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Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Kapama

PRE CRUISE Kapama

NOTE: This program begins in Johannesburg therefore arriving flights must be booked into OR Tambo International Airport.

Ride a 4x4 vehicle through a private game reserve teeming with iconic African wildlife on as many as six game drives, relaxing in a luxurious lodge setting between adventures.

DAY 1: January 2, 2015

Upon arrival in Johannesburg at the OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met outside the Customs and Immigration area by a local representative who will assist you to your awaiting vehicle for your transfer to “54 on Bath” Hotel.

The earliest check-in time at the hotel is 2:00pm although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and enjoy dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2: January 3, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport.

On arrival at the airport, a local representative will meet and assist you with any luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Upon arriving at Kruger Airport, a local representative will meet you for the 3 hour transfer to Kapama River Lodge, which lies within the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

Since your morning has been spent traveling, feel free to relax for the next few hours, enjoying a welcome drink and lunch. Then, the real adventure begins with an afternoon game drive in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, which sprawls over approximately 30,000 acres.

This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Following the game drive, you will pause to sip a sundowner in the picturesque bush and then return to the lodge for the evening and dinner.

DAY 3: January 4, 2015

Awake before sunrise and gather for tea or coffee. As the sun rises, you will depart from the lodge for another game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary. While you may catch sight of a herd of elephants or lions lazing in the sun, your guide will also point out smaller animals including birds, since more than 350 avian species have been spotted.

After several hours, you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and to spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. You may relax around the pool, indulge in the spa, and enjoy the sounds of the bush.

During an afternoon game drive, you will have another opportunity to spot wildlife. As Kapama Private Game Reserve is an unspoiled wilderness, the animals behave naturally and are typically undisturbed by the presence of humans. You will return to lodge in time for dinner and to spend another delightful evening.

Note: As an alternative to the morning game drive, you may opt for an exclusive Elephant Back Safari in the reserve for an additional cost payable at the resort. During the orientation, a trained elephant handler will show you how to saddle up on the elephant’s back and follow its rhythmic strides as you move quietly through the bush. It’s the ultimate close encounter with an elephant, and there is no finer perspective for viewing the other animals. After approximately two hours riding atop the elephant, you will stop for a glass of wine and snacks. You will also have the opportunity to photograph the elephants saluting you, before they return to their stables. You will then be transferred back to the lodge in a 4x4 vehicle in time for breakfast.

DAY 4: January 5, 2015

This day will mirror the previous day in many ways, as you will awake before sunrise and gather for coffee or tea. However, each game drive is unique as far as the animals you will see and how they behave. Again, you may observe the Big Five, as there is such a high density of big game animals in the reserve. Or you may sight other species such as antelopes, giraffes and leopards.

Then, you will return to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and spend the remainder of the morning and early afternoon at leisure. Following lunch and afternoon tea, you will depart for a late-afternoon game drive, during which the animals are also quite active. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for dinner.

DAY 5: January 6, 2015

Enjoy a final early morning game drive before one last sumptuous breakfast at the lodge.

After breakfast, check out and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport where you will check in and board your flight to Johannesburg.

Upon arrival at Johannesburg’s O.R Tambo International Airport, a local representative will meet and assist you with your stored luggage and checking in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will meet and transfer you to the harbor where your ship will be waiting for you.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the “54 on Bath” Hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Fly into the OR Tambo International Airport and transfer to the “54 On Bath” Hotel in Johannesburg or similar. Check in is 2:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night. This day is at leisure. Dinner is from 7:30pm.

Day 2

8:15am Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Johannesburg

8:45am Arrive at the airport and check-in for your flight to Kruger

10:00am Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Johannesburg to Kruger

10:50am Arrive in Kruger and transfer to Kapama

1:50pm Arrival at the lodge followed by lunch and check-in formalities

4:00pm Afternoon tea at the lodge

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at the Kapama River Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00pm Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Kapama River Lodge

Day 4

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00pm Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Kapama River Lodge

Day 5

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Hoedspruit Airport

12:00pm Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Hoedspruit to Johannesburg

1:00pm Arrive at OR Tambo International Airport and collect any stored luggage

3:05pm Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Johannesburg to Cape Town

5:15pm Arrival in Cape Town

5:45pm Transfer to the port

6:30pm Approximate arrival at the port and board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer is in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Kapama: Summer weather is experienced in October through March. Daytime temperatures can reach highs of 42°C (107°F) and lows of 20°C (68°F). This is also the period when the most rain falls, approximately 550mm (21.6 inches) annually. The colder winter months of May through July experience daytime highs around 26°C (79°F) and night time lows of 8°C (46°F). The spring and autumn months represent mid points between the hot and cool seasons.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flights:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

54 on Bath Hotel or similar in Johannesburg – Luxury Double Room

Kapama River Lodge in Kapama – Spa Suite Room

*If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Each room at Kapama River Lodge features a full en-suite bathroom and terrace with uninterrupted views of the game reserve. The central guest entertainment areas include a large rim-flow swimming pool with sun umbrellas and recliners. The long L-shaped relaxation lounge and bar under a double-volume thatch curves around the pool. Kapama also features a luxurious wellness center that includes a state-of-the-art gym equipped with cardio and weight-training facilities.

The tables in the Rhino Boma dining area are arranged under a low thatch, and there is a central open area with an outdoor fire that enhances the ambiance at night. Buffet-style meals introduce African flavors with Pan African dishes using fresh local ingredients and specialist dishes featuring venison like kudu and impala.

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Kapama Private Game Reserve.

? Be aware that this is a malaria-risk area and be sure to have taken the necessary medication.

? While this is a safari area, the animals are wild and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game-drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

INCLUDES

? 3 nights at Kapama River Lodge on a full-board basis, i.e. all meals, 2 local beverages and two game drives daily, including return HDS Airport to lodge transfers in open game vehicles

? 1 night at the 54 on Bath Hotel in Johannesburg or similar on a bed-and-breakfast basis

? Dinner at the 54 on Bath hotel including 2 local drinks per person & gratuity

? Transfers in Johannesburg and Cape Town in vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-systems

? Road transfer from KMIA to Kapama in a luxury touring vehicle with A/C and PA system

? Meet and greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 2 and 5

? Luggage storage at O.R Tambo Airport from Days 2-5, allowing for 1 piece per person

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? Scheduled domestic flights per the program in economy class

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights from home (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

EXCLUDES

? Any meals and beverages not listed above

? Elephant-back safari

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Visa fees

? Any other services not mentioned above

? Gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, trackers, lodge staff

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,399 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Cape Town and Winelands

PRE CRUISE Cape Town and Winelands

DAY 1: January 3, 2015

Upon arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will proceed through Immigration formalities, identify and collect your baggage and clear Customs.

After clearance you will be met by a local representative who will assist you to your awaiting air-conditioned vehicle. Transfer to your hotel.

Spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Meals are on your own today.

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 2: January 4, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel inland to Stellenbosch, an idyllic town nestled in a mountain valley. It is named after Governor Simon van der Stel, who discovered the broad fertile valley of the Eerste River in 1680. Today, Stellenbosch is best known as a major university town, characterized by Cape Dutch-style architecture and leafy streets so beautiful that some of them have been declared national monuments.

After an enlightening orientation drive through Stellenbosch, you will enjoy an hour or so of free time to explore the town on your own. You might meander Die Braak market square, visit the Toy and Miniature Museum or the Stellenbosch Museum, which consists of four houses from four eras: Schreuder House, 1709; Bletterman House, 1788; Grosvenor House, 1800 to 1830, and the OM Bergh House, 1850.

The surrounding countryside is the heart of South Africa’s wine country, as you will see by visiting one of the most well known of the hundreds of wineries in the Cape. Enjoy a wine tasting and cellar tour followed by lunch on the selected wine estate.

After returning to Cape Town and your hotel along the picturesque N2 national road, you will have the remainder of the day to do as you please, enjoying dinner on your own.

DAY 3: January 5, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel along one of South Africa’s most scenic routes towards Cape Point, the southwest tip of Africa, which was first sighted by Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias in 1488. Along the way, you will pass through the suburbs of Green Point and Sea Point to Camps Bay, behind which are the impressive peaks of the Twelve Apostles. Continuing along the Atlantic seaboard towards lovely Hout Bay, you will pick up Chapman’s Peak Drive (provided it’s open), one of the world’s most spectacular coastal roads. In time, you will arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, a land of dramatic sea cliffs rich in wildlife and native flora, and then on to Cape Point.

Here, you will ride the Flying Dutchman Funicular up an incline of dense native vegetation known as fynbos to the lighthouse, which boasts the most powerful beacon on the South African coast. At night, it can be seen from nearly 40 miles away.

Then, following a seafood lunch en route, you will stop in Boulders Beach to observe an African penguin colony, one of the few on the mainland. There are thousands of these flightless birds roaming freely about the beach, diving into the surrounding waters and often braying much like donkeys. Adult African penguins are about two feet tall and sport a black stripe across their breasts.

From Boulders Beach, you will continue driving north past the fishing harbor of Kalk Bay, before joining Boyes Drive, which affords magnificent views of Muizenberg and False Bay. By late afternoon, you will return to the hotel. The remainder of the day will be spent at your leisure, and dinner is on your own.

DAY 4: January 6, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

After check out, transfer to the ship via a Half Day Cape Town Highlights Tour, including a visit up Table Mountain (weather permitting).

Highlights of the City tour include a walk through Company Gardens, a drive through the historic Bo-Kaap and a scenic drive along the Atlantic Seaboard including a quick stop at Maidens Cove.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Arrival of your flights into Cape Town. You will be met and transferred to the hotel based on your flight arrival time. Check-in at the hotel is at 2:00pm. Early check-in can only be guaranteed by booking an additional night. Remainder of the day at leisure. Meals on your own.

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 2

8:00am Drive from the hotel to Stellenbosch

9:00am Orientation tour of Stellenbosch

9:30am Free time to explore Stellenbosch

10:30am Travel to a wine estate

11:00am Wine tasting and cellar tour

12:00pm Lunch at the wine estate

1:30pm Depart for Cape Town

2:30pm Arrive at the hotel

Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 3

8:00am Depart from the hotel and drive towards Cape Point

9:00am Travel to Cape Point via Chapman’s Peak Drive

10:30am Enter Cape Point Nature Reserve and drive to Cape Point

11:00am Visit Cape Point, including a funicular ride to the lighthouse

12:00nn Travel towards Simon’s Town

12:45pm Lunch at local restaurant

2:00pm Visit Boulders Beach penguin colony

3:00pm Return to Cape Town

4:30pm Arrive at the hotel

Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Check out and transfer to the port via a Half Day Cape Town Highlights Tour

1:00pm Arrive at the port and embark the ship

PLEASE NOTE

This tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties as a fair amount of walking is involved. However, passengers in wheelchairs can manage this tour with a travel companion. Passengers are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat. Chapman’s Peak Drive is government operated – and may be closed at any time for maintenance and road upgrades. Some wine estates are closed on Saturdays and most are closed on Sundays. Table Mountain is weather permitting. Should the cableway be closed due to inclement weather conditions, you will visit the top of Signal Hill and take a drive to Bloubergstrand from where you can enjoy postcard views of Table Mountain from across Table Bay.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region, but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops, cotton trousers and shorts. Trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries)

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restrictions on board the coach. However, an overnight soft-sided bag is recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Westin Hotel in Cape Town or similar hotel – standard double room

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

INCLUDES

? 3 nights at the Westin Hotel or similar on a B&B basis

? Touring in a vehicle with air-conditioning and PA-system

? A registered local English-speaking tour guide on all transfers and tours

? Table Mountain Cableway ticket, Chapman’s Peak toll road fees, entrance fee and funicular ride at Cape Point, entrance fee to African Penguin Colony; one wine cellar tour and wine tasting

? 3-course set menu lunch with 2 drinks per person (beer, wine, soft drink or water) on Days 2 & 3

? Porterage of a maximum of two suitcases per person

? Mineral water on-board the tour vehicle

Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided

EXCLUDES

? All other meals, beverages and services not listed above

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shopping purchases and laundry

? Gratuities to drivers and guides

? Visa fees

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,499 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Sanbona: Wilderness Luxury Retreat

PRE CRUISE Sanbona: Wilderness Luxury Retreat

Take off into the pristine Sanbona Wildlife Reserve on several spectacular game drives to view Africa’s most iconic animals, while spending the time in between these adventures in a private tented lodge.

DAY 1: January 3, 2015

On arrival at Cape Town International Airport, you will proceed through Immigration formalities, identify and collect your baggage and clear Customs.

After clearance you will be met by a local representative. You will be assisted to your awaiting air-conditioned vehicle and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront which is situated along the Atlantic Ocean, with Table Mountain and Robben Island providing a beautiful backdrop. This idyllic oceanfront destination sits within walking distance to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and provides a 10 minute drive from the central business district.

You are free to spend the remainder of the day doing whatever you please, with dinner on your own, before retiring for the evening at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.

DAY 2: January 4, 2015

After a leisurely breakfast in Tobago’s Restaurant, check out and settle any incidentals with the hotel’s cashier. Any excess baggage may be handed in to the concierge for storage at the hotel until your return on 15th.

You will be met in the hotel lobby by a local English-speaking tour guide who will accompany you on your transfer to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. While it takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours to reach the reserve’s main gate, the journey is spectacularly scenic as it follows much of Route 62. This fabled thoroughfare winds past majestic mountains, towering cliffs and vineyards in fertile valleys.

Upon arrival at the main entrance gate, you will be met by a lodge representative who will transfer you to Dwyka Tented Lodge by 4x4 vehicle.

Surrounded by breathtaking rock formations that have inspired Sanbona’s nickname, the “Arizona of Southern Africa,” the lodge sits on a horseshoe bend of a dry ravine.

Following check-in, you will enjoy lunch and then settle into your spacious accommodations, one of the nine luxury tents. This wilderness was once the home of ancient Khoisan hunters, and it has changed little over the centuries.

Later in the afternoon, you will head out on your first game drive, accompanied by an experienced ranger in open-air vehicle, specifically designed for this kind of terrain. While you may see the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo; the viewing opportunities are nearly infinite. The reserve contains a variety of animals from large ostriches and wildebeests to more unfamiliar species that include the grysbok, a small antelope endemic to the Western Cape.

Following the game drive, you will toast the event with a refreshing Sundowner drink before returning to the lodge for dinner and retiring in your Dwyka Tented Lodge.

After dinner, gaze up at the “Milky Way” and try to spot the “Southern Cross” & “Orion’s Belt” before retiring for the night. With the absence of artificial light, the stargazing at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is phenomenal and amongst the best in Southern Africa.

DAY 3: January 5, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, you will set out on a game drive in search of animals that you may not have seen the previous day. As it’s cooler in the morning, the wildlife tends to be more active.

You may spot a pride of lions stalking prey, elephants strolling to a water hole, or colorful cinnamon-breasted warblers, a bird only seen in the early light of day. The flora can be just as captivating, as the reserve contains nearly 600 species of plants that include exotic flowers and whimsically named succulents like Baby’s Bottoms and Pig’s Ears.

Following the game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast and some free time. You might relax in the comfort of your room, or join a ranger on a casual nature walk or a more challenging hike to an isolated viewing area.

Sanbona has about 600 species of plants and it is intriguing to know that various species are flowering at different times throughout the year. There are various floral kingdoms that make up the Reserve, which include Acacia Thickets, Nama, Karoo, Renosterveld, Succulent Karoo and Central Mountain Fynbos. Succulents are especially varied and fascinating with names like Baby’s Bottoms, Ostrich Toes and Pig’s Ears.

Much of the late afternoon will be spent on another game drive to a different section of the reserve. Following dinner, you may wish to do some more star-gazing.

DAY 4: January 6, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, you will depart on a final game drive before returning to Cape Town. As always, there’s no telling what you will observe, but you can be sure it will be magnificent.

Then, after breakfast at the lodge and check-out, you will drive in a 4x4 vehicle to the main entrance. From there, you will continue on in a motor coach, following a different scenic route back to Cape Town. Along the way, you will pass a number of charming towns, go through the fruit-growing region of Elgin, and travel over Sir Lowry’s Pass, which affords a magnificent view of Cape Town.

By late afternoon, you will arrive in Cape Town and and transfer directly to the harbour, where your cruise ship awaits you.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and times indicated are only approximate, are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront. Note that check in time is 3:00pm. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own until Day 2 of the program. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Fly into the Cape Town International Airport and transfer to the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town or similar hotel. Check in is 3:00pm. If you prefer an early check-in, you may purchase hotel accommodations for an extra night. This day is at leisure as well as any meals.

Day 2

AM Leisurely early morning breakfast at the hotel and then check-out

8:00am Depart Cape Town and transfer via Route 62 to Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. A restroom stop will be made along the way.

