Cape Verde

9 days / 8 nights
    Return flight included
    Cape Verde
    Transfer + flight Praia / Paris

    Cruise Africa

    from 16 October 2019 to 24 October 2019
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Dakar
    Arrival Port : Praia


    • Ref : DP055 - U161019

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    At the crossroads of two continents, Europe and Africa, PONANT invites you to discover a new itinerary at the heart of the Cape Verde Islands.  

    From Dakar, Senegal, you will set sail aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a 9-day expedition cruise far from the main maritime routes and crowded tourist destinations.  

    You will call at the island of São Nicolau, which will delight you with its pristine mountain landscapes, its picturesque capital, Ribeira Brava, its friendly inhabitants and its lively traditions.

    Further west, you will visit Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, where the famous morna singer Cesaria Evora was born.  

    You will also visit Santo Antão, an authentic island where you will find the greenest valley on the archipelago, the Paúl Valley. Here, you can enjoy the serenity of the landscapes surrounded by almost tropical vegetation.

    A gigantic volcanic cone emerging from the Ocean, Fogo or “volcano island” is the most unusual in the archipelago. With scenery of savannah and fields of sugar cane, scattered with peaceful hamlets, Fogo offers you extraordinary panoramas.

    Before disembarking in Praia, the capital of Cape Verde, you will discover Boa Vista, its barren landscapes and its beaches edged with crystal-clear water.

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    Special offer(s) :


    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers*

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

    - When this cruise is in 7th position get a -70% discount

    *Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.


    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Cidade Velha, the historic centre of Ribeira Grande (island of Santiago), listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Discovering the Cape Verde archipelago and the cultural mix that exists there due to Portuguese, African and Mediterranean influences.
    • The city of Mindelo and its elegant buildings with British and Portuguese colonial influences.
    • The wild west, the small villages and the fishermen in Porto Novo.
    • The sugar cane plantations and savannah on Fogo, the volcano island.
    • The beautiful fine-sand beaches on Maio and Boa Vista.

    Transfer + flight Praia / Paris

    Return flight included

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    Staterooms & Suites


      There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.




      Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

      As the fourth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

      Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

      Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

      Port of call & excursions





      Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Transfer + flight Praia / Paris

      For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight and organizes the transfers between the port and the airport. This package is included in your cruise fare.


      Disembarking Day – Praia / Paris

      Disembarkation and transfer to Praia airport.

      Flight Praia / Paris selected by PONANT.

      Approximate flight duration: 6h00.

      It is highly recommended to stay one night in Paris after this flight.


      Your programme includes:

      • Flight Praia / Paris selected by PONANT in economy class.
      • Transfer pier / airport.

      Your programme does not include:

      • Personal expenses.
      • Other services not mentioned in the programme.

      Please note :

      • Flight included in the programme is, as of today, operated in economy class.
      • For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend staying one night in Paris after this flight to ensure your connecting flights.
      • Package is subject to availability.
      • This programme is subject to change.


      To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents. Passengers must check in at least two hours before flight departure time.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        15/10/2019 – DAKAR AND THE PINK LAKE (1 NIGHT)

        510.00 € **

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      2. Your packages

        15/10/2019 – Flights From/ To Paris (Economic Class) + Dakar and the Pink Lake 1N (Pre)

        1060.00 € **
      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
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