27 days in Cape Verde, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha & Cape Town Itinerary

27 days in Cape Verde, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha & Cape Town Itinerary

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Boa Vista, Cape Verde
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde
— 2 nights
Fly to Sao Vicente, Ferry to Santo Antao
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Santo Antao, Cape Verde
— 1 night
Ferry to Mindelo - São Vicente, Drive to Sao Pedro
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Sao Pedro, Cape Verde
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Tarrafal, Cape Verde
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Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde
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Praia, Cape Verde
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Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde
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Sao Filipe, Cape Verde
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Ascension Island, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
— 3 nights
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Jamestown, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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Gough Island, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Boa Vista, Cape Verde — 1 night

Island of the Dunes

Sprinkled with sand dunes and pristine, sweeping beaches where turtles nest, the island of Boa Vista has been attracting more and more visitors looking to explore its remote trails and picturesque shore.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): stop by Un click per un Sorriso - The Shop, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Mónica, then kick back and relax at Praia da Varandinha, then kick back and relax at Praia de Chaves, and finally explore the fascinating landscape at Deserto de Viana.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Boa Vista trip itinerary planner.

Newark, USA to Boa Vista is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Newark to Boa Vista due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Newark in December: high temperatures in Boa Vista hover around 80°F and lows are around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can fly to Ilha do Sal.
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Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde — 2 nights

Ilha do Sal represents an exotic island in the Atlantic Ocean gifted with powdery beaches and dormant volcanoes.
You've now added Ponta Preta to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ponta Preta, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Paroquia de Nossa Senhora das Dores, don't miss a visit to Djunta Mo Art, then soothe aching muscles at Pure Yoga Magic: Yoga Cabo Verde, and finally kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Maria. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Visoes Africanas, then see majestic marine mammals with Cape Verde Sailing, and then head outdoors with C-Riders.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ilha do Sal vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from Boa Vista to Ilha do Sal takes 2.5 hours. In December in Ilha do Sal, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Santo Antao.
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Santo Antao, Cape Verde — 1 night

Island of the Mountains

The second-largest island in Cape Verde and the westernmost of Africa, Santo Antao offers dizzying sights of highlands ruptured with canyons, valleys, and gorges.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): contemplate the geological forces at Cova - Krater, relax and rejuvenate at Sol E Mar, and then appreciate the views at Paul Tal.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Santo Antao trip builder.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Ilha do Sal to Santo Antao in 5 hours. In December in Santo Antao, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Sao Pedro.
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Sao Pedro, Cape Verde — 1 night

Secluded from the bustle of the more urban parts of Cape Verde, Sao Pedro holidays remain a favorite for couples and newlyweds.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Sao Pedro Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sao Pedro trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Santo Antao to Sao Pedro takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in December, and nighttime lows around 71°F. On the 18th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Tarrafal.
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Tarrafal, Cape Verde — 1 night

Tarrafal is a town in the northern part of the island of Santiago, Cape Verde. On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Tarrafal Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Amaro Abade Church, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra de Malagueta.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Tarrafal trip planner.

Getting from Sao Pedro to Tarrafal by flight takes about 3 hours. In December in Tarrafal, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 71°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Sao Nicolau.
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Sao Nicolau, Cape Verde — 1 night

São Nicolau is one of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Carbeirinho, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque Natural do Monte Gordo, and then take in the pleasant sights at Baixo Rocha Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sao Nicolau route maker website.

You can fly from Tarrafal to Sao Nicolau in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Praia.
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Praia, Cape Verde — 1 night

The capital and largest city of Cabo Verde, Praia represents one of the most renowned commercial centers in Africa.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Rue Banana, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza Real de San Felipe, then enjoy the sand and surf at Quebra Canela Beach, and finally stroll around Praca Alexandre Albuquerque.

