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Adventure In The Bijagos Archipelago

Adventure In The Bijagos Archipelago

8 night Dakar roundtrip cruise onboard Le Dumont-D'Urvi

North America, South America
Dakar, Peru roundtrip
10 Apr 2020
8 nights
Cruise Code U100420
For sale until 10 April 2020
$6,629 AUD
$736.56 P/DAY


8 nights cruise accommodation onboard Le Dumont-D'Urvi
The PONANT ships are deliberately designed to welcome aboard a limited number of passengers
Aboard you will feel this "French Touch" in the design and decor
"Best Cruise Line Expedition" awarded by Luxury Travel Magazine's 2018 Gold List Awards
Afternoon tea including Laduree macarons, Lenotre sweet pastries and a selection of fine wines from Maison Taillevent and Veuve Clicquot champagne at gala dinners
Fragonard mood fragrances, Hermes bath products in all staterooms and Suites, spa care products and services by Sothy's
Stateroom decor designed by the French architect-designer Jean-Philippe Nuel and fabrics by Pierre Frey contribure to create a calming and luxurious atmosphere
Open bar from the moment you board and throughout your cruise, your unlimited drinks are included, at any time of the day
Port & government taxes

Cruise Description

Unspoiled nature, encounters with populations respecting their ancestral traditions, observation of exceptional biodiversity: this is the programme that PONANT is proposing during a 9-day circuit in the Bissagos Islands. You can experience this exceptionalcruise, tinged with adventure, aboard LeDumont-d'Urville.

The Bissagos archipelago, located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau, is one of the most preserved and protected on the planet. Classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is made up of 88 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Nestling in the heart of an environment which often remains untouched by humans, they offer the rare visitors who explore them the opportunity for a unique and authentic experience.

During your Zodiac® excursions, you will get as close as possible to nature, between pale-sand beaches, mangrove stretching as far as the eye can see, savannah, palm trees and baobabs. Birds of prey, pelicans, monkeys, sea turtles, crocodiles and all kinds of snakes are at home here.

During your trip, you will also meet the Bidyogo people, particularly on the islands of Caravela and Orango. This will be an opportunity to discover their way of life, which has not changed for thousands of years. Theirs is a matriarchalsociety centred on the sacred.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Cruise Package

For your serenity, PONANT selects a flight for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

Day 1 - Paris/Dakar

Flight Paris/Dakar City selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes.

Meet at the airport - Arrival Hall (look for PONANT sign).

You will be greeted by our local English-speaking representative off the flight selected by PONANT. You will be directly transferred to the Radisson Blu hotel.

Hotel check-in.

Day 2 - Dakar

After your breakfast, you will take the direction to Dakar. Driving through the West Corniche Coastal road, you will stop to see the African Renaissance Monument, a magnificent 160-foot-tall monolith weighing in at 190 tons. Reverend Jesse Jackson was among the dignitaries who attended the opening of statue in 2010 to celebrate Senegal's 50 years of independence from France. Loved by some and reviled by others, the copper and bronze statue was made by the North Koreans and cost $27 million. Senegal is a land of lighthouses, and a standout among them is the Mamelles Lighthouse, your next destination. Mamelles is one of the world's great lighthouses. It stands on Cape Verde (for which the offshore islands belonging to Portugal are named) and guides ships around the treacherous western tip of Africa. Mamelles' light range is almost 36 miles, but the structure itself may soon fall victim to the rapid, uncontrolled erosion of the coastline. Enjoy a quick photo stop at the Deity (Divinity) Mosque before you head to Pink Lake for lunch.

On the way, you will stop to take pictures of Baobab-Trees.

This morning, you will travel approximately 1- hours to reach Lake Retba, famous for its unusual pink water-you really have to see it to believe it. The lake is shallow and warm, and is surrounded by white foam and palms. It is very high level of salinity means that everything floats on the surface. Workers crush the thick crust of salt that lies on the lake-bed and gather the salt to sell. Sand dunes and traditional villages with thatch-roofed huts line the shores of the pink lake. You will cross over sand dunes and through bush during your drive around the lake. We will drive through the Rally Paris-Dakar pathway up to the ocean. Finally, stop for a brief encounter with the chief of Fulani Village. He will let you visit his dwelling hut and will explain the villagers' way of life.

Lunch will be served after the tour around the lake and surroundings, in a Mauritanian Tent on the beach, in front of a beautiful landscape. This Tent called "Khaima" is all made with African materials and fabrics. Lunch Buffet. An Entertainment (with a folkloristic group) will be offer by our local representative before or during Lunch.

After your nomad traditional lunch, you will be transferred to the port to embark your ship.

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Disembarkation Day: Gorée Island/Dakar

After disembarkation procedures are completed, you will be greeted at pier by our local representative

Your day will be spent visiting the evocative Ile de Gorée. Just three kilometres off of Dakar, this little island is a haunting reminder of 350 years of the slave trade. Indeed, it was the biggest holding centre for slaves brought in from all over West Africa, and has become a symbol and UNESCO World Heritage site.

