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Naturally Amazing: Africa, Madagascar and the Indian Ocean

Program Number: 21447RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/12/2014 - 1/4/2015;
Duration: 23 nights
Location: South Africa/Mauritius/France/Madagascar/Mozambique/Tanzania
Price starting at: $5,999.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 60; 21 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 20 Dinners    

From the savanna of South Africa to an enchanting baobab forest to a volcanic canyon where waterfalls tumble all around you, experience some of the most captivating environments on the planet during this Indian Ocean voyage. Experts lead the way as you search for majestic wildlife from big cats to lemurs to colorful birds. Plus delve into the history of some of Africa’s oldest trading ports.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; uneven terrain and stairs without railings are common. Potential for extreme temperatures.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Johannesburg (South Africa), 1 night; Kruger National Park, 3 nights; Johannesburg, 1 night; aboard Voyager, 16 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-5: Arrival Johannesburg (South Africa) / coach to Kruger National Park:

Spend a night in “Joburg,” where you meet your Group Leader and fellow participants. The next morning, set out for Kruger National Park, one of the largest game reserves in Africa. Expert-led game drive at different times of day maximize opportunities to spot lions, African buffalos, black rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes and hippos. Lodging: Stylish resort hotel; luxury safari lodge.



Days 6-7: Coach to Johannesburg / flight to Port Louis (Mauritius) / embark Voyager:

Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in Johannesburg. In the morning, fly to the island of Mauritius to board the ship. Lodging: Stylish resort hotel.



Day 8: Pointe des Galets (Réunion):

Take a field trip to a vanilla plantation then continue to Salazie, a beautiful volcanic canyon where waterfalls tumble down the rocks.



Days 9-11: Toliara (Madagascar):

Ride through Madagascar’s stunning baobab forest on a card pulled by zebus (humped cattle). Keep an eye out for colorful birdlife.



Days 12-13: Island of Mozambique (Mozambique):

Discover this island designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well-preserved Portuguese colonial trading post.



Days 14-15: At Sea / Dar es Salaam (Tanzania):

This Indian Ocean port is Tanzania’s energetic hub. Explore the city’s markets and monuments on a shore excursion.



Days 16-17: Zanzibar:

Enjoy two days to experience Zanzibar. Take a field trip to Stone Town, the ancient part of the city that has been a bustling center of trade for centuries. Journey to the Spice Islands where cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper are grown.



Days 18-19: At Sea / Nosy Be (Madagascar):

Join a naturalist to explore Lokobe Reserve and encounter Madagascar’s most famous endemic species, the lemur.



Day 20: Antsiranana:

Journey to the impossibly lush Amber Mountain National Park to find spectacular waterfalls and search for lemurs, reptiles, birds and unique plants.



Days 21-23: At Sea / Port Louis (Mauritius) / disembark / departure:

Visit the lively markets of Port Louis and the historic Champ de Mars Racecourse. Savor a celebratory farewell dinner onboard.



Voyager

Sail aboard the 540-guest Voyager, Voyages of Discovery’s newest flagship. Newly upgraded in 2012, Voyager boasts all the amenities and facilities of a large ocean liner while offering the convenience, flexibility, and intimate ambience of a small ship. It features spacious public areas, comfortable staterooms and balcony suites, a choice of open seating restaurants and al fresco dining, a variety of lounges and bars including the elegant Scott’s Lounge, a library and internet center, a swimming pool, two whirlpools, a beauty center and a gym. Voyager is your home at sea and you will be welcomed back warmly each time you return to the ship.


Meals and Lodgings
   Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace
  Johannesburg, South Africa 1 night
   Protea Kruger Gate Hotel
  Greater Kruger National Park - Malelane Gate, South Africa 3 nights
   Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace
  Johannesburg, South Africa 1 night
   MV Voyager
  Aboard the MV Voyager, USA 16 nights
 Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: the 3-star Peermont Metcourt at Emperors Palace offers stylish and comfortable rooms as well as a "group-friendly" experience for corporate, convention and leisure guests. The hotel offers a variety of room configurations and amenities which include LCD flat screen TV, satellite DSTV channels for all languages, tea and coffee stations, secure internet connections, laptop safe, working desk with business-convenient plug points. The hotel's clean and modern façade is complimented by a private and sheltered pool terrace, set in a beautifully landscaped garden, providing guests with food and beverage service throughout the day. Specifications include a comfortable, large ground floor reception area with enough space to accommodate large tour and convention groups with ease. There is also an express-style deli for quick and convenient meals, a business centre with workstations and data connectivity for laptops, boardroom with state of the art facilities, and Wi-Fi internet access in public areas. The hotel also features the F.L.A.G Café and the 21° Cocktail Bar.
  Ship Information: n/a
  Contact info: Emperors Palace - 64 Jones Road Johannesburg
Kempton Park Gauteng,   South Africa
phone: +270119779299
web: www.metcourt.com
  Facility amenities: Services: •Air-conditioning •Analogue Internet Dial-Up •Business Panel •Electric Shaver Point (110/220V) •Electronic Laptop Safe •Floating Writing Desk •Hairdryer •Interactive Sony Bravia TV •International Direct Dial Telephone •Local TV/Radio Stations •Modern Ergonomic Furniture •Sattelite TV Channels •Tea/Coffee Stattion •Unique Bathroom Layout
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Pricing based on availability Contact PD to book additional nights

 Protea Kruger Gate Hotel
Type: Lodge
  Description: From the time you are welcomed under the towering indigenous portico, you will know that you're about to experience something different at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate. Savour the impression of being in a tree house, reinforced when you notice that the veranda and walkway to your air-conditioned room is at a level normally the sole domain of the variety of birds found in the area. In fact the ambience of comfort is unforgettable in the context of the African bush.
  Ship Information: ..
  Contact info: On the Sabi River at the Paul Kruger Gate
Portia Shabangu Road
Skukuza, Mpumalanga,   South Africa
phone: +27 (13) 735 5671
web: www.proteahotels.com/hotels/pages/protea-hotel-kruger-gate.aspx
  Facility amenities: restaurant, bar, spa, game viewing, swimming pool, lounge, wi-fi, air conditioning, satellite tv, birding, gym
  Smoking allowed: No

 MV Voyager
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Voyager, built by Spanish yard Union Navale le LeVante, is a spacious and well-appointed vessel offering 278 cabins, 86% of which are outside, 35 suites, 30 of which have balconies, open seating dining in three restaurants and the personal service and comfort levels that have been the hallmark of our cruises since 2003. Carrying just 550 passengers, Voyager has all the amenities and facilities of a larger liner while offering the convenience and flexibility of a small ship. She is able to visit and berth alongside where others have to pass by, yet is able to traverse the world's oceans with ease. On board, passengers will be able to relax in the comfortable public lounges, enjoy a drink in atmospheric Harry's Bar, in the sunshine on deck, at the Lido Bar. Alternatively, read a book in the well-stocked library.
  Ship Information: Owner / Operator: All Leisure Group Year Built: 1990 Builder: Union Navale de LeVante, Spain Former Names: Crown Monarch, Walrus, Jules Verne, Alexander von Humboldt Gross Tonnage: 15,271 Length: 152.5 meters (500.2 ft) Beam: 20.6 meters (67.6 ft) Passengers: 550 Crew: 215 Service Speed: 18.0 knots
  Contact info: Voyages of Discovery - North America
1800 S E 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-623-2689
web: www.voyagesofdiscovery.com
  Facility amenities: Three restaurants with option for open dining Al-fresco dining (Veranda) Third restaurant within Discovery Restaurant (Explorer Grill) Two lounges - Atlantic Lounge and Vista Lounge Four bars (Vista Lounge, Harry's Bar, Pacific Lounge, Lido Bar) Card/Function room Medical Centre Internet Centre Two Shops Swimming pool Two whirlpools Beauty Centre Gym
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Day 2 at 6:00 pm with a program orientation at the hotel, followed by a welcome dinner. You will be staying at Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace that night.
  End of Program:
On the morning of day 19 on board the ship in Port Louis You will be staying at MV Voyager the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Voyages of Discovery requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.voyagesofdiscovery.com - click on “Already Booked” then “Required Passenger Information” to enter your details. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied. If you need assistance registering online, please contact our program department at 1.866.359.5966 and someone will assist you.
  Required innoculations:
Yes: Yellow Fever inoculations are mandatory for the port of Madagascar (and Tanzania.) You will be required to obtain and carry an original Yellow Fever certificate stamped by an authorized Yellow Fever Vaccination Center. Please Note: You will not be permitted to embark the vessel without this valid certificate. If you are excused on medical grounds you will be required to obtain and carry an official exemption certificate.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not recommended for this program.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Johannesburg
  Transportation to site: If you purchased your air travel through Road Scholar travel services, and you are arriving on Day 2 of the program, you will be provided with a free transfer from the airport to the hotel. There will be two designated group transfers: The first transfer is for those on flight SA 0204 JFK-JNB, arriving Johannesburg 8:40AM 13 December 2014. *Transfer is scheduled for 9:00AM or whenever all participants arrive. The second transfer is for those on flight LX 0288 ZRH-JNB, arriving Johannesburg 10:25AM 13 December 2014. *Transfer is scheduled for 10:45AM or whenever all participants arrive.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Voyager
  Transportation from site: If you purchased your air travel through Road Scholar Travel Services, you will be provided with a transfer from the ship to the airport on the final day of the program. The group departure transfer is scheduled for all participants departing 03 January 2015 on flights SA 0193 and BA 6398. The transfer is scheduled for approximately 12 noon on day of departure.


Required innoculations:

Yes: Yellow Fever inoculations are mandatory for the port of Madagascar (and Tanzania.) You will be required to obtain and carry an original Yellow Fever certificate stamped by an authorized Yellow Fever Vaccination Center. Please Note: You will not be permitted to embark the vessel without this valid certificate. If you are excused on medical grounds you will be required to obtain and carry an official exemption certificate.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart for overnight flights
(Friday, December 12)
   
 Depart From: Depart from home for overnight flights to Johannesburg

Day 2: Arrivals in Johannesburg
(Saturday, December 13)
   
 Arrive To: Flights arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa
 Afternoon: Check in to the hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the early evening, we will gather together in the restaurant where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
   
Accommodations: Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Transfer to Kruger National Park
(Sunday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of the hotel, and coach to Kruger National Park.
 Lunch: Lunch en route
 Afternoon: Arrive at Pestana Kruger Lodge, and check in for 3 nights. Your afternoon is at leisure to unpack, and relax at the lodge. Excellent game and bird viewing opportunities are available from the restaurant deck and some room patios. Before dinner, enjoy a lecture about Kruger National Park and the "Big 5"
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Protea Kruger Gate Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Kruger National Park
(Monday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge.
 Morning: The early morning wake up call signals the start of your second day at Kruger Park. It's still really early in the morning, nice and cool, and the perfect time to spot elusive predators that at this time of the day are still very active. After a successful morning drive you will return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, continue driving searching for animals. You will find your guide to be a wealth of knowledge not only concentrating on the animals but also identifying birds, trees, insects and explains some of the park's fascinating geology.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge
 Afternoon: After a full morning's drive, return to the camp and have a couple of hours to relax during the hottest part of the day, when animals are generally less active and hiding from the midday sun. After your afternoon siesta, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of more wildlife.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Protea Kruger Gate Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Kruger National Park
(Tuesday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: The early morning wake up call signals the start of your second day at Kruger Park. It's still really early in the morning, nice and cool, and the perfect time to spot elusive predators that at this time of the day are still very active. After a successful morning drive you will return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast, continue driving searching for animals. You will find your guide to be a wealth of knowledge not only concentrating on the animals but also identifying birds, trees, insects and explains some of the park's fascinating geology.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge.
 Afternoon: After a full morning's drive, return to the camp and have a couple of hours to relax during the hottest part of the day, when animals are generally less active and hiding from the midday sun. After your afternoon siesta, set out on an afternoon game drive in search of more wildlife.
 Dinner: Dinner at the lodge.
   
Accommodations: Protea Kruger Gate Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Kruger National Park / Johannesburg
(Wednesday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the lodge
 Morning: Depart the Protea Kruger Gate Lodge and coach to Johannesburg. Take in South Africa's breathtaking landscape on your way to Johannesburg.
 Lunch: Lunch en route.
 Afternoon: Arrive at your hotel and check in for one night. Afterwards, visit the Apartheid museum.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: After dinner join your study leader for a presentation: "The Mascarene Islands"
   
Accommodations: Metcourt Hotel at Emporers Palace
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Johannesburg / Fly to Port Louis / Embark MV Voyager
(Thursday, December 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport. Check-in for your flight to Port Louis.
 Lunch: Lunch en route
 Afternoon: Arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius. Transfer to the MV Voyager and embark the ship for 16 nights.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Pointe de Galeis, Reunion Island, Mauritius
(Friday, December 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Salazie is situated in the most humid part of the island. You'll discover a multitude of waterfalls, the most famous of which is "Voile de la Mariee, rivers and a profusion of lush vegetation: Bamboo, chayote, watercress, and banana trees. Leaving the pier, you will head to the Northern Coast of Reunion island by the seashore road. You will quickly cross the capital of St Denis taking the eastern direction towards Ste Marie and Ste Suzanne. Arriving in St Andre, you will visit a vanilla plantation. Discover the history and culture of this precious orchid which is an integral part of the past and of the heritage of the island. After the visit, you will take the road leading to the Cirque. Salazie is a long, deep, sheer-walled canyon full of twisted hills and valleys, and waterfalls tumble down the rocks on every side. Although the Cirque is generally swathed in mist and cloud, the most breathtaking site is the towering waterfall known as "Le Voile de la Mariee". After a photostop, return to St Denis. You will have some free time, before returning to the ship.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: At Sea
(Saturday, December 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Join your study leader for a presentation: "From Apartheid to Democracy - A History of South Africa"
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Join your study leader for a presentation: "Marine Wildlife of the Indian Ocean - From Dugongs to Manta Rays"
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea
(Sunday, December 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard presentation: "The Bizarre and the Beautiful: Madagascar's Wildlife and Natural History"
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Tulear, Madagascar
(Monday, December 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Ifaty Baobab Forest: Ifaty offers a special combination of birds and baobabs. This amazing, unique ecosystem of bizarre, towering spiny bushes and dense scrub supports numerous endemic species, notably of Baobab, and a complete endemic family of plants - the Didiereaceae. Enjoy a zebu-drawn cart ride through the forest. Mozambique has 18 different types of Baobab while Africa has only 1. Seeing the various species which are present there makes it possible to familiarize with the exceptional flora and the endemic fauna of Madagascar, in particular the flora of south-west characterized by the bush dominated by the typical thicket of thorn-bush.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue exploring Ifaty Baobab Forest before returning to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Tuesday, December 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard presentation: "Framing the Shot: Some Tips on Taking Better Photos"
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Join your study leader for an onboard presentation: "Coastal Trade and the Swahili Culture"
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Mozambique Island, Mozambique
(Wednesday, December 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: The Island of Mozambique has played a larger-than-life role in East African coastal life over the centuries. Formerly the capital of Mozambique, the entire island is now proclaimed a World Heritage Site. It is an intriguing anomaly - part ghost town and part lively fishing community. The island is a huge open air museum. Every street, every house, every brick has its own, faded history. When strolling around the island one feels like being in a time-warp dating back for centuries. Besides the colonial architecture one also notices the Makua women. Their faces are painted white, which are both a cultural practice and a beauty routine which helps to protect their faces from the sun. One also meets the local boys wanting to sell you necklaces made of beads. These beads are hundreds of years old. They were once brought to the island by the Portuguese who used them to trade with the Mozambicans, convincing them that they held great value. Many ships were wrecked off the coastline and so thousands of beads still wash up on the beach today and you will see young boys digging for these beads on the beach. Today we venture out on foot for this island tour. The island is only one-and-a-half miles wide and one mile long. We will spend most of our time in the most interesting part of the island, called Stone Town.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: At Sea
(Thursday, December 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Join your study leader for a presentation: "From Slavery to Colonialism to Independence: A History of Tanzania and Zanzibar"
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
(Friday, December 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Dar es Salaam: Depart the port by air-conditioned coach and travel to the Dar es Salaam museum. A member of the museum's senior staff will meet you for a private tour of the exhibitis with an in-depth discuession of Tanzania's history and culture as well as the geographical impact of the country's development. After a visit to the museum, depeart to Mnazi Mmoja Park which played an important roll in the history of Tanzania.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: After lunch at the Sea Cliff Resort you will visit the Carver's village where one of the artists will demonstrate how to select and craft a piece of wood into a unique piece of art.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Zanzibar, Tanzania
(Saturday, December 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Stone Town City Exploration: It has been said that if Zanzibar Town is the archipelago's heart, then Stone Town is it's soul. Stone Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2000, and is a fine example of a Swahili Coastal trading town, steeped in Afro-Asian history. For many centuries the city market was the home of intense seaborne trading activity between Africa and Asia, and this is illustrated by the architecture and urban structures in Stone Town. Zanzibar also has great symbolic importance in the suppression of slavery because it was one of the main trading ports in East Africa, as well as the base from which its opponents such as a David Livingstone conducted their campaign. At its peak, up to 60,000 slaves passed through the market each year. Depart the port by coach and travel to the Zanzibar Museum. Here you will be met by a senior staff member for a discussion of Zanzibar's rich history and culture. Then depart the museum for the Mbweni Ruins. Often overlooked in the traditional city tour, Mbweni provides an immersion into the true feeling of how Zanzibar was decades ago. From here you will head past Kelele Square to the Arab Old Fort. The fort is located adjacent to the House of Wonders (currently closed for rehabilitation) and overlooks Forodhani Gardens. After a brief visit to the fort, continue to the market where local spices and goods from around the world are traded. Walk through the market and along narrow alleyways with fine examples of the wooden doors that have endured for hundreds of years on the buildings made of white coral stone, giving the city the nick-name "Stone Town".
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. The ship will remain in Zanzibar overnight.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Zanzibar, Tanzania
(Sunday, December 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Spice Island: Did you know there was a time when the archipelago of Zanzibar produced 90% of the entire world's supply of cloves? Karafuu, or cloves as we know it, were introduced to the island in the year 1818, and the combination of the rich soil and warm climate saw a vast amount of plantations develop, in fact up to 45 known plantations were recorded at the death of the Sultan. It did not take long before other spices such as cumin, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and many others to be cultivated. You will depart from the pier and drive past the house of Dr. David Livingstone, where he lodged while planning his explorations into the interior. Visit the Maruhubi Palace built as a harem and later destroyed by fire. Proceed to the countryside where you can get a look and taste the spices grown mostly in off-road regions and not easily accessible - welcome to the Spice Islands! Stop in a green area where samples of spice plants are available for you to smell, taste and see. The great variety of spices and plants grown here are used in food floavoring and preparation , cosmetics, dyes and traditional medicines. Depending on the season, you may get to sample local fruits. Finish up the field trip with a visit to the Persian baths at Kidichi, built by the first Sultan for his Persian wife.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: At Sea
(Monday, December 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader: "Conservation and Tourism: Can One Exist without the Other"
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Nosy Be, Madagascar
(Tuesday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: This morning the ship will sail towards Nosy Be, Madagascar. Voyager is scheduled to arrive in port at 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Lokobe Nature Special Reserve: Enjoy a naturalist-guided walk through Lokobe Nature Special Reserve, with an outstanding chance of seeing Madagascar’s most famous inhabitant, the lemur, a tree-dwelling primate that looks like a cross between a cat, a monkey and a raccoon. Lemurs are found only on Madagascar, and they thrive on Nosy Be and neighboring islands.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Antsiranana, Pointe des Galeis, Madagascar
(Wednesday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Amber Mountain: Depart from the quay, driving through the city of Antsiranana, passing through residential areas, the town center, the market and the administrative quarter. After a brief stop at the market, drive through tropical vegetation and local villages and Joffre Ville, an old Colonial town. Arrive at the main gate to the National Park of Amber Mountain. Covered in thick, wet forest, here you will find several attractions: a wide range of reptiles, botanicals, spectacular waterfalls and crater-lakes. Keep your eye out for several mammals including several species of lemurs, kingfishers, sunbirds, mongoose, and different species of reptiles.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch from the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue field trip to Amber Mountain and return to the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: At Sea
(Thursday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Morning at leisure to enjoy the ship's activities and amenities.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Program wrap-up
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Port Louis, Mauritius
(Friday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship
 Morning: Your visit to Port Louis will start with a stop at the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. This world reknowned garden was first constructed in 1770, making it the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition to its famous giant waterlilies, the garden also features spices, ebonies, sugar canes, and 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. After departing the gardens, set out with your local expert to explore the cityof Port Louis. Visit Marie Reine de la Paix, Champ de Mars, the only race course, and the Citadel with a panoramic view of Port Louis and finally visit a pagoda.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Voyager
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Port Louis / Departures
(Saturday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship (dependant on flight times - breakfast will not be available for participants departing on very early flights)
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for your flight home. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future! Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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