Cruising the Seychelles & Coastal Tanzania

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Luxury Expedition with Abercrombie & Kent on
Le Jacques Cartier

Join PES on an unforgettable, luxury expedition cruise aboard the 148-guest Le Jacques Cartier with A&K’s renowned Expedition Team for 12 nights exploring coastal Tanzania and Seychelles, where idyllic beaches, lush emerald mountains, and UNESCO-protected wildlife reserves await!

Expedition Cruise Itinerary Highlights:

  • Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites highlighting a rich diversity of cultural history, flora, and fauna
  • Set the stage for your adventure with a day of discovery in Zanzibar and a choice of curated excursions
  • Embark on a series of Zodiac excursions and landings in some of the world’s most remote islands for forest hikes, birding, swimming, and beach exploration
  • Spend two days at Aldabra Atoll, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and home to approximately two-thirds of the world’s Giant Tortoise population
  • Enjoy opportunities to snorkel in the extraordinary marine ecosystems of Seychelles, experiencing jaw-dropping coral reefs, sea cliffs, lagoons and marine parks
  • Cousin Island and Aride Island, both known for their exceptional bird life

Your All-Inclusive A&K Expedition Includes:

  • Private balcony with every onboard accommodation and butler service in suites
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay at the 5-star Hotel Verde Zanzibar and all airport transfers
  • Culinary program featuring french-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea, and pastries, plus 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed onboard
  • Zodiac expeditions and shore excursions led by A&K Expert Naturalist driver-guides, plus snorkeling and aquatic activities
  • A&K’s renowned Expedition Team with an all-encompassing enrichment program and lecture series
  • Laundry service on board, all gratuities, port taxes, and Wi-Fi
  • Staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent

Brief Itinerary

Optional Serengeti Pre-Tour Package:

4-Night Safari | March 7 – 11, 2023
Experience Big Five wildlife and wildebeest calving season on a 4-night A&K safari across the sweeping Serengeti plains. Explore the bush in style at the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, an amazing lodge set deep within Serengeti National Park.

Detailed Itinerary:

Arrive on the main namesake island of Zanzibar in Tanzania and transfer to your luxury hotel near historic Stone Town. This evening, join fellow guests and your A&K Expedition Team for a welcome briefing and dinner at your hotel.

Overnight Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa (D)

Set on the Swahili Coast near mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar boasts stunning flora, fauna and myriad cultures, which you experience on curated shore excursions this morning. Choose an in-depth walking tour of UNESCO-designated Stone Town and explore its bustling spice markets and historic churches, or opt for a more expansive tour that also affords a visit to a rural spice farm. Alternatively, choose a mangrove trek in Jozani Forest Nature Reserve, home to impressive birdlife and the rare red colobus monkey, found only in Zanzibar. Later, board your beautiful expedition ship and luxury floating home for the next 12 nights.


Greet the morning at gorgeously textured Pemba Island, where lush green hills tumble into an aquamarine coast of mangroves, lagoons and beaches. After breakfast, choose from excursions that include a visit to the Kidike Sanctuary to learn about Pemba’s endemic flying fox or a visit to a local spice plantation that produces cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and more. Follow both excursions with an inspiring experience at a local school, where the children share a Swahili lesson and you learn about LifeStraw©, an A&K Philanthropy project bringing clean water to the community. Later, enjoy a refreshment at a spectacular beach before lunch aboard your ship.


In its heyday, Kilwa Kisiwani was an impressive trading hub for sultans and royalty. Today, it remains reachable only by boat and teems with fascinating ruins. Spend the day exploring this UNESCO-designated treasure alongside an expert local guide who reveals the Malindi Mosque and cemetery, Gereza Fort, Mautani residences and more. Enjoy lunch on your ship as well as enrichment lectures to further your experience of this remarkable settlement, considered the most significant grouping of Swahili buildings on the East African coast.


As your expedition small ship sails toward the islands of the Seychelles, enjoy a day of exciting lectures and conversations revealing the discoveries ahead as well as time to relax, enjoy the spa and lounges, and spend time with the new friends you’ve made.


Arrive this morning in the Seychelles, one of the world’s smallest countries and host to some of its most exquisite and remote islands. After clearance, your discovery of the archipelago begins at Assumption Island, where you enjoy a morning of snorkeling and beach landings amid its turquoise waters. Enjoy lunch on board as your ship sails toward the UNESCO-designated Aldabra Atoll, where you continue the day’s adventures. The largest raised coral atoll in the world, Aldabra features pristine coral reefs, four distinct islands around a large lagoon and unique wildlife, such as the Aldabra Giant Tortoise and flightless Aldabra rail. For the next two days, join your Expedition Team and local Seychellois Rangers in discovering Aldabra’s wonders, exploring its reefs by Zodiacs (sturdy inflatable boats), snorkeling in its lagoon, and beachcombing its white sands. Return to your luxury ship each evening for a recap and briefings, which make for exciting conversations over dinner and on moonlit decks.

