São Tomé Explorer


São Tomé Explorer

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupSmall group tours with a maximum of 12 travellers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive São Tomé

Arrive in São Tomé and transfer to your hotel with the rest of the evening free to relax after your flight. Overnight Hotel Miramar or similar 

Day 2 – Lake Amelia

São Tomé is famous for its coffee and this morning we will travel to Lagoa Amelia (Lake Amelia) up in the mountains to discover more about this important crop. Lake Amelia is set 800m above sea level where the air is delightfully fresh. A stop at the Pousada de Boa Vista will give us excellent views across the city of São Tomé (weather permitting). From Pousada de Boa Vista it is a 45 minute walk through the secondary rainforest to reach the waterfall of Saint Nicolas, where we will stop for a taste of the sweet local coffee. We then descend to the nearby coffee plantation. From here, coffee of the highest quality has been exported all over the world. We return to our hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free time. Overnight Hotel Miramar or similar (BLD) 

Day 3 - São Tomé Town - Porto Alegre

Early in the morning, we drive down along the East Coast to the village of Port Alegre.The drive is about 3 hours and we stop off to take in the views of the River Iô Grande, the peak of Cão Grande as well as the waterfall and plantation of Ribeira Peixe. On arrival at Portalegre, we will visit the old mansion of Lama Porco before descending to Jalé Beach. From here we explore the long-stretched desert southern beaches and we may go by canoe in to the mangrove. We continue to Praia Piscina along the beach (walking if the eatehr permits). At Praia Piscina we can take a swim at the beach before it is time for our picnic lunch before we make our way back to our accommodation at Port Alegre. Overnight Praia Inhame (BLD) 

Day 4 - São João dos Angolares

Transfer by 4WD to São João, on the island’s east coast. Once we arrive there is time to explore the local area on foot, perhaps venturing down to the beach or checking out the tiny but relaxed town. We stay in a plantation house, near some of the most famous beaches of the island, this is a cultural centre and working ecological plantation in one. Overnight at the Roça de São João (BLD)  

Day 5 – Northern Plantations

We head to the north of the Island this morning and our first stop is at the northern most point of Fernão Dias. Our tour will then continue to the estate of Boa Entrada where we will be able to view the colonial architecture before heading to the Plantation estate of Agostinho Neto to visit the botanic garden. Overnight at Mucumbli Ponta Figo (BLD) 

Day 6 – Plantations and Beaches

We have another day to explore the beaches and plantations of northern São Tomé. Witness the different processes of treatment of coffee as well as the rest of the installations at the plantation of Monte Café and relax on the beach a Conchas. A traditional lunch is served at plantation of Monteforte. Overnight at Mucumbli Ponta Figo (BLD) 

Day 7 - São Tomé Town

Transfer back to the city and along the east Coast to São Tomé Town where there will be a city tour. Overnight Hotel Miramar or similar. (BLD) 

Day 8 - São Tomé Town

A day at leisure to relax without any pre-paid sightseeing or activities included until it is time for your transfer to the airport late this afternoon (B)


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