Adventure travel company Zegrahm Expeditions has announced a new 17-day small-ship cruise along the Bay of Bengal. Departing on January 20, 2019, the Silver Discoverer will take up to 120 guests along the coasts of India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Passengers will board in Chennai, India and finish their trip in Yangon, Myanmar. The cruise will break in Visakhapatnam, Mangalajodi Nature Reserve and Paradeep in India. Then, in Bangladesh, passengers will stop in the Sundarbans Reserve Forest and Maheskali Island. The trip will conclude in Myanmar, visiting Thandwe, Mawlamyine and Yangon. Along the way, the cruise will bring passengers to temples, wildlife sanctuaries and remote villages.
At India’s Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, guests will visit the nesting site of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles. Then, at Himchari National Park in Bangladesh, travelers can look for over 285 different bird species and possibly see wild elephants.
Guests will spend two full days in the Sundarbans Reserve Forest, a designated UNESCO World Bioshpere. Along the Sundarbans’ tributaries, participants can travel on Zodiacs to search for river dolphins, monkeys, estuarine crocodiles, water monitors and Bengal tigers.
Based in Seattle, Zegrahm Expeditions has specialized in expedition travel for almost 30 years. The company’s focus is small-ship expedition cruises, tours and safaris. Co-founder Mike Messick will lead the Bay of Bengal cruise.