Highlights
  • Sail to 10 Seychelles islands by motor yacht, discovering giant tortoise colonies, lush palm forests and beautiful reefs.
  • Learn how young elephants are prepared to return to the wild at an elephant orphanage in Kenya.
  • Spend three nights at a luxury safari camp and search the Maasai Mara for lions and cheetahs.

Experience two incredible environments in one extraordinary learning adventure. First, board a motor yacht to discover the Seychelles, an island chain of giant tortoise colonies, sugar-sand beaches, lush primordial forests and a marine world that beckons snorkelers just below turquoise waters. Then fly to Kenya to get close to elephant calves, spot “big cats” on game drives, discover the rituals of Maasai warriors and walk in the footsteps of Karen Blixen, who captured her life in Kenya so vividly in “Out of Africa.”

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An Epic Adventure: Karen Blixen’s Kenya and Islands of the Seychelles by Yacht

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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

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This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
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While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
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Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Best trip I ever took! October 2016

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Loved the variety of different hotels, the expertise of the individual tour guides, the meals and especially the beautiful countryside. All 17 of us on the t rip got to know each other well, thanks to the kindness, the personality and the organizational skill of Mark, our tour director. Keep up the good work!
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Sunrise, Sunset, Learning Photography August 2016

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Road Scholar offers many tours starting in Utah. The one I took focused of photography of the National Parks in Utah, with a professional photographer traveling with us. The schedule was set up such that we would get "the golden light" at each of the parks. Those not familiar with the term must know that the best light occurs at either sunrise or sunset, when the impact of the sun on objects is diffused by having to travel through the earth's atmosphere on a diagonal rather than vertically.

As such, you can now expect that sleep will be an issue as you will get to bed late and rise early. But the territory is beautiful at all times, and more so illuminated by the golden light.

In order to maximize your sleeping ability, the tour is only offered in the spring and the fall. Doing this in the winter would be pretty cold and require special equipment to traverse the snow. Doing it in the summer would basically mean no sleep as the daylight is so long.

A great learning experience in beautiful territory.
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Thank you Road Scholar July 2016

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Thank you Road Scholar Staff for planning a wonderful introduction to Cuba today. My previous knowledge was from people who felt they had to leave Cuba more than fifty years ago. I learned from qualified professors, tour guides and from talking to Cuban people from different parts of Cuba who work in different kinds of jobs. I could see how the Cuban people have come together to meet the challenges of the past and to prepare for a brighter future.
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Thank you Road Scholar! July 2016

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Fabulous! July 2016

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This is a fabulous program for young and old. The instructors are great with kids and adults. The activities are very well organized and varied. My grandson is already making plans for next year.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart from the U.S.

In Flight

Day 2: Seychelles - <br> Flight to Seychelles

In Flight

Activity note: This program is designed around an Emirates flight schedule and the participants’ date of departure from the US will depend on the flight/air schedule that they choose. Since Emirates schedule is via Dubai, participants who wish to extend their stay in Dubai should contact the program provider for details.

Day 3: Seychelles - Arrival Mahé Island, Program Orientation, Seychelles Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Savoy Resort & Spa

Activity note: Hotel check-in typically begins at 3 p.m. We will store our luggage at the hotel, but our rooms might not be ready upon arrival.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning you will have free time on your own to enjoy the beach, water sports or shopping around the hotel. In the late morning, the group will gather for the Program Orientation. Join your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants in a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. 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.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Continue with free time to enjoy the hotel surroundings or the beach. Take advantage of the hotel Spa for a massage, sauna or a signature treatment for mind and body.

Dinner: "Welcome to Seychelles" Dinner at the hotel.

Day 4: Seychelles, City Exploration, Embark MY Pegasus, St. Anne, Seychelles Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, checkout of the hotel and then take part in an exploration of Mahé, including a visit to the Victoria Market. Transfer back to the hotel.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to ship for embarkation between 3:00 or 4:00pm. Welcome cocktail and safety drill. Depart Port Victoria and sail for St. Anne Island, whose calm, clear waters are perfect for a swimming break. It is one of the inner islands in the Seychelles and hosts one of the most important nesting sites for Hawksbill turtles.

Dinner: Welcome dinner onboard.

Evening: Evening free and anchor overnight at St. Anne Island.

Day 5: Seychelles - St. Anne,Curieuse Island visit, Seychelles Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: Onboard the ship.

Morning: Early departure from St. Anne Island to reach the uninhabited island of Curieuse, once a leper colony and home to giant tortoises and the unique Coco de Mer palms. Walking excursion on the island.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon free to enjoy beach activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Free time to enjoy the ships amenities. Overnight anchor at Curieuse.

