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11-Night Trip on M/Y Pegasus

The Seychelles By Small Ship

The Seychelles By Small Ship
Our exclusive Land + Sea combination begins with a luxury resort stay and guided exploration on Mahé Island. Then embark on an 8-day cruise to some of the most remote islands of the Seychelles aboard our stylish, 21-cabin cruiser. Capturing the casual elegance of an ocean-going yacht, your voyage includes all shipboard gratuities, congenial dining and all shore excursions.
11 Nights Starting At
October 05, 2022 through October 16, 2022
Book by:
October 01, 2022 7:00 PM
Category C - Sun Deck
Itinerary Map
Itinerary Overview
Day 1
Welcome to Mahé, Seychelles
Day 2
Explore the Island of Mahé
Day 3
A Languorous Day in Paradise
Day 4
Embark the <i>mv Pegasos</i>
Day 5
The Island of Curieuse
Day 6
Birds of Cousin Island + Anse Lazio
Day 7
Aride Island – A Protected Nature Reserve
Day 8
Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island
Day 9
La Digue
Day 10
Moyenne Island
Day 11
Disembark on Mahé Island
Detailed Itinerary
Alexander+Roberts

The Seychelles By Small Ship


Day 1: Welcome to Mahé, Seychelles

You'll be warmly greeted at the airport and chauffeured to the luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort, surrounded by lush landscaped grounds along a pristine beach on Baie Lazare.

Day 2: Explore the Island of Mahé

Join our experienced native guide this morning to explore Mahé, the largest island in the archipelago and home to 90% of the Seychelles' population. Starting in the small capital city of Victoria, the century-old Clock Tower is a great place to learn a bit about the city's history. At the lively Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market, built in 1840, you'll have a chance to sample some island specialties and experience a slice of daily life. Continue across the mountainous interior, home to lush tropical forests and tea plantations, to visit the historic Mission Lodge where you'll have breathtaking views of the coast below. After a delightful lunch of authentic Seychellois Creole cuisine, your touring takes you along the spectacular southern coast past tranquil bays and verdant forests. Visit a local herb and spice garden before returning to your luxury resort where the rest of your afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy as you wish. Meals B+L

Day 3: A Languorous Day in Paradise

This entire day is yours to indulge in the idyllic setting of our luxury beachfront resort. If you wish, additional guided touring of the island can be arranged. Meals B

Day 4: Embark the <i>mv Pegasos</i>

After a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning, you'll be escorted to the quay to board our stylish 21-cabin cruiser, newly renovated in 2019. With its intimate shipboard ambiance and the attentive services of its friendly and professional crew, the 147-foot my Pegasos offers the casually elegant cruising experience of an ocean-going yacht. Settle in to your oceanview stateroom and then gather with your fellow passengers for a welcome cocktail as we cruise to the nearby island of St. Anne. Anchoring off shore, you can go for a dip using the easily accessed swimming platform. Back onboard, enjoy dinner al fresco on the shaded deck or in the intimate dining room. Meals B+D

Day 5: The Island of Curieuse

You'll leave St. Anne behind early this morning to reach Curieuse, one of the islands that comprise the Seychelles Marine National Park. Going ashore, we'll be met by a Park Ranger for a guided tour. See the rare Coco-de-Mer palm; growing naturally only here and on Praslin Island, this unusual ancient palm tree is distinguished by its voluptuous seeds, the largest and heaviest seeds in the plant world! As you make your way past intertidal mangrove forests, you'll learn about the island's history as a leper colony and see the restored Colonial villa where the island's doctor lived in the 1870's. You'll also have a chance to encounter giant tortoises as you make your way back to the beach where lunch will be served in a shady spot overlooking the sea. Meals B+L+D