From Dakar port, take the ferry for the 25-minute crossing. The visit is on foot starting at the House of Slaves, the most visited museum in Senegal which still evokes the poignant reality of one of the darkest periods in the history of the world. You then move on to the Church of Saint Charles de Borromée, one of only two buildings on the island. Its construction was financed by the signares of Gorée in 1830, the original church having been burned down by English soldiers on Christmas night 1799. From there you walk up to the Castle on a rocky plateau covered in fortifications, a reminder of the wars fought between Europeans (English, French, Portuguese and Dutch) to gain control of the island. The Castle offers a fine panoramic view of Dakar. You then cross the island via the market and colourful, picturesque streets to reach the History Museum located in the former Fort d?Estrées. Here you can trace Senegal's history from prehistoric times to independence and the various migrations that have taken place over the centuries. Not far from here is the Chevalier de Boufflers (or similar) restaurant where you will have a typical local lunch before catching the ferry back to Dakar.

You will stop at the African Renaissance Monument and continue to the Mosque of Divinity, located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, before reaching the Soumbédioune Handicraft Village Market for some time at leisure.

Dinner will be served in the Dagorne restaurant (or similar) before being transferred to Dakar airport in connection with the departure of the flight selected by PONANT.

Approximate flight duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes.

The day after disembarkation: Arrival in Paris.

Your programme includes:

  • Flights selected by PONANT Paris/Dakar and Dakar/Paris, in economy class, on a regular airline.
  • 1-night accommodation at the Radisson Blu hotel 5* (or similar) in Standard room, including breakfast.
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme.
  • Beverage package during meals for the programme before the cruise (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee or tea).
  • Drinks during meals for the programme after the cruise (- bottle of wine or beer or soft drink + - bottle of mineral water + 1 coffee or 1 tea).
  • Transfers, visits and entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide.

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the driver and local guide.
  • Personal expenses and other services not mentioned in the programme.

Please note in Dakar:

  • Senegal is part of the West African financial community area. The local currency is the CFA franc which has a fixed exchange rate with the euro (1 CFA franc = 0.00152 euro, 1 euro = 655.957 CFA). US dollars are widely accepted.
  • The official language is French, which is understood by the majority of people, and there are about a dozen local languages and several dialects. Greetings are very important and the easiest way to avoid making a mistake is to use traditional Arab greetings (Salaam aleikoum, Aleikoum asalaam).
  • We also recommend you only drink bottled mineral water.
  • Please take note of the local and basic nature of the installations and equipment used during the dunes outing to Pink Lake. Lunch will be served under a Kaïma tent. The 4-wheel drive vehicles are open and non-air-conditioned but have a canopy to protect you from the sun.

Your hotel before the cruise:

The Radisson Blu Hotel is a sophisticated, modern resort on the quiet Cape Verde Peninsula, located in the elegant Fann Corniche neighborhood. The peninsula is shaped like a triangle, with the base of the triangle roughly along the north and its apex on the south, the site of the seaport of Dakar. All rooms are characterized by their contemporary design and superb amenities, including individual climate control and Free high-speed wireless Internet. The restaurant proposes international dishes as well as revisited regional food in a contemporary setting. Outdoor swimming pool.

Contact of your hotel:

Radisson Blu Hotel

Route de la Corniche Ouest Fann Residence

BP 16868 Dakar,


Telephone number: (+221) 3 3869 3333

Duration of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed. For the times of your PONANT flight, please contact your travel advisor; they are also shown on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.


1 - 10 Apr 2020DakarEmbark6pm
2 - 11 Apr 2020At sea
3 - 12 Apr 2020Caravela, Escaramoussa's beach, Bijagos
4 - 13 Apr 2020Carache Island, Bijagos
5 - 14 Apr 2020Orango Island, Bijagos
6 - 15 Apr 2020Orango Island, Bijagos
7 - 16 Apr 2020Carache Island, Bijagos
8 - 17 Apr 2020Caravela Island, Bijagos
9 - 18 Apr 2020Dakar8amDisembark



Deluxe Stateroom (DEL)$6,629 AUD$6,629 AUDSOLD OUT
Prestige Deck 4 (PR4)$7,419 AUD$7,419 AUDSOLD OUT
Prestige Deck 5 (PR5)$7,769 AUD$7,769 AUDSOLD OUT
Prestige Deck 6 (PR6)$8,159 AUD$8,159 AUDSOLD OUT
Deluxe Suite Deck 3 (DS3)$11,369 AUD$11,369 AUD$5,979 AUD
Deluxe Suite Deck 4 (DS4)$11,369 AUD$11,369 AUD$5,979 AUD
Deluxe Suite Deck 5 (DS5)$11,369 AUD$11,369 AUD$5,979 AUD
Deluxe Suite Deck 6 (DS6)$11,369 AUD$11,369 AUD$5,979 AUD
Prestige Deck 6 Suite (PS6)$16,179 AUD$16,179 AUD$8,389 AUD
Privilege Suite Deck 5 (PV5)$16,969 AUD$16,969 AUD$8,779 AUD
Privilege Suite Deck 6 (PV6)$16,969 AUD$16,969 AUD$8,779 AUD
Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 (GD6)$18,669 AUD$18,669 AUD$9,619 AUD
Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 (GD5)SOLD OUTSOLD OUTSOLD OUT
* All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current at time of publishing & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Taxes are correct at time of publication and subject to change due to airline fluctuation, currency fluctuation, government changes, departure city and stop overs. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply.
* Free upgrades are on selected categories and subject to availability.
* Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

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