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Secrets of São Tomé 08 Days Tour – Winter

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  • 08 Days
  • Max Guests : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • 02 - 09 March

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Imagine arriving at one of the last paradises on Earth! A tiny island with untouched nature, hidden from the modern, frenzied, world… From waterfalls in the middle of the jungle, to banana-shaped beaches passing through a National Park, these islands of the Gulf of Guinea boast of being one of the least visited places on the planet! This exotic paradise is the part of land closest to the centre of the planet – coinciding with the passage of the Equator and very close to the zero meridian. Inhabited with friendly people, it offers tasteful gastronomy, amazing landscapes gold sand beaches and much more…

Rewind the clock, here you are back in time, when the pressure was lesser than nowadays… São Tomé is one of the safest places in Africa, and malaria has almost been eradicated. You´ll be surprised to discover how simple life is here and you will discover the chilled pace of life…the famous “leve leve” …

You will discover the famous “roça” (pronounced “raw- sa”) and their unique architectural style, inherited from centuries of Portuguese colonial history.
Souvenirs can be found at local handcraft shops and you may enjoy a whole set of organic and handmade products derived from coffee, cocoa, coconut, sugar cane, banana, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper…   São Tomé is the place for aromas…

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Price Includes:

  • Lagoa Amelia hike
  • Rolas boat transfer
  • Mangrove tour
  • Homem da capa hike
  • All fees related to Excursions (museums, tickets, tips to locals etc.)
  • Mineral water and snacks for excursions and extra for the hikes
  • Below meals included:(all lunches included except last day, and 3 dinners (welcome, sea turtles and gastronomic) Welcome Dinner Roça Monte Forte lunch Almada Negreiros lunch Lunch rolas island Lunch at Pensão Mionga Gastronomical dinner Lunch at Praia Cabana (or Jalé)

Price Excludes:

  • Airline tickets. Rate from €855-1025, flying from Lisbon. *
  • Personal insurance
  • Visa: €20 if required - An electronic visa that is obtained online
  • Personal Expenses (e.g., laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Tips recommended per client in a group (120 – 180 € per person, for the guide, 5-12€ per day)
  • Travellers must also pay 21 USD / 18 € for airport taxes at departure plus 5 % tax on services payable in local currency

Extra:

– Plane ticket reservation: €30

Itinerary

DAY 1 – 02MAR ARRIVAL

1755 Airport pick and transfer to hotel
Welcome dinner and presentation of itinerary

Accommodation: Capital hotel with swimming pool

DAY 2 – 03MAR NORTH ROAD EXCURSION

Visit of Diogo Vaz Plantation
The Plantation Diogo Vaz is a historic plantation on São Tomé and Príncipe. A “Roça” located in a unique landscape between the volcano “Pico de São Tomé” and the Atlantic Ocean. The Roça was founded in 1880.

Traditional lunch at Roça Monte Forte

Hotel in the Capital

DAY 3 – 04MAR CENTER ROAD

Hike to Amelia Lagoon (3 to 4 hours)

Level: moderate (can be slippery after the rain)
Note: bring hiking shoes or boots, extra shirt and light raincoat.
Altitude of departure: 1100 m; Highest point: 1460 m
Cumulated denivelation: about 500 m (we have to go down in the crater…)

 

Lunch at Almada Negreiros museum restaurant semi-gastro
Visit of Roça Monte Café and museum of coffee.

Come back early to rest

19h Departure to Morro Peixe
19h30 Start with a traditional dinner at a Nina fisherman´s house and learn basic facts about sea turtles.
Then you will visit the incubation centre and meet with eco-guards, who will take you to a journey along with them. This will include a hatchling release (upon availability) and patrolling at the beach. You´ll be scouting for sea turtles to come out of the ocean to lay their eggs, in an intense and memorable effort.

Accommodation: Capital hotel with swimming pool

When taking part in night activities, we invite you to bring a red torch light (can be downloaded as a phone app), mosquito repellent, mineral water, and to wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves shirt and dark clothes.

DAY 4 – 05MAR EAST COAST ROAD (South)

Sight seeing
Drive along the East coast in direction of Porto Alegre and get ready for a drive, in luxurious areas, with many short stops at historical and natural sites.
You will check the amazing Mouth of Hell, a natural curiosity coming out of oceanic volcanism activity. You may stop at Agua Izé plantation to visit the former hospital and the Cultural Center F.A.C.A. and enjoy a swim at Micondo beach, bordered with coconut and almond trees.

Half way south, you will stop at São João das Angolares for a delicate lunch menu at pensão Mionga, chef Nelito.

