West African Archipelago Expedition

Cape Verde & Bissagos Island Cruise


Departure date
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Duration
13 days

Discover wonderful wildlife and culture on this West African adventure

  • 13-day West Africa expedition cruise, experiencing the incredible biodiversity of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Cape Verde and the Bissagos Islands.

  • Travel to Santiago, Gambia and Fogo, encountering spectacular wildlife like saltwater hippos during nature safaris on these stunning archipelagos.

  • Discover the cultures and wildlife of West Africa’s islands with your Expedition Team, visiting the volcanoes, rainforests, and reefs of Cape Verde.

UNESCO wonders

Visit the lush Bissagos Islands, known for its wonderful variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. See fascinating marine mammals, turtles and rare birdlife on an expedition cruise to Cape Verde's islands and coral reefs.

Cultural flavours of Africa

Experience the colourful streets of Dakar in Senegal and travel to Gambia, where you'll enjoy the laidback atmosphere of Africa's smallest capital Banjul. Explore island culture as we travel to Santiago and lively Praia, and discover the traditions of the matriarchal Bijagos people.

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 12-day expedition cruise.

Flights

  • Return flights in economy class from London Heathrow to Dakar including all taxes. Flights from other airports in the UK are on request

Transfers

  • Transfers from airport to ship and from hotel to airport in Dakar

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, sun deck and lounge chairs, panoramic sauna, and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

Post-Programme in Dakar after the cruise

  • Dakar City Tour, day room at hotel in Dakar, including lunch

What's not included

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Delightful Dakar

Day 1

En route to Cape Verde

Day 2

Santiago, Cape Verde

Day 3

Volcanic Fogo

Day 4

Ribeiras of Santo Antão

Day 5

Birds of Boa Vista

Day 6

A day of discovery at sea

Day 7

Bissagos' biodiversity

Day 8-11

The Gambia's tiny capital

Day 12

Return to Dakar

Day 13

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages