Cruise and Tour
Cape Town, Winelands and Wild Africa Adventure
18 days from £3,299 per person
Prepare yourself for some of the most exciting destinations on Earth. A blend of world-class cuisine, spectacular landscapes, seaside cities and the wild outdoors, we’ll experience it all as we navigate from South Africa to the thick rainforests of Madagascar and sheer beauty in the Seychelles. Clink glasses in South Africa’s finest wine region and make your wildlife dreams come true with the option of a safari drive near Port Elizabeth. Seek out lemurs among the baobabs in magnificent Madagascar before ending in serene Seychelles.
Your holiday includes:
2 excursions and visits
- Tickets for Franschhoek Wine Tram
- Tour on Mahé Island
- 2 nights in hotel, 14 nights cruise on Boudicca and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 44 meals: 16 breakfasts (days 3-18) 13 lunches (days 5-17) 15 dinners (days 3-17)
- £150 per person onboard credit
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Local guide in South Africa
- Travel in destination by coach
Day 1 UK - In flight
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Cape Town.
Cape Town - Franschhoek
On arrival in Cape Town, we transfer straight to the idyllic wine village of Franschhoek and check in to our hotel. Meaning ‘French Corner’ in Dutch, little Franschhoek has a French history dating back to the 1600s. Fast forward a few hundred years and those French traditions are still strong - it’s now the foodie capital of South Africa and is surrounded by some of the best wineries the world over. Have a little wander along the main street where world-class restaurants sit among the quaint Cape Dutch architecture. There’s also a clutch of art galleries, a chocolatier and winding trails at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve. This really is one of the loveliest towns in the Western Cape.
Protea Hotel Franschhoek (4-star)
Today is yours to explore the very best parts of Franschhoek - the vineyards, of course. Franschhoek valley is serviced by the famous hop-on-hop-off wine tram, which makes seeing three, four, or even five wineries in one day a breeze. Just hop off for a tasting, wine cellar tour, lunch or simply just to stroll through the scenery (some of the gardens are magnificent), then hop back on again when you’re ready for the next one. And if you thought the day couldn’t get any better, you can even opt for chocolate and cheese pairings at some of the wineries. We’ll dine together this evening at the spectacular Le Coin Français, by award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst. Take your seat for time-tested French elegance with a Cape twist.
Days 4-5 - Cape Town (overnight)
After having your fill of all the food and wine, we head to Cape Town to embark Boudicca (3.5-star). We’ll stay overnight so you’ll have plenty of time to see some of the city’s highlights. Cape Town is a vibrant fusion of culture, cuisine and scenery. The Atlantic Ocean claws at its bustling waterfront from the north and the magnificent flat-topped Table Mountain crowns the city to the south. Drink in the views from the top of Table Mountain, explore the vast beauty of the Cape Peninsula (including those waddling penguins on Boulders Beach), or cast off to Robben Island for a glimpse of South Africa’s poignant history. For people watching, settle in with a glass of wine at the V&A Waterfront. The possibilities are almost endless. Your voyage begins on day 5, when we set sail late evening.
Day 6 - At sea
As we sail onwards, you’re free to do as much (or as little) as you wish. Maybe start your day off with a brisk walk around the deck. Or opt for a yoga class. Spend the afternoon learning a craft, or perfecting your golf swing. After your choice of dinner, you can catch a show or dance into the night.
Day 7 - Port Elizabeth
Steeped in history with beautiful weather and long swathes of golden sand, it doesn’t take long to get a sense of what Port Elizabeth is all about. Far from the bustle of Cape Town, this laid-back province takes it one day at a time. Perhaps take a wander along the beach or explore one of the city’s art galleries. The marine life in the bay is sensational - keep an eye out for dolphins and whales any time of the year. Nearby, you’ll have your first chance to come face-to-face with South Africa’s famous wildlife. The Addo Elephant Park offers the chance to encounter elephants, among a variety of other game, while a traditional safari experience at the Kariega Game Reserve will take you in search of the Big Five. In the city centre, the 54-hectare Settler’s Park is a nature lover’s paradise, full of beautiful flora and fauna.
Day 8 - At sea
Today is free as we continue our cruise. Enjoy a hearty breakfast then take your pick from the variety of activities on board. Show off your general knowledge in an afternoon or evening quiz. Try your hand at bridge, bingo or deck quoits. Or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea to while away your time. Top off the day with a sumptuous dinner or a simple tasty buffet.
Day 9 - Durban
Durban is a haven for locals and visitors alike. Blessed with a balmy year-round climate, a buzzing cosmopolitan centre and an expanse of brilliant beach (the Golden Mile) lapped by the Indian Ocean. Add in the nearby Valley of a Thousand Hills, where the Zulu drums still beat, and you’ve got a recipe for paradise with real African flair. Walk along the seafront promenade that runs from uShaka Marine World and Aquarium to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium to take in some of the sights. Or jump right in to the craft markets and street bazaars, a homage to the city’s Afro-Indian culture.
Days 10-12 - At sea
Three days to spend on board. Maybe read a book and relax or choose to listen to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Enjoy lunchtime melodies or a piano recital, then walk a mile with the cruise fitness instructor.
Day 13 - Mamoudzou, Mayotte
We land in the Comoros Islands archipelago today as we dock in Mamoudzou, Mayotte - the gateway to this area’s spectacular sights and cultural delights. Enjoy the local charm of the boat-dotted harbour or linger at the markets selling fresh fish, local produce and handicrafts. While pretty, that’s not all there is to see here. Mayotte is comprised of two beautiful islands: Grand-Terre and Petit-Terre. A natural paradise, the islands are home to the largest lagoon in the Indian Ocean with over 250 different species of hard coral, schools of tropical fish, turtles and - if you venture further - even pods of dolphins and whales. Elsewhere, the landscape includes a network of mangroves and humid rainforests, deep ravines and soaring peaks. In the distance you’ll spot the summits of Benara, Mtsapere and Combani. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 14 - Hell-Ville (Andoany), Madagascar
Today we arrive in Hell-Ville, formerly and more commonly known as Andoany, the capital of beautiful Madagascan island of Nosy Be. Bordered by mile-upon-mile of glorious golden sands, you’ll know you’ve found somewhere very special as soon as you step ashore. Wander along the fragrant frangipani and bougainvillea-lined streets, visit colonial ruins and stop by upbeat pavement cafés for a brew with the locals. The island is smothered in natural beauty and this is the gateway to see it all from. The Lokobe National Park is an unmissable gem. Dense tropical rainforest is home to an abundance of endemic fauna and flora, the grey-backed and mouse lemur and chameleons hiding in plain sight. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 15 - Antsiranana (Diego Suarez)
Located in the north of the island, Antsiranana is drenched in French colonial charm. Here, traditional architecture towers above and wide open markets sprawl out in front. Perhaps linger among the stalls for fine local produce and hand-made crafts. The locals indulge in long, leisurely afternoon siestas, so you’ll find yourself slowing to the island pace soon enough. Perhaps opt for a trip to the island’s breathtaking north coast, where you’ll enjoy stunning views of Sugarloaf Mountain. South of the city, sprawling national parks await your discovery. Waterfalls, craters, a possible sighting of the Madagascar fish eagle - one of the world’s rarest birds of prey - and 150-million-year-old Jurassic limestone cliffs are all highlights.
Day 16 - At sea
Keep your brain active with the morning quiz, then perfect your dance moves in the afternoon with a beginners’ class. After dinner, you could continue the dancing theme and join the hosted dancing, or choose to watch the professionals instead.
Day 17 - Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles (overnight)
Every stop on this cruise is better than the last and that could not be more true of our final docking in the Seychelles. Surrounded by turquoise swells and sprinkled with dense rainforest, the island of Mahé is pure paradise. Victoria is one of the smallest capitals in the world and from here we’ll take an included tour on the island.
Day 18 Victoria - UK
We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. On arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.