Christmas Expedition Cruise to Cape Verde & the Bissagos Islands

Price from $9,759

Departure date
13 days

Verdant landscapes, coral reefs and rich culture

  • 14-day expedition cruise in West Africa, from Dakar in Senegal to the mountains of Cape Verde, and the stunning Bissagos Islands.

  • Celebrate the season with spectacular wildlife encounters. Look out for rare saltwater hippos and manatees during nature safaris.

  • Join your Expedition Team to discover the cultures, landscapes and coral reefs of these West African islands and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Festive adventure

Your seasonal celebration begins in the colorful streets of Dakar. We’ll travel through two island archipelagos filled with historic sites, contrasting cultures and varied landscapes. Our final stop before returning to Dakar is Banjul in The Gambia, Africa's smallest capital city.

Island life

Explore Cape Verde’s beaches, and enjoy wildlife watching as we cruise to Santiago, Boa Vista, Santa Antão and volcanic Fogo. Spot hundreds of different bird species as well as rare saltwater hippos, manatees, turtles and more in the Bissagos UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We’ll also visit the Bijago people, with their fascinating animistic and matriarchal culture.

What's Included

Pre-Program in Dakar before the expedition cruise

Post-Program in Dakar after the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise  

Route overview

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

Welcome to Africa

Day 1

Visiting Gorée Island

Day 2

Bound for Cape Verde

Day 3

Santiago at Christmas

Day 4

Christmas on Boa Vista

Day 5

Ribeiras of Santo Antão

Day 6

Volcanic features of Fogo

Day 7

Relax and learn at sea

Day 8

Bissagos' biodiversity

Day 9–12

Africa's smallest capital

Day 13

Return to Dakar

Day 14

Ships on this expedition

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