Rivers of West Africa Cruise

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On Board

M/Y Harmony G

10-Day package
From: £3,167

Departure Dates
Jan to Feb

Discover the Rivers of west Africa

This is a cruise with a difference, deep into the interior of West Africa along the length of the Gambia River. In many ways it’s a chance to follow in the footsteps of famous Explorers and discover the ‘dark continent’ at a leisurely pace, stopping at traditional fishing villages and colourful bustling market towns.

The first part of the itinerary runs along the Atlantic coast of Senegal and Gambia. Then we enter the river Gambia and sail 240 miles upstream, discovering the fascinating and hugely varied rich flora, fauna and bird life along the river banks. En route we make regular stops at towns and villages brim-full of amazing local colour and some of the friendliest people you can imagine. In all honesty it’s a unique experience that you can only make on a small vessel.

Your Holiday Package Includes:

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Return flights from the UK & In-destination transfers

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7 Night Cruise on Board
M/Y Harmony G on a Full-board basis

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2 Night stay Hotel in Dakar on a Bed & Breakfast basis

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Day By Day
Itinerary

Rivers of West Africa Cruise

Departure Dates
& Prices

Don’t miss…

Incredible bird-life

Wonderful wildlife on the river bank

The Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve

Native markets

A trip in a traditional pirogue

The school funded by Variety Cruises’ clients

The incredible Gambian people

Day-by-Day Itinerary

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    Fly to Dakar
    Day 1
    Thursday

    Fly to Dakar

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    Upon landing transfer to Radisson Blu hotel for 2-night stay. Evening at leisure for an early swim – the beach is 20m away, and the chance to explore for dinner.
    Uk to Dakar
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    Explore Dakar & Goree Island
    Day 2
    Friday

    Explore Dakar & Goree Island

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    You might want a day on the beach, or to explore the local area but, if you’re a culture /history vulture try the optional Dakar and Goree. Goree island today is a UNESCO World Heritage site and serves as a reminder of human exploitation. From the 15h to 19th century it was the largest slave trading centre on the West African Coast.
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    Depart from Dakar
    Day 3
    Saturday

    Depart from Dakar

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    Meet us on board between 2PM and 6PM. Spend some time getting to know your home at sea and fellow voyagers, then join us for a welcome dinner before we set sail southwards, towards the Saloum River Delta. In particular get to meet the on board naturalist who will help you identify the sea life, river life, bird life and wild life. Overnight at sea.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
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    Djiffere – Banjul
    Day 4
    Sunday

    Djiffere – Banjul

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    Dolphins, crocodiles, turtles and manatees – keep your eyes peeled for all of these and more as we venture into the Sine-Saloum Delta, Senegal. A UNESCO biosphere reserve, this important birding area is home to around 200 different bird species including flamingos, pelicans and raptors. Today our optional excursion visits JOAL FADIOUT best an island built of clam shells. This afternoon, we begin our sail to Banjul, The Gambia. Overnight in Banjul.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
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    Banjul – Abuko Nature Reserve
    Day 5
    Monday

    Banjul – Abuko Nature Reserve

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    Banjul is The Gambia’s capital city and gateway to the 700-mile long Gambia River. We’ll sail the river this afternoon, but this morning we have an optional half-day tour of Banjul itself, plus the town of Bakau; known for its kachikally crocodile pool and botanic garden. Mid-afternoon we sail upstream on the Gambia River to Tendaba. Overnight docked in Tendaba.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
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    Tendaba
    Day 6
    Tuesday

    Tendaba

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    Today, we offer two optional excursions out of Tendaba, a small Muslim fishing village with a population of around 600 people. It’s reachable from our ship by motor pirogue – small canoe-like boats. In the morning we’ll walk from Tendaba to Batelling to visit the Kiang West National Park – home to many rare species of bird as well as Guinea baboons, Senegal bushbaby and marsh Mongoose. When you’re all primated out, we’ll jump in a safari truck heading back to the ship, via Tendaba, passing local villages as we go. In the afternoon the excursion is to Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve – with six major bolongs (creeks) and remarkable birding and boating opportunities. Overnight docked in Tendaba.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
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    Gambia River – Kuntaur – River Gambia National Park
    Day 7
    Wednesday

