Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco

La Gomera, Canary Islands
April 7, 2018
16 Days
Aboard the Island Sky
100 Guests
From $13,980

Zegrahm president Van Perry, and cofounder Mike Messick, have been around the world a time or two; yet, there are some places that still stop them in their tracks, like the exotic islands and evocative ports along the west coast of Africa. In fact, the two are so excited to introduce travelers to the region, they’re planning to stow away on the recently restyled 100-guest Island Sky for this brand-new expedition. Join Van and Mike on a special President's cruise that'll have you exploring colonial towns and volcanic craters in Cape Verde, sharing tea with nomadic tribespeople in the Sahara Desert, birding on Lanzarote, browsing Moroccan souks, and caught under the spell of the Canary Islands’ “witch’s forest,” the UNESCO-designated Garajonay National Park.

Expedition Highlights

  • Join Zegrahm Cofounder, Mike Messick, on a brand-new itinerary showcasing far-flung islands and exotic ports of call.
  • Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages, dramatic scenery, lush botanical gardens, and endemic birds.
  • Hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, including Timanfaya National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Explore magical Marrakech, famous for its intact medieval architecture and bustling souks, packed with vendors touting everything from fresh produce to high-quality leather goods.
  • Experience the undulating Sahara Desert with opportunities to watch for migratory birds, visit with nomadic tribespeople, and hike along the dunes.
  • Charco Azul, La Palma, Canary Islands

    Picture yourself drinking tea during a traditional ceremony with the nomadic Sahraoui people of the Sahara Desert. Or hiking through "the witch's forest," Garajonay National Park, known for being shrouded in magical mist. Or taking a dip in a natural seaside pool on La Palma, created by ancient lava pools. Suddenly, you don't have to picture it anymore.

  • Camels on the Sahara

    The diversity of this region has to be seen to be believed. From volcanic desert islands and the vast Atlas Mountains to lush rainforests and the Sahara Desert, this expedition offers unique landscapes throughout the entire itinerary.

  • Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

    The well-preserved colonial architecture of Brava Island. The tents of the Sahraoui people who live in the western Sahara Desert. The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. This region is home to stunning feats of architecture, whether they be houses built centuries ago, moveable tents, or the second-largest religious structure in the world. 

  • Atlantic Canary

    The Canary Islands are home to nearly 500 different bird species. This expedition through the volcanic archipelago will showcase several varieties, including the Atlantic Canary, the most famous of the islands' native birds. 

  • Berber Drummer, Morocco

    On this journey, you'll experience a taste of several different cultures: from the Portuguese and Spanish influences in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands to the Berber culture of Morocco, diversity is what this expedition is all about. 

  • Garajonay National Park, La Gomera, Canary Islands
    UNESCO Sites

    Educational. Scientific. Cultural. These are just a few of the key elements that UNESCO considers when designating World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves. From Cape Verde's Cidade Velha, once the capital of the archipelago and the first European colonial settlement of the tropics, to the Canary Islands' Garajonay National Park, home to several endemic species of flora and fauna, you'll be sure to come away inspired after visiting several UNESCO sites on this voyage. 

  • Celebrate on Sea to Sahara

    Not only will you be joined by Zegrahm cofounder, Mike Messick, on this expedition from Cape Verde to Morocco, Zegrahm President Van Perry will also be on board to celebrate the official launch of Zegrahm's loyalty program, the Seven Continents Club!

"Even though we have traveled in the area before, we’re including a whole bunch of new stops on this itinerary; the Western Sahara is actually one of the reasons I’m joining this expedition! We’ll be going into the sand dunes, meeting with local tribes, visiting towns with souks; I’m very excited about exploring this new destination."

Mike Messick, Zegrahm Cofounder & Expedition Leader


Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco

For more from Mike, check out this short video.

Expedition Team

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

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