Cape Verde & Sao Tome with stopover in Portugal
November 28 to December 12, 2018
See the beautiful island scenery of Sao Tome and Cape Verde. Experience African and Portuguese influences in São Toméan and their well known for ússua and socopé rhythms. Explore São Tomé’s beautiful plantations where they grow cocoa, copra, palm kernels, and coffee.
The city of Lisbon is rich in architecture; Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Baroque, Modern and Postmodern constructions can be found all over Lisbon. The city is also crossed by historical boulevards and monuments along the main thoroughfares. Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although its heritage in buildings and nature is the most visible face of the historic individuality of Sintra, a whole literary heritage has made the area a legendary reference in Portuguese culture.
Cape Verde is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Cape Verdes culture is the sum of two cultures, not living side by side but as a third product totally new, resulting from an exchange that began five hundred years ago. It is a mixture of European and African elements. You will also experience the unique sound of the music which incorporates “African, Portuguese and Brazilian influences.
Per person sharing in double occupancy (air and land from Newark, NJ): $5,995.00
Single Supplement: $800.00
Price based on a group size minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 participants
Credit for not using our included International airfare on TAP Portuguese airlines: $1,800.00
Your tour does not include
- Any fluctuations in airport taxes, fuel surcharges and security charges .
- Vaccinations, yellow fever immunization is required for Sao Tome.
- Items of a personal nature: beverages, laundry, phone calls, email, souvenirs, etc.
- Hotel accommodations necessitated by changes in air schedules or misconnections.
- Travel protection insurance (highly recommended).
- Water and beverages during lunches or dinners cape Verde
- Tips to guide, drivers, hotel & restaurant staff and porters.
Your tour includes
- International air from Newark, NJ
- Airport/hotel/airport transfers in every city.
- Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B: breakfast, L: lunch and D: dinner).
- All visits to sites, villages, monuments and museums.
- English speaking guide and Local guides at various villages.
- Assistance and transfers in the island of Santiago
- Bottled water on bus during touring days.
II Active – Some hikes, slightly more demanding walks at or to sites, few elevations, comfortable but busy schedule and some long rides.
*** Superior: Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined service and comfort level acceptable to western standards. (3 or 4 stars)
View Tour Itinerary
US – Sao Tome
Depart Newark, NJ arriving in Lisbon the next day then connecting to your next flight to Sao Tome. Landing in the evening where you will be transferred and have dinner at your hotel. (D)
Nov, Friday 30
Our first stop will be at the historical mark of Fernão Dias. We will then continue to the estate of Boa Entrada where we will be able to testimony a particular part of colonial architecture. When we leave this estate, we will go to the Plantation estate of Agostinho Neto to visit the botanic garden and see the pompous architecture. Then, we will descend along the West Coast to the historical Point of Anambô where the Portuguese discoverers set foot on Santomean ground for the first time. Here we will have refreshment and a snack. The tour ends at the plantation estate of Monteforte that will bring us back to the present: It is a plantation estate that still works with agriculture and cattle hold. And finally, a traditional lunch is served for us here between sea and mountains. (B, L)
Dec, Saturday 01
On this journey along the East Coast, we will pass by Santana where we will be able to see the islet of Santana. In Água Izé, we will stop at the highest point, at the viewpoint. Afterwards we will visit the installations of the plantation house of Água Izé to witness the process of treatment of cocoa. We will continue to the famous natural blowhole of Boca do Inferno, where we may be able to drink refreshing coco water. We will pass by the village of Ribeira Afonso and afterwards take a break at the Beach of 7 Ondas and swim a bit before lunch, weather permitting. At the plantation house of São João, a tropical fusion lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch, we will have time to discover the installations of the plantation estate that include an art gallery and installations for treatment of different products from the plantation like jam and liquors, depending on the season and the harvest. (B, L)
Dec, Sunday 02
First, we shall witness the different processes of treatment of coffee as well as the rest of the installations at the plantation of Monte Café. Then, we will continue the drive up the mountain to the Waterfall of Saint Nicolau where we will have a cup of coffee. Afterwards, we will descend the mountain to the Plantation of Agostinho Neto, to see the colonial architecture of this grand estate and to visit the botanic garden. We will continue to the beach of Conchas to relax and have a swim before lunch. On our way to the Plantation of Monteforte where our traditional lunch is awaiting, we will pass by the Blue Lagoon. Before going back to city, we will have time to see the installations of the plantation. (B, L)
Dec, Monday 03
Our tour starts with a visit to the Fortress of Saint Sebastian for an introduction to the colonial history of São Tomé and Príncipe. Thereafter, we will drive to the Cathedral, an important landmark in the history of Catholicism in Africa; Independence Square where Independence was celebrated in 1975; The Municipal Market; the most important commercial houses in the city centre and other buildings from colonial time. Here, we may take a stroll to feel the city pulse. Within the time frame of the tour, it is possible to combine the walk with shopping of i.e. handicraft with assistance from the guide. We will end the tour with a traditional Santomean lunch. After lunch the driver will take you back to the hotel. (B, L)
