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COASTAL PASSAGES THROUGH WESTERN AFRICA & PORTUGAL

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
  • Fares
  • Accommodation

A journey overview

  • Accra
  • Takoradi
  • Monrovia
  • Tokeh
  • Dakar
  • Fogo Island
  • Ad Dakhla
  • Agadir
  • Lisbon

22 Days Ocean Voyages
  • Departing:
  • 6 Apr 2020

A kaleidoscope of landscapes – where crowded streets blend into lava landscapes, tropical beaches, Saharan sand dunes and calçada-paved alleyways. We begin in the spirited city of Accra, the accelerated pulse of Ghana. Across the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, we trace the outline of Africa’s west coast towards the hilltops of Portugal.

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Touching down in Ghana, we are whisked to the stylish Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City Accra before a tour of Accra’s sights. The Silver Cloud awaits to take us to Takoradi. Beyond serene shorelines, daily life moves at a frenetic pace. On west Africa’s largest roundabout, a labyrinth of market stalls forms the electrifying atmosphere of the Market Circle. At Kakum National Park, walk across the tree tops on the canopy walk.

We pause at Abidjan, a city sprawled across lagoons and waterways overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Its beauty lies in its duality; shiny skyscrapers exist alongside impoverished neighbourhoods. Street food stalls and makeshift markets thrive beside sleek bars and polished art galleries.

West Africa’s past comes to life as our ship pulls into Monrovia, established as a settlement for emancipated slaves in the early 1800s. Our next stop is a tropical slice of paradise, Tokeh. Later, in Freetown, we are welcomed ashore by friendly locals. Moving on to Dakar, we visit the World Heritage Gorée Island. Between the 15th and 19th centuries the island was occupied by slave traders. We stroll by old slave quarters and slave trader homes.

Fogo Island is our first stop on the archipelago of Cape Verde. A jaunt through Fogo Natural Park reveals Pico do Fogo volcano and the surrounding forest of Monte Velha. It’s onwards to Porto Novo. Wander through the town, where relics from the Portuguese era remain. Peruse the lively marketplace, stroll through the harbour, or ascend Topo de Coroa, the 2,000-metre-tall volcanic mountain, where our efforts are rewarded with panoramic views.

Along a remote stretch of Saharan peninsula is Ad Dakhla. Previously inhabited by Berbers, it was only established as a city in 1844 by Spanish settlers. Once a thriving fishing port, Ad Dakhla now beckons visitors with exhilarating aquatic sports. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas Mountains, we move on to sunny Agadir. One of the lone survivors of the 1960 earthquake was Oufella Fort, which offers a glimpse into old Agadir.

Built upon seven hills, Lisbon’s lofty streets are paved in calçada, a mosaic of coloured tiles. Our home for the next two nights is the elegant Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa. A series of Your World experiences allow us to scratch the surface of this capital city. A convoy of tuk tuks whisk us to the Maritime Museum for a glimpse into the country’s naval history.

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