Enjoy a brand-new itinerary showcasing far-flung islands and exotic port of call. Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages; hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands; explore magical Marrakech; and experience the undulating Sahara Desert.


Highlights


• Join Zegrahm Cofounder, Mike Messick, on a brand-new itinerary showcasing far-flung islands and exotic port of call.

• Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages, dramatic scenery, lush botanical gardens, and endemic birds.

• Hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, including Timanfaya National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

• Explore magical Marrakech, famous for its intact medieval architecture and bustling souks, packed with vendors touting everything from fresh produce to high-quality leather goods.

• Experience the undulating Sahara Desert with opportunities to watch for migratory birds, visit with nomadic tribespeople, and hike along the dunes.

Arrive on São Tiago, the largest of the Cape Verde Islands, crowned by Antonia Peak which rises 4,500 feet above fertile farmlands. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then join a guided walk through Cidade Velha, the former capital and a World Heritage Site. After a traditional Batuco performance, return to Praia and embark the Island Sky this evening.
Crowned by a massive volcano, which erupted as recently as 2014, Fogo (fire in Portuguese) is a fitting name for this dramatically beautiful island. Begin your explorations in colonial São Filipe and visit a wealthy merchant’s house that has been converted into a museum. Then take a drive through phenomenal volcanic landscape to the small town of Cha das Caldeiras, situated within the massive crater of Pico do Fogo. Enjoy a traditional lunch, sample local wines, and take an unforgettable walk over the lava fields created by the most recent eruption.
Cape Verde’s “wild” island of Brava earns its moniker with an abundance of verdant hills and valleys, laced with colorful oleander, hibiscus, and bougainvillea. Take a drive inland, passing plantations of coconut palms and lush meadows dotted with herds of goats. Located high in the mountains, the town of Nova Sintra boasts a lovely historic center with well-preserved colonial architecture and a fantastic viewpoint overlooking the island. Continue to Faja d’Agua for a short hike, a picnic lunch, and the opportunity take a dip in a natural pool.
Cape Verde’s greenest island boasts a spectacular array of landscapes, from stark volcanic flats to lush green peaks and tropical valleys. Disembark in Puerto Novo for a scenic drive along the coast, and into the mountains to visit the Cova Crater to learn about local agriculture. Enjoy more spectacular views en route to Fontainhas, a picturesque village which clings to a rocky slope overlooking the beautiful coastline. After lunch in the small fishing village of Ponta do Sol, visit a distillery for a tasting of Grogue, the local spirit made from sugarcane. Continue through the lush Paul Valley, visiting small agricultural communities along the way.
Join naturalists on deck to search for pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins, while lectures recap your experiences in the Cape Verde Islands and prepare you for what’s ahead.
This morning, birders search for a wealth of migrant shorebirds at Laguna of Dakhla. Species commonly found here include greater flamingos, broad-billed sandpipers, pelicans, terns, and oystercatchers. Or, venture into the shifting sand dunes to visit with the nomadic Sahraoui people. Participate in a traditional tea ceremony and trek to the top of White Dune for fantastic views over the desert. Return to the ship in time for lunch and set sail for El Marsa.
Disembark in El Marsa this afternoon and board 4x4 vehicles for a ride through the Sahara Desert. Make a stop en route for Moroccan tea and amazing vistas of the undulating dunes. In Laayoune, visit the busy dromedary souk; the Place El Mechouar, a large public square; the Moulay Abdelaziz Mosque; and browse a collection of artisanal workshops where you will find fine silver jewelry and local art. Take a walk through the old town for a look at the Spanish cathedral, then drive to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the dam on the Saquia El Hamra River, before returning to the ship in El Marsa.
Take a hike through the spectacular laurel forest of Garajonay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often shrouded in a magical mist, this area is known locally as “the witch’s forest.” Keep an eye out for the endemic white-tailed and dark-tailed laurel pigeons, as you stroll through the lush vegetation. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive through the Valle Gran Rey where you’ll discover terraced farms and tiny towns clinging to the steep walls of the valley.
Venture high into the hills for a hike through La Caldera de Taburiente, a national park whose centerpiece is a five-mile-wide crater caused by erosion. Enjoy stunning, top-of-the-world scenery and take a walk through stands of indigenous Canary pine trees. After working up a good appetite, stop for a snack of cheese and macaroons, accompanied by local wines. Or, choose to explore Los Tilos, an enchanting subtropical rainforest that is home to hundreds of plant species, many unique to the Canary Islands. Cool off at Charco Azul (Blue Pool), a natural seaside pool created by ancient lava flows. Then make a stop at a rum distillery to learn about the production of this beloved liquor, with a chance to sample the delightful results.
Explore Timanfaya National Park and its stunning volcanic landscape, a legacy of the 1824 eruption. Search for some of the 177 species of rare plants, many of them unique to the Canaries, while birders keep a keen eye out for houbara bustards, Berthelot’s pipits, and other species. On the nearby coast, view natural geologic formations where water rushes dramatically into a sea-eroded volcanic cave at Los Hervideros. Then soak in fantastic views as you drive along the rugged coast to Mirador del Rio, the island’s most famous viewpoint. Then immerse yourself in the world of famed local artist César Manrique, with a stroll through the unique Cactus Garden, which displays over 1,000 species of cactus from all over the world, and the Jameos del Agua, a spectacular lava-tube cave transformed into a delightful series of pools, gardens, and a natural amphitheater.
Our lecture series continues during a relaxing day at sea.
This morning, disembark in lovely Casablanca. Begin your exploration with an excursion to the colorful Central Market, followed by a stop at the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest religious structure in the world after Mecca. Its 700-foot-high minaret is visible for miles. Continuing on, pass through the elegant Corniche district which spreads along the Atlantic coast; the Anfa Quarters, where Roosevelt met with Churchill during World War II; the impressive Law Courts; and the Habbous Quarters, built by the French in the early 20th century. Then depart overland to magical Marrakech; this romantic rose-red city perches on the edge of the pre-Saharan Plains along ancient Berber trade routes. Explore sites such as the opulent 19th-century Bahia Palace, the medina—a World Heritage Site—the Koutoubia Mosque, the imperial Saadian tombs, and Djemaa El Fna Square. Check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today explore the Majorelle Gardens; the Palmeraie, a vast area of date palms; and the bustling souk. Or join a full-day birding excursion in the Atlas Mountains. Winding up into the mountains, make several stops to search for a variety of birds including the scarce and localized Barbary falcon, black wheatear, Atlas chaffinch, and flocks of aerobatic red-billed chough. With a great deal of luck, you may also encounter one of the great raptors of the world, the massive lammergeier. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.

