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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: Wednesday, February 11th, 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: Thursday, February 12th, 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 any luggage storage and checking in for your connecting flight to Hoedspruit.

Upon arriving at Hoedspruit Airport, a Kapama Lodge representative will meet you for the 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: Friday, February 13th, 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: Saturday, February 14th, 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: Sunday, February 15th, 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

8:30am Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Johannesburg

9:15am Arrive at the airport and check-in for your flight to Hoedspruit

10:15am Fly (Flight details TBA and subject to change) from Johannesburg to Hoedspruit

11:20am Arrive in Hoedspruit and transfer to Kapama

1:00pm 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.

? The rates are also strictly subject to availability of accommodation, transport and other services at the time of reservation.

? 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

? 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 flights in economy class from Johannesburg > Hoedspruit > Johannesburg > Cape Town

** 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

? 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 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: Thursday, February 12th, 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: Friday, February 13th, 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: Saturday, February 14th, 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: Sunday, February 15th, 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 Cape Town and Winelands

PRE CRUISE Cape Town and Winelands

DAY 1: Thursday, February 12th, 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 the Commodore Hotel.

Overlooking the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, The Commodore is the Legacy Group’s flagship hotel in Cape Town.

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

Overnight at the Commodore Hotel or similar

DAY 2: Friday, February 13th, 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 the Commodore 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: Saturday, February 14th, 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: Sunday, February 15th, 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 the Commodore 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 Commodore Hotel or similar

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 Commodore 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 Commodore Hotel or similar

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:

Commodore 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 Commodore 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 Chobe and Victoria Falls

PRE CRUISE Chobe and Victoria Falls

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 – February 12th, 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 – February 13th, 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 – February 14th, 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 – February 15th, 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 internal 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



PUMBA OVERLAND

PUMBA 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 - Wednesday, Februrary 18th, 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 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 - Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Following an early morning wake-up call you will embark on another game drive followed by breakfast and then your four hour transfer back to the ship. For comfort, it's always advisable to bring warm clothing for the morning game drive.

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.

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

11:00am Depart 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 Transfer to East London - enjoy a packed lunch en route, prepared at

Pumba Lodge

2:30pm Approximate arrival in East London 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. The average high in the area in February is 25°C (77°F) and the average low is 18°C (64°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 mornings, 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. We suggest one soft sided overnight bag per person.

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

¢1 night 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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

¢Any meals not mentioned above

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

¢Guide and driver gratuities

¢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.

$1,099 Per Guest


Overland Tours



SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT SHAMWARI

SUNRISE AND SUNSET AT SHAMWARI

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 - Wednesday, February 18th, 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 - Thursday, February 19th, 2015

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.

Upon your return lunch will be served at the lodge followed by some free time.

In the late afternoon you will re-group for tea followed by your open-vehicle game drive.

Enjoy drinks and snacks in the bush at sundown before returning to the lodge for dinner.

Day 3 - Friday, February 20th, 2015

This morning enjoy one last game drive and then 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 Port Elizabeth Airport to check in for your scheduled flight to Durban.

On arrival at Durban's King Shaka International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Durban Harbour where you will re-join the cruise ship.

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 leisure time and optional

excursions offered by the Lodge (these incur an extra cost and are

payable at the lodge)

1:00pm Lunch is served at the lodge

3:00pm Afternoon tea at the Manor House

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 3

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

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

11:00am Transfer to the Port Elizabeth Airport

12:30pm Check-in for your flight to Durban

1:40pm Flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban (Flight details TBA and Flight

time subject to change)

2:55pm Arrival in Durban

3:30pm Transfer to the Durban harbour

4:30pm 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. For your flight:

CHECKED LUGGAGE

Economy Class

¢Passengers are permitted to check-in one piece of luggage at a maximum of 23 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:

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

¢2 nights at Shamwari Long Lee Manor on a Fully Inclusive basis, i.e. accommodation, game activities daily, all meals, local house drinks

¢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

¢Economy class scheduled domestic flight from Port Elizabeth to Durban

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.

$1,799 Per Guest


Overland Tours



KRUGER: BIG FIVE IN THE WILD

KRUGER: BIG FIVE IN THE WILD

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 - Friday, February 20th, 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 one and a half to two 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 - Saturday, February 21st, 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 - Sunday, February 22nd, 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

3:15pm Collect luggage and transfer to Shishangeni Private Lodge

5:00pm 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

3:00pm 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:

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.

Program Includes:

" 2 nights at the Shishangeni Lodge on a fully inclusive 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

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.

$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 - Friday, February 20th, 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 and then a sumptuous lunch. 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 - Saturday, February 21st, 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 Durban

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 for the

duration of the tour

" Two 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.

$1,399 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 - Friday, February 20th, 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 - Saturday, February 21st, 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 late 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

3:00pm Arrive at Main gate and check-in

3:30pm Afternoon tea

4:30pm Afternoon game drive

7:00pm 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

" Road transfers in luxury touring vehicles with air-conditioning &

PA-system

" Registered English-speaking tour guide to accompany guests for the

duration of the tour

" 2 x 500 ml bottles 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



TAJ MAHAL- ETERNAL MASTERPIECE

TAJ MAHAL- ETERNAL MASTERPIECE

DAY 1 - Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Following a morning arrival into Male, you will be met and transferred to the airport for your Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Delhi via Colombo.

Upon arrival in Delhi you will proceed through Indian Immigration and Customs formalities before transferring to the Oberoi Hotel.

Dinner will be served at the hotel before you retire for the evening.

Day 2 - Monday, March 9th, 2015

After breakfast and check out, you will drive through New Delhi and proceed toward Agra via the new

Yamuna Expressway. The farther you drive, the more India's vast countryside reveals its beauty.

In time, you will arrive in Agra. As India's premier city in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra became a great center for learning, art, commerce and culture. Today, it is more famous as the site of the white marble Taj Mahal, perhaps the world's greatest monument to love, certainly for a mausoleum.