12:00pm Arrive at the main gate. Welcome refreshment and then transfer to the main lodge in 4x4 vehicles

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge and check-in formalities

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

8:00pm Arrival back to the lodge

8:30pm Pre dinner drinks

9:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at the Dwyka Tented Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea, coffee and pastries

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

8:00pm Return to the lodge

8:30pm Pre dinner drinks

9:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Dwyka Tented Lodge

Day 4

5:00am Morning wake-up call

5:30am Morning tea, coffee and pastries

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

11:00am Check-out and transfer to the main entrance gate by 4x4 vehicle

12:00pm Drive to Cape Town. A packed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy en route

4:00pm Arrive at the harbor and board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer is in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Sanbona Wildlife Reserve: Daytime temperatures in February can reach highs of 28°C (82°F) and lows of 14°C (57°F). Rainfall is light during this time but you should always be prepared.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries. This area is considered to be malaria-free.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel or similar in Cape Town – Business Class Sea Facing Room

Dwyka Tented Lodge in Sanbona – King Bedded Luxury Tent

*If similar hotels are required due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

SPECIAL NOTES:

• This is one of South Africa’s largest privately owned wildlife reserves

• It is the first authentic free roaming “Big 5” wildlife reserve in the Western Cape

• On site - free roaming self-sustaining White Lions

• Is home to the critically endangered and highly elusive Riverine Rabbit

• Conserves vegetation types of the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes which are proclaimed Global Biodiversity Hotspots, characterised by exceptionally high species diversity and endemism

• The Fynbos Biome is a part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, a World Heritage Site

• Rock art sites dating back to more than 1 500 years

• Stargazing here is rated amongst the best in Southern Africa

• Whilst this is a safari area, the animals are wild and sightings are not guaranteed

• The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy.

• This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

INCLUDES

• 1 night at The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront on a Bed & Breakfast basis

• 2 nights at Sanbona – Dwyka Tented Lodge on a Full Board basis, including meals & 2 game drives daily

• 2 local drinks per person with meals (choice of house wine, local beer, soft drinks & mineral water)

• Touring in a vehicle with air-conditioning and PA-system

• A registered local English-speaking tour guide on all transfers

• Packed lunch box on Day 4

• Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 suitcases per person

• Mineral water on-board the tour vehicle

• Transfer from the airport to the hotel on Day 1

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

EXCLUDES

•Any meals and beverages not listed above

•Any meals & beverages not listed above including premium brand spirits & liqueurs

•Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases; laundry;

•Gratuities for lodge staff, rangers, trackers, drivers & guides

•Visa fees

•Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,999 Per Guest


Pre-Cruise Land Tours



PRE CRUISE Chobe and Victoria Falls (Marina Lodge)

PRE CRUISE Chobe and Victoria Falls (Marina Lodge)

PLEASE NOTE – This Pre Cruise Program begins in Johannesburg

This nonstop adventure presents the unrivalled experience of touring thundering Victoria Falls and venturing into Botswana’s first national park on three game drives to view African’s most iconic wildlife.

DAY 1 – January 3, 2015

On arrival in Johannesburg at OR Tambo International Airport, you will be met outside the Customs and Immigration area by a local representative and assisted to your awaiting vehicle.

Transfer to “54 on Bath” Hotel located in Johannesburg.

The earliest check-in time allowed at the hotel is 2:00pm, although every effort will be made for your room to be available earlier.

Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure and this evening dinner is enjoyed at the hotel.

DAY 2 – January 4, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checking out and transferring to the airport.

On arrival at the airport, a representative will meet and assist you with luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Victoria Falls.

On arrival, a local representative will meet and transfer you to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge where a light lunch will be enjoyed.

Following lunch, you will transfer to Victoria Falls for a guided walking tour. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, it’s the world’s largest curtain of falling water, based on the falls’ one-mile width and height of 360 feet. What an amazing spectacle to watch as the Zambezi River roars over the edge of a basalt gorge, forming what the locals call Mosi-Oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders.” In November 1885, after seeing the falls for the first time, Scottish explorer and doctor David Livingstone re-named them after Queen Victoria.

Few places are on earth are so mesmerizing, as Victoria Falls rumbles like thunder, spewing clouds of iridescent mist from the seething cauldron below. The mist rises so high at times that it can be seen from more than 12 miles away.

After your tour of the natural phenomenon, you will transfer to the town of Kasane in Botswana ( border crossing) and on to nearby Chobe Marina Lodge for check in. The lodge is located on the Chobe River, not far from the entrance to the Chobe National Park.

The remainder of the day is yours for relaxing or further exploration, with dinner being served in the early evening.

DAY 3 – January 5, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on a morning game drive. This is an ideal time to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the largest concentration of elephants on the African continent.

You may see wildlife including elephant, lion, leopard and buffalo to name a few. Chobe is also home to two antelope that aren’t encountered anywhere else in Botswana, the puku and the Chobe bushbuck. Declared a national park in 1967, Chobe was the first one established in Botswana and now covers more than 4,500 square miles of dry savannah, floodplains, and teak woodlands that are ideal animal habitats.

Returning from your morning safari, a full breakfast will be served, after which you may spend the remainder of the morning however you please. The lodge’s facilities are yours to enjoy.

Following lunch, you will depart on a cruise down the Chobe River. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing, and you may see animals coming to the river for water.

Upon returning to the lodge, enjoy more free time before dinner is served and you retire for the evening.

DAY 4 – January 6, 2015

After an early-morning wake-up call, and coffee or tea in the lobby, you will embark on another morning game drive. As before, what you see depends entirely on the animals, but you can be sure the experience will be extraordinary.

Later, following breakfast at the lodge, you will transfer by bus back to the Victoria Falls Airport (border crossing) and check in for the return flight to Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. Upon arrival a local representative will meet and assist you with your stored luggage and checking in for your connecting flight to Cape Town.

On arrival in Cape Town, a local representative will meet and transfer you to the harbor where your ship will be waiting for you.

Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to “54 on Bath” hotel. Note that check in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details.

Day 1

Arrival of your flight into Johannesburg. You will be met and transferred to the hotel.

From 7:30pm onwards, dinner will be served at the hotel

Overnight at “54 on Bath” Johannesburg or similar hotel

Day 2

8:00am Transfer from your hotel to the airport

8:45am Arrive at the airport and check in for your flight to Victoria Falls

11:45am Flight SA 40 to Victoria Falls (subject to change) Light snack on board

1:10pm Arrival in Victoria Falls. Transfer to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for lunch

3:00pm Transfer to the Falls

3:30pm Guided tour of the Falls

4:30pm Transfer to Kasane and then onto Chobe Marina Lodge

6:00pm On arrival at Chobe Marina Lodge, check in

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Marina Lodge or similar

Day 3

5:00am Wake up call

5:30pm Tea and coffee are served

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

12:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:00pm Boat cruise

6:00pm Return to the lodge

7:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Chobe Marina Lodge or similar

Day 4

5:00am Wake-up call

5:30am Tea and coffee are served

6:00am Morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge

10:00am Check out and transfer to Victoria Falls Airport

1:55pm Flight SA 41 Victoria Falls to Johannesburg (subject to change) Light snack on board

3:35pm Arrival Johannesburg

6:00pm Flight SA 357 Johannesburg to Cape Town (subject to change) Light snack on board

8:10pm Arrival in Cape Town and transfer to the pier

8:45pm Approximate arrival at the port and embark the ship

PLEASE NOTE

? The contents and order of the activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife in the Chobe National Park.

? The roads in the game reserve are gravel. There are also inclines and certain parts of the game drive can be bumpy. This program is not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This is a malaria risk area. Make sure that the necessary medication has been taken. Guests should seek their physicians’ advice regarding malaria precautions and other recommended immunizations. You must begin taking malaria precautions prior to your departure date.

? Bring warm clothing, as the evenings and early mornings are chilly.

? Citizens of the United States do not require visas for Botswana.

? Citizens of the United States and Canada require a visa for Zimbabwe. These can be obtained upon arrival at Victoria Falls Airport.

? A Zimbabwe double-entry visa for U.S citizens is $80 per person and payable in cash. Please ensure that you have the correct denominations of U.S. currency available, as change will not be given. Canadian citizens can only obtain a single-entry visa, which is $75 dollars per entry. This visa will need to be purchased on each entry.

? Please note that the above information regarding visas is current and is subject to change should the Zimbabwe Government and Customs implement new rules and tariffs. Two clear pages are required in your passport per entry into South Africa and Zimbabwe.

? Guests should consult the embassy to obtain the latest visa regulations.

? The water levels at Victoria Falls are season dependent. This time of year is low season.

? This program is not fully guided. Local representatives will assist you with your transfers and you will have a guide at Victoria Falls, however, the program at the lodge and hotel is run solely and at the discretion by the lodge/hotel staff.

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip creams. Anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

The monetary unit of Botswana is the Pula (P), which is divided into 100 thebe. Notes are in P5, P10, P20, P50 and P100. Coins are in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 (thebe) and P1 & P2. However, US Dollars are accepted throughout Botswana at all lodges.

Credit cards:

Most international hotels accept most standard credit cards as a payment for your “extras” account.

As a general rule, we would suggest that you allow sufficient local currency to cover the cost of any additional service at hotels, as many of the small lodges and game lodges do not have credit card facilities. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted, with more limited use placed on American Express and Diners Card.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Botswana’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels and lodges and camps have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms. If you bring electric appliances, take along an international converter kit complete with a set of adapter plugs.

