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Islands of the Cabo Verde Archipelago

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This 8-day cruise gives you the chance to explore the intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage found in the Cabo Verde archipelago. Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the Cabo Verde Islands of today offer a spellbinding blend of influences in their architecture, food, customs and traditions. Being blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the archipelago also offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills and jungles, to volcanic landscapes and wide deserted beaches. This voyage opens up for you a vibrant and colorful world, all set to the gentle rhythms of West African music.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Praia, San Tiago
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, Sao Toago

Ship

Harmony V

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 Sunset in Praia Fishermen in the Cape Verde Islands Snorkel the vibrant reef system

Day 1 Praia, San Tiago

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Day 6 Mindelo, San Vincente

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.

Day 7 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.

Day 8 Praia, Sao Toago

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

Harmony V

Per person starting at
$1,850
Harmony V Cabin Category C
Category C
$1,850
Main deck, 1 double bed, large windows, en suite facilities, flat screen TV, mini fridge, A/C, safe deposit box. 12.5 square meters.
Harmony V Cabin Category B
Category B
$2,190
Main deck, 1 double bed or 2 lower beds, large windows, en suite facilities, flat screen TV, mini fridge, A/C, safe deposit box. 15.5 square meters.
Harmony V Cabin Category A
Category A
$2,690
Upper deck, 1 double bed or 2 lower beds, large windows, en suite facilities, flat screen TV, mini fridge, A/C, safe deposit box. 16 square meters
Harmony V's Category P Cabin.
Category P
$3,190
Upper deck, 1 double bed or 2 lower beds, sofa, large windows, en suite facilities, flat screen TV, mini fridge, A/C, safe deposit box. 20 square meters

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.
- Please note that shore excursions are offered at additional costs.
- Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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