Tema (Accra) to Lisbon
April 15 – May 01, 2019

Overview:

Join us to trace the Gold Coast of Ghana and follow the African coastline northward, stopping in majestic Morocco and ending in the ornate city of Lisbon, Portugal. We will visit more than half a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the ancient Medina in Marrakech and castles in Ghana that pre-date the African slave trade. You will be amazed to experience dramatic differences in ecology and climate as we go, from lagoon to desert to lush rainforest, and so much in between. This trip is a birdwatcher’s dream, with nearly twenty species to spot as we go including the African Pied Hornbill, the Fork-tailed Drongo and the Greater Flamingo. Visit with chimpanzees at the Tacugama Chimpanzee sanctuary after we visit Western Area Forest Reserve in Freetown. Stand with your back to the desert facing a stunning lagoon in Dakhla. Encounter fascinating local cultures against the backdrop of some of the world’s most breath-taking desert landscapes, and visit vibrant, active markets at nearly every port, but none as spectacular as in Marrakech! Throughout the voyage, learn about the geology, wildlife and botany of this remarkable area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable on board Expedition Team.

Brief Itinerary:
Day 1: Tema (Accra), Ghana
Day 2: Takoradi, Ghana
Day 3: Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Day 4: Day at Sea
Day 5: Tokeh, Sierra Leone
Day 6: Aberdeen, Sierra Leone
Day 7: Day at Sea
Day 8: Banjul, Gambia
Day 9: Dakar, Senegal
Day 10: Joel Fadiout & Saly, Senegal
Day 11: Day at Sea
Day 12: Ad Dakhla, Morocco
Day 13 – 14: Laayoune, Morocco
Day 15: Safi, Morocco
Day 16: Day at Sea
Day 17: Lisbon, Portugal

Interested in more information? Please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Tema (Accra) to Lisbon
April 15 – May 01, 2019

Day-by-day Itinerary:

Day 1 – Monday, April 15, 2019 – Tema (Accra)
From a modest fishing port to the biggest in Ghana, Tema’s industrial activity has all but tarnished the charming, postcard scenery of the region. The neighbouring white-sanded beaches remain immaculate, still serving as a testimony of the rich variety of fishing birds that can be found in the area.In the way Mother Nature intended it, gannets, boobies and kingfishers amongst other species fish in and around the cerulean waters of the coast. A light breeze tickles the inflamed, iron-filled soil of the mainland on which the railway linking Tema to Accra lures hundreds of visitors each day.

Day 2 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Takoradi
Ghana’s fourth-largest city plays serene beaches against a bustling commercial centre. People from around the world visit the shore, both for its beauty and to enjoy the fresh seafood served right on the sands. Frantic city life awaits a short distance inland, where an economy fuelled by Ghana’s oil industry is most apparent in the maze of vendors at Market Circle.

Day 3 – Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Abidjan
Three hours south of Yamoussoukro, nestled in between the canals and waterways, lies Abidjan the economic capital of the Ivory Coast. Considered the crossroads of West Africa both economically and culturally, Abidjan benefits from clement temperatures year round, reaching average highs of around 88˚ Fahrenheit, or 30˚ Celsius.

Day 4 – Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Day at Sea
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Day 5 – Friday, April 19, 2019 – Tokeh
Tokeh, or Tokeh Town as it is also known, is a coastal resort town that relies mainly on fishing and tourism. Only twenty miles outside Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, this town is nestled in an area of beautiful scenery, surrounded by mountains, forests and beaches. The Tokeh Beach is considered one of the largest and most attractive beaches in West Arica. This town was first founded by a Sherbo fisherman who settled along the river bank. Much later, in 1968, a prominent barrister from Sierra Leone purchased the land, and in partnership with a French company, developed the village.

Day 6 – Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Aberdeen
The coastal neighborhood of Aberdeen, a part of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, is located on the tip of the Aberdeen Peninsula. It was established in 1829 to provide accommodation for liberated enslaved Africans who had been left in Freetown by the British Royal Navy. Today, it is a vibrant neighborhood with several up-scale restaurants and hotels. It is also known as a good surf spot.

Day 7 – Sunday, April 21, 2019 – Day at Sea
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 8 –Monday, April 22, 2019 – Banjul
A British Army captain created Gambia’s capital city in 1816 as a means to stop the European and American slave trade in the area. Barracks were the first residences, but the post grew quickly. Today, the King Fahad Mosque’s twin minarets mark the large city’s skyline. Shopping at the public market is a main attraction. Banjul is also a popular base from which to head out for tropical bird watching trips. Daily life is colorful here. Expect beggars, hagglers and lots of unsolicited hellos from “bumsters,” young men who hang around tourists a little too much.

Day 9 – Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Dakar
Big, crowded and chaotic, Dakar can seem like a dirty mess not worth the effort, but relax and dig in—this is emerging Africa. The city is progressing quickly as the country develops, and already Dakar is home to many worthy restaurants and thumping nightlife. Historic sights are here, as well as nice beaches. But keep your eyes open, especially at markets, in shopping areas, and at top tourist attractions, where pickpockets, muggers, and hustlers work the streets.

