Macaronesia & Bissagos Islands

Grand Expedition Cruise from Dakar to Lisbon (Northbound)

Price from $10,531

Departure date
22 days

Cruise Overview

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

Flavors of African culture

Your grand expedition cruise starts in Dakar, the buzzing capital of Senegal and the most vibrant, affluent, and influential city in West Africa. We’ll then visit nearby Île de Gorée and sail to the Bissagos Islands, where you’ll meet the fascinating Bijagós people, who have retained their ancestral way of life.

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 Boa Vista, Santiago, Fogo, and Santo Antão.

Sandy beaches and stunning nature

You’ll be awed by the natural beauty of the Canary Islands as you explore El Hierro, La Gomera, and La Palma. We’ll then sail to the verdant landscapes of Madeira and the picturesque beaches and wildlife of Porto Santo. Your expedition cruise ends in Lisbon, one of southern Europe's most enchanting cities.


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

Welcome to Africa

Day 1

Visiting Île de Gorée

Day 2

Bissagos expedition

Day 3-6

Bound for Cape Verde

Day 7

A piece of the Sahara

Day 7

Diverse Santiago

Day 9

Volcanic Fogo

Day 10

Rugged Santo Antão

Day 11

Canary Islands Bound

Day 12-14

Remote El Hierro

Day 15

Unspoiled La Gomera

Day 16

La Palma, the pretty isle

Day 17

Timanfaya National Park

Day 18

Verdant Madeira

Day 19

Sands of Porto Santo

Day 20

Relax and reflect

Day 21

Enchanting Lisbon

Day 22

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 21-day expedition cruise.

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

Onboard activities

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

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice 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

Transfers before the Expedition cruise

  • Transfer from Dakar airport to the ship on day of embarkation  

Pre-Program in Dakar before the expedition cruise

  • Overnight at a hotel in Dakar, including lunch and breakfast   
  • Full day tour to Île de Gorée, including lunch   
  • Transfer to the ship  

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

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