Join us aboard the MS Hebridean Sky for this unique island hopping itinerary visiting the diverse islands of the Atlantic with their mountainous landscapes, intriguing topography, lunar like landscapes, verdant pine forests and stunning national parks. Sailing from Dakar, we leave the bustle of this fascinating Senegalese capital behind and head to the remote and intriguing group of islands that lie off the coast, the Cape Verde archipelago. Through the ages these islands have been used by mariners as a staging post and there is no better way to explore their dramatic beauty and cultural vibrancy than by small ship. Each island is a little world of its own with a distinct culture and atmosphere; some are arid and flat with extraordinary beaches and sand dunes whilst others by contrast are more mountainous and lusher.
After two days at sea we arrive in our next island group located some 700 miles off Saharan Africa: the Canary Islands. Our first call will be to Santa Cruz de Tenerife where there will be the opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens of the city and spectacular Mount Teide before we continue our exploration by visiting three of the lesser known islands: La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma where we can enjoy nature at its very best. These volcanic islands impress with their unique flora and fauna and boast rugged rocky landscapes, evergreen cloud forests, metre-high ferns and bizarre-looking dragon trees. Continue on to the delightful island of Madeira where we have a full day to explore this “floating garden in the Atlantic” visiting the island’s wonderful gardens and experiencing the breathtakingly beautiful scenery on offer.
Every new day brings a different vista and our itinerary has been designed to offer a choice of excursion in many ports of call as this collection of islands has something to offer everyone whether your interests lie in gardens, geology, history or walking. On some islands the infrastructure is minimal but with our comfortable small ship and in the company of just 100 like-minded travel companions, we can explore places otherwise inaccessible to the larger ships.