Day 6: Seychelles - Curieuse,Cousin Island,Anse Lazio, Seychelles Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: This morning we sail for Cousin Island for excursion to the Bird Sanctuary. It became the world's first internationally owned reserve when it was purchased by the International Council for the Protection of Birds, now known as Birdlife International. The last remaining population of the Seychelles warblers were saved by this organization.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Sail to Anse Lazio, Praslin, considered one of the best beaches in the archipelago. Afternoon free to enjoy beach activities.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Evening free and at anchor.

Day 7: Aride Nature Reserve, St. Pierre, Baie St. Anne, Praslin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning departure for Aride, a nature reserve managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles. Our excursion will take us to the top of the island for fantastic views. Home to the Wright's Gardenia, found nowhere else on earth, we also look for the bird species, such as the Tropical Shearwater, Seychelles Warbler, Lesser Noddy and Roseate Terns.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Arrival to St. Pierre for an afternoon of snorkeling and swimming on this quintessential Seychelles island. We leave St. Pierre for a sunset sail to Baie St. Anne, Praslin.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Creole night on board and overnight at dock.

Day 8: Vallee de Mai Reserve, Praslin, Praslin Felicite, La Digue, Seychelles Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Morning excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Vallée de Mai Preserve, known for the Coco de Mer palms,Vanilla Orchids and endemic species such as the Seychelles Bulbul and the Black Parrot.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon sailing to Felicite for snorkeling on this uninhabited island. Evening sailing to La Digue.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Evening at leisure. Overnight at anchor.

Day 9: Seychelles - La Digue,Moyenne, Seychelles Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: All day excursion in La Digue, the quaint community in the Seychelles where oxcarts and bicycles still outnumber cars. Take a refreshing swim at Anse de Source d’ Argent.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Sail to Moyenne Island, a national park preserved by Brendon Grimshaw, who cared for the island and its giant tortoises for nearly 40 years.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Evening: Evening at leisure. Overnight at anchor.

Day 10: Seychelles - Moyenne Island,Mahe,Inter Island Quay

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: M/Y Pegasus

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Visit Moyenne Island for your last opportunity to swim in the beautiful waters of the Seychelles.

Lunch: BBQ on the beach.

Afternoon: Afternoon departure to Mahé’s Victoria port. Late afternoon arrival to the Inter Island Quay, Mahé.

Dinner: Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

Evening: Evening at leisure and anchor at Mahé.

Day 11: Arrive Victoria, Fly to Nairobi, Orientation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sarova Panafric

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Disembark from the ship for early departure. Transfer by coach to the airport for your flight to Nairobi. Your Seychelles group leader will prepare you for check-in and accommpany you at the airport. Upon arrival to Dar es Sallaam you will be met by your Kenya group leader who will accompany you on the flight to Nairobi.

Lunch: Served on board the flight to Nairobi, Kenya.

Afternoon: In transit, flight to Nairobi. After concluding Immigration and Customs procedures, you will transfer to the hotel. Arrive at the hotel and check-in. Before dinner join your group leader for a program orientation for Kenya followed by a lecture. Lecture: "Kenya Today, A Legacy of the Past".

Dinner: At the hotel.

Day 12: Elephant Orphanage, Karen Blixen House, Giraffe Center

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Sarova Panafric

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, an introductory talk ('Saving Orphaned Elephants, Why Bother?') will prepare us for our morning field trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust- Orphan Project. The David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, located near Nairobi National Park, raises elephant calves and rhinos orphaned by poaching. The center was established by Daphne Sheldrick, widow of famed Tsavo game warden David Sheldrick. The orphanage is regularly open to the public in the mornings. At that time, visitors get to watch the playful calves being fed, exercised, and bathed. Once the animals are ready to be returned to the wild, they are transported to Tsavo National Park and reintroduced to resident herds.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to Karen Blixen's house (now a national museum). The colonial plantation house was the home of Baroness Karen Blixen, who ran a coffee plantation in Kenya from 1914 to 1931. Her struggles and romance with British hunter Finch-Hatton are immortalized in her autobiography, Out of Africa (under the pen name Isak Dinesen). Follow your museum visit with a field trip to Giraffe Center with site lecture. The center was created in 1979 in an effort to save Kenya’s endangered Rothschild Giraffe, indigenous to the Lake Nakuru area. In the late 1970s, only 130 Rothschild Giraffes existed in the wild, displaced by encroaching agriculture. Since its founding, the Giraffe Center has been able to increase the giraffe population by raising and relocating the giraffes to protected wildlife parks and reserves. The center welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy a close encounter with these gentle giants for a unique hands-on learning experience. Return to the hotel.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Day 13: Transfer from Nairobi to Masai Mara , Afternoon Game Drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Nairobi's Wilson Airport to board a flight to the Mara North Conservancy Airstrip.

Lunch: Arrive in the Masai Mara and transfer to the camp, arriving in time for a late lunch.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon at the camp. Take the opportunity to relax by the pool, do some "armchair game viewing" from your tent veranda, or maybe pamper your tired muscles with a soothing massage treatment.

Dinner: At the camp.

