Days
8
Price from
€1,870EUR
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 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.


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 50

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, 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.

Boats

Harmony G

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Harmony G.

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Itinerary

Embarkation will take place at 4.00pm. After a safety briefing and welcome dinner, we will set sail for Boa Vista Island. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
We arrive early this morning into Sal Rei on the island of Boa Vista. Boa Vista offers the most beautiful beaches of 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 will be at a local restaurant, before we return to the Harmony G to sail towards Santiago island. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We have an early morning arrival at Praia, Santiago, the largest of the islands of the archipelago. After a morning at leisure and lunch on board, the optional afternoon excursion will bring us 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. Late in the evening we will sail north towards Fogo, the island of fire. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early morning arrival in Fogo, with its 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 Sao Filipe with a characteristic colonial charm. Late in the evening we will sail to Sao Vicente. Overnight at sea.
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. Our optional walking excursion will allow you to visit galleries and discover busy restaurants, musical events that 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.
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. Our optional full day excursion will include the luxuriant 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 coming from lava formations. Tonight, dinner will be on board and overnight in port.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today's optional excursion will be on the western side of Santo Antao island where landscapes are arid and mountainous (up to 1100m in altitude). After returning to the boat, we sail for Sal. Overnight at sea.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We arrive early this morning and disembarkation will take place 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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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.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
If a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

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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