Nov 5-13, 2021  “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.  Variety Cruises has been authorized exclusive access for you in 2021!  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 Air France.  Add a stop-over in Paris 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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Nov 5  Depart USA to the Seychelles Islands.  Group air to come in Trip Tips, but it’s easy to 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.

 Nov 6  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.

Nov 7  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.

Nov 8  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 9  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 10  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 11  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 easliy 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 12   Friday  Moyenne Island – Mahe, Inter Island Quay   B/L/D

In the morning, we take a short guided 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 13   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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Cruise prices  are per person twin share

  • Cat C  $2790 +  port charge
  • Cat B  $3090 + port charge
  • Cat A  $3590 + port charge
  • Cat P  $4090 + port charge

Port charge is $450pp

Deposit $400

 Not included:  Gratuities

Group Air:  If there’s a demand, we may present a group air option

  •  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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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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Helpful CV resources –  

 

Below are helpful links to Facts and Stats for you to reference as you gear up for all of your travel domestically and abroad in 2020.

     Facts about Coronavirus- Symptoms/Transmission/Precaution/Treatment

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

     CDC Entire Situation Summary

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

     US State Department Travel Advisories

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province–china.html

     Country Specific COVID-19 Information

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

 

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