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Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa

From Colombo to Cape Town

Expert key speakers Jessie Lindon, Craft Tutor. Professor Joe Cartwright, University of Oxford. Christopher Walton, Author and Journalist. Professor Chris Stringer, Paleoanthropologist & Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum London. Steve Ragnall, Maritime historian and author. Prof. Sandy Primrose MBE, Biotechnologist. Pamela Gordon, Diplomatic Service Families Association. Nancy Gilchrist, Master of Wine.

Vanilla-white beaches and coral-ringed atolls. City sights and sun-dappled vineyards. Safari adventures and World Heritage wetlands. You can expect all this - and more - on this month-long voyage of discovery. We’ll sail from Sri Lanka to South Africa, skipping between idyllic islands in the Maldives and Seychelles along the way. Incredible wildlife can be spotted throughout, whether its whales and dolphins in the waters of the Indian Ocean or lions lazing in the South African sunshine.

11 included excursions and visits

  • Choice of Colombo city tour or Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • The Wild South
  • Choice of Port Louis and Pamplemousses Gardens or Port Louis and Eureka Colonial House
  • Choice of St Denis or Scenic Réunion
  • Hluhluwe Game Reserve
  • St Lucia Boat Cruise & Drive
  • Pietermaritzburg & Museum
  • Private Safari in Port Elizabeth
  • Port Elizabeth City Tour
  • Top of Table Mountain
  • Stellenbosch & Wine Tasting

Including...

  • 30 nights cruise on MV Aegean Odyssey and 2 in flight
  • All meals on board the MV Aegean Odyssey
  • All onboard gratuities for restaurant and cabin staff
  • Selected wine, beer or soft drinks with dinner on board
  • In-depth lecture programme featuring expert guest speakers
  • Portable audio headset system on excursions

Plus all these benefits

  • Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Services of the staff on board MV Aegean Odyssey
  • International flights (prices are based on return flights with a leading airline from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports)
  • Porterage
  • All airport/port taxes and duties

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VIP Outbound4

Day 1 UK - In flight

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Colombo.

In flight


Day 2 - Colombo, Sri Lanka (overnight)

Upon arrival, you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and transferred to embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) with time to settle into your cabin before dinner tonight.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 3 - Colombo

Choose between two excursions from Sri Lanka’s thriving capital, Colombo. Enjoy a sightseeing city tour discovering the ancient Kelaniya Temple built on the banks of Kelani River, Colombo National Museum, and the historic Independence Square. Or, visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Alternatively, join a full-day optional excursion to the city of Kandy and its Temple of the Tooth. We set sail late evening.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 4 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 5 - Kuda Bandos, Maldives

Step ashore on to the pristine white sands of Kuda Bandos. We’ll have time to explore this mesmerising island and take a dip in the glistening sea - perfect for snorkelling - before enjoying a delicious barbecue on the beach.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Days 6-9 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 10 - Mahé, Seychelles (overnight)

The Seychelles’ main island, Mahé is a slice of paradise with its gorgeous bays, tranquil white-sanded beaches, unforgettable snorkelling opportunities, and mountainous jungle. Our tour discovers the island’s treasure trove of flora with a stroll through the enchanting Botanical Garden, and drive to San Soucis Mountain and the Mission Lodge, where breathtaking views over the mountains, ocean and coast await.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 11 - Mahé

Enjoy a day at leisure on this pristine island, or join an optional excursion exploring the outstanding coral on a glass-bottomed boat; you’ll be able to snorkel and enjoy some hand fish feeding.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Days 12-14 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 15 - Port Louis, Mauritius (overnight)

Choice of two excursions today: discover the exquisite tropical plants of Pamplemousses Garden, the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere; or visit Eureka Colonial House, featuring lush gardens and antique collections.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 16 - Port Louis

Take in the beauty of Port Louis independently today. Alternatively, choose from two optional excursions: an exploration of the Mauritius with visits to the 100m-deep dormant-volcanic crater of Trou aux Cerfs and the incredible coloured earth at Chamarel; or visit Casela Nature Park.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 17 - St Denis, Réunion

Take a morning tour of St Denis, or discover the Indian Ocean’s French island of Réunion, with time in the town of St Paul, home to grand colonial buildings and pretty gardens.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Days 18-21 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 22 - Richards Bay, South Africa (overnight)

Spend the day on a sightseeing adventure in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s oldest game reserves stretching across 96,000 hectares and home to all of the Big Five. Optional excursions to Leopard Mountain or an overnight visit to Phinda Mountain are also available.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 23 - Richards Bay

Drive to the World Heritage Site of iSimangaliso Wetland Park and take in the wildlife on a walking trail and two-hour boat cruise; the park is home to vast numbers of wildlife including hippos, crocodile, elephant, leopard, rhino and over 500 species of bird.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 24 - Durban

Visit the charming old city of Pietermaritzburg filled with picturesque Victorian architecture, and visit the Natal Museum, Churchill Square, and the railway station - where Gandhi was historically removed from a train in 1893 for travelling in first class. Or, take an optional visit to Sharks Board, the control centre for anti-shark measures on Durban’s bathing beaches.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 25 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 26 - Port Elizabeth (overnight)

Enjoy a full-day included tour to join a private safari. Alternatively take an optional excursion with game drive to Lalibela Game Reserve, spread over 7,500 hectares of the malaria-free Eastern Cape countryside, where many species of wildlife exist, including the Big Five and other game species such as hippo, cheetah, giraffe, antelope and hyena.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 27 - Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s fifth largest city, with plenty to offer visitors. Enjoy a half-day city tour exploring the Shark Rock Pier, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Campus, Donkin Museum, Fort Frederick, and The Old Mayor’s Garden. Alternatively, enjoy an optional two-night overland tour along the Garden Route.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 28 - At sea

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 29 - Cape Town (overnight)

Take an exhilarating journey on a cable car to the top of Table Mountain for outstanding views over Cape Town and the surrounding mountains. Later, enjoy a short orientation tour of this attractive city.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 30 - Cape Town (overnight)

Drive to the town of Stellenbosch surrounded by lush vineyards and a backdrop of towering mountains. You’ll discover these fertile lands which host around 200 wine and grade producers, as well as learning of the wine-making process and enjoying wine tasting at one of the great estates.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 31 - Cape Town (overnight)

Enjoy time at leisure in Cape Town, or join an optional tour to Cape Point viewing the spectacular sea cliffs at the most south-westerly point of Africa.

MV Aegean Odyssey (4T)

Day 32 Cape Town - In flight

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

In flight


VIP Inbound

Day 33 UK

Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.

Arrive Home


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Important information about your destination

Visa is not included, please call for details. Please note: Excursions are subject to change. The deposit due for this holiday is £200pp

Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa

From Colombo to Cape Town