Day 14: Masai Mara, Morning Game Drive, Lectures, Masai Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp

Morning: Early this morning enjoy some coffee/tea and cookies before embarking on a game drive. Big cats will be the focus of this morning's target species game drive. The open savannah grasslands of the Mara is the favorite habitat of the big cats – the lion and the cheetah. Here the cheetahs use their superior speed to run down antelope in a well-rehearsed hunting routine which we might be fortunate to witness. There is a possibility to see a pride of lion gorging on the remains of their successful hunt from the previous night. Return to the camp.

Brunch: Late breakfast at the camp, followed by free time.

Lunch: At the camp.

Afternoon: Free time to rest and relax at the camp. The camp grounds are on the banks of the Mara River, an ideal spot for game viewing. Lecture: "The Rituals and Culture of the Maasai and their Connection to the Land". Field trip to local Maasai Village and site lecture. The Maasai live along the Great Rift Valley in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. These semi-nomadic people are herdsmen who live under a communal land management system. Livestock is still the main source of income and nourishment for the Maasai, though farming and the selling of crafts is increasingly used to supplement their income. The once strong and proud Maasai have lost most of their lands to national parks and reserves. Restricted by government and no longer able to herd freely and access water sources, they are slowly being forced to adapt to modern ways; renouncing long-held traditions in an effort to survive. Return to the camp.

Dinner: At the camp.

Evening: Gather around the fire to participate in an old-time safari tradition: campfire stories.

Day 15: Masai Mara, Game Drives, Campfire

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Karen Blixen Camp

Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Full day of game drives in the Masai Mara Reserve. After you have enjoyed breakfast prepare yourself for the thrill and excitement of amazing wildlife sightings.

Lunch: Within the Masai Mara Reserve.

Afternoon: Continue with game drive activities within the reserve. Late afternoon arrival at the camp.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the camp.

Evening: Cap your busy day with some campfire entertainment and celebrate the end of your East African adventure. Spend your last evening in the Masai Mara with your new Road Scholar friends, finish your packing, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for international departures tomorrow.

Day 16: Program Concludes, Depart to U.S, Nairobi

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Panari Hotel

Activity note: Dayroom only - check out is at 6:00 pm

Breakfast: At the camp.

Morning: Transfer to the Mara airstrip to catch a flight to Nairobi. Arrive in Nairobi in time for lunch.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, check-into the Panari Hotel for dayroom accommodations. Participants will have the opportunity to rest, shower, and finalize their packing before heading to the airport for evening flights to the U.S. Participants will be accommodated at the Panari Hotel until it is time to depart for the airport (check-out at 6 p.m.). A light snack will be provided at the hotel before transferring participants to the airport. Transfer to the international airport and board flights back to the U.S. This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Day 17: Program Concludes, Arrive to U.S.

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Ship Name

M/Y Pegasus

Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 13 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 24
Accomodations

Savoy Resort & Spa: 1 night  Mahe

Offering163 luxurious rooms and suites, the the Savoy Resort & Spa is located on Beau Vallon Beach, Seychelles and is a trendsetter in Seychelles hospitality.

 

M/Y Pegasus: 7 nights  New York

The MY Pegasus is a 147.6-foot twin-hulled ship able to accommodate up to 44 guests in 23 comfortable cabins. The ship was built in 1990, completely refitted in 1997, and renovated in the winter of 2009/2010.

 

Sarova Panafric: 2 nights  Nairobi.

Up the hill along Valley road and at the furthest foot of Kenyatta Avenue lies one of Kenya’s most sought-after tourism properties, Sarova Panafric. It is here where colonialism met pan-Africanism creating an exceptional meeting spot for varied world cultures. Sarova Panafric Hotel, boosts of rich & unrivalled history amassed over four decades since inception in 1965. When quests for Africa’s Independence raged in 1960’s, the Sarova Panafric hosted many of Africa nationalists. Sarova Panafric was the center of liberalism. That’s how the befitting name came into being, in the spirits of the Pan African movement. Even Kenya’s first president, H.E, the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta had a soft spot for the hotel! He inaugurated it on 5th January 1965. Since then; the hotel has continued to resonate with the best of Africa’s repertoire.

 

Karen Blixen Camp: 3 nights  Masai Mara

This luxurious eco-friendly camp is strategically located on the edges of the famous Mara River. Its 22 large canvas tents offer elegant and comfortable accommodations with views of the nearby river. A main building, raised on a beautiful wooden deck, houses the restaurant, reception, bar, and gift shop. Authentic reproductions of Karen Blixen's furniture adorn the common areas and provide a sense of being back in time.

 

Panari Hotel: 1 night  Nairobi

The Panari Hotel is the Kenya’s latest state-of-the-art hotel along Mombasa Road. The hotel is conveniently located within five kilometres either from the city centre or Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. While at the hotel, customers can get a good view of the Nairobi National Park.

Start City
Seychelles
End City
Nairobi

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