Welcome to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. On arrival you will be met and transferred* to your hotel (flight not included). This afternoon enjoy your Included cable car journey to the top of Table Mountain (weather permitting).The cableway takes just under 10 minutes to reach the summit during which time the floor rotates 360 degrees, ensuring everyone has a view of the city and surrounds. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner.
Three Night Special Stay: Cape Town
Enjoy a full day Included tour discovering the most south-westerly point in Africa, Cape Peninsula. Explore Cape Point Nature Reserve and take an Included ride onboard the ‘Flying Dutchman’ funicular train to the summit for views across the Cape of Good Hope. Enjoy lunch before continuing to Boulders Beach, home to a protected colony of African Penguins.
Included FREE CHOICE activity choose from: (1) visit to Robben Island; or (2) trip to the wineland region of Cape Town; or (3) afternoon tea in the opulent surroundings of the Mount Nelson Lounge.
Transfer to Cape Town Railway Station and board one of the most luxurious trains in the world, Rovos Rail, your home for the next two nights. Each of the deluxe suites are resplendent with wood panelling and original features dating back to the early 1900’s, yet with all the modern conveniences you would expect. The 1,600 kilometre journey offers an outstanding opportunity to view the wonderful scenery that South Africa has to offer, with regular stops along the way at quaint villages and towns. Included afternoon exploration of the historic town of Matjiesfontein, a preserved Victorian village. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This evening enjoy dinner in the elegant dining car where dressing up for dinner is still a tradition.
Two Night Special Stay: Rovos Rail, Deluxe Suites
Your magnificent rail journey continues today through the gold rich Highveld and the Great Karoo. There is no better place to enjoy the passing scenery than the observation car located at the rear of the train. This afternoon enjoy an Included city tour of the former diamond town of Kimberley and visit the Mine Museum and the world’s largest man-made excavation, the Big Hole.
This morning disembark in Pretoria at Rovos Rail’s private station. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This afternoon explore the fascinating history of South Africa’s apartheid regime with a visit to Soweto, a “City within a City”. Discover the connection with early Johannesburg and experience the special ‘township vibe’. Meet the residents during a visit to a traditional home and a local child care centre or school.
Overnight Special Stay: Johannesburg
Your journey continues today to the province of Mpumulanga and Lion Sands Private Game Lodge, situated in a Private Concession within Kruger National Park. Your spacious, luxury suite offers magnificent views of the Sabie Sands which you can enjoy from your private deck. Depart late afternoon for an Included evening game drive before enjoying dinner on the deck of your lodge, whilst watching the sun set over the Sabie River and African bushveld.
Two Night Special Stay: Kruger National Park
Today experience the thrill of your Included morning and afternoon game drives through this amazing National Park. The open Land Rovers are permitted to traverse the entire Kruger network, allowing unlimited game viewing and access to areas of historical significance and aesthetic beauty that the southern Kruger has to offer. This evening dine under the African starlit sky.
Today, traverse the world renowned ‘Panorama Route’ and view the stunning Blyde River Canyon, one of Africa’s natural treasures. Included visit to the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and stop at World’s View for breathtaking views of the densely forested mountain range contrasted with the fertile lowveld.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
Take your flight to Livingstone (flights not included) and transfer to the luxurious Royal Livingstone Hotel, located just steps from the Zambezi River and the mighty Victoria Falls. Included is a walk to the falls and take in the spectacular views from Knife Edge Bridge. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This evening a gourmet experience awaits onboard a luxuriously restored 1920’s steam train. You travel through the picturesque Zambezi Valley and enjoy a sumptuous six course banquet complimented with fine local wines.
Two Night Stay: Victoria Falls
Included visit to a local village for a taste of traditional Zambian life dating back to the 11th century. Explore the quaint town of Livingstone, complete with its curio shops and the Livingstone Museum before boarding your vessel for an Included sunset cruise. Admire the landscape of the magnificent Zambezi River as you spot local wildlife and enjoy sundowners.
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Start your day with a scenic helicopter flight over the magnificent Victoria Falls! The flight will provide outstanding views of the waters thundering below and the natural wildlife in the surrounding bush, a truly remarkable experience. Then board your flight (not included) to Johannesburg.
Overnight Stay: Johannesburg
This morning fly to Nairobi (flight not included). On arrival transfer to Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, a luxuriously appointed hotel which has played a leading role in Kenya’s colourful history and continues to be Nairobi’s finest hotel.
Overnight Special Stay: Nairobi
Drive north this morning through fertile and hilly mosaics of small farms to Mount Kenya. After lunch enjoy an Included game drive in the salient then check-in to The Ark Lodge. Nestled in Aberdare National Park, in the heart of tropical rainforest, this rustic, tree-top styled game lodge overlooks a waterhole and a salt lick which attracts a host of wildlife.
Overnight Stay: Aberdare National Park
Travel through the Great Rift Valley to Lake Nakuru. This area is a bird watcher’s paradise with over 450 species living in and around the lake. Most populous are the pink flamingos and from a distance appear to turn the water pink with their sheer numbers.
Overnight Stay: Lake Nakuru
Enjoy an Included early morning game drive then take an Included private charter flight. Take in the spectacular views across this great expanse as you fly to the Masai Mara, which forms part of the Serengeti ecosystem and is the setting for one of the most spectacular seasonal events in the world – the annual wildebeest migration. Enjoy a leisurely lunch at the Fairmont Mara Safari Club. This afternoon enjoy an Included exciting game drive as you go in search of the ‘Big 5’.
