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Green Escapes of Cape Verde - 4 Islands 11 Days Pack

Discover Santiago, Fogo, São Vicente and Santo Antão Island with a local guide. Go hiking through volcanoes, natural parks and discover the best trails in Cape Verde.

per adult from

$3,628

AUD

Duration

11 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 10x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 10 nights
    • Roundtrip Ferry tickets
    • Private roundtrip airport, port and hotel transfers
    • Entry/Admission - Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande
    • Entry/Admission - Serra de Malagueta
    • Entry/Admission - Parque Natural do Fogo
    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);
    • Airport/Departure Tax

  • 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. 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: Santiago Island: Calabaceira Valley Trek & Visit to Cidade Velha

    Stop At: Cidade Velha, Cidade Velha, Santiago
    After being collected from your accommodation in Praia, depart toward the small village of Calabaceira. Start your 3-hour hike from the top of the valley, with an oasis of vast vegetation emerging in its interior. Follow a simple and accessible trail for any hiker and explore the green valley famous for both its baobab trees mentioned by Charles Darwin and its use as an escape route for slaves during slavery. Next, discover the local fauna and flora and experience the production of a local rum-making distillery (The Rum production season runs from January 1 st to May 31st). There, get in touch with local farmers and their agricultural fields of sugar cane, mango trees, cassava, banana, and more.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Cidade Velha, Historic Centre of Ribeira Grande, Igreja de Nossa Sra. do Rosario, Cidade Velha, Santiago 1110 Cape Verde
    Arrive in Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the São Francisco Convent, the famous Banana Street and Nossa Senhora do Rosário church. Have a break for lunch and savor local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. After lunch, visit the former slave market, the ruins of the Sé Catedral, and the Royal Fortress of São Filipe. From the top, enjoy a beautiful view over the whole old town and find out about the system of defense used against pirates. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.
    Duration: 2 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Hotel Santa Maria ***.

    Day 3: Full Trekking in Serra Malagueta Natural Park + Assomada Market + Tarrafal Beach

    Stop At: Praia, Praia, Santiago
    Hotel pick-up!
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Serra de Malagueta, Hauptstrasse von Praia nach Tarrrafal, Santiago Cape Verde
    The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Praia and heads inland to the traditional Assomada Market. Wander around the vibrant stalls and soak up the hustle and bustle of this island hub whilst watching the locals haggle for produce. Drive to Serra Malgueta Natural Park next, where your trekking adventure awaits. Follow your guide as you head into the luscious landscapes of the Serra Malagueta Natural Park, which covers 774-hectacres. The park is home to the Serra Malagueta mountain range as well as over 124 species of plant, and 19 species of bird. Throughout the trek, listen to your guide share information about the local flora and fauna, many of which can only be found here in the park. There’s also the opportunity to see wildlife, including playful monkeys, a variety of reptiles, and colorful butterflies. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, find a scenic spot for a well-deserved rest and enjoy a picnic lunch in the middle of the forest.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Tarrafal Beach, Strand von Tarrafal, Tarrafal, Santiago 7110 Cape Verde
    After lunch, continue the walk to the end of the trail, then drive to Tarrafal Beach where you can spend some free time chilling on the shore. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return journey to Praia.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Hotel Santa Maria ***.

