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St. Helena to Cape Verde islands

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Witness the northbound spring migration of birds like Arctic Terns and Long-tailed Skuas joining you in crossing the Equator (“the Line”) on this 10-day cruise aboard M/V Jansonnius. Your voyage starts in the unique flora and fauna of St. Helena. Sail along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the submarine mountain range that runs about 16,000 km from the Arctic Ocean toward the southern tip of Africa. Assemble on the aft deck to observe how stars and constellations change as you travel north. Explore Ascension, a dry volcanic island that is home to the sooty tern. Hike to the richly vegetated top, and visit the shore to watch green turtles laying eggs on the beach. Discover the pleasures of Praia, the massive hillside fortress in the historic Cidade Velha, and the oldest Christian church in the tropics.
Beaches of Cape Verde IslandsCape Verde IslandsBirds of Ascension IslandThe dramatic landscape of Ascension IslandFishermen in the Cape Verde IslandsSunset in Praia
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
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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: St Helena

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  • 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. Explore the wonders of the polar sky. Stargaze on the aft deck to see many highlights of the equatorial sky. Weather permitting, these celestial wonders can be seen with binoculars or even with the naked eye

Day 4-5: Ascension

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  • 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 6-9: Across the Equator

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  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Joining you across the Equator are Arctic terns and long-tailed skuas in their northbound spring migration.

Day 10: 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 April 25/ April 26, 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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  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Comprehensive Pre- and Post-voyage Information Materials
     
  • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
  • All Miscellaneous Service Taxes and Port Charges Throughout the Program
     
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Government arrival and departure taxes
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Pre- and Post Land Arrangements
  • Fuel Surcharge - to be invoiced separately

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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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