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  • Discovering the emblematic islands of Cape Verde from sun-soaked Santiago to the glassy turquoise waters of Sal.
  • Enjoying a gorgeous seaside getaway to Tarrafal and taking part in lots of exciting activities including sincluind fishin, surfing, snorkeling and hiking through the nearby national park.
  • Staying in beautiful 4* hotels, including the Pestana Tropico in Ilha de Santiago which offers dazzling views of the ocean.

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Your Itinerary In Brief

On this tour, you'll discover the most emblematic islands of Cape Verde!


Santiago is known as the most African island, due to its strong connection with this continent through its traditions and culture. As it was the first island to be colonised, it is here that we find the roots and origins of the history of this country. Its richness is not limited to culture and history, it also includes the diverse landscapes of the largest island of Cape Verde, with mountains, fertile valleys and beautiful white sandy beaches.


A journey of authenticity awaits!


Choose between:

  • 6 Nights in Santiago + 2 Nights in Sal
  • 7 Nights in Santiago + 2 Nights in Sal
  • 6 Nights in Santiago + 3 Nights in Sal
  • 6 Nights in Santiago + 4 Nights in Sal
  • 7 Nights in Santiago + 3 Nights in Sal
  • 8 Nights in Santiago + 2 Nights in Sal
  • 8 Nights in Santiago + 3 Nights in Sal
  • 7 Nights in Santiago + 4 Nights in Sal
  • 8 Nights in Santiago + 4 Nights in Sal

Your Itinerary In Detail

Day 1-3

Day 1:

Arrive in Santiago and take a transfer to your hotel, Pestana Tropico, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome and a comfortable overnight stay, followed by a delicious breakfast the following morning.


Day 2:

Today, you'll begin exploring the iconic island of Santiago and its amazing landscapes.


Activities will include taking an unforgettable trip to Tarrafal in the North of the island. 


From high mountains to green valleys, you'll find the landscape changes completely from that of the city of Praia. The first stop is in São Domingos. You'll see different villages, passing by the Peak of Antónia, the highest point of the island. 60km from Praia we will find the town of Assomada, an important trading point, where we will visit the traditional market (only on Wednesdays and Saturdays).​


The tour continues passing through the Serra Malagueta region, with its eucalyptus forest, several types of acacias and other endemic plants.​ ​


Finally, you'll arrive at Tarrafal, a fishing village where we can visit the former concentration camp, now turned into a museum, and then go to the incredible bay, with a very pleasant sea, surrounded by palm trees - considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the country (free time to swim).


Overnight stay in King Fisher Village.


Day 3:

Enjoy a free day relaxing on the beautiful beach of Tarrafal.


Or, why not take an optional hike through the Serra da Malagueta mountain range which is located in the north of the island. It's one of the most beautiful hikes on the island of Santiago, descending through the Ribeira Principal Valley to the small village of Hortelão. Along the way, you'll pass between traditional stone houses, accessible only on foot. The guide will explain the curiosities about the flora and the daily life of the inhabitants who live there mainly from agriculture.


Overnight stay at Kingfisher Village or similar with breakfast included.

Day 4-6

Day 4:

After tucking into a tasty breakfast, soak up plenty of free time today, exploring the island at your own pace and leisure.


Overnight stat at Kingfisher Village or similar.


Day 5:

Today you'll return to Praia, but meanwhile, embark on a coastal adventure...


Make a stop at the “rabelados” community at the village of Espinho Branco. They are a religious community, who rebeled against society and church during colonial time, and now still keeps its unique traditions. Here, you will have the chance to see and buy some handy-craft pieces, paintings, while we learn more about the culture. ​


Then, you'll get to know one of the gems of Santiago Island – the county of Santa Cruz, with the city of Pedra Badejo, on the island East coast. A town with ideal landscapes, mountains and sea, the fishing and farming traditions with its big banana and coconut trees fields. During this ramble, enjoy a light walk (around 45 min) past banana, coconut and mango trees.


Following this, you'll arrive in Praia.


Overnight stay in Pestana Tropico or similar with breakfast included.


Day 6:

A day to uncover the secrets of the capital of Cape Verde as well as to discover the place which is called the cradle of Cape Verde.


Begin the day with a walk through the historical centre of Praia, the Plateau, where you'll see the cross district, the place, the church and the public market, the art street of Ponta Belém, going down via the Sukupira market.​


​After that, take the bus to Cidade Velha, located 20 min away from the capital, the first city builted by the Portugues in Africa and considered as the cradle of Cape Verde. ​


The historical centre of Ribeira Grande, renamed 'Cidade Velha' at the end of the XVIIIth century is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage in 2009 and, caring its historical remains are well preserved. ​

Next, visit the São Filipe Fort, 100 meters above the sea level. It was built to protect the city from the pirates that were constantly attacking the city between the XVIth and the XVIIth century – among them Francis Drake and Jacques Cassard.​

Upon arrival in Cidade Velha, visit each monument and ruin, including the old cathedral, the São Franciso convent, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário church (the first church established in the old colonies), the Banana street and the old slaves market, with its pillory. ​


Lunch will take place in a restaurant close to the sea, in the centre of Cidade Velha (the tour also includes the transfer and the guide).


