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Small-ship cruising company Zegrahm Expeditions is offering travelers the opportunity to explore the culture and natural history found along the world’s largest bay—the Bay of Bengal—on a 17-day journey departing next year.

Setting sail on Jan. 20, 2019, the Bay of Bengal: Chennai to Yangon expedition cruise will take guests to the shores of India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar on an itinerary led by Zegrahm cofounder Mike Messick. Highlights include visits to sacred temples, colorful cities, tiny fishing villages, and biologically diverse wildlife sanctuaries. Nature enthusiasts will especially appreciate exploring India’s Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary, which is the nesting site for thousands of olive ridley sea turtles, and searching for the over 285 species of birds in Bangladesh’s Himchari National Park, where travelers may also see wild elephants. Guests will also get the chance to cruise Sundarbans’ tributaries via Zodiac to search for wildlife including river dolphins, monkeys, estuarine crocodiles, water monitors, and the elusive Bengal tiger, as well as meet locals rarely visited by westerners.

Pricing for the Bay of Bengal expedition cruise starts at $14,980 pp including all accommodations; all excursions; all onboard meals and group meals ashore including soft drinks, beer and wine with lunch and dinner; all entrance fees, taxes, and port charges; arrival and departure transfers; gift certificates for recommended expedition gear; and medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

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