Gran Canaria - Tenerife - Cape Verde - Dakar - Gran Canaria (15 Days)

For those seeking sunshine and warmth during the cold winter months, this finely balanced cruise offers a relaxing yet intensive holiday, with days at sea to enjoy a wealth of on-board facilities, combined with an intriguing choice of activities available ashore.

In Tenerife, take a day trip to the highest mountain in Spain, the El Teide volcano, or head to the former capital of La Laguna, for a visit to a local bodega and tasting.

Get to know five of Cape Verde’s most beautiful islands, beginning with Santo Antão. Try some authentic “grogue” at a distillery and marvel at the rocky crags of Ribeira da Torre or experience a thrilling jeep safari across the northwest side of the island.

On São Vicente, be transported to the island’s highest point, Monte Verde, or take a tour to Cape Verde’s unofficial capital, lively Mindelo. The sandy island of Sal is home to the salt-water baths of Pedra de Lume and the “Blue Eye” lava cave of Buracona.

On Boa Vista, journey to the north of the island for the beached shipwreck of Cabo Santa Maria, or venture off-road through the Viana Desert to the stunning beach of Santa Monica and the only city on the island, Sal Rei.

Santiago brings its own unique charms, from the old town of Cidade Velha to the capital city of Praia. Here you may visit the fortress of Real de São Filipe or take a leisurely stroll around the weekly market.

On the African mainland, don’t miss the chance to experience a magical day of safari adventure in the breathtaking Bandia Nature Reserve in Senegal, or visit the tiny, car-less island of Gorée.

While on Gran Canaria, see the spectacular Bandama crater and visit a local vineyard for a tasting, or admire the Maspalomas dunes, a stunning desert nestled right beside the sea.

São Vicente
São Vicente

Boa Vista
Boa Vista

Dakar
Dakar

Highlights

  • Cape Verde in depth – extended stays from early morning to evening on five islands
  • Santo Antão, São Vicente, Sal, Boa Vista, Santiago: unspoiled nature with lush vegetation and mile-long beaches
  • Days at sea to relax and unwind
  • World of wild animals in Africa: on safari in Dakar
  • The stunning natural beauty of the Canary Islands in Tenerife and Gran Canaria

Day 1 – Arrive Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Fly from London to Las Palmas. Board Vasco da Gama.

Hike through the vineyards of Tafira up to the volcanic basin Caldera de Bandama and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view over Gran Canaria. Then let yourself be pampered with culinary delights in the picturesque city of Las Palmas and marvel at the fascinating architecture of the Canary Island.

Day 2 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife enchants with picturesque Art Nouveau architecture, colourful carnival events and the outstanding architecture of the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín". You can also explore the breathtaking national park around the highest mountain in Spain, the Teide, as well as the enchanting town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna!

Day 3-4 – At sea

A chance for you to enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer, including the open decks and swimming pool, gym & spa, restaurants, public lounges, library, theatre and so much more!

Day 5 – Porto Novo, Santo Antão, Cape Verde

Ship at anchor

Colourful fishing boats and market stalls with goat cheese and schnapps welcome you to Porto Novo on the Cape Verde island of Santo Antão! Stroll through the lively port city or discover the contrasting north of the island with its rugged mountains, spectacular views, deep gorges and dreamlike terraced fields.

Day 6 - Mindelo, Sao Vicente, Cape Verde

Stroll through the picturesque port city of Mindelo and visit small shops, the quaint fish market, charming cafés and unique museums. The magnificent district of Praça Nova with its pastel-coloured stucco villas and the beautiful city park invite you to relax in Cape Verde.

Day 7 – Palmeira, Sal, Cape Verde

Ship at anchor

Pure sun in Palmeira! The picturesque port city on the Cape Verde island of Sal, with its beautiful beaches and 350 days of sunshine a year, is a true paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun worshipers. The varied nightlife, charming bars and cute cafés invite you to enjoy culinary delights.

Day 8 – Sal Rei, Boa Vista, Cape Verde

Ship at anchor

Desert fans will be delighted! The small, colourful port town of Sal Rei ("Salt King") welcomes you with a picturesque church, a fascinating cultural centre and a varied market. Embark on a discovery tour through the unique sandy desert Deserto de Viana on the Cape Verde island of Boa Vista.

Day 9 – Praia, Santiago, Cape Verde

In the capital Praia on Santiago, European and African influences merge. Here you understand what "creole" means, in the markets you can feel the African influence of the mainland. In the Mercado Municipal your taste buds will get their money's worth: Fresh papayas, mangoes, guavas, sweet potatoes and many other exotic fruits await you on the Cape Verde island of Santiago.

Day 10 – At sea

A chance for you to enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer, including the open decks and swimming pool, gym & spa, restaurants, public lounges, library, theatre and so much more!

Day 11 –Dakar, Senegal

Strolling through the historic old town of Dakar will amaze you: Magnificent buildings from the colonial era, lively markets, an imposing cathedral and an impressive mosque. The nature of Senegal also enchants guests from all over the world: In the Bandia nature reserve you can observe rhinos, giraffes and gazelles in the wild!

Day 12 & 13 – At sea

A chance for you to enjoy everything Vasco da Gama has to offer, including the open decks and swimming pool, gym & spa, restaurants, public lounges, library, theatre and so much more!

Day 14 – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Hike through the vineyards of Tafira up to the volcanic basin Caldera de Bandama and enjoy the wonderful panoramic view over Gran Canaria. Then let yourself be pampered with culinary delights in the picturesque city of Las Palmas and marvel at the fascinating architecture of the Canary Island.

Day 15 - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Disembark for your return journey home.

Transfers abroad are not included in the package price but can booked at an extra cost. Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Dates & Pricing

05 Jan - 19 Jan 2023 / 19 Jan - 02 Feb 2023 / 02 Feb - 16 Feb 2023

Grade
Cabin Category 2023
01
Inside Cabin, Deck 4
£2,695
02
Inside Cabin front/aft, Deck 5/6/9
£3,025
03
Inside Cabin, Deck 5/6/9/10
£3,165
04
Outside Cabin with Porthole, Deck 4/5
£3,425
05
Outside Cabin with Window (partially restricted view), Deck 6
£3,465
06
Outside Cabin with Window front/aft, Deck 6
£3,615
07
Outside Cabin with Window front/aft, Deck 4
£3,705
08
Outside Cabin with Window front/aft, Deck 5/9
£3,830
09
Outside Cabin with Window, Deck 6
£4,020
10
Outside Cabin with Window and Connecting Door, Deck 4
£4,170
11
Outside Cabin with Window, Deck 4
£4,170
12
Outside Cabin with Window, Deck 5
£4,305
13
Outside Cabin with Balcony front/aft, Deck 9/10
£4,670
14
Outside Cabin with Balcony, Deck 9/10
£4,870
15
Suite with Balcony, Deck 10
£6,500
16
Penthouse Suite with Balcony, Deck 10
£9,575

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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What's Included

  • Return economy flights from London
  • All meals on board
  • Classic drinks package including wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks (Premium upgrade available at a supplement)
  • Gratuities
  • WiFi
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Guest speaker programme
  • Baggage handling and port fees
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions 
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
  • Regional flight supplements

For more information call: 01223 568907 or email: sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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