Then you will check out the Praia Pesqueira waterfall and you will stop in the middle of a palmtree plantation to take pictures of the famous Cão Grande (big dog peak) a 663-meter tall phonolitic chimney.

DAY 5 – 06MAR ROLAS ISLAND TOU

DAY 5 – 09MAR ROLAS ISLAND TOUR

Boat transfer Rolas Island (turtledove island).
Visit of centre of the world landmark!

Once landed on this tiny 2,5 square kilometer island inhabited by a few hundred inhabitants and coconut plantations, you will take a short walk up to the “center of the world landmark”. There you are, longitude 0º and latitude 0º.
On the way to Coffee beach, you may walk in coconut plantations, discover many local wonders of nature (tattoo leaf, wedding tree, tooth brush leaf..), and enjoy a swim at Bateria beach, after checking its surprising geyser.

Fishermen lunch at coffee beach – Highly recommended!
Swim, relax, sunbathes

Transfer to hotel

DAY 6 – 07MAR SOUTH BEACHES AND MANGROVE

0630 start for the early morning Mangrove tour
Return to the hotel for breakfast

Hike “Homem da capa” around the southern beaches (Piscina, Jalé…)
The car will take you back to the hotel
11:45 Check out and transfer to São João das Angolares

Lunch at Praia Cabana
Chill swim relax
Transfer to roça São João das Angolares

18h30 Gastronomic dinner
Hotel in São João

DAY 7 – 08MAR Ocean Day

Dolphin / Whales boat tour
Lunch at Blue Lagoon or Tamarindos beach Swim, relax, sunbathes
Snorkelling with local coach.

Transfer to hotel
Accommodation: Capital hotel with swimming pool

DAY 8 – 09MAR CITY TOUR- RETURN FLIGHT

Visit of São Tomé city
Local fruit and fish market, central square, Cathedral, Presidential Palace…
Free lunch
Option: 15:00 or 16:30 Visit of Claudio Corallo workshop (15€ per person/min. 4 pax) (upon availability)
Transfer to hotel for last shower
Late check out
Free dinner (we can stop on a way at Jasmine Café.

19h45 Transfer to Airport
2200 Flight to Portugal (TAP)

 

 

Note:

• Starter pack (25 EUR): local sim card + 6 Gb internet + map of the island
• Claudio Corallo visits on week days 3 pm or 4:30 pm (not available when is he abroad)
• Dinner taxi service: 20 EUR / 4 pax (=per vehicle in the capital only)
• We provide snorkelling gears for the related activities and boat tour (according to availability)
• All included meals include mineral water

Group minimum 04 Accommodation in Double/Twin rooms, increment 1 single room.
Rates:
EUR1600 p/person 1-3 pax
EUR1400 p/person 4-6 pax
EUR1300 p/person 6-8 pax

Dificulty Level:

 

 

Essentials: 

Will be sent with full itinerary when confirmed

Check List: 

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Weather:

São Tomé is a tropical island located on the Equator line. Basically, it has two seasons: the dry season and the raining season. There are mainly two different weather types: in the north it is relatively dry with savannah and baobabs (also known as Adansonia trees) and in the south it is much rainier, with clear blue sky once the rain is over.
As such, you may consider São Tomé to be sunny and rainy at the same time.

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Currency:

  • There is no ATM machine working with VISA or MasterCard on the island!

  • Prefer to bring cash in EURO, CFA or USD.

  • The change rate with EURO is fixed: 24,5 dobras = 1 euro. Most local changers will give 25 dobras for 1 euro.

  • USD is accepted only if notes are new, and only 20, 50 and 100 USD (with variable change rate)

  • Only few hotels accept credit card and they usually have a preferential service for their clients (and do not always have enough cash).

  • It is possible to withdraw cash with credit card at BISTP bank (São Tomé International Bank) but it takes times (and is quite expensive).

  • Some local change Agents also offer the possibility to withdraw cash against bank transfer to their account based in Portugal (but this procedure may take one to two days!).

  • Tips recommended per client in a group (120 – 180 € per person, for the guide, 5-12€ per day)


Vaccination:

Yellow fever:
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. You will be required to show the yellow vaccination booklet upon arrival.

Malaria:

Due to international cooperation within the last past twenty years, Malaria has almost been eradicated from São Tomé. It is still lightly active in the poorest areas, where people live in wooden houses near rivers. Therefore there is very little chance that you be infected. Nevertheless, you should bring with you the Malaria medicine (Quartem or any other relevant medicine).
Malaria symptoms may vary upon people: headache, neck ache, toothache, dizziness, stomach ache, sore back muscles, feeling of vomiting. There are Health Centers in all cities, in case of suspicion, you should not wait to see a doctor.

 

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