Overnight stay at Hotel Pestana Tropico or similar with breakfast included.

Day 7-8

Optional Day 7:

Today marks the end of your time in Santiago... unless you'd like to extend your adventure on the island for an extra 2 days!


Opt to stay an extra night at Pestana Tropico at the end of the programme - relaxing and exploring to your heart's content.


Optional Day 8:

Enjoy 1 extra night at Kingfisher Village and 1 extra night at Pestana Tropico at the end of the program.

Day 9-12

Day 9:

Travel to Sal and stay overnight at Hotel Sobrado in the quaint village of Santa Maria. 


Day 10, 11 & 12:

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel each morning and take the next few days to relax, unwind and explore the beautiful island of Sal at your own pace.

Your Hotels

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Maximum room capacity

Santiago - Cape Verde's Origins (6, 7, or 8 nights):



Pestana Tropico

Pestana Tropico in Ilha de Santiago offers dazzling views of the ocean, situated just 10 minutes from shopping and restaurants in the centre of Plateau. The African-style guest accommodation is spacious and includes private bathrooms, air conditioning, work desks, LCD TVs with international channels, free Wi-Fi and minibars. All of the rooms include views over the swimming pool or the sea. For dining, the hotel offers a restaurant and a bar. Guests also have access to an outdoor saltwater pool, a sunny terrace and a fitness room. Sunbeds and parasols are provided.


King Fisher Village

Perched on the shores of the Atlantic ocean in Tarrafal, King Fisher Village is the ideal seaside getaway with nearby activities sincluind fishin, surfing, snorkeling and hiking through the nearby national park. This well-appointed resort is home to modern suites and a double room, each equipped with a terrace and sunbeds. Guest can kick start the day with a scrumptious breakfast while admiring the beautiful views at the onsite restaurant. Activities offered by eh hotel include ping-pong and board games while entertainment includes Tueasy dance evening and Saturday live music sessions.


Sal - Leisure & Discovery (2, 3 or 4 nights):


Hotel Sobrado   

Located in the south of Sal Island in the quaint village of Santa Maria, Hotel Sobrado offers comfortable accommodation only a 15 minutes’ drive away from the International Airport Amilcar Cabral and near the pristine beaches which characterize the island of Sal. Hotel Sobrado offers its guests a range of 54 guest rooms, all of them spacious and finely furnished, with king-size or twin beds, en suite bathroom, air conditioning, phone, flat-screen TV, personal safe, mini bar, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel features 2 on-site restaurants. The “Sugò” restaurant, where guests may spend, depending on the arrangement chosen, Breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Piri Piri Bistrò.


A range of other amenities are also offered at the hotel include babysitting, laundry service, car rental and spa services. On the island, visitors can partake in a range of fun activities such as a tour around the island by minibus or on quad bikes or set sail on a catamaran to Murdeira bay to snorkel, fish or simply relax onboard. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of relaxing salt treatments with salt sourced from local salt pans which have beneficial, curative and slimming properties.

Your Dining Choices

This offer is based on a Bed and Breakfast stay.

Your Journey to Cape Verde


You may choose from Economy, Premium or Business class flights on sectors that they operate, at the next stage of the booking process.


The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Your Destination

Welcome to Cape Verde!


Would you like to discover a destination off the beaten track? Make a stopover in Cape Verde, an archipelago of 10 islands nestled off the coast of Senegal. This little known destination is unlike any other. You will be immersed in a unique culture, where Portuguese and African influences create a rich mix.


Each of the islands offers a different journey with rugged, lush and lunar landscapes. Explore the wild beauty of nature on a hike, relax on a black sandy beach or try cachupa, the national dish.

In More Detail

Please find practical information about your trip
This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.

Pets are not allowed.
Our price doesn’t include any additional taxes, which will be payable locally.

Passport details required at the time of booking and due to flight schedules change, the itinerary might also need to be adjusted. 


The emergency contact numbers in each island are:

Santiago – Elaine Paris Tel: + 238 976 45 62

São Vicente – Julia Fonseca Tel: +238 918 73 36

Santo Antão – Sandra Pereira Tel: + 238 919 73 78


Price does not include:

  • Airport tax (34 € / person)
  • Tourism tax 2,5 € / night / person
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.


Please note that due to the current situation, any information mentioned is subject to change or adaptation.

We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel three days before your departure to keep you informed of the latest changes and information.

You can also refer to our FAQ section to find more information on the development of the situation.

We suggest that you keep informed of the latest regulations in force:

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Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

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