Trip Information

Duration
16 Days
Departs
Multiple Dates
Ship
Le Lyrial
From
£5,959 Per Person

Departure Dates:

  • 2020: 25th March

This Expedition Includes:

  • All meals
  • Selected beverages with lunch and dinner
  • Shore excursions available in every island
  • Onboard enrichment programme led by expert lecturers

 

Expedition Highlights:

  • Walk among the black lemurs on Nosi Komba
  • Snorkel with sea turtles on Glorieuses
  • Explore the untouched island of Aldabra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Itinerary Summary

You will embark Le Lyrial in the port of Durban and spend two days are sea before arriving in Europa, the largest and best preserved of the Scattered Islands, which is surrounded by coral reef and home to the red-footed booby.

A day at sea will follow before you arrive in Juan de Nova, another of the stunning Scattered Islands, located deep inside the Mozambique channel and home to the biggest colony of Sooty Tern.

Enjoy another peaceful day sailing these pristine waters before arriving in Nosi Komba, also known as Lemur Island, which is covered in dense tropical rainforest and is home to black lemurs.

Glorieuses is next and it is a highlight of the overall itinerary. Being quite isolated and having limited human settlement has made this island a real geological sanctuary and it has been classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Its coral reefs are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.

Relax aboard Le Lyrial on day ten as your luxury expedition ship sails for Aldabra, considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, you’ll have 2 days to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day fourteen brings another day at sea, but you’ll soon awake in Alphonse before sailing for La Digue, a tropical paradise of an island which is found in the Seychelles. This calm and tranquil destination offers various marine species and a rich collection of fauna and flora.

You will disembark Le Lyrial in Mahe.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

  • Day 01 Durban
  • Day 02-03 Day at sea
  • Day 04 Europa (Eparses Islands)
  • Day 05 Day at sea
  • Day 06 Juna de Nova (Eparses Islands)
  • Day 07 Day at sea
  • Day 08 Nosi Komba
  • Day 09 Glorieuses (Eparses Islands)
  • Day 10 Day at sea
  • Day 11-13 Aldabra
  • Day 14 Day at sea
  • Day 15 Alphonse
  • Day 16 La Digue
  • Day 17 Mahé

About Your Ship

No stranger to sailing the world’s most remote regions, Ponant Cruises’ Le Lyrial is a 264 guest capacity expedition ship that could easily be categorised as a luxury yacht. Despite her outwards elegance, she is purpose-built for exploring both tropical and polar climates and a great choice if you are looking for the opportunity to enjoy in depth discovery without having to sacrifice on space or facilities.

For accessing remote landing zones or for a close quarters exploration, Le Lyrial is equipped with a fleet of 12 Zodiac boats. Weather permitting, these can be deployed at a moment’s notice and are always accompanied by a member of Le Lyrial’s expedition team.

Le Lyrial also boasts its own watersports marina which is located on deck 2 at the rear of the ship. While there are no powered watersports tools onboard, the easy access it gives to the sea is fantastic for a bit of afternoon swimming – especially if you are in the calmer waters of a tropical region such as the Indian Ocean.  

To further enhance your experience, the ship’s theatre, Le Theatre, doubles as a lecture room during the day and hosts a programme packed with guest lectures and seminars. Throughout your time on Le Lyrial, the theatre will serve as your headquarters on the ship and it is here you will attend daily briefings before making landings ashore.

Le Lyrial’s accommodation consists of the following categories: Standard Staterooms, Deluxe Staterooms and Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suite is the largest of the ship’s accommodation grades, though you will find all of the staterooms are spacious, offer glorious ocean views and boast en-suite bathrooms, TV/DVD players, climate control and king-size or twin beds.

Where dining is concerned, Le Lyrial offers a choice of two restaurants. The ship’s primary dining room, serves a combination of French dishes and international cuisine, paired with fine wines in an elegant setting. The secondary restaurant, The Grill – also known as Le Rodrigues – is a more informal affair and is open for breakfast, a buffet-style lunch and theme-dinners.

During the evenings, a light programme of entertainment can be enjoyed in the ship’s main lounge and can include anything from live music to performances from local entertainers.

The other facilities on Le Lyrial comprise of a fitness centre, a library, two pools, a full service salon and a spa.

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