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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Early morning arrival at Palmeira port, Sal. Disembarkation is at 9:00 a.m. after breakfast.
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.
Kate was great to work with in the planning stage. She was prompt, helpful, and efficient. Our tour guide, Edwin, was knowledgeable and passionate. We were very happy to have traveled with Adventure Life, it made the trip easy and a true pleasure. We could concentrate on enjoying the experience rather than the details of travel.