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Program #13597RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Nov 6 — Nov 10, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge boasts an enviable location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, an exciting haven for harbor vessels, fishing boats, lounging seals, and travelers looking to see Nobel Square (statues of South Africa's four Nobel Prize winners) or to shop and dine with Cape Town's best. The lodge offers comfortable and stylish accommodation in the “Mother City." Within the hotel, enjoy stunning views of the harbor as well as Table Mountain. This modern, recently refurbished hotel provides a full range of services including multiple eateries, free wireless hotspots throughout the hotel and knowledgeable staff.

Contact info:
Portswood Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)21-406-1911
web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-breakwater-lodge-waterfront.html

Room amenities: All rooms offer full, en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, direct-dial telephone, coffee/tea making facilities and Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include two on-site restaurants, a coffee/cocktail bar, room service, laundry facilities, fitness center, and business center with computer access. The hotel is within close proximity to several sporting facilities, too, including tennis, squash and golf. Wireless is available at this hotel, including the rooms. The first thirty minutes is free; after that thirty minutes guests must pay for the internet. To connect to wi-fi stop by reception for a voucher and use this voucher to connect on your personal device (alternatively, guest can connect on a hotel computer). For wireless and other miscellaneous charges, the lodge accepts South African Rand and Visa.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day One: Thursday, November 06 - End of Main Program #13938/ Arrive in Cape Town
Afternoon: The group flies from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe to Johannesburg at the end of main program #13938, African Safari: a Close-up on Wildlife. Upon a mid-afternoon arrival in Johannesburg, you connect to your commercial flight to Cape Town. Arrive Cape Town in the evening, where you are met and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

Dinner: Dinner in flight.

Lodging: Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, Waterfront

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge boasts an enviable location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, an exciting haven for harbor vessels, fishing boats, lounging seals, and travelers looking to see Nobel Square (statues of South Africa's four Nobel Prize winners) or to shop and dine with Cape Town's best. The lodge offers comfortable and stylish accommodation in the “Mother City." Within the hotel, enjoy stunning views of the harbor as well as Table Mountain. This modern, recently refurbished hotel provides a full range of services including multiple eateries, free wireless hotspots throughout the hotel and knowledgeable staff.

Contact info:
Portswood Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)21-406-1911
web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-breakwater-lodge-waterfront.html

Room amenities: All rooms offer full, en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, direct-dial telephone, coffee/tea making facilities and Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include two on-site restaurants, a coffee/cocktail bar, room service, laundry facilities, fitness center, and business center with computer access. The hotel is within close proximity to several sporting facilities, too, including tennis, squash and golf. Wireless is available at this hotel, including the rooms. The first thirty minutes is free; after that thirty minutes guests must pay for the internet. To connect to wi-fi stop by reception for a voucher and use this voucher to connect on your personal device (alternatively, guest can connect on a hotel computer). For wireless and other miscellaneous charges, the lodge accepts South African Rand and Visa.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Friday, November 07 - Robben Island/ Cape Winelands
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, you walk along the V&A Waterfront to the dock for the Robben Island ferry. Robben Island, just seven miles off the Cape Town coast, was for nearly 400 years a place of banishment, exile, isolation and imprisonment. It was here that rulers sent those they regarded as political troublemakers, social outcasts and the unwanted of society. During apartheid years, Robben Island became internationally known for its institutional brutality. The duty of those who ran the island and its prison was to isolate opponents of apartheid and to crush their morale. This is where Nelson Mandela spent most of his 27 years in prison. From the island, enjoy spectacular views of the Cape. Following the end of the tour, you are transferred out to the Cape Winelands.

Lunch: At Bread & Wine, located on the Moreson wine estate near Franschhoek. Bread & Wine exudes an old world charm, and is a character-filled, rustic restaurant that has won numerous accolades for its honest food. The menu changes seasonally and is inspired by the variety of ingredients available locally.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon touring the Cape Winelands. The wine-producing region around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek is not only the most important wine growing region in South Africa, but Stellenbosch is one of the oldest, most beautiful and well-preserved towns in South Africa. The vineyards form a patchwork in the fertile valleys and seem to be overshadowed by dramatic mountains. There is an almost European atmosphere with beautiful Cape Dutch architecture seen everywhere. You partake in a vineyard, cellar tour, and wine tasting complimented by a Lecture: on the area’s architecture, history and viniculture.

Dinner: On your own account to explore the many restaurants in the area.

