São Vicente Carnival Package

Island Hopping from Sal

4 night add on package on the island of São Vicente including excursions

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Experience the vibrant and exciting celebrations which make up Cape Verde’s most famous Carnival. If you’d like to take a short break from your beach holiday in Sal to experience an explosion of colour, music, dancing and festivities, visit Cape Verde during Carnival!

Held 40 days before Easter on the island of São Vicente, this event really highlights what the island is known for – music! The streets and main square of Mindelo come alive with large floats and processions of glamorous dancers in Mardi Gras costumes, each competing to be the best. The atmosphere which takes hold of the town before and during the Carnival is truly infectious, and locals can often be seen practicing and perfecting their dance routines and costumes in preparation. 
When Carnival takes hold, the music and dancing often goes on until the early hours, so this is an experience best suited to those who are ready to embrace the festivities and get stuck in to local culture and celebrations! 

Staying at the Don Paco Hotel means you’re in a great position to get involved with the Carnival celebrations (just a few streets away), however you’re not right on top of the main processions. 

This package offers four nights (10-14th Feb 2018) on São Vicente. To make the most of the experience, we’ve included some wonderful tours in the price, to allow you really make the most of the time you have on the island… 

Day trip and tour of Santo Antão 
With beautiful green peaks, jaw-dropping ravines and impressive cliff-hanging towns, just an hour’s ferry ride away is Santo Antão. As part of this Carnival package, you’ll enjoy a full day’s tour of the island, weaving amongst the mountains, visiting a local liqueur distillery and towns such as Ribeira Grande, clinging to the edge of mountains. Be sure to bring your camera, the landscape here is phenomenal. 

Mindelo by night 
You’ll also get an evening to explore Mindelo, where we’ll show you around and take to you a typical restaurant where you can enjoy live music and an inclusive evening meal.

Half day tour of São Vicente 
Your half day tour of the island will involve a drive 750m up to Monte Verde (meaning green mountain), the island’s tallest mountain. From here, the panoramic views across Mindelo and beyond are breathtaking. You’ll visit some of the island’s most dramatic and varying coastline, as well as passing fishing villages and markets. 

This 4-night add on package is not bookable online, however please contact our experienced sales team, who will be able to tailor make your holiday to include this wonderful once a year experience.


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This Carnival Package on the island of São Vicente is a 4-night add on package to your main holiday in Sal. Inter-island flights are provided by Binter or TACV. 

Departure Dates

This 4-night add on departs Saturday 10th February 2018 from Sal and returns to Sal on Wednesday 14th February 2018.

What's included

  • Return flights from Sal to São Vicente
  • Access to UK airport lounge
  • Visas
  • Experienced and reliable resort team on hand to help 
  • Free Cape Verde destination guide
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation on bed & breakfast
  • Return airport transfers
  • Return transfers between hotel & ferry port
  • Return ferry to Santo Antão
  • Guided full day tour of Santo Antão, incl lunch
  • Guided evening excursion ‘Mindelo by Night’ including evening meal
  • Guided half Day tour of São Vicente

What's not included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Accommodation on the island of Sal
  • Meals not stated in the trip notes
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Single & upgrade supplements


4 nights Bed & Breakfast staying at Don Paco Hotel (see the accommodation section below).
We have chosen Don Paco Hotel for this 4-night holiday add on package so that you are based within walking distance of the main Mindelo square. During carnival, the atmosphere is buzzing, and the partying in the street is something not to be missed. Being based in Mindelo, the hotel will be much noisier than at other times.

Should you prefer a quieter option, Foya Branca is situated 10 minutes drive from the main centre, and provides a regular, free shuttle bus service from the hotel, providing the best of both worlds – close to the action, and restful nights' sleep.


Tour Accommodation

Days 1 to 4 - Don Paco Hotel

Room Type: Standard room

Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast

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