    Gambia River – Kuntaur – River Gambia National Park

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    Early morning we continue our journey upstream on the Gambia River, heading to the bustling port town of Kuntaur. This is the last inland stop navigable for ocean-going vessels, even our small one. The optional excursion this afternoon is a motor pirogue journey further inland to Baboon Island, a part of The Gambia National Park where a local park ranger teaches us all about the park’s flora and fauna. Then, as we drift slowly and peacefully back towards Kuntaur, keep a look out for the chimpanzees at a rehabilitation project en route. You may also spot hippos, crocodiles, Red Colobus monkeys, and more. An exceptional dance, the Kankurang, is performed on our return to Kuntaur. The Kankurang is believed to dispense justice and ward off evil spirits.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
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    Kuntaur – Janjanbureh – Kaur
    Day 8
    Thursday

    Kuntaur – Janjanbureh – Kaur

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    Our optional tour today takes us first to Janjanbureh via bus and local ferry. Janjanbureh, formerly known as Georgetown, is one of the oldest towns in The Gambia. Wander the streets and take in the laid back vibes before we head back to the bus and on to our second destination: Lamin Koto. Here, you’ll see a new school in the process of being built, thanks to generous donations from Variety Cruises and our clients. From here we’ll visit the mysterious stones of Wassu, a sacred burial ground thousands of years old, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch we sail downstream to the small fishing village of Kaur where you can see how local Gambians live here today. Lastly, join us in the evening for our signature Captain’s Farewell Dinner as we sail downstream, back towards Banjul.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
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    Kaur – Banjul
    Day 9
    Friday

    Kaur – Banjul

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    One more day in The Gambia, with lots more to learn and discover. This morning we anchor at Kunta Kinteh Island. Strategically located in the middle of the Gambia River, the island has a dark history in the slave trade, the story of which has been told to the world via author Alex Haley’s book, Roots. A local guide will teach us about the history, after which you’ll have some time to walk around before we head back to Banjul. Tonight we host Gambian Night on board, complete with a concert performed on the kora, a west African string instrument. Overnight at sea, heading towards Dakar.
    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
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    Dakar
    Day 10
    Saturday

    Dakar

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    Early morning arrival in Dakar and one last breakfast before our trip comes to an end and we transfer you to your onward flight.
    Meals included: Breakfast

Flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester.

All local transfers

2 nights at Radisson Blu hotel (Dakar) on a bed and breakfast basis

On Board M/Y Harmony G

Accommodation on board M/Y Harmony G for 7 nights in your chosen grade of cabin with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.

Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local themed party evening and Captain’s Dinner.

Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.

Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment, sea kayak and stand up paddle boards (subject to availability).

Professional English speaking Cruise Director / Gambia River Naturalist

Port charges

Flights to Dakar are available from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle and Birmingham.
All flights are indirect via either Madrid, Lisbon, Istanbul, Barcelona depending on the airline.
Exact flight details and timings will be advised at the time of booking. Flight supplement may apply.

