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Islands of Cape Verde Archipelago

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Explore the archipelago of Cape Verde with its intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and its welcoming locals. Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the Cape Verde Islands of today offer a spellbinding blend of African and Portuguese influences in their architecture, food, customs, and traditions. Being blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the archipelago offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills, and jungles to explore, to volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. This cruise holiday will open up for you a vibrant and colorful world, all set to the gentle rhythms of West African music.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Palmeira, Sal | Embark
Day 2 : Sal Rei, Boa Vista
Day 3 : Praia, Santiago Island
Day 4 : Sao Felipe, Fogo Island
Day 5 : Mindelo, San Vincente Island
Day 6 : Mindelo, San Vincente | Porto Novo | Santo Antao
Day 7 : Porto Novo | Santo Antao
Day 8 : Palmeira, Sal Island | Disembark

Highlights

  • Taste the locally made “grogue” – a white rum, made from sugarcane
  • Visit Mindelo, a moon-shaped port, ringed by barren mountains
  • Explore the island of fire, Fogo island
  • Try the traditional Chã das Caldeiras wine better known as Manecon

Ship

Harmony V

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Mindelo
  • Palmeira
  • Porto Novo
  • Praia
  • 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 Rice, Beans, Sugar in a local Market Colorful African pirogue canoes on the beach

Day 1 Palmeira, Sal | Embark

Embark this afternoon at the port of Palmeira, Sal. Enjoy dinner on board before departing at midnight towards Boavista. Overnight at sea.

Day 2 Sal Rei, Boa Vista

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive early this morning at Sal Rei, Boa Vista. Boavista offers the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago, and amazing landscapes, both on its coasts and in the heart of the island. Relax on the beach or enjoy an all-day optional excursion to discover the most authentic aspects of the island: its villages with colorful facades, its artisans of ceramics, and its agriculture. Have lunch at a local restaurant, before returning on board to sail towards Santiago island. Overnight at sea

Day 3 Praia, Santiago Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrival at Praia, Santiago, the largest of the islands of the archipelago. After a leisurely morning and lunch on board, the optional afternoon excursion will bring you to Cidade Velha, the first colonial city built in the tropics and classified by Unesco. The fort and the nearby settlements were once a thriving slave trade center. Late in the evening, sail north towards Fogo, the island of fire. Overnight at sea.

Day 4 Sao Felipe, Fogo Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive early this morning to Fogo, with its dominating sight of the Fogo Volcano which rises 3,000 meters over the sea level. An optional full-day excursion brings you to the top of the volcano, right at the crater edge. You will walk through a landscape of lava. Lunch will be at the crater's village. You will also visit the city of San Felipe with characteristic colonial charm. Late in the evening, sail to Sao Vicente. Overnight at sea.

Day 5 Mindelo, San Vincente Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once a vibrant commercial island, it has evolved into a cultural center and Mindelo is one of the most well preserved colonial cities in Cape Verde. The optional walking excursion will allow you to visit galleries and discover busy restaurants, musical events that give Mindelo its label of the Cultural Center of Cape Verde. It is no surprise that the National Museum of Handicrafts is located in Mindelo. Overnight in port.

Day 6 Mindelo, San Vincente | Porto Novo | Santo Antao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early in the morning depart for a short sail towards the island of Santo Antao, the greenest of all Cape Verde Islands with landscapes of verdant plantations of sugarcane alternate old craters. Our optional full-day excursion will include the luxuriant Valley Paul where sugarcane is still exploited and where you will taste the "grogue" the national drink of the Archipelago. You will also reach the Valley of Ribeira das Patas and discover rock formations coming from lava formations. Dinner on board and overnight in port.

Day 7 Porto Novo | Santo Antao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, choose from two optional excursions: a) enjoy an optional full day excursion including lunch, discovering the major sites of the island, passing by the famous road of Corda, Água das Caldeiras, Ribeira Grande, Ponta do Sol and, of course, by Paul – a green jewel among the villages of Santo Antão. On the way, you will visit plantations of sugar cane and you will taste in home-distillery “grogue” – the white rum made by sugar cane. Or enjoy an optional half-day excursion, to the south-western part of the island - a safari through volcanic landscapes, pozzolans fields and isolated villages with dropwise agriculture and different kind of plantations. Return on board to depart towards Sal. Overnight at sea.

Day 8 Palmeira, Sal Island | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive early this morning at Palmeira port, Sal. Disembarkation is at 8-9 am after breakfast.

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Main deck. One double bed, windows, en suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.
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Upper deck. One double bed or two twin beds, sofa, windows, en suite bathroom with shower, flat screen TV sets, DVD players, mini fridges, hairdryers, individually controlled A/C and safe deposit boxes.

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 in Category A. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount in Category A.

3RD PERSON (ADULT) REDUCTION IN CATEGORY A CABIN: 30%

INCLUDED:

•Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
•Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed Evening, fun BBQ, (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
•Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
•Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
•English-Speaking Cruise Escort

NOT INCLUDED:

•Beverages (except those mentioned above)
•Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
•Crew tips
•Passenger personal expenses
•Wi-Fi (available at charge)
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