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Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

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Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard the Variety Voyage through the Cape Verde archipelago, where warm-hearted locals and a captivating fusion of African and Portuguese influences in architecture, cuisine, customs, and traditions await. Blessed with a delightful year-round climate, these islands boast diverse landscapes, from lush mountains, hills, and jungles to volcanic terrain and expansive, untouched beaches.
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Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful beaches and landscapes of Boa Vista
  • Discover the first colonial city in the tropics, Cidade Velha
  • Visit Mindelo, the cultural center of Cape Verde, and explore its galleries and restaurants
  • Experience the greenest of all the Cape Verde Islands, Santo Antao
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Palmeira, Sal | Embark

Embarkation is at 4 p.m. at the port of Palmeira, Sal. Dinner on board and departure at midnight towards Boavista. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Sal Rei, Boa Vista

Early morning arrival at Sal Rei, Boa Vista. Boavista offers the most beautiful beaches in 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. Lunch at a local restaurant before you return on board to sail towards Santiago Island. Overnight at sea.

Day 3: Praia, Santiago Island

Early morning arrival at Praia, Santiago, the largest of the islands of the archipelago. After a morning of leisure 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 thriving slave trade centers. Late in the evening, sail north towards Fogo, the island of fire. Overnight at sea.

Day 4: Sao Felipe, Fogo Island

Early morning arrival in Fogo, with its dominating sight of the Fogo Volcano, which rises 3,000 meters above sea level. Your optional full-day excursion will bring you to the top of the volcano, right at the crater edge. Walk through a landscape of lava. Lunch will be at the crater's village. You can also visit the city of San Felipe, which has a characteristic colonial charm. Late in the evening, sail to Sao Vicente. Overnight at sea.

Day 5: Mindelo, San Vincente Island

Once a vibrant commercial island, it has evolved into a cultural center, and Mindelo is one of the best-preserved colonial cities in Cape Verde. Your optional walking excursion will allow you to visit galleries and discover busy restaurants and musical events that give Mindelo its label as 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

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 and old craters. Your optional full-day excursion will include the luxuriant Valley Paul, where sugarcane is still exploited, and where you can taste the "grogue," the national drink of the Archipelago. You can 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

This morning, enjoy an optional half-day excursion to discover the south-western part of the island on a safari through volcanic landscapes, porcelain fields, and isolated villages with dropwise agriculture and different kinds of plantations. This is a beautiful experience through villages like Lagedos with ecological tourism to explore the dry volcanic face of this extraordinary island. Return on board to depart towards Sal. Overnight at sea.

Day 8: Palmeira, Sal Island | Disembark

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Early morning arrival at Palmeira port, Sal. Disembarkation is at 9:00 a.m. after breakfast.

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Variety Voyager's sun deck bar.
Variety Voyager's dining area.
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Lower/Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows (Lower) or windows (Main), private bath facilities.
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Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Double windows and private bath facilities.
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Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities, sofa, private marble bath facilities.

Notes

Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek night Evening, and Captain’s Dinner
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Port Fees
  • Wifi
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements (except those mentioned in inclusions)
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions

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