    Day 4: Flight (Praia - Fogo) + Full-Day Tour to Chã das Caldeiras

    Stop At: Praia, Praia, Santiago
    The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Praia and departs towards Nelson Mandela airport for your 35-minute flight to Fogo Island.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sao Filipe, Sao Filipe, Fogo
    The island was named after the imposing volcano that resides on it, which is still active today although the last eruption was in 2014. Upon arrival, visit the capital of the island, São Filipe, and wander around this charming little town lined with colorful colonial houses. Continue the tour to Salinas Natural pool, where you can enjoy a dip and watch fishermen returning to shore with the day’s catch. Drive northwards to the village of Mosteiros and then across the eastern coast to reach the village of Cova Figueira. Enjoy a photo stop at the scenic Achada Furna and Cabeça Fundão along the way.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Cha das Caldeiras, Cha das Caldeiras, Fogo
    Arrive at Chã das Caldeiras National Park and admire uninterrupted views of the volcano and rugged surrounding landscape. From there, visit a local coffee plantation to taste some of the best coffee and wine in the world. Enjoy a break for lunch, and then head off into Monte Velha Forest, an area of fertile mountains and microclimates. Take a breack for a delicious lunch and head to the hotel in Chã das Caldeiras.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Casa Marisa or similar ***

    Day 5: Fogo Island: Full Volcano Hiking from Chã das Caldeiras

    Stop At: Parque Natural do Fogo, Fogo Island, Fogo Cape Verde
    Get picked up at your accommodation in Chã das Caldeiras and walk with your guide until reaching the foot of the Volcano. From there, marvel with the regular view of its active volcanic cone, where the last eruption occurred in 2014. The volcano's surroundings are deep black, composed of lava and a lush green vegetation. Fallow the tour through fig, vines, apple and pear trees, as well as mustard plants.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Pico Do Fogo, Cha das Caldeiras, Fogo Cape Verde
    Start the climb and let your local guide adjust the rate of climbing according to your skills. After 3 hours, reach the highest peak in Cape Verde. From Pico do Fogo, the third highest mountain in the Atlantic Ocean, with 2829 meters of altitude, enjoy one of the most steep and spectacular volcanic cones in the world. After that, take a break for the well-deserved picnic, contemplating an unforgettable 360-degree panoramic view over the entire island of Fogo and start the fun part of the day. Take a walk through the crater and feel the sensation of touching the sky above the clouds. Then, start descending the steep descent of ash for half an hour, sinking your knee-high in Lapilli, a lifetime experience. After doing one of the best things to do in Cape Verde, the tour ends by returning to your accommodation in Chã das Caldeiras.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Casa Marisa or similar ***

    Day 6: Transfer out – Flight (Fogo – São Vicente) – Mindelo by Night

    Stop At: Fogo, Fogo
    - Private Transfer from Chã das Caldeiras to Fogo Airport
    - Departure (Fogo – São Vicente)
    - Arrival in Cesária Évora International Airport


    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Sao Vicente, Sao Vicente
    Private Transfer from Airport to Mindelo
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Mindelo, Mindelo, Sao Vicente
    Get picked up at your accommodation and depart toward one of the most popular restaurant of Mindelo. There, enjoy live music and relish the most famous dish ever made in Cape Verde, Katxupa, a slow cooked stew of corn, beans, cassava, sweet potato, fish or meat and more.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel Terra Lodge ***

    Day 7: Free day in Mindelo

    Stop At: Praia da Laginha, Sao Vicente Cape Verde
    Day off to explore by your self. You may like to relax on the white sand of the most picturesque and beautiful beach on the Island, Laginha Beach, known for its white sand and crystal-clear waters.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Terra Lodge ***

