Dubai and Seychelles Aboard the M/Y PEGASUS
Dubai: where old world tradition meets extravagant modernity in a cosmopolitan oasis. Within the fiery, unrelenting heat of the desert, discover a sprawling, progressive metropolis of cool steel and man-made wonders. Although the city-state of Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, has made innovative leaps and bounds in the past few decades, the region’s history dates back to prehistoric times. Once a trade-based economy, dealing in textiles, oil, and pearling, lending to the often used title “The Pearl of the Gulf,” Dubai now primarily caters to tourism, travel, and hospitality. Some of the most famous attractions include record breaking architecture, such as the man-made, palm-shaped island of Palm Jumeirah, the massive Dubai mall, and the tallest building on earth, Burj Khalifa. However, the remnants of antiquity have not been buried under the weight of progress. Visitors to Dubai can still peruse the wares being sold in long-established souks, tour centuries-old structures, and stop by the Dubai Museum.
Seychelles: the epitome of island paradise, with lush green jungles, powdery white sand beaches, and pristine turquoise waters. Journey across the Indian Ocean to experience the legendary beauty of this modern day Garden of Eden.
Seychelles is a remote archipelago off the east coast of Africa made up of 115 islands, with a population of approximately 90,000. First settled by the French in 1770, the islands were eventually ceded to Britain in 1814 and did not gain independence until 1976. Under British colonial rule, plantations were established on the islands, producing goods such as coconuts, cotton, and sugar cane. Despite the remote location, or perhaps because of it, the Seychelles has attracted people from all over world since its discovery. This has led to a melting pot nation, where a multitude of races and religions are represented and reside harmoniously. The year round balmy weather, unique culture, breathtaking scenery, and collection of rare species make Seychelles an unparalleled destination you won’t want to miss.
Included in package:
· 3 nights pre-cruise accommodations
· Airport Meet and Greet
· Transfers airport-hotel-ship
· Baggage handling hotels & ship
· 7 nights aboard the M/Y Pegasus
· Most meals on pre-cruise and all meals on ship
· Excursions as per itinerary
· Services of a Professional English Speaking Guide
Dubai and Seychelles Aboard the M/Y PEGASUS
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1 DUBAI
Upon your arrival in Dubai, you will check-in at the Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights. Use the remainder of the day to discover this fascinating city at your leisure. Shop in the Tuscan-inspired Outlet Village or the massive Dubai Mall, home to 1,200 stores and 150 restaurants, as well as an indoor theme park and underwater zoo. Visit the historical Dubai Creek, home to the Dubai Museum, or browse the various wares, such as gold, textiles, and spices, offered by street vendors, or souks.
DAY 2 DUBAI
Enjoy the morning at your leisure. In the late afternoon, begin the 6-hour Sundowner Desert Safari. The mysterious desert makes for a magical and memorable evening. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, trained safari guides driving 4x4 vehicles lead the way over the sand dunes and through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. After your safari, enjoy a Middle Eastern feast under the stars at our traditional Bedouin-style camp, which includes a selection of grilled meats, fresh salads, delectable sweets and hand-selected beverages. Also look forward to camel rides, henna hand painting and aromatic shisha at the camp, and a special belly-dance performance. Meals | Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3 DUBAI
See the engineering, architectural and design wonders that have transformed Dubai into a modern metropolis and regional cultural-business hub. A panoramic tour features the luxury hotel properties of Palm Island Jumeirah, a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree; a photo stop at the Burj Al Arab, which bears a striking resemblance to the sail of a boat; and the fantastic fountains of the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, surrounding the world's tallest building. Ascend to the 124th floor. Discover Arab traditions and culture at a waterfront souk. Meals | Breakfast
DAY 4 DUBAI / SEYCHELLES
Depart Dubai for an early morning flight to Seychelles. Arrive at Mahe Inter Island Quay, and board the M/Y Pegasus. After a welcome cocktail and safety drill, we leave Port Victoria and sail to nearby St Anne for a refreshing swim stop in the stunning aquamarine waters off the ship. Anchor near St. Anne for welcome dinner and overnight. Meals | Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5 ST ANNE / CURIEUSE
We leave St Anne Island early in the morning for Curieuse, nicknamed The Red Island because of its reddish soil. This uninhabited island, once a leper colony, is home to more than 500 giant tortoises, eight species of mangrove trees, and the protected coco de mer plant. Our walking excursion with a park guide will bring us to the farm alongside impressive mangrove forests and massive granite cliffs. Later, we return to the beach for a barbecue under the trees. In the afternoon, you can enjoy the beach and sea activities. Anchor for overnight. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6 CURIEUSE / COUSIN ISLAND / ANSE LAZIO
In the morning, we sail for the powder-white shores of Cousin Island. Previously a coconut plantation, Cousin Island underwent conservation efforts that allowed much of the native forest to regenerate. Now a bird sanctuary established by Bird Life International to preserve the Seychelles warblers, the island is home to several different species. It also boasts nesting beaches for Hawksbills and other turtle varieties. Later in the afternoon, we sail to Anse Lazio on Praslin Island, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stroll among red boulders through the powder-fine white sand or partake in swimming, snorkeling or optional diving. Evening at anchor. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 ANSE LAZIO / ARIDE ISLAND / ST PIERRE / ST ANNE
In the morning, we leave for Aride Island, one of the world's most important nature reserves. The island is home to a significant population of seabird species. It also houses indigenous species such as Wright's gardenia and Audubon's shearwater, the Seychelles warbler, found nowhere else on earth. Our excursion will take you all the way to the top of the island for a breathtaking view. At noon, we sail for St Pierre Island. After lunch, we stop in St Pierre for 3 hours of snorkeling and swimming. Observe a coral reef, significantly damaged by a tsunami, slowly regaining its former magnificence. See an abundant variety of fish, such as the blue tang and the clown surgeonfish, and, if we're lucky, sea turtles. At sunset, we leave St Pierre to sail into Baie St Anne, Praslin. Overnight at dock. Creole Night. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8 ST ANNE / FELICITE
Disembark onto the stunning white beaches of Praslin. Explore the small, quiet town of Baie St Anne, before heading to Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and a palm forest hardly altered since prehistoric times. In the afternoon, we sail to the largely uninhabited island of Felicite for snorkeling, swimming, or an optional diving excursion. In the evening, we sail to La Digue and anchor in front of the port for an overnight. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 LA DIGUE / MOYENNE ISLAND
Enjoy a half-day excursion in La Digue, quaintest and most photographed community in the Seychelles. We'll travel by bus to the Veuve Nature Reserve, home to the paradise flycatcher, and the Union Plantation. Arrive at L' Union Estate and tour the copra kiln, a traditional coconut oil mill, and the colonial plantation house. Continue on to l'Anse Source d'Argent beach, one of the most magnificent beaches in the world and the most famous in the Seychelles. Marvel at some of Seychelles' most impressive rock formations while enjoying a refreshment. Hunt for souvenirs at La Passe, the island's main village, before returning to the ship. Depart in the late afternoon for Moyenne Island, opposite Mahe, for an early evening arrival. Overnight at anchor. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 MOYENNE ISLAND / MAHE
We'll take a short guided tour around the island, the world's smallest national park, before enjoying a barbecue on the beach; please respect the tortoises. This will be the last opportunity for snorkeling and swimming, so be sure to take advantage. We depart Moyenne Island for Mahe's Victoria Port in the afternoon. This evening at Inter Island Quay, Mahe, we'll enjoy a captain's farewell dinner with live music and dancing. Overnight in Mahe. Meals | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11 MAHE
Disembark the M/Y Pegasus in the morning. You will be transported to the airport for your return flight home. Meals | Breakfast
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Adventure to Dubai and sail breathtaking Seychelles aboard the M/Y Pegasus.
The twin-hulled Pegasus, built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997 and renovated in 2016, accommodates up to 44 guests in 21 cabins, in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. On board you will enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll our 2,550 square feet / 240 m2 of open deck. You can relax with friends in the handsomely appointed lounge, browse in the well-stocked library or enjoy ocean view dining in the convivial and spacious restaurant area. A platform on Pegasus stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. We have also added for your relaxation a zen mini spa located on the Lower Deck.
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