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Undiscovered Cape Verde

The Cape Verde Islands offer a unique blend of African and Portuguese culture. We visit three geologically younger islands with their breath-taking natural scenery and where the way of life remains relatively untouched.

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Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore Cape Verde’s immense canyons and fertile valleys, ‘ribeiras’.
  • Stunning island and mountain views, plus ferry to Santo Antão.
  • Savour the blend of African and Portuguese culture, music and cuisine.
  • Discover Cidade Velha, the earliest colonial city – now a UNESCO world heritage centre.
  • Local guide throughout for the local flavour and expert knowledge.
  • Discover three of Cape Verde’s most dramatic islands

Cape Verde offers beautiful landscapes, deep blue seas, exceptional walking and a warm, sincere welcome. Bring your sense of adventure and pioneering spirit for a truly memorable guided experience. 

Tourism is still in its infancy here, with most of the development in the eastern islands. Instead, we head for the geologically younger, more rugged islands where walking is superb, and the way of life remains largely untouched. This is a destination which allows us to step back in time to when life was simpler, away from the hustle and bustle. As a result, facilities are at times more limited, hence the pioneer rating.

Our introduction to this archipelago is with the largest, and most diverse, island of Santiago. Here we first stay on the southern coast at Cidade Velha, before progressing to Rui Vaz in the mountains; here we observe life in the country’s interior. We then continue to the island of Sao Vicente where we explore Cape Verde’s cultural capital, the fascinating city of Mindelo, famous for its carnaval and where we’ll be able to see reminders of its British historical connections, plus enjoy a beach walk.

To reach Santo Antão, the westernmost island in the archipelago, we take a ferry and spend several days exploring the amazing network of ancient cobbled pathways of this walkers’ paradise. Views offered are amongst some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, with high sheer cliffs, deep valleys and ravines. Here we hit the trails to truly appreciate the stunning scenery. A day’s walking through the ribeiras on Santo Antao rewards us with stunning vistas over jagged volcanic mountain ranges, deep gorges and the wild sea. 

We return to Sao Vicente for one night before returning to the UK.

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Praia return Sao Vicente to Heathrow via Lisbon both ways (TAP Portugal)
  • Inter-island flight and ferries
  • Airport/Port transfers
  • En suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Dinners taken at hotels and at local restaurants
  • Local English speaking guide throughout
  • All local transport costs.
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

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