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A Mix of Cultures- The Cape Verde Islands

Las Palmas - Praia - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Join Sea Cloud II on its 12-day cruise as it sails from the Canary Islands to the Cape Verde archipelago. Enjoy an authentic windjammer experience on this unique cruise. Walking along the promenades or through narrow alleyways, you are sure to discover the multifaceted character of these islands, like the impressive panorama with Tenerife's landmark, Mount Teide. Enjoy pure nature in stunning national parks, full of magical mists, gnarled pine trees, babbling headstreams – the Canary Islands’ national parks guarantee protection for some of their most outstanding ecosystems. 

 
Fishermen in the Cape Verde IslandsSunset in PraiaBeaches of Cape Verde IslandsExplore the beautiful Canary IslandsLas Palmas de Gran CanariaWander through sunny Tenerife
Highlights
  • Enjoy the huge variety of landscapes on Gran Canaria
  • Visit the Las CaƱadas National Park in Santa Cruz
  • Explore the smallest and newest of the Canary Islands, El Hierro
  • Discover the unique blend of cultures in Cape Verde
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Day 1: Las Palmas, Canary Islands | Embark

With its black volcano almost 2,000 meters (6,561 foot) high and endless white beaches along the coastline, the island of Gran Canaria displays a huge variety of landscapes. A "continent in miniature" with rugged rock formations, dense pine forests, dry valleys and reservoirs in the interior, lush vegetation in the north, shimmering dune landscapes in the south and weirdly shaped cliffs in the west. Almost half the island has been registered by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. The capital, Las Palmas, is no less colorful, with its port and history stretching back 500 years. The showpiece of this historic old town is the magnificent Santa Ana Cathedral.

Day 2: Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Even from afar you can see the impressive panorama with Tenerife's landmark, Mount Teide. Its peak is the highest in Spain at 3,718 metres (12,200 foot) and is often covered in snow. The Las Cañadas National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a high volcanic plateau at the foot of Teide, surrounded by a circle of rock that rises up steeply. Volcanic activity has created strange-looking rock formations here which are adorned with a huge range of colors and seem like a unique synthesis of nature's art. In contrast to this are the fertile valleys of the north, a barren, almost desert-like south and the island's vibrant capital city, Santa Cruz.

Day 3: Puerto de la Estaca, El Hierro, Canary Islands

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Volcanic activity has created a wildly romantic and varied natural landscape. A black lava desert and strange rock formations with oddly shaped, wind-defying juniper trees in the south, orchards, vineyards, fig and almond groves in the north, lush green meadows and pastures in the high plateaus, and perhaps the most beautiful pine forests in the archipelago. El Hierro, the smallest and newest of the Canary Islands, is almost completely edged with steeply sloping, rugged cliffs and the spray from the surging ocean. UNESCO has designated it a Biosphere Reserve.

Day 4-6: At Sea

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  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Enjoy the facilities and amenities of the Sea Cloud II. 

Day 7: Porto Novo, Santo Antao, Cape Verde

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The second largest island of Cape Verde enchants with its spectacular natural diversity. While the volcanic craters in the barren south are reminiscent of moonscapes, rocky mountainous landscapes alternate with green and fertile valleys in the north. Besides pineapples, mango trees and coconut palms, sugar cane is also grown here – and distilled into the national schnaps Grogue.

Day 8-9: Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Violin sounds mingle with African drums, Fado meets Polka and creates musical styles like Morna, Batuque and Funaná: The Cape Verde Islands are a melting pot of world music. Cesária Évora from lively Mindelo was the isles’ most famous singer. Barefoot and with a sweet melancholy, she sang of love, hurt and hope and is still revered today as the “Queen of Morna”.

Day 10: Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sal Rei is a city located on the northwest coast of the island of Boa Vista in eastern Cape Verde. The Boa Vista Municipality is located in Sal Rei, the island's largest city. In 2010, there were 5,778 residents. The town's name translates to "Salt King" in Portuguese. This moniker dates back to a time when salt production was the island's primary business.
Sal Rei has a port on the bay with ferry routes to the islands of Santiago (Praia), Sal (Santa Maria) and Maio (Cidade do Maio). West of the port is the little islet of Ilhéu de Sal Rei, which has a new quay that was constructed in 2015. Praia de Cabral is the primary tourist destination in the region
 
 

Day 11: Porto Vale Cavaleiros, Fogo, Cape Verde

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The port for the Cape Verdean island of Fogo is called Vale de Caveiros. Three kilometers to the north of So Filipe is where it is located. The national port authority is in charge of running the port.
 

Day 12: Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Praia, Santiago and disembark

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  • 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Port Fees
  • Wine, beer, juice, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board ship
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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