Day 6: Birds of Cousin Island + Anse Lazio

Today we'll explore Cousin Island. Hailed as one of the most eco-sensitive places on the planet, it is a protected nature reserve founded in 1968 with the acquisition of a coconut plantation that covered almost the entire island. Once ravaged, Cousin's original vegetation and eco-systems have been remarkably restored and now provide an important habitat for endangered bird species including the Seychelles magpie robin, fairy tern and Seychelles warbler. It is also the most important breeding site for hawksbill turtle in the western Indian Ocean. Accompanied by our expert naturalist, your guided exploration of the island will be most rewarding. This afternoon finds us on Praslin Island where we'll have ample time to relax, snorkel and swim on Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Meals B+L+D

Day 7: Aride Island – A Protected Nature Reserve

This morning, you'll discover Aride - a protected nature reserve rich with endemic flora and fauna. Some like the Seychelles blue pigeon and Seychelles sunbird are found only in the Seychelles, and the delicately flowering Wright's gardenia grows naturally only on Aride. All in all, over one million seabirds breed on Aride, making this one of the most important aviary habitats in the Indian Ocean. Led by a resident ranger, your exploration reveals what the archipelago was like centuries ago before any human settlement. This afternoon finds you on a stunningly beautiful and secluded beach on St. Pierre where you'll have ample time to swim, snorkel and explore the shore before returning to ship. Meals B+L+D *Aride Island may be closed by the local authorities during some sailings. During this time, weather permitting, the Captain will be calling at equally beautiful locales, visiting Cote D'Or or Anse Georgette.

Day 8: Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island

This morning, A+R guests will enjoy a naturalist-guided tour of the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve #WHS#, a World Heritage Site lauded for its untouched primeval forests and the primitive bird and animal species they shelter. The rare Coco-de-Mer palm grows abundantly here along with five other palm species endemic to the Seychelles. Though elusive and sometimes difficult to encounter, the rare Seychelles black parrot, bronze gecko and tiger chameleon are some of the more unusual wildlife species that you might glimpse. This guided tour ends at the breathtaking beautiful Cote d'Or Beach where you'll have time to swim, relax or explore. In the afternoon, the Pegasos will anchor off of a small isle where you can go ashore to swim and snorkel. Back onboard, we'll chart a course for the island of La Digue. Meals B+L+D

Day 9: La Digue

If you've been enthralled by photographs of the Seychelles, it's likely that those images were of La Digue. With towering granite outcroppings and lush tropical greenery dramatically framing pristine white sand beaches, this is truly one of the most photogenic islands in the world. It's also the best place to discover more of Seychelles history and culture, and this morning's excursion is exclusively included for A+R guests. Delight in timeless scenes of daily life as we take you to L'Union Estate, an old coconut and vanilla plantation that offers insight into the island's history. The Plantation House, one of the oldest French Colonial landmarks on La Digue, has been finely restored. This excursion also visits some of the island's most spectacular beaches, including Anse Source d'Argent - a photographer's dream with its mammoth granite boulders, powdery white sand and clear aquamarine waters. Before returning to ship, we'll stop in the charming village of La Passe where you'll have time to stroll and shop at your own pace. Late this afternoon, the Pegasos navigates to Moyenne Island where we'll drop anchor for the night. Meals B+L+D

Day 10: Moyenne Island

Encompassing just 24 acres, this tiny uninhabited island is the smallest national park in the world, the brainchild of Brendon Grimshaw, an English journalist who purchased the island in 1962. Over the decades until his death in 2012, Mr. Grimshaw planted more than 16,000 endemic trees and plants. Ultimately his efforts paid off with native Seychelles birds coming to nest and breed on the island. Along with a population of 120 giant Seychelles tortoises that he transported to the island, allowing them to breed and roam freely, Moyenne holds the distinction of having more species per square foot than any other national park on Earth. With our expert naturalist, your guided tour of the island ends with an al fresco lunch on the beach and a final opportunity to swim and snorkel. This evening, gather with your fellow passengers for the Captain's Farewell Dinner. Meals B+L+D

Day 11: Disembark on Mahé Island

After breakfast and disembarkation, you'll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B

Day 1: Welcome to Mahé, Seychelles

You'll be warmly greeted at the airport and chauffeured to the luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort, surrounded by lush landscaped grounds along a pristine beach on Baie Lazare.