Outbound – Thursday

  • Depart Heathrow:11:30 Arrive Madrid:15:00
  • Depart Madrid: 18:00 Arrive Dakar: 20:40

Inbound – Saturday

  • Depart Dakar:21:50 Arrive Madrid:-4:10
  • Depart Madrid: 07:00 Arrive Heathrow: 08:25

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

  • Dakar airport to Radisson blu hotel – approximately 1h 15 min
  • Radisson blu hotel to Dakar port (cruise embarkation) – approximately 30 min
  • Dakar port to Dakar airport – approximately 1h
  • Beverages except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions or other land arrangements.
  • Crew gratuities (optional – recommend Eur10-14 per passenger per day).
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Ports of call: Dakar – Banjul – Gambia River– Kantaur - Gambia River National Park – Kaur – Tendaba – Djiffere – Janjanbureh

The Weather

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West Africa River Cruise, Rivers of West Africa CruiseReliable sunshine is virtually guaranteed throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from the low 20s in winter and up to the high 20s or even low 30s in the height of Summer. The climate generally provides warm or hot days with cooler nights and virtually no humidity

Cruise routes may need to be varied in the event of adverse weather and operating conditions at the Captain’s discretion, in the interests of the comfort and safety of guests. The Captain and Cruise Director will will keep you fully briefed on the daily programme.

Your vessel: The M/Y Harmony G

Cabins

21 Ocean View

Guests

44

Crew

17

Length / Breadth

54m/177ft – 7.10m/23.3ft

The Harmony “G” stands as a modern mega yacht with a sleek, high-tech design, offering spacious and comfortable accommodations. It is specially designed to comfortably host up to 44 guests in 21 cabins, while also being nimble enough to access smaller harbours and islands that larger cruise ships can’t reach. The yacht features a generous lounge and bar, a dining room, and a large sun deck for guests to enjoy. Launched in January 2001 and having undergone its most recent renovation in 2019, the Harmony “G” meets the highest SOLAS safety standards. Its powerful engines and advanced stabilizers ensure a safe and smooth cruising experience.

Deck Plans

Cabin Selection

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Category C

LOWER DECK- 1 DOUBLE OR 2 LOWER BEDS.

(10-11 sq.m. / 108-119 sq.ft.)

The Category C cabins are located on the lower deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

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Category B

MAIN DECK – 2 LOWER BEDS

(10.50-11 sq.m. / 113.5-119 sq.ft.)

The Category B cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

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Category A

MAIN DECK – 2 LOWER BEDS.

(10.50-11 sq.m. / 113.5-119 sq.ft.)

The Category A cabins are located on the main deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

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Category P

UPPER DECK – 1 DOUBLE BED OR 2 LOWER BEDS.

(15-18 sq.m. / 162-195 sq.ft.)

The Category P suites are located on the upper deck. Cabins have bathroom with shower, individually controlled A/C, piped music, flat-screen TV (Satellite channels), CD/DVD player, telephone for internal use, mini safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, adapters (220V).

On board Facilities

  • Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge – Bar
  • Indoor Restaurant
  • Audiovisual in Lounge
  • Mini library
  • Beach Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Kayak
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi

Creature Comforts

  • Large portholes: upper deck cabins
  • Portholes: lower deck cabins
  • Triple Occupancy cabins: Category A
  • Flat-Screen TV
  • Mini Safe
  • Mini Fridge
  • Individually controlled A/C
  • En suite bathroom with shower
  • Hairdryers
  • Telephone for internal use
  • Central music

Your Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza

Located in the affluent Fann Corniche area of Dakar, Radisson Blu is housed in a contemporary building with outdoor pool. It features nearby golfing facilities.

Air-conditioned rooms at Radisson Blu Dakar are fitted with marble floors and designer furnishings. They all include a flat-screen TV and en suite bathrooms with walk-in showers. Some rooms overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

Guests can enjoy a fusion of international dishes at the restaurant of the hotel. The chef also offers a modern take on traditional Senegalese specialities. Drinks and cocktails are served outdoor by the pool bar.

Located only 20 yards from the beach, Radisson Blu hotel is a base to explore Dakar’s IFAN Museum of West Africa and Gorée Island.

