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Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

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Board the Panorama, a three-masted small ship, for a contrasting 8-day expedition through the Cape Verde archipelago. The islands offer a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills, and jungles, to volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. Discover the intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage found in Cape Verde's architecture, food, customs, and traditions. Visit astounding islands including San Tiago, Fogo, San Nikolau, San Antao, and San Vicente.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Praia, San Tiago | Embark
Day 2 : Praia, San Tiago
Day 3 : Sao Filipe, Fogo
Day 4 : Tarrafal, San Nicolau
Day 5 : Porto Novo, San Antao | Mindelo, Sao Vincente
Day 6 : Mindelo, San Vincente
Day 7 : Maio
Day 8 : Praia, San Tiago | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit San Tiago's Museum of Maritime History and its shipwreck findings
  • Hike to the top of the Fogo Volcano and reach for the crater edge
  • Explore the Valley Paul and taste the "grogue", Cape Verde's national drink
  • Walk through colorful Mindelo, the Cultural Center of Cape Verde

Ship

Panorama (VC)

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Fogo
  • Maio
  • Mindelo
  • Porto Novo
  • Praia
  • Sao Nicolou
  • Tarrafal de Sao Nicolau
  • West Africa

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Beaches of Cape Verde Islands Rice, Beans, Sugar in African Market Sunset in Praia Fishermen in the Cape Verde Islands Piano Services

Day 1 Praia, San Tiago | Embark

Embark your ship this afternoon in Praia, the capital of San Tiago, the largest and most populated island of the Cape Verde Archipelago. Overnight in port.

Day 2 Praia, San Tiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Among the Cape Verde Islands, San Tiago demonstrates the most prevalent African influences. This was also the first island encountered by settlers. After a morning at leisure and lunch on board, the optional afternoon excursion brings you to Cidade Velha, the old Portuguese capital where history is ever-present. The fort and the nearby settlements were once a thriving slave trade center. The Museum of Maritime History displays findings from rich shipwrecks. Late in the evening, sail north to Fogo. Overnight at sea.

Day 3 Sao Filipe, Fogo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Arrive early this morning in Fogo, considered the island of fire for the dominating sight of the Fogo Volcano, which rises 3,000 meters over sea level. Your optional full-day excursion brings you to the top of the volcano, right at the crater's edge. Walk through a landscape of lava. Enjoy lunch at the crater's village. You can also visit San Felipe, which offers a true colonial charm. Late in the evening your ship sails to San Nicolau. Overnight at sea.

Day 4 Tarrafal, San Nicolau

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning, arrive on San Nicolau, a peaceful island with dozens of coffee plantations and friendly residents. Your optional full-day tour of the island includes walks near the Monte Gordo Volcano, then to the nearby forest and later to the Faja Valley. At midday enjoy a seafood lunch before resuming your exploration and later visiting the town of Ribeira Brava - see its old quarters, church, and seminar. Late in the evening, sail to San Antao. Overnight at sea.

Day 5 Porto Novo, San Antao | Mindelo, Sao Vincente

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Wake up in the greenest of all Cape Verde islands: San Antao. The verdant landscape includes alternating sugarcane plantations and old craters. Your optional full-day excursion includes the luxuriant Valley Paul where sugarcane is still exploited and where you can taste "grogue," the national drink of the archipelago. Also visit the Valley of Riberia das Patas and discover lava-formed rocks. In the evening, sail a quick hour to Mindelo on the island of San Vincente. In the evening, take the opportunity to enjoy Mindelo's famous nightlife and possibly a musical event. Overnight in port.

Day 6 Mindelo, San Vincente

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Once a vibrant commercial island, San Vincente has evolved into a cultural center and Mindelo is one of the most well-preserved colonial cities in Cape Verde. Your optional walking excursion allows you to discover galleries, busy restaurants, and musical events that give Mindelo its label of the Cultural Center of the archipelago. It is no surprise that the National Museum of Handicrafts is located in Mindelo. Overnight at sea en route to Maio.

Day 7 Maio

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Arrive midday in Maio, a calm and relaxed community. Maio landscapes are flat, probably due to erosion over the years. Your walking tour of the city of Vila do Maio includes a visit to the huge Baroque church built by the Portuguese some centuries back. Choose to join an optional excursion this afternoon. Overnight in port.

Day 8 Praia, San Tiago | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Sail into Praia this morning. Disembark following breakfast on board and continue your homeward journey.

Panorama (VC)

Per person starting at
$1,950
Panorama's Category C Cabin
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Category C
Lower deck, 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
Panorama's Category B Cabin.
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Category B
Lower deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
Panorama's Category C Cabin.
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Category A
Upper deck or Main deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Large windows, A/C, TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.


Please Note:
Single supplement is 30% in this journey
Third person reduction in Category B is 30%.

Cruise fares include:
• Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
• Half-board: buffet breakfast and one main meal daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek Night, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
• Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day.
• Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
• Multilingual Cruise Escort

Not included in cruise fare:
• Beverages (except those mentioned above)
• Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
• Crew tips
• Passenger personal expenses
• Wi-Fi (available at charge)
• Port charges

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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