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The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic
30 Mar - 7 Apr
8 Nights
7 Ports
Ponant & National Geographic Expeditions

The Essential Cape Verde & Bijagos - with National Geographic

30 March - 7 April 2021
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

8 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

7 Ports

30 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.

31 March - 1 April

Cape Verde: Mindelo

2 April

Cape Verde: Boa Vista

3 April

At sea

4 April

Guinea-Bissau: Caravela Island (Bijagos)

5 April

Guinea-Bissau: Orango Island (Bijagos)

6 April

Guinea-Bissau: Caravela Island (Bijagos)

7 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.

Don't miss

If you have time, take the ferry across to Île de Gorée – at first sight, a beautiful historic town, which will help bring alive the terrible history of three hundred years of slave trading.

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
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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

30 March - 7 April 2021
Call us for prices - you'll never pay more than the price advertised by the cruise line

Duration

8 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

7 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant & National Geographic Expeditions

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