Victoria's historic beauty is yours to discover during this scenic tour of the city, Botanical Gardens and Mission Lodge.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive through Victoria. Although it is among the smallest capital cities in the world, Victoria possesses a great deal of history and charm. Along the way, you will pass such landmarks as the National Library Building, Old Courthouse, National Museum, other Colonial Era buildings and the silver Clock Tower. The tower, erected in 1903 to celebrate the Seychelles becoming an English colony, is a replica of the clock tower outside of London's Victoria Station. You will also see Victoria's wooden houses, which feature colorful corrugated tin roofs and wrought-iron balconies.
Next, a visit will be made to the Botanical Gardens. Upon arrival, you will see giant Aldabran land tortoises, fruit bats and more than 200 species of indigenous flora, including elephant apple trees, octopus trees and double palms, or coco de mer. From here, you will continue on for a photo stop at a scenic vantage-point offering wonderful panoramic views and photo opportunities overlooking Victoria, its port and yacht basin.
Your tour of Victoria will conclude with a visit to the Mission Lodge. Situated high above the town, Mission Lodge is the site of the ruins of a school for the children of freed slaves. During your visit, you will walk among the 100-year-old sandragon trees, and take in scenic views of Mahe's West Coast before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 1 1/2 hours of walking over uneven ground and exposed roots. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Shops are closed on Sundays.