13597
South Africa
Extension: The Best of Cape Town
Gain a deeper understanding of South Africa as you explore Cape Town with experts, learning about apartheid, exploring historic sites and enjoying local wine and cuisine.
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Program No. 13597RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
7 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
Cape Town
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Afternoon: As a group, we will fly 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, we will connect to our commercial flight to Cape Town for an evening arrival, when we will be met and transferred to our hotel in the heart of the vibrant V&A Waterfront.

Dinner: Dinner in flight.

Evening: Our group leader for the Cape Town extension program will give us a brief orientation to the schedule for the next few days. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

DAY
2
Cape Peninsula, Boulders Beach
Cape Town
B,L
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Activity note: At the Cape of Good Hope, we will 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: Breakfast at the hotel will consist of an expansive buffet with cold cereals, fruit salads and breads with hot items cooked to order.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, we will 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. This is certainly one of the most spectacular coastal roads to be found in Africa. We will then 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, we will 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 (dependent on season), penguins and seals may be spotted from this point. Lecture: Fynbos.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch, which will be taken at a scenic spot on the peninsula.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will stop 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. Later, we will head back to the hotel for the late afternoon and evening at leisure.

Dinner: Dinner will be on our own accounts to enjoy one of the many fantastic restaurants in the area.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Cape Winelands
Cape Town
B,L
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: This morning, we will depart for the Cape Winelands to spend the day exploring the wine-producing region around Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. This area 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. We will partake in a wine tasting, complemented by a lecture on the area’s architecture, history and viniculture. We will have time to explore both Stellenbosch and Franschhoek today.

Lunch: We will enjoy lunch today 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 local ingredients available.

Afternoon: Dinner will be on our own accounts upon our return to Cape Town this evening.

Dinner: On one's own account to explore local fare back in Cape Town.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Table Mountain, City Exploration, Free Time
Cape Town
B,D
Protea Hotel Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Table Mountain, where our cable car ride up the steep granite slopes (weather permitting) will provide splendid views of the city and peninsula; it is perhaps one of the most magnificent views in the southern hemisphere. Afterwards, we will embark on an exploration of the city with the group. Sites we will visit include: the Bo Kaap, a colorful and predominantly Muslim neighborhood; the Company Gardens, a lovely garden in the heart of city center that is surrounded by the Houses of Parliament; the Anglican Cathedral of South Africa, where Desmond Tutu was bishop; Greenmarket Square, an historic and vibrant meeting place in the business district; the Castle of Good Hope, a former fort that is the oldest building in South Africa; and District Six, which serves as a poignant reminder of the impact of apartheid.

Lunch: Lunch will be on our own accounts to discover a local lunch spot.

Afternoon: We will have the afternoon free to explore Cape Town on our own. Activity options are many, including a hop on/hop off bus, which provides a convenient way to see the sites. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a popular destination, and there are also multiple museums and an aquarium in the city.

Dinner: Tonight's farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant and consist of a set menu with starter, choice of main entree with vegetable and starch side dishes, and dessert.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Following breakfast, we will have part of the morning free to either explore Cape Town on our own or participate in one of the multitude of activities offered in the area. In the late morning, we will transfer to the airport for an early afternoon departure to Johannesburg.

Lunch: Due to flight times, lunch will not be included, but a light snack will be provided in flight.

Afternoon: Early afternoon flight to Johannesburg. In Johannesburg, connect to your international flight home.This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

DAY
6
In Transit From Program
In Flight

Morning: Early morning arrivals back in North America.






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