Outlets in Botswana require a three-pronged adapter plug with 3 round prongs.

Adapters can be brought from home as not all will be provided.

Be aware, however, that overnight recharging may not be possible where generator use restricts the availability of electricity.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 kg (50 lbs.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

? Any piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lbs.) will not be accepted as baggage and must be checked as cargo at the cargo rate.

? Any additional luggage not being taken on the trip will be stored in Johannesburg from Days 2-4 in a secure location.

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

? Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 lbs.) and a dimension of 56 cm (22 inches) length, 36 cm (14 inches) width and 23 cm (9 inches) height.

? If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

? All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

? Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least two consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all the visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

54 on Bath in Johannesburg – Luxury Double Room

Chobe Marina Lodge – Double Room

We will only source alternate hotels in unforeseen circumstances. Should alternate hotels be required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

? 1 night at 54 on Bath or similar hotel

? Dinner at the 54 on Bath, including 2 local drinks per person (beer, house wine, soft drink or water) and gratuity

? 2 nights at the Chobe Marina Lodge or similar, including all meals, two game activities daily, and two local drinks per person at meal times

? Meet and Greet service at Johannesburg / O R Tambo International Airport on Days 1 & 4

? Transfers in luxury air-conditioned vehicles

? Registered English-speaking tour guide on transfers in Cape Town and Johannesburg

? Lunch at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, including 2 local drinks per person

? Tour of Victoria Falls, including entrance fees to the Falls National Park

? Luggage storage in Johannesburg from Days 2 - 4 of additional bags not accompanying you on the trip

? Porterage, allowing for a maximum of 2 pieces per person

? One mineral water per person on transfers

? Scheduled flights in economy class

** Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the most current and updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.

PROGRAM EXCLUDES:

? Any other meals not listed in the program

? All other beverages, including premium-brand drinks at Chobe Marina Lodge

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls, shop purchases and laundry

? Gratuities to drivers, guides, rangers, trackers, lodge staff

? Additional baggage fees

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$3,299 Per Guest


Overland Tours



African Pride: Pumba Reserve Overland

African Pride: Pumba Reserve Overland

Behold some of South Africa’s most majestic animals on four game drives in the malaria-free Pumba Private Game Reserve, a wonderland of more than 16,000 acres of privately owned bush.

Day 1 – January 9th, 2015

After disembarking the ship in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on the private coach transfer to Pumba Private Game Reserve. The traveling time to this part of Eastern Cape South Africa, which is malaria-free, is approximately 1.5 hours.

Upon arriving at the Pumba Water Lodge, you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Lunch follows check-in. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a High Tea before embarking on your first game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Endangered white lions also live in Pumba, and seeing one stalking prey or lazing in its natural habitat is a rare, unforgettable experience.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served before returning to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.

Day 2 – January 10th, 2015

The day’s highlights include two game drives, one in the early morning, the other in the late afternoon. Each game drive lasts between three and four hours. For comfort, it’s always advisable to bring warm clothing, even in the mid summer, which in South Africa is December and January.

As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

The reserve sprawls over five biomes of diverse vegetation that support a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the more than 300 species that live in the area. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Following the afternoon game drive, you will return to the lodge for dinner and to spend another relaxing evening.

Day 3 – January 11th, 2015

The day starts with an early-morning game drive as the sun rises. It’s one more opportunity to see South Africa’s most iconic animals in their natural environment.

Afterwards, you will return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before checking out and transferring by coach to Port Elizabeth airport for your domestic flight to Durban.

Upon arriving at the Durban airport, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide, who will accompany you on the private coach transfer to Cape Town harbor to re-join the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:30am Arrive in Port Elizabeth. Drive to Pumba Private Game Reserve

1:00pm Arrive at the lodge, lunch and check-in

3:30pm High Tea

4:00pm Depart for game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge for dinner

Overnight at the Pumba Water Lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Early-morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:30am Time at leisure

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Game drive

8:00pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Pumba Water Lodge

Day 3

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Early-morning game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the lodge, followed by check out

12:00pm Transfer by coach to the Port Elizabeth airport (lunch boxes provided)

2:00pm Check-in for flight to Durban (airline and flight TBA)

3:35pm Flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban

4:50pm Arrive in Durban and transfer to the harbor

6:30pm Arrive at the harbor and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

*Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 20 kg (50 lb.) and maximum dimension of 158 cm (62 inches)

*Please note that any single piece of luggage exceeding 32 kg (70 lb.) is not accepted as baggage.

*If exceeding 32 kg (70 lb.), the piece of luggage must be checked as cargo at the specified cargo rate

*Any excess or overweight baggage fees incurred are the responsibility of the guest

HAND LUGGAGE

Economy Class

*Passengers are permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 7 kg (15 lb.) and a total dimension of 115 cm

*Please note that if the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter.

*All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers.

*Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Pumba Water Lodge

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Pumba Private Game Reserve.

? During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.

? During the day, it can get extremely hot. The game-drive vehicles are not covered and guests are therefore exposed to the elements.

? Game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and the game-drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.

? This tour is suitable for guests with walking disabilities, providing that a travel companion or spouse accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

? Please consult your local physician prior to travel.

? Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

? Passports are required to be with guests.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

? 2 nights at Pumba Water Lodge on a fully inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 2 game activities daily, local house drinks, all meals

? All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

? Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only

? One 500-ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

? Porterage for maximum one piece of luggage per person

? Domestic flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban – economy class

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

? Any meals not mentioned above

? Personal expenses such as curio shop purchases, laundry, guide and driver gratuities, and telephone calls

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing such as caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$2,199 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Shamwari: Pride of the Eastern Cape

Shamwari: Pride of the Eastern Cape

Venture into the pristine bush of Shamwari Game Reserve on up to four game drives, during which you may see the legendary Big Five and other iconic African animals roaming freely in their natural habitat.

Day 1 – January 9th, 2015

Upon disembarking the ship in Port Elizabeth, you will be met by a local English-speaking tour guide who will accompany you on your coach transfer, to Shamwari Private Game Reserve. The traveling time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Upon arriving at the reserve, enjoy lunch and then check-in at the Shamwari Long Lee Manor. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a High Tea before embarking on your first game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served before returning to the lodge for dinner and to spend the evening.

Day 2 – January 10th, 2013

This morning you will be woken before sunrise. Meet in the Manor House for hot beverages, before departing with the rising sun on an early morning game drive. For comfort, it’s always advisable to bring warm clothing, even in the mid summer, which in South Africa is this time of the year.

As before, you will head into the bush in an open-sided 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

The reserve sprawls over 60,000 acres of reclaimed Eastern Cape terrain that supports a huge variety of wildlife. You may catch sight of zebras grazing in the grassland, massive hippos wallowing in the mud flats, or herds of antelopes gracefully bounding across the fields. Giraffes often come right up to the vehicles out of curiosity. If you are a bird-lover, you will delight in the chance to see raptors, water birds and unusual ant-eating chats probing the termite mounds. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Return to the lodge for a sumptuous breakfast, before packing your belongings and checking out.

You will be met at the lodge and transferred by coach, to the East London harbour where you will re-join the ship (travelling time approximately 3.5-4 hours).

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:00am Upon arrival in Port Elizabeth, meet your guide and transfer by road to Shamwari Private Game Reserve

1:00pm Arrival and lunch followed by check-in

3:30pm Gather at the Manor House for High Tea before your game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the Lodge

8:00pm Pre dinner drinks followed by dinner at the lodge

Overnight at the Shamwari Private Game Reserve

Day 2

5:30am Early morning wake-up call and game drive

9:00am Breakfast at the Lodge followed by check-out formalities

10:00am Transfer by road to East London harbour

2:00pm Arrival at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Shamwari, summer temperatures range from 18.6 degrees Celsius (65.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 32.4 degrees Celsius (90.3 degrees Fahrenheit). Peak rainfall occurs in spring and autumn. Winter (April-August) temperatures range from 7.1 degrees Celsius (44.8 degrees Fahrenheit) to 19.5 degrees Celsius (61.3 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and lip cream.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most accommodations have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Shamwari Long Lee Manor

IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS

? The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Shamwari Game Reserve.

? During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker.

? Guests are therefore advised not to forget sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, as well as cameras and binoculars.

? Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game drives can be bumpy. This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems.

? Please consult your physician before traveling

? Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed

? Passports are required to be with guests

WHATS INCLUDED

? 1 night at Shamwari Long Lee Manor on a Full Board basis, i.e. accommodation, game activities daily, all meals, 2 x local house drinks pp per meal

? All transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning & PA-system

? Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on all transfers only

? 1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

? Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

? All other meals not listed above

? Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers & lodge staff

? All other drinks including Champagne and premium brand spirits & liquor

? Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases & laundry

? Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$849 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Kruger: Big Five in the Wild (DUR-MPU)

Kruger: Big Five in the Wild (DUR-MPU)

Venture into the pristine bush on several game drives, looking for iconic African species in their natural habitats, after which you may indulge in the bountiful luxuries of Shishangeni Lodge.