Two Night Special Stay: Masai Mara
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Enjoy your morning and afternoon game drives through this spectacular game reserve. With the largest population of lions in Kenya, the Mara is a perfect place to see these magnificent animals in their natural environment. The Mara is also home to vast herds of zebra and elephants with leopard, cheetah and a recovering population of black rhino. This afternoon Included is a visit to a Maasai village to gain an understanding of a traditional way of life that has been enjoyed in this part of the world for centuries.
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This morning embark on your final game drive before enjoying a traditional bush breakfast. Take an Included flight back to Nairobi, with spectacular views over the landscape below. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before boarding your onward flight to Cairo (flight not included, please book to depart after 4pm).
Three Night Special Stay: Giza
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Your itinerary has been planned to allow plenty of time to explore this key highlight, the Pyramids. On your afternoon tour you will marvel at the Pyramids, enter the amazing Solar Boat Museum to view the 5,000 year old funeral boat of King Khufu and visit the famous Sphinx. You will have plenty of free time to explore at your own pace before returning to the hotel. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This evening join your Egyptologist for a fascinating lecture on Egypt at a private supper.
Included FREE CHOICE activity choose from: (1) tour Islamic Cairo and Khan el Khalili Bazaar; or (2) Coptic Cairo and Old Cairo; or (3) Saqqara and the Step Pyramid. Tonight witness the Sound and Light Show in front of the Sphinx and the Pyramids.
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Fly direct to Abu Simbel on your private charter flight where your Egyptologist will take you on a private tour of the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Return to the airport, fly to Aswan and then marvel at the size of the Aswan High Dam. A highlight of your journey is your overnight stay at the luxurious Old Cataract Hotel on the shores of the Nile. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This evening enjoy dinner in The Terrace featuring delicacies of Egypt and its neighbouring countries.
Overnight Special Stay: Aswan
Included morning tour of the Temple of Isis at Philae. Built in the 3rd century BC and known as the ‘Jewel of the Nile’, this temple complex is dedicated to the goddess Isis. Board your luxurious Nile cruise boat and enjoy lunch on board. Included FREE CHOICE activity, (1) a motorboat cruise on the Nile; or (2) visit a Nubian Village; or (3) a relaxing felucca ride (weather permitting).
Three Night Special Stay: ms Mayfair - Main or Upper Deck cabin
Set sail this morning for Kom Ombo and an Included tour by your expert Egyptologist to the temple of Sobek perched on the banks of the Nile. Tonight take part in the lively and exciting Galabeya (traditional Egyptian dress) party.
Set sail this morning for Luxor. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This afternoon join your Egyptologist for an informative private discussion on life in Ancient and Modern Egypt. Early this evening enjoy an Included visit to Luxor Temple.
Disembark your cruise boat and cross to the west bank of the Nile for your Included exploration of one of the most important archaeological areas in the world. See the Colossi of Memnon. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: A highlight is your entry into the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings,then tour the imposing Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Your final stop is Medinet Habu where you will enter the well preserved Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III. Relax and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the Victorian Lounge followed by a private dinner by candlelight in the delightful gardens of the hotel.
Overnight Special Stay: Luxor
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Today at sunrise enjoy an amazing experience and unbeatable views of the temples, desert and the Nile as you float in a Hot Air Balloon over the west bank (weather permitting). Included tour of Karnak Temple, a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks built by generations of Pharaoh’s over a thousand year period. Return to Luxor for your Included flight to Cairo. Relax then in your room. Enjoy the complimentary evening honour bar service with complimentary snacks.
Two Night Special Stay: Cairo
CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Your itinerary has been planned to allow plenty of time at the amazing Egyptian Museum to explore at your own pace. You will see King Tutankhamen’s collection of treasures from his tomb and enter the Royal Mummy Room and come face to face with some of the great rulers of Ancient Egypt. The afternoon is at leisure to relax. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This evening enjoy your private farewell dinner overlooking the Nile.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Jordan (flight not included). At Amman Airport you will be met by our Connoisseur’s Choice Representative. Join your Tour Director for an Included tour to see the traces of Amman’s many lives, the Citadel and the Archaeological Museum. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Tonight sample a delicious home cooked meal and enjoy a local family’s friendly hospitality.
Two Night Stay: Amman
This morning travel to the ancient city of Jerash, acknowledged as one of the best preserved provincial cities of the Roman Empire. Later on your Included tour of the old walled city you will see the Triple Arch Gate, the Colonnaded Street, the Forum, the Temple of Zeus and the paved way leading to the Temple of Artemis. Return to Amman and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
This morning, travel to ‘Bethany Beyond The Jordan’ for your Includedtour. Amazing archaeological discoveries have identified this as the area where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. Continue to Mount Nebo and the memorial to Moses, then see the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land, before continuing to the Rose Red City of Petra.
Two Night Stay: Petra
A highlight is today’s Included full day walking tour of magnificent Petra. This ancient city, carved into the sandstone mountains, is the legacy of the Nabataeans, who settled in south Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Marvel at Petra’s most famous monument: the Treasury, which appears dramatically at the end of the ravine or ‘Siq’. This towering facade is only the first of Petra’s secrets you will discover today. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: This evening enjoy a private dinner on the Terrace, overlooking the entrance to the site.
Travel to Wadi Rum for your Included two hour adventure through some of the most dramatic desert landscapes by jeep. Explore Lawrence Road; be awed by the vistas of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains.
Two Night Special Stay: Dead Sea
You have the day to relax and enjoy the facilities of the resort boasting three outdoor pools, direct access to the Dead Sea and a luxurious Spa. CONNOISSEUR’S HIGHLIGHT: Tonight is a highlight at a private dinner with magnificent views over the Dead Sea.
Your tour ends today and after breakfast you will be transferred* to Amman International Airport for your onward flight (flight not included).
*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.