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5th Annual Piano Festival at Sea

Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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This 11-day journey will allow you to discover several UNESCO World Heritage sites, punctuated by recitals performed on board by exceptional pianists. Your voyage will start with a port of call in Santiago, the most populated and also the most African island of Cape Verde. Further north, reach Sao Vicente and visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of the archipelago. Wander through the streets of the historic district of Vegueta, rich in architectural treasures including the Santa Ana cathedral. Then admire the volcanic landscapes that are so typical of Lanzarote before sailing to Madeira. Your journey around the Atlantic will conclude with a visit to Lisbon. This city, with its nostalgic charm, has a unique personality: a blend of tramways, museums and historic buildings.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dakar | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Praia
Day 4 : Mindelo
Days 5-6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Day 8 : Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Day 9 : Funchal, Madeira
Day 10 : At Sea
Day 11 : Lisbon | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise with Radio Classique, for an exceptional musical line-up and program
  • Enjoy three varied archipelagos: Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira
  • Discover the elegant buildings of Mindelo in Cape Verde
  • Visit Lisbon, the culturally rich Portuguese capital

Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunset in Praia Coastline near Praia, Cape Verde Islands Turquoise waters along the shore near Dakar, Senegal Funchal, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal

Day 1 Dakar | Embark

On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. While its size may at first be overwhelming, Dakar charms with its richly diverse districts, unique cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic city center, enjoy the pell-mell of colors and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Goree is deeply moving: for several hundred years this island was the largest slave-trading center on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those seeking pristine, un-spoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands' national park will not disappoint.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Praia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. Above the harbor, a statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the European who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old town center, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities.

Day 4 Mindelo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set on the shores of the Porto Grande Bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-colored houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks include the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.

Day 5-6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
During your days at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. These days without ports of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 7 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A stopover of sunny climes, Las Palmas is located on the north-east coast of Gran Canaria. A few streets away from Puerto de la Luz, discover the vast Las Canteras beach, bordered with the town’s characteristic palms. You’ll find these palms are all over Las Palmas, in the streets and squares, especially on the plaza de Santa Ana in the heart of the historical district. It feels like you’ve traveled back in time here, as you stand looking at the tall houses beside the Santa Ana cathedral. Very close by, you can visit the Casa de Colón, a museum dedicated to the famous explorer. The museum is housed in the palace belonging to the island’s former governor. Chances are, you’ll be drawn to the covered Vegueta market to partake in some daily life along with the locals and taste some unfamiliar dishes.

Day 8 Arrecife de Lanzarote, Canary Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Established on a coast sprinkled with cliffs, Arrecife has a pleasant beach and a lagoon full of charm, Charca of San Gines, where the fishermen anchor their boats. The city also proposes places fed by history and culture, such as the castle San Gabriel, former fort of defense of the city.

Day 9 Funchal, Madeira

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This attractive capital of Madeira is located on the southern coast of the island. The walkways of the old town are lined with azulejos, or multi-colored mosaics. If you follow these patterns, they’ll lead you to the appetizing Mercado dos Labradores market stands, the Frederico de Freitas museum, and the golden paneling of the Cathedral de la Sé. Along the waterfront, the palm tree-shaded promenade leads you to the teleféricos de Monte, Madeira's cable cars. Its panoramic cabins transport you over the city to the top of Monte, where you can see the picturesque botanical garden.

Day 10 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 11 Lisbon | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Portugal’s capital city is located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometers from the Atlantic coast. It is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity: two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower, stand sentinel at the mouth of the river harbor. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark in Lisbon.

Le Dumont-d'Urville

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Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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