From the Amazon to the Sahara
Enjoy a leisurely journey from the Amazon to the Sahara across the Atlantic Ocean
Departure: 29 March 2017
Your adventure starts with an overnight stay in this exotic city.
After a relaxing breakfast, you will learn more about Manaus and the region by joining a sightseeing tour which ends at the pier where MS Fram will be waiting for you.
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.
In Santarém, you can take a stroll along the waterfront promenade where the murky brown Amazon meets the dark blue-green Rio Tapajós. On one hand this is a pleasant city, but it is also a gritty port town. Santarém is also the perfect starting point for several activities in the Tapajós National Forest, a beautiful forest where you can hike and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.
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. Listen to the sound of the jungle and hear the song of the wilderness.
When we cross the equator, King Neptune will appear to perform an Equator baptism.
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.
Enjoy the view to an endless horizon, and see 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.
Enjoy another relaxing but exciting day at sea.
Join the Expedition Team for more lectures or spend the day relaxing on deck.
Have another relaxing day at sea, or attend the lectures.
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.
During the next few days, we will sail with the Canary Current on our way from Cape Verde. The current is part of the North Atlantic Gyre.
The North Atlantic Gyre is where the deep, cold and nutrient-rich water meets shallower warm waters, making this part of the ocean a remarkable fishing ground that is also teeming with marine mammals and seabirds.
Enjoy the view of endless horizons, read those holiday novels you have never found the time to read, or simply relax on deck.
Enjoy another relaxing but exciting day at sea.
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).
Birdwatching in SantiagoExcursion Transatlantic (Approx. 7.5 hour) From £ 108
The Nature of SantiagoExcursion Transatlantic (Approx. 6.5 hours) From £ 92
The Island of SantiagoExcursion Transatlantic (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 82
Off road adventure in SantiagoExcursion Transatlantic (Approx. 4 hours) From £ 103
The Countryside in SantiagoExcursion Transatlantic (Approx. 3.5 hours) From £ 82
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