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The darling

The darling
Travel over five islands of the archipelago and see the main attractions of all of them. Lean back and enjoy every aspect of the different islands, which could also be different countries.

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STAY

Type of stay :
Circuit

Island(s) :
Santo Antão
São Vicente
Santiago
Fogo
Sal

Localities visited :
Praia, Sao Filipe, Mindelo, Ponta do Sol, Santa Maria

Length : 14 days

Santiago - the most african, Fogo - the vulcanic, São Vicente - the cultural, Santo Antão - the green and Sal - the sand island this tour offers every aspect of Cape Verde. We take care of Accomodation, Flights, Ferries and Transfers and show you the most beautiful places accompanied by one of our trusted guides who can show you a much more detailed and vivid Cape Verde than any guidebook could.

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Day 1
Arrival at Santiago Airport and transfer to your hotel in the capital city Praia. Your hotel is located on the Plateau, the historic centre of the capital. From here you easily get to the markets, shops, restaurants and bars of the city.

Included services:
- Transfer Airport - Hotel
- ON/DBL Hotel Santa Maria, Praia
- (-/-/-)

Day 2
First we get to know the historic part of the capital. On a guided walk over the Palteau we visit the colonial main square and the colorful and vivid fruit market. Afterwards we drive to Cidade Velha, the first settlement and first capital of the archipelago, nowadays a UNESCO world heritage site. From the fortress we can enjoy the view over the ocean and the village which we get to know in detail on the following tour. The pillory and the first chirch of west africa still remind of the era of navigators and pirates.

Included services:
- guided tour, as per description
- Entrance fee to the fortress
- ON/DBL Hotel Santa Maria, Praia
- (B/-/-)

Day 3
Enjoy an island drive through the south of the most african island of all. We drive through green countryside, past small villages and huge mountains. At different stops we are able to breath the mountain air and have breathtaking views over this vulcanic island. Let´s have a coffee break in the shadow of the highest mountain of the island, the "pico d´Antonia" to reinforce ourselves and continue through the greenest valleys of Cape Verde back to the hotel.

Included services:
- tour with roadbook, as per description
- coffee break
- ON/DBL Hotel Santa Maria, Praia
- (B/CB/-)

Day 4
Flight to Fogo. When the plane approaches the island of Fire, one can't imagine the wide spectrum of colours this island has to offer. But what will charm us in São Filipe are the elegant and noble colonial mansions (sobrados), the pretty little streets leading to the ocean and the vivid colours of the Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição. Our guide will tell us interesting stories about the town at the foot of the majestic vulcan. Night in São Filipe.

Included services:
- Transfer Hotel - Airport (Santiago)
- Flight Santiago - Fogo
- Transfer Airport - Hotel (Fogo)
- Guided tour São Filipe, as per description
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Belavista, São Filipe
- (B/-/-)

Day 5
We give this day an early start, and off we are to the crater rim. Alone the ride uphill is breathtaking - suddenly, after a curve, the vulcan: majestic and impressive. While getting closer to the volcano, wandering in the caldeira (literally the cauldron) through cultivated fields and spectacular landscapes, we can't believe the blend of colours we have before our eyes. Our guide takes us to the lava fields of the last eruptions 1951, 1995 and 2014. Here we can see, why this island is called fire. In this mystic atmosphere we enjoy a picnic before heading back to São Filipe.

Included services:
- Guided tour to the cauldron, as per description
- Picnic
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Belavista, São Filipe
- (B/LB/-)

Day 6
We have to bid farewell to the crater, the Pico and to the island of Fogo. It's a special moment to see the volcano from the plane, after spending two nights so close to it.
We trade the Leeward Islands (Sotavento) for the Windward Islands (Barlavento). Our first stop is in Mindelo, the cultural capital of the country. We enjoy the colours, the music, the fragrances of this magical city. Night in the historic centre of Mindelo.

Included services:
- Transfer Hotel - Airport (Fogo)
- Flight Fogo - São Vicente via Santiago)
- Transfer Airport - Hotel (São Vicente)
- ON/DBL Aparthotel Avenida, Mindelo
- (B/-/-)

Day 7
A day in Mindelo, the proud cultural capital, with its music, the Carnival, the sailors' taverns - and let's not forget about the view upon the bay. As the famous barefoot diva Cesária Évora once sang: Quem ca ta conxê Mindelo, ca ta conché Cabo Verde: who does not know Mindelo, does not know Cape Verde. Thanks to our guide we learn more about the history of this elegant town. Why not visit the urban beach "laginha" in the afternoon to take a bath in the clear blue ocean?