Day 2: Explore the Island of Mahé

Join our experienced native guide this morning to explore Mahé, the largest island in the archipelago and home to 90% of the Seychelles' population. Starting in the small capital city of Victoria, the century-old Clock Tower is a great place to learn a bit about the city's history. At the lively Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market, built in 1840, you'll have a chance to sample some island specialties and experience a slice of daily life. Continue across the mountainous interior, home to lush tropical forests and tea plantations, to visit the historic Mission Lodge where you'll have breathtaking views of the coast below. After a delightful lunch of authentic Seychellois Creole cuisine, your touring takes you along the spectacular southern coast past tranquil bays and verdant forests. Visit a local herb and spice garden before returning to your luxury resort where the rest of your afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy as you wish. Meals B+L

Day 3: A Languorous Day in Paradise

This entire day is yours to indulge in the idyllic setting of our luxury beachfront resort. If you wish, additional guided touring of the island can be arranged. Meals B

Day 4: Embark the <i>mv Pegasos</i>

After a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning, you'll be escorted to the quay to board our stylish 21-cabin cruiser, newly renovated in 2019. With its intimate shipboard ambiance and the attentive services of its friendly and professional crew, the 147-foot my Pegasos offers the casually elegant cruising experience of an ocean-going yacht. Settle in to your oceanview stateroom and then gather with your fellow passengers for a welcome cocktail as we cruise to the nearby island of St. Anne. Anchoring off shore, you can go for a dip using the easily accessed swimming platform. Back onboard, enjoy dinner al fresco on the shaded deck or in the intimate dining room. Meals B+D

Day 5: The Island of Curieuse

You'll leave St. Anne behind early this morning to reach Curieuse, one of the islands that comprise the Seychelles Marine National Park. Going ashore, we'll be met by a Park Ranger for a guided tour. See the rare Coco-de-Mer palm; growing naturally only here and on Praslin Island, this unusual ancient palm tree is distinguished by its voluptuous seeds, the largest and heaviest seeds in the plant world! As you make your way past intertidal mangrove forests, you'll learn about the island's history as a leper colony and see the restored Colonial villa where the island's doctor lived in the 1870's. You'll also have a chance to encounter giant tortoises as you make your way back to the beach where lunch will be served in a shady spot overlooking the sea. Meals B+L+D

Day 6: Birds of Cousin Island + Anse Lazio

Today we'll explore Cousin Island. Hailed as one of the most eco-sensitive places on the planet, it is a protected nature reserve founded in 1968 with the acquisition of a coconut plantation that covered almost the entire island. Once ravaged, Cousin's original vegetation and eco-systems have been remarkably restored and now provide an important habitat for endangered bird species including the Seychelles magpie robin, fairy tern and Seychelles warbler. It is also the most important breeding site for hawksbill turtle in the western Indian Ocean. Accompanied by our expert naturalist, your guided exploration of the island will be most rewarding. This afternoon finds us on Praslin Island where we'll have ample time to relax, snorkel and swim on Anse Lazio, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Meals B+L+D

Day 7: Aride Island – A Protected Nature Reserve

This morning, you'll discover Aride - a protected nature reserve rich with endemic flora and fauna. Some like the Seychelles blue pigeon and Seychelles sunbird are found only in the Seychelles, and the delicately flowering Wright's gardenia grows naturally only on Aride. All in all, over one million seabirds breed on Aride, making this one of the most important aviary habitats in the Indian Ocean. Led by a resident ranger, your exploration reveals what the archipelago was like centuries ago before any human settlement. This afternoon finds you on a stunningly beautiful and secluded beach on St. Pierre where you'll have ample time to swim, snorkel and explore the shore before returning to ship. Meals B+L+D *Aride Island may be closed by the local authorities during some sailings. During this time, weather permitting, the Captain will be calling at equally beautiful locales, visiting Cote D'Or or Anse Georgette.

