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In the Wake of Thor Heyerdahl Westbound

17 days
16 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 3,400.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Sep 23, 2017 - Oct 09, 2017 

Ships & Cabins:

Itinerary:

Day 1: Casablanca, Morocco
Casablanca was an old pirate lair back in the days, but today it is an exotic mix of old and new. We recommend you explore the city before departure. Stay on deck as we sail out from the “White City” to enjoy the view of the town and the harbour life with small, open and colourful wooden boats next to fishing vessels and huge ocean liners. See the famous landmark, the Hassan II Mosque in the sunset before you go to your first dinner on board MS Midnatsol.

Day 2: Agadir, Morocco
When we arrive in Agadir we recommend you spend some hours on the beach or walk 200 meters into the city: Suddenly you are in the middle of Moroccan street life. The city was destroyed in an earthquake back in 1960, and the old Kasbah (citadel) no longer has its crenellated ramparts. Nevertheless, this elevated site has a complete view of the bay, the port and the new town and is an enchanting sight at sundown. Slightly to the south of the city center, the new Medina is a place to be discovered. It was reconstructed from the 1990s onwards by Italian architect Coco Polizzi. It is an original and bold success, where the Moroccan soul still survives. The jewellery souk and the Moorish café are more than worth the detour.

Day 3: Affecife, Lanzarote, Spain
A UNESCO biosphere reserve, Lanzarote is an intriguing island with an extraordinary geology of 300 volcanic cones. Explore the city, rest under the palm trees at the beaches or visit the Lagoon in the centre of Arrecife. With its small white houses and the little colourful fishing boats it is called the “Venice of the Atlantic”. If you are interested in Modern Art the International Museum of Modern Art in the old military fortress “Castillo de San José” is a must.

Day 4: At Sea
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. This 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 sea birds.

Day 5: At Sea
Enjoy life on deck or join the expedition team for interesting lectures on the Cape Verde Islands, our next destination.

Day 6: Midelo, Cape Verde
Mindelo is a very busy town and full of life. The inhabitants of the Cape Verde evolved their own Creole culture and language influenced by people from Europe, Africa and South America. Do not miss the famous market place in Mindelo and submerge into the active life of a totally different culture. The old town is also an interesting experience and windsurfers will love the beaches here.

Day 7: Praia, Cape Verde
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. The Portuguese founded it in 1461. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an old fortress, “Fortaleza Real de Sao Felipe”, the extraordinary restored “Rua Banana” and the oldest colonial church in the region. Enjoy a day of snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to experience the hectic life here.

Day 8: At Sea, Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
A hundred years ago, crossing the Atlantic Ocean by ship was considered normal; today it is an extremely special experience to sail rather than fly.

Day 9: At Sea
As we cross the Atlantic, we will fill your days with interesting lectures, great edutainment, and onboard activities. Enjoy the feeling of experiencing the vast oceanand doing something few people take the time, or have the opportunity, to do in these modern times.

Day 10: At Sea, Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
You will see that the ocean is not only blue. The color will change by the influence of the sunlight and the microorganisms in the water. Flying fishes will join us on our way to Brazil and seabirds such as the masked boobies become a special attraction.

Day 11: At Sea, Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
Enjoy the view to endless horizons, read the book(s) you never have the time to read or relax out on deck.

Day 12: At Sea, Crossing the Atlantic Ocean
Have another lazy day at sea, or take part in the onboard activities, lectures, and edutainment.

Day 13: Belém, Brazil
After a few days in a Zen state, our arrival in Belém, Brazil can be a quite a shock. But don’t worry, we’ll spend two days here so you can roam the streets and parks shaded by mango trees at your leisure. The city lies on the bank of the river Para that belongs to the extensive river system of the Amazon basin. We will cruise through the Baia de Maraio to reach the harbor of Belém, situated at 1° 27’ S, almost on the equator. Amazonia has the tropical climate of the South American equatorial region, and is home to an impressive and species-rich tropical rainforest.

Day 14: Belém, Brazil
You will need time to explore the megacity of Belém, also known as 'cidade das mangueiras' (the city of the mango trees). The nightlife here tends to be intellectual: Art-house theatres, small music venues, and heady cafe-bars. Join our adventure outings to the nearby wilderness, where you can learn more about the tropical nature of Amazonia.

Day 15: At Sea, Along the Brazilian Coast
Join the Expedition Team for more lectures or spend the day on deck relaxing.

Day 16: At Sea, Along the Brazilian Coast
As we continue cruising south, the ship will be accompanied by seabirds such as boobies and frigate birds. Tropical land birds also like to get a ride on the ship as we are sailing quite near to the Brazilian coast.

Day 17: Fortaleza, Brazil
As we arrive in Fortaleza, it is time to say good-bye after a fantastic two weeks expedition. You can also continue the adventure with us, going even further south to Uruguay.