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Cape Town, South Africa

Rovos Rail & South Africa Voyage on Seven Seas Voyager

20-day rail & cruise

Summary

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Highlights

  • Enjoy a rail journey on the classic Rovos Rail along with a stay in Cape Town
  • Explore the historic village of Matjiesfontein, a perfectly preserved Victorian Village, founded in 1890
  • Discover colourful colonial architecture along the beautiful Atlantic coastline
  • Indulge in white-gloved service and free-flowing champagne on your all-inclusive ship

In Brief

  • 1 Night Pretoria
  • 1 Night Rovos Rail
  • 1 Night Kimberley
  • 3 Nights Cape Town
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Walvis Bay
  • 1 Night Lüderitz
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Port Elizabeth
  • 2 Nights Durban
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Maputo
  • 1 Night Richards Bay
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Mossel Bay
  • 1 Night Cape Town

About

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Ocean cruise

journey through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld on Rovos Rail to the Great Karoo and onward as you trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape before your all -inclusive 14-day luxury cruise

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Johannesburg

Fly to Johannesburg, where upon arrival you will be met by a Regent representative. A tour of Pretoria is included from the airport, including visits to Voortrekker Monument, Paul Kruger House, Nelson Mandela Statue & Union buildings. Brunch is included at a local restaurant, until it’s time to transfer you to your hotel for your overnight stay at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Stay: Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria

Meals: L

Day 2
Pretoria and Rovos Rail

Breakfast & morning is at leisure before your transfer at 13:00 hrs to Rovos Rail Station, the private railway station which is situated in Pretoria.

Departure from Pretoria this afternoon as you begin this 1,600-kilometre journey through the grasslands of the gold-rich Highveld to the Great Karoo and onward as you trundle through the spectacular mountain ranges and scenic winelands of the Cape. Overnight on Train

Meals included today – Breakfast at hotel & dinner on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Stay: Rovos Rail, South Africa (Deluxe)

Meals: B D

Day 3
Kimberley

En-route to Cape Town, stop in Kimberley, once the epicentre of a worldwide diamond rush, for an off-the-train excursion. This city's chequered history is inextricably linked with the romance of those rare and beautiful stones. Here, you are cordially invited to disembark, take a tour through the streets of modern-day Kimberley to visit the 'Big Hole' and the Kimberley Big Hole Museum. Step back into a world of pioneers and adventurers-circa 1880 and marvel at the sheer magnitude of the 'Big Hole', the largest hole in the world excavated by hand. Overnight on Train

 Meals included today – Breakfast, lunch and dinner on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Stay: Rovos Rail, South Africa (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Cape Town

This morning enjoy a visit to the historic village of Matjiesfontein. This perfectly preserved Victorian Village, founded as a refreshment stop in 1890, boasts an impressive museum on the platform. The train departs for Cape Town via Touws River and Worcester arriving Cape Town Station approx. 18:00 hrs.

Transfer to Cape Grace hotel for 2 nights. The Cape Grace is situated on a private quay between the bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina and is the perfect place to enjoy all that Cape Town has to offer. The city of Cape Town has a lot to offer the discerning tourist, among places of interest, you can visit pearl-white beaches washed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, watch colourful, old-style fishing boats in Kalk Bay, explore the old Malay slave quarters, enjoy the finest seafood in the world, wander through Greenmarket Square's famous flea market. - You are under own arrangements for dinner & evening.

Meals included today – Breakfast & lunch on train, including all local brand alcoholic drinks

Stay: Cape Grace V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 5
Cape Town

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Cape Point full day tour including lunch. Highlights of the trip include one of the world’s most spectacular drives taking in Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Noordhoek Beach, the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Boulders Penguin Colony, Kalk Bay and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. - You are under own arrangements for dinner & evening.

Meals included today – Breakfast & lunch

Stay: Cape Grace V&A Waterfront, Cape Town (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 6
Cape Town

Enjoy breakfast and morning at leisure before transferring to Seven Seas Voyager for your wonderful cruise! Your Regent Representative will confirm the timings for baggage collection and departure time from the hotel.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B D

Day 7
At Sea

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Walvis Bay

Unspoiled Walvis Bay, a natural lagoon and the only deep-sea harbor on the Namibian coast, offers something for everyone, with spectacular bird-watching being a keynote, as thousands of migrating species make their way here annually to join the local flamingoes and pelicans. “Dune 7,” at the outskirts of town, towers over the scenic bay, and offers excellent photo ops. The city is also a good starting point for a number of exciting day trips into the timeless beauty of the desert region, including off-road explorations, or fly-over dolphin and whale sighting.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 9
Lüderitz

Founded in 1883 by a wealthy German merchant of the same name, Luderitz offers colorful colonial architecture along the beautiful Atlantic coastline. Explore the region’s past on a tour of Kolmanskop, a ghost town that was once a bustling center of the diamond trade. The recently restored waterfront offers lovely Art Nouveau architecture, and the coastal waters are home to penguins, dolphins, sharks and seals. Enjoy local beer brewed in compliance with Germany’s strict beer purity laws, as well as local dishes and fresh seafood.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Days 10-11
At Sea

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 12
Port Elizabeth

Located at the endpoint of South Africa’s picturesque Garden Route, Port Elizabeth is nicknamed “The Friendly City.” While regarded as one of the country’s most important seaports, Port Elizabeth is also considered the water sports capital of South Africa. Visitors enjoy the area’s beaches, scuba diving, game fishing, surfing and whale watching.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Days 13-14
Durban

A bustling, subtropical city and Africa’s busiest port, Vasco da Gama is said to have sighted Durban Bay on Christmas Day, 1497, naming the land Natal as a mark of respect for the Nativity. The name Durban was acquired in 1843 when Port Natal was renamed for Sir Benjamin D'Urban. Today , Durban delights the traveler with its colorful mosaic of ethnic neighborhoods and memorable excursions to game reserves and the traditional lifestyle of the Zulu people. Explore Old Market Square, the Golden Mile beachfront and the scented Botanic Gardens and Gray Street Mosque, the largest in the southern hemisphere.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 15
At Sea

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 16
Maputo

Discover the relaxed charm of Maputo with its wide, European style boulevards, lush with jacaranda, bougainvillea and other tropical foliage, where old colonial palaces are mixed in with modern high-rise buildings. Visit The Cathedral built in 1944 in the shape of a cross, then the lively Mercado Central. Enjoy a snack of freshly roasted cashews and a cold bottled drink. Stop by the National Museum of Art then stroll along the Avenida Julius Nyerere, browsing the boutiques, vendors, and restaurants. Look for African waxprint and woven fabrics, beautiful wooden boxes and picture frames. Seek out the surreal Pancho Guedes buildings, reminiscent of Gaudi. Visit the Praça de Trabalhadores designed by Gustave Eiffel in the late 19th century. Sip coffee in one of the many outdoor cafés as you watch the world go by in this vibrant seaside capital.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 17
Richards Bay

Richards Bay is one of South Africa’s largest harbors, and is the tourist’s gateway to Zululand, once the mightiest of the sub-Saharan African Kingdoms. Richards Bay began its life as a makeshift harbor, set up by Sir Fredererick Richards, after whom it is named, during the Anglo-Boer War of 1880-81. Richards Bay has some of the most spectacular wetland scenery and pristine beaches on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal. Join us as we explore the land of King Shaka, or embark on an unforgettable safari to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 18
At Sea

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 19
Mossel Bay

Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay offers more than 37 miles of beaches and at least 300 days of sunshine a year. Known as the location where the first Europeans made landfall on South African soil in 1488, today’s Mossel Bay is one of the country’s most popular beach destinations, as well as a haven for outdoor adventurers.

Stay: Seven Seas Voyager

Meals: B L D

Day 20
Cape Town

Debark and take your included shared transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK

Meals: B

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