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SH Diana - 192 Guests

PARADISE ISLANDS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN

Port Victoria, Mahe Island to Mombasa

Your unforgettable voyage sets sail from the Seychelles’ largest city, Port Victoria. Explore Cosmoledo Atoll’s pristine sand flats and discover Aldabra - the world’s largest colonies of giant tortoises. Then head to Tanzania and Kenya, known for their captivating architecture, aromatic spices, and turquoise waters teeming with colorful fish. Your journey ends in Mombasa, leaving you with memories you’re sure never to forget.


 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Swim among exotic marine life alongside pristine palm-fringed beaches with white sand
  • Visit the world’s largest tortoise colony with more than 100,000 giant tortoises
  • Take in the aromas of Zanzibar’s market stalls heaped with locally grown spices like nutmeg and cinnamon
  • Hike through biodiverse forests in Tanzania, keeping a lookout for the Pemba flying fox
  • Learn about Swahili culture in the Swahili settlement of Lamu in Kenya

DATES / RATES

Start DateEnd DateFrom EUR From USD
Oct 19, 2025Oct 29, 20255,019 5,380
Start DateEnd DateFrom EUR From USD
Oct 19, 2025Oct 29, 20255,019 5,380


ITINERARY

CRUISE ID: D2725101910

VICTORIA, MAHE ISLAND
DAY 1
Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, is a vibrant city on Mahé Island's northeastern side, blending diverse cultures and traditions. Attractions include the bustling stalls of Victoria Market, the Hindu shrine of Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple and the colourful "Jivan Imports" store. The Victoria Botanical Garden features Aldabra giant tortoises and 200 plant species, including unique trees like the coco-de-mer.

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.

FARQUHAR ATOLL
DAY 3
Farquhar Atoll, Seychelles' largest true atoll, consists of ten islands, with Ile du Nord and Ile du Sud making up 97 percent of the landmass. Nearby, Déposés, Ile du Milieu, Lapins, Banc du Sables and Goëlettes islands complete the atoll. Banc Fantala appeared in 2016 after Cyclone Fantala. The atoll is renowned for sooty and black-naped tern colonies, as well as significant sea turtle breeding.

COSMOLEDO ATOLL
DAY 4
Cosmoledo Atoll in the Seychelles comprises islands known for white sand flats, lagoon edges and channels, home to fish like bonefish, milkfish, permit, triggerfish, trevally and more. Hawksbill and green turtles nest on beaches. An important bird area, Cosmoledo has the Seychelles' largest colonies of all three booby species, including the last brown booby population, plus many terns, frigatebirds and other endemic birds.

ALDABRA ATOLL
DAY 5-6
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.

EXPEDITION ACTIVITES
  • ZODIAC CRUISE WITH SWAN HELLENIC EXPEDITION TEAM Included
  • SNORKELING WITH SWAN HELLENIC EXPEDITION TEAM Included
  • NATURE WALK WITH SWAN HELLENIC EXPEDITION TEAM Included

ASSUMPTION ISLAND
DAY 6
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.

EXPEDITION ACTIVITES
  • NATURE WALK WITH SWAN HELLENIC EXPEDITION TEAM Included
DAY AT SEA
DAY 7
Spend your day at sea enjoying your boutique 5-star ship. Treat yourself to a spa day, attend an expert-led onboard lecture or enjoy the ocean views from the deck or the comfort of our Observation Lounge.

ZANZIBAR
DAY 8
Cosmopolitan Zanzibar Island, or Unguja, known as the Spice Island, features Zanzibar City's UNESCO-listed Stone Town(Mji Mkongwe)—a lively warren of narrow streets with 18th- and 19th-century buildings. Highlights include the Old Fort, the House of Wonders, and a spice market with stalls heaped with locally grown spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Nearby, Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park is home to the red colobus monkey, unique to Zanzibar.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
  • HALF DAY JOZANI FOREST Optional 3 h 30 m
  • RUINS AND SPICES OF ZANZIBAR Optional 4 h 45 m
  • HIGHLIGHTS OF STONE TOWN Included 4 h 00 m
  • SANDBANK DHOW ADVENTURE Optional 6 h 00 m
PEMBA ISLAND
DAY 9
Cloaked in lush vegetation, hilly Pemba Island is famed for its clove farms, peaceful islets and white-sand beaches. The island’s biodiverse forests are a haven for grazing blue duiker (small antelope) and the Pemba flying fox, identifiable by its distinctive rusty-red fur and enormous wingspan stretching over five feet. Offshore, vibrantly coloured coral teems with marine life including green turtles, whitetip reef sharks and nudibranchs.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
FLYING FOXES OF PEMBA ( Journey through picturesque landscapes, passing lush countryside and local villages) Included 04 h 40 m

LAMU
DAY 10
A Swahili settlement and former trading hub dating back 700 years, Lamu is a storied seafront town on Lamu Island. Clusters of ornate, well-preserved buildings built from coral stone and mangrove timber fill its maze of narrow streets. Tiny alleyways reveal intricately carved wooden doors, arcaded facades and hidden courtyards. The fort and museum are fantastic places to learn about Swahili culture. Dhow cruises visit neighbouring Manda island.

MOMBASA
DAY 11
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.

SH Diana (Luxury Expedition, 192-guests)

The 2023-built SH Diana will be providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies.

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
  • All meals onboard
  • Onboard accommodation in a stateroom selected category
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programmes by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • One selected shore excursion/expedition activities per port of call
  • Standard WiFi
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes

 

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