EXPO CRUISES AND TOURS
Duration: April 12, 2019 - May 3, 2019

2019 PRESIDENT’S LUXURY CRUISE/TOUR EXPEDITION
ALONG WEST AFRICA, MOROCCO TO LISBON, PORTUGAL ABOARD SILVER CLOUD EXPEDITION

22 Days – April 12 to May 3, 2019
Canadian Residents: Save 10% if booked by DECEMBER 28th, 2017
Pay in full by DECEMBER 28th, 2017 and save 10%
FREE $300 US Onboard Credit Per Suite

WEST AFRICA ADVENTURE – Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco to Lisbon, Portugal
From the deserts of the Sahara, to the winemaking land of Morocco, the contrasts you will experience are vast. Characteristic and noble, the countries are almost untouched by tourism and offer a rare look at a complex continent. With Zodiac cruises in Mangrove, stunning birdlife, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and desert excursions, plus an overnight in Laayone, Morocco, this African adventure is much more than just souks and savannahs. We conclude our adventure in Lisbon with a 2-night hotel stay.

VISTA SUITE OUTSIDE          $9,200 
VERANDA SUITE                    $11,100   
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE    $12,400
MEDALLION SUITE                 $19,700

Airfare, Hotels Stays & Transfers Costs Are Upon Request.

CRUISE ITINERARY – An expedition with Silversea is unlike any other form of travel – thrilling, awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time. Below please find itinerary information about this adventure.

Day 1      Depart CANADA
Day 2     
Accra, GHANA                   Hotel Overnight
Day 3      Accra, GHANA                   Hotel Overnight
Day 4      Accra/Tema, GHANA          Embark
Day 5      Takoradi, GHANA               6:00am   6:30pm
Day 6      Abidjan, COTE D’IVOIRE   7:30am  1:00pm
Day 7      At Sea                                   ~              ~
Day 8      Tokesh, SIERRA LEONE     2:30pm    11:00pm
Day 9      Aberdeen, SIERRA LEONE 6:00am   6:00pm
Day 10     At Sea                                   ~              ~
Day 11     Banjul, GAMBIA                  7:30am   9:00pm
Day 12     Dakar, SENEGAL                6:30am   11:00pm
Day 13     Joal Fadiout, SENEGAL     6:00am   10:00am
                Saly, SENEGAL                   1:30pm    4:30pm
Day 14     At Sea                                   ~              ~
Day 15     Ad Dakhla, MOROCCO      10:00am   5:00pm
Day 16     Laayoune, MOROCCO      12:30pm  Overnight
Day 17     Laayoune, MOROCCO       ~             12:30pm
Day 18     Safi, MOROCCO                 6:00am   11:30pm
Day 19     At Sea                                  ~              ~
Day 20     Lisbon, PORTUGAL            Hotel Overnight
Day 21     Lisbon, PORTUGAL            Hotel Overnight
Day 22     Depart for Canada

 

 

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ALL CRUISE FARES ARE IN US FUNDS per person based on double occupancy.
Single occupancy fares are upon request.
Initial deposit of 25% of the total cruise fare is required to secure your reservation.
Final payment to Silversea Cruises is required by DECEMBER 14, 2018

           FEATURED EXCLUSIVE OFFERS / PROGRAMMES:

  • Canadian Residents: Save 10% if booked by DECEMBER 28th, 2017.
  • Early Payment Bonus: Save 10% if paid in full by DECEMBER 28th, 2017
  • Expo Cruises & Tours Past Clients: Save an additional $250 US per person.
  • All Bookings with Expo Cruises & Tours: Receive FREE $300 US shipboard credit per suite.
  • Fare Guarantee Program: Book early, and you will be protected from any future fare increases, which are subject to change at anytime.

    INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE:
  • Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians.
  • Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac®
  • Personalised service with a butler for all suites and the highest crew to guest ratio in the industry.
  • Fine dining even in the most remote places of the planet.
  • Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea.
  • Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits, and soft drinks throughout the ship.
  • Free WIFI throughout the ship.
  • Onboard Gratuities.
  • Exclusive partnership with The Royal Geographical Society.
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Day 1 – Friday, April 12, 2019     Depart CANADA
Depart today for your West African cruise/tour expedition with Silversea Cruises. (In-flight Meals)

Day 2 – Saturday, April 13, 2019     Accra, GHANA      Hotel Overnight
Upon arrival in Accra, you will be met by Silversea Cruises representative and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner will be at the hotel. Accommodation: LABADI BEACH HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (D)