Category 1

$ 13980 USD pp
Category 1
Ocean-view suite, averaging 230 square feet, located on the Magellan Deck with sitting area, private bathroom, and two to four portholes. Bed can be configured as two twins or one queen.

Category 2

$ 15280 USD pp
Category 2
Ocean-view suite, averaging 240 square feet, located on the Columbus Deck with sitting area, private bathroom, and large picture window. Bed can be configured as two twins or one queen.

Category 3

$ 16780 USD pp
Category 3
Ocean-view suite, averaging 225 square feet, located on the Marco Polo Deck with sitting area, private bathroom, and large picture window. Bed can be configured as two twins or one queen.

Category 4

$ 17880 USD pp
Category 4
Ocean-view suite, averaging 240 square feet, located on the Marco Polo Deck with sitting area, private bathroom, and large picture window. Bed can be configured as two twins or one queen.

Category 2 Special Single Rate

$ 19180 USD pp
Limited

Category 5

$ 19480 USD pp
Category 5
Ocean-view suite, averaging 270 square feet, located on the Erikson Deck with sitting area, private bathroom, and patio doors leading to private balcony. Bed can be configured as two twins or one queen.

Category 3 Special Single Rate

$ 20780 USD pp
Limited

Category 6

$ 21980 USD pp
Category 6
Ocean-view suite, averaging 325 square feet, located on the Explorer Deck with sitting area, private bathroom, and patio doors leading to private balcony. Bed can be configured as two twins or one queen.

Island Sky

Vessel Type:  Luxury Small Ship

Length:  90 metres

Passenger Capacity:  116 

Built / refurbished:  1992 / 2010 / 2017

Sister ship to Hebridean Sky. Island Sky and Hebridean Sky are truly sisters. Built in the same Italian Shipyard, both boast spacious, well-appointed suites, stylish common areas, and redundant core technology that allows them to operate smoothly, even under the most challenging of conditions. Both ships are all-suite, all-inclusive small expedition vessels with touches of elegance throughout. The Island Sky is scheduled for additional upgrades in 2017, including the addition of tinted sliding glass doors to all cabins on the Promenade Deck.

Services:

World-Class Cuisine

Complimentary Wine or Beer with Dinner

Live Entertainment

Complimentary Coffee/Tea station

Voyage Photographer

On-board MD and Facilities

Dedicated Passenger Service Manager

Pre-voyage hotel night

Complimentary Expedition Jacket

Facilities:

Elevator serving all passenger decks

Upgraded WIFI Internet

Library with computers

Panoramic Top Deck Observation Platform

Bar/Lounge with Live Entertainment

Lounge with Audiovisual Facilities

DVD Movie Library

Tinted sliding glass doors in all cabins on the Promenade Deck

World-Class Cuisine:

Great expeditions require great food! Our team of world-class chefs offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that change daily. They have boat-loads of creativity, so you are sure to experience a variety of remarkable cuisine throughout your voyage.

Accommodations:

All Suites Feature:

Exterior views

Your choice of queen-sized or two twin-sized beds

Sitting area with sofa and side chair

Flat Screen TV with DVD/CD player

Telephone

Independent temperature controls

Mini-Bar

Marble-appointed bathroom with fine toiletries

Hair dryer

220 square feet or more

Sofa can be converted to bed for third person

Owner's, Penthouse & Veranda Suites:

INCLUDE ALL STANDARD FEATURES PLUS:

En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival

Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)

En suite Nespresso machine

Promenade & Deluxe Suites:

INCLUDE ALL STANDARD FEATURES PLUS:

Tinted sliding glass doors, bringing Antarctica into your suite and giving easy access to the outer deck

En suite Champagne & Chocolates on Arrival

Complimentary mini-bar (beer, wine & soft drinks)

En suite Nespresso machine available on request

 

Cabin layout for Island Sky
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