After checking in at your hotel, you will enjoy a buffet lunch and then decide how you wish to spend the next few hours. The options are:

(A) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Visit the Agra Fort, a World Heritage Site credited to Emperor Akbar, India's great 16th-century visionary. Founded during his reign, this red sandstone fortress encompasses fairy-tale palaces, great halls and two beautiful mosques. Several of the buildings are made of pure marble adorned with artistic carvings.

(B) 2:00 pm on Hourly shopping shuttle to the marble inlay factory and local markets.

(C) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Consult with Agra's leading astrologer. Appointments for an analysis of your personal horoscope can be made at the ship's hospitality desk.

4:30 p.m. - Visit the Taj Mahal, remaining until sunset, when the monument appears to change colors and glow.

The Taj Mahal, with its lacy white grandeur, is one of the world's most recognized monuments. In memory of his wife, the great Mughal emperor Shah Jehan planned this extravagant and incomparable monument, built for love. Amazingly graceful from any angle, the monument is even more astounding close up, where the fine details can truly be appreciated.

After some leisure time back at the hotel, enjoy a Kathak classical dance performance in the hotel ballroom. This dance arose from the fusion of Hindu and Muslim cultures during the Mughal era, and is characterized by rhythmic footwork, spectacular spins, mime and gestures that dramatically represent themes from Persian poetry and Hindu mythology.

A buffet dinner follows the dance performance, after which you will overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar hotel.

DAY 3 - Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Discover the monumental Taj Mahal at dawn. Tea, Coffee, juices and rolls are served in the lobby, prior to your departure. The magical and monumental Taj Mahal is a place of serenity at this time of morning.

Back at the hotel you will enjoy breakfast prior to checking out and driving back to Delhi. A buffet lunch will be served at the hotel once you check-in.

The capital of India, Delhi has been the seat of power of a number of dynasties - the Rajputs, the Afghans, the Turks and the Mughals who continued their imperial line until the British. Scattered over are surviving ruins, remnants of mighty edifices, tombs of warriors and saints, which, in an impressive sense of magnificence are memorials not of a single city but of supplanted nations.

After lunch you will take a drive around New Delhi with its majestic boulevards and grand government buildings. India Gate, Delhi's triumphal arch, stands at one end of the Rajpath. At the other end of the Rajpath stands the official residence of India's president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, a complex of buildings that mix Mughal and Western architectural styles. Prior to independence, this was the home of India's last viceroy, Lord Mountbatten. Close by is Sansad Bhavan, the large, though less imposing, parliament building.

Another highlight is the earliest surviving Islamic monument, the Qutb mosque and minar created by the founder of the sometimes-called Slave Dynasty, Qutb-ud-din-Aybak. 73 meters high and consisting of 5 storeys, the Qutb Minar construction started in 1199 on what was intended to be the most glorious tower of victory in the world. This tower doubles as India's and perhaps Islam's, most massive minaret.

Enjoy a buffet dinner back at the hotel before you retire for the evening.

DAY 4 - Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

You will have an early wake -up call in order to make your flight from Delhi to Cochin. Coffee, tea, croissants and juices will be available before you depart and breakfast will be served on the three hour flight.

Upon arrival in Cochin, transfer to the pier and re-board the ship. Along the way you will tour the famous Fort Cochin area.

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

6:00am Arrive alongside in Male

6:30am Disembark ship and proceed to the airport. This transfer is by boat

7:30am Arrive at the airport and check-in

8:55am Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Colombo departs (Airline and flight

time subject to change)

10:50am Arrive in Colombo and connect to Sri Lankan Airlines flight to Delhi

(Airline and flight time are subject to change)

2:15pm Flight departs for Colombo

5:50pm Arrive in Delhi, proceed through Immigration and Customs and transfer

to the hotel

7:30pm Arrive at the hotel and check-in

8:00pm Buffet dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the Oberoi Delhi or similar hotel

DAY 2

7:00am Breakfast

8:30am Depart for Agra

12:00nn Arrive in Agra and check into your hotel

12:30pm Buffet lunch at the hotel

Afternoon options:

2-4:00pm (a) Tour Agra Fort

2-4:00pm (b) Shopping shuttle on the hour to the marble inlay factory and

local markets

2-4:00pm (c) Consult with Agra's leading astrologer

4:30pm Visit the Taj Mahal, remaining for the sunset experience

6:45pm Return to the hotel

7:15pm Classical Kathak dance performance at the hotel

7:45pm Dinner at the hotel

Overnight at the ITC Mughal Hotel or similar

DAY 3

5:45am Tea, coffee, juices are served in the lobby

6:30am Re-visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise

6:00am Breakfast is available at the hotel from 6am onwards

8:00am Return to the hotel and have breakfast

8:30am Check-out and drive to Delhi

12:00pm Arrive at the hotel and check-in

12:30pm Buffet Lunch at the hotel

2:00pm Driving tour of New Delhi with a visit to Humayun's Tomb and Qutub

Minar

6:30pm Return to the hotel

7:30pm Dinner is served at the hotel

Overnight at the Oberoi Delhi or similar hotel

DAY 4

EARLY Tea, coffee, juices and rolls served in the lobby prior to departure

4:30am Transfer to the airport

5:00am Arrive at the airport, check-in

6:00am Air India flight to Cochin (flight time is subject to change).

Breakfast will be served "aloft"

9:20am Arrival in Cochin. Transfer to the port and visit Fort Cochin en

route

1:00pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship in time for lunch on board

Expected Weather:

Days are sunny and warm with temperatures between 73-77 degrees F (23 to 25 ºC). The evenings are pleasant with temperatures in the mid-50s F (13 to 15 ºC). Temperatures drop as the night progresses.

