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Lisbon to Dakar

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The power of the Atlantic Ocean has played an enormous part in shaping the cultures of its coasts. Sailing from Lisbon to Dakar, this voyage harnesses the sea for a transformative experience that takes you back to the time of 1001 nights. Mixing Moorish heritage with nomadic tribes, islands bursting with birdlife with barren deserts, join us as we follow the paths of early explorers searching for the fabled Spice Islands.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lisbon, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Portimão
Days 3-4 : Seville
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Safi, Morocco
Day 7 : Agadir
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Funchal Madeira
Day 10 : Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands
Day 11 : San Sebastian, La Gomera
Day 12 : Ad Dakhla
Days 13-14 : At Sea
Day 15 : Porto Novo
Day 16 : Fogo Island, Cape Verde
Day 17 : At Sea
Day 18 : Dakar, Senegal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Marvel at the architectonic mixture of Moorish and Spanish styles
  • Explore Marrakech with its Majorelle Gardens, Souk, and Medina
  • See the contrast between the green flora and the dark lava at Monte Velha
  • Learn the history of the early European exploration in search of the Spice Islands

Ship

Silver Wind

Places Visited

  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Portugal
  • Senegal
  • Spain
  • Agadir
  • Canary Islands
  • Cape Verde Islands
  • Dakar
  • Fogo
  • Funchal
  • La Gomera
  • Lisbon
  • Morocco
  • Portimao
  • Porto Novo
  • Safi
  • Santa Cruz Tenerife
  • Seville
  • West Africa

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Explore for a stunning view of the sea Explore beautiful Lisbon Bridge of Plaza de Espana, Seville Beaches of Cape Verde Islands Turquoise waters along the shore near Dakar, Senegal

Day 1 Lisbon, Portugal | Embark

A glorious mosaic of beauty, freedom, and authenticity, Portugal’s capital is a stirring artwork of a city. Known for the seven hills it spreads across, and its stirring fado music, Lisbon is a pastel-colored blend of houses and beautiful tile artworks - and this creative city strikes a perfect harmony between natural and manmade beauty. Stroll along Alfama's steep, cobbled streets as you explore one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods - where each house and door could be its own photograph. Look for the decorative tiles, with the distinctive blues and whites of Azulejo ceramics, and visit the dedicated museum to learn more. Afterward, wind up to São Jorge Castle, where views out across Lisbon’s red rooftops unravel. Just one of many majestic viewpoints, you can also seek out Miradouro da Graça for perhaps Lisbon's finest panorama, with the copper-colored suspension bridge stretching over sparkling water beyond the sea of buildings.

Day 2 Portimão

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sprawl out and relax across thick wedges of glorious, golden sands, in Portugal’s sun-worshipping paradise. Portimão is beachy heaven and a perfect encapsulation of the Algarve’s Atlantic appeals, offering easy access to the wonderful Praia da Rocha. Head straight for the long and wide expanse of this famous beach, where you can kick back and enjoy soft, honey-colored sands and gentle waves rolling ashore. A spectacular and spacious sandy expanse – located at the point where the Arade River unloads into the Atlantic – relax, or wander the wooden boardwalk to a string of neighboring beaches, as you explore among dramatic, tank-like rock formations. Taste juicy hauls of sardines, cooked over open fires, with glasses of wine pressed from the vineyards nearby - as you lavish under the sunshine of the Algarve’s prime holiday region. 

Day 3-4 Seville

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Whether you pronounce it Seville or Sevilla, this gorgeous Spanish town is most certainly the stuff of dreams. Over 2,200 years old, Seville has a mutli-layered personality; home to Flamenco, high temperatures and three UNESCO-World Heritage Sites, there is a noble ancestry to the southern Spanish town. Not forgetting that it is the birthplace of painter Diego Velazquez, the resting place of Christopher Columbus, the inspiration for Bizet’s Carmen and a location for Game of Thrones filming, Seville is truly more than just a sum of its parts. This city is a full on experience, a beguiling labyrinth of centuries old streets, tiny tapas restaurants serving possibly the best dishes you’ll taste south of Madrid and a paradise of Mudejar architecture and tranquil palm trees and fountain-filled gardens.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 6 Safi, Morocco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Safi’s natural harbor lies on the Atlantic in western Morocco and was once used by the Roman and the Phoenicians. By the 11th century gold, slaves and ivory were the hot commodities being traded between Marrakesh and Guinea. Evolving through the ages to cater to the popular trade of the day, the major industry here today is fishing connected to the country's sardine industry, but there is also an economy based on exported phosphates, textiles and ceramics. The city was overseen by the Portuguese Empire in the 1500s, and a fortress built to safeguard the city still stands today. Safi sits near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains where Bedouins once camped.