Day 10 – Wednesday, April 24, 2019 – Joel Fadiout & Saly
Joal Fadiout is a picturesque village located southeast of Dakar in Senegal. It is an island but is connected to the mainland with a wooden foot bridge. The community living on the Fadiout Island is a mix of Christian and Muslim faiths and live traditional lifestyles based on artesian fishing. The tides are dramatic in this area and on the low tide many people can be seen out on the mangrove mudflats collecting cockles, oysters, murex snails, conch and fishing with seine nets from their pirogues and swimming in the shallows.

Saly is a picturesque seaside resort village on the la Petite Côte (the Little Coast), about 50 miles south of Dakar. It was originally a Portuguese trading post, but over time developed into a resort town after the first resort was built in 1984. Today, its main industry is tourism and there are several modern hotels, tea houses playing traditional Wolof music, restaurants, and shops. Its main attractions are the sandy beaches lined with coconut palm trees, idyllic climate and watersports.

Day 11 – Thursday, April 25, 2019 – Day at Sea
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 12 – Friday, April 26, 2019 – Ad Dakhla
Dakhla is a fishing city located at the tip of a thin peninsula. Apart from modern fishing fleets, simple, rustic boats are clustered together along the shores, while the whitewashed buildings, chaotic streets and fabrics woven in colorful patterns make for interesting images. Historically, this was a stronghold of Berbers and was at one time a Spanish colony named Villa Cisneros. An Old Spanish lighthouse still stands on the outskirts of town as a testament to this segment of the region’s past.

Day 13 –14 – Saturday – Sunday, April 27 – 28, 2019 – Laayoune
Laayoune is the largest city, and capital, of Western Sahara. It has a population of about 200,000, which is more than half the population of the territory. It is literally a city in the middle of the desert, about 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean, with nothing else around it for a thousand miles. The name means “the water springs” or “water source”. The Spaniards developed the city in 1938 as the administrative, military, and European centre. In 1940, Spain designated it as the capital of the Spanish Sahara. Since 1976 it has been the capital of the Laâyoune province of Morocco.

Day 15 – Monday, April 29, 2019 – Safi
Safi’s natural harbor lies on the Atlantic in western Morocco and was once used by the Roman and the Phoenicians. By the 11th century gold, slaves and ivory were the hot commodities being traded between Marrakesh and Guinea. Evolving through the ages to cater to the popular trade of the day, the major industry here today is fishing connected to the country’s sardine industry, but there is also an economy based on exported phosphates, textiles and ceramics.

Day 16 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019 – Day at Sea
Ghana’s fourth-largest city plays serene beaches against a bustling commercial centre. People from around the world Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 17 – Wednesday, May 01, 2019 – Lisbon
Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, calçada à portuguesa (black-and-white mosaic cobblestone) sidewalks border wide boulevards.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Tema (Accra) to Lisbon
April 15 – May 01, 2019

Rates:

April 15 – May 01, 2019
Trip Package Rate:

Vista Suite: $11,200 approx. per person sharing
Verdana Suite: $13,100 approx. per person sharing
Medallion Suite: $21,700 approx. per person sharing
Silver Suite: $22,700 approx. per person sharing
Grand Suite: $24,700 approx. per person sharing
Owner’s Suite: $32,200 approx. per person sharing

– Rates are per person and are based on shared accommodations
– Rates are approximate until the time of booking
– Rates are quoted in USD and subject to change without prior notice
– Rates are based on availability at the time of booking

Flights:

International Airfare:
Africa Easy does not make international air reservations and international air is not included in your quote. However, please do let us know if you would like assistance with booking your international air. We would be happy to put you in touch with our airline partner, Exito Travel to assist you with your international air reservation.

Included:

 Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
 Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
 Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
 Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
 In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
 Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
 Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
 Gratuities always included in your fare
 One hour free Wifi per day for all guests. Unlimited free Wifi for guests sailing on select suite categories

Not Included:

Airfare; optional hotel accommodation; transfers and luggage handling; fuel surcharges; optional shore excursions; meals ashore; accommodation while ashore; security surcharges; items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa treatments or purchases from the ship boutiques. Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.

Deposit & Payments

A completed & signed Africa Easy Reservation Form, along with your 25% trip deposit and full regional and/or domestic air payment (if applicable) is required at the time of booking.

Reservations

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Africa Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

To reserve space on a trip on the Africa Easy website, please contact Africa Easy by calling 1-800-617-2319 or click here to e-mail the Africa Easy Team.

Tema (Accra) to Lisbon
April 15 – May 01, 2019

Silver Cloud
After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22 passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

• GUESTS: 254
• CREW: 223
• LENGTH: 514.14 Feet / 156.7 Meters


April 15 - May 01, 2019