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.
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.
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.
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 quarter, church, and seminar. Late in the evening, sail to San Antao. Overnight at sea.
Wake up in the greenest of all Cape Verde islands: San Antao. The verdant landscapes include 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.
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 Handycrafts is located in Mindelo. Overnight at sea en route to Maio.
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.
Sail into Praia this morning. Disembark following breakfast on board and continue your homeward journey.