In the Wake of the Buccaneers
Join an expedition across the ocean, from Europe and Africa to the Amazon rainforest
Departure: 29 September 2017
Lisbon's history revolves around its strategic geographical position at the mouth of the Tagus, where its spacious and sheltered natural harbour made the city an important seaport for trade between the Mediterranean and northern Europe. This is probably why Lisbon has a long history of pirate raids, from the Vikings and Saracen pirates to Dutch and English pirates later on. Before we sail, you can visit well-known buildings and UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery.
Cádiz is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic, and the long beaches invite you to enjoy a dip in the ocean. Cádiz is the one of the oldest cities in the Western world, founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 B.C. Later on the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors found their way to the city. For 200 years, Cádiz was regularly attacked by the English. Sir Francis Drake may be remembered for circumnavigating the world, but he also happened to be Queen Elizabeth I's favourite privateer. His greatest act was a blow against the King of Spain: a raid on Cádiz that destroyed several ships that were being built for the great Armada that was to attack England.
Pirates in Morocco were known as the Barbary corsairs, and Casablanca was once a haven for pirates. Today the city displays an exotic mix of old and new. Stay on deck as we sail out from the White City to enjoy the view of the town and its harbour life with small and colourful wooden boats next to fishing vessels and huge ocean liners. See the Hassan II Mosque in the sunset, one of Casablanca's most famous landmarks.
Enjoy a day at sea as the Expedition Team starts their fascinating lecture series.
During the next two days we will sail with the Canary Current on our way to 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 more shallow and warm waters, making this part of the ocean a remarkable fishing ground that is also teeming with marine mammals and seabirds
Enjoy another day at sea. Relax on deck or attend the lectures from the Expedition Team.
The Cape Verde Islands were discovered in the beginning of the 15th century. Travellers frequently used them as a stop to take on food and water. The useful location led to attacks by many famous pirates and privateers such as Francis Drake, Henry Long, Ben Avery, Henry Morgan and William Dampier. Captain Kidd also frequently sailed these waters. Several treasure hunters believe that the Skeleton Island he refers to was actually Maio Island, next to Santiago and Praia where we make a stop. Enjoy a day of snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to experience the hectic pace of life on the island.
Attend interesting lectures as we cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Enjoy being at one with the ocean and relaxing on deck, a truly unique experience.
You will see the ocean changing colour under the influence of the sunlight and the microorganisms in the water.
Flying fish will join us and sea birds such as masked boobies will be a highlight.
Enjoy the view of endless horizons, read those holiday novels you never have the time to read, or simply relax on deck.
The mighty Amazon River crosses the South American continent. The Amazon rainforest, home to more than a third of the world's animal species, surrounds it. As we sail along this river, you will have unbeatable views of the untamed rainforest and its biodiversity.
The Amazon River is the largest river in the world and runs through the largest forest in the world. After seven days at sea, it will be great to feel land under your feet again. Stroll along the waterfront promenade in Santarém 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 National Forest Tapajós, a beautiful forest where you can hike and canoe. You can also explore the unique Amazon rainforest.
Parintins 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.
Manaus is the capital of the state of Amazonas and is located in the middle of the rainforest.
Manaus is known as 'The Gateway to the Jungle'.
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