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Traveling by flight from Sao Nicolau to Praia takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Praia are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Cha das Caldeiras.
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Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde — 1 night

Chã das Caldeiras is a small community of approximately 1,000 inhabitants within the crater of the volcanic Pico do Fogo on the island of Fogo, one of nine inhabited islands comprising Cape Verde and a volcanic plateau being the largest in Cape Verde, it is at the foot of the rim mountain of Bordeira. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): get impressive views of Pico Do Fogo.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Cha das Caldeiras trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Praia to Cha das Caldeiras in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sao Filipe.
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Sao Filipe, Cape Verde — 1 night

The second-oldest town in Cape Verde, Sao Filipe enchants visitors on their San Filipe holiday with intricately decorated colonial architecture and rich, black volcanic sands.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Parque Natural do Fogo. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stroll through Parque Natural do Fogo.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Filipe trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cha das Caldeiras to Sao Filipe takes 1.5 hours. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ascension Island.
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Georgetown is the capital and chief settlement of Ascension Island, Saint Helena, Ascension, and Tristan da Cunha, situated on the west coast of the island.The town is centred on St Mary's Church, part of the Anglican Diocese of St Helena and the former Exiles Club, built as a Royal Marines barracks at the time of Napoleon's exile to Saint Helena in the early 19th century. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Ascension Island Heritage Society Museum, stroll through Green Mountain National Park, and then identify plant and animal life at English Bay. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Comfortless Cove and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Mary's Church.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ascension Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Sao Filipe to Ascension Island with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Filipe to Ascension Island is 1 hour. In December, daily temperatures in Ascension Island can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Jamestown.
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Jamestown, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha — 2 nights

Jamestown is the capital of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, located on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. Your day by day itinerary now includes Castle Gardens, Heart Shaped Waterfall and Turks Cap. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Turks Cap, take in nature's colorful creations at Castle Gardens, sample the fine beverages at St Helena Distillery, then contemplate the long history of Longwood House, then get a sense of history and politics at Plantation House, and finally explore the activities along Sandy Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Heart Shaped Waterfall, cast your line with Dive Saint Helena, and then admire all the interesting features of Jacob's Ladder.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Jamestown journey planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ascension Island to Jamestown. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas.
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Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Thatched House Museum and then explore and take pictures at Calshot Harbour.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Edinburgh of the Seven Seas trip builder site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Jamestown to Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. On the 1st (Sun), you'll travel to Gough Island.
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Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Weather Station.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Gough Island trip itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Edinburgh of the Seven Seas to Gough Island. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Town.
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Cape Town, South Africa — 4 nights

Mother City

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Cape Town is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, hike along Platteklip Gorge, go for a stroll along the water at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and stroll through Signal Hill.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cape Town trip itinerary builder.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gough Island to Cape Town. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Gough Island to Cape Town. In January, daytime highs in Cape Town are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Cape Verde travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Scuba & Snorkeling
The main islands of Cape Verde each offer something different, both in terms of natural wonders and cultural heritage. Descendants of Portuguese colonialists and African slaves, the locals mainly speak Creole and blend influences from Europe and Africa in their cuisine, music, and architecture. The largely unspoiled natural landscape includes mountain peaks, rugged cliffs, white-sand beaches, black-sand beaches, and wildflower-filled valleys. With the country experiencing a dry tropical climate, holidays in Cape Verde lend themselves to a range outdoor sports and activities, including windsurfing and lazing on a beach, hill walking, and diving.
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Sao Vicente travel guide

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Mountains · Scuba & Snorkeling · Monuments
Island of Port Grande
Many locals regard Sao Vicente as a gathering place for the nation's greatest artists and philosophers. For visitors on vacation in Sao Vicente, the island represents a tropical heaven filled with shimmering volcanic beaches, historic monuments, and British colonial architecture. You can spend your time exploring the island's natural lagoons, which offer excellent conditions for all sorts of waters sports, like swimming, windsurfing, and snorkeling. Besides visiting the buzzing restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs, your Sao Vicente itinerary can also include tours of the nearby islands, accessible by ferry services.
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St Helena travel guide

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Tourist Spots · Water Sports · Specialty Museums
The remote St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha lie between Africa and South America, forming a British overseas territory. Though separated from one another by great distances, the islands form a group and provide a home for just over 5,000 permanent residents. A holiday in St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha will take you to one of the world's most remote areas. St Helena is the best known of the three islands--Napoleon was imprisoned there in the 19th century. Sport fishing is the main draw for short-term visitors making a trip to St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.
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St Helena Island travel guide

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Tourist Spots · Water Sports · Specialty Museums

Tristan da Cunha travel guide

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Nightlife · Tourist Spots