrove forests.  It’s a great photo opp here.  Most tours are included.

Our lunch is a beach BBQ beneath the trees followed by an afternoon on the beach with numerous ocean activities including kayaking and snorkeling.

We overnight nearby and dinner is again aboard our vessel.

Oct 31    Monday –  Cousin and Praslin Islands   B/L/D

In the morning, we head ashore on the bird sanctuary of Cousin Island. Our excursion includes learning about the numerous exotic species that call this place home and are cared for by Bird Life International. A quarter-million birds breed on Cousin which also has several nesting beaches for turtles.

Later in the afternoon, we sail to Praslin and Anse Lazio, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With its white sands and coconut trees hanging low over the water, you’ll understand why people travel the world just to come here. The afternoon is ours to lounge on the beach or enjoy water sports and snorkeling in the turquoise waters which are teeming with tropical fish.

We anchor here for the evening.

Nov 1  Tuesday – Aride – St Pierre – Baie St Anne, Praslin    B/L/D

Today is spent island hopping to smaller islands. In the morning, we leave for the nearby granite island known as Aride.  Guides will take us to the island’s peak for an amazing view of the island and the waters which surround it. We should be able to see both the rare Wright’s gardenia, found nowhere else on earth, and the Seychelles warbler, a bird species similar to the Audubon’s shearwater.

Around noon, we sail for St Pierre Island where after lunch we’ll enjoy a 3-hour snorkeling and swimming stop.

As the sun sinks on the horizon, we sail into the harbor of Baie St Anne, Praslin where we will dock for the evening. Tonight is Creole Night, celebrating one of the dominant cultures of the Seychelles.

Nov 2  Wednesday –  Praslin – Felicite or Grand Soeur – La Digue    B/L/D

In the morning, you have the option of exploring the palm forests of Vallee de Mai or venturing around the village. Vallee de Mai is believed to be the original Garden of Eden for its lush forests and rare plant species.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that consists of an old-growth forest of the indigenous coco de mer palms, which has the largest seed on earth. It also offers the chance to see many native animals and birds like the rare black parrot.

After lunch, we sail to either the island of Felicite or its nearby sister island Grand Soeur. Both offer fabulous snorkeling and swimming

We anchor off La Digue for the evening.

Nov 3  Thursday La Digue – Moyenne Island   B/L/D

You’ll feel you stepped back in time in charming La Digue, the most photographed location in the Seychelles. You can easily explore the main village of La Passe on your own by ox cart or bike.  There’s an optional half-day excursion to venture out further.  This tour includes a visit to the colonial coconut plantation known as L’ Union Estate followed by a visit to Anse Source D’ Argent. We floated on warm waves for hours and I couldn’t get our last group out the waters.  This beach is one that truly should not be missed with its massive rock formations. It is absolutely one of the most memorable beaches in the world. There will be time for hunting souvenirs at La Passe before returning to the ship.
Our afternoon will find us on the ocean again, heading to Moyenne island, opposite Mahe, where we will anchor overnight.

Nov 4   Friday  Moyenne Island – Mahe, Inter-Island Quay   B/L/D

In the morning, we take a short guided tour around Moyenne Island, a place known for its protected flora and fauna. You should take advantage of our last opportunity for snorkeling and swimming. In the afternoon, we’ll celebrate with an on-deck BBQ before leaving Moyenne Island for Mahe’s Victoria Port in the afternoon.

We’ll reach the Inter-Island Quay of Mahe by late afternoon and enjoy a Captain’s farewell dinner with live music and dancing. We overnight in the Victoria harbor

Nov 5   Saturday –  Disembarkation     B

Enjoy our final breakfast we say goodbye to a voyage well done and transfer to Mahe airport.  Some may want to add a stopover in Paris on the way home.

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Deposit $500    2nd Payment due May 27  and  Final Payment due July 29

 Not included:  Gratuities

Cruise prices  are per person twin share

  • Category C   $2790 +  450 port charge

    SUN DECK- TWIN BEDDED CABINS.

    The Category C cabins are spacious cabins featuring windows. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini-safe, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

  • Category B –  $3090 + 450 port charges

    MAIN DECK & SUN DECK – DOUBLE OR TWIN BEDDED CABINS.