Day 8: Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island

This morning, A+R guests will enjoy a naturalist-guided tour of the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve #WHS#, a World Heritage Site lauded for its untouched primeval forests and the primitive bird and animal species they shelter. The rare Coco-de-Mer palm grows abundantly here along with five other palm species endemic to the Seychelles. Though elusive and sometimes difficult to encounter, the rare Seychelles black parrot, bronze gecko and tiger chameleon are some of the more unusual wildlife species that you might glimpse. This guided tour ends at the breathtaking beautiful Cote d'Or Beach where you'll have time to swim, relax or explore. In the afternoon, the Pegasos will anchor off of a small isle where you can go ashore to swim and snorkel. Back onboard, we'll chart a course for the island of La Digue. Meals B+L+D

Day 9: La Digue

If you've been enthralled by photographs of the Seychelles, it's likely that those images were of La Digue. With towering granite outcroppings and lush tropical greenery dramatically framing pristine white sand beaches, this is truly one of the most photogenic islands in the world. It's also the best place to discover more of Seychelles history and culture, and this morning's excursion is exclusively included for A+R guests. Delight in timeless scenes of daily life as we take you to L'Union Estate, an old coconut and vanilla plantation that offers insight into the island's history. The Plantation House, one of the oldest French Colonial landmarks on La Digue, has been finely restored. This excursion also visits some of the island's most spectacular beaches, including Anse Source d'Argent - a photographer's dream with its mammoth granite boulders, powdery white sand and clear aquamarine waters. Before returning to ship, we'll stop in the charming village of La Passe where you'll have time to stroll and shop at your own pace. Late this afternoon, the Pegasos navigates to Moyenne Island where we'll drop anchor for the night. Meals B+L+D

Day 10: Moyenne Island

Encompassing just 24 acres, this tiny uninhabited island is the smallest national park in the world, the brainchild of Brendon Grimshaw, an English journalist who purchased the island in 1962. Over the decades until his death in 2012, Mr. Grimshaw planted more than 16,000 endemic trees and plants. Ultimately his efforts paid off with native Seychelles birds coming to nest and breed on the island. Along with a population of 120 giant Seychelles tortoises that he transported to the island, allowing them to breed and roam freely, Moyenne holds the distinction of having more species per square foot than any other national park on Earth. With our expert naturalist, your guided tour of the island ends with an al fresco lunch on the beach and a final opportunity to swim and snorkel. This evening, gather with your fellow passengers for the Captain's Farewell Dinner. Meals B+L+D

Day 11: Disembark on Mahé Island

After breakfast and disembarkation, you'll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight. Meals B

Dates & prices
Additional
Offers
Inside Outside Balcony Suite
October 01, 2022 7:00 PM
October 05, 2022
to October 16, 2022
11 Nights from $5,599.00
(USD) Per Person
Category C - Sun Deck
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 15, 2022 7:00 PM
October 19, 2022
to October 30, 2022
11 Nights from $5,599.00
(USD) Per Person
Category C - Sun Deck
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A

About M/Y Pegasus

Ship Overview
M/Y Pegasus
Cruise the Garden of Eden in the comfort of the M/Y Pegasus.

If you're island-hopping with us through Seychelles off Africa's east coast, you'll be cruising in the 45-metre (147-foot) Pegasus. This ship was built for touring paradise, with a luxurious design that mirrors the calming vibes of the islands themselves. The twin-hull provides plenty of space on deck, both in your private cabin and the indoor and outdoor communal areas. Enjoy magnificent sea views while sunning yourself on the deck, savour delicious, fresh cuisine at the al fresco restaurant, and relax in the lounge with your fellow passengers. Cruising comfortably at 10 knots, you'll never be too far from an island paradise.
Ship Details
Year Built
1990
Ship Length
45m (147ft)
Ship Beam
11m (36ft)
Cruising Speed
10 knots
Total Capacity
44
Crew Size
18
Number of Decks
4
Deck Plan Details
Deck plans are not yet available
More About A+R

Journeys Without a Crowd
Our 74 Years of Experience

As you prepare to turn your travel dreams into your next great adventure, be assured that we are with you every step of the way. Since 1947, we’ve been committed to providing a more caring, sustainable and authentic way to explore the world. Now we’ve turned our expertise to ensuring that we are fully prepared to show you our world in A+R Style… Without a Crowd!

