Cape Verde and its islands

8 days / 7 nights
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    Excursions included
    Cape Verde and its islands

    Cruise Northern Europe, Africa

    from 12 April 2019 to 19 April 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Praia
    Arrival Port : Praia

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : PP1845 - P120419

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    At the crossroads of two continents, Europe and Africa, PONANT invites you to discover an itinerary rich in encounters at the heart of the Cape Verde Islands.  

    From Santiago, considered to be the most African of the islands, you will set sail aboard Le Ponant for an 8-day cruise far from the main maritime routes and crowded tourist destinations.  

    You will call at the island of São Nicolau, which will delight you with its pristine mountain landscapes, its picturesque capital, Ribeira Brava, its friendly inhabitants and its lively traditions.

    Further west, you will visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, where the famous morna singer Cesaria Evora was born.  

    You will also visit Santo Antão, an authentic island where you will find the greenest valley on the archipelago, the Paúl Valley. Here, you can enjoy the serenity of the landscapes surrounded by almost tropical vegetation.

    A gigantic volcanic cone emerging from the Ocean, Fogo or “volcano island” is the most unusual in the archipelago. With scenery of savannah and fields of sugar cane, scattered with peaceful hamlets, Fogo offers you extraordinary panoramas.

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    Highlights

    • Cidade Velha, the historic centre of Ribeira Grande (island of Santiago), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Discovering the Cape Verde archipelago and the cultural mix that exists there due to Portuguese, African and Mediterranean influences.
    • The city of Mindelo and its elegant buildings with British and Portuguese colonial influences.
    • The wild west, the small villages and the fishermen in Porto Novo.
    • The sugar cane plantations and savannah on Fogo, the volcano island.
    • The beautiful fine-sand beaches on Maio and Boa Vista.

    Excursions included

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    MARIE GALANTE

    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • Double bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • Double bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
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    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

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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 April 2019 – Maio

    Praia

    Embarkation 12/04/2019 from 20H00 to 21H00 . Departure 13/04/2019 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 April 2019 – Maio

    13 April 2019 – Maio

    Arrival 13/04/2019 midday. Departure 13/04/2019 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 April 2019 – São Nicolau

    14 April 2019 – São Nicolau

    Arrival 14/04/2019 early morning. Departure 14/04/2019 late evening.

    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 April 2019 – Mindelo

    15 April 2019 – Mindelo

    Arrival 15/04/2019 early morning. Departure 15/04/2019.

    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 April 2019 – Mindelo

    16 April 2019 – Mindelo

    Arrival 16/04/2019. Departure 16/04/2019 at night.

    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 April 2019 – Porto Novo

    16 April 2019 – Porto Novo

    Arrival 16/04/2019 early morning. Departure 16/04/2019 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 April 2019 – Boa Vista

    17 April 2019 – Boa Vista

    Arrival 17/04/2019 late morning. Departure 17/04/2019 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 April 2019 – Fogo

    18 April 2019 – Fogo

    Arrival 18/04/2019 early morning. Departure 18/04/2019 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 April 2019▸18 April 2019 – Praia

    Praia

    Disembarkation 19/04/2019 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • 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.

    On this cruise, one excursion per day, per port of call and per person is free from the selection of free tours.

    Free excursions are available for consultation under "port of call & excursions" tab from January 2018.

     

    For details, please, refer to Particular Terms and Conditions of Sale.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      12/04/2019 – Praia: discovery and traditions

      250.00 AU$ **

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    2. After your cruise

      19/04/2019 – Transfer from port to Praia airport

      60.00 AU$ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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