What to Bring:

Casual wear for the day. Please bring a sweater or jacket for the early morning and evening visit to the Taj Mahal. Also, important is sun block, hat, shades and comfortable walking shoes. As the Taj Mahal is also a mausoleum, certain religious customs must be observed. As a token of respect, it is customary to remove your footwear before entering. Ladies should avoid wearing tank tops or any top with spaghetti straps as well as short shorts. Knee-length shorts are acceptable for men and women.

Currency:

Indian Rupee, available in denominations of 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000.

1 U.S. dollar is approximately INR 50.

Electricity:

220 - 240 volts. Hotel rooms are equipped with converters.

Luggage:

Light luggage is recommended for this 3-night trip. A maximum of one suitcase per person and one carry-on is allowed. The suitcase must not weigh more than 15kg (33 lbs.) due to flight restrictions. If your luggage exceeds this allowance, it will be subject to the fees imposed by the airline.

Airline and type of aircraft:

Sri Lankan Airlines, Airbus 320 (subject to change)

Air India, Airbus 320 (subject to change)

All economy class seats

Documents and Visa Requirements:

It is essential to have a valid Indian visa and your passport.

Accommodations:

Delhi:

The Oberoi

Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi, 110 003, India

Tel : +91 11 2436 3030

Agra:

ITC Mughal

Taj Ganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh - 282001, India

Tel : +91 562 4021700

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

Program Includes:

2 nights at the Oberoi Hotel, Delhi with all meals or similar

1 night at the ITC Mughal Agra with all meals or similar

House wines, beer, mineral water and sodas during lunches and dinners

Deluxe buses. Bus Delhi-Agra-Delhi with restrooms inside

Sodas and mineral water onboard the busses at all times

Applicable entrances, camera/video fees at the Taj Mahal and the other monuments

Guides

Kathak dance performance in Agra

Fortuneteller for consultation

Economy-class airfare from Male-Colombo-Delhi and Delhi-Cochin

Program Does Not Include:

Items of a personal nature, hotel incidentals including mini bar, gratuities to drivers and guides, any meals not listed 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.

$2,699 Per Guest


Overland Tours



ANGKOR WAT OVERLAND SIH TO BKK

ANGKOR WAT OVERLAND SIH TO BKK

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: March 26th, 2015

Depart the ship in Sihanoukville and transfer to the airport in Phnom Penh. Following lunch at a local restaurant in Phnom Penh, fly to Siem Reap. Upon arrival at the Siem Reap International Airport, you will be met by your guide and transferred to Le Meridien Hotel. Following check-in and some free time to relax at the hotel, you will enjoy dinner with a Khmer dance show.

Day 2: March 27th, 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.

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: 25 March 28th, 2015

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and check out. You will transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok. Once you arrive in Bangkok, you will be met and transferred directly to the ship.

Land 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 only and are subject to change.

Day 1

8:15am Depart Sihanoukville for the capital city, Phnom Penh

12:15pm Lunch at a local restaurant

1:15pm Drive to the airport and check-in

2:40pm Fly to Siem Reap on K6 107 (subject to change)

3:25pm Arrive in Siem Reap.

3:45pm Meet and greet and transfer to the hotel

7:00pm Transfer to dinner at a local restaurant with Khmer show

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

11:30am Lunch at a local restaurant with your choice of one soft drink or one local beer or one bottle of water

12:30pm 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

Day 3

8:00am Breakfast at hotel

9:00am Check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Bangkok

9:30am Check in for your flight from Siem Reap to Bangkok

TBA Flight to Bangkok (Flight information TBA and subject to change)

TBA Arrival in Bangkok

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: Valid Passports are required

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.

" Air ticket in coach class from Phnompenh to Siem Reap

" Air ticket in coach class from Siem Reap to Bangkok

" English Speaking Guide

" All transfers

Program Excludes:

" Any meals or drinks not specified above

" Personal expenses, 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



XI'AN & TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

XI'AN & TERRA COTTA WARRIORS

Day 1 - April 10th, 2015

Depart from pier and transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your flight to Xian in the morning. Upon arrival in Xian, meet and transfer firstly to local renowned Defachang Restaurant for Dumpling Lunch.

After lunch, you will tour Xi'an's landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Continue to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China's most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi'an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi'an.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi'an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 2 - April 11th, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China's first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After lunch at the museum's Friendship Restaurant, you will transfer to the Xian Airport for the flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will transfer back to the ship in the Port of Shanghai.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The flights and timings indicated are approximate. They are given here only for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY 1

8:30am Depart from pier and transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport.

09:45am Arrive at Shanghai Pudong Airport

11:10am Flight MU292 Shanghai/Xian. (subject to change) Lunch will be served

onboard flight

1:40pm Upon arrival in Xi'an, meet and transfer for tour

3:00pm Visit to the City Wall

4:15pm Visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5:45pm Check into your hotel and rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on

own.

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an or similar hotel

DAY 2

Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

8:30am Depart from hotel

9:30am Visit to the Terra-Cotta Warriors' Museum

12:30pm Lunch at local restaurant

1:30pm Transfer to the airport

2:45pm Arrive at Xian Airport

4:00pm Flight MU2169 Xian/ Shanghai (subject to change)

6:15pm Upon arrival in Shanghai, meet and transfer to pier

8:00pm Return to pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather: The weather in cities of Shanghai , Xi'an & Beijing are typically sunny days in early April with temperature ranging from High C20/F68 to Low C10/F50.

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sun glasses, wind-proof jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Restrooms in China vary from having toilets to holes in the floor and their cleanliness standards are not always up to par with those of the western world. You will encounter both types of restroom facilities on your travels in China. It is advisable to have hand sanitizer and extra tissues /toilet paper at all times just in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese Currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approx. RMBY 6.1 = US $ 1.00

Money exchange is available at the hotel cashier. Most shops accept US dollars and credit cards.

Electricity: The Voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. Standard is 110 volts). Adapters and transformers are available from the hotel housekeeping.

Luggage information: Maximum 20 kg/1 piece per person for check luggage and 5 kg/1 piece per person for carry-on luggage.

