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Rome (Civitavecchia) to Cape Town

HISTORIC WONDER | 34 Nights | Departs Oct 21, 2015

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    Code: cptl05

    Day 1 – November 24th, 2015

    Upon arriving in Cape Town, you will disembark from the ship and begin a tour of the city’s landmarks, including flat-topped Table Mountain, if the weather permits.

    While much of the tour involves driving through areas such as the historical neighborhood of Bo-Kaap and along the Atlantic seaboard, there are stops along the way. In particular, you will pause briefly for photos at Maiden’s Cove, where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to walk through Company Gardens, a large public park and botanical garden in the heart of Cape Town.

    After checking in at the Westin Hotel, you will have the remainder of the day to settle in and explore. There are plenty of shops nearby and a variety of inspired restaurants to dine on your own.

    Day 2 – November 25th, 2015

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

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

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

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

    Day 3 –November 26th, 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 in a nearby town, 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 – November 27th, 2015

    Enjoy at leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

    Check-out time from the hotel is 11:00am, although every effort will be made for your room to be available longer, if needed. Should you have a later flight, baggage storage will be available at the hotel.

    Based on your flight time, you will be transferred to the Cape Town International Airport for your flight home.

    Overland Program Step by Step:

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

    Day 1

    9:00am Depart from the pier. City tour en route to the hotel.

    2:00pm Check-in at the hotel

    Remainder of the day at leisure. Meals on your own.

    Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel

    Day 2

    8:00am Drive from the hotel to Stellenbosch

    9:00am Orientation tour of Stellenbosch

    9:30am Free time to explore Stellenbosch

    10:30am Travel to a wine farm

    11:00am Wine tasting and cellar tour

    12:00nn Lunch at the wine farm

    1:30pm Depart for Cape Town

    2:30pm Arrive at the hotel

    Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own

    Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel

    Day 3

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

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

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

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

    12:00nn Travel towards Simon’s Town

    12:45pm Lunch at restaurant

    2:00pm Visit Boulders Beach penguin colony

    3:00pm Return to Cape Town

    4:30pm Arrive at the hotel

    Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own

    Overnight at the Westin Hotel or similar hotel

    Day 4

    Breakfast at the hotel

    11:00am Check out and transfer to the airport based on your flight time.

    EXTRA NIGHTS: Should you book any extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out time is 11:00am. Any meals other than breakfast as well as any activities are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

    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.

    Documents and Visa Requirements:

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

    Accommodation:

    Westin Hotel in Cape Town or similar – Standard Double Room

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

    INCLUDES

    ? 3 nights at the Westin Hotel or similar on a Bed and Breakfast 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

    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 departure information so your transfer can be arranged. Should you book any additional nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided

    EXCLUDES

    ? All other meals and beverages not listed above

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

    ? Visa fees

    ? Gratuities to drivers and guides

    ? 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.

    POST - CAPE TOWN AND WINELANDS
    Price: $1,499.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

    POST - CAPE TOWN AND WINELANDS (Concierge-Level Suite Pricing)
    Price: $1,424.00 per guest based on double occupancy.

Land program promotions are per person for guests 1 and 2 for one pre- or post-cruise program only, subject to terms.

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