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Adventures in Madagascar (Seychelles to Mauritius)

PONANT invites you on a brand-new expedition cruise in the Indian Ocean to discover 'the island continent' of Madagascar. Enjoy beaches, dives, encounters with local populations and the discovery of endemic fauna and flora in rarely visited places of stunning natural beauty and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Belo sur Mer, the coastline of Toliara and Sarodrano, and Nosy Ve on an unforgettable journey.

Your Tour Includes

  • 15 nights' full board cruise aboard Le Champlain
  • All meals on board
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Evening entertainment
  • Gratuities on board
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Itinerary

Overview

Arrive in Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles and the largest of the archipelago, home to the capital, Victoria. Mahé has almost 70 beaches of fine sand and is renowned for the rich underwater life in its crystal-clear waters. Embark Le Champlain this afternoon and set sail at 1800.

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Located 6km south-east of Praslin, the beautiful paradise of La Digue is the third-largest island in the Seychelles. Turquoise waters invite you to swim in them, lush vegetation shelters giant tortoises, beaches of fine sand are fringed with coconut trees and surrounded with emblematic large granite rocks with pink highlights. Anse Source d’Argent makes the perfect picture postcard.

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During your day at sea, why not treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa and make the most of the many services and activities on board. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing.

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Nosy Hara is a veritable open-air aquarium inhabited by around 280 marine species, making this is an ideal location for snorkelling.  Located to the north-west of Madagascar, the island is a protected area due to its incredible biodiversity. Its limestone rock formations rising from the waters, or marine “tsingies” typical of Madagascar, make Nosy Hara both exceptional and immediately recognisable.

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Today your ship will stop in Nosy Komba, otherwise known as “lemur island”. Not far from the Madagascar mainland, this volcanic island shaped like a gigantic turtle shell is covered in dense tropical rainforest. The many small beaches and the emerald-coloured water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit.

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In the heart of the Nosy Be archipelago, discover Nosy Tanikely, an uninhabited island with exceptional marine and terrestrial biodiversity. This is the perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling. Hikers won’t be left out either: a stunning walk that climbs to the summit of the island leads to incredible views over the ocean and surrounding islands.

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Majunga, also called Mahajanga, is a vibrant town on the west coast of Madagascar, renowned for its outstanding natural sites. This port of call will provide you with the opportunity to visit Ankarafantsika National Park, home to many endemic animal and plant species, or the immense red sandstone formations of the Cirque Rouge.

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This day without a port of call will be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space.

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The peninsula of Belo sur Mer is edged with mangroves alternating with fine sandy beaches; the rocks plunge into a sea of deep blue and crystal-clear green. This fishing village is renowned for its dhows, the traditional sailing boats of Madagascar, which are built in situ in the local artisanal boatyard. These vessels coming and going on the beach set the pace of life in the village.

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Located to the south-west of the island of Madagascar, near the mouth of the River Onilahy, Toliara is a port town that opens onto the Mozambique Channel. Inhabited for several centuries and becoming prosperous during the colonial period in the 19th century, Toliara’s exceptional flora will certainly appeal to fans of botany.

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Sarodrano, a village of Vezo fishermen, possesses the authentic and unspoiled charm of remote places. You will be surprised by the dexterity with which these “nomads of the sea” steer their outrigger canoes to fish or keep up their ancestral traditions such as seaweed cultivation. If the tide allows, you may explore the sacred cave of Sarodrano, a natural freshwater pool separated from the sea by just 10m of rock.

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5 kilometres out to sea from the Malagasy village of Anakao, Nosy Ve is an unspoilt paradise of exceptional wild beauty, an Eden dotted with natural pools and a setting for coral, fish and sea turtles you can discover while snorkelling. Located on a 2km long coral bank, this island is unique in that it is home to a colony of red-tailed tropicbird, this species’ only reproduction site.

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Another day to enjoy all the comfort of your cruise ship. Lovers of the open sea will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species.

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Pointe des Galets is the main port on the island of La Réunion, and in the old town you’ll be able to discover the former house of the Réunion Railway and Port Company, its marine cemetery and its teeming covered market.

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On the north-west coast of Mauritius, discover Port Louis, the country’s multicultural capital. Constantly in movement, the city, which was once a port of call on the route to India, is home to many cultural and historic treasures. We disembark here today.

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On the north-west coast of Mauritius, discover Port Louis, the country’s multicultural capital. Constantly in movement, the city, which was once a port of call on the route to India, is home to many cultural and historic treasures. We disembark here today.

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Accommodation

You will spend 15 nights aboard the 5-star Le Champlain.

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination. Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from

Meet us at the ship

Meet us at the ship

For complete flexibility, make your own transport arrangements to and from the ship. We will provide you with times and locations as well as some useful information for you to make your own arrangements to join your cruise.

If you require any further information to assist with your travel plans, please contact our Holiday Advisors who will be happy to help.

Meet your Coach at Dover

Meet your Coach at Dover

Travel down to Dover and jump onboard your coach for your ferry crossing.

Alternatively, travel the day before your departure and enjoy an overnight stay, with complimentary parking for the duration of your cruise, before being collected after breakfast the following morning.

Travel by Eurostar

Travel by Eurostar

Step aboard Eurostar at London St Pancras for a fast and comfortable journey to mainland Europe. You can even upgrade your reserved seat to Standard Premier – speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information. On arrival in Paris, Lille or Brussels, you will then join connecting services for your onward journey.

Travel by Air

Travel by Air

Return flights from London Heathrow with transfers to and from the ship are included in our package on our specific arrival and departure dates. We also include one item of checked in luggage per person.

If our included flights are not suitable, alternative flights may also be available from other airports on our arrival and departure dates. These may have an additional supplement and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

More flexible travel options

Travelling by Eurostar?

Travelling by Eurostar?

Why not stay overnight in London?

For those travelling from further afield, you can also book overnight accommodation in London, before and after your holiday. Speak to our Holiday Advisors for more information.

Travelling by Eurostar?

Stay overnight near the port

For an even more relaxed start to your European holiday, why not stay overnight in Dover or nearby Ashford the night before your cruise from only £65pp? All our quoted prices include car parking for one vehicle for the duration of your cruise and cooked breakfast the following morning. Our coach will collect you and return you to the hotel on its way to/from the port of Dover. And if you don’t want that holiday feeling to end, why not do the same on your return journey?