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In the Wake of Thor Heyerdahl (Westbound)

17 days with Hurtigruten   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
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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.
All This Included
Thor Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer. He did several expeditions to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between separate cultures. The most famous was the Kon-Tiki expedition. On the RA II expedition he sailed on a vessel made of Papyrus from Morocco to Barbados, demonstrating that mariners could have done trans-Atlantic voyages by sailing with the Canary Current.

Sailing in Heyerdahl's wake, we start in the "white city" Casablanca, heading for our first stop, Agadir. This is a city where sandy beaches meet Moroccan street life. Heading west into the Atlantic, we stop at the Spanish island of Lanzarote, a UNESCO biosphere reserve with an extraordinary geology of 300 volcanic cones. Next, we spend a couple of days on open sea before arriving in Cape Verde, a windsurfer's paradise with its steady winds. Here you can enjoy kilometres of beaches and hot sand under your feet, before our journey continues with a five-day crossing to America. 

This stretch gives you the opportunity to participate in lectures and a range of activities on board. There’s time to slow down and experience the sense of peace that an ocean crossing brings with it. There’s just you, the ocean - and of course your fellow travellers, some of whom you’ll certainly get to know better. 

Reaching the South American continent, we make soft landing in Belem, Brazil, with its cafés, bars and mango tree parks. Belem is also a nice starting point for excursions into the surrounding wilderness. We then sail down the Brazilian coast for a few more days, until we reaching our final destination, Fortaleza.

  • Expedition voyage in cabin grade of your choice.
  • Full board and free tea & coffee.
  • Onboard lectures about destinations and wildlife along the route.
  • Excursions to cities, cultural and historical places.
Highlights
  • Intriguing on board lectures by our Expedition team
  • Excursions to cities, cultural and historical places
  • Cross the Atlantic Ocean by ship
Accommodations
cabin onboard Midnastol
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • All planned landings are subject to weather and ice conditions.
  • All itineraries are subject to change.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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