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Cape Town to Kenya & Cairo

(28 days, Cape Town - Cairo, 2014)
Cape Town to Cairo

27 night tour • 22 night land tour • 2 nights aboard Rovos Rail • 3 night Nile cruise

Connoisseur’s Choice Ultimate Inclusions

  • Maximum of 30 guests
  • Connoisseur’s Special Stays including Exclusive Stays at: Mount Nelson by Orient Express, Fairmont Mara Safari Club, Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Fairmont Gold at Fairmont Nile City
  • Deluxe Suites on board Rovos Rail
  • Luxury Suites at Lion Sands Private Game Lodge
  • Garden Pyramid View Rooms at Mena House
  • Luxury room at Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace
  • Fully escorted including on board cruise
  • Experienced Tour Director
  • Expert Egyptologist
  • Connoisseur’s Choice Airport Representatives
  • Private airport transfers

Included Connoisseur’s Highlights

  • Journey through the South African countryside onboard the luxurious Rovos Rail
  • Guided tour of Soweto and an opportunity to meet the local residents during a visit to a traditional home and a local school
  • Soar over magnificent Victoria Falls for outstanding views of the falls and surrounding bush on your private helicopter flight, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Game drives in the Masai Mara, the setting for one of the most spectacular seasonal events in the world – the annual seasonal wildebeest migration
  • Take in the amazing views during your flight from Nakuru to Masai Mara onboard your private chartered aircraft
  • Full day touring the Pyramids of Giza including the Sphinx and the amazing Solar Boat Museum, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Private lecture by your expert Egyptologist, followed by a private supper, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Included charter flight excursion to see the amazing Abu Simbel temples, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Cruise in luxury for three nights aboard the M.S. Mayfair from Aswan to Luxor, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Join your Egyptologist for an informative private lecture on life in Modern and Ancient Egypt, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the West Bank of the Nile, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Enter the colourful tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings
  • Be led by your Egyptologist on a tour of the well preserved Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III - Medinet Habu
  • Half day touring of the Egyptian Museum including entry to the Royal Mummy Room

Included Free Choice

  • In Cape Town, visit Robben Island; or explore the picturesque wineland region of Cape Town; or enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea at the Mount Nelson
  • In Cairo, see the main sights of Islamic Cairo and Khan el Khalili bazaar; or visit Coptic Cairo; or visit the Step Pyramids of Saqqara
  • In Aswan, travel by motorboat upstream to the upper part of the Nile; or visit a traditional Nubian Village; or take a felucca ride (weather permitting)

Included Connoisseur’s Dining

  • 62 superb meals including 1 Highlight Breakfast (HB), 26 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 13 Lunches (L), 1 Supper (S), 7 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 14 Dinners (D)
  • Welcome dinner at the Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient Express
  • Formal dinners, complimented by excellent South African wines, served amid the charming Victorian atmosphere of the beautifully restored dining cars on the Rovos Rail
  • Unique dining experience under the African starlit sky in Kruger National Park
  • Enjoy a sumptuous six course dinner onboard a beautifully restored 1920’s steam train in Livingstone
  • Start the day with a traditional bush breakfast in the Masai Mara
  • Dine in The Terrace Restaurant sampling delicious Egyptian cuisine in Aswan
  • Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the charming Victorian Lounge, followed by a candlelit Egyptian barbeque dinner in the magnificent gardens of the Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice
  • Private farewell dinner overlooking the Nile, at the Fairmont Nile City, Exclusive to Connoisseur’s Choice

Included Connoisseur’s Special Stays

  • The Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient Express, an urban sanctuary with a unique sense of style and a commitment to unparalleled service excellence, is the most iconic luxury hotel in Cape Town
  • Step aboard the luxurious Rovos Rail and experience the extravagant elegance of rail travel as you journey through the heart of South Africa, which offers some of the most magnificent scenery
  • In Johannesburg, enjoy your stay at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, a charming retreat in Sandton
  • The 5-star luxury Lion Sands Private Game Lodge is ideally situated in Sabie Sands game reserve, in the prime game viewing area of Kruger National Park and boasts spacious guest rooms opening out to their own private game viewing deck
  • Enjoy your stay in the beautifully appointed deluxe rooms at Nairobi’s finest luxury hotel, Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel
  • Situated on the edge of the Masai Mara, The Fairmont Mara Safari Club is the epitome of tented luxury. Each tent is superbly furnished with its own private ensuite and features a private verandah overlooking the hippo and crocodile-filled river
  • The Mena House is ideally located in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza. Connoisseur’s Choice guests rooms overlook the gardens and across to the Pyramids
  • The beautifully renovated Hotel Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan is set on the banks of the Nile River. Connoisseurs Choice guests enjoy Luxury Rooms with a private balcony overlooking the Nile
  • The luxurious Hotel Sofitel Winter Palace is set on the banks of the Nile, amidst stunning private gardens. Connoisseur’s Choice guests enjoy tastefully appointed Luxury Rooms
  • Fairmont Nile City is setting new standards in luxury combined with a fabulous location on the banks of the Nile. Connoisseur’s Choice guests enjoy the Fairmont Gold Nile Rooms with sweeping views over the Nile from the floor to ceiling windows.
Day 1: Cape Town, South Africa (L,D)
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
Day 2: Cape Town (FB,L,D)
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.
Day 3: Cape Town (FB)
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.
Day 4: Cape Town - Rovos Rail (FB,L,HD)
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
Day 5: Rovos Rail (FB,L,HD)
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.
Day 6: Rovos Rail - Johannesburg (FB,D)
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
Day 7: Johannesburg - Kruger National Park (FB,D)
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
Day 8: Kruger National Park (FB,L,HD)
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.
Day 9: Kruger National Park - Johannesburg (FB)
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
Day 10: Johannesburg - Victoria Falls (FB,HD)
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
Day 11: Victoria Falls (FB)
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.
Day 12: Victoria Falls - Johannesburg (FB,D)
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
Day 13: Johannesburg - Nairobi (FB,D)
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
Day 14: Nairobi - Aberdare National Park (FB,L,D)
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
Day 15: Aberdare National Park - Lake Nakuru (FB,L,D)
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
Day 16: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara (FB,L,D)
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
Day 17: Masai Mara (FB,L,D)
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.
Day 18: Masai Mara - Giza, Egypt (HB,L)
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
Day 19: Giza (FB,S)
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.
Day 20: Cairo (FB,D)
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.
Day 21: Giza - Aswan (FB,HD)
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
Day 22: Aswan - Nile Cruise (FB,L,D)
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
Day 23: Nile Cruise (FB,L,D)
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.
Day 24: Nile Cruise - Luxor (FB,L,D)
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.
Day 25: Luxor (FB,HD)
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
Day 26: Luxor - Cairo (FB)
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
Day 27: Cairo (FB,HD)
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.
Day 28: Cairo (FB)
Your tour ends today. After breakfast you will be transferred* to Cairo International Airport for your flight home (flight not included).

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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28 Days
22 Aug 2014
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