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Uncover the treasures of the Cape Verde Islands, from Creole culture to jaw-dropping canyons and coast.

Neither Senegal nor Portugal, the Cape Verde Islands march to the beat of their own drum. This incredible archipelago might just be the ultimate adventure cruise destination, a land whose particular brand of exotic defies classification. Set off from Praia to San Tiago and discover the history of the old Portugese capital of Cidade Velha, from the slave trade to the shipwrecks. Head north to Fogo to walk through laval landscapes and scale its volcanic peak, and on to friendly San Nikolau where the Faja Valley and quaint Rebeira Brava invite exploration. Move on the rich green of San Antao’s valleys and peaks, a land of sugarcane and heady ‘grogue’, before a rendezvous in the cultural capital of Mindelo and a dose of Baroque in beautiful Maio. With all shore activities optional, you have the flexibility and freedom of making this Cape Verde getaway as leisurely or as active as you please.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Praia, Cape Verde
Finish
Praia, Cape Verde
Country
Cape Verde
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PFCV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 49

Why we love this trip

  • Gaze in awe at landscapes like that of Fogo, aka the ‘Island of Fire’, and Santo Antao, the cape’s crown jewel of lush valleys, gorges and craters

  • Be charmed by the well preserved colonial towns of Cidade Velha, San Felipe and Rebeira Brava

  • There’s no place quite like Mindelo. As well as galleries and restaurants, this cobblestoned heartthrob of a town is abuzz with music, especially ‘morna’, the style unique to the cape

  • Sample the aptly named ‘grogue’, the potent national drink of Cape Verde

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You may be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Itinerary

Welcome to Cape Verde. Embarkation takes place this afternoon at 4 pm. Settle in, be welcomed by your crew, and sit down to dinner on board. Spend overnight in the port in Praia. 
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
Please note - passengers who boarded the Harmony G in Dakar will already be on board
San Tiago, the most African of all the islands of Cape Verde, is the first island where settlers came. After a morning at leisure and lunch on board, the optional afternoon excursion will bring us to Cidade Velha, the Old Portuguese capital where history is ever present. The fort and the nearby settlements were once a thriving slave trade centre. The Museum of Maritime History displays findings from rich shipwrecks. Late in the evening we will sail North to Fogo. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early morning arrival in Fogo, the island of fire due to the dominating sight of the Fogo Volcano which rises 3,000 meters over the sea level. Our optional full day excursion will bring us at the top of the volcano, right at the crater edge. You will walk through a landscape of lava. Lunch will be at the crater's village. We will also visit the city San Felipe with a characteristic colonial charm. Late in the evening we will sail to San Nikolau. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning arrival in San Nikolau, a peaceful island with dozens of coffee plantations and friendly residents. Our optional full day tour of the island will include walks near the Monte Gordo volcano, then to the nearby forest and later to the Faja Valley. Today we will have a seafood lunch before resuming our exploration and visiting the town of Ribeira Brava, its old quarter, church and seminary. Late in the evening, we sail to Santo Antao. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning arrival in San Antao, the greenest of all Cape Verde Islands. The landscapes of verdant sugarcane plantations are interspersed with old volcanic craters. Our optional full day excursion will include the Valley Paul where sugarcane is still exploited and where you will taste the "grogue" the national drink of the Archipelago. You will also reach the Valley of Ribeira das Patas and discover rock formations formed by volcanic eruptions. In the evening we sail to Mindelo on the island of San Vincente just an hour sailing from San Antao where you will have the opportunity to enjoy Mindelo's famous nightlife and possibly a musical event. Overnight in port.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Once a vibrant commercial island, San Vincente has evolved into a cultural centre and Mindelo is one of the best preserved colonial cities in Cape Verde. Our optional walking excursion will visit galleries and discover busy restaurants and the music of the islands that give Mindelo its label of the Cultural Center of Cape Verde. Overnight at sea to Maio.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive at noon to the laid back island of Maio. Erosion has given Maio a flat landscape allowing for magnificent sea views. Our afternoon walking tour of the city of Vila do Maio will include a visit to the huge Baroque church built by the Portuguese some centuries back. Overnight in port.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We reach Praia ready to disembark at 9.00am.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship, 7 nights

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Important notes

IMPORTANT NOTES

Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
Shore Excursions are not included in the cost of the cruise and are payable on board the ship in Euros. A description of the excursion on offer is included in the day to day itinerary.
Please note that the excursions and excursion prices for 2018 departures are yet to be confirmed and will be updated once advised by the operator.

BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.

MINIMUM AGE
Children from the age of 7 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.

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