Our Health + Hygiene Protocols

Emphasizing More Personal Space + Extra Care at every step of the on-tour experience, we have enhanced our safety protocols in coordination with our overseas offices and based upon guidelines from the U.S Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, United States Tour Operators Association and World Travel & Tourism Council.

Choose Your Travel Style… Always Without a Crowd 

With Never More than 16 Guests, our Small Group Journeys promise personal engagement with our expert native guides and easy camaraderie with like-minded travelers. You’ll enjoy authentic dining, evocative hotels and unique cultural experiences not available to larger groups. 

The Privately Guided versions of our Small Group tours and our luxury Private Journeys offer the same advantages – but allow you to choose your traveling companions. Travel any day you wish and delight in the flexible pace of touring with just your traveling party. 

Custom Journeys are tailor made just for you – with expertly guided private sightseeing, unique cultural activities, hotels, and dining experiences tailored to fit your personal interests and style.

Our Enduring Ability to Respond

Since 1947, our global team and partners have always been there to respond with speed and agility to even the most unexpected events. When the Arab Spring of 2011 led to unrest in Cairo, for example, we were the first American tour company to safely evacuate our guests from Egypt. Through earthquakes, tsunamis, labor strikes, and past outbreaks like SARS, our commitment has always been to maintain our travelers’ trust and confidence by doing the right thing. 

And we are fully bonded with leading travel organizations like the United States Tour Operators Association, of which we’re a founding member. This financial stability and our capacity to respond to the unexpected make us uniquely positioned during this current COVID-19 pandemic - to proceed confidently with prudence and deliberation.

Ship Overview
Ship Overview
M/Y Pegasus
Cruise the Garden of Eden in the comfort of the M/Y Pegasus.

If you're island-hopping with us through Seychelles off Africa's east coast, you'll be cruising in the 45-metre (147-foot) Pegasus. This ship was built for touring paradise, with a luxurious design that mirrors the calming vibes of the islands themselves. The twin-hull provides plenty of space on deck, both in your private cabin and the indoor and outdoor communal areas. Enjoy magnificent sea views while sunning yourself on the deck, savour delicious, fresh cuisine at the al fresco restaurant, and relax in the lounge with your fellow passengers. Cruising comfortably at 10 knots, you'll never be too far from an island paradise.
Ship Details
Year Built
1990
Ship Length
45m (147ft)
Ship Beam
11m (36ft)
Cruising Speed
10 knots
Total Capacity
44
Crew Size
18
Number of Decks
4
Deck Plan Details
Deck plans are not yet available

Journeys Without a Crowd
Our 74 Years of Experience

As you prepare to turn your travel dreams into your next great adventure, be assured that we are with you every step of the way. Since 1947, we’ve been committed to providing a more caring, sustainable and authentic way to explore the world. Now we’ve turned our expertise to ensuring that we are fully prepared to show you our world in A+R Style… Without a Crowd!

Our Health + Hygiene Protocols

Emphasizing More Personal Space + Extra Care at every step of the on-tour experience, we have enhanced our safety protocols in coordination with our overseas offices and based upon guidelines from the U.S Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, United States Tour Operators Association and World Travel & Tourism Council.

Choose Your Travel Style… Always Without a Crowd 

With Never More than 16 Guests, our Small Group Journeys promise personal engagement with our expert native guides and easy camaraderie with like-minded travelers. You’ll enjoy authentic dining, evocative hotels and unique cultural experiences not available to larger groups. 

The Privately Guided versions of our Small Group tours and our luxury Private Journeys offer the same advantages – but allow you to choose your traveling companions. Travel any day you wish and delight in the flexible pace of touring with just your traveling party. 

Custom Journeys are tailor made just for you – with expertly guided private sightseeing, unique cultural activities, hotels, and dining experiences tailored to fit your personal interests and style.

Our Enduring Ability to Respond

Since 1947, our global team and partners have always been there to respond with speed and agility to even the most unexpected events. When the Arab Spring of 2011 led to unrest in Cairo, for example, we were the first American tour company to safely evacuate our guests from Egypt. Through earthquakes, tsunamis, labor strikes, and past outbreaks like SARS, our commitment has always been to maintain our travelers’ trust and confidence by doing the right thing. 

And we are fully bonded with leading travel organizations like the United States Tour Operators Association, of which we’re a founding member. This financial stability and our capacity to respond to the unexpected make us uniquely positioned during this current COVID-19 pandemic - to proceed confidently with prudence and deliberation.

About Alexander+Roberts
Having survived World War II in Poland, my friend and mentor Alexander Harris founded General Tours in 1947 with the conviction that travel could build bridges of cross-cultural understanding. Since our first-of-its-kind tours to the Soviet Union in 1955 we’ve remained at the forefront of international travel, helping culturally inquisitive Americans explore 85 far-flung destinations on all seven continents.

Thus, for 74 years, our company … first known as General Tours and now as Alexander+Roberts … has been providing guests with sustainable, authentic and personal ways to enjoy our world with thoughtfulness and a light footprint. We exclusively offer small groups of ‘never more than 16 guests,’ completely private versions of these same tours departing on any day you choose for just your traveling party, or journeys tailor-made to your specifications.

Alexander+Roberts is a privately-held American company based in Keene, New Hampshire with integrity, financial security, and the demonstrated expertise to care for travelers in a sometimes tumultuous world. We’re bonded with major travel organizations like the United States Tour Operators Association of which we were a founding member in the 1970’s.

Our luxury services include comprehensive sightseeing, transfers, all tour flights, tips and unique experiences designed to enhance your experience in the culture you’re exploring. Fine dining is an important aspect of our touring, with congenial meals including wines and beer that reflect authentic regional cuisines. We search out the finest accommodations to enhance your journey… from the most evocative luxury hotels and historic boutique properties to the best safari camps and small ships.

We often hear from travelers that our guides are extraordinary. They hail from the lands you’ll visit and speak English easily and casually. Because they’re lifelong residents, they have the knowledge and passion to engage you comfortably and more deeply with the people, history, traditions and natural wonders of their homelands.

We hope you’ll make your next journey with Alexander+Roberts… and let us show you the world with our signature style and remarkable value.

Robert Drumm


CEO
Alexander+Roberts

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About Alexander+Roberts
Having survived World War II in Poland, my friend and mentor Alexander Harris founded General Tours in 1947 with the conviction that travel could build bridges of cross-cultural understanding. Since our first-of-its-kind tours to the Soviet Union in 1955 we’ve remained at the forefront of international travel, helping culturally inquisitive Americans explore 85 far-flung destinations on all seven continents.

Thus, for 74 years, our company … first known as General Tours and now as Alexander+Roberts … has been providing guests with sustainable, authentic and personal ways to enjoy our world with thoughtfulness and a light footprint. We exclusively offer small groups of ‘never more than 16 guests,’ completely private versions of these same tours departing on any day you choose for just your traveling party, or journeys tailor-made to your specifications.

Alexander+Roberts is a privately-held American company based in Keene, New Hampshire with integrity, financial security, and the demonstrated expertise to care for travelers in a sometimes tumultuous world. We’re bonded with major travel organizations like the United States Tour Operators Association of which we were a founding member in the 1970’s.

Our luxury services include comprehensive sightseeing, transfers, all tour flights, tips and unique experiences designed to enhance your experience in the culture you’re exploring. Fine dining is an important aspect of our touring, with congenial meals including wines and beer that reflect authentic regional cuisines. We search out the finest accommodations to enhance your journey… from the most evocative luxury hotels and historic boutique properties to the best safari camps and small ships.

We often hear from travelers that our guides are extraordinary. They hail from the lands you’ll visit and speak English easily and casually. Because they’re lifelong residents, they have the knowledge and passion to engage you comfortably and more deeply with the people, history, traditions and natural wonders of their homelands.

We hope you’ll make your next journey with Alexander+Roberts… and let us show you the world with our signature style and remarkable value.

Robert Drumm


CEO
Alexander+Roberts

Read More

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.