Welcome to Mahe and the beautiful Seychelles. You will be transferred to your apartment to relax after the flight and arrive in paradise. As part of this package you will have a full day discovery tour of Mahe. The tour begins with a transfer from the hotel for a stop in the colonial centre of "the world's smallest capital", Victoria. Highlights to visit are the court buildings, museum, post office, Clock-tower [twin of the one outside London's Victoria Station ]. A turn around the corner takes one to the 'Codevar' building where local crafts, including the renowned Kreol Or [Creole Gold] are on display for sale. A walk across Albert Street leads one to the focal point of the town, its colourful market where stalls of fresh fish, tropical fruits & vegetables, herbs & spices, are displayed in an abundance of fragrances. This is followed by a drive across the Sans Soucis mountain pass, with a photo stop at the historical Mission Lodge, en-route to a Creole restaurant for lunch. After lunch, the tour continues around the southern tip of the island to the restored colonial plantation of 'Jardin du Roi', which is steeped in the short history of the Creoles as well as the Georges family, whose family tree apparently carries a link to Louis XVII of France. A cold drink of home-grown fruit welcomes visitors, before they tour the surrounding plantation of vegetables, exotic fruits, herbs and spices. The rest of the afternoon is for relaxation, with a stop at the Craft Village on the way back to the hotel, at around 16h00. On another day you will have the change to discover the stunning marine life of the Seychelles on a full day reef safari. Starting with a transfer to Victoria's marina to board our catamaran , for a trip to the middle of the harbour, where we stop to feed the fish and one can explore the facinating underwater world by snorkelling and swimming with the fishes. There is ample time for marine enthusiasts to explore the reefs through the windows of our semi-submersible versel or for those more geared to relaxation, take a swim A mouth watering buffet lunch prepared in traditional creole style is served on board. After lunch, a visit on Moyenne Island or just take a nap on the beach or take a swim on the beach of the island. For a perfect ending of the day, a "petit rum punch des Iles" is served on board before heading back to the Marine Charter and to your hotel.
This morning you will take the ferry to Praslin which takes about an hour to cross the sea between the islands. Praslin is home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Valee de Mai". You will spend the next five nights on stunning Praslin and can explore plenty of stunning wildlife, beaches and culture heritage. You will have the chance to visit the famous site of Valee de Mai in a half day guided tour. Starting with a coach transfer from the hotel, this half-day excursion is dedicated exclusively to the renowned Vallee-de-Mai Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This extraordinary primeval forest, known as the Garden of Eden, is the unique habitat in the universe where the Coco-de-Mer palm grows in its natural state. The Vallee-de-Mai is also home to one of the world’s rarest birds, the Black Parrot. Furthermore we are taking you to discover the beauty of La Digue Island. This day tour is ideal for the adventurous seeking to explore La Digue island on their own and includes return coach transfers to the hotel and Praslin Jetty, a ferry crossing at 09h00 to La Digue, where tourists are greeted by our island representative for a short briefing on the most popular sites, best routes and lunch venues, before our guide hands over a map and the bicycles for the day's adventure. The boat trip back to Praslin departs at 16h30, the end of a perfect day - most guests with another day to spare choose to return to the magic of La Digue island.
After all these experiences and impressions you will spend your last night on Mahe again to have a stress- and worry-free journey back to the airport and back home.
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