London - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Johannesburg.
Johannesburg - Pretoria
On arrival in Johannesburg this morning, we are met and taken on a short orientation tour of the nation’s capital, Pretoria, before we transfer to the Sheraton Pretoria Hotel (4T). Enjoy time to settle in and relax before we enjoy an included dinner tonight.
Pretoria - Blue Train - Kimberley
Early this morning we check-in at Pretoria Station and board the magnificent Blue Train (5T). We settle into our luxurious surroundings as we are served a welcome drink and snacks, and start our 994-mile journey south, through some of South Africa’s most diverse and spectacular scenery, to the attractive city of Cape Town. Delicious food is served for brunch and high tea, before we stop at Kimberley to visit the Kimberley Open Mine Museum. Discover the history of diamond mining here, and look across the Big Hole which was created by 123 years of excavations. We return to the Blue Train to continue the overnight journey and dress for an elegant dining experience on board.
Day 4 - Blue Train - Cape Town
Wake to the calming sound of the train effortlessly journeying along the tracks, as we are carried towards Cape Town. Breakfast and lunch are served, before our wonderful experience concludes in Cape Town this afternoon. On arrival, we transfer to the port where we embark Boudicca (3T+), with time to settle in before we set sail late evening.
Day 5 - At sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea, giving you plenty of time to simply relax and familiarise yourself with the extensive facilities on board Boudicca.
Day 6 - Port Elizabeth (overnight)
We arrive in Port Elizabeth today, where we dock overnight. The city was founded in 1820, and you can explore many of its fine historic buildings on the Donkin Heritage Trail, such as the 19th century City Hall, the cottages of the early British settlers, the 52m-high Campanile bell tower, which offers superb views from its observation deck and Fort Frederick, built in 1799 to defend the mouth of the Baakens River. Nearby, the Addo Elephant National Park offers the chance to spot the resident elephants, as well as a variety of other wildlife including lions, black rhinos and antelopes.
Day 7 - Port Elizabeth
There’s more time to enjoy the sights of Port Elizabeth today. Perhaps take a boat trip to Penguin Island to see the African Penguins or view the collections of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum.
Day 8 - At sea
Relax on board as we spend the day at sea. Take a dip in the pool or perhaps unwind with a massage in the spa centre.
Day 9 - Richards Bay (overnight)
Our destination today is Richards Bay, a town in KwaZulu-Natal surrounded by a rich variety of pristine landscapes, lakes and marshes, and Richards Bay Game Reserve encompasses some of South Africa’s most spectacular wetlands, teeming with wildlife such as hippo, crocodile and more than 300 bird species. You might also enjoy a visit to Shakaland Zulu Village, where you can learn about Zulu culture and traditions and watch tribal dance performances in a recreated Zulu village.
Day 10 - Richards Bay
Maybe take the opportunity to explore the beaches, lagoons and dune forests of the Umlalazi Nature Reserve today, which provide habitats for numerous bird species, including the palm-nut vulture and the African crowned eagle. We leave Richards Bay this evening.
Day 11 - Durban (overnight)
We spend the next two days in Durban, the gateway to the traditional Zulu villages and spectacular landscapes of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The city is also perfectly situated for those wishing to visit Tala Game Reserve or the UNESCO-listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park - home to a diverse range of wildlife including crocodiles, African elephants and turtles.
Day 12 - Durban
We leave Durban today, sailing back along the South African coast.
Day 13 - At sea
Enjoy a leisurely day at sea aboard your ship. Catch up with friends over drinks in one of the lounges, relax on the sun deck and take in a live cabaret show this evening.
Day 14 - Mossel Bay
This morning we arrive in Mossel Bay, named by the Dutch for the plentiful supply of mussels and oysters found in the local waters. It was here that the first Europeans landed in South Africa in 1488, led by the Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias. You can see a replica of his ship in the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, along with historic buildings and a museum devoted to seashells. The town also has more than 24km of white sandy beaches if you simply want to relax and soak up the sun.
Day 15 - Cape Town
We arrive back in Cape Town this afternoon, South Africa’s most appealing city, renowned for its picturesque waterfront, watched over by the unmistakable outline of Table Mountain. You can hop on the cable car to the top of the mountain for incredible views over the city and the ocean beyond. Take a wander around the lively Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with its numerous shops and restaurants, or perhaps spend a memorable evening watching the sunset at Signal Hill, while enjoying fresh oysters and champagne. We dock for three nights, allowing plenty of time for exploration.
Day 16 - Cape Town
You have a full day to explore Cape Town independently today. You might like to take a tour to nearby Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s premier wine producing regions, or perhaps head out to the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach, home to a colony of endangered African Penguins, or learn more about Nelson Mandela’s inspirational life and legacy on Robben Island.
Day 17 - Cape Town
Enjoy a final day in Cape Town, perhaps relaxing on one of the beaches or browsing the city’s many fine museums and art galleries.
Cape Town - In flight
We disembark Boudicca and transfer to Cape Town Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to London.
Day 19 London
Arrive at London Heathrow Airport, where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.