From the Amazon to the Sahara

Manaus, Amazonas - Casablanca, Morocco

Enjoy a riveting journey from the Amazon to the Sahara across the Atlantic Ocean. Join us as we explore diverse destinations, from the cobbled streets of Cape Verde to the modern city of Casablanca and everything in between. Expedition-style landings and active excursions will make this 18-day voyage a fascinating and enriching one.

  • Explore the world's largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon
  • Visit island paradises and cross the Atlantic Ocean
  • Enhance your expedition with an exciting and varied excursion programme
  • Be captivated by expert lectures on popular topics during the expedition

Overview

On this expedition you get it all! You can explore the rainforest from a kayak, go snorkelling in the turquoise waters, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and paradise islands, cross an entire ocean and feel the heat from the Sahara Desert. Starting in Manaus, in the middle of the Amazon, we spend some time exploring the biodiversity and wildlife of the world's largest rainforest and river. Venture into the jungle and you might get to see birds, sloths, monkeys, butterflies, macaws, anacondas and maybe even a jaguar. The river is home to dolphins, manatees, otters, sharks, eels and piranhas.

From Paradise Islands to 'The Green Hell'

Arriving at the Cape Verde Islands will feel like a visit to a tropical paradise. Palm trees and endless white beaches, colonial houses and UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a wonderful backdrop if you want to explore or relax. As a contrast, we also visit the notorious Devil's Island. This prison island was the colony of the condemned. Hear the stories of famous and fictional prisoners who endured the harsh conditions here between 1852 and 1953. 

As we cross the Atlantic Ocean, you will have time to relax or participate in the lectures or the onboard activities. We will then arrive in Africa, where Casablanca is the last port of call. 

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Book an expedition to Antarctica, Greenland, Canada, the Amazon or Europe departing in 2017/18 and you will receive up to £500pp on board credit to spend. Make the most of your time sailing exotic shores and put this credit towards any purchase on board - be it a cabin upgrade, excursions, or souvenirs from the gift store. Book before 30 December 2016.

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Experience a true blend of cultures and coastlines on a sailing crossing the Atlantic Ocean or a South American expedition in 2017 and save 30%. Book before 30 March 2017.

Single without supplement

Embark on a select Explorer sailing departing in 2017 and pay no single supplement if you are travelling alone. Offer is valid on departures along the tropical shores of Brazil and across the Atlantic Ocean. Book before 31 March 2017.

Your holiday price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition Voyage in cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • One hotel night in Manaus before the voyage including breakfast
  • Transfer hotel to ship in Manaus including orientation tour
  • Wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Landings and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English-speaking Expedition Team that gives lectures as well as accompany landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee

Not included: 

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Excursions and Gratuities

Note: 

  • Prices are in GBP per person
  • All planned landings are subject to weather conditions
  • All itineraries are subject to change
  • Medical questionnaire mandatory

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Itinerary

The itinerary

Follow the fascinating route from the lush Amazonas to the the largest hot desert on Earh, the Sahara.

29 March 2017

Departure port Manaus, Amazonas
Day 1
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Photo: Filipe Frazao Photo

Door to the jungle


Location: Manaus

Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in the capital of the Amazonas state. Located in the middle of the rainforest and with 2 million inhabitants, it seems like a foreign body in relation to the lush Amazon.

Day 2
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Photo: Elisa Bonomini / Shutterstock Photo

Facts and floating piers


Location: Manaus, Amazonas

After a relaxing breakfast, you’ll join a sightseeing tour where you will learn more about the region including its turbulent history during the “rubber boom” in the late 19th century.

Manaus is home to a floating pier as the water level can change due to the heavy rainfalls of up to 13 metres. Here the tour will end where MS Fram will be waiting for you.

 

Day 3
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Photo: Christian Vinces / Shutterstock Photo

Local flavour


Location: Parintins, Amazonas

As we cruise towards the Atlantic Ocean, we will make a stop in Parintins. This is a very small island with lots of small shops, eateries and a local cathedral that towers over the city. Take a walk to experience the everyday life here, enjoy one of the local drinks or taste the local soup, do some boi-dancing with the locals or join the Expedition Team for a hike or kayak trip in the jungle. 

Day 4
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Photo: Kovgabor / Shutterstock Photo

Laid-back life


Location: Santarém, Amazonas

Today we will explore the city of Santarém, which boasts a waterfront promenade where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. Santarém is an ideal gateway to the Floresta Nacional (FLONA) do Tapajós, a beautiful national forest where you can hike and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.

Days 5-6
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Photo: Filipe Frazao Photo

Into the wild


Location: Cruising On The Amazon River

For the next few days, we will be cruising on the Amazon River through the jungle before we reach the Atlantic Ocean. We recommend that you stay on deck with your camera and binoculars as we witness the unique flora and fauna pass by.

Listen to the sound of the jungle and hear the song of the wilderness. When we cross the equator, look for the “red line” in the ocean. If you are not yet baptized King Neptune, a welcome guest on board, will appear to perform an Equator baptism.

Day 7
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Photo: Matayas Rehak / Shutterstock Photo

Green Hell no more


Location: Devil's Island, French Guyana

Devil's Island belongs to the Iles de Salut. For more than 100 years the island was the infamous "green hell" of legends. This was where 60,000 prisoners endured a living death dubbed the "dry guillotine". For the prisoners, death was their only escape. The surroundings were home to the planet's most threatening animals. The sea was infested with sharks, the rivers filled with piranhas and the jungle teemed with army ants and alligators.

Days 8-12
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Photo: S.Borisov / Shutterstock Photo

At one with the ocean


Location: Crossing the Atlantic Ocean

The waters of the Atlantic Ocean will be our home for the next days, offering you undisturbed views across the horizon. We welcome you to join the Expedition Team for lectures or spend your days relaxing on deck.

Take pleasure in the colour of the ocean changing under the influence of the sunlight and the microorganisms in the water. Flying fish will join us on our way to Cape Verde, and sea birds like masked boobies will be a special attraction.

Day 13
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Photo: Samuel Borgen Photography Photo

Steeped in history


Location: Praia, Cape Verde

Praia is the capital of Cape Verde. Not far from Praia, you find the tiny Cidade da Ribeira Grande de Santiago (Cidade Velha), the former capital of Santiago, founded by the Portuguese in 1461. Today, the town with its old fortress, 'Fortaleza Real de Sao Felipe', the extraordinarily restored 'Rua Banana' and the oldest colonial church in the region, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a day of snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to experience the vibrant lifestyle here.

Days 14-17
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Photo: Samuel Borge Photography Photo

Taken with the current


Location: North Atlantic Gyre

During the next few days, we will sail with the Canary Current away from Cape Verde. The current is part of the North Atlantic Gyre and is characteristically quite cool, despite its position next to the coastline of West Africa. The waters are remarkable fishing grounds and teeming with marine mammals and seabirds.

We encourage you to spend as much time as possible on the open decks to relax and take advantage of the views. Our Expedition Team will be pleased to offer information about the wildlife, marine ecosystem and of course, Casablanca, our final destination.

Day 18
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Photo: Ruslan Kalnitsky / Shutterstock Photo

The White City


Location: Casablanca

Our expedition ends in Casablanca, Africa. We recommend that you stay out on deck when we sail into the harbour; The Hassan II Mosque is an amazing sight. The mosque is the seventh largest in the world, and 105,000 faithful can pray here at the same time. If time permits, you can also explore the 'White City'. To get a true feel for this lively African city, take a walk through the narrow streets and visit the local souk (African market place).

15 April 2017

Location Casablanca, Morocco
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