The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic
25 Mar - 1 Apr
7 Nights
6 Ports
Ponant

The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic

25 March - 1 April 2020
From £3,028 pp

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant

25 March

Setting sail from Praia

Praia is the capital of Cape Verde, set on the south coast of the verdant and volcanic Santiago island. This is the largest island in the archipelago, and almost half of Cape Verde's population lives here. In the city itself you'll find a scattering of attractive Portuguese colonial architecture around the Praca Alexandre Albuquerque, while the lively fruit and vegetable market on Avenida 5 de Julio will give you a taste of local life at street level. The UNESCO-listed former capital, Cidade Velha, is only a 10-mile drive from Praia, and well worth a visit if you've got time.

26 March

Cape Verde: Fogo

27 March

Cape Verde: Boa Vista

28 March

At sea

29 March

Guinea-Bissau: Carache Island (Bijagos)

30-31 March

Guinea-Bissau: Caravela Island (Bijagos)

1 April

Arriving in Dakar

The busy, dusty streets of Senegal's capital Dakar are filled with life and colour, noises, smells and local music. The city extends over the Cap Vert peninsula - as the name suggests, it is a former French colony, and the distinctive atmosphere still has traces of the French influence. You can get a great view of the flat peninsula and ocean beyond from Les Mamelles (The Breasts), two small and appropriately shaped hills. The people here are friendly and helpful, so expect a warm welcome - but watch out for the usual hustles and scams of a busy city.

Our tip

For a brief respite from the heat and bustle, go to the Institut Francais in the centre of town. We find it a bit of a haven; lovely gardens to enjoy over a coffee.

The Ship

Your home from home

Ponant Cruises - Le Lyrial
Ponant - Le Lyrial stateroom
Ponant - Le Lyrial pool

Sleek and stylish, Le Boréal, Le Soléal, L'Austral and Le Lyrial are wonderful small ships that blend luxury and intimacy with a discreet elegance and tasteful décor.

What we love

These chic sisters are amongst the most stylish ships at sea, with muted natural tones, minimalist interiors and playful splashes of colour. The accommodation is flexible, with the option to combine staterooms and create expansive suites, while the restaurants deliver the sort of outstanding gastronomic experience that you would expect from a French flag cruise line.

Capacity 264 Guests
Crew 140 Staff
Style Refined with a wonderful mix of a modern super yacht and nautical tradition, all with a French flair.
Inclusions
  • All meals in all venues
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All soft drinks
  • Tea, coffee and pastries
  • All onboard entertainment
  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Centre
  • Expedition by zodiac on selected sailings
  • Complimentary WiFi
More about L'Austral

Tailor-make your trip

Ways to make it better
Radisson Blu Dakar, Senegal

Where to stay in Dakar

The comfortable Radisson Blu is probably the best choice.

Lake Retba, Senegal

Sightseeing in Senegal

Outside Dakar lies the beautiful Pink Lake – Lake Retba. Its high salt content attracts a bacteria which creates the colour.

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The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic

25 March - 1 April 2020
From £3,028 pp

Duration

7 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

6 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant

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Who we are

Mundy Adventures is the intrepid little brother of Mundy Cruising plc, the UK's very first cruise specialist, and one of the leading companies in its field.
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