    The Category B cabins are spacious cabins on the Main Deck and on the Sun Deck with large windows offering unique views of the destinations you visit. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini-fridge, mini safe, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

  • Category A – $3590 + 450 port charges

    UPPER & MAIN DECKS – DOUBLE OR TWIN BEDDED CABINS.

    The Category A cabins are spacious cabins with large windows offering unique views of the destinations you visit. featuring windows. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), telephone for internal use, mini-fridge, mini safe, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!
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Pegaso

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 onboard the sleek, classic double-hulled Mega Yacht that sails the seas under the name PEGASOS, waving her 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 lounges are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of the unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains. Mingle with like-minded 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 connecting you with Mother Nature’s wonders. Pegasos’ experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience.

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CABIN DESCRIPTION  Priced per person + $450 Port Charge

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  •  All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”  
  • Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.  
  • Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate.
  • We write our itineraries over a year in advance. Though unlikely, we always reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. 
  • Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!
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Seychelles Trip Tips   Will be updated soon.  Please check back.

On certain journeys, it’s more about the route than the destination. Sailing the seas is the ultimate experience for restoration and feeling fully liberated. Yet each day you dock, you’ll be surrounded in pristine beauty with time for playful exploration. The exotic Seychelles, 1000 miles from anywhere, is the first nation to achieve Covid herd immunity and is now open to visitors. With 115 islands dotted in the Indian ocean, you couldn’t feel more remote.   Smaller is better. Variety’s MS Pegasus carries just 40 passengers and holds the highest help and safety protocols since June 2020. Swim uninhabited islands, see incredible flora, visit quaint villages and much more. Our last group loved the cuisines and excursions.  Vitamin Sea in paradise is the perfect antidote for 2021! 

We have a wonderful small group of just 22AFSers. After final payments are in, will send you the contact and room lists. For now, connect on your private Facebook group.  A month out, will be sending you full details in the cruise lines docs.

March 29 2021  – Thank you for joining us. Together we will adapt to new norms for the privilege to travel. We’ve guided groups around the world over 34 years. Your safety and well-being is paramount to us. Read our AFS pledge below.  Things are changing weekly in each country now. Airlines are reinstating flights. Safety protocols and entry rules are ever-evolving. No need for you to google country/.gov/CDC sites because these rules will change before your departure.  Our expert and vetted supplier team has the most accurate info which they monitor daily. Will update you here with changes. As vaccines roll out fast now, we hope all restrictions will be lifted by your departure. Relax. Embrace the joy found in anticipation.

It is your responsibility to read our important emails and updated notes to these Trip Tips.  Let us sweat the small stuff as we strive to make your trip worry-free. This may well be the best time to go and fully enjoy

IMPORTANT PAYMENT DATES

  • 2nd Payment due May 27  and the Final Payment is due July 29     you can pay online digitally by check for no additional fee.   Credit card fees are added automatically if you choose to pay that method.

Make your payment to AFS or Adventures For Solo Travelers, 1907 Daniel Green Ct., Smyrna GA 30080

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Your fearless GTL (Gracious Trip Leader, not a guide but liaison between our guides and group to ensure things run smoothly.)   Carol Huntington

Carol has been on 20+ AFS trips over the years and has led many of our solo travel tours. She has been a ray of sunlight to each of those groups. She has a passion for seeing the world and experiencing new cultures. Having traveled to over 92+ countries and all 7 continents, she continues to pursue her dream, while working for the past 25 years in the banking industry. Her goal is to build relationships, problem solve and keep clients happy. She genuinely cares for people and is cool under pressure. These are great qualities for the business and the travel world.

During a recent sabbatical, Carol coordinated and lead a once in a lifetime journey around the world, visiting 13 countries! Carol’s excitement to discover new things is complimented by her unique ability to get along with and relate to people of all backgrounds. She has a deep understanding of new and seasoned travelers with a knack to inspire all. Carol is all about the experience: from skydiving to trekking with the gorillas in Rwanda, leading a group to climb Mt Kilimanjaro and always making many new friends along the way.

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