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The Many Faces of Cape Verde

Explore the many islands of the Cape Verde archipelago on this superb luxury 7-night cruise on board Relais & Châteaux sailing ship Le Ponant

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7 nights from £6090pp

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Cape Verde Mindelo
Beautiful Varandinha Beach In Boa Vista
Praia Da Rocha Algarve
Santiago Island Beach

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Le Ponant, the first Relais & Châteaux sailing yacht, like the finest travel address on the waters of the world. On the Cape Verde Islands, formed from volcanic lava and sculpted by the power of the Atlantic' waves, you will experience the raw beauty of incomparable nature. There are of course the strains of morna coming from Mindelo. There is the history of a former Portuguese colony that still bears traces of its past and has a geographic situation that has meant many influences for this string of islands. Above all, though, Cape Verde represents an indefinable feeling of freedom.

Carried by the wind, Le Ponant will take you into a unexpected world where the elements will imbue you with new emotions. Soft music rises from Mindelo, the music of Cesária Évora, "the Barefoot Diva", who is inextricably linked to her island and her town, where she remains revered. The pastel colours of the façades and the former colonial buildings dot the Cape Verdean towns and villages that you will discover from the sea.

Aboard Le Ponant, you will enjoy the privilege of an intimate atmosphere in the hushed comfort of the ship. As your cruise unfolds, you will discover the historic city of Satildeo Filipe inexorably turned to the sea, on the island of Fogo, and you will explore Praia, the capital of Cape Verde with its diverse influences, planted with tamarind and silk trees. Wherever you go, you will be captivated by the markets with their bright colours and fragrance-filled stalls. The sky and the sea, unspoiled nature and the Cape Verdean soul will sweep you away aboard Le Ponant.

Everywhere you look, you will see surprising and larger-than-life landscapes. The highest island in the archipelago, Fogo, is like a painting featuring a palette of colours, at times emerald, at times grey, revealing old lava flows amidst lush vegetation. In Satildeo Nicolau, the steep hillsides soon rise on the horizon, while the deep valleys will welcome you to discover the dragon trees, these ancient trees with a majestic silhouette. Boa Vista offers another face of Cape Verde, with its dunes of fine sand stretching as far as the eye can see, revealing the cerulean blue of the Atlantic.

And volcanos are everywhere here, watching over the landscape, their sharp contours unveiling the power of wild nature. The changing winds will set the pace of your odyssey, freedom will surge up on the horizon, in the soft calm offered by the interior of PONANT' emblematic yacht. If you look to the sky, you will perhaps glimpse some of the many bird species that can be found in this piece of land lost in the Atlantic Ocean. You are sure to be surprised by the variety of activities during your trip, from hiking the paths of the archipelago to lazing on the bridge of the ship or on a Cape Verdean beach, to cultural discoveries and the exploration of a fascinating heritage.

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The Many Faces of Cape Verde Itinerary

Day 1 - Mindelo, São Vicente Island

Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.

Day 2 - Tarrafal, São Nicolau Island

Located south-west of São Vicente, the island of São Nicolau is a dramatic sight with steep, richly forested mountains that reach their peak at ᅠMt Gordo. Near the summit, the islandメs attractive capital, Ribeira Brava, nestles in a deep green valley. Not far off, you can hike along the mountain paths of Fajã, where you'll see rare and extremely old dragon trees growing naturally on the high plateaux. Coastal landmarks include the Blue Hole, ᅠpeaceful Tarrafal beach and the picturesque fishing village of Preguiça. 2 available excursions to this stopover.

Day 3 - Mindelo, São Vicente Island

From Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde and the hometown of the legendary Cesária Évora, you will be able to travel to the neighbouring island of Santo Antao. On the horizon, the island’s sharp contours, a result of volcanic activity in the region, rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. Long deemed impassable, Santo Antao has been partially tamed by man who successfully adapted to the mountain chain that crosses it, in particular by establishing terraced farming there. This unique form of agriculture gives the island an extraordinary beauty which blends in with its wild nature, at times lush, at times mineral. With its deep valleys and jagged peaks, the territory offers stunning panoramas that promise unforgettable memories. 2 available excursions to this stopover

