THE LUXURY Carrying just 49 guests, Greece-based Variety Cruises M/Y Pegasus navigates the remote waterways of West Africa, offering comfortable cabins with showers and large porthole windows. The yacht embarks on seven-night return voyages from Dakar, Senegal, along the Gambia and Saloun rivers. Passengers spot monkeys, anteaters, and warthogs, and take in cultural highlights such as Gambian craft markets in Banjul, ancient stone megaliths in Wassu, and a Senegalese fishing village.
THE VALUE The rates to book top-tier Category A cabins on the December 24, 31, and January 7 voyages run about $320 less than later 2011 prices. Mention Shermans Travel to save an added 10 percent, lowering rates to $2,583 or more, and receive a $75 onboard credit. This exclusive deal must be booked by October 30.
THE CATCH Shore excursions are not included in the pricing.
THE DETAILS 800/319-7776 (code SHERM); varietycruises.com
From the Fall 2010 issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine by ShermansTravel.com.