The Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

The Islands of the Cape Verde Archipelago

Explore the archipelago of Cape Verde with its intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and its welcoming locals. Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the Cape 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 Facts

Category C:
From $ 1990 To $ 1990
Category B:
From $ 2290 To $ 2290
Category A:
From $ 2790 To $ 2790
Port Charges: $ 280
Single Supplement: 50%
3rd Person Reduction (in Cat. Β only): 30%

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 : Praia/San Tiago
Embarkation at 4pm. San Tiago and its capital Praia is the largest and most populated island of the Cape Verde Archipelago. Overnight in port.
Day 2 : Praia/San Tiago
San Tiago is the most African of all the islands of Cape Verde and the first island where settlers came. After a morning at leisure and lunch on board, the optional afternoon excursion will bring us 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. Late in the evening we will sail North to Fogo. Overnight at sea.
Day 3 : Sao Filipe/Fogo
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. 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 San Nikolau. Overnight at sea.
Day 4 : Tarrafal, San Nicolau
Morning arrival in San Nikolau, a peaceful island with dozens of coffee plantations and friendly residents. Our optional full day tour of the island will include 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. Late in the evening, we sail to San Antao. Overnight at sea.
Day 5 : Porto Novo/San Antao - Mindelo/Sao Vincente
Morning arrival in San Antao, the greenest of all Cape Verde islands. The 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. In the evening we sail to Mindelo on the island of San Vincente just an hour sailing from San Antao. In the evening we sail into Mindelo where you will have the opportunity to enjoy Mindelo's famous nightlife and possibly a musical event. Overnight in port.
Day 6 : Mindelo/San Vincente
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 Handycrafts is located in Mindelo. Overnight at sea to Maio.
Day 7 : Maio
Arrival at noon in Maio a calm and relaxed community. Maio landscapes are flat, probably due to erosion over the years. Our walking tour of the city of Vila do Maio will include a visit to the huge Baroque church built by the Portuguese some centuries back. Afternoon excursion. Overnight in port.
Day 8 : Maio - Praia/Sao Tiago
Morning sailing to Praia/San Tiago island. Arrival at 09:00. Disembarkation.

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Category B:
Category A:
Port Charges:
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$ 1990
$ 2290
$ 2790
$ 280
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We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasus sailing on 16th April. The fact that there were only 12 passengers instead of a maximum of 44 meant we were treated like royalty. Good mix of Brits and continentals and everyone got on well. We had a class A cabin which was comfortable and a reasonable size but as this is not the most modern ship the bathroom is quite small and the fittings are a little dated. The food however was very good throughout with decent choice and the fresh fish served was excellent. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and Markos who was in charge of Hotel operations. Enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin and Aride islands particularly,which are basically nature reserves with no other facilities .For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. The optional excursion to Vallee de Mai on Praslin was enjoyable and informative. There were several excellent snorkelling trips using the zodiacs and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! So to summarise, thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations. As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last since we particularly enjoy small ship cruising and they have an interesting schedule of similar cruises!
Recently (April 2016) cruise in the Seychelles which was magnificent. Everything you want from a good holiday, plenty to see, beautiful locations and beaches, fauna and flora. The boat Pegosos was wonderful, very comfortable and a fabulous crew that looked after everything. It truly is a luxury experience. Other guests were a lot of fun and the ship is small enough to make it feel like a private charter. The Excursion guide was very good and made sure we didn't miss anything. So happy to see the Tortoises on some of the Island stops, a very good way to see the Seychelles -- highly recommended and very good value. Food was excellent and lovely BBQs on the beach. Take my advice and go!
Pegus Seychelles. We had a fantastic holiday and a big thank you to Variety Cruises. We found all the staff without exception very helpful ,accommodating, entertaining and great fun which made the experience all the more enjoyable. Would definitely recommend this holiday.