Documents and Visa Requirements: A Chinese Visa is required for this overland program as well as a valid passport.

Hotel address:

Hilton Xi'an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

TEL: 86-29-87388888

*If a similar hotel is required it will be of equal ratings and standards

Program Includes :

" Coach class air tickets Shanghai/Xian/Shanghai

" 1 night's accommodation at Hilton Xi'an or similar with daily

breakfasts

" All tours as per itinerary

" 1 breakfast and 2 lunches ( lunch include a choice of 1 glass of soft

drinks, local beer or local mineral water)

" All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

Program Excludes:

" Any meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour

guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals and other personal items;

" Chinese Visa

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.

$1,199 Per Guest


Overland Tours



THE ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

THE ANCIENT CAPITALS OF CHINA

Explore the spectacular icons in three of China's greatest cities, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 1: April 12, 2015

After disembarking from the ship, you will transfer to the Shanghai Pudong Airport and fly to Xi'an. Upon arriving, you will transfer to the highly popular Defachang restaurant for an authentic dumpling lunch.

Afterwards, you will tour Xi'an's landmark city wall, the most complete city wall surviving in China. The first emperor of the Ming Dynasty created it by enlarging an existing one constructed during the Tang Dynasty. Stretching around the entire old city, the 8.5-mile-long wall boasts 98 ramparts, stands 40 feet tall, and is 60 feet thick at its base.

Then, it's on to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. One of China's most revered pagodas, it was built in 652 A.D. to house the sutras and figurines of Buddha that a Chinese monk brought to Xi'an. The building was eventually expanded to ten stories, although only seven stories remain, as the others were damaged in various wars. Nevertheless, the pagoda is recognized as a symbol of Xi'an.

Late in the afternoon, you will check into beautiful Hilton Xi'an and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Day 2: April 13, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will enjoy a picturesque drive to the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a repository for thousands of clay soldiers that were buried with China's first emperor to accompany him in his eternal rest. Considered one of the world's greatest archaeological treasures, the 7,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were buried for centuries until excavated in 1974.

The warriors are grouped in battle order, rank by rank, some mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others in infantry groups armed with spears, swords and crossbows. Each figure was individually created with unique characteristics.

After visiting, you will have lunch nearby and then continue to the Great Mosque, one of China's oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques. Built in the late 14th century, and then rebuilt a few centuries later, the Great Mosque offers a wonderful introduction into the city's history and features a unique blend of traditional Arabian and Chinese architectural styles.

Following the exploration of the mosque, you will transfer back to the hotel. A few hours later, you will depart for the Tang Palace restaurant to watch the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. This performance of traditional dance and music provides a wonderful look into the artistry that flourished in China approximately 1,500 years ago. Following the performance, you will return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3: 25 April 14, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will transfer to the Xi'an Airport and fly to Beijing, the historical capital of China. Upon arriving, you will soon transfer to a restaurant for lunch.

Then, it's on to the undisputed highlight of the day: the Great Wall of China. You will enter at the Juyongguan section, which stretches over a natural pass just outside of the city. Built in the 3rd century B.C. to protect China's northern border from foreign invaders, the entire wall rambles over thousands of miles east to west. It is the world's largest military structure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Following your time at the Great Wall, you will check into the Regent Beijing for the evening. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4: 25 April 15, 2015

After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Forbidden City, home to the emperors in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The world's largest palace, the Forbidden City is a sprawling 250-acre complex of pavilions, halls, courtyards and gates showcasing treasures of China's imperial past.

Continuing on, you will then see impressive Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square. It has long been a gathering place for cultural and political events, perhaps the most notorious being the government's brutal crackdown on protesting students who set up camp here in 1989. The square contains numerous monuments and buildings, including Tiananmen Tower, the Monument to the People's Heroes, and the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

After walking about the square, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and then transfer to the pier and re-board the ship.

Land Program Step by Step:

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

DAY 1

6:30am Depart from the pier for the Shanghai Pudong Airport

7:45am Arrive at the Shanghai Pudong Airport

9:00am Fly to Xi'an (Flight FM9205, subject to change)

11:25am Arrive in Xi'an and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Dumpling lunch at the Defachang restaurant

2:15pm Visit the city walls

3:30pm Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

5:00pm Hotel check in. The remainder of the day is on your own

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an

DAY 2

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

10:00am Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum

1:00pm Lunch

3:00pm Visit the Great Mosque

4:30pm Return to the hotel

6:45pm Depart from hotel

7:15pm Tang Dynasty Dinner Show

10:00pm Return to the hotel

Overnight at the Hilton Xi'an

DAY 3

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

7:00am Depart from the hotel

8:00am Arrive at Xi'an Airport

9:00am Fly from Xi'an to Beijing (Flight MU2109, subject to change)

10:55am Arrive in Beijing and transfer for lunch

12:45pm Lunch

2:45pm Visit the Great Wall of China

6:00pm Check into the Regent Hotel, dinner on own

DAY 4

Buffet breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel

9:30am Visit the Forbidden City

11:00am Visit Tiananmen Square

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Transfer to the port of Tianjin

4:15pm Arrive at the pier and re-board the ship

Expected Weather: The weather in Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing is typically sunny in mid-April with temperatures ranging from 68° Fahrenheit (20° Celsius) to 50° Fahrenheit (10° Celsius).

What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, jacket and sweater.

Note about restrooms: Not all restrooms in China have conventional toilets; some are squat toilets only slighter higher than the floor. You will encounter both conventional and squat toilets while traveling. It is advisable to always carry hand sanitizer and extra tissues and toilet paper in case they are needed.

Local Currency: The Chinese currency is Renminbi (RMB) and the rate is approximately 6.1 RMBY to one U.S. dollar. Exchanging money is available at the hotels, and most shops accept U.S. dollars and credit cards.

Electricity: The voltage in China is 220 volts (U.S. standard is 110 volts). Adapters and transformers are available from the hotel housekeeping.

