Cape Verde's Islands

8 days / 7 nights
    Cape Verde's Islands

    Cruise Africa

    from 12 November 2016 to 19 November 2016
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Praia
    Arrival Port : Praia

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P121116

    At the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Africa and South America, the Cape Verde islands are proud of their mixed race heritage, a blend of cultures that makes them truly unique. Far from the main maritime routes and major tourist destinations, Cape Verde offers its authenticity and its traditions, a region with a thousand faces and a thousand landscapes.

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      Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

      Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

       

       

      Port of call & excursions

      13 November 2016 – Maio

      Praia

      Embarkation 12/11/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 13/11/2016 at 00H00 .

      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.

      13 November 2016 – Maio

      13 November 2016 – Maio

      Arrival 13/11/2016 midday. Departure 13/11/2016 late afternoon.

      Discovered in 1460 in the month of May, as its Portuguese name indicates, Maio lies east of Santiago in the Cape Verde archipelago. Vila do Maio is a peaceful port town at the south-western tip of the island and Morro, a village famed for its hand-crafted pottery is not far from there. Follow the coast road alongside deserted beaches to the fishing port of Calheta, and on to the village of Morrinho. In the interior, Figueira da Horta is worth a visit for its desert-like landscapes and unusual birdlife.

      14 November 2016 – Sao Nicolau

      14 November 2016 – Sao Nicolau

      Arrival 14/11/2016 early morning. Departure 14/11/2016.

      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メ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.

      15 November 2016 – Mindelo, Sao Vicente I.

      15 November 2016 – Mindelo, Sao Vicente I.

      Arrival 15/11/2016 early morning. Departure 15/11/2016 late evening.

      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.

      16 November 2016 – Porto Novo

      16 November 2016 – Porto Novo

      Arrival 16/11/2016 early morning. Departure 16/11/2016 early evening.

      The coastal town of Porto Novo is located on the south-east coast of Santo Antão Island. Near the jetty, colourfully painted boats lie on the sand and the waterfront boasts beautiful vantage points overlooking the Atlantic and the nearby island of São Vicente. In the town centre, built at the foot of steep escarpments, youメll discover the low-profile, painted buildings that are typical of traditional Cape Verde architecture. And youメll definitely be tempted to sample one of the many desserts made from locally grown fruit, such as a banana tart or pawpaw flan.

      17 November 2016 – Boa Vista

      17 November 2016 – Boa Vista

      Arrival 17/11/2016 late morning. Departure 17/11/2016 late afternoon.

      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. The sand dunes, oases and arid plains are generally explored aboard a 4WD vehicle to discover the lunar aspect of this small tract of land that is barely 30 kilometres in length. The ideal playground for surfers, Boa Vista is also popular with marine wildlife enthusiasts, as it offers excellent opportunities for snorkelling.

      18 November 2016 – Fogo

      18 November 2016 – Fogo

      Arrival 18/11/2016 early morning. Departure 18/11/2016 late evening.

      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.

      19 November 2016▸18 November 2016 – Praia, Santiago

      Praia

      Disembarkation 19/11/2016 at 07H00 .

      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.

      Formalities

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Cape Verde Islands: Visa required prior to the cruise. Cape Verde Island visa as well as airport assistance are included in the pre-cruise program. Guests participating in the pre-cruise program must submit their full passport details to PONANT at least 60 days prior to their cruise.

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