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TANZANIA AND THE WEST INDIAN OCEAN – Zanzibar to Mahé

from $8,395

DATES: 2021 – MARCH 23-APRIL 05

DURATION: 14-DAYS/13-NIGHTS

EMBARK: ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

DISEMBARK: VICTORIA, MAHÉ, SEYCHELLES

SHIP: LE BOUGANVILLE

FROM: $8,395

Includes one night deluxe hotel in Zanzibar, transfers, $200 per cabin shipboard credit.

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All about the TANZANIA AND THE WEST INDIAN OCEAN – Zanzibar to Mahé.

Embark with PONANT for a 13-day expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean. A chance to discover stunning natural environments, exceptional wildlife, and UNESCO World Heritage sites loaded with history.

From Zanzibar, a city with superb UNESCO-listed buildings, blending African, Arab, Indian and European influences over more than a millennium, you will sail to Pemba Island, its clove plantations and its fantastic scuba diving sites.

Your next ports of call will be an opportunity to discover the ruins of the 13th-century Swahili trading post of Kilwa Kisiwani, before heading to Mayotte. This small French archipelago protected by a double barrier reef is the refuge of an incredibly rich fauna: dolphins, rays, giant turtles, and the region’s last dugongs can be observed here.

After calling at the Glorioso Islands in the Scattered Islands, your ship will set a course for Aldabra Atoll, a largely untouched natural sanctuary listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Further on, the small islands of AssumptionAstove and Alphonse will be an opportunity to snorkel and dive among brightly-coloured sea life.

Before disembarking in Victoria on the island of Mahé, a veritable picture-postcard awaits you in La Digue: palm trees, granite rocks, white sand and crystal-clear waters.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discovery of several islands of Tanzania, Mayotte, the Scattered Islands and the Seychelles during one cruise.
  • Outings in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides and landings on idyllic beaches.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the largest coral atoll in the world, the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, and Zanzibar’s Stone Town.
  • Flora, coral reefs and marine fauna of the archipelago of Zanzibar, the “Spice Island”.
  • Discovery of the Scattered Islands, a geological sanctuary with nature reserve status since 1975.
  • The possibility of observing tortoises and many species of birds on Aldabra.
  • In the Seychelles, Anse Source d’Argent, the most famous beach of La Digue, surrounded by large blocks of granite and edged with coconut palms.
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkeling with your expedition team.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Included features:

  • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  • One night deluxe hotel in Zanzibar, with transfers
  • $200 per cabin shipboard Credit
  • Gratuities to crew, guides and drivers on included excursions
  • Comprehensive 12-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougnaville, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands… list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Park entry fees into protected areas

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)
  • Travel and Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Pre- and Post-cruise programs

  1. Day 1 ARRIVE ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA

    NOTE: We can arrange pre- and post-cruise tour programs for you – see more while you are here! It is always advisable to arrive at least one day early.

    Meet at the airport and transfer to your deluxe hotel.

     

  2. Day 2 ZANZIBAR

    Once an outpost along the legendary Indian Ocean trade route, today a certain whiff of adventure still pervades Zanzibar. This will also be the place to discover ”Stone Town”, the historical center of Zanzibar, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embarkation is from 16H00 to 17H00 – Departure at 20H00.

  3. Days 3 & 4 PEMBA and MISALI ISLANDS 

    Pemba and small Misali Islands are part of the Zanzibar Archipelago, also known as the Spice Islands, lying within the Swahili Coast in the Indian Ocean, famous for the pristine, untouched reefs that the islands offer.

     

  4. Day 5 KILWA KISIWANI

    Kilwa Kisiwani has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the nearby stonetown Songo Mnara.

     

  5. Day 6 DAY AT SEA
  6. Day 7 MAMOUDZOU, MAYOTTE

    Mamoudzou is the capital of the French overseas region and department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. Mamoudzou is the most populated commune of Mayotte. It is located on Grande-Terre, the main island of Mayotte.

     

  7. Day 8 GLORIEUSES, SCATTERED ISLANDS

    The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivaled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well  as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home  to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.

  8. Day 9 ASSUMPTION ISLAND

    A handful of people live there, in a small village in the island’s west. The island’s beaches are a major egg-laying and breeding site for sea turtles. The surrounding waters are ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

     

  9. Day 10 ALDABRA ATOLL

    Located in the very heart of this faraway archipelago, the Aldabra Atoll is considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, where a large population of sea turtles has found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast tract of land is formed by 4 small coral reef islands separated by narrow passes and containing an emerald-water lagoon lined with mangrove and fine-sand beaches.

  10. Day 11 ASTOVE ISLAND

    Closer to Madagascar than to Victoria, Astove is the southernmost island in the Seychelles. Renowned for the richness of its seabeds, It also attracts experienced divers, who visit the atoll to explore the “Astove Wall”, where the sea floor drops to a depth of about 40 meters. The wall is covered in coral and many fish and green sea turtles can be found there.

  11. Day 12 ALPHONSE ISLAND

    Alphonse Island is located off the Seychelles archipelago and is renowned for its rich underwater life and coral, among the best preserved in the Indian Ocean. A marvelous spectacle that can be admired with just a mask!

  12. Day 13 LA DIGUE ISLAND & VICTORIA, MAHÉ

    La Digue Island is a veritable concentration of all the beauty of the Seychelles. 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.

    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.

  13. Day 14 VICTORIA, MAHÉ

    Disembark. Transfer to hotel or airport. Stay a day or two – The island is famous for its splendid mountain panoramas accessible on hikes, such as the Morne Seychellois, which is 905 meters 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 marvelous Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

LE BOUGANVILLE

LE BOUGANVILLE

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

As the second ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bouganville 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 luxury service.

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

RESTAURANTS

As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship.

  • To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals.
  • In a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 will serve grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts.

PUBLIC AREAS

Le Bouganville has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.

A 140 m² reception area includes:

  • A reception/concierge desk,
  • An excursions desk,
  • The ship’s administrative services,
  • The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer,
  • Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewelery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories,
  • Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.

A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides:

  • Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship,
  • Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions,
  • Easier access to the sea for swimming and practicing various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.

A pool deck offering:

  • A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system,
  • A pleasant solarium,
  • An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.

A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening.

Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with:

  • The latest sound and lighting technology,
  • A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE BOUGANVILLE

  • Private balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • King-size bed or twin beds
  • Shower
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen
  • Satellite TV
  • Desk with stationery
  • Ipod(TM) players
  • Video on demand
  • Safe
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • French bath products
  • 24hr room service
  • Internet acces wifi.

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 19 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE DECK 3

  • Area: 27 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE DECK 4

  • Area: 27 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE DECK 5

  • Area: 27 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE DECK G6

  • Area: 27 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

GRAND DELUXE SUITE DECK 5

  • Area: 45 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

GRAND DELUXE SUITE DECK 6

  • Area: 45 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 4

  • Area: 19 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE STATEROOM DECK 5

  • Area : 19 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area: 19 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 5  

  • Area: 38 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE SUITE DECK 6  

  • Area: 38 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRIVILEGE SUITE DECK 5  

  • Area: 32 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

PRIVILEGE SUITE DECK G6  

  • Area: 32 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area: 45 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin