GRAND VOYAGE EXPEDITION 2023

SHORE EXCURSIONS

From Ushuaia to Anjouan to Tresco to Kangerlussuaq, our Grand Expedition 2023 takes guests on a voyage of colours and contrasts from the Antarctic Circle to the Arctic Circle, across six continents, 26 countries and 96 destinations. They’ll experience all the richness the world has to offer, from the vast glaciers of Antarctica to the infinite deserts and stunning beaches of the Indian Ocean, all the way to the northern villages of Greenland. They’ll be immersed in the unique culture and wildlife of the magical Comoro Islands - a first for our Expeditions - and reach faraway destinations across the Arabian Peninsula, British Isles and Greenland, accessible only by Zodiac.

We curated a number of special experiences especially for our Grand Expedition guests.

Please note experiences are subject to change. Details will be confirmed prior to sail date. All experiences are included for full Grand Voyage guests, with the exception of both overland programmes which are optional.

Cape Town, March 28

Cape Town – The Past & Present

During this historic and insightful exploration, you get to hear & learn more about Cape Town’s Past and Present. Start the exploration off in District Six and learn how more than 60 000 people were forcibly removed from this area, to barren outlying areas aptly known as the Cape Flats, and see how their own houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers. Following a visit to the District Six Museum (led by an ex-resident storyteller) & a District Six site walk (led by former residents of the area), we then move onto Langa Township which means “sun" in the Xhosa language.

Embark on a guided tour, with a local resident, through this township. Moravian Educare Pre-primary School is a community project, led & supported by Vamos. It’s an establishment with kids from 3 months – 5 ½ years of age. During your visit to Moravian Educare Pre-primary School, you get to either observe kids in class, singing, reading to kids, playing with kids, assist with preparation of food or volunteer in general handyman work. End your Langa tour off with a local lunch at Lelapa Restaurant, located in Langa, run by mom and daughter – residents of Langa.

OPTIONAL MIDLAND: 6 days/ 5 nights overland tours, departing in Mahe April 15th – return in Muscat April 20th

Sri Lanka’s UNESCO and Wildlife Wonders

A six days spectacular trip to several of the most important highlights of any Sri Lanka visit awaits you!

Stay in the utmost luxury while you explore some of best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country, including the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, the rock fortress of Sigiriya and Dambulla Cave Temple. Take game drives in search of land monitors, elephants, water buffaloes and spotted deer, among other wildlife at Wilpattu and Minneriya National Parks. Gain insight into the culinary aspect with an evening at the renewed Ministry of Crab in Colombo and learn local cuisine cooking while enjoying cultural performances.

Price TBC

OPTIONAL MIDLAND: 6 days/ 5 nights overland tours, departing in Mahe April 15th – return in Muscat April 20th

Ceylon Tea Trails and Yala National Park by Seaplane

Stay at the world's first tea bungalow resort, Ceylon Tea Trails, nestled amongst lush Ceylon tea estates, and enjoy the comfort of your cocoon-like luxury tent, at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge, adjacent to Yala National Park. All, traveling around in a small group on board and exclusively chartered seaplane!

Immerse yourself in the traditional daily life of a working tea estate whilst enjoying five-star luxury, and the beauty and serenity of your surrounds. An ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls. After, fly to the southeast of Sri Lanka. Your spectacular luxury tented camp, overlooking the Indian Ocean, is adjacent to the jungle of Yala National Park, whose wonders you will discover on a safari adventure. Besides being renowned for its leopard population, elephant and bear sightings, mugger crocodile density and migrant birds, Yala also hosts multiple historic archaeological sites that date back centuries.

Price TBC

Muscat, April 20:

Oman Geology Discovery

The geological history of Oman is more than 800 million years old and tells almost all the chapters of tectonic events and climatic conditions throughout the earth's history.

In this excursion, led by a local Geologist, you will visit two main geological areas, just outside Mina Sultan Qaboos: in the Riyam walk learn about the ophiolite, one of the most unique outcrops in the world. At Wadi Al Mayh, discover a number of impressive sedimentary rock features. A visit to the Natural History Museum is included.

Lisbon, May 26:

UNESCO Sintra - Quinta da Regaleira and High Tea

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the resort town of Sintra. Accompanied by an expert guide, visit Quinta da Regaleira, a spectacular, early-20th-century royal residence. Admire the Gothic façade, and discover the enchanting gardens, with hidden tunnels and concealed symbolism. End with a relaxing High-Tea at Lawrence's restaurant, located inside the distinguished Lawrence's Hotel. Opened in 1764, it is reputedly the oldest hotel still in operation, and counts Lord Byron, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher among its guests.

Dublin, June 15:

Wicklow with Lunch at a Private House

Embrace the scenic natural splendour of the Wicklow Mountains and their surrounds during a scenic outing with an intimate home-cooked lunch at a private home.

Passing by the wild heather-covered glens and tranquil landscapes, travel into the green Wicklow Mountains, with their rounded summits, lush valleys and the impressive 6th-century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Enjoy a homemade lunch in a beautiful, private home before visiting the Powerscourt Gardens. Explore the superbly landscaped formal Italian and Japanese gardens set against the background of the Wicklow Hills, a truly breath-taking vista.

Qaqortoq (Julianehåb), June 30:

Greenland Singing, Stories & Tastes

Experience the traditions of Greenland visiting one of Qaqartog famous singers. Listen to the songs enjoyed by locals, listen to folklore and enjoy the tastes of Greenland in a food tasting.