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Cape Verde to Ghana


An African Odyssey from the idyllic Cape Verde Islands to Ghana aboard the MS Island Sky


25th November to 8th December 2012


Join the MS Island Sky on her maiden visit to the western side of Africa. After exploring the remote, but beautiful Cape Verde Islands we head for the continent of Africa and begin our voyage along the Atlantic coast from Senegal to Ghana. The countries we visit may well sound like an itinerary from the pages of an intrepid 18th century explorer’s diary, and they are without doubt some of the most captivating places on earth.


CAPE VERDE Sao Nicolau Sao


Fogo Tiago


MS Island Sky With a maximum passenger


capacity of only 114, the all-suite MS Island Sky has the benefit of unusually large accommodation, luxuriously appointed public areas and spacious outside decks. All suites feature a sitting room area and some have a private


The Itinerary


balcony. The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a lounge, elegant bar, library and a single seating dining room. Outside there is a rear sun deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade, a bar and comfortable deck furniture. On the top deck there is a Jacuzzi, further observation and sun deck. The atmosphere onboard is relaxed and akin to a private yacht. You can be assured that after a day of exploration ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of a well run and exceedingly comfortable small ship.


Day 1 – London Gatwick to Sao Tiago. Fly by specially chartered flight. Embark MS Island Sky and sail in the late afternoon. Day 2 – Sao Nicolau. In the early morning we arrive at Sao Nicolau. This is a charming, peaceful and attractive island of plantations, small holdings and busy farming villages. It is a walker’s paradise and arrangements will be made for those who would like to explore on foot with a local guide. For the less energetic there will be a visit to the main town of Ribeira Brava. Day 3 – Fogo. This is an extraordinary place. Known as the ‘Mother Island’ it has its own unique character and people. It is a volcano that rises steeply out of the Atlantic and has become an island, the summit reaching some 3000 metres. An island drive will take us through dramatically contrasting areas. Later, call into the main town of Sao Filipe, a gracious town of faded grandeur with its pretty squares and wide boulevards of colonial houses. Day 4 – At sea. Our first full day at sea to relax on deck and attend a lecture or two. Day 5 – Dakar, Senegal. Our first call in Africa will be the city of Dakar. Join a tour across to the Ile de Goree. With its colonial style


houses and wonderfully tranquil atmosphere, it is difficult to believe that this island was one of the busiest slave centres in West Africa during the 18th and 19th centuries. See the Slave House, now a museum and the Historical Museum in the Fort d’Estrees. Day 6 – Banjul, The Gambia. We have the day to enjoy this colourful land with its many ethnic groups each with their own language and traditions. There is


Dakar Banjul


Bijagos Archipelago


SENEGAL THE GAMBIA


GUINEA BISSAU


Freetown


SIERRA LEONE


GHANA Takoradi Accra


a small, peaceful park next to the residence of the British High Commissioner in The Gambia. Day 7 & 8 – Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. The next two days will be spent off the beaten track exploring the Bijagós Archipelago, which comprises a group of small islands, several of which are uninhabited, and most of which are very rarely visited by foreigners. From our Zodiacs we will cruise among the mangroves and land ashore for beachcombing or swimming. Day 9 – At sea.


a choice of either joining the bird watching trip or taking a shorter excursion to the village of Bakau. The bird watchers will be up early and transported to the Abuko Nature Reserve by coach. There is something to interest everyone here and it provides a good introduction to the flora, fauna and avi-fauna of The Gambia. A more leisurely trip is offered to Bakau where we will see “Katchikally”, the sacred crocodile pool. Before returning to the ship we will visit the Botanic Garden;


Day 10 – Freetown, Sierra Leone. Spend the morning in Sierra Leone’s capital which has grown into a busy, energetic city in the 225 years since the British first settled 400 freed slaves in the area around the famous cotton tree, on a site that was said to have been a slave market. Charming


Prices & Inclusions


Special offer prices per person based on double occupancy range from £5595 for a Standard Forward Suite to £7495 for an Owner’s Balcony Suite. Suites for sole use start from £6295. Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 12 nights aboard the MS Island Sky on full board, house wine/beer/soft drinks with lunch and dinner onboard, shore excursions, expedition team, gratuities to crew and whilst on shore excursions, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes. NB. Ports subject to change. All special offers are subject to availability. Travel insurance, local departure tax and visas are not included in the price.


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Creole buildings intermingle with Freetown’s notable buildings, and our tour will include sites such as the St. George’s Cathedral, Railway Museum, National Museum, Maroon Church, Martello Tower and Fort Thornton (where the Presidential State House now stands). Days 11 & 12 – At sea. Day 13 – Takoradi, Ghana to London.Today we arrive in the central region of Ghana, the former administrative centre of the Gold Coast. Ghana is famous for its great natural beauty and nowhere is this more evident than in this area which the British colonial government occupied until the 1870s. We will disembark in Takoradi this morning and transfer to Accra for the return scheduled flight to London. Day 14 – London Heathrow. Morning arrival.


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