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Pristine Islands of West Africa

Dakar Roundtrip - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Embark on this 10-day Pristine Islands of West Africa cruise Dakar roundtrip aboard SH Vega. Depart from Dakar and explore some of the least-visited islands in West Africa. This tropical destination has deserted beaches, ancient traditions, and unique wildlife. All 88 islands are a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Discover the Bolama’s colonial buildings, the elaborate rituals of Canhabaque, and Poilao’s colony of green sea turtles. Then watch rare and sacred saltwater hippos in the wild on Orango before returning to Dakar.
Bolama - Guinea BissauBolama - Guinea BissauMeio Island - Bijagos - Guinea BissauKere Island - Bijagos - Guinea BissauTurquoise waters along the shore near Dakar, SenegalPanoramic photo of beach in Senegal
Highlights
  • Explore the remote Bijagos archipelago, home to rare saltwater hippos
  • Watch rare and sacred saltwater hippos in the wild on Orango
  • Discover Bolama‚Äôs decaying colonial buildings and the rituals of Canhabaque
  • Immerse in the vibrant nightlife scene dominated by local mbalax music
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Dakar

Arrive in Dakar, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Dakar | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
With fabulous museums, a thriving art scene, and elegant seaside dining, the capital city showcases a rich Senegalese culture and a forward-looking spirit. Discover the city’s traditional side in Medina, a bustling quarter of mosques, tea shops, and street markets. French influences remain in many aspects of city life, from architecture to food. Local mbalax music dominates a vibrant nightlife scene. Traditional crafts like wood carvings and glass paintings are easily found at the Soumbédioune market – the best place to shop for souvenirs.

Day 3: Day At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea gives you the opportunity to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip or head to the library which is stocked full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of your onboard lectures or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from your onboard professional photographers.

Day 4-8: Bijagos Archipelago Day

  • Ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Off the coast of Guinea-Bissau lie 88 islands – most of them uninhabited – covered in mangroves and mudflats, savannah, and palm forests. The remote Bijagos archipelago is a protected biosphere reserve, known as the home of the rare saltwater hippo, as well as migratory birds and pygmy cows. The islands remained largely unaffected by colonial influence, resulting in a strong cultural identity with traditional coming-of-age ceremonies like difuntu and fanado still in practice.

Day 9: Dakar

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With fabulous museums, a thriving art scene, and elegant seaside dining, the capital city showcases a rich Senegalese culture and a forward-looking spirit. Discover the city’s traditional side in Medina, a bustling quarter of mosques, tea shops, and street markets. French influences remain in many aspects of city life, from architecture to food. Local mbalax music dominates a vibrant nightlife scene. Traditional crafts like wood carvings and glass paintings are easily found at the Soumbédioune market – the best place to shop for souvenirs.

Day 10: Dakar | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
 Bid farewell to your fellow travelers as you disembark in Dakar today.

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Notes

At Swan Hellenic, we want to ensure your experience with us is an effortless experience, leaving you to make the most from your expedition, which is why we have included the following within your cruise fare:
 
  • One Night pre-cruise accommodations with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or Onboard
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • Room service 24 hours a day
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks & select alcoholic beverages 24 hours a day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Standard WIFI inclusion
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • One shore excursion per port of call

Additional inclusion for: Antarctica & Arctic
  • Use of Rubber boots for shore landings
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka
  • Flights included roundtrip Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • All transfers between Airport, Hotel and Ship
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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