Overview

With three nights on each island, our Best of Cape Verde holiday lets you discover the best of the Cape Verde archipelago on this island hopping trip. Visit Cidade Velha on Santiago, the oldest settlement of the archipelago, and go star gazing at night at Cha das Caldeiras on Fogo.

Explore the desert-like landscape of Sao Vicente by going off road in a Jeep and visit a grogue distillery on Santo Antao, where they make the popular sugar-cane based spirit, and walk through the sugar cane, breadfruit, papaya and banana plantations of Paul Valley.

Sal, at the end of your Best of Cape Verde holiday, has beautiful beaches to relax on, but is also ideal when you are a keen windsurfer or diver, or if you want have a go at kite surfing.



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Itinerary

Depart Heathrow and fly via Lisbon to Santiago in Cape Verde. On arrival transfer to the Hotel Oasis Praia Mar where you stay for 3 nights.
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your English speaking guide and drive to the oldest settlement in Cape Verde - Cidade Velha. Here the guide will take you on a historical stroll to Rua Banana, the Nossa Senhora do Rosario church and the Pelourinho (pillory). you may also wish to visit the fort which overlooks the bay. On the way back, you will be shown bustling Praia and the colourful Sukopira market.
Another busy day, when your guide takes you on an in-depth tour of the island. This includes visits to Assomada market and the Serra Malagueta Natural Park (with an optional short walk). Don't forget your swimming gear as you have the opportunity for a short swim at Tarrafal. Lunch is included.
Transfer to the airport and fly to Fogo, on arrival transfer to the Colonial Guesthouse in Sao Filipe where you will stay for three nights. In the afternoon you could explore the pretty town with its pastel coloured houses and Sobrado (building from the Portuguese colonial era) architecture, along cobbled roads.
Your guide will pick you up again from your hotel and you be going on a full day tour to the imposing Cha das Caldeiras. You can go for a short hike on the Bordeira with magnificent views of the crater below or you can go for a short walk in the crater along the lava fields. Lunch is included today.
After breakfast, you will be picked up again by your guide and this time you will go on a full day tour of the rest of the island. You will visit Cova Figueira, Mosteiros and Salinas before you head back again to Sao Filipe. Lunch is included today.
Transfer to the airport and fly via Santiago to Sao Vicente, where on arrival you will be transferred to Kira's boutique hotel where you stay for 3 nights. The hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants and the harbour. In the evening you could listen to live music in a nearby bar or restaurant.
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide who will take you on a guided walk of Mindelo. During this three hour stroll, which takes around three hours, you will visit the best sights in Mindelo like the fish market, the harbour, the old customs house, Estrela square with the permanent market stalls, the town hall and the presidential palace. Right at the end you will also visit a guitar making workshop. The rest of the day is free.
Be prepared for an exhilarating day. This included full day off-road jeep tour is a great way to see parts of the island you wouldn't be able to see in a normal car. You will be visiting Palha Carga, Calhau, Sandy Beach, Praia Grande, Baia Norte, Baia das Gatas and Monte Verde. Lunch is included
After an early breakfast, transfer to the ferry port for your one hour ferry crossing to Santo Antao. On arrival, your guide will accompany you on a guided trip of the island. The road is said to be one of the most spectacular on the archipelago and there will be plenty photo stops to document it. There is also the opportunity to go on a short walk to the picturesque village of Fontainhas. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at Pedracin Village, where you stay for 3 nights. Picnic is included.
Today, visit Paul Valley. The greenest valley of Cape Verde is surrounded by towering cliffs and here you'll walk on ancient mule tracks and cobbled roads along the stunning tropic vegetation consisting of sugar cane, mango and dragon trees. Depending on the time of the year, you will also visit a grogue distillery. Picnic is included.
This is a free day and return transfers to the seaside town of Ponta do Sol are included - so you can spend some time in this fishing town.
Early morning transfer the ferry port for your crossing back to Sao Vicente. Depending on the flight to Sal, you have some free time in Mindelo before it's time for your transfer to the airport. On arrival transfer to the Morabeza where you stay for two nights.
You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09.30 for a half day sailing trip. Drinks and appetisers are included. Don't forget your swimming wear and you may spot some dolphins as well.
Free time until it's time for your transfer to the airport. Fly home via Lisbon.

Price Per Person

We can create a tailor-made holiday to suit your budget.

From £2319 per person

INCLUDED: International flights (guide price only), accommodation in twin share, en-suite rooms on a breakfast only basis throughout, dinner is included at Pedracin. Return airport transfers on Santiago, Fogo, Sao Vicente and Sal. Inter-island flights per person Santiago/Fogo/Santiago/Sao Vicente/Sal. 8 x guided excursions as detailed in the itinerary. Visas and support from our team in Cape Verde, and air ticket reconfirmation (if required). EXCLUDED: Meals not specified above and insurance. Additional excursions on free days.

Accommodation

The combination of accommodation we choose for your trip is part of the key to an unforgettable holiday. Throughout your trip you will be staying in some of the most amazing places. From a traditional Sobrado style guest house to a family run boutique hotel and a hidden resort nestled in the mountains - each island has some great accommodation choices and the hotels on this trip have been specially selected for you. All the accommodation will be on B&B basis.

Activities

This 'Best of Cape Verde' holiday includes a fantastic range of activities. Full day guided tours on each island by car and walking tours on foot at Cidade Velha and Mindelo, all accompanied by an English speaking guide.

Location

An in-depth trip, visiting five islands and offering the best sights each island has to offer.

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