Luggage: The maximum allowed is one checked bag weighing up to 44 pounds (20 kilograms) and one piece of carry-on luggage weighing up to 11 pounds (5 kilograms).

Documents and visa requirements: A Chinese visa and a valid passport are required.

Hotel addresses:

Hilton Xi'an

199 Dongxin Road Xincheng District, Xi'an, 710005, China

TEL: 86-29-87388888

Regent Beijing

99 Jinbao Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China

Telephone: + 86 10 8522 1888

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

Program includes:

" Coach-class air tickets between Shanghai, Xian and Beijing

" Accommodation for two nights at the Hilton Xi'an and one night at the

Regent Beijing

" All tours as per itinerary

" 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner (lunch and dinner include one

soft drink, local beer or mineral water)

" All transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per the program

Program excludes:

" Meals and drinks not specified above, tips to drivers and tour

guides, hotel gratuities, hotel incidentals and other personal items

" Chinese visa

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


Overland Tours



FORTRESSES AND FLOWERS

FORTRESSES AND FLOWERS

This wonderful tour offers an historical look at the aftermath from the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, juxtaposed against the serenity of Japanese gardens and the splendor of castles and museums.

Day 1 - April 19, 2015

After disembarking from the ship, you will drive directly to Peace Memorial Park, an urban greenscape built near the hypocenter or Ground Zero of the atomic bomb blast that leveled much of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The inspiring park was built to represent Nagasaki's wish for world peace and the hope that a conflict of the magnitude of World War II never occurs again.

The effect of the bombing is also demonstrated at your next stop, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. Photographs taken in the city immediately after the atomic blast, as well as artifacts that survived the explosion, are on permanent exhibit. You will also visit the solemn hypocenter near the museum.

Then following a Western-style lunch, you will drive east along a picturesque peninsula to Shimabara castle. Amazingly, it is a complete re-creation of the original feudal castle that was constructed here in the early 1600s but later dismantled during the Meiji period. However, the surrounding stonewalls are original. Inside, you may see weapons, armor and other treasures, including those related to the 1637 Shimabara Rebellion, an uprising of Christian peasantry.

Next, you will drive to Shimabara port and board a ferry to Kumamoto on the other side of the bay. Following check-in at the lovely Hotel Nikko Kumamoto, you will walk a short distance along its inviting streets to a renowned restaurant for a traditional Japanese-style dinner.

In time, you will walk back to the hotel to settle in and spend the evening.

Day 2 - April 20, 2015

Following breakfast at the hotel, your sightseeing tour of Kumamoto will begin at Suizenji Park. First constructed in 1636 as a tea retreat, the park has grown to become one of Japan's most beautiful gardens. The meticulously manicured grounds and serene reflective ponds make for an immensely relaxing experience.

Not far away, you will find the National Historical Site of Kumamoto castle. Although largely destroyed during the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877, it was extensively rebuilt in the 1960s. The castle is a repository of exceptional artifacts that include samurai armor and personal belongings from its former lords. Perched on a hilltop and surrounded by cherry trees, the castle boasts a number of defensive architectural features such as wooden overhangs designed to prevent attackers from getting inside.

A ride on Japan's famed bullet train awaits you next. Zipping from Kumamoto to Kagoshima in less than an hour, you will arrive in time for lunch and then tour beautiful Iso-teien Garden.

Built around the same time as Suizenji Park, the garden is also known as Senganen, and overlooks Kinko Bay and a towering volcano beyond. Once the summer villa of the powerful Shimazu clan, the property includes artificial rivers, a bamboo grove, cascading waterfall and a traditional poem-writing garden.

You will also spend time in the garden's nearby Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Japan's first Western-style factory. Established in 1852 to produce cannons, glass, ceramics and farm tools, it now holds exhibits devoted to the 700-year Shimazu family history.

After visiting, you will drive back to Marin Port Kagoshima and re-board your ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

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

10:00am Disembark the ship and drive to Peace Memorial Park

10:30am Visit Peace Memorial Park

11:00am Drive to the Atomic Bomb Museum

11:10am Visit the Atomic Bomb Museum

12:40pm Drive to lunch at a hotel restaurant

1:00pm Enjoy a Western-style lunch

2:00pm Drive to Shimabara Castle

3:45pm Visit Shimabara Castle

4:35pm Drive to Shimabara Gaiko port

5:30pm Ride the ferry to Kumamoto port

6:00pm Arrive in the port and transfer to the Hotel Nikko Kumamoto

6:30pm CHeck in at the hotel

7:15pm Walk to a nearby restaurant

7:30pm Enjoy a Japanese-style dinner

9:00pm Walk back to the hotel

Overnight at the Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

8:15am Check out and start Kumamoto sightseeing tour

8:30am Visit Suizenji Park

9:10am Drive to Kumamoto Castle

9:30am Visit Kumamoto Castle

10:40am Drive to Kumamoto Station

10:55am Arrive at Kumamoto Station

11:22am Ride the bullet train from Kumamoto to Kagoshima

12:09pm Arrive at Kagoshima Station

12:30pm Drive to a nearby restaurant

12:45pm Enjoy lunch

1:45pm Drive to Senganen (Iso-teien Garden)

2:15pm Visit Senganen (Iso-teien Garden)

3:45pm Drive to Marin Port Kagoshima

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

Expected Weather:

The temperature can be as low as 40° F to 44° F in the evening and morning, rising to 59° F to 64° F during the day.

What to Bring:

Warm clothing is strongly recommended, as are hats, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

Local currency: Japanese yen

Electricity: 100v

Luggage: One overnight handbag per person. The bullet train cannot accommodate large suitcases.

Documents and Visa Requirements: Please consult your nearest Japanese embassy for regulations for your country or origin.

Accommodation:

Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

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

Program Includes:

One-night hotel accommodation at Hotel Nikko Kumamoto or similar hotel

Shinkansen bullet train (tourist class) from Kumamoto to Kagoshima

Ferry ticket from Shimabara to Kumamoto

1 Breakfast and 2 western-style lunches (2 soft drinks included)

1 Japanese-style dinner (2 soft drinks or local beer or wine included)

English-speaking tour guide throughout

Admission to Atomic Bomb Museum, Shimabara Castle, Kumamoto Castle, Suizenji Park and Senganen

Ground arrangements as per the itinerary

Not Included:

Items of a personal nature such as additional drinks or meals and snacks, hotel incidentals and gratuities for the driver and guides.

Please note: This program involves moderate to extensive walking during site visits. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs and negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. The tour is therefore not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair. The bullet train cannot accommodate electric scooters and wheelchairs.

$1,399 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. Upon arrival in Hanoi, check-in to the hotel before enjoying a dinner at a local restaurant. Spend the evening at a local theater, entertained by an engaging water puppet show 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 your in-depth exploration of Hanoi 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.

Next, visit 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 museum, 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.

After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant, visit 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.

Next you will visit the Museum of Minority Ethnics with its extensive displays dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority peoples.

Your trip concludes with the drive back to Halong Bay and the ship.

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

2:15pm Drive to Hanoi

6:30pm Check in at hotel

7:00pm Dinner at local restaurant (includes on soft drink or local beer)

8:00pm Depart for Water Puppet Theatre

8:15pm Enjoy the water puppet show

9:15pm Back to hotel for relaxation

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 Lunch at the local restaurant

1:50pm Drive to Tran Quoc Pagoda

2:10pm Visit inside the Tran Quoc Pagoda

2:40pm Depart for the museum of Ethnic minorities

3:00pm Visit inside the museum

3:30pm Drive back to the ship.

7:30pm Arrive at the port

Expected Weather: 25-30 C

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

*English speaking guide

*Two days of sightseeing

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 Dragons Bay & Hanoi

Mythical Dragons Bay & Hanoi

Sail a luxurious, traditional junk, chartered just for our intimate group of 10 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 — April 2, 2015

In the early afternoon, you will transfer from the ship to the nearby Valentine junk, a beautiful vessel constructed in Vietnam. Like all traditional junks, the Valentine is made entirely of wood, although this ship takes luxury to a new level and provides an exclusive onboard experience.

The junk’s five spacious cabins are exquisite and feature rich wood details, luxuriant linens, en suite marble bathrooms and private Jacuzzis. Because of the Valentine’s modest size, it exudes intimacy and personal service excels.

The dining room is particularly noteworthy for offering panoramic views and outstanding Vietnamese and international cuisine in a romantic setting. Additionally, the smaller size of the Valentine allows this extraordinary 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 the luxurious Valentine 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 — April 3, 2015

Following breakfast onboard the Valentine, 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 the luxurious Valentine junk

2:30pm Cruise Ha Long Bay

6:30pm Dinner onboard the Valentine including two cocktails for pre dinner and one bottle of wine per person during dinner

Overnight on the Valentine or a similar junk

Day 2

6:30am Breakfast onboard the Valentine

7:30am Disembark and drive to Hanoi by minibus

10:45am Explore Ba Dinh Square

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)

One breakfast and one dinner on the Valentine

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

One bottle of wine per person for dinner

Transfer from the ship to the Valentine 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 boat 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


Overland Tours



ANCIENT TEMPLES OF BAGAN

ANCIENT TEMPLES OF BAGAN

Bagan was one of the first capitals of an ancient Burmese empire and, today, is one of the world's major heritage sites.

Fly to ancient Bagan to behold it's seemingly countless pagodas and temples, most of them constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries, when the Kingdom of Pagan was at the height of its power.

Day 1

Following an early breakfast on board, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to the Yangon Airport for your scheduled flight to Bagan ( 1 & 20 mins ). On arrival in Bagan, you will begin your sightseeing program.

You will begin with a morning visit to the local colorful market to experience the daily life of the local people. Next you will visit the most significant pagodas and temples of the Bagan including the golden stupa of "Shwezigon Pagoda "built by King Anawrahta in the early 11 century as a religious shrine. It was constructed more than 900 years ago to enshrine a replica of one of Buddha's teeth. The pagoda is also important architecturally because of its bell shape, which became a prototype for almost all of the pagodas built later in Bagan.

Continue with a visit to Annada Temple, a white washed masterpiece of Mon Architecture with four standing Buddhas and well preserved 18th century murals.

You will enjoy lunch at the Bagan Viewing Tower which is an amazing place to take photos of the Bagan panorama. Afterwards, visit a lacquerware home industry nearby Myingabar village and learn of one of Myanmar's most treasured handicrafts. At the Archaeological Museum, you will see Royal hair styles as worn century after century. Continue on with a visit to the Damayangyi Temple, the biggest temple in Bagan, followed by a short ride on a local horse cart to Pyitthagyi Temple to enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Bagan countryside. Riding by pony cart is a delightful way to venture into areas that are off limits to most motorized vehicles. The covered, two-wheel cart is a simple, eco-friendly means of transportation that has been used for centuries.

After your day of touring, return to the hotel where a special demonstration will be arranged on the Myanmar Longyi. Your guide will explain how to wear the Myanmar Longyi which is a sheet of cloth that is worn around the waist extending down to the feet and is held in place by folding the fabric over without tying a knot. You may keep the Longyi and wear it to the Myanmar Royal Dinner with show at your hotel.

Overnight at Aureum Palace Hotel or similar.

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the Nyaung-U Airport and depart for Yangon on a scheduled flight. Upon arrival to Yangon Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Thilawa Port to re-board your 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 ONE

4:30am Disembark the ship which is already in port overnight

5:00am Transfer from Thilawa Port to Yangon Airport

6:00am Check-in at the airport.

6:45am Depart for Bagan by scheduled flight.

The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board. Airline and Flight number TBA and subject to change

8:00am Arrive at Nyaung-U Airport.

8:20am Morning visit to the local colorful market

9:00am Visit Shwezigon Pagoda " built by King Anawrahta in the early 11th

century as a religious shrine.

10:15am Visit Annada Temple and Gubyaukgyi( Wet Kyi -in) temple

11:15am Photo Stop for Panoramic view of Bagan

11:30am Transfer to Bagan Viewing Tower to enjoy the Lunch.

12:30pm Transfer to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time

3:00pm Visit a lacquerware home industry nearby Myingabar village.

3:45pm Visit a local village to see how the people of Bagan live

4:30pm Visit Damayangyi Temple

5:00pm Local horse cart ride to Pyitthagyi Temple

5:15pm Sunset at Pyitthagyi Temple

6:15pm Transfer back to your hotel

7:30pm Myanmar Longyi demonstration in the hotel lobby followed by a Myanmar Royal dinner with puppet show

Overnight at Aureum Place Hotel or similar

DAY TWO

6:00am Luggage drop off at Reception and buffet breakfast at the hotel

7:00am Transfer to Nyaung - U airport and check in for your flight.

8:00am Flight to Yangon. The domestic airline will serve light

refreshments on board. Flight time subject to change

9:20am Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship

10:40am Arrival at Thilawa Port and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

March through May is the hottest season with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

It can be offensive wearing shorts, mini skirts or revealing clothing especially when visiting Temples or any holy sites. Having a large scarf or wrap to wear around the waist is suggested for ladies who may be wearing shorts. Moderate, clothing is recommended, with a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and early mornings. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses and your camera. You may want to carry cash for personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar. In cases where hotels or larger shops take major credit cards, they will do so at a high surcharge.

Currency:

The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. It is recommended to bring U.S. dollars in small denominations. Dollars are accepted and often preferred throughout Myanmar.

Electricity:

The voltage is 220 V throughout the whole country. Video and camera plugs at hotels are mostly 2 pin plugs.

Luggage:

The luggage weight limit allowed on the domestic flights is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person and the hand-carried weight allowance is 7 kg (15 lbs) per person. Excess baggage fees can be paid with Myanmar Kyats at the airline check-in counter and any overweight / excess luggage is the responsibility of each guest.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A Myanmar Visa is required for any guests visiting Myanmar. Please contact the OCI or RSSC Reservations Department for Visa details and pricing as Visa's will need to be purchased ahead of time.

OCI - 1-800-531-5658

RSSC - 1-800-285-1835

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Aureum Place Hotel or similar

NOTE: For this program, regularly scheduled domestic air flights are used. Flight details will be provided closer to your departure date by your on-board Destination Services Team. As this excursion involves approximately three hours of walking on Day 1, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to remove and put back on. This excursion is not recommended for those guests with walking difficulties.

*Shoes and socks must be removed when visiting any place of worship in Myanmar. At times you may have to walk a long distance without your shoes. Guests can stay on the bus if they do not wish to enter. Knees and shoulders also need to be covered.

Walking information:

Shwezigon Pagoda - Approximately 45 minutes without shoes on marble which will be warm. There are 7-10 stairs at the Pagoda platform.

Anada Temple - Approximately 45 minutes without shoes on smooth cement. There are 3-5 stairs to negotiate.

Gubyaukgyi Wetkyi-inn Temple: Approximately 30 minutes without shoes. Ground may be uneven in spots.

Archaeological Museum : Approximately 45 minutes. No need to take off shoes. 10 steps here. No elevators.

Lacquerware Industry : Approximately 30 minutes. Shoes are ok and there are no stairs.

Damayangyi Temple: Approximately 15 minutes without shoes. There are 5 stairs to the entrance of the Pagoda .

Nyaung -Oo Morning market: Approximately 45 minutes. No stairs and shoes are ok.

Rest Room Information : Restrooms are available at most tour sites but are of local standards. Tourist class restrooms are available at tourist class restaurants & hotels. It is advisable to bring tissues or toilet paper as well as hand sanitizer.

Program Includes:

" Scheduled domestic flight from Yangon - Bagan -Yangon as per the

program

" One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel

" All tours, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

" One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a

glass of house wine OR a bottle of local beer, OR soda, bottled

water, tea, or coffee)

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide and any other personal incidentals.

Visas

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.

$1,099 Per Guest


Overland Tours



ROYAL MANDALAY

ROYAL MANDALAY

Explore energetic Mandalay, the former royal capital of the Burmese kingdom, and marvel at its most revered pagodas and a rare wooden monastery that was once part of a royal palace.

Day 1

After disembarking the ship in Yangon in the morning, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Yangon Airport. Depart on a scheduled 1 ½ hour flight to Mandalay. Upon arrival, you will begin exploring some of the most hallowed attractions in Mandalay starting with a visit to Amarapura. In Amarapura, you will see the 200 year old U Bein teak bridge, built in 1782 at the time when Amarapura was the royal capital. Later visit the Mahagandayon Monastery where more than a thousand monks live and study. Continue your visit to a workshop of traditional hand-woven silk. Proceed to Mandalay through varied agricultural landscapes and villages en route to your hotel.

In the afternoon you will have lunch at your hotel before continuing on to experience the sights and sounds of Mandalay including one of the primary Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Myanmar, the Mahamuni Pagoda. Built in 1785, the ornate temple holds the magnificent Mahamuni Buddha image, which according to tradition is one of five likenesses of Buddha made during his lifetime.

Cast in metal, the image is now covered with a layer of gold leaf at least two inches thick, which has been applied bit by bit over time by devotees as a sign of respect. In fact, there is so much gold that the image of Buddha looks somewhat distorted.

Next visit the Golden Palace Monastery, an excellent example of a traditional wooden building and then the guilded Kuthodaw Pagoda which was constructed in the mid-1850s, around the time the Royal Palace was built. Modeled after the Shwezigon Pagoda near Bagan, the walled Kuthodaw temple complex is renowned for having the world's largest book. The book is actually a series of 729 slabs of marble inscribed on both sides with a page of text, each one housed in a separate stupa. The cluster of gleaming white stupas, one right next to the other, is an incredible sight.

You will end your day of sightseeing with a ride to the top of Mandalay Hill by Jeep Caravan where you will find interesting glass-studded temples and enjoy the spectacular views at sunset.

Upon returning to the hotel, enjoy an excellent Myanmar-style dinner with a traditional cultural show at the hotel garden.

Overnight at your deluxe hotel.

Day 2

Following breakfast at your hotel you will be transferred to the Mandalay International Airport and depart for Yangon on a scheduled flight (about a 1 ½ hour flight). Upon arrival to Yangon Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Thilawa Port to re-board your 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 ONE

5:00am Disembark the ship which is already in port overnight

5:15am Transfer from Thilawa Port to Yangon Airport

6:15am Check-in at the airport. Depart for Mandalay by scheduled flight.

The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board.

Airline and Flight number TBA and subject to change

8:50am Arrive at Mandalay International airport. Proceed to Mandalay by air

conditioned coach

9:00am En route you will drive to Amarapura through varied agricultural

landscapes and villages. Brief visits will be made at the 200 year

Old U Bein teak bridge, a traditional silk weaving work shop and

Mahagadayone Monastery

11:30am Arrival at your hotel, check in and enjoy lunch at the hotel (set

menu). Free time follows lunch.

2:00pm Visit the Famous Mahamuni Pagoda

3:00pm Stop to see a stone carving

3:30pm See gold leaf being beaten into wafer thin pieces

4:00pm Visit the Golden Palace Monastery (Sh we -Kyaung )

4:30pm Visit the Kuthodaw Pagoda

5:00pm Transfer to Mandalay Hill

5:45pm Proceed to the top of Mandalay Hill to enjoy the sunset a local bus will transport you to the top of the hill

6:30pm Enjoy Sunset at Mandalay Hill

7:00pm Transfer back to your hotel

7:30pm Enjoy dinner and show at your hotel

Overnight at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

DAY TWO

6:00am Luggage drop off at Reception and buffet breakfast at the hotel

6:45am Transfer to Mandalay Airport

7:45am Check in for your flight. The domestic airline will serve light refreshments on board

8:30am Departure for Yangon by schedule flight. Flight details TBA and

subject to change

9:30am Arrival in Yangon and transfer back to the ship

10:30am Arrival at Thilawa Port and re-board the ship

Expected Weather:

March through May is the hottest season with average temperatures ranging from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius (86 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit)

What to Bring:

It can be offensive wearing shorts, mini skirts or revealing clothing especially when visiting Temples or any holy sites. Having a large scarf or wrap to wear around the waist is suggested for ladies who may be wearing shorts. Moderate, clothing is recommended, with a sweater or jacket for cooler evenings and early mornings. Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses and your camera. You may want to carry cash for personal expenses as credit cards generally are not accepted in Myanmar. In cases where hotels or larger shops take major credit cards, they will do so at a high surcharge.

Currency:

The currency in Myanmar is the Kyat. It is recommend to bring U.S. dollars in small denominations. Dollars are accepted and often preferred throughout Myanmar.

Electricity:

The voltage is 220 V throughout the whole country. Video and camera plugs at hotels are mostly 2 pin plugs.

Luggage:

The luggage weight limit allowed on the domestic flights is 20 kg (44 lbs) per person and the hand-carried weight allowance is 7 kg (15 lbs) per person. Excess baggage fees can be paid with Myanmar Kyats at the airline check-in counter and any overweight / excess luggage is the responsibility of each guest.

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A Myanmar Visa is required for any guests visiting Myanmar. Please contact the OCI or RSSC Reservations Department for Visa details and pricing as Visa's will need to be purchased ahead of time.

OCI - 1-800-531-5658

RSSC - 1-800-285-1835

Accommodation:

One-night stay at Mandalay Hill Resort or similar

NOTE: For this program, regularly scheduled domestic air flights are used. Flight details will be provided closer to your departure date by your on-board Destination Services Team. As this excursion involves approximately three hours of walking on Day 1, it is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes that are easy to remove and put back on. This excursion is not recommended for those guests with walking difficulties.

*Shoes and socks must be removed when visiting any place of worship in Myanmar. At times you may have to walk a long distance without your shoes. Guests can stay on the bus if they do not wish to enter. Knees and shoulders also need to be covered.

Walking information:

Mahagadayone : 30 minutes on the street (shoes ok). If you want to go inside any buildings you have to leave your shoes outside. Streets are concrete.

U Bein Teak Bridge: 30 minutes walking (shoes ok). There are many local gift shops around the bridge.

Maha Muni BuddhaImage: 45 minutes (no shoes). Walking will be primarily on marble which will be warm

Kuthodaw Pagoda : 20 minutes (no shoes)

Golden Palace Monastery : 20 minutes of walking around (shoes OK) and approximately 10 stairs

Mandalay Hill : Travel from the foot of the Mountain to the middle of mountain by transfer bus (small truck with seats) and from the middle of hill to the top by lift or escalator. There are approximately 50-60 stairs from the middle of the mountain to the top.

Royal Palace : 45 minutes walking (shoes ok) and there are 3-5 stairs to the entrance of each building

Rest Room Information : Restrooms are available at most tour sites but are of local standards. Tourist class restrooms are available at tourist class restaurants & hotels. It is advisable to bring tissues or toilet paper as well as hand sanitizer.

Program Includes:

" Scheduled domestic flights from Yangon -Mandalay and Mandalay -Yangon

as per program

" One night accommodation in a deluxe hotel

" All tours, transfers, sightseeing and entrance fees as per program

" One breakfast, one Lunch and one dinner (lunch and dinner include a

glass of house wine OR a bottle of local beer, OR soda, bottled

water, tea, or coffee)

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guide and any other personal incidentals.

Visas

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.

$1,099 Per Guest



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