Facilities

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Room service
  • Tea/coffee maker in all rooms

Superior room with garden view (included in your holiday)

The following room types are available with a supplement

  • Superior room with balcony sea view
  • Superior room with terrace garden view
  • Premium room with balcony sea view
  • Junior suite with balcony sea view
  • Royal suite with terrace sea view

The capital, Dakar, is a vibrant city famous for its lively markets and rich musical culture. Elsewhere, Senegal boasts beautiful colonial architecture, secluded beaches blessed with world-famous surf breaks, and remote riverine deltas teeming with wildlife.

Prices

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Rivers Of West Africa flight inclusive package 2025

Including cruise, 2nights Dakar, Radisson Blu Sea Plaza, Transfers, Flights from LGW, Port Charges"
Prices (£) per person:
Deparure Dates From PortCategory CSpecial OffersCategory BSpecial Offers Category ASpecial OffersCategory PSpecial Offers
09/01/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
11/01/2025Banjul£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
16/01/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
18/01/2025Banjul£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
23/01/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
25/01/2025Banjul£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
30/01/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
01/02/2025Banjul£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
06/02/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
08/02/2025Banjul£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
13/02/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
15/02/2025Banjul£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447
20/02/2025Dakar£3,593£3,167£4,202£3,654£4,550£3,933£5,193£4,447

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - Single & Triple occupancy

-Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Single use£5,034£5,947£6,468£7,434
3rd person£2,849N/AN/AN/A
Port chargesIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded

Rivers Of West Africa 2025

Prices (£) per person
Deparure Dates From PortCategory CSpecial OffersCategory BSpecial Offers Category ASpecial OffersCategory PSpecial Offers
11/01/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
13/01/2025Banjul£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
18/01/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
20/01/2025Banjul£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
25/01/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
27/01/2025Banjul£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
01/02/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
03/02/2025Banjul£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
08/02/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
10/02/2025Banjul£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
15/02/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
17/02/2025Banjul£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984
22/02/2025Dakar£2,130£1,704£2,739£2,191£3,087£2,470£3,730£2,984

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - Single & Triple occupancy & port charges

-Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Single use£2,935£3,848£4,370£5,074
3rd person£1,491N/AN/AN/A
Port charges£309£309£309£309

Rivers Of West Africa flight inclusive package 2026

Including cruise, 2nights Dakar, Radisson Blu Sea Plaza, Transfers, Flights from LGW, Port Charges"
Prices (£) per person:
Deparure Dates From PortCategory CSpecial OffersCategory BSpecial Offers Category ASpecial OffersCategory PSpecial Offers
18/12/2025Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
20/12/2025Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
25/12/2025Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
27/12/2025Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
01/01/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
03/01/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
08/01/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
10/01/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
15/01/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
17/01/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
22/01/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
24/01/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
29/01/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
31/01/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
05/02/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
07/02/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
12/02/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
14/02/2026Banjul£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553
19/02/2026Dakar£3,688£3,245£4,297£3,732£4,662£4,024£5,323£4,553

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - Single & Triple occupancy

-Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Single use£5,173£6,086£6,634£7,625
3rd person£2,919
Port chargesincludedincludedincludedincluded

Rivers Of West Africa 2026

Prices (£) per person
Deparure Dates From PortCategory CSpecial OffersCategory BSpecial Offers Category ASpecial OffersCategory PSpecial Offers
20/12/2025Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
22/12/2025Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
27/12/2025Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
29/12/2025Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
03/01/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
05/01/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
10/01/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
12/01/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
17/01/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
19/01/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
24/01/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
26/01/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
31/01/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
2/2/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
7/2/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
9/2/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
14/2/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
16/2/2026Banjul£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082
21/02/2026Dakar£2,217£1,774£2,826£2,261£3,191£2,553£3,852£3,082

Rivers of West Africa Cruise - Single & Triple occupancy & port charges

-Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Single use£2,935£3,848£4,370£5,074
3rd person£1,491N/AN/AN/A
Port charges£309£309£309£309

Package prices are subject to availability in the accommodation and flight class booked. Flight supplements may apply for regional and other flights.

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