The archipelago of Cape Verde welcomes you with a mixture of African and Portugese heritage
- Vibrant Santiago
- The old capital of Cidade Velha
- Fogo Volcano
- Island tranquillity
- San Nicolau – the coffee island
- The art and culture of Mindelo
- Old Portuguese Maio
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.
Optional : Cruise & Stay
Cape Verde is in the same time zone as the UK so ideal for a quick ‘out-and-back’ escape. That said it’s well worth taking a few extra days to explore Saland, if that appeals to you, Melia Tortuga Beach is a great place place to base yourselves. We can easily add it on.
Ports of call: Praia (Santiago) - Sao Felipe (Fogo) - Tarrafal (Sao Nicolau) -Porto Novo (Santo Antao) - Mindelo (Sao Vicente) - Praia (Santiago)
The sun shines 350 days a year and temperatures range between 21°C and 29°C. The breeze blows constantly from the ocean at a relatively low average humidity of 40% to 60%.
Embarkation at 4pm at Palmeira, Sal. Dinner on board and departure at midnight to Boa Vista. Overnight at sea
Sal Rei, Boa Vista
Morning arrival at Sal Rei, Boa Vista. Here you will find some of the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago, and spectacular landscapes. Spend some time on the beach or enjoy an all-day optional excursion to look at some authentic aspects of the island: villages with picturesque house facades, ceramic artisans, and day to day agriculture. Lunch at a local restaurant, before returning on board. Overnight at sea to Praia, Santiago.
Morning arrival at Praia, Santiago. This is the largest of the islands.
Spend the morning free time at leisure and after lunch on board, the optional afternoon excursion will take you to Cidade Velha, an old colonial city and a Unesco World Heritage site, once a thriving slave trade centre. Late in the evening we will sail north towards Fogo, the fire island. Overnight at sea.
Sao Felipe, Fogo
Morning arrival Fogo, and its dominating sight of the Fogo Volcano. Your optional full day excursion will take you at the crater’s edge to the top of the volcano via the lava landscape. Lunch will be had at the crater’s village. Later, you will pay a visit to San Felipe with its colonial charm. Sail late in the evening to Sao Vicente. Overnight at sea.
Mindelo, San Vincente
Once a vibrant commercial island, Mindelo has evolved into a cultural center and remains one of the most well preserved colonial cities in Cape Verde. The optional walking excursion will allow you to visit galleries, happen upon musical events and discover busy restaurants. Overnight in port.
Sail in the early morning for a short sail towards the island of Santo Antao, the lushest of all Cape Verde Islands with verdant plantations of sugarcane alternating with old craters. Our optional full day excursion will include the luxuriant Valley Paul where you will taste the “grogue”, the trade mark drink of the Archipelago. At the Valley of Ribeira das Patas you will come across extraordinary rock formations out of lava. Dinner on board and overnight in port
Today after breakfast, there is an optional excursion on the western side of the island with arid and mountainous landscapes. Return on board to depart towards Sal. Overnight at sea.
Early morning arrival at Palmeira port, Sal. Disembarkation at 8-9 am after breakfast
M/Y Harmony G
The Harmony “G” is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 53 meter long / 7.2 meter wide Mega Yacht Harmony G was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and in 2013. It complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.
Life on board centers around the Indoor / Outdoor lounge and its American bar, on Upper Deck. The classy dining room located on Main Deck is surrounded by large windows. The spacious Sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun, read a good book or just gaze at the scenery. The swimming platform on Harmony G stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.
|Crew||16 - 18 persons|
|Cruising speed||10.00 knots|
1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds
2 Lower Beds
2 Lower Beds
The Category A cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
1 Double Bed or 2 Lower Beds
The Category P suites are located on the upper deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).
Cruise & Stay
Relax before or after the cruise by staying for 3 nights in the superb 5* Hilton hotel on the beachfront in Sal.
The Islands of the Cape VerdePRICES FOR 2018 - 2019
PRICES (£) PER PERSON
|Departure Dates||Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P|
|Monday Departures from Sal|
Cape Verde Cruise - port charges, flights and supplements
|Category C||Category B||Category A||Category P|
|Flights inc luggage from||£470|
|Transfers from Sal airport||£20|
|3rd person reduction||30/%||N/A||N/A||N/A|
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
- Full-board: American buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a Greek Night, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and still mineral water free all day.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
- English-Speaking Cruise Director
Beverages (except those mentioned above).
Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
Passenger personal expenses
Wi-Fi (available at charge)
Flights from London Gatwick via Lisbon.
ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511
Praia airport to harbour approximately 15 minutes by car.