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Cape Verde: The Royal Routes Of Santiago Island - 4 Day Tours

Country: Cape Verde
City: Santiago Island
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: History & Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

SHORT PACKAGE DESCRIPTION

Be welcomed by our professional Guide at Praia airport. Explore the Capital of the country, and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cidade Velha. Savor a typical breakfast with a local family, visit the Assomada Market, and enjoy the most beautiful beach on the island, Tarrafal.

Day 1: Arrival - Airport Transfer (Praia Airport to Hotel in Praia) – Hotel Check in

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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check in starts from 2 pm; Printed vouchers requested.

Day 2: From Praia: Praia City Tour + Highlights of Cidade Velha

Startwith pickup from your accommodation in Praia, and first visit the Dona Maria Pia Lighthouse. Take stunning pictures from the top of the Lighthouse surrounded by the large cannons installed to protect the island from the attack of pirates such as Francis Drake and Jacques Cassard. Make your way to the historical center of Plateau. Take a walking tour through the Jaime Mota Military Barracks, passing by the Presidential Palace and Alexandre Albuquerque Square. In the Municipal Market, meet locals and find a diverse range of fresh local fruits and vegetables. Next, explore the largest souvenir market to be found in Cape Verde, the Sucupira Market. Explore Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site to see all its highlights such as the Royal Fortress of São Filipe, the ruins of the first sub-Saharan African Cathedral, the fishermen bay, the former slave market in Pelourinho, the famous Banana Street with its traditional houses, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church, and finally the Convent of São Francisco. At lunch, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the city, and taste local delights in a typical restaurant right on the seafront. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Praia.

DURATION Every day, from 9 am to 3 pm (6 hours)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please bring confortable clothes, a hat and sunscreen. A small amount of walking is involved.

Day 3: From Praia: Full-Day Santiago Island Tour & Tarrafal beach

Get picked up at your hotel in Praia, then depart toward the interior of the island. Make your first stop at Mrs. Luisa's house. There, sample cuscuz (a traditional cake made from corn flour) and fidjós (fried banana mixed with wheat), the typical breakfast for Cape Verdean families. After breakfast, continue to the city of Assomada. Visit its famous market and admire the vibrant colors of the local fruits and vegetables. Move on to the Serra Malagueta natural park and marvel at the incredible views from 1000 meters (3,280 feet) above sea level. Next, discover Santiago's most beautiful beach at Tarrafal, known for its white sand and crystal-clear waters. Take a break for lunch (at your own expense), then return along the east coast of the island. Visit the Rabelados religious community, the only community that still lives in thatched houses and preserves the oldest customs and beliefs of Cape Verde. The tour concludes with drop-off at your accommodation in Praia.

DURATION Every day from 9 am to 5 pm (8 hours)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please bring sandals/flip flops, a towel, a hat, swimwear, and sunscreen
Please note that the visit to Assomada Market is only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Day 4: Check-out, Transfer Hotel – Praia Airport & Goodbye Cabo Verde

Enjoy your free time according to the flight schedules and then be picked up in Praia and depart toward Nelsom Mandela international airport. Take your international flight back and say goodbye to "La Morabeza Crioula" !!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Check-out time : 12h00

INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation (3 Nights);

Meals included are 3 Breakfast and 2 lunches (Vegetarian food option on request);

Tours as mentioned in the program;

Guiding Service (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish);

Private Transportation

Hotel pick up and drop off

Custom and private airport Transfers;

All entrance fees;

Service charges and VAT;

EXCLUSIONS:

Travel insurance;

Single supplement fee;

Visa (We recommend checking with your local embassy whether you need a visa or not);

International Flights;

Airport Security Tax fees (TSA);

Pre and post-tour accommodation;

Tourist tax (Paid locally: 2 Euros/Person/Night);

Sevices not mentioned in the program;

Personal expenses.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION DETAILS:

Standard room category in double/twin sharing basis.

03 night at Hotel Santa Maria in Praia (Santiago Island) or similar

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