    Day 8: Santo Antão: Hiking Cova de Paúl Volcano Crater - Ribeira de Paúl

    Stop At: Mindelo, Mindelo, Sao Vicente
    Starting from your hotel in the city of Mindelo, head straight to the harbor. Then, embark on a beautiful one-hour ferry trip to Santo Antão and enjoy the forbidding behind Mindelo, and it stunning guardian rock erupting from the harbour.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Porto Novo, Porto Novo, Santo Antao
    Arrive in Porto Novo and depart toward the Cova Natural Park. From the starting point, enjoy a privileged view of the volcano crater, and see locals in their agricultural fields.
    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Cova - Krater, Bergstrasse von Santo Antao, Ribeira Grande, Santo Antao 1110 Cape Verde
    Start your 4-hour hike from 1,100 meters above sea level, with an oasis of vast vegetation emerging in the interior of the Volcano Crater. Then, reach the crater’s edge and have the best and the most breathtaking view ever: standing on the edge of the crater, look out over the impressive green valley of Paul that lies in the depth before you plus the beautiful ocean view that is 10 kilometers away.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Strasse ins Paul Tal Vila das Pombas, Santo Antao Cape Verde
    After that, start the zigzagging part of the hike, going down via a stone path for 3 hours. During the descent, explore Cape Verde’s greenest valley, see and learn about native flora and fauna, soak up scenic views of the island's landscapes and have opportunity to see abandoned vineayrds, sugar cane and banana plantations; mango, avocados and coconut trees. Next, experience the production of a local rum-making distillery and taste the famous “grogue” (The Rum production season runs from January 1 st to May 31st). The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Aldeia Manga *** or similar

    Day 9: Santo Antão: Hike Ponta do Sol - Fontainhas - Cruzinha - Chã de Igreja

    Stop At: Ponta Do Sol, Ponta Do Sol, Santo Antao
    Start your walk from Ponta do Sol, a waterfront fishing and village with colorful houses, follow a breathtaking road up along rocky cliffs that hover over the ocean and enjoy a background decoration overlooking the sea.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Monte Fontainhas, Santo Antao Cape Verde
    Then, head through a small and sinuous road sculpted on the top of a mountain and surrounded with deep valleys that will lead you to the picturesque village of Fontainhas, one of the 10 villages with the best view in the world according to National Geografic. Follow a steep descent and a pedestrian path, crossing Corvo, Formiguinhas and some dazzling heights to the Aranhas valley. Next, arrive at a beautiful black sand’s beach, Praia das Aranhas, a place for turtle’s nesting where you can swim depending on the sea conditions. There, find a scenic spot for a well-deserved rest and enjoy a picnic on the shore. After that, start your 2.5-hour hike between volcanic rocks and the ocean, offering stunning views until you reach Cruzinha, a small fishing village with breathtaking views on the coast and the ocean. At the end of an unforgettable day, sit back and relax on the return transfer to your accommodation.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Aldeia Manga or similar ***

    Day 10: From Santo Antão: Full-day São Vicente Experience

    Stop At: Porto Novo, Porto Novo, Santo Antao
    The days begins with pickup from your accommodation in Ponta do Sol and heads towards São Vicente.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Mindelo, Mindelo, Sao Vicente
    Upon arrival, explores the island´s capital, MIndelo, a historic and culturally-rich city bursting with charater. Continue the tour along Avenida Marginal to Praia da Bote and to island´s first popular African market where the first community was established. Stroll through the colorful stalls, soak up the array of sights and scents, and mingle with the locals going about their day. From here, drive to the eastern part of the island where native animals, endemic plants, and rolling farmland can be seen along the luscious Calhau Valley. Finally, enjoy a well-deserved lunch in Salamansa with “No Stress Vibe”. After that, head to the village of Baía das Gatas and take a stroll along the white sand dunes that line the sea. Later, drive to Monte Verde Natural Park to admire a stunning view of the entire island as well as the o ther Cape Verde Islands. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Mindelo.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Hotel Terra Lodge or similar***

    Day 11: Goodbye Cape Verde

    Stop At: Cesária Évora International Airport, Cape Verde
    Enjoy free time accordinh to the flight scheduled time. After,get picked up at your accommodation in Mindelo and depart toward Cesária Évora international airport. Take your international flight back and say goodbye longing for "La Morabeza Crioula"!!!
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Private and custom airport transfer!Airports
    • Cesária Évora International Airport, Cape Verde
    • Praia Nelson Mandela International Airport (RAI), Cidade da Praia - Ilha de Santiago - Caixa Postal nº 265, Praia, Cape Verde
    Ports
    • Unnamed Road, Porto Novo, Cape Verde
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • 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-104417P80

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