Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean
(Cape Verde Cruise)
Explore the archipelago of Cabo Verde by cruise, with its intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and its welcoming locals. Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the Cabo Verde Islands of today offer a spellbinding blend of African and Portuguese influences in their architecture, food, customs and traditions. Being blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the archipelago offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills and jungles to explore, to volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. This cruise holiday will open up for you a vibrant and colorful world, all set to the gentle rhythms of West African music.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Nov 23 & 30 (2014), Mar 24 (2015)
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. You'll overnight in port this evening.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The latest addition to the Variety Cruises fleet, the Harmony V, is a 183 ½ foot-wide Megayacht and was launched in July 2009. The 25 cabins are located on the Main deck (9 cabins) and on the Upper Deck (16 cabins). The boat complies with EUROSOLAS safety regulations, ISPS (International Ships Port Safety Code) ISM, (International Safety Management), while its powerful engines, generators and state of the art twin stabilizers will allow for safe and comfortable cruising. Enjoy a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of the Classical Greece. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.
San Tiago is the most African of all the islands of Cape Verde and the first island where settlers came. Late in the evening your ship will sail North to Fogo. Overnight at sea.
Optional Excursion (not included):After a morning at leisure and lunch on board, an optional afternoon excursion will take interested guests 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.Speak with your travel consultant to make arrangements for this (or any) optional excursion.
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. Late in the evening you will sail to San Nikolau. Overnight at sea.Optional Excursion (not included):An optional full day excursion takes interested guests to 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. You will also visit the city San Felipe with a characteristic colonial charm.
Morning arrival to San Nikolau, a peaceful island with dozens of coffee plantations and friendly residents. Late in the evening, you sail to San Antao. Overnight at sea.Optional Excursion (not included):An optional full day excursion take interested guests on a tour of the island, including 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 seminar.
Morning arrival in San Antao, the greenest of all Cape Verde islands. The landscapes of verdant plantations of sugarcane alternate old craters. In the evening you'll sail into Mindelo where you will have the opportunity to enjoy Mindelo's famous nightlife and possibly a musical event. Overnight in port.Optional Excursion (not included):
An 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.
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. Overnight at sea to Maio.Optional Excursion (not included):
An 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 Handycrafts is located in Mindelo.
Arrival at noon in Maio, a calm and relaxed community. Maio landscapes are flat, probably due to erosion over the years. Overnight in port.Optional Excursion (not included):
An optional afternoon walking tour of the city of Vila do Maio will include city highlights, and a visit to the huge Baroque church built by the Portuguese some centuries back.
Arrival back to Praia this morning where you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.
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