Silversea Expedition Cruises To LUANDA

LUANDA

A study in contrasting economies, Luanda is a boisterous coastal city of haves and have-nots. As capital of Africa’s second-largest oil-producing country, it has been deemed the world’s most expensive city, and since independence in 2002, everyone seems to be gunning for a piece of the post-civil war economy. Its renaissance offers a range of experiences, from cushy hotels to a restaurant-lined oceanfront promenade to locals hawking handmade goods at crowded public markets.

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Excursions in LUANDA

Luanda & Cruise to Mussulo Island

Enjoy the sites of the city before embarking a boat for the cruise to Mussulo Island for an afternoon of relaxation in the sun.


After departing the quayside, we drive along Marginal Bay, with the commercial part of the city on the one side, and views across the bay on the other.


Stop at the San Miguel Fort (outside visit) originally built on 1576. Its purpose was to defend the port and the city from attack by the marauding French, Spanish and Dutch armies. It was successful until 1641 when the Dutch seized Luanda. There we will visit the first Catholic Church built in Luanda (only if an inside visit is possible).


Continue driving to the new marginal side, stop to see from the distance the most unique sight - the Agostinho Neto Mausoleum - a huge stylized obelisk. Rumour has it that this is the grave of Angola's first president, President Agostino Neto. Having very strong communist affiliations, Neto died in 1979, and it is said that this was erected as a gift from the Russian government.


Thereafter, drive to 'Cidade Alta', or uptown - a pleasant, airy and calm suburb above the rest of the city, with several pink colonial buildings. Here you'll have the opportunity to see the Presidential Palace, together with Prime Minister's office and the Ministries of Defense, Immigration, Justice, Health and the British Embassy. (Some of the international embassies and governments buildings in Cidad Alta fall under "Military or State defense objects" therefore you are not allowed to take pictures as this could lead to serious problems ignoring these rules. Kindly consult with your tour guide if you are uncertain of specific location regulations before you take the photograph.) Here, you have the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Catholic Church 'Igreja de Jesus', (outside visit) where many important people of Angolan high society get married.


Next, drive to Mussulo pier and embark on a 15 minute boat cruise to Mussulo Island to enjoy some time to relax on the beach or by the pool.


Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on the island before heading back to Mussulo pier. Drive back to the quayside along the Marginal and past the National Bank of Angola - a great example of colonial architecture, where you still find the Portuguese insignia on the main entrance.


Please note: This tour involves moderate walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility as long as they have some assistance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. We suggest guests dress in comfortable clothing and wear flat, walking shoes, sun protection and bring water from the ship. Bring your swimsuit and a towel and ample sun protection from the ship. Tours in Luanda are conducted in various sized vehicles. Although the vehicles in Luanda are of a basic design, they are well maintained and have air-conditioning. They do not have microphones or toilet facilities. Whilst the roads are tarred in Luanda, there are many with potholes. There are also a number of bumpy dirt roads, which will be navigated carefully. Please note that traffic conditions can seriously impact the suggested tour timings and can cause heavy delays. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Angola, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Please remember that English is a third language! Some of the international embassies and government buildings may fall under 'military or state defense objects'. You are not allowed to take pictures and may run into serious problems ignoring these rules. Please therefore ask your Tour guides advise first. The order of sites visited and actual tour content is subject to change based on current local conditions. This is a third world country, and although it is a rewarding experience, it differs greatly from South African ports in all aspects.


The cost of providing a tour program in Luanda is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring nations. Unfortunately this is reflected in the proices of the tours and we thank you for your understanding.

The Changing Faces of Luanda

Experience the ever-changing culture and infrastructure that makes up this rising population, during this half-day tour of Luanda.


No country in the world has had such a continuously appalling start to independence as Angola, potentially so prosperous from its natural resources, but suffering from lethally self-inflicted wounds. Today, Luanda is undergoing a renaissance of epic proportions, driven by the vast natural resources that the country has in abundance - oil and diamonds. Its people are determined and committed to turn around its fortunes, and rebuild a strong and united Angola.


Palacio de Ferro

After departing the quayside, drive along Marginal Bay, with the commercial part of the city on the one side, and views across the bay on the other. Drive past the Igreje de Senhora de Nazare - a small beautiful church and a National Monument. Continue and visit the old Iron Palace 'Palacio de Ferro' designed by the famous architect Gustav Eiffel, whose work also features in other African cities.


Los Remedios Church

Visit the Gothic-style church of Los Remedios which was built in 1719 as a chapel. The church had to be rebuilt in 1798, at the hands of Francis Xavier, who managed to accomplish the work with donations from the faithful. Currently, dos Remedios Church is considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved churches of San Luis.


Angolan National Museum of Anthropology

Stop at the Angolan National Museum of Anthropology, featuring an array of traditional masks along with art, sculptures, tools, weaponry, jewelry, clothing and musical instruments.


San Miguel Fort

Drive to and stop at the San Miguel Fort (outside visit) original built on 1576. Its purpose was to defend the port and the city from attack by the marauding French, Spanish and Dutch armies. It was successful until 1641 when the Dutch seized Luanda. There we will visit the first Catholic Church built in Luanda (only if an inside visit is possible).


Panoramic Drive

Driving along the new marginal, the group will stop to see from a distance the most unique sight - the Agostinho Neto Mausoleum, a huge stylized obelisk. Rumor has it that this is the grave of Angola's first president, President Agostino Neto. Having very strong communist affiliations, Neto died in 1979, and it is said that this was erected as a gift from the Russian government.


Thereafter drive to 'Cidade Alta', or uptown, a pleasant, airy and calm suburb above the rest of the city, with several pink colonial buildings. Here you'll have the opportunity to see Presidential Palace, together with the Prime Minister's office and the Ministries of Defense, Immigration, Justice, Health and the British Embassy. Here the group will have the pleasure of visiting (if possible) the beautiful Catholic Church 'Igreja de Jesus', where many important people of Angolan high society get married. (Some of the international embassies and governments buildings in Cidad Alta fall under "Military or State defense objects" therefore you are not allowed to take pictures and may run into serious problems ignoring these rules. Kindly consult with your tour guide if you are uncertain of a specific locations regulations before you take the photograph.)


Depart to 'Baixa' or downtown to view the houses of parliament - both new and old. After driving past many areas in the city which are due for total upgrades, and whole communities being moved, the group will realise that this is truly a city that has a rapidly changing face - well on its way to regaining its mantle of yesteryear - the 'Paris of Africa'.


After this unique day of touring, make your way back to the ship along the Marginal and pass the Angola National Bank - a great example of colonial architecture, where you still find the Portuguese insignia on the main entrance.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with some cobblestones at San Miguel Fort and is suitable for guests with limited mobility with assistance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. We suggest guests dress in comfortable clothing and wear flat, walking shoes, sun protection and bring water from the ship. Tours in Luanda are conducted in various sized vehicles. Although the vehicles in Luanda are of a basic design, they are well maintained and have air-conditioning. They do not have microphones or toilet facilities. Whilst the roads are tarred in Luanda, there are many with potholes. There are also a number of bumpy dirt roads, which will be navigated carefully. Please note that traffic conditions can seriously impact the suggested tour timings and can cause heavy delays. There is no formal guiding qualification required for Angola, and in order to support the local community we use local escorts/guides. Please remember that English is a third language! Some of the international embassies and government buildings may fall under 'military or state defense objects'. You are not allowed to take pictures and may run into serious problems ignoring these rules. Please therefore ask your tour guides advice first. The order of sites visited and actual tour content is subject to change based on current local conditions.


The cost of providing a tour program in Luanda is proportionately more expensive than in neighbouring nations. Unfortunately this is reflected in the proices of the tours and we thank you for your understanding.

An Introduction to Silversea Expeditions

“Voyage of a lifetime” does not even begin to describe a Silversea Expedition experience. Imagine the comfort and intimacy of our ships, coupled with the most intriguing, far-flung destinations on earth. With over 590 destinations on all 7 continents, this is expedition cruising at its finest. Our uniquely curated itineraries with excursions adapted to individual ability and interest cater to all, while our knowledgeable and enthusiastic experts lead the way. Butler service, highest crew to guest ration in the industry and all-inclusivity make a Silversea Expedition cruise like nothing you have ever experienced.