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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Cape Verde Islands, Archipelago of Contrasts

as Palmas - Praia - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Join Sea Cloud II on its 11-day cruise as it sails to the southern coast of Santiago Island starting from the city in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas. Enjoy an authentic windjammer experience for true sailing fans on this unique cruise. Walking along the promenades or through narrow alleyways, you are sure to discover the multifaceted character of these islands, from cosmopolitan style in Arrecife to quiet introspection in rustic San Sebastián. Enjoy pure nature - 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 IslandsEnjoying gelato with friendsLas Palmas de Gran Canaria
Highlights
  • Enjoy Gran Canary's huge variety of landscapes - a "continent in miniature"
  • Visit the meter high lava rocks of the Teide National Park
  • Discover the contrasts of Santo Antão, the second largest Cape Verde island
  • Check the bizaare rock formations at the Teide National Park
Places Visited
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: Las Palmas | 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

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

Hierro, the smallest and most westerly of the Canary Islands, is a rough, windswept location thought to be the far western limit of the world in Columbus's day. Its charming, white-washed city, Valverde, has a population of just 2,000 people and is uniquely situated high in the mountains far from the sea. The volcanic island was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2000, and photographers delight in dramatic sights like the Faro de Orchilla lighthouse, the great natural stone arch of the Roque de la Bonanza and the bizarre, wind-twisted juniper trees set against stony slopes. The Canarian artist Cesar Manrique created a spectacular viewpoint and restaurant overlooking the dramatic El Golfo valley atop kilometer-high cliffs.

Day 4-6: At Sea

Enjoy the onboard amenities and facilities. 

Day 7: Porto Novo, Santo Antao | Mindelo, São Vicente

Porto Novo is a city located on the Cape Verdean island of Santo Anto. It is the seat of the Porto Novo municipality. The town, which is the most populous settlement on the island, had 9,310 residents as of the 2010 Census..

Day 8: Mindelo, Sao Vicente

On the northern coast of the Cape Verdean island of So Vicente sits Mindelo, a port city. The parish of Nossa Senhora da Luz and the municipality of So Vicente both have their administrative centers in Mindelo. The city is home to 93 percent of the entire island's inhabitants. With roots in Portuguese customs that were later inspired by Brazilian culture, Mindelo is well renowned for its vibrant and lively carnival celebrations.

Day 9: Sal Rei, Boa Vista

strong>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.

Day 10: Porto Vale Cavaleiros, Fogo

The port for the Cape Verdean island of Fogo is called Vale de Caveiros. 3 kilometers to the north of So Filipe is where it is located. The national port authority ENAPOR is in charge of running the port. In 2013, the port underwent reconstruction and growth.

Day 11: Praia, Santiago | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Praia, Santiago and disembark

Ship/Hotel

Sea Cloud II

Lounge area on the Sea Cloud II

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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 10 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Beer, wine, cocktails, and spirits aboard the ship. We are also pleased to offer a selection of super premium wines and liquors that are available for purchase.
  • Crew gratuities
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet is available to all guests (connectivity permitting)
  • Gratuities
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Welcome champagne in the suite/stateroom
  • Daily fresh fruit basket in suite/stateroom
  • All coffee, tea specialties and soft drinks
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fine wines from renowned winemakers
  • Open bar (except premium brands)
  • Beach barbecues in select destinations
  • Marina platform with use of water sports equipment such as snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards, and towable tube (weather permitting)
  • Laundry service in suites
  • Curated moments
  • All meals including nightly 4-course menu and a 5-course gala dinner
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Wifi

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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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