Lodging: Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge boasts an enviable location in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, an exciting haven for harbor vessels, fishing boats, lounging seals, and travelers looking to see Nobel Square (statues of South Africa's four Nobel Prize winners) or to shop and dine with Cape Town's best. The lodge offers comfortable and stylish accommodation in the “Mother City." Within the hotel, enjoy stunning views of the harbor as well as Table Mountain. This modern, recently refurbished hotel provides a full range of services including multiple eateries, free wireless hotspots throughout the hotel and knowledgeable staff.

Contact info:
Portswood Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
phone: +27 -(0)21-406-1911
web: www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-breakwater-lodge-waterfront.html

Room amenities: All rooms offer full, en-suite bathroom facilities, air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, direct-dial telephone, coffee/tea making facilities and Wi-Fi internet connectivity.

Facility amenities: Facility amenities include two on-site restaurants, a coffee/cocktail bar, room service, laundry facilities, fitness center, and business center with computer access. The hotel is within close proximity to several sporting facilities, too, including tennis, squash and golf. Wireless is available at this hotel, including the rooms. The first thirty minutes is free; after that thirty minutes guests must pay for the internet. To connect to wi-fi stop by reception for a voucher and use this voucher to connect on your personal device (alternatively, guest can connect on a hotel computer). For wireless and other miscellaneous charges, the lodge accepts South African Rand and Visa.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Saturday, November 08 - Table Mountain/ Cape Peninsula/ Boulders Beach
Note: At the Cape of Good Hope, you have the option of walking up steep steps to get to the lighthouse at the very top; however, great views can be enjoyed without climbing the steps. At Boulders Beach, the coach must park in a parking lot that requires about a 15-20 minute walk to get to the entrance to Boulders; the walk is on flat, paved surfaces.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, head to Table Mountain where you take a cable car ride up the steep granite slopes (weather permitting) to see the splendid views of the city and peninsula; it is perhaps one of the most magnificent views in the southern hemisphere. Afterwards, depart toward Cape Point via the coastal route passing through Camps Bay (South Africa’s world famous beach resort), past the Twelve Apostle Range, through Hout Bay and along Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the most spectacular coastal roads to be found in Africa. Arrive at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Cape Point, where the cold Benguela current and the warm Agulhas current meet, is one of the world’s most beautiful places – a stretch of rocky mountain jutting southward into the sea. Here you find a myriad of pristine beaches, sheltered bays and coves, as well as a rich array of indigenous flora. The fynbos reserve (a unique vegetation type of the Cape Floral Kingdom) is home to a variety of wildlife and bird species. Whales (dependant on season), penguins and seals may be spotted from this point. Lecture: fynbos.

Lunch: Picnic lunch taken at a scenic spot.

Afternoon: Stop off at Boulders Beach to view the resident African penguin colony. Nestled in a sheltered cove between Simon's Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African penguins and magnificent wind-sheltered beaches. Boulders is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected environment. Lecture: African “Jackass” penguins. Head back to the hotel for the late afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant back in Cape Town.

Lodging: Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge, Waterfront

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Sunday, November 09 - Free Time/ Departure
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Following breakfast, you have the morning free to explore Cape Town on your own or participate in one of the multitude of activities offered in the area.

Lunch: On your own account to explore local fare.

Afternoon: You are transferred to the airport for an afternoon departure to Johannesburg. In Johannesburg, connect to your international flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Five: Monday, November 10 - Arrive Home
Morning: Early morning arrivals back in the USA and Canada.



Free Time Opportunities


Cape Town
Kirstenbosch Botanical GardensKirstenbosch is acclaimed as one of the greatest botanic gardens in the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of its setting, against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Kirstenbosch was established in 1913 to promote, conserve and display the extraordinarily rich and diverse flora of southern Africa, and it was the first botanic garden in the world to be devoted to a country’s indigenous flora. On display in the gardens is a wide variety of the unique Cape Floristic Region plant life, as well as plants from all the diverse regions of southern Africa; there are over 7,000 species in cultivation at Kirstenbosch, including many that are rare and threatened. In 2004, the Cape Floristic Region, including Kirstenbosch, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For additional information, visit: www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
South African Museum & District SixVisit the South African Museum which houses a superb collection of Bushman rock paintings and extensive displays on the Stone Age peoples who once inhabited the Cape. Also visit the District 6 museum, which is home to an emotional collection of art and memories from the district's glory days before the neighborhood was leveled by the apartheid government.
Victoria & Alfred WaterfrontExplore the lively shopping, restaurants and entertainment on the waterfront.
various museumsCape Town has a variety of natural history, art and social history museums in town. Visit the website for more information on the numerous museums to choose from. Adult tickets are approximately $5.
For additional information, visit: www.iziko.org.za/iziko/izihome.html

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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3 nights of accommodations
7 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Flights during the program

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