DAY 1 — January 11th, 2015

Upon disembarking the ship in Durban, you will be met by a local representative, who will accompany you to the airport where you will fly from Durban to Nelspruit.

Upon arrival at Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, you will be met and transferred to Shishangeni Lodge, located in the southern part of Kruger National Park. Travel time is approximately 2.5-3 hours.

Following your check-in at Shishangeni in the late afternoon, enjoy some free time before joining your fellow travelers for dinner at the lodge.

After dinner spend a relaxing evening at the lodge or in your suite.

DAY 2 — January 12th, 2015

Start your adventure with a game drive in the early morning and another one in the late afternoon. Imagine taking in a magnificent sunset while you capture the moment of a pride of lions stalking their prey. Or perhaps you’ll see elephants strolling to a water hole.

What you see during each game drive will vary enormously, as Kruger supports countless animals. To add even more intrigue, many animals are born this time of the year, and you might catch sight of them.

The Kruger National Park is also home to more than 500 species of birds, including migratory species like the African Hoopoe. The Giant Eagle Owl, kingfishers, storks, shrikes, weavers, herons, eagles and kites are also commonly spotted.

After your game drives, you’ll return to the lodge to share stories of the day’s adventures while dining on traditional African cuisine. Later, you might gather around a roaring boma fire under the stars and enjoy vivid storytelling by the local community and watch rituals that are still enacted today.

DAY 3 – January 13th, 2015

Delve into the bush on yet another glorious early-morning game drive that showcases the bountiful wildlife and nature in the southern region of Kruger National Park.

Afterwards, enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning before checking out and driving to Maputo. Along the way, you will briefly disembark at the border post between Mozambique and South Africa for immigration and customs clearance. Once the formalities are completed, you will resume your journey to Maputo and into the harbor where the ships awaits your return.

Overland Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times and flights are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:30am Disembark in Durban and transfer to the King Shaka International Airport

12:30pm Check-in and board your flight to Nelspruit. Flight details TBA and subject to change

1:45pm Fly from Durban to Nelspruit

2:45pm Arrival in Nelspruit

3:00pm Collect luggage and transfer to Shishangeni Private Lodge

6:00pm Check-in and enjoy some free time in your surroundings

7:30pm Dinner is served at the lodge

Overnight at the Shishangeni Lodge

Day 2

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast, followed by free time

1:00pm Lunch at the lodge

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Shishangeni Lodge

Day 3

5:30am Early-morning wake-up call

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:00am Check out and transfer to Maputo crossing the South Africa/Mozambique border

1:30pm Approximate arrival into Maputo harbor and rejoin the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

The summer months in Kruger Park are very hot and humid with either continual rains or occasional afternoon thundershowers. December temperatures can vary from approximately 18°Celsius (64° Fahrenheit) to 34°Celsius (93° Fahrenheit).

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

Only one suitcase of 20kg (44 pounds) may be checked on the flight. You are also permitted to travel with one piece of hand luggage not exceeding 8 kg (18 pounds). If the hand luggage does not conform to the size specified, passengers may be denied entry into the departure area or sent back to the check-in counter. All hand luggage must be of a size that fits under the seat in front of you or in one of the overhead lockers. Hand luggage must not obstruct the emergency exits or aisles.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

*UPDATED VISA RULES*

The Embassy of Mozambique has advised that all foreign passport holders are now required to apply for a visa prior to departure - Tourist Visas and Business Visas are no longer issued on arrival. Any foreigners arriving without a visa will be denied entry and sent to South Africa or another country. Please ensure you have purchased a Mozambique Overland Visa prior to sailing.

South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel.

Program Includes:

•2 nights at the Shishangeni Lodge on a full board basis, i.e. accommodation, game activities daily, meals and two local house drinks with both lunch and dinner

•Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

•Registered English-speaking tour guide on the transfers

•One 500-ml (16-ounce) bottle of mineral water per person on the transfers

•Porterage for a maximum of one piece of luggage per person

•Scheduled flight from Durban to Kruger

Not Included:

•All other meals not listed above

•All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

•Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff

•Personal expenses such as telephone calls, curio shop purchases and laundry

•Other services not mentioned above, including optional activities at the lodge

* Visa Fees

Please Note:

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the game reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests bring a windbreaker. During the day, it can get extremely hot. As the game drive vehicles are not covered, you will be exposed to the elements. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is not suitable for guests who utilize a wheelchair due to the difficulty of getting in and out of the game vehicles.

This is a malaria-risk area and necessary precautions should be taken.

Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion.

Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.

$1,799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Phinda Overland

Phinda Overland

Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses an impressive 56,800 acres of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Showcasing one of the continent's finest game-viewing experiences, Phinda features Africa's wildlife at its best. Often described as the "Seven Worlds of Wonder," with its seven distinct habitats, Phinda is home to an abundance of wildlife from the largest lion to the smallest antelope. This fully inclusive program promises to be an unforgettable experience.

DAY 1 — January 11th, 2015

Depart Durban and drive approximately 3.5 hours to the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a protected wildlife area that sprawls across nearly 57,000 beautiful acres of South Africa. Because of its size, the preserve boasts seven distinct habitats, including woodland, grassland, wetland and mountain ranges.

Upon arriving at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, you will enjoy a welcome drink. Afterwards, you will have time to settle into your accommodations before departing on an afternoon game drive.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo. Herds of elephants are often seen meandering through the fever tree forests, while white rhinoceroses are usually found grazing on the grassland.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife. In time, you will return to the Phinda Mountain Lodge for dinner and to spend the evening. The lodge offers spectacular views of the mountain range and surrounding bushveld, so it’s quite the setting.

DAY 2 — January 12th, 2015

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 vehicle, accompanied by knowledgeable rangers and trackers who are skilled at pointing out the various animals.

You may catch sight of a shy red duiker grazing on fallen leaves and fruit. The elegant nyala antelope is seen even more frequently, as Phinda boasts one of the highest densities of the species. The male nyala has a dark brown coat, yellow legs and shaggy mane, making it particularly spectacular. The female nyala features a less flashy, but no less beautiful chestnut coat. Of course, the Big Five always command attention and they are abundant.

Following your game drive, you will return to the lodge for breakfast. Then, after check out, you will transfer to Richards Bay to rejoin your ship. Travelling time is approximately 2.5 hours.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

11:00am Depart Durban and transfer to the Phinda Private Game Reserve

2:30pm Arrive at the Phinda Mountain Lodge, complete indemnity forms, welcome drink

3:30pm Afternoon tea prior to game drive

4:00pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm Return to lodge and freshen up prior to dinner at the lodge

7:30pm Dinner at the lodge

Overnight at Phinda lodge

Day 2

5:00am Early-morning wake-up call

5:30am Tea and coffee is served in the main lodge

6:00am Embark on a morning game drive

9:00am Return to the lodge for breakfast

10:00am Pack belongings and check out

10:30am Depart Phinda for transfer to Richard’s bay

1:00pm Approximate arrival at Richard’s Bay harbor and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere. Midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Phinda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May to August). Much of the rainfall comes in short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige-colored clothing. No bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers and shorts in summer. Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days. Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, camera, film and batteries (including spare batteries), personal toiletries and anti-malaria prophylaxis.

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted cards.

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. However, an overnight soft-sided bag is recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double-blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

Phinda Mountain lodge features 25 air-conditioned suites, each with en-suite bathroom comprising bath, shower, separate toilet and twin hand basins. All suites have a sitting area, personal bar and private veranda with plunge pool and al fresco shower. Guest areas include a spacious u-shaped building, with a central al fresco courtyard and ample sitting and dining areas. These areas lead out onto a shaded terrace and three-tiered spacious veranda with spectacular views of the Lebombo Mountains and bushveld. Additional facilities include a Safari Shop, interpretive center, dramatic open-air boma, shaded swimming pool and observation deck.

Program Includes:

•1 overnight at Phinda Mountain Lodge on a fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks

•Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning and PA-system

•Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on transfers

•One 500-ml bottles of mineral water per person on transfers

•1 lunch pack per person on Day 1

•Porterage for maximum of one piece of luggage per person

Not Included:

•All other meals not listed above

•All other drinks including champagne and premium-brand spirits and liquor

•Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers and lodge staff

•Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases and laundry

•Any other services not mentioned above, including optional activities at the Lodge

Please Note:

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Phinda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars. Animal sightings are not guaranteed.

Please note: the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

$1,499 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Thanda Overland

Thanda Overland

Enjoy a beautiful scenic drive from the Durban harbor to Thanda Private Game Reserve. The integration of South Africa's best climate and rich bush land has made Thanda Private Game Reserve the top award-winning safari destination in South Africa. Thanda, meaning "love" in Zulu, expresses the power of the union between Zulu culture, wildlife, romance and exclusivity. Here you will find that unique and sought-after balance between energizing activity and exquisite relaxation. Ignite your imagination and discover an extraordinary experience for the mind, body, and soul.

DAY 1 – January 11th, 2015

Depart Durban harbour and travel approximately 3.5 hours to Thanda Private Game Reserve.

Late afternoon is one of the prime times to view wildlife, as it’s cooler and the animals are more active. While there is no telling what you will observe, the reserve is home to countless animals, including the Big Five: elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros and Cape buffalo.

You will travel in an open-topped 4x4 Land Rover, the ideal vehicle for unobstructed viewing. Accompanied by experienced rangers and trackers familiar with the animals’ habits, you will drive into the bush. As the animals are used to seeing people and don’t feel threatened, they tend to behave naturally. The experience is sure to be absolutely remarkable.

Following the game drive, sundowners and light snacks will be served at a clearing in the bush, where you might see nocturnal wildlife such as hyenas. In time, you will return to the lodge to complete your check-in and to get ready for dinner at the Lodge.

Overnight at the Thanda Private Game Reserve

DAY 2 – January 12th, 2015

The day begins with an early-morning wakeup call, followed by tea, coffee and biscuits in the lounge. This too is an ideal time for wildlife viewing. As before, you will head into the bush in an open-topped 4x4 Land Rover.

While the Big Five may be wandering about the sprawling 35,000-acre reserve, your guides may point out other commonly seen animals such as endangered black rhinoceroses, cheetahs and warthogs. More than 400 species of birds also live within the reserve, and you can expect to see many of them flitting about and perched in the shrubbery.

Following your return to the lodge for breakfast, you will transfer to Richard’s Bay, which takes approximately 2 hours.

Arriving in the harbor in the afternoon, you will rejoin the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

11:00am Depart Durban harbor and transfer to Thanda Private Game Reserve

2:30pm Arrive at Main gate and check-in

3:00pm Afternoon tea

3:30pm Afternoon game drive

6:30pm Return to the lodge

8:00pm Dinner at the Lodge

Overnight at Thanda Private Game Reserve

DAY 2

4:45am Morning game drive with tea / coffee stop

8:30am Return to the Lodge for breakfast

10:00am Pack belongings and check-out

11:00am Depart Thanda and transfer to Richard’s Bay

1:00pm Approximate arrival to Richard’s bay and re join the ship

Expected Weather:

South Africa’s seasons are the reverse of those in the northern hemisphere, midwinter is in June and midsummer in December and January. The climate varies from region to region but is generally mild throughout the year.

At Thanda: Subtropical climate with hot, humid, wet summers (September to April) and warm to cool, dry winters (May

to August). Much of the rainfall comes in the form of short, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Rain can be expected 12 months of the year. Daytime temperatures in summer may rise above 35°C/95°F. Nights in winter rarely drop below 10°C/50°F.

What to Bring:

Khaki, brown, white and beige colors clothing no bright colors. Light cotton tops and cotton trousers/shorts in summer, Safari trousers and warm fleece tops for evenings and cooler days, Swimwear, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, Comfortable walking shoes, Camera film and batteries (remember spare batteries) Personal toiletries and lip creams , Anti – Malaria Prophylaxis

Currency:

The monetary unit of South Africa is the Rand, divided into cents and abbreviated as R and c. Notes currently in circulation are to the value or R200; R100; R50; R20 and R10. Coins are in denominations of R5; R2; R1; 50c; 20c; 10c; and 5c. All major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, although visa and master card are the most widely accepted

Electricity:

South Africa’s electrical system is 220/230 volts A/C 50 cycles. Most hotels have hair dryers and plug adaptors in the bedrooms.

Luggage:

No luggage restriction on board the coach. An overnight soft sided bag is however recommended.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Please note that South African Immigrations requires that you have at least 2 consecutive double blank pages in your passport, or entry to the country could be denied. Passports should also be valid for more than 6 months at the time of travel. Please consult your local embassy for all visa requirements pertaining to South Africa.

Accommodation:

The main lodge encompasses nine bush villas, which offer guests the epitome of self-contained privacy and luxury. Circular in structure and reminiscent of a traditional homestead against a hill, each villa boasts a breathtaking view of the surrounding game reserve. 220 square meters (or approximately 2,500 square feet) in size, each villa has its own spacious lounge area and master bedroom with an inter-leading fireplace. A thatched outdoor game-viewing deck (known as a “sala”) and an infinity pool offer refreshing solace from the summer heat. Each villa has a full en-suite bathroom with an enormous oval-shaped bath and indoor and outdoor showers.

The contents and order of activities in this program are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice, due to the prevailing weather conditions and movement of dangerous wildlife on the Thanda Private Game Reserve. During early-morning game drives in open vehicles, it can be a little cool. We recommend that guests take along a windbreaker. Guests are advised not to forget their sunhats, sun block, sunglasses, cameras and binoculars.

Please note that the game-drive vehicles traverse over uneven terrain and that the game-drives can be “bumpy.” This tour is therefore not recommended for guests with back problems. This tour is suitable for guests in a wheel chair and those with walking disabilities, providing that a spouse/family member/friend accompanies them. Please also note that confirmation would be strictly subject to availability of handicapped rooms at the time of booking.

Program Includes:

•1 Night at Thanda Main Lodge on a Fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, 1 game activity daily, meals and local house drinks with meals

•Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning & PA-system

•Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests on transfers only

•1 x 500 ml bottle of mineral water per person on transfers

•Porterage for maximum 1 piece of luggage per person

Not Included:

•All other meals and drinks not listed above including Champagne and premium brand spirits & liquor

•Gratuities for drivers, guides, game rangers, trackers & lodge staff

•Personal expenses such as telephone calls; curio shop purchases & laundry

•Any other services not mentioned above

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,299 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Malaysian Mosaic

Malaysian Mosaic

Experience the authentic Malaysia, past and present, by exploring its sacred temples and most historic sites via modern marvels that include a high-speed electric train and one of the world’s longest bridges.

DAY 1

After disembarking from the ship, you will drive into nearby George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose architecture reflects the British era toward the end of the 18th century, when trade was flourishing. Your first stop will be the Chung Keng Kooi mansion, an ancestral Baroque-style home that is typical of wealthy Chinese families that lived during the boom. Now a museum, it is furnished with authentic period pieces of Chinese, Victorian and Dutch designs.

Similarly, the nearby Khoo Kongsi Clan House depicts how one of the most influential Chinese clans lived, especially during turbulent times when they needed a walled defensive compound. Built in 1906, the grandiose clan house features classic stone carvings, beautiful murals and ornamental beams that showcase the clan’s immense wealth.

Even the temples of this time were incredibly ornate and colourful, as you will discover at the Reclining Buddha, a Thai temple that a monk built in 1845. The statue of the serene Buddha at its heart stretches 108 feet, making it one of the world’s lengthiest reclining Buddhas.

Then, after travelling over the more than 8-mile-long bridge that connects George Town to the mainland, you will drive south to Taiping for lunch. A brief orientation of the town follows, during which you will visit the Lake Gardens, which was the first public garden established under British rule. On a more sober note, you will also see an Allied war cemetery where more than 800 World War II soldiers are buried.

In time, you will arrive at the train station and board a high-speed, electric train that will zip you to Kuala Lumpur at speeds of up to 140 miles per hour. The views are spectacular along the way to Kuala Lumpur or KL as it is commonly known. Upon reaching the metropolis, the most populous city in Malaysia, you will enjoy a traditional dinner at the Seri Melayu restaurant before checking in to the Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur for the evening.

DAY 2

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel, you will drive to the Batu Caves, one of the most important Hindu religious sites outside of India. Although the climb to the entry is up 272 steps, the effort is well worth seeing the three main caverns at the top. The largest is the Temple Cave, a yawning opening in the earth with a more than 300-foot ceiling and numerous Hindu shrines.

Continuing on, the tour takes a more artistic turn, as you will visit an outlet for beautiful batik clothing and the Royal Selangor factory where artisans craft pewter products. Founded in 1885, the factory now creates an incredible variety of items, including tableware, pendants and even computer flash drives.

You will see how Kuala Lumpur pays homage to its past at the National Monument, which honors the soldiers who died fighting for Malaysian independence. The monument’s huge bronze statue of brave soldiers holding a flag may look familiar; it was designed by American Felix de Weldon who also designed the famed Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, Virginia. Every August 31, the city celebrates the country’s independence with parades and festivities at Independence Square, which you will visit next.