Day 4 - Sal Rei, Boa Vista Island

The third largest island in the Cape Verde archipelago, Boa Vista offers visitors stunning white-sand beaches and emerald water. Dubbed “the sand dune island”, it is particularly well-known for its wild, desert landscapes that are windswept all year round. Sand dunes, oases and arid plains form the landscape of this small stretch of land that is barely 30 km (20 miles) long. Make the most of your stop here by experiencing the joy of swimming amid abundant marine life. 2 available excursions to this stopover

Day 5 - Praia, Santiago Island

The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities. 2 available excursions to this stopover

Day 6 - Vila do Maio, Maio Island

Discovered in 1460 in the month of May, as its Portuguese name indicates, Maio lies east of Santiago in the Cape Verde archipelago. At the southwestern end of the island, you will discover the city of Porto Inglês, also known as Vila do Maio, where the pastel houses nestle against rounded hillsides. This port city played a pivotal role in the export of salt by the English in the 17th century. Overlooking the city, the fortress built in the 18th century as protection against pirate attacks still bears traces of its turbulent past. The long beaches of white sand that edge the island are now an invitation to enjoy the peace and serenity. 1 available excursion to this stopover

Day 7 - Sao Filipe, Fogo Island

Lying west of Praia, the volcanic island of Fogo is Cape Verde's highest landmark. The foothills of Pico de Fogo are ideal for hiking, with an immense caldera surrounding the active crater. Trails start at the little town of Chã das Caldeiras and you can see recent lava flows and older ones sprouting with new growth. Along the rocky coastline you'll come across picturesque Mosteiros and the historic town of São Filipe, where elegant colonial houses overlook the Atlantic. 1 available excursion to this stopover

Day 8 - Mindelo, São Vicente Island

Set on the shores of the Porto Grande bay on the north-west coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde's cultural capital. Here in singer Cesaria Evora's homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip the local grog, a Cape Verdian sugarcane spirit. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d'água you'll see the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor's Palace and the busy municipal market.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive yacht cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Use of ship's watersports equipment where possible
  • 24 hour room service
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 8th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6670
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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    • Nov 15th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6670
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6670 Blue Water Price from: £7660 Blue Water Price from: £10110 Blue Water Price from: £9780 Blue Water Price from: £8980 Blue Water Price from: £9650 Blue Water Price from: £10970 Blue Water Price from: £14420
    • Nov 22nd - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6300
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6300 Blue Water Price from: £7230 Blue Water Price from: £9540 Blue Water Price from: £9230 Blue Water Price from: £8470 Blue Water Price from: £9100 Blue Water Price from: £10350 Blue Water Price from: £13590
    • Nov 29th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6670
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6670 Blue Water Price from: £7660 Blue Water Price from: £10110 Blue Water Price from: £9780 Blue Water Price from: £8980 Blue Water Price from: £9650 Blue Water Price from: £10970 Blue Water Price from: £16920 Blue Water Price from: £14420
  • December
    • Dec 6th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6300
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6300 Blue Water Price from: £7230 Blue Water Price from: £9540 Blue Water Price from: £9230 Blue Water Price from: £8470 Blue Water Price from: £9100 Blue Water Price from: £10350 Blue Water Price from: £13590
    • Dec 13th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6300
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6300 Blue Water Price from: £7230 Blue Water Price from: £9540 Blue Water Price from: £9230 Blue Water Price from: £8470 Blue Water Price from: £9100 Blue Water Price from: £10350 Blue Water Price from: £13590
    • Dec 20th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6670
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6670 Blue Water Price from: £7660 Blue Water Price from: £10110 Blue Water Price from: £9780 Blue Water Price from: £8980 Blue Water Price from: £9650 Blue Water Price from: £10970 Blue Water Price from: £14420
    • Dec 27th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £7800
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 1st - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6090
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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    • Nov 8th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6090
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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    • Nov 15th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6090
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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    • Nov 22nd - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6510
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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    • Nov 29th - Mindelo, São Vicente Island and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6090
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £6090 Blue Water Price from: £6390 Blue Water Price from: £9520 Blue Water Price from: £9400 Blue Water Price from: £8190 Blue Water Price from: £8800 Blue Water Price from: £11200 Blue Water Price from: £13120

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