Overnight at Akdabra Atoll (B,L,D)

Among the Outer Islands of the Seychelles, historic Astove boasts a large inner lagoon teeming with coral fish and the jaw-dropping “Astove Wall,” a dramatic underwater sea cliff. Explore the island after breakfast with guided excursions that include snorkeling, visits to an abandoned copra (coconut flesh) plantation and birding walks, perhaps to spy the endemic souimanga sunbird. The beaches are spectacular and also to be enjoyed during your visit. Return to your luxury ship for lunch, additional enrichment lectures and an afternoon at sea.


Explore Farquhar, the southernmost atoll in the Seychelles and an important nesting site for sea turtles. Embark on Zodiac excursions, snorkel in a lagoon and relish time at the beach. This afternoon, enjoy more lectures on board by your Expedition Team.


Arrive at St. François, the larger of the Alphonse Group islands. The atoll is home to large migratory bird colonies, including crab plover and Saunder’s tern, and an important foraging habitat for immature green and hawksbill turtles. Keep on the lookout with your Expedition Team during Zodiac excursions and landings at more breathtaking beaches. You also enjoy opportunities to snorkel and spend time at the beach before returning to your ship.


First visited by the French in 1770, Poivre was named for Pierre Poivre, the governor of Île de France and Réunion known for bringing spice cultivation to the island. This morning, explore these tiny islands, joining your Expedition Team for Zodiac excursions, tours of its former copra plantation and snorkeling along its shallow shelf reef. This afternoon, visit Rémire Island, where you find neon blue-green waters teeming with luminous fish and yet another gorgeous beach for exploration.


Only a quarter of a square mile in size, tiny Aride Island Nature Reserve boasts incredible granite cliffs and seabird colonies, which you witness on a walk amid its low canopy. Return to your ship for lunch before arriving at Curieuse Marine National Park. Only slightly larger and just over a square mile, the island is home to tropical coral reefs, the world’s only natural forest of coco de mer palm trees and more than 300 Aldabra giant tortoises. Choose to hike through a mangrove forest in search of endemic flora and fauna or participate in the island’s reforestation initiative. Later, snorkel and enjoy technicolor views from Anse St. José Beach.


Your immersion in Seychelles continues today, first at Praslin Island, a palm-fringed treasure chest bursting with tropical forests, vanilla orchids and rare birds, such as the Seychelles black parrot. Choose from guided excursions that include a trek through UNESCO-designated Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve to see its giant coco de mer palms. Enjoy lunch as you sail to the marvelous port town of La Digue. Your Expedition Team leads your discovery in this laid-back paradise with three excursions. Choose a scenic tour of the island via rugged camionette (covered truck); a guided bike tour to breathtaking beaches with swimming at Anse Source D’Argent Beach, one of the most famous in Seychelles; or a leisurely walking tour of the town. Later, return to your luxury ship for dinner.


After breakfast, say goodbye to your Expedition Team before disembarking your ship for guided exploration in Victoria. Choose between a visit to a perfume factory that creates fragrances from the coco de mer palm or a visit to Takamaka Rum Distillery. Alternatively, embark on a Seychelles foodie experience or a tour of Victoria city at Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to board your flight home.


PES Stateroom Rates:

Early Booking Discount of $1,500 per person
Limited time only!

Rates include port taxes. Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom.

Single pricing is based on one person per stateroom and is capacity-controlled.

Reservation Booking Terms and Conditions:

Required Deposit:
 $2,500 per person and a non-refundable Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person
Seminar: $200 per person

Final Payment: November 11, 2022

Airfare is not included. PES will book your air arrangements for a $100 per person ticketing fee, or you may choose to handle your own reservation.

Airport Transfers: Airport transfers are included to the hotel in Zanzibar and from the ship in Mahé.

Pre and Post-Hotels: Your package includes a 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Zanzibar. If you would like to arrange additional hotel stays before or after your trip, please contact your PES Travel coordinator.

Additional pre-cruise nights at the Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa:
1 Night: $320 per couple or $260 per single
2 Nights: $640 per couple or $520 per single

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: All guests must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination during travel. A&K accepts approved vaccines per the World Health Organization list. Guests must also comply with all vaccination requirements for country entry and any local regulations, which are subject to change. A&K reserves the right to change, modify or amend the A&K COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for future bookings at any time and without prior notice.

PES offers optional travel insurance. Travel insurance is strongly suggested and will give you the opportunity to recover monies lost through cancellations. We offer Travel Guard insurance as an option. Premiums vary depending on your age and the cost of your trip. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

To protect your travel investment, please contact your Travel Advisor at Global Tracks.

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel insurance and airfare are non-refundable once purchased. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to the Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person paid at deposit in addition to the below schedule:

From time of deposit until November 10, 2022 $1,500 per person
From November 11, 2022, to December 10, 2022 25% of the total package
From December 11, 2022, to January 9, 2023 50% of the total package
After January 9, 2023 100% of the total package