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West Africa Cruise - Accra to Marrakech

 
17 days,Accra to Marrakech
XVAMDX

Learn the history of voodoo and the slave trade, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, observe wildlife up close, explore local markets and colonial architecture in historic ports, visit remote archipelagos via Zodiac. Interact with our expert expedition team while enjoying the comfort and cuisine of the MS Expedition.

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From the M/S Expedition, you’ll get the chance to explore one of Africa’s most vibrant (and curiously underexplored) regions from a hotel that goes wherever you do. The second leg of the 32-day West Africa Cruise, this 17-day trip focuses prominently on the roots of the West African slave trade with numerous chances for cultural and natural interaction in port cities and nature preserves along the coast. On-board activities range from open-air painting lessons on the deck to sommelier-led wine-tastings featuring top South African vintages.

What's Included

  • - 2 night hotel accommodation (Accra and Marrakech) - 14 night's aboard the Expedition - Airport transfers (arrival and departure) - Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary - Zodiac excursions with our expert expedition team - Lecture and educational programs with expedition team
  • All meals included on board the ship. Breakfast included at the hotel.
  • M/S Expedition, Bus, and Zodiac.
  • 10:1 = Guest/Expedition staff ratio.
  • Twin Share Hotel (2 nights), M/S Expedition quad, triple, twin-share cabins, or suites (all with en suite bathrooms and porthole or window) (14 nights). Please note that all cabins consist of twin-sized berths and are ocean-facing. Suites have one queen size bed.
Map of the route for Click to enlarge
Places Visited

Day 1Accra

Arrive at any time and check into the hotel.

Day 2Accra(1B, 1D)

Enjoy an excursion from the port at Tema to the busy capital of Accra. Wildlife enthusiasts may choose to visit the Shai Game Reserve instead.

Day 3Accra/Takoradi(1B, 1L, 1D)

From the dock at the Ghanaian town of Takoradi, explore a region steeped in the sad history of the slave trade. Visit Elmira Castle and Cape Coast Castle.

Days 4–5Takoradi/Freetown(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend time at sea.

Days 6–7Freetown(1B, 1L, 1D)

Two days to explore Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is recovering from a civil war that almost tore the country apart, but today it is a progressive African state with a great future.

Day 8Freetown/Banjul(1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend the day at sea.

Day 9Banjul/Dakar(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Banjul, a city beloved by birdwatchers. Admire the local art, visit a distillery and take part in a cooking class.

Day 10Dakar(1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Dakar, Senegal; a bustling and energetic West African capital.

Days 11–12Dakar/Dakhla(1B, 1L, 1D)

Two days at sea.

Day 13Dakhla(1B, 1L, 1D)

Tranquil Dakhla is where the Sahara meets the sea. Venture into the desert across the beautiful landscape to the White Dune, look for flamingoes and enjoy a gala local lunch.

Day 14Dakhla/Fuerteventura Island(1B, 1L, 1D)

Day spent at sea.

Day 15Fuerteventura Island/Agadir(1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Fuereventura, Canary Islands. This particular island is part of the newly designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Day 16Agadir/Marrakesh(1B, 1L, 1D)

Disembark the MS Expedition for the final time, in the whitewashed Moroccan seaside city of Agadir. Drive to Marrakech, a spectacular end to our journey.

Day 17Marrakesh(1B)

After breakfast, depart for the airport and flights homeward.

Featured blog posts

West Africa Cruise with Gary Arndt: Week 3

May 5, 2014, 5:25 p.m.

Wonder what our West Africa Cruise is actually like? Follow along with Wanderer-in-Residence, Gary Arndt as he reviews week three of the sailing