This all-encompassing excursion leaves little to the imagination, as it showcases the island’s highlights, including a waterfall, coffee plantation, folkloric shows and a tour of Sao Tome.
Depart from the pier and drive south toward the center of the island, a land of tropical forests and volcanically formed mountains that are ideal for growing coffee. Here in the dense forest, you will find Sao Nicolau waterfall, an idyllic setting with an abundance of colorful endemic birds chirping and flitting among the trees.
Later, at the Monte Café Plantation, you will see how coffee is processed on Sao Tome and discover the factors that affect the taste, aroma and quality. It’s fascinating to understand the many steps involved as the green coffee beans are transported from the fields, dried, roasted and sorted, before export. Following a coffee tasting and an enlightening folkloric show, you will drive to a restaurant in downtown Sao Tome for a traditional Santomean lunch.
Afterwards, you will explore more of the capital, a city that the Portuguese founded in 1485 on the Bay of Ana de Chaves. The diversity of attractions is remarkable, ranging from a nearby fishing village where you'll be treated to a folkloric performance to the National Museum, which is housed in a Portuguese-built fortress from 1576. Other highlights include the city cathedral, Presidential Palace, several colonial-style plazas, and a gallery that showcases local artists. Finally, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of moderate walking/standing that includes some steps, inclines, natural and uneven surfaces as well as the possibility of mud. The stone steps at the National Museum can be slippery. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing to include long sleeves and long pants; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain and bring small change in either USD or EUR to purchase any additional drinks or local products. Restroom facilities on this tour are limited and may be quite basic in nature. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary and can be influenced by weather conditions. PHOTOS OR VIDEO OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.