Dec, Tuesday 04
São Tome - Lisbon
In the morning eat breakfast at your hotel then transfer to the airport for your flight to Lisbon. Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to hotel. Have a day at leisure. (B)
Dec, Wednesday 05
In the morning have breakfast at the hotel. Then depart for your tour of the city. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. Julius Caesar made it a municipium called Felicitas Julia, adding to the name Olissipo. Ruled by a series of Germanic tribes from the 5th century, it was captured by the Moors in the 8th century. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political, economic and cultural centre of Portugal. (B)
Dec, Thursday 06
Sintra, Cascais and Cabo da Roca
Eat breakfast at the hotel then have a day of visiting Sintra, Cascais and Cabo Da Roca. In Sintra the earliest remnants of human occupation were discovered in Penha Verde: these vestiges testify to an occupation dating to the early Paleolithic. Comparable remnants were discovered in an open-air site in São Pedro de Canaferrim, alongside the chapel of the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), dating back to the Neolithic, and include decorated ceramics and microlithic flint utensils from the fifth century B.C. Ceramic fragments found locally including many late Chalcolithic vases from the Sintra mountains suggest that between the fourth and third millennia B.C. the region (adjacent to the present village of Sintra) was occupied by a Neolithic/Chalcolithic settlement, with characteristics comparable to fortified settlements in Lisbon and Setúbal. Cascais is a coastal town and a municipality in Portugal, 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of Lisbon. Human settlement of the territory today known as Cascais dates to the late Paleolithic, as indicated by remnants encountered in the north of Talaíde, in Alto do Cabecinho (Tires) and south of Moinhos do Cabreiro. Cabo da Roca was known to the Romans as Promontorium Magnum and during the Age of Sail as the Rock of Lisbon. Cabo Da Roca is a cape which forms the westernmost extent of Portugal, continental Europe and the Eurasian landmass. (B)
Dec, Friday 07
Lisbon – Cape Verde
Have breakfast at your hotel then transfer to airport for flight to Cape Verde. International arrival in Santiago from Lisbon. Upon arrival welcome by your guide and transfer to your accommodation in Praia. After check-in guided tour on the historical Plateau and visit of the market "Sukupira". Dinner at a restaurant in town. (B, D)
Dec, Saturday 08
Today you will get to know the interior of Santiago, the biggest island of the archipelago. Guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel. Travel to Serra Malagueta with a stop in Assomada, the second biggest town of the island and well known for the lively market and the former house of Amilcar Cabral. After buying some fresh fruits you continue your travel to Serra Malagueta, the mountain range in the northern part of the island. You will continue to the fishing bay of Tarrafal, where you will enjoy a nice lunch at the sea. After lunch you will get to know a different dance of Cabo Verde - a Batuku show. In the afternoon drive back to Praia via the east coast. dinner with live music in Quintal da Musica in Praia. (B, L, D)
Dec, Sunday 09
In the early morning included transfer to the airport and domestic flight to Fogo. Upon your arrival transfer to the hotel and check-in. During the island tour driver and guide will show you today the most interesting places. You will see the lovely village Cova Figuera. Just before you arrive in Mosteiros your guide will do a short walk with you, to show you coffee plants as well as some tropical fruits close to Pai Antonio. At Mosteiros, the 2nd biggest town of Fogo you will have a break with lunch at a small pension. Here you can taste the local coffee the family itself is producing. In the evening dinner in town. (B, L, D)
Dec, Monday 10
Vulcanic Traces – Cha Das Caldeiras
You will start your tour up into the Cha das Caldeiras, where you will have the opportunity to walk on the lava fields and enjoy the stunning view on the majestic Pico Grande. You will see the fresh and almost dried out lava of the eruption of November 2014. After taking some impressive pictures in the picturesque countryside you enjoy a local lunch at a family’s place with traditional live music. In the afternoon you will visit the winery and taste the well-known Cha wine. The manager of the “Adega” has a nice garden behind his house that you will visit before travelling back to Sao Filipe. In the evening dinner with music in a restaurant in Sao Filipe. (B, L, D)
Dec, Tuesday 11
After breakfast transfer to the airport and domestic flight back to Santiago. You will meet your guide at the airport and start your tour to the world heritage site Cidade Velha where you will visit several attractions. Get to know the Rua Banana whose little houses are the best proof of simple original colonial architecture. The small church Nossa Senhora do Rosário is known as the oldest colonial church in the world. Underneath palm trees you will find the Pelourinho (pillory) of 1520, an evidence of centuries of slave trafficking. Afterwards short walk into the valley of Ribeira Grande, where you will have the chance to taste to local grogue, the national drink of Cape Verde. In between you will have lunch in a restaurant close to the sea. Before travelling back to Praia you will visit the Fort, another highlight close to Cidade Velha. Arrival in the already known hotel in the afternoon, where you will have dayuse rooms. In the evening farewell dinner in the hotel. In the later evening transfer with assistance to the airport. (B, L, D)
Dec, Wednesday 12
Santiago - USA
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Newark via Lisbon, arriving the same day. (B, L, D)
We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed