Islands of the Indian Ocean    *alt*

20 days, from £3899
Titan
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Description

Set sail for the warm, aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean on this superb tropical island cruise. Flying into Port Louis on the island of Mauritius, youll stay three nights at an all-inclusive resort on the south-west coast, before cruising to the lovely Seychelles, with its picture-postcard sandy beaches and colonial charm. Marvel at the stunning volcanic landscapes and rich marine life of the French island of Mayotte in the Comoros Islands and enjoy the natural beauty and unique wildlife to be found in Madagascar. The island of Reunion, a French overseas department, will be a highlight for many, with its lush rainforests, volcanic peaks and picturesque coastal towns.

Itinerary


 Day 1

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Gatwick Airport and a scheduled Emirates flight to Mauritius via Dubai.


 Day 2

This morning, we arrive in Mauritius and transfer to Bel Ombre and the Tamassa Resort (4T+), where we stay for three nights on an all-inclusive basis.


 Days 3-4

Two days are available to spend as you wish in this stunning part of the world. The hotel offers a wide selection of included activities, or you can simply relax on the beach, or by one of four swimming pools.


 Day 5

Our morning is free, before transferring this afternoon to Port Louis, to embark Boudicca (3T+). The rest of the day is free to settle in before dinner this evening. Our ship remains in port overnight.


 Day 6

Today we remain in Port Louis, the capital and busiest city of Mauritius and a joy to explore. Maybe head to the colourful covered market and sample the local cuisine at restaurants on the sparkling new waterfront. Boudicca sets sail this evening.


 Days 7-8

Relax on board Boudicca as we sail northwards, taking the time to familiarise yourself with the ships extensive facilities.


 Day 9

This morning we arrive at beautiful Praslin Island in the Seychelles, for an overnight stay. Once a hideout for pirates, it is the picture-postcard image of a tropical paradise, with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear seas and coral reefs. Take the opportunity to relax on the beach or perhaps visit the pristine palm forests of the UNESCO-listed Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve. Ship to shore tender service.


 Day 10

Enjoy a swim or a spot of sunbathing before we leave Praslin this afternoon, sailing towards Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles. On the way you may experience a simply unforgettable sunset as we cruise past stunning Silhouette Island, shrouded in the fading evening sunshine. Ship to shore tender service.


 Day 11

The Seychelles capital, Victoria, is on the archipelagos main island, Mahe, and is a small but bustling town adorned with attractive colonial buildings and lively markets. Visit the 19th century cathedral and look out for the Edwardian Clock Tower, modelled on the Little Ben clock tower on Londons Victoria Street. Also worth a look are the landscaped Botanical Gardens, with their coco de mer palms. We leave tonight.


 Days 12-13

Take a dip in one of the pools, unwind with a massage and dont forget the nightly music and cabaret shows as we spend two leisurely days at sea.


 Day 14

Early this morning we arrive in Mamoudzou, the capital of Mayotte, a beautiful French overseas territory in the Comoros Islands. The town is located on Grand-Terre, the main island of Mayotte, which features stunning volcanic landscapes, marked by deep ravines and soaring ancient peaks as well as an extensive network of lush mangroves and humid rainforests. On boat tours around the island, youll see schools of tropical fish, while turtles, dolphins and whales are also often spotted in the warm, clear waters here. The town itself has a certain French ambiance, while there are plenty of restaurants offering French, Creole, Arabic and African inspired cuisine. We sail this evening. Ship to shore tender service.


 Day 15

More commonly known as Hell-Ville - named after a 19th century French admiral - Andoany is anything but hellish. The capital of the idyllic Madagascan island of Nosy Be is a warm and welcoming place, with fine colonial architecture, busy markets and a pretty harbour. Its also a gateway to the islands stunning rainforests and inviting golden beaches. Dont miss Lokobe Nature Reserve, home to fascinating endemic creatures such as lemurs and chameleons. Ship to shore tender service.


 Day 16

Antsiranana is the largest city in Northern Madagascar, and was formerly known as Diego Suarez, named in honour of a 16th century Portuguese navigator. Its an attractive city which has retained a great deal of its colonial charm, with French, Arabian and Indian-influenced architecture, while there are several traditional markets here selling an abundance of local produce and handmade crafts. Out of town, Amber Mountain National Park is one of Madagascars natural highlights, featuring waterfalls, crater lakes and a rich biodiversity.


 Day 17

A full day to relax on board your ship.


 Day 18

The French overseas department of Reunion is like a tropical version of the French Riviera, known for its gourmet restaurants, sandy beaches and chic boutiques. Inland, the islands forested landscapes and vast mountain ranges offer some incredible views and photo opportunities, while the highest point of Reunion, Piton des Neiges (3,070m), is an active volcano. The coast is fringed with charming villages seemingly lost in time and there are a number of intriguing museums to visit, dedicated to native musical instruments, the local sugar industry and the islands colonial history. Reunion National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - encompasses subtropical rainforests and cloud forests and is home to a wide variety of endemic plant and animal species.


 Day 19

We disembark Boudicca this morning and join a sightseeing tour of Port Louis. The city blends the islands past and present and is also a rainbow of cultures, religions and traditions. Our visit includes the Champ de Mars racecourse, St James Cathedral, Place dArmes, the Jummah Mosque, the Chinese pagoda, China Town and La Citadelle. There will be time for shopping at a craft market, perfect for local handmade souvenirs. Continue to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden which dates back to the 18th century, home to many indigenous, endemic and exotic plants. Marvel at gigantic water lilies, rare plants and giant tortoises. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant before we head to the airport for a scheduled Emirates flight to London via Dubai.


 Day 20

Arrive at London Gatwick Airport, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.