Day 7 Agadir

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Agadir is, above all else, a holiday resort, so don't hope for a medina, a souk, or a kasbah (although it does have all three, after a fashion). Think sun, sea, and sand. These are what it does best, as hundreds of thousands of visitors each year can testify. There's no reason to begrudge the city its tourist aspirations. Razed by an earthquake in 1960 that killed 15,000 people in 13 seconds, Agadir had to be entirely rebuilt. Today it's a thoroughly modern city where travelers don't think twice about showing considerable skin, and Moroccans benefit from the growing number of jobs. There's a reason why this popular European package vacation destination is overrun with enormous, characterless beachfront hotels. The beach, all 10 km (6 miles) of it, is dreamy. A 450-yard-wide strip, it bends in an elegant crescent along the bay and is covered with fine-grain sand.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 9 Funchal Madeira

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bedecked with dramatic cliffs, fertile mountains, and sun-gorged beaches, Madeira is a lush, colorful island of plants, paradise and Portuguese-flavoured pleasures. Bathing in year-round sunshine, Funchal - the lowkey capital of Madeira - is perfect for slowing the pace, and toasting the thrilling scenery with a bottle of the island's famous wine. Narrow, cobblestone streets line the old town, where whitewash buildings, iron-wrought balconies, and tiled patterns carry echoes of Lisbon. Rua de Santa Maria is the city's oldest street, and the doors have been vividly painted by local artists. Sit for a drink, to sample your choice of Madeira's renowned wines - Boal is the ideal option for those with a sweeter tooth. You'll also find Corpo Santo Chapel here, one of the few remaining buildings to have survived from the 15th century. Blossoming parks and gardens splash color around, and the sweet smell of pollen lingers in Parque de Santa Catarina.

Day 10 Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Although this busy port city is smaller, quieter and less attractive than Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz has its own share of elegant monuments. Until 1837, the island's capital was La Laguna, not Santa Cruz, so there are only a few of the buildings in the city center that are any older than that. At the busy Plaza de España, there are several pedestrian streets leading north and to the area west of the port, where you'll find the city's stunning auditorium and maritime park. A real highlight of the city are its ramblas, long tree-lined boulevards that fall steeply from the north end of the city to the sea.

Day 11 San Sebastian, La Gomera

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Unspoiled, green and lush, this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve has many secrets to reveal. A Canary Island capital like no other, life is lived at a refreshingly lackadaisical pace here. Wander between San Sebastian's faded pastel hues, which spill across the coastline, and bathe in this seaside city's warm sunshine, as waves splash onto sunny beaches. A sleepy capital city, travellers have been resting, relaxing and rejuvenating here for centuries – including Christopher Columbus, whose presence remains in museums dedicated to his visit.

Day 12 Ad Dakhla

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dakhla is located at the end of a 40km narrow peninsula on the Atlantic Coast about 340 miles south of Laayoune. The area was inhabited by Berbers from North Africa since ancient times but it was Spanish settlers who founded Dakhla in 1884 during the expansion of their empire. The region was especially important not only because of the rich offshore fishing (e.g. cod) but also because of the abundant seals and whales available for hunting. Despite over harvesting that has resulted in severe depletion of the wildlife, Dakhla is still a major fishing port. However the town has recently become a centre for aquatic sports, such as kitesurfing, windsurfing and surf casting on its lagoon, and becoming a growing tourism destination.

Day 13-14 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Day 15 Porto Novo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Porto Novo, the second largest city on Santo Antão, is located in the dry southeast of the island. A dusty wind blows constantly here. You can explore the main street with its former mansions, a little church, markets that have local fish, grogue and fresh goat cheese for sale, shops and-of course-the harbour. At the back of the town is the 2,000m-high Topo de Coroa, which is a fairly easy climb and has magnificent 360-degree views. 

Day 16 Fogo Island, Cape Verde

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 17 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 18 Dakar, Senegal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Capital of Senegal, and a major gateway to Western Africa, the former colonial trading post of Dakar stamps the Cap-Vert peninsular with glorious surf-fringed beaches.

Disembark after breakfast. 

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INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE
  •  Transfers (between airport, hotel, and ship)
  •  1-night pre-cruise hotel
  •  Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  •  Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  •  Spacious suites
  •  Butler service in every suite
  •  Unlimited Free Wifi
  •  Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  •  Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  •  Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  •  In-suite dining and room service
  •  Onboard entertainment
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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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