Madagascar and its Islands

Eastern Madagascar & Mozambique: Mombasa to Maputo 11 Day Expedition Cruise
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Discover the Western Madagascar and Mozambique coasts via the stunning landscapes of the Seychelles on this captivating voyage. Leaving from Mombasa, you’ll encounter spectacular beaches, rainforests and gardens, and get to see incredible wildlife, such as dolphins, whales, pink flamingos and rainbow chameleons. Swim in clear waters or take in the aromas of local market stalls before your journey ends in Maputo, Mozambique’s intriguing capital.

Trip Highlights

Take in the aromas of Mombasa’s market stalls heaped with locally grown spices like pepper, ginger and cinnamon
Visit the world’s largest tortoise colony with more than 100,000 giant tortoises
Look out for pods of dolphins or surfacing beaked whales on your days at sea
Head to the rarely visited Kirindy Mitea National Park to see several species of lemur
Learn about exotic local plants from the guides at the Arboretum d’Antsokay

Itinerary

Mombasa
Day 1
A dynamic coastal metropolis, Mombasa's rich history comes from a beguiling blend of cultures. Over centuries, Arabs, Portuguese, Asians, and British settlers coexisted in the old town, blending African, European, and Asian architectural styles. Perched above the sea, Fort Jesus was built by the Portuguese in the 1590s to protect the city, while the bustling spice market is packed with fragrant stalls selling pepper, ginger and cardamom.
Day at sea
Day 2
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to our library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of our on-board lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from our onboard professional photographers.
Aldabra Atoll
Day 3-4
Aldabra, a massive raised coral atoll consisting of 13 islands encircling a lagoon, is home to the world's largest colony of 100,000 giant tortoises. The isolated archipelago features a protected landscape with hundreds of flowering plant and fern species. Endemic Aldabra drongos and pink flamingos are often seen. The white-throated rail, the last remaining flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, scours this unique habitat.
Assumption Island
Day 4
The kidney-shaped Assumption Island, a part of the Aldabra Group located over 1,000 km southwest of Mahé, is renowned for its diverse butterfly species, such as the belenois aldabrensis. The island is also home to giant tortoises, Assumption day geckos, and hosts nesting sea turtles near the shoreline. A tranquil white-sand beach stretches for miles alongside brilliantly turquoise water on the west coast.
Nosy Be
Day 5
Sandy swimming beaches, biodiverse jungle, and vivid blue crater lakes are among the highlights of verdant Nosy Be island off Madagascar's northern coast. In Hell-Ville port, remnants of French colonial architecture charm visitors. Nearby, Lokobe Reserve beckons with guided pirogue canoe tours, where black lemurs climb ancient trees and vibrant panther chameleons, growing about a foot and a half long, play hide-and-seek in the lush foliage.
Mahajanga
Day 6
The lively northern port of Mahajanga (Majunga) is known for its charming French colonial and Arabian architecture as well as a broad seafront promenade lined with coconut palms. A gigantic landmark baobab tree towers near the water. Long sandy beaches stretch north towards Cirque Rouge, a remarkable natural amphitheatre whose crumbling rocks are a blend of red, ochre and pale pink, and are at their most dramatic at sunset.
Day at sea
Day 7
Days at sea are the perfect chance to relax, unwind and do whatever takes your fancy. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, trying to spot a whale from the deck, reading a chapter or two, or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to the green days spent exploring on land.
Morondava
Day 8
The relaxed west coast town of Morondava is the gateway to the iconic Avenue of the Baobabs. Lining a bumpy track, this striking grove of centuries-old giants - often nicknamed upside-down trees - is especially popular at sunset, when the trunks cast long shadows on the ground. To the south, Kirindy Mitea National Park is a protected coastal reserve home to several species of lemur along with the rare fossa, a close relation of the mongoose.
Toliara
Day 9
Mangroves, beaches and an offshore coral reef surround Toliara (Tuléar), near the mouth of the Onilahy River. Just southeast of the city, the Arboretum d’Antsokay was created by a Swiss botanist in 1980 amid a swathe of spiny forest. Garden guides lead you past more than 900 mostly endemic plant species, flitting butterflies or lemurs tucked into branches. Within the port, a fascinating small museum is dedicated to local marine life.
Day at sea
Day 10
Today as you sail, you’ll bask in the endless comforts of your ship. From the deck, marvel at the dramatic sea views. Relax with a nurturing facial treatment or massage in the spa or delve into the ship’s learning resources. Or, simply take refuge in your cabin and enjoy the opportunity to rest.
Maputo
Day 11
Mozambique’s capital city Maputo has an intriguing mix of Portuguese colonial and Soviet-style buildings on broad boulevards lined with jacaranda and palm trees. Architectural standouts include the 20th-century domed railway station, painted in green and white. Designed by Pancho Guedes, the Smiling Lion is a distinctive post-modernist apartment block. The historic district of Baixa has a vibrant street scene of cafes, live music and markets.
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Junior Suite

32 m2
2
Junior Suites measure 32-36m2 (344-388ft2) – including a 6...
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41 m2
3
Suites measure 41m2 (441ft2) – including a 5m2 ...
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