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It’s a long way to Africa, so, while you’re here, seize the opportunity to experience all the colors of the Rainbow Nation in Cape Town, South Africa. The elegant Cullinan Hotel near the Victoria & Albert Waterfront will be your base. You and your small group will have time to uncover the city’s rich history alongside one of Nelson Mandela’s former prison wardens, bask in the natural beauty of the Cape Peninsula, and taste the Cape Winelands’ unique vintages. Along the way, you’ll be guided by our regional expert, ensuring you get the most from your visit to this rewarding cultural capital.
Board an overnight flight to South Africa
Your extension begins with an overnight flight to Cape Town, South Africa.
Please note: Arrive to your destination or home rested and refreshed! Convenient gateway city stopover options mean you can break up longer flights easily — just ask our Flight Experts for assistance.
Arrive in Cape Town and start discovering the Mother City
As your flight lands in the "fairest Cape of them all," you’ll be able to see the unmistakable outline of Table Mountain from the window of the plane.
It’s a quick transfer by coach from the airport to our grand hotel in the city center. You’ll have the afternoon to relax and explore on your own, or perhaps enjoy a treatment at the hotel’s boutique spa, before we enjoy a Cape Malay buffet at our hotel.
Stand on top of Table Mountain and explore a city full of culture
Today we’ll visit the wonder that is Table Mountain. A spectacular cable car ride will whisk us effortlessly to the top within minutes. Here we’ll be able to see for miles as we enjoy a gentle stroll around the walkways and viewpoints, reveling in the views of the Cape Peninsula and the strange and special plants of the Cape Floral Region.
Next up is a city tour, where we’ll see the Houses of Parliament, City Hall, and the Castle of Good Hope. We’ll end our tour at the V&A Waterfront, with a visit to the Cape Town Diamond Museum. Here we’ll discover the history of diamonds, see replicas of some of the world’s most famous diamonds, and witness how rough diamonds are transformed into mesmerizing creations of fire and light.
You’ll have lunch at your leisure, with your afternoon and evening free to explore the area’s numerous attractions, which include the Two Oceans Aquarium and the incredible Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which has over 100 galleries featuring works by Africa’s finest contemporary artists.
Tour the spectacular Cape Peninsula to see Cape Point and Simon's Town
This morning we’ll drive along some incredibly scenic roads on a journey around the Cape Peninsula, the Cape Floral Region of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, we’ll see the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, the exclusive seaside suburbs of Clifton and Camps Bay, and stop at viewpoints along the sensational Chapman’s Peak Drive to take postcard-perfect pictures of Hout Bay. At Cape Point, we’ll ride the ‘Flying Dutchman Funicular’ to the hilltop lighthouse, and gaze down to where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet far below.
Enjoy lunch at your leisure before we continue on to the charming naval village of Simon’s Town. Here we’ll pay an unforgettable visit to the comical colony of African penguins who live in the beautiful little bay of Boulders Beach. The evening is yours to enjoy as you please back in Cape Town.
Spend a full day savoring the Cape Winelands
Today we’ll take a picturesque drive out to the famous Cape Winelands. Our first stop is Stellenbosch, the second oldest town in South Africa. We’ll take a tour of the historical streets, which are shaded by ancient oak trees, and lined with quaint shops and galleries.
Next, we’ll drive over glorious hillsides covered in vineyards to reach the idyllic Franschhoek Valley, where vines were first planted by French Huguenots. We’ll visit a wine estate for a tasting and enjoy lunch at another winery high on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, where we’ll drink in scenery that’s as heavenly as the wines.
After lunch, we’ll learn a little more about Franschhoek’s fascinating history on a visit to the Huguenot Museum. We’ll also have time to wander along the main road, browsing the many wine, chocolate and gift shops, before we head back to the city. Dinner tonight is at your leisure.
Ocean cruise on a luxury motor yacht and Farewell Dinner
Live the life of the rich and famous this morning on a 3-hour luxury motor yacht cruise aboard the very smart 76-foot Sherilyn. The tranquil inlets of Clifton are where pleasure yachts go to see and be seen, and we’ll pull into a sheltered cove and toast the morning with sparkling wine and canapes. During this ocean adventure we’ll look out for dolphins and penguins, cape fur seals, and — from July to October — enormous 50-foot-long southern right whales, who migrate here to mate and calve. If you spot a large fin piercing the surface, it may not be a Great White but the very strange Mola Mola sunfish, which has a rudder instead of a tail and drifts with the currents. Cultural Discovery: Our guest will be the prison guard who was in charge of Nelson Mandela and eventually became his friend. Hearing how his experiences with the dignified Mandela brought this guard to change his views about racial oppression and his country is sure to inspire and move you deeply.
Our wonderful ocean cruise ends at the V&A Waterfront, where you’ll have the afternoon free to shop, explore, or rest. Tonight, we’ll gather at our hotel for a special dinner.
Fly to Johannesburg and join the base program
After breakfast, we transfer to Cape Town International Airport for our flight to Johannesburg, where we'll check into the hotel and meet up with the base program.