The Indian Ocean fits an intoxicating range of experiences and cultures into a relatively small geographic area. On this 11-day expedition cruise
, you’ll begin in Mauritius, a once-French, then-British island that is now also home to African, Chinese, and Indian communities. And you’ll end in Zanzibar, the famous spice island and hub for Arab traders off the coast of Tanzania.
Along the way you’ll visit some of the Indian Ocean’s most far-flung places, like the Cargados Bank, which counts 40 pristine islands but only 63 inhabitants, and where Silversea
has exclusive visiting rights. Once-in-a-lifetime moments also include encountering lemurs on Madagascar and the world’s largest population of giant tortoises in the Seychelles.
You’ll not only travel to little known and little visited islands, but you’ll also do so in style—aboard the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer
, one of the most elegant expedition ships. It features two restaurants, a lounge, a pool deck, ocean views from every spacious suite (some with private teak verandas), and a shallow draft that allows the ship to get close to shore.