Included services:
- Guided city tour, as per description
- Entrance fee Cecaria Evora Museum
- ON/DBL Aparthotel Avenida, Mindelo
- (B/-/-)

Day 8
By ferry we arrive at Santo Antão in the early morning. Our driver already waits for us at the harbour of Porto Novo. He takes us to the north of the island on the old mountain pass road - providing us the most beautiful views over São Vicente. Later we arrive at the greenest valley of Cape Verde. We drive through tropical vegetation, passing sugarcane, banana, mango and papaya trees. In an idyllic restaurant we´ll have the traditional dish "catxupa" before we head to our hotel in Ponta do Sol.

Included services:
- Transfer Hotel - Harbour (São Vicente)
- Ferry São Vicente - Santo Antão
- Guided Tour as per description
- Lunch
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Kasa Tambla, Ponta do Sol
- (B/L/-)

Day 9
Right after breakfast our driver waits for us at the hotel. We once again dive into the spectacular green and mountainous landscapes of Santo Antão. First we drive to Fontainhas. The picturesque village located at a steep hillside is one of the most beautiful of Cape Verde and invites for a break. Afterwards we drive through the amazing valley Ribeira Grande until we arrive at Cha de Igreja, where a welcoming family serves us traditional lunch. In the afternoon we head back to Ponta do Sol.

Included services:
- Tour with personal driver, as per description
- Lunch
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Kasa Tambla, Ponta do Sol
- (B/L/-)

Day 10
We get back to São Vicente by ferry and by plane we arrive at the leisure island Sal. A driver takes us to our lovely guesthouse in Santa Maria. Let´s look forward to relaxing days at the endless beaches of Santa Maria.

Included services:
- Transfer Hotel - Harbour in public transport (Santo Antão)
- Ferry Santo Antão - São Vicente
- Transfer Harbour - Hotel (Luggage storage, São Vicente)
- Transfer Hotel - Airport (São Vicente)
- Flight São Vicente - Sal
- Transfer Airport - Hotel (Sal)
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Les Alizes, Santa Maria
- (B/-/-)

Day 11
Vacation! No appointments, lazy at the beach. Or dancing to bouncing rythms in one of the dicos at night? Sal is one of the three Beach-islands. Relaxing in the sun, walking at the beach, taking a swim - enjoy some days of real vacation and let the past few days sink in. In Santa Maria we find the most beautiful beach of the island, along many shops, restaurants and bars. Our driver takes us to the old saline. Sal literally means salt and the island once had a flourishing salt production. A highlight is the zero-gravity hovering in the brine. Not yet the dead sea - but still fascinating.

Included services:
- Guided tour, as per description
- Entrance fee Saline
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Les Alizes, Santa Maria
- (B/-/-)

Day 12
Free day.

Included services:
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Les Alizes, Santa Maria
- (B/-/-)

Day 13
Free day.

Included services:
- ON/DBL Guesthouse Les Alizes, Santa Maria
- (B/-/-)

Day 14
Alas, the time has come to carefully pack our bottle of grog in our suitcase - it will help to mata sodad (kill the nostalgia) once you're home. Although no vaccine is mandatory to enter Cape Verde, it seems there is an active virus around: whoever catches it can only think about one thing: go back to Cape Verde. See you soon!

included services:
- transfer to the airport
- (B/-/-)

PRICES

Included
Included services:
ferry tickets São Vicente - Santo Antão - São Vicente
domestic flights Santiago > Fogo > São Vicente > Sal incl. Taxes
13 overnights with breakfast, incl. Overnight tax
2x lunchbags, 2x lunch
4x city tour with guide, 1x island drive with roadbook, 4x excursions with guide.
All airport-, harbour- and other transfers mentioned in the program
Our 24/7 emergency service

Not included services:
Visa for Cape Verde (25 EUR)
Travel insurance
Not mentioned meals and all drinks
tips
All services that are not mentioned

Included meals are mentioned as follows:
B = breakfast; LB = Lunchbag; CB =coffeebreak; L = lunch; D = dinner

Price per person

1439 € per person, based on two people

1219 € per person, based on four people

The prices for inter-islands transport vary in certain periods of the year, we may sometimes be required to change the prices shown here : no last minute surprises, we will inform you as soon as our first message.

Price info

Single room extra charge: 270 EUR per person

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