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Macaronesia & Bissagos Islands

Grand Expedition Cruise from Lisbon to Dakar (Southbound)

Price from $9,705

Departure date
21 days

Cruise Overview

21-day expedition cruise from Lisbon to Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, the Bissagos Islands and Senegal

21-day expedition cruise from Lisbon to Madeira, the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, the Bissagos Islands, and Senegal

Sandy beaches and beautiful nature

From Lisbon, we’ll take in the picturesque beaches and scenery of Porto Santo before sailing on to Madeira to admire its verdant landscapes. We’ll then head to the beautiful Canary Islands, making stops in La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro.

Island life

Scan for hundreds of different bird species and rare saltwater hippos, manatees, turtles, and more in the Bissagos UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Discover Cape Verde’s culture, fascinating geology and volcanic landscapes when we visit Santiago, Fogo, and Santo Antão.

Flavors of African culture

Your expedition cruise ends in Dakar, the buzzing capital of Senegal and the most vibrant, affluent, and influential city in West Africa. After you disembark MS Spitsbergen, we’ll take you on an included city tour to explore.

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(2-15 years)

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

Enchanting Lisbon

Day 1

Timanfaya National Park

Day 2

Sands of Porto Santo

Day 3

Verdant Madeira

Day 4

Canary Islands Bound 

Day 5

La Palma, the pretty isle

Day 6

Unspoiled La Gomera

Day 7

Remote El Hierro

Day 8

Bound for Cape Verde

Day 9-11

Rugged Santo Antão

Day 12

Volcanic Fogo

Day 13

Diverse Santiago

Day 14

A day of relaxation at sea

Day 16

Bissagos expedition

Day 17-20

Delightful Dakar

Day 21

What's included

expedition cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities
  • †Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel, and streaming is not supported.
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all the equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you

onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team.
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment.
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our professional onboard photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs out on deck, panoramic sauna and gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Please make sure you meet all vaccination requirements (global health insurance recommended) 
  • No gratuities are expected

Post-Programme in Dakar after the cruise

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

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Special offers

Expedition exclusive cost savings and rare opportunities.

* Certain offers may not be combinable, up to two savings opportunities except where noted otherwise

Excursions & Activities

Learn more about what you can experience when going with us

Pre-post programs

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