Pre-Programme Dakar

Add an extra night onto your adventure and experience vibrant Dakar and historic Gorée Island prior to departure.

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage site Gorée Island
  • Dive deep into the history of Gorée Island and visit La Maison Des Esclaves (the Slave House)
  • Listen to African folklore music
  • Taste local food during your excursion
  • Season

    Available all year

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Min. passengers


  • Booking code


  • From

    460 €

Planned itinerary: 

Day 1: Dakar /Arrival 

You’ll arrive in Dakar a day prior to embarkation, and this optional Pre-Programme includes one night in a hotel close to the city centre and harbour. Spend the remainder of your first day relaxing after your long journey and make use of the hotel’s amenities, or participate in an optional pre-bookable excursion. 

Day 2: Dakar /Embarkation 

The next day after breakfast a transfer will connect you to a privately chartered ferry that goes to historic Gorée Island.   

Gorée Island is probably the most interesting – if tragic – site in Dakar. From the beginning of the 16th century until the trade was outlawed in 1848, 20 million men, women and children were gathered from the African continent and shipped off to the New World as slaves.  

The island of Gorée is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been carefully and faithfully restored.  There are no cars or even bicycles on the tiny island and only around a thousand people live here. Colonial houses graced with wrought iron balconies and draped in bougainvillea line palm and baobab shaded lanes. The peaceful atmosphere of today belies the island’s sad past. 

Visit La Maison Des Esclaves (the Slave House) which was built by the Dutch in 1786 and renovated in 1990. Tour the Gorée Museum, which contains exhibits devoted to the history of the island and make a stop at the infamous 'door of no return.' Walk the length and breadth of the isle as your guide recounts the stories of those long-gone days. Finally pause for a spot of lunch at a local restaurant. 

After lunch, the private ferry will return you to the mainland. The tour finishes at the port in Dakar in time for embarkation aboard MS Spitsbergen. 

Please note that the order of the sites visited may vary.

Practical information


  • Price includes one hotel night in Dakar), a welcome drink and breakfast at the hotel.  
  • On embarkation day, a full-day guided excursion to Gorée Island by privately chartered ferry. Lunch and transfer from the hotel to the port is included.  
  • Not included: Dinner and drinks. 


  • This tour is available as a Pre-Programme in combination with voyages starting in Dakar starting and ending from your hotel (14:00-19:00).
  • For guests with limited mobility on request. 
  • Minimum number of participants: 25 Pax.
  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.