Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean Cruises
(Cape Verde Cruise)
Set sail from the remote shores of Funchal, Madeira, as you sail south off the coast of Africa to discover the most beautiful range of islands in the Atlantic – seemingly forgotten by the outside world. Cape Verde reveals a landscape of fascinating contrasts: fine beaches, rugged volcanic craters, barren wastelands, lush woodlands – enriched by the cultural treasures of colonial times and characterized by African joie de vivre. This expedition cruise is an insider’s tip for active explorers in search of unspoiled originality.
Cruise Departure Dates (2014):
Enjoy a private airport transfer in a chauffeur driven vehicle between the airport and your accommodation.
Pestana Bay has a magnificent view over the Atlantic Ocean and direct access to the beach. The Pestana Bay is one of the best situated hotels in Madeira. Sitting over Praia Formosa, which is considered by many as one of the best beaches in Madeira, the hotel has a panoramic view of the mountain slope rising above Câmara de Lobos. Pestana Bay provides free transport service to Funchal town, where there are dozens of bars and restaurants. The air-conditioned rooms at Pestana Bay include furnished balconies with ocean views and well-equipped kitchenettes. All rooms include cable TVs and a colourful bathroom with shower and bath. This hotel was named as the only Portuguese hotel group in the European Top 50, and has received the Environmental Quality Certificate.
Enjoy a private vehicle and driver to chauffeur you on your full day tour of Camacha, Pico do Areiro, Ribeiro Frio, Santana and Machico. Visit Camacha, home to the famous wickerwork warehouse and see the breathtaking Pico do Arieiro, which is at 1810 metres above sea level the second highest summit on the island. Continue on to Ribeiro Frio and the notable trout hatchery, and venture to Santana, home of the ‘A’ framed cottages. Later in the day, follow the stunning north coast, visiting Porto da Cruz, Portela and its dramatic mountain views, and Machico where the explorers first landed. This tour does not include any entrance fees.
Enjoy a tour tour through Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras and Monte with a private driver and vehicle for a half day. Your driver will pick you up at your hotel and chauffeur you to Pico dos Barcelos for a superb view of Funchal. You will wind your way up the mountain to the Eira do Serrado lookout, with a superb view over the village of Curral das Freiras. From here you will travel through the hills to Monte, the delightful picturesque village situated above Funchal, famed for its beautiful Church, pretty public gardens and a Toboggan run. Those who wish may be whisked down the 2 kilometers run in this unique and infamous form of transport. Rounding off this delightful excursion is a visit to a local embroidery producer and where there will be time for a little wine tasting. This tour does not include any entrance fees.
Meet your taxi driver for a private port transfer.
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail this evening.
The M/S Hanseatic allows you to enjoy all the amenities in the world while thousands of kilometres away from home. First-class service, exquisite culinary delights and individual space are a matter of course on the Hanseatic – it is the personal atmosphere, however, that makes your stay on board so very special. Thanks to the generous cabins and suites, the ship’s sophisticated furnishings and the experienced crew, every guest simply feels comfortable. Especially in the most remote parts of Earth. For example during the circumnavigation in the Sea of Okhotsk, an unpopulated region in which the Zodiacs take you as close to the miracles of nature as possible. Or on an expedition to Antarctica, which is virtually conceived for the Hanseatic, with the highest ice class for passenger ships (E4). Whether in Alaska on the legendary Inside Passage or on an inspiring “Knowledge Expedition“ in Asia – aboard the world’s only expedition ship with 5 stars*, a maximum of 184 guests experience a unique combination of genuine adventure and extraordinary sophistication.
With your expedition ship and her Zodiacs, you will be able to explore unknown islands in intense detail. With a panoramic setting reminiscent of a giant amphitheater, you are greeted by the huge volcanic crater that borders the Canary Island harbor town of Santa Cruz on La Palma.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):Those who are hungry for adventure can explore the mountain world of La Palma on four wheels. Go off-road on the Buggy Adventure group excursion – active along mostly unpaved routes right into the mountain world of Brena Alta and Brena Baja.
Today is a full day spent relaxingly at sea. This is an exceptional opportunity to socialize with your fellow cruise mates, or to enjoy the facilities of your ship.
Another full day at sea, as you sail onward toward your first sight of the island nation Cape Verde.
On the archipelago’s most sun-drenched island, Sal, there is a paradise to explore, extending from the charms of a barren wasteland to the magic of an underwater world.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):If interested, you'll have an opportunity to join a catamaran trip with snorkeling, where you can marvel at the vivid corals and turtles.
Untouched and spectacular – a good way to describe the island of Sao Nicolau, your stop for today.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):The small fishing village of Tarrafal on Sao Nicolao with its black sandy beach is the picturesque departure point for the optional group hike to Cachaco, offering breathtaking views of the Monte Gordo which you will never forget. Breathe in the air of solitude for which some of the Cape Verde islands are famous as you visit Preguica, a tiny village the world has all but forgotten.
By contrast to your experience on Sao Nicolao, Mindelo on Sao Vicente pulsates with life.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):Immerse yourself in the melting pot of cultures between the harbor, African market, and the old town on a guided group walking tour.
Let the raw charm of Porto Novo on Santo Antao amaze you – the island of mountains, wind and water.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):Join a group discovery hike on the trail of a sugar cane, one of the crops of the island.
Peace also abounds in Sal Rei on Boa Vista with its enchanting, colourful house facades in colonial style.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):The Pristine Boa Vista group excursion tours the northern part of the island en route for Espingueira – the electricity in this pioneering fishing village is generated entirely from the energy of the sun and wind.
Arriving in Brava, you are welcomed by the most flower-covered island in Cape Verde. Furna, its harbor, was constructed in a flooded volcanic crater, protected by high walls of rock.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):Spectacular vistas over landscapes and the sea are guaranteed on a group hike in the Faja de Agua, constantly revealing fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Delightful, impressive, colonial – just some of the words to describe Ponta de Vale de Cavaleiros on the volcanic island of Fogo.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing):A group island tour with hike in the caldera will take you up as high as 1,600 meters and to a stimulating wine tasting.
At the easternmost point of the archipelago, remote and sleepy, lies Maio. The island’s kilometer-long beach invites you to relax and go for a swim before you head for Santiago, the biggest of the Cape Verde islands
In Praia on Santiago Island, monuments from glorious seafaring times and city districts with urban flair await you. Here you can give free rein to your spirit of exploration.
Optional Shore Excursion (not included in pricing): A group excursion of the Impressions of Praia and Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take you on the trail of the Portuguese colonial era.
Today is a full day spent relaxingly at sea, as your voyage nears its conclusion. Enjoy the company of your fellow cruisemates, or simply settle in to a good book. The day is yours.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship, and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Port transfer with private vehicle and guide.
Visit of the Baobab forest of Sindia, the Wolof and Fulani villages. Upon arrival at Ndangane on the Saloum Delta River, you will board motor-canoes and will start the visit of the islands in a beautiful wild nature between ocean and sky: visit of the Niominka fishermen villages, visit of the island of Dionewar and its picturesque Mosque, meet the inhabitants, the chief of the village and the Imam. Visit of the village of Mar Lodj inhabited by 1500 people essentially farmers, cattle breeders and fishermen. Some of them are catholic, others Muslim. Also meet with the women of the village, around the Sacred Wood and discover the ancient drum of the village which has been and is still used to communicate with other villages.
King Fahad Palace sits proudly on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in the capital of Senegal. Surrounded by 35 hectares of luxuriant green foliage, it offers a beautiful setting for guests, with breathtaking views of the sea and easy access to water sports, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis. Comprising 374 rooms and suites, the large atrium in the centre of the property gives a sense of spaciousness that is reflected in the rooms. The decor within the rooms varies from lush, muted tones to a natural colour palate. There is a restaurant that overlooks the ocean, as well as a bar lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, steam bath, fitness centre, 9-hole golf course, 4 floodlit tennis courts, night club, hairdresser and gift shops that are all located on the property.
A full day trip to the area called la Petite Côte around 60 miles south of Dakar. After passing through the suburb Rufisque and small villages surrounded by Baobab forests all along the road, you will arrive at Mbour. Visit the local market, and then drive on to Joal, an old colonial spot discovered by the Portuguese during the 15th century, and still a very important center in the region and the birthplace of President Leopold Sedar Senghor. A short tour by pirogue to the island of Fadiouth, famous for its Oyster-banks and sea-shell cemetery. Lunch in a restaurant close to the beach, afternoon free swimming and sunbathing.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and guide.
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