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Rio de Janeiro to Venice

The Grand Atlantic | 28 Nights | Departs Apr 2, 2015

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Porto Grande, Cape Verde

Ports:

Apr, 2

-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Apr, 3

-Cruise the Coast of Brazil

Apr, 4

-Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Apr, 5

-Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Apr, 6

-Recife, Brazil

Apr, 7

-Natal, Brazil

Apr, 8

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 9

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 10

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 11

-Porto Grande, Cape Verde

Apr, 12

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 13

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 14

-Arrecife-Lanzarote Isl, Spain

Apr, 15

-Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Apr, 16

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 17

-Tangier, Morocco

Apr, 18

-Málaga (Granada), Spain

Apr, 19

-Cruise Atlantic Ocean

Apr, 20

-Barcelona, Spain

Apr, 21

-Provence (Marseille), France

Apr, 22

-Monte Carlo, Monaco

Apr, 23

-Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy

Apr, 24

-Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Apr, 25

-Palermo, Italy

Apr, 26

-Cruise the Ionian Sea

Apr, 27

-Kotor, Montenegro

Apr, 28

-Zadar, Croatia

Apr, 29

-Venice, Italy

Apr, 30

-Venice, Italy

Porto Grande, Cape Verde-port

Explore the Colonial past of Mindelo, the cultural center of Cape Verde with its distinctive blend of Portuguese and African influences. Make your way on foot to the Governor’s palace. Painted pink, it stands out among the other, smaller colonial era houses. Be sure to visit the Cape Verde Handicraft Museum before a stop at the fish market and the lively main municipal market in its own grand old colonial building. Shop for traditional handicrafts, pottery, baskets and woven items. Monte Verde, the highest peak calls to the intrepid hiker. Breathtaking views make the effort highly rewarding. Stroll along the waterfront and relax over a meal of local stew called cachupa, or a fresh fish delicacy in this lively exotic destination.

 

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

As shore excursions to be offered in this port are not yet confirmed, below is a list of those offered previously. We make every effort to have excursions finalized at least 240 days in advance of sailing, and often sooner, so please check back regularly.

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Highlights of Cape Verde
    Seated TourMinimal Activity Required
  • Island Discovery
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Mindelo - the Cultural Capital
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Spectacular Sao Vicente
    Seated Tour
  • Highlights of Cape Verde

    Seated Tour Minimal Activity Required
    Duration: 3 1/4 hours
    Tour Code: prg-004

    This mostly panoramic driving tour presents the very best of the island's natural attractions, including its highest mountain, most scenic beaches and most fertile valley.

    From the pier it's a short drive east of town to the top of Monte Verde, the highest point on Sao Vicente. From here, you'll have sweeping views of the entire island, including a bird's-eye look at lovely Mindelo and the beaches along the eastern shore. Volcanically formed Monte Verde is rich in plant life with garden crops that include corn, sweet potatoes, and bananas.

    Soon after descending, you'll arrive at Baia das Gatas, which means Catfish Bay. Like much of the island, its sheltered lagoon was created by volcanic eruption centuries ago. Praia Grande, a large crescent-shaped beach lying just south, is equally stunning; especially in the way its white sands beautifully contrast with the backdrop of black lava mountains. While taking in the spectacle, enjoy a glass of "pontche," a traditional island cocktail made with sugar-cane molasses and "grogue," the national liqueur of Cape Verde.

    Continuing on, you'll drive through an agricultural valley fed by a stream that eventually empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The stream provides much needed irrigation for the surrounding croplands, as most of the island is quite arid. In fact, even though Sao Vicente was discovered on January 22, 1462, it wasn't developed until the 19th century because the island lacks substantial water. After passing through the valley, you'll return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the bus and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Transportation is usually via buses that do not have air-conditioning and which are used at other times as public transportation on the island. There are no restroom facilities available on this tour.

Terms & Conditions:

Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a an adult parent or guardian on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.

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