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Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

Discover the stunning Cape Verde Islands with their mix of African and Portuguese heritage and diverse landscapes, from mountain ranges to towering volcanoes and deserted beaches, on this relaxing cruise

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7 nights from £1704pp

Megayacht Holiday
Mindelo
Volcano on Fogo
Sao Vicente
Praia

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Discover African and Portuguese heritage, colonial charm and beautiful scenery, from mountain ranges to volcanic landscapes and vast beaches on this fascinating journey to the Cape Verde Islands.

A long-time Portuguese colony sitting deep into the Atlantic off the coast of West Africa, the island now known as Santiago was originally settled to be used as a slave trading outpost. Over time the other islands of this volcanic archipelago were inhabited and, today, the Cape Verde Islands offer a spellbinding blend of African and Portuguese influences in their architecture, food, customs and traditions.

With a pleasant year-round climate, this island chain offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills and jungles, volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. The harbours and towns are extremely welcoming to visitors - they don't get many! It's still a comparatively undiscovered, natural and fresh sort of place and long may that last, we say. All things considered, this is a journey that will open up a vibrant and colourful world, all set against the gentle rhythms of West African music.

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Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago Itinerary

Day 1 - Palmeira, Sal (Cape Verde Islands)

Embarkation at 4:00 pm at the port of Palmeira, Sal. Dinner on board and departure at midnight towards Boavista. Overnight at sea.

Day 2 - Sal Rei, Boa Vista

Early morning arrival at Sal Rei, Boa Vista. Boavista 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 colourful facades, its artisans of ceramics, and its agriculture. Lunch at a local restaurant, before we return on board to sail towards Santiago island. Overnight at sea.

Day 3 - Praia, Santiago

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.

Day 4 - Sao Felipe, Fogo

Early morning arrival 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 San Felipe with a characteristic colonial charm. Late in the evening we will sail to Sao Vicente. Overnight at sea.

Day 5 - Mindelo, Sao Vicente

Once a vibrant commercial island, it 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.

Day 6 - Mindelo, Sao Vicente – Porto Novo – Santo Antao

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 alternate 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. Dinner on board and overnight in port.

Day 7 - Porto Novo – Santo Antao

This morning, enjoy an optional half day excursion to discover the south-western part of the island a safari through volcanic landscapes, porcelain field, and isolated villages with dropwise agriculture and different kind of plantations. This is a beautiful experience through villages like Lagedos with an ecological tourism to explore the dry volcanic face of this extraordinary island. Return on board to depart towards Sal. Overnight at sea.

Day 8 - Palmeira, Sal

Early morning arrival at Palmeira port, Sal. Disembarkation at 9:00 am after breakfast.

The itinerary is subject to weather and operating conditions and sailing is not permitted in winds of force 7 on the Beaufort scale and above. The Company reserves the right to substitute the vessel.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board accommodation in a double or twin cabin with ensuite facilities and air conditioning
  • Overseas transfers
  • Buffet breakfast and two main meals on board daily, including Welcome Cocktail and Captain's Dinner
  • Regular filter coffee, tea and bottled water free all day
  • Use of fishing equipment (subject to availability)
  • English Speaking Cruise Coordinator

Price Does Not Include

  • Port Taxes
  • Flight tax - payable on arrival in Cape Verde
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Crew tips
  • Personal expenses
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 16th - Palmeira and back - Sailing on: Harmony G From: £1704
      Category C Twin size beds or Queen size beds Category B Twin size beds Category A Twin size beds Category P Queen size beds
      Blue Water Price from: £1704 Blue Water Price from: £2191 Blue Water Price from: £2469 Blue Water Price from: £2984
  • December
    • Dec 7th - Palmeira and back - Sailing on: Harmony G From: £1704
      Category C Twin size beds or Queen size beds Category B Twin size beds Category A Twin size beds Category P Queen size beds
      Blue Water Price from: £1704 Blue Water Price from: £2191 Blue Water Price from: £2469 Blue Water Price from: £2984
    • Dec 14th - Palmeira and back - Sailing on: Harmony G From: £1704
      Category C Twin size beds or Queen size beds Category B Twin size beds Category A Twin size beds Category P Queen size beds
      Blue Water Price from: £1704 Blue Water Price from: £2191 Blue Water Price from: £2469 Blue Water Price from: £2984
    • Dec 21st - Palmeira and back - Sailing on: Harmony G From: £1704
      Category C Twin size beds or Queen size beds Category B Twin size beds Category A Twin size beds Category P Queen size beds
      Blue Water Price from: £1704 Blue Water Price from: £2191 Blue Water Price from: £2469 Blue Water Price from: £2984
    • Dec 28th - Palmeira and back - Sailing on: Harmony G From: £1704
      Category C Twin size beds or Queen size beds Category B Twin size beds Category A Twin size beds Category P Queen size beds
      Blue Water Price from: £1704 Blue Water Price from: £2191 Blue Water Price from: £2469 Blue Water Price from: £2984

Price Information

  • Flight tax is not included and is payable on arrival in Cape Verde
  • Single supplement prices are available.
  • Port Taxes and Harbour Fees - £309pp
  • Please note prices are updated regularly from a third party price feed and may fluctuate from those shown. Please contact us for latest prices
  • Prices shown usually include all available discounts
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