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Cape Verde: The Royal Routes of Santiago Island - 4 Days (History & Culture)

Relish a traditional breakfast of tasty cuscuz and fidjós with a local family. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cidade Velha and relax on the white sand of the most picturesque beach on Santiago Island, Tarrafal Beach.

per adult from

$751

AUD

Duration

4 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 3x Breakfast
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 3 nights
    • Customizable and private round-trip port transfers
    • Entry/Admission - Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI)
    • Entry/Admission - Fortaleza Real de San Felipe
    • Entry/Admission - Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
    • Entry/Admission - Pelourinho
    • Entry/Admission - Tarrafal camp
    What's excluded :
    • International Flights;
    • Tourist tax (Paid locally: 2 Euros/Person/Night);
    • Travel insurance;
    • Visa (We recommend checking with your local embassy whether you need a visa or not);

  • Day 1: Arrival - Airport Transfer (Praia Airport to Hotel in Praia) – Check in

    Stop At: Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), Cidade da Praia - Ilha de Santiago - Caixa Postal nº 265, Praia, Cape Verde
    Be welcomed by our professional driver and a licensed guide at Nelson Mandela Airport. Enjoy a high quality private transfer to your accommodation in Praia, including free waiting time.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Praia, Praia, Santiago
    Our team will also take you from door to door with complete security and professionalism, providing all relevant information about your stay.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Hotel Santa Maria *** or similar
    Check in starts from 2 pm.

    Day 2: From Praia: Praia City Tour + Highlights of Cidade Velha

    Stop At: Farol de D. Maria Pia, Ponta Termosa, Praia, Santiago Cape Verde
    Startwith pickup from your accommodation in Praia, and first visit the Dona Maria Pia Lighthouse. Take stunning pictures from the top of the Lighthouse surrounded by the large cannons installed to protect the island from the attack of pirates such as Francis Drake and Jacques Cassard.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Praia City Hall, R. Serpa Pinto Praca Alexandre Albuquerque, Praia, Santiago Cape Verde
    Make your way to the historical center of Plateau.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Quartel Jaime Mota, Av. Andrade Corvo, Praia, Santiago Cape Verde
    Take a walking tour through the Jaime Mota Military Barracks, and learn about the history of Cape Verdean independency..
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Presidential Palace, R. Pedro Alvares Cabral, Praia, Santiago Cape Verde
    Pass by the Presidential Palace and Alexandre Albuquerque Square.

    Stop At: Mercado de Sucupira, Im Viertel Varzea, Praia, Santiago Cape Verde
    . In the Municipal Market, meet locals and find a diverse range of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Next, explore the largest souvenir market to be found in Cape Verde, the Sucupira Market.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Fortaleza Real de San Felipe, Rua de Forteleza, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629 Cape Verde
    Explore Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to see all its highlights of the old city.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande, Igreja de Nossa Sra. do Rosario, Cidade Velha, Santiago 1110 Cape Verde
    Visit the ruins of the first sub-Saharan African Cathedral, the fishermen bay, the former slave market in Pelourinho, the famous Banana Street with its traditional houses, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and finally the Convent of São Francisco.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pelourinho, Hauptplatz, Cidade Velha, Santiago 7629 Cape Verde
    At lunch, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the city, and taste local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch: Fish or meat + water, coffee and dessert
    Accommodation included: Hotel Santa Maria *** or similar

    Day 3: From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal

    Stop At: Praia, Praia, Santiago
    Get picked up at your hotel in Praia, then depart toward the interior of the island.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: São Lourenço dos Órgãos, Cape Verde
    Make your first stop at Mrs. Luisa's house. There, sample cuscuz (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana mixed with wheat), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Assomada Market, Durchzugstrassevon Praia nach Tarrafal, Assomada, Santiago 7310 Cape Verde
    After breakfast, continue to the city of Assomada. Visit its famous market and admire the vibrant colors of the local fruits and vegetables.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Serra de Malagueta, Hauptstrasse von Praia nach Tarrrafal, Santiago Cape Verde
    Move on to the Serra Malagueta natural park and marvel at the incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Tarrafal Beach, Strand von Tarrafal, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110 Cape Verde
    Next, discover Santiago's most beautiful beach at Tarrafal, known for its white sand and crystal-clear waters.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Tarrafal camp, Chao Bom, Santiago 7110 Cape Verde
    Take a break for lunch, and then visit the concentration Camp of Chão Bom, current resistance museum, used to imprison political prisoners who fought against the dictatorship.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Tarrafal, Tarrafal, Santiago
    The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Tarrafal.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Calheta de Sao Miguel, Calheta de Sao Miguel, Santiago
    Leave Tarrafal and make your first stop in Espinho Branco and visit the religious community of Rabelados, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves Cape Verde's oldest customs and beliefs. There, see the local handicraft production and have the opportunity to buy handmade paintings from local artisans.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz
    Move on between rocks and valleys to your hotel in Praia.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Praia, Praia, Santiago
    The tour concludes with the evening transfer back to your accommodation in Praia.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Hotel Breakfast and Cuscuz with a local family
    • Lunch: Fish or meat + water, coffee and dessert
    Accommodation included: Hotel Santa Maria **** or similar

    Day 4: Goodbye Santiago Island

    Stop At: Praia, Praia, Santiago
    Get picked up at your accommodation in Praia and depart toward Nelsom Mandela international airport.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), Cidade da Praia - Ilha de Santiago - Caixa Postal nº 265, Praia, Cape Verde
    Take your international flight back and say goodbye longing for "La Morabeza Crioula"!!!
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), Cidade da Praia - Ilha de Santiago - Caixa Postal nº 265, Praia, Cape Verde
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

6

Organised by Bu Country Tours

Activity ID: V-104417P76

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