Days
8
Price from
3810GBP
Map of Cruising the Cape Verde Islands including Cape Verde

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 lava landscapes and scale its volcanic peak. 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. 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.


Start
Palmeira, Cape Verde
Finish
Palmeira, Cape Verde
Destination
Cape Verde
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PFIV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 44

Peregrine trips are now operated by Intrepid Travel

Why you'll 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 and, San Felipe

  • 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 trip is operated by our partners at Variety Cruises and is best suited to independent travellers who want flexibility from their itinerary. On Variety Cruises, all shore excursions are optional, so you don’t have to pay for an activity you’re not interested in. Trips operated by Variety begin at port, do not include tips and require solo travellers to pay a mandatory single supplement.

  • 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.

Boats

Harmony G on a tour

Harmony G

Drop anchor and swim right off the back of this 54m Mega Yacht.

Itinerary

Embarkation will take place at 4.00pm at the port of Palmeira, Sal. After a safety briefing and welcome dinner, you will set sail for Boa Vista Island. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Arrive early in the morning to Sal Rei on the island of Boa Vista. Boa Vista offers the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago with 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 including its villages with colorful facades, its artisans of ceramics, and its agriculture. Lunch will be at a local restaurant, before you return to the Harmony G to sail towards Santiago island. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Boa Visa - The Dry North Day Trip (8 hours) - EUR70
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Boa Vista, The Dry North day tour – this optional excursion needs to be prebooked at least 15 days prior to embarkation, please let your sales consultant know if you would like to prebook this service. This excursion requires a minimum participation of 10 customers for it to operate.
You will awake at Praia, Santiago, the largest of the islands of the archipelago. After a morning of leisure and lunch on board, you can join the optional excursion to Cidade Velha, the first colonial city built in the tropics and classified by UNESCO. The fort and the nearby settlements were once a thriving slave trade centre. Return to the ship and perhaps enjoy a sunset drink before dinner. Late in the evening you will sail north towards Fogo, the island of fire. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Praia - Cidade Velha Excursion (3 hours) - EUR38
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early morning arrival into Fogo, with its dominating sight of the Fogo Volcano which rises 3,000 meters over the sea level. Today you have the option to join a full day excursion bringing you to the top of the volcano, right to the crater edge. You will walk through a landscape of lava so make sure you bring some shoes with a good grip. Stop for lunch at the crater's village before visiting Sao Filipe, a city with a characteristic colonial charm. Late in the evening sail towards Sao Vicente. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Fogo - Sao Felipe City tour and Volcano visit (7 hours) - EUR68
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Once a vibrant commercial island, San Vincente has evolved into a cultural center and Mindelo is one of the most well -preserved colonial cities in Cape Verde. Join an optional walking tour to visit some of the cities highlights. The city is known for its many galleries, restaurants and musical events which give Mindelo its label of the Cultural Center of the Cape Verde. It is no surprise that the National Museum of Handicrafts is located in Mindelo. Overnight in port.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Mindelo - Sao Vicentre Culture Tour (4 hours) - EUR29
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 alternating with old craters. Today you can join an optional full day excursion to Valley Paul which is known for its sugarcane plantations and where you can taste the "grogue" the national drink of the Archipelago. You will also reach the Valley of Ribeira das Patas and discover rock formations coming from lava formations. Tonight, dinner will be on board and overnight in port.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Santo Antao - The Discovery Tour (8 hours) - EUR74
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning enjoy an optional half day excursion to discover the south-western part of the island a safari through volcanic landscapes, porcelain fields, and isolated villages with interesting agriculture and many different kinds of plantations. Return to the ship in the afternoon and set sail towards Sal. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony G (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Santo Antao - Volcano Landscapes Tour (4 hours) - EUR55
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early morning arrival at Palmeira port, Sal. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship, 7 nights

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