Day 3 – Sunday, April 14, 2019     Accra, GHANA      Hotel Overnight
Upon arrival in Accra, you will be met by Silversea Cruises representative and transfer to your hotel. Welcome dinner will be at the hotel. (B/L/D)

Day 4 – Monday, April 15, 2019     Tema, GHANA      Embark
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. After breakfast at the hotel, a guided city tour of the Accra will be conducted with lunch before our transfer to the pier where you will board the 5-star luxury Silver Cloud Expedition ship, your home away from home for the next 17-days when we begin our luxury adventure of West Africa. (B/L/D)

Day 5 – Tuesday, April 16, 2019     Takoradi, GHANA     6:00 am – 6:30 pm
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. (B/L/D)

Day 6 – Wednesday, April 17, 2019     Abidjan, COTE D’IVOIRE     7:30 am – 1:00 pm
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. Like much of West Africa, this city has cachet and soul, and enjoys a diversity of cultures, traditions, and people, notably through the French influence (Cote D’ivoire is the largest French speaking country in West Africa), but also through the steady stream of tourists that make the city both vibrant and cosmopolitan. (B/L/D)

Day 7 – Thursday, April 18, 2019      At Sea
While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language, and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours. (B/L/D)

Day 8 – Friday, April 19, 2019     Tokesh, SIERRA LEONE     2:30 pm – 11:00 pm
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. (B/L/D)

Day 9 – Saturday, April 20, 2019      Aberdeen, SIERRA LEONE     6:00 am – 6:00 pm
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 upscale restaurants and hotels. It is also known as a good surf spot. (B/L/D)

Day 10 – Sunday, April 21, 2019     At Sea
While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language, and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours. (B/L/D)

Day 11 – Monday, April 22, 2019     Banjul, GAMBIA     7:30 am – 9:00 pm
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. (B/L/D)

Day 12 – Tuesday, April 23, 2019      Dakar, SENEGAL      6:30 am – 11:00 pm
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. (B/L/D)

Day 13 – Wednesday, April 24, 2019       Joal Fadiout, SENEGAL      6:00 am – 10:00 am
                                                                    Saly, SENEGAL                     1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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. The island is entirely comprised of shell piled up by the people living here for thousands of years. The streets are clean, neat, narrow, and beg for photography. 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. (B/L/D)

Day 14 – Thursday, April 25, 2019      At Sea
While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language, and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours. (B/L/D)

Day 15 – Friday, April 26, 2019      Ad Dakhla, MOROCCO       10:00 am – 5:00 pm
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. Thanks to a steady wind that blows over 300 days of the year, modern Dakhla is a hotspot for watersports like kitesurfing and windsurfing. (B/L/D)

Day 16 – Saturday, April 27, 2019       Laayoune, MOROCCO       12:30 pm – Overnight

Day 17 – Sunday, April 28, 2019       Laayoune, MOROCCO         In-port until 12:30 pm
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. The population of Laayoune is largely Moroccans with a substantial number of indigenous Sahrawis. (B/L/D)

Day 18 – Monday, April 29, 2019      Safi, MOROCCO       6:00 am – 11:30 pm
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. The city was overseen by the Portuguese Empire in the 1500s, and a fortress built to safeguard the city by these Portuguese influences still stands today. Safi sits near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains where Bedouins once  camped. (B/L/D)

Day 19 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019      At Sea
While we’re at sea, enjoy wine tastings, designer boutiques, language, and dance classes. Take in a matinee movie, check the market or your e-mail in the Internet Point, slip away with a novel from the library to a sunny chaise or with a movie to your suite. Or just take in the sun pool side. The choice is yours. (B/L/D)

Day 20 – Wednesday, May 1, 2019       Lisbon, PORTUGAL      Hotel Overnight
After breakfast aboard the luxury Silver Cloud Expedition disembark and enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Lisbon, followed by a lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch transfer to your hotel, afternoon is at your leisure. 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. Elétricos (trams) clank through the streets, and blue-and-white azulejos (painted and glazed ceramic tiles) adorn churches, restaurants, and fountains. Accommodation: SOFITEL HOTEL or similar (2 nights). (B/L)

Day 21 – Thursday, May 2, 2019 Lisbon, PORTUGAL
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will have a full day at your leisure to enjoy the city. Tonight, we meet for our special farewell dinner. (B/D)

Day 22 – Friday, May 3, 2019 Lisbon, PORTUGAL – CANADA
After breakfast check out and transfer to the airport for your homebound flight. (B)