Two other significant attractions still await you. At the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery, you will delve into the city’s fascinating past and present, from its humble origins in the 1850s to the bold resurgence of today, best symbolized by the Petronas Twin Towers, two of the world’s tallest buildings. Finally, there’s the King’s Palace, a stately mansion that is the official residence of the King and Queen of Malaysia.

Following this delightful photo-stop, you will travel to the port and re-join the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are only approximate, given here for general reference purposes, and subject to change.

DAY 1 – February 3, 2014

8:15am Disembark the ship and board your tour coach

9:00am Tour Chung Keng Kooi mansion

9:50am Tour Khoo Kongsi clan house

10:40am Tour the Reclining Buddha temple

11:10am Travel to Taiping for lunch

1:10pm Buffet lunch

2:10pm Photo stops at Lake Gardens, Commonwealth Soldiers Cemetery and Anglican Church

4:10pm Arrive at Ipoh Railway Station

5:00pm Depart for Kuala Lumpur (subject to change)

7:30pm Arrive at Kuala Lumpur

8:00pm Buffet dinner at Seri Melayu restaurant

9:00pm Drive to your hotel and check in

Overnight at the Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur or similar

NOTE: If the train service is disrupted, the journey will continue by coach to Kuala Lumpur, a 4-hour drive.

DAY 2 – February 4, 2014

7:30am Breakfast at the hotel and check out

8:45am Visit the Batu Caves

9:45am Visit East Coast Batik

10:45am Visit Royal Selangor Pewter

12:00nn Buffet lunch

1:15pm Visit the National Monument

2:00pm Photo-stop at Independence Square

2:20pm Visit the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

3:00pm Photo-stop at the King’s Palace

4:30pm Arrive at port and re-join the ship

Expected Weather:

Malaysia has a tropical climate. Days are very warm, while nights are fairly cool. Kuala Lumpur has a year-round equatorial climate, which is warm and sunny with plentiful rainfall, especially during the southwest monsoon from September to April. Kuala Lumpur’s temperature ranges from 21°C to 33°C (70°F to 91°F); the average humidity exceeds 82%.

What to Bring:

Casual clothing, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen and umbrella

Currency:

Malaysian Ringit (MYR). U.S. dollars are not accepted. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa credit cards are widely accepted in shopping malls and established shops and restaurants.

Electricity:

Voltage is 220-240 volts A/C at 50 cycles per second. Standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets. Converters are not provided at hotels.

Luggage:

We recommend travelling light (one piece of luggage per person)

Conduct:

•In keeping with the customs and common courtesies in Malaysia, please refrain from kissing or embracing in public.

•Shoes must be removed when entering places of worship such as mosques and temples. Mosques provide scarves and robes for female visitors. No short shorts or tank tops.

•Taking photographs at places of worship is permitted, but please ask for permission first.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

Passport must be valid for 6 months after travel into Malaysia. Some nationals do require a visa for entry into Malaysia. Please check with your local Malaysian Embassy for the documentation required for your travel.

Accommodation:

Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur or similar. If a similar hotel is required due to unforeseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

What’s Included:

One night at the Westin Hotel Kuala Lumpur or similar

Entrance fees to sites visited

English-speaking guide

Air-conditioned motor coach

Train ticket from Penang to Kuala Lumpur

One buffet dinner, including coffee and tea

Two buffet lunches, including coffee and tea

Breakfast at the hotel

Not Included:

All other meals and beverages not listed above

Gratuities for driver and guides

Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$599 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Angkor Wat Overland (SIH - HCM)

Angkor Wat Overland (SIH - HCM)

Experience the magnificent Angkor Wat, a temple complex in Cambodia, built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Day 1: 11 February, 2015

Depart the ship in Sihanoukville and travel by bus to Phnom Penh, the capital and largest city of Cambodia. Once in Phnom Penh you will have lunch at a local restaurant following which you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Siem Reap. Here you will be met by your guide and you will transfer to your hotel. Following check-in you will enjoy dinner with a Khmer dance show before you retire for the evening.

Day 2: 12 February, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to Angkor Thom complex. You will visit the Southern Gate of Angkor Thom and the famous Bayon Complex whose giant stone faces have become one of the most recognizable images connected to classic Khmer art and architecture. The curious smiling faces are said to be the representation of King Jayavarman VII, the creator of Bayon Temple. Next you will move on to the Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King, Preah Khan, Neak Khan, Takeo.

Another highlight is a visit to the famous Ta Prohm Temple, famous for its forest atmosphere with enormous fig trees. This temple looks just as it did when the first European explorer arrived. You may recognize it as it’s also the location of many scenes filmed for Angelina Jolie’s huge blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider. Your morning of adventure will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon you will drive to Bantey Srei, the beautiful ‘Women’s Citadel’ located 32km from Siem Reap town. This is the last major Khmer temple to be re-discovered in Cambodia.

Your day will end with a visit to Angkor Wat. This is the highest and most magnificent temple in Cambodia. This huge temple was built by King Suryavarman as a Hinduist temple. His tomb was on the top tower. Angkor Wat has three floors and many roofs, doors and gates and you will see two long

snakes with 7 heads which are considered to be dragons, on both sides of the entrance to the complex.

Enjoy sunset at Angkor Wat and then head back to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 3: 13 February, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Once you arrive in Vietnam, you will be met and transferred directly to the ship at the Saigon port.

Note: You will require one additional passport photo for your entry visa.

Land Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings and flights indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes only and are subject to change.

Day 1

10:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Phnom Penh

2:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant

2:45pm Transfer to the airport and check-in

4:00pm Flight to Siem Reap on K6 1109 - subject to change

4:50pm Arrival in Siem Reap

5:00pm Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel to check-in

7:00pm Dinner with Khmer Show (included are one soft drink or a local beer)

Overnight at Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

Day 2

7:00am Buffet Breakfast at the hotel

8:00am Transfer to Angkor Thom complex. Visit the Southern Gate the Bayon complex, Phimean Akas Temples, the Elephants Terrace & Leper King, Preah Khan, Neak Khan

9:30am Visit Ta Prohm Temple

12:00pm Lunch at a local restaurant (included is your choice of one soft drink or one local beer or one bottle of water)

1:00pm Drive to Bantey Srei, the ‘Women’s Citadel’

3:30pm Visit Angkor Wat

5:30pm Enjoy sunset over Angkor Wat (subject to weather conditions)

6:00pm Return to the hotel

6:30pm Evening at your leisure

Dinner on your own.

Overnight at the Le Meridien Hotel or similar hotel

NOTE: Your guide will give you an Angkor Wat Complex Pass at the beginning of the program. Please ensure to keep it with you for the day’s entrance to all temples and restroom facilities

Day 3

7:00am Breakfast at hotel

8:00am Check out and transfer to the airport

TBA Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Saigon

TBA Flight to Saigon (details TBA and subject to change)

TBA Arrive in Vietnam. Obtain included Vietnamese Visa (one extra photo required).

TBA Meet and greet and transfer to the ship

TBA Approximate arrival at the ship

Expected Weather: 30 – 35 C (80-90 F) With very little shade

What to Bring: Casual clothes (there are no dress code restrictions), comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, camera, insect repellant.

Currency: US dollars are popular and accepted everywhere. USD 1 = approximately 4,000 Cambodian Riels

Electricity: 220 Volts

Luggage: Light luggage would be most suited for this 2 night trip. Please note that the airlines allow a maximum of 1 checked suitcase (20 kg or 44lbs) and one small carry on. Any additional pieces will be paid to the airline at the guests’ expense.

Documents: Passports are required.

**Please ensure that you have one additional photo (4 x 6 on photo paper ) for the Vietnamese Visa which is included in the cost of this program and which you will obtain at the airport in Saigon. Make sure to have it ready to show when you reach the airport in Saigon (do not pack it in a checked suitcase)

Accommodation: Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or another similar hotel.

*If a similar hotel is required due to unforseen circumstances, it will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

•2 nights’ accommodation at Le Meridien Hotel in Siem Reap or similar hotel

•Two breakfasts

•One lunch and one dinner - one local beer or one mineral water or one soft drink included

•Transfers and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary using air-conditioned buses

•Bottled water will be provided on the buses.

•Vietnam Visa on arrival

•Domestic air ticket from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (economy class)

•International air ticket from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (economy class).

•English Speaking Guide

Program Excludes:

•Any meals or drinks not specified above

•Personal expenses and hotel incidentals

•Gratuities to drivers and guides

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$1,799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Hanoi Experience

Hanoi Experience

Hanoi, Vietnam's small elegant capital, lies on the banks of the Red River and offers a wealth of historical and spiritual sights to explore. Founded in 1010, modern-day Hanoi is a city of contrasts, with European-looking gardens, compact neighborhoods of narrow "tube- houses" and French-inspired architecture - all collaborating to give Hanoi a noticeable charm. On this overnight excursion enjoy ample time to discover this amazing city, and recognize its political and historical importance.

Day 1:

Departing the port at Halong Bay, drive through the peaceful countryside, catching glimpses of everyday rural life: seemingly endless rice fields dotted with colorful billboard advertisements, small villages bustling with activity, and farmers in cone-shaped hats. A comfort stop is made along they way in Dong Trieu Town.

Upon arrival in Hanoi your first visit is to the Pagoda of Tran Quoc, widely acknowledged as the National Pagoda. Inside you will have a chance to view how Vietnamese people practice their original belief in Mothers of All such as the Mother of the Mountain and Mother of the Sea just to name two.

Following check in at your hotel you will have time to freshen up before dinner at a local restaurant followed by an engaging water puppet show at a local theatre accompanied by traditional string instruments. Created to amuse the kings of the Ly Dynasty in the 11th century, water puppets are an art form unique to Vietnam. After the show, you will return to the hotel and overnight.

Day 2:

Following breakfast at the hotel, begin with a drive to Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Completed in 1975, the government positioned the massive, three-story structure with grey granite colonnades, on the historical site where President Ho Chi Minh declared independence for Vietnam in 1945. After a photo opportunity at the Soviet-style mausoleum, walk to the picturesque One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Stilt House where Ho Chi Minh lived between 1958 and 1969.

Continue to the graceful Temple of Literature, built in 1070 to honor the Chinese philosopher Confucius. Surrounded by serene gardens, the temple is an excellent and well-preserved example of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Continuing on from the Temple of Literature, it's an interesting journey through the city's colorful side streets, glimpsing everyday life in Hanoi.

Leaving the Temple of Literature, a short stop will be made at the infamous Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison) built by the French in 1896, and where many US POWs were held during the Vietnam War.

Next you will stop at Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. Once known as the ancient merchants' quarter, you will have time to explore the maze of narrow streets and back lanes, lined with colorful stalls and street vendors.

Following lunch you will pay a visit to the Museum of Minority Ethnics with its extensive displays dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples before the drive back to the ship in Halong Bay.

Please note: Clothing needs to cover knees and shoulders. There will be a few occasions when shoes will need to be removed. Photography and video is not allowed in certain areas of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Note that it is not possible to enter the mausoleum on Monday’s and Friday’s. The order of sightseeing places may be reversed to avoid congestion and closing time.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

12:30pm Drive to Hanoi

4:30pm Visit inside the Tran Quoc Pagoda

5:00pm Drive to the hotel for check-in

5:30pm Check in

6:30pm Drive to a local restaurant for dinner

7:00pm Enjoy dinner

8:00pm Move to the water theatre for the puppet show

8:15pm Enjoy the show

9:15pm Drive back to the hotel

9:30pm Arrival at the hotel

Overnight at the Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi or similar hotel

DAY TWO

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel and check out

8:00am Drive to Ho Chi Minh 's Mausoleum

8:30am Visit Ho Chi Minh Stilt House and One-Pillar Pagoda

9:45am Drive to the Temple of Literature

10:05am Visit the Temple of Literature

10:35am Drive to Hoa Lo Prison ( Hanoi Hilton)

10:50am Visit inside Hoa Lo

11:20am Drive to Hanoi Old Quarter

11:35am Visit inside Hanoi Old Quarter

12:35pm Depart for local restaurant

12:50pm Enjoy lunch

1:50pm Depart for the museum of Ethnic minorities

2:10pm Visit inside the museum

2:45pm Drive back to the ship

6:45pm Arrive at the port

What to Bring: Casual clothes, hat, sunscreen, good walking shoes.

Currency: USD or local Vietnam Dong

Electricity: 220 Volt

Luggage: one overnight handbag per person

Documents and Visa Requirements: Passports are required

Accommodation: Daewoo Hotel in Hanoi or similar

We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes:

*One night at a five star hotel on the basis of twin sharing

*One breakfast, one lunch & one dinner at local restaurant. Lunch and dinner include one local beer, or 1 soft drink, or 1 mineral water.

*Mineral water in all hotel rooms and on tour buses

*All transfers and sightseeing as indicated in program

*English-speaking guide

*Entrance fees

*Water puppet show

*Two days of sightseeing per the itinerary

Not Included:

Hotel incidentals including mini bar

Gratuities to drivers and guides

Any meals or beverages not listed above

Personal Expenses

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

$599 Per Guest


Overland Tours



Mythical Dragon's Bay & Ha Noi

Mythical Dragon's Bay & Ha Noi

Sail a luxurious, traditional junk, chartered just for an intimate small group of guests, through stunningly beautiful Ha Long Bay and then spend a relaxing evening on board, followed by a day touring Hanoi’s signature attractions.

DAY 1

In the early afternoon, you will transfer from the ship to your nearby luxury junk.

The junk’s spacious cabins are exquisite exuding intimacy, and personal service excels.

Enjoy panoramic views from the dining room as well as outstanding Vietnamese and international cuisine. Additionally, the smaller size of your Junk allows the vessel to cruise closer to the most scenic natural wonders of Ha Long Bay.

Soon after boarding, you will begin cruising the picturesque bay in the Gulf of Tonkin. Revered for its nearly 2,000 picturesque islands and precipitous limestone pillars, Ha Long Bay has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Magnificent and imposing, these limestone karst formations rise out of the sea in unusual and intriguing shapes, with names that fire the imagination. For instance, Man’s Head Island resembles a man rising out of the sea and looking towards the mainland. Similarly, the Pair of Roosters looks astonishingly like two roosters. “Ha Long” means “descending dragon” and legend has it that a huge, dragon-like sea monster still resides in these waters.

While cruising along in your luxurious Junk, you will pass rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches and tranquil coves. There are also numerous grottoes, one of which you will explore, and lovely fishing villages. As dusk begins to fall on beautiful Ha Long Bay, a sumptuous dinner will be served, after which you may settle in to enjoy a relaxing evening onboard.

DAY 2

Following breakfast onboard the Junk, you will drive to Hanoi in a minibus to tour its most magnificent attractions, beginning with imposing Ba Dinh Square. It is dominated by the impressive marble and granite tomb where Ho Chi Minh lies in state. You will visit the former president’s mausoleum, a nearby stilt house and One Pillar Pagoda, a curious little square structure that rises above a lotus pond.

Continuing on, you will see the Temple of Literature, an 11th-century building that is dedicated to Confucianism. In 1076, Vietnam’s first national university was built next to the temple. Here, you will walk through the tranquil five-walled courtyards and behold the pavilion where Vietnam’s men of letters once recited their poetry.

Following lunch, you will tour the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton. You will see the rooms where the French imprisoned Vietnamese patriots and where American soldiers, including Senator John McCain, were held as prisoners of war.

Later, on the way to Hanoi’s fascinating Old Quarter, you will drive past Hoan Kiem Lake to see its island temple dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, a hero who fought against the Mongolian troops in the 13th century. The lake is also known as the Lake of the Restored Sword, and you will hear how the legend originated.

Upon arriving in the robust Old Quarter, you will enjoy free time to meander about shopping or simply enjoying this authentic slice of life in urban Hanoi. Afterwards, you will drive back to the ship and re-join the cruise.

Overland Program Step by Step:

The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The indicated times are approximate, provided here only for general reference and are subject to change.

Day 1

2:15pm Transfer from the pier to your junk

2:30pm Cruise Ha Long Bay

6:30pm Dinner onboard your junk including two cocktails for pre dinner and a bottle of wine per couple during dinner

Overnight on the Valentine or a similar junk boat

Day 2

6:30am Breakfast onboard your junk

7:30am Disembark and drive to Hanoi by minibus

10:45am Explore Ba Dinh Square – visit the Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda

11:45am Drive to the Temple of Literature

12:00pm Visit the Temple of Literature

12:30pm Depart for lunch

12:45pm Lunch including one soft drink or beer per person

1:45pm Drive to Hoa Lo Prison

2:00pm Tour Hoa Lo Prison

2:30pm Explore Hanoi’s Old Quarter

4:00pm Drive back to the ship

7:30pm Re-join to the ship

Expected Weather:

30-35 degrees Celsius (86-95 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

One small overnight bag per person with casual clothing, walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen.

Currency:

U.S. Dollar or the local Vietnamese Dong

Electricity:

220 volts

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A passport is required.

Program Includes:

One night on the Valentine junk (Indochina Sails)or similar junk

*Several junks may be used depending on the final size of the group

One breakfast and one dinner on your junk

2 pre dinner drinks (house wine, local beer, soft drinks, water)

One bottle of wine per couple for dinner

Transfer from the ship to the junk

English-speaking guide

Entrance fees to Ha Long Bay and caves

Full-day sightseeing in Hanoi in a minibus

Lunch in Hanoi including one soft drink or beer per person

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above

Gratuities for drivers, guides and junk staff

Please note:

Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather-appropriate clothing, caps, sunglasses, and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

$599 Per Guest



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