Small Group Tours and Holidays in São Tomé & Príncipe


São Tomé Explorer

Style: TravellerCultural discovery away from the crowds
Duration: 8 days
Type: GroupTravel with a small group of other 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

Please note that a compulsory hotel tax of 3 Euros per person per night is levied by many hotels and must be paid in person when checking out.

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. We drive to Bom Sucesso (approx. 45 mins) where we begin the hike to Lake Amelia (hike is approx. 2-2.5 hours depending on the group and weather conditions). After spending some time at Lake Amelia, we descend back to Bom Sucesso (approx. 1.5 hours depending on group and weather conditions) and drive to the waterfall of Saint Nicolas (approx. 15 mins), where we will stop for a taste of the sweet local coffee. We then descend to the nearby coffee plantation (approx. 15 mins drive). From here, coffee of the highest quality has been exported all over the world. We return to our hotel (approx. 45 mins) and the rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight Hotel Miramar or similar (BLD)

Note: The hike to Lake Amelia can take approx. 2 – 2.5 hours depending on pace and weather conditions. The hike is uphill with uneven ground and is steep at times. The trail can also be slippery and depending on weather conditions. Walking boots are strongly recommended. There are 2 stops along the way for drinks/snacks/picnic.

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 weather 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 or similar (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 or similar (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 or similar (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 or similar (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)