On board MS HANSEATIC from Funchal to Dakar

Expedition to Cape Verde - Africa’s Island Pearls in the Atlantic

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Discover the most beautiful range of islands in the Atlantic – seemingly forgotten by the outside world. Cape Verde reveals a landscape of fascinating contrasts: fine beaches, rugged volcanic craters, barren wastelands, lush woodlands – enriched by the cultural treasures of colonial times and characterised by African joie de vivre. An insider’s tip for active explorers in search of unspoilt originality.

from Funchal to Dakar

Cruise dates:from 11.10.2014 to 25.10.2014 (15 days)
Cruise number: HAN1418

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]


Sat, 11.10.2014

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Lisbon – Funchal
Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, departure 20.00 hrs

Sun, 12.10.2014

La Palma/Canary Islands

Nature, Culture and Joie de Vivre
With the HANSEATIC and her Zodiacs, you will be able to explore unknown islands in intense detail. With a panoramic setting reminiscent of a giant amphitheatre, you are greeted by the huge volcanic crater that borders the Canary Island harbour town of Santa Cruz on La Palma. Let the natural spectacle begin – with a trip to Caldera de Taburiente National Park*. The journey to the interior takes you along breathtaking escarpments to the lookout point of La Cumbrecita. Those who are hungry for adventure can explore the mountain world of La Palma on four wheels. Go off-road on the Buggy Adventure – active* along mostly unpaved routes right into the mountain world of Brena Alta and Brena Baja. The exciting experiences continue when you reach Cape Verde

Mon, 13.10.2014
- Tue, 14.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 15.10.2014
- Sun, 19.10.2014

Ilhas de Barlavento – Windward Group/Cape Verde (Sal , Sao Nicolao , Sao Vicente , Santo Antao , Boa Vista )

On the archipelago’s most sun-drenched island, Sal, there is a paradise to explore, extending from the charms of a barren wasteland to the magic of an underwater world. Setting out from Palmeira, the Jeep Safari in the Wild North* takes you to the spectacular rocky cliffs of Buraconda. Marvel at corals and turtles during a Catamaran Trip with Snorkel Opportunity*. Untouched and spectacular – a good way to describe the Island Impressions of Sao Nicolao*. Admire the extraordinary vegetation with banana, papaya and dragon trees, all against a striking mountain backdrop. The small fishing village of Tarrafal on Sao Nicolao with its black sandy beach is the picturesque departure point for the Hike to Cachaco*, offering breathtaking views of the Monte Gordo which you will never forget. Breathe in the air of solitude for which some of the Cape Verde islands are famous as you visit Preguica, a tiny village the world has all but forgotten. By contrast, Mindelo on Sao Vicente pulsates with life. On a City Walking Tour*, immerse yourself in the melting pot of cultures between the harbour, African market and the old town. The excursion Mindelo and Baia das Gatas* offers you unspoilt nature: enjoy a fantastic view of the town and the bizarre lava formations in the “Bay of Cats”. The raw charm of Porto Novo on Santo Antao – the island of mountains, wind and water – accompanies you on your Tour of Discovery: A Hike on the Trail of Sugar Cane*. An Island Tour* is recommended for those who choose to relax as they take in the lush natural surroundings and bizarre valleys. Peace also abounds in Sal Rei on Boa Vista with its enchanting, colourful house facades in colonial style. The Pristine Boa Vista* excursion tours the northern part of the island en route for Espingueira – the electricity in this pioneering fishing village is generated entirely from the energy of the sun and wind.

Mon, 20.10.2014
- Thu, 23.10.2014

Ilhas de Sotavento – Leeward Group (Brava , Fogo , Maio , Santiago)

Colonial Past on Fertile Land
Arriving in Brava, you are welcomed by the most flower-covered island in Cape Verde. Furna, its harbour, was constructed in a flooded volcanic crater, protected by high walls of rock. Spectacular vistas over landscapes and the sea are guaranteed on an Island tour* or a Hike in the Faja de Agua*, constantly revealing fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Delightful, impressive, colonial – just some of the words to describe Ponta de Vale de Cavaleiros on the volcanic island of Fogo. An Island Tour with Hike in the Caldera* will take you up as high as 1,600 metres and to a stimulating wine tasting. Succumb to the charms of the picturesque capital during a city walk/tour through Sao Filipe* with its pretty colonial houses. At the easternmost point of the archipelago, remote and sleepy, lies Maio. The island’s kilometre-long beach invites you to relax and go for a swim before you head for Santiago, the biggest of the Cape Verde islands, where a programme of cultural contrasts awaits. In Praia, monuments from glorious seafaring times and city districts with urban flair await you. Here you can give free rein to your spirit of exploration: the excursions Ribeira Grande and Island Tour* or Impressions of Praia and Cidade Velha*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, take you on the trail of the Portuguese colonial era. Still buzzing after this wealth of cultural experiences and natural attractions, the HANSEATIC sets course for Dakar, where your unforgettable expedition comes to an end.

Fri, 24.10.2014

Sal/Cape Verde Islands, Arrival 6.00 hrs
Charter flight Sal - Munich

Sat, 25.10.2014

Dakar/Senegal, Arrival 6.00 hrs
Day room
Scheduled flight Dakar – Frankfurt

Sat, 25.10.2014

Arrival in Munich

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:



A specialist in volcanology amongst the team of experts

As a science journalist, the graduate geologist and volcanologist Christof Hug-Fleck

has travelled almost all over the world on more than 130 excursions.

Having published numerous books on geoscience, he will be offering

illuminating insights into why the volcanic landscapes make fascinating

chapters in the story of the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.