On board MS EUROPA from Mauritius to Mumbai (Bombay)

Beautiful island paradises

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Beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, extraordinary flora and fauna and the dazzling blue sea. The tropical islands in the Indian Ocean are like paradise on earth. Accompany the EUROPA to Madagascar, the unspoilt “red island”, and discover France’s exotic side on the Comoros Islands. Experience sunny dream destinations on the beaches of the Seychelles and Maldives – enjoy the Advent period under the palms.


from Mauritius to Mumbai (Bombay)

Cruise dates:from 18.11.2016 to 08.12.2016 (20 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1624

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

•   UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites: Vallee de Mai*

•   Pristine natural beauty on Madagascar

•   Idyllic beaches in the Seychelles and Maldives

•   New ports: Nosy Lakandava/Madagascar, Nosy Be/Madagascar

Itinerary

Fri, 18.11.2016

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Mauritius

Sat, 19.11.2016

Mauritius
Transfer to Port Louis for embarkation on the EUROPA
Port Louis/Mauritius, departure 19.00 hrs

 

Port Louis/Mauritius

On our pre-cruise programme*, begin your cruise with unforgettable days on the beaches of Mauritius.

 

 

Sun, 20.11.2016

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 21.11.2016

Ambodifototra/Nosy Boroha/Madagascar, 7.00 – 12.00 hrs

 

Ambodifototra/Nosy Boroha/Madagascar

Today you can discover an island that remains pristine to this day: long beaches, protected bays and small plantations of vanilla plants, cloves and cocoa provide the picturesque backdrop to this tropical island.

 

 

Tue, 22.11.2016

Nosy Lakandava, 14.00 – 18.00 hrs

 

Nosy Lakandava/Madagascar

Surrounded by coral reefs and basalt rocks, this naturally protected and uninhabited island is a great place for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing. Or how about a nice long walk along the beach?

 

 

Wed, 23.11.2016

Nosy Be, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

 

Nosy Be/Madagascar

The “scented island” is captivating with the flowery scent of vanilla, clove and ylang-ylang and invites you to discover more of its diverse natural treasures. The Lokobe Special Reserve* is only accessible by boat. In the heart of the rainforest, which has been protected since 1923, an exciting excursion will take you to see the breathtaking flora and fauna of Madagascar. Normally rather shy, the lemurs that are unique to these remote islands will be happy to show you their more trusting side on Nosy Komba*.

 

 

Thu, 24.11.2016

Mamoudzou/Mayotte/Comoros/France, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs

 

Mamoudzou/Mayotte/Comoros/France

Charming fishing villages, golden sandy beaches and fertile volcanic slopes – explore this French overseas territory on a panoramic trip* or go on a varied hike to the emerald-green crater lake*.

 

 

Fri, 25.11.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 26.11.2016

Desroches/Seychelles, 11.00 – 19.00 hrs

 

Desroches/Seychelles

On this palm-strewn island, enjoy some time to relax in peace as you listen to the waves lapping on the white sandy beach. A snorkelling or diving trip to see the colourful coral reefs will offer further fascinating insights.

 

 

Sun, 27.11.2016

Victoria/Mahe, 8.00 – 0.00 hrs

Victoria/Mahe/Seychelles

The Seychelles are a dream destination made up of fascinating coral and granite islands. The world-famous granite cliffs are impressive evidence of the forces of nature, which once caused continental drift. There is plenty to see in the capital, Victoria, such as the Clocktower and the Botanical Gardens. Get to know the lively centre better before enjoying views of remote bays and exuberant tropical forests on a panoramic trip*. Another insider tip: the Jardin du Roi on a hillside in the middle of the jungle. On a walk through this Garden of Eden, you will not only learn about the many varieties of peppercorns and other spices and fruits growing here, you can also try some of the delicious produce for yourself in the outstanding restaurant. There is an amazing view from up here over the green canopy of trees to the ocean – the adventurous among you can swing from platform to platform through the tree tops on a canopy tour*.

Mon, 28.11.2016

Curieuse, arrival 7.00 hrs

 

Curieuse/Seychelles

This little Garden of Eden has some unique natural gems such as the impressive Coco-de-Mer palm, which grows only here and on Praslin. The main inhabitants of these islands with their unspoilt beaches, mangrove forests and takamaka trees are the giant turtles and, with a little luck, you will see them on your explorations.

 

 

Tue, 29.11.2016

Curieuse, departure 6.00 hrs
La Digue, arrival 8.00 hrs

 

La Digue/Seychelles

The world-famous granite formations and lush plant life are what La Digue is known for. The island is best explored by bicycle or by local taxi, an ox-drawn cart. This is a relaxing way to arrive at the unspoilt beaches in the north-east of the island or you can learn more about the history and culture of the Seychelles at the L’Union Estate nature park.

 

 

Wed, 30.11.2016

La Digue, departure 6.00 hrs
Praslin, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Praslin/Seychelles

A chorus of exotic birds in the tropical rainforest, waves gently lapping against the sandy shore and an amazingly colourful diversity underwater as well – wherever you look on the second largest island in the Seychelles, you will see some idyllic sights. Walk through the Vallee de Mai* shaded by palm trees and marvel at the legendary Coco-de-Mer nuts in this jungle paradise. Or sail by catamaran* to Coco Island and Felicite Island where you can enjoy some very special snorkelling.

Thu, 01.12.2016
- Fri, 02.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 03.12.2016

Male/North Male Atoll/Maldives, 12.30 – 18.00 hrs

 

Male/North Male Atoll/Maldives

Explore the lively capital on your own and see the golden dome of the Friday Mosque – or shop for some pretty souvenirs. However, the full glory of the Maldives will only be revealed on an aerial tour by seaplane*: small islands shimmering like green jewels in the amazing blue shades of the ocean – simply indescribably beautiful.

 

 

Sun, 04.12.2016

South Male Atoll, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

 

South Male Atoll/Maldives

Whether you choose to daydream on the beach or go for a dip in the sea, everyday life will seem very far away indeed. Just as incredible is the wildlife at the edge of the reef, which you can observe at close quarters with snorkelling equipment.

 

 

Mon, 05.12.2016
- Tue, 06.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 07.12.2016

Mumbai (Bombay)/India, arrival 5.00 hrs**
City tour with lunch,
Day room in a first-class hotel,
Transfer to airport

 

Mumbai (Bombay)/India

Will you fly home today or would you prefer to stay on for our post-cruise programme* “India – the golden triangle”? If so, the highlights of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi await.

 

 

Thu, 08.12.2016

Mumbai (Bombay)
Early morning scheduled flight to Germany

 

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

** Subject to tides.

 

= at anchor

= Zodiac landing

 

 

Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: WELCOME TO MAURITIUS


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: MAURITIUS – DREAM ISLAND IN THE INDIAN OCEAN


PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – MAURITIUS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: INDIA – THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE