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Join PONANT aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville for a 13-day expedition cruise through the Indian Ocean, offering the chance to explore breathtaking natural environments, exceptional wildlife, and historic UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Starting from Victoria on the island of Mahé, your first destination is La Digue, a quintessential Seychelles paradise with palm trees, granite rocks, white sand, and crystal-clear waters.

Next, you’ll sail to the stunning Saint-François atoll before reaching Aldabra Atoll, a pristine natural sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by mangroves and fine sandy beaches, it hosts the world's largest colony of land turtles. The small island of Astove offers opportunities for snorkelling and diving among vibrant marine life.

After a visit to the beautiful Assumption Island, your journey continues to Tanzania, where you'll uncover the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani, a 13th-century Swahili trading post, explore the coral island of Misali, and visit Pemba Island with its clove plantations and excellent scuba diving spots.

The voyage concludes in Zanzibar, a rich historical city with UNESCO-listed buildings that blend African, Arab, Indian, and European influences spanning over a millennium.

Highlights

  • A fascinating expedition cruise between Tanzania and the Seychelles, visiting sites filled with history and witnessing wild, preserved nature
  • Visit the world's largest coral atoll, Aldabra, home to tortoises 
  • Enjoy regular Zodiac outings and fascinating shore excursions

Quick Itinerary

Day 1: Mahé
Day 2: La Digue Island
Day 3: St. François Atoll
Day 4: At sea
Days 5 & 6: Aldabra Atoll
Day 7: Astove Island
Day 8: Assumption Island
Day 9: At sea
Day 10: Kilwa Kisiwani
Day 11: Pemba Island
Day 12: Misali Island
Day 13: Zanzibar

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Mahé

Explore Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles and home to the capital, Victoria. With nearly 70 beaches of fine sand framed by iconic granite rocks, Mahé's crystal-clear waters are renowned for their vibrant marine life. The island also boasts stunning mountain views, such as those from Morne Seychellois, which stands 905 metres tall and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Rich in history, Mahé features a mix of fine colonial properties and Creole houses. Don't miss the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

Day 2 - La Digue Island
Day 3 - St. François Atoll
Day 4 - At sea
Days 5 & 6 - Aldabra Atoll
Day 7 - Astove Island
Day 8 - Assumption Island
Day 9 - At sea
Day 10 - Kilwa Kisiwani
Day 11 - Pemba Island
Day 12 - Misali Island
Day 13 - Zanzibar

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We'll compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators to find your perfect cruise.

Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!

As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.

All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.


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Why book with Polar Routes?

CHOICE
  • We can compare a huge selection of expedition ships, cruises and operators.
  • From former Russian research vessels to larger and luxurious ships - there is an expedition cruise to suit you. 
  • Our Polar Specialists will help you choose the perfect expedition cruise for your requirements.
SPECIALISTS
  • We are the expedition cruise specialists and know all the polar destinations inside out.
  • Our expert team of Polar Specialists have extensive knowledge of all the expedition ships & operators.
  • All of our Polar Specialists have first-hand experience of expedition cruising to the polar regions.
VALUE
  • Our prices are amongst the best you'll find, plus look out for Polar Routes exclusive offers!
  • All our holidays are ATOL protected (11104), for your complete peace of mind.
  • As supporters of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, booking with us helps support the work of the trust within Antarctica.