Seychelles Island Hopping 2019

A natural history eco-safari

Trip Scholar: Dr Justin Gerlach

Affiliated Researcher at the University Museum of Zoology
University of Cambridge

7 day tour
Price from £3,395

The 115 granitic islands of the Seychelles, ringed with pristine white sand beaches, are a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. This seven-night cruise aboard an exclusively chartered schooner takes you island-hopping in comfort between the stunning granite islands of Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Curieuse and Silhouette. Accompanied by Cambridge zoologist and conservationist Dr Justin Gerlach, you will examine their carefully protected ecosystems and search for endemic gems such as the vast plant, the ultra-rare jellyfish tree, the Aldabra giant tortoise and the world’s smallest frog.

Highlights

  • Explore the rare flora and fauna of the Seychelles aboard the privately chartered schooner, Sea Star
  • Compare the unique ecosystems of the islands under the expert guidance Dr Justin Gerlach
  • Combine relaxed cruising life with shore excursions, swimming and snorkelling and enjoying the pristine white sand beaches
  • Visit Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, once believed to be the site of the Garden of Eden
  • Explore lesser-visited and uninhabited islands such as Aride,  Curieuse and St Pierre Islands
  • Extend your holiday with optional resort stays on Mahe or Praslin before or after the tour

Itinerary at a glance

Day 0:     London to Mahé, Seychelles (those flying from London only)
Day 1:     Arrival in Mahé  |  Embark yacht  |  Cruise towards Praslin  |  Overnight on board
Day 2:     Exploring Praslin  |  Valee de Mai Nature Reserve  |  Overnight on board
Day 3:     Cruise to La Digue  |  Visit Veuve Reserve and Anse Source D’Argent  |  Overnight on board
Day 4:     Cruise to Aride Island Special Reserve  |  Curieuse Island  |  Overnight on board
Day 5:     Exploring Curieuse |  Cruise to St Pierre Island for snorkelling  |  Overnight on board
Day 6:     Cruise to Sainte Anne Marine National Park  |  Overnight on board
Day 7:     Full day on Mahé Island  |  Morne Seychellois National Park  |  Overnight on board
Day 8:     Disembark this morning  |  Homeward flights/extensions

30 March – 06 April 2019 (without flights)
Cabin ClassPrice Per PersonSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailabilty
Standard£3,395Please EnquireFrom £550Available
Master£3,545N/AFrom £550Sold Out


Optional flight
Temple World can arrange flights from London to coordinate with this tour, using Emirates via Dubai. Direct flights with BA are also available for those planning to extend their stay with nights before or afterwards at a hotel. Please enquire for flight prices. Private taxis can be arranged (at own cost) for those arriving or departing on any flight.

Booking you own flights
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to travel from outside the UK are advised to book their own flights. The start and end point for the tour is MAHÉ. Guests should ensure that they arrive in time to board the boat at 10.30am on 30 March. The yacht will disembark at 12.30 sharp. Those who wish to arrive a day or more in advance of the tour are welcome to do so; we will be happy to quote for hotel accommodation if required.
On the last day (6 April) we will leave the yacht straight after breakfast. Those with earlier flights are welcome to leave earlier if need be.

Very Important! Those who plan to book their own transport should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed the direction of the cruise and that it is a guaranteed departure.

Includes
Twin or double bedded cabin with private bathroom (WC, sink and shower), full board including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner daily whilst on board, table water and tea/coffee with meals, all excursions with local guides, entrance fees, expert leader.

Not included
International flights, arrival/departure transfers (small supplement for private transfers applies), travel insurance, drinks other than water/tea/coffee with meals, tips to crew, drivers & local guides.

Single supplement: TBA. There are very limited single places on this tour – please enquire.

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Immunisations
NHS Fit for Travel advises travellers to the Seychelles are usually recommended to immunise against:  Hepatitis ATetanus and Typhoid. A Yellow Fever certificate is required for all visitors arriving from or having transited more than 12 hours through a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure. NHS Fit For Travel Website

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Visas
A visa is not required by any nationality to enter Seychelles.

Fitness Guideline
We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as Easy/Moderate. This is a relaxed itinerary, though for those who wish to be more active there are opportunities to swim, snorkel and even hike. There are no strenuous hikes in this tour however we will be walking through some densely vegetated areas, sometimes on steel hillsides, and in the heat.

Whilst sightseeing we may be on the go for several hours at one time, and it is important that everyone is able to keep up with the group or we will not be able to see everything advertised in the time available. It is possible to remain on board the yacht or sometimes relax on a nearby beach instead of sightseeing. We regret that the accommodation on board the yacht is not wheelchair accessible. If unsure whether this tour is suitable for you, please check with us.

We know that age is not always a reliable indicator of fitness, but prospective participants over the age of 80 will be given a letter to be signed by their GP to say they are fit enough to undertake this tour.

Trip Scholar

We just wanted to say, without any delay, that we had the most amazing journey which we will always remember. We could never have done anything like this without you. The organisation and logistics were 100% perfect. Anthony & Dalila

Dr Justin Gerlach
Dr Gerlach is a Senior Teaching Member at Robinson College, Cambridge and an affiliated researcher at the University Museum of Zoology. He was born in the Seychelles and growing up there he became passionate about nature and conservation. He completed his PhD in Zoology at Oxford University before joining the research team at the University of Cambridge and his research interests cover all aspects of tropical island ecology, evolution and conservation. Species of particular interest include the Seychelles giant tortoises, sheath-tailed bat, sooglossids frogs, caecilians and the tiger chameleon.

Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.

Extensions in Seychelles

We recommend extending your holiday either beforehand with a few nights in Mahé or after the cruise with 3-7 nights on Mahé, Praslin or one of the smaller islands.  There are also some very exclusive private island resorts.

In Mahé, our top picks are the Constance Ephelia, located on two of the island’s best beaches, and either the Banyan Tree or Four Seasons for sheer luxury.

On Praslin, the Lemuria Resort is great for those who like to keep active, whilst Raffles is an all-villa option on a superb stretch of white sand beach.

Private island options in the Inner Islands include the brand new Six Senses Zil Pasyon and firm favourite Fregate Island, encircled by seven untouched beaches. In the Outer Islands lie Denis Private Island and the unashamedly opulent North Island.

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[The lecturer] was excellent. The angle he took, the content, and the delivery almost made me want to return to the classroom. Glyn

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Our small group tours are exclusively available to alumni of Oxford and Cambridge universities and their friends and family, making for a wonderful atmosphere amongst like-minded individuals.

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All our small group alumni tours are accompanied by a university lecturer as well as local guides, with illuminating lectures given throughout the tour to enrich understanding of the destination.

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