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St. Helena to Cape Verde islands

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard MV Plancius
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Coastline near Praia, Cape Verde Islands
Highlights
  • Enjoy sailing along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the submarine mountain range 16,000 kilometres from the Arctic Ocean
  • Explore Ascension, this dry volcanic island is a major home for the sooty tern
  • Hike to the top of Ascension, and visit the shore to watch the green turtles laying eggs on the beach.
  • Stroll the Praia streets and enjoy the variety of indigenous folk music
Places Visited
  • Africa
  • Ascension Island
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Praia
  • St. Helena Island
  • West Africa
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: St Helena | Embark

Your journey starts in Jamestown, a uniquely situated city that offers much to see before setting sail. Enjoy the local British culture, pleasant tropical climate, and endemic birds of this remote volcanic island. You can visit Longwood House, where Napoleon died in 1821, and even walk the 699-step Jacob’s Ladder if you feel ambitious enough. If you have more time, you can also go on small hikes or snorkel the shallows, seeing multitudes of tropical and subtropical fish. 

Day 2-3: Sailing the Ridge

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Here you sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the submarine mountain range running some 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) from the Arctic Ocean to near the southern tip of Africa.  
 

Day 4-5: Ascension

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
This dry volcanic island is a major home for the sooty tern (also known as the wideawake), whose colony here sometimes grows to over a million breeding pairs. You may get the chance for a hike to the richly vegetated top of this island, and a visit the shore to watch the green turtles laying eggs on the beach.

Day 6-10: Across the Equator

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Joining you across the Equator are Arctic terns and long-tailed skuas in their northbound spring migration.

Day 11: Praia, Cape Verde islands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Praia on Santiago Island - the capital of the Cape Verde Islands, at 9:00 hours*. If you’re flying out on the night of May 2/May 3, there is an additional tour in and around Praia. Here you can visit the historic Cidade Velha and its massive hillside fortress, built to defend against English raiders. Other sights include the oldest Christian church in the tropics and the slave whipping post in the main square. Stroll the Praia streets and enjoy the variety of indigenous folk music spilling out of the tavern windows.

*Disembarking passengers will have access to a few hotel rooms where you can collect your luggage and freshen up before traveling to the airport – or back to your hotel if you’re staying longer in Praia.

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Coastline near Praia, Cape Verde Islands Cape Verde Islands Enjoy the warm climes of Ascension Island on your expedition cruise Beaches of Cape Verde Islands Birds of Ascension Island

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Ship/Hotel

MV Plancius

MV Plancius
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Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$1,650
Quadruple Porthole
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Triple Porthole
4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
Quadruple Porthole
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Quadruple Porthole
4 cabins with private facilities, 2 bunk beds. (ca. 15 m2)
Twin porthole cabin
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Twin with Porthole
9 twin private cabins with porthole. Two Lower berths. (ca. 15 m2)
Twin with window
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Twin with Window
26 twin private cabins with window. Two Lower berths (ca. 15 m2)
Twin Deluxe
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Twin Deluxe
2 twin private deluxe cabins. Lower berths - two single beds.(ca. 15 m2)
Superior
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Superior
10 twin superior cabins. Lower berth - double bed. (ca. 21 m2)

Notes

All itineraries are for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary is determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Fares include:
- Voyage aboard the designated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
- All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea
- All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac
- Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff
- Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes 
- Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia
- Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation)
- All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the program
- Comprehensive pre-departure material

Not included:
- Any airfare whether on scheduled or charter flights
- Pre- and post land arrangements
- Passport and visa expenses
- Government arrival and departure taxes
- Meals ashore
- Baggage, cancellation and personal insurance (which is mandatory)
- Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage charges and telecommunication charges
- The customary gratuity at the end of the voyages for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided)

Please Note: It is agreed that if world fuel prices will reach or exceed US $120 per Barrel Brent 90 days prior to departure, the MV Plancius reserves the right